Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Riptide‘s “Girls Night Out”
Tread Perilously‘s eighth semiannual Patreon subscriber request month comes to a close with the Riptide episode called “Girls Night Out.”
When two housewives start knocking over expensive homes in the southland while using one of Murray’s computer manuals, he, Cody, and Nick are immediately blamed for the crimes. Taking the investigation into their own hands, they soon discover the women owe local fence contractor — and seeming sex trafficker — Joey Dietz $20,000. And although the situation has delayed their annual fishing trip to Cabo San Lucas, Murray thinks the Riptide team should help the ladies with their predicament. Also: Cody tries to break up with Francine.
Erik finds Riptide lacking while Justin stumps for the star power of Gerald McRaney. Murray actor Thom Bray ends up the show’s MVP. Erik introduces the notion of “jobber television” as an important part of the landscape. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds talk occurs. The two actual leads of Riptide are dubbed “Mustache Hunks” despite one of them emphatically lacking facial hair. Tweaks, including the addition of E.G. Daily, are suggested to make Riptide a better show. Dr. Huxtable gets called out for his treatment of Theo. Geography Corner leads to very local spots for Erik and Justin, and a noted author makes a surprise appearance.