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Tread Perilously – ‘Baywatch: The Big Race’

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: Baywatch‘s “The Big Race”

The Ballad of John D. Cort continues as Tread Perilously returns to Baywatch for an episode called “The Big Race.”

When an old folks home asks Cort to double his annual $5000 donation, he looks to sell the dive shop for extra scratch. But just as Mitch and Craig pony up $3000 to help him out, he uses the money to buy a boat and enter a water ski tournament with a $15,000 prize. Mitch and Craig become his unwilling partners — who happen to know nothing about his real reason for needing the money — but will they take point when Cort cracks a rib during practice? Meanwhile, Shauni is afraid to go in the water.

Justin reaches a point where he can make informed judgments about Baywatch — much to his horror. Erik tries to rework the show into a “beach cop” series with Cort as the lead. Justin tries to rework the episode into a 1980s boob comedy. He also argues for fewer characters on Baywatch. Director Kevin Inch’s use of montages is criticized. Godfrey Ho enters the discussion. The logistics of the race’s Catalina-and-back course are examined. Geography Corner tries to figure out where the Back to the Beach pier resides. Captain Thorpe makes a special appearance, and the replacement sound-a-like music finally gets noticed.

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