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Tread Perilously – ‘Hap and Leonard: The Bottoms’

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: Hap and Leonard‘s “The Bottoms”

Tread Perilously‘s Failed Prestige month continues with the second episode of Hap and Leonard, “The Bottoms.”

Hap is still trying to find the bridge from his childhood that will lead to the river that, in turn, will lead to the money Howard hired him to find. Leonard is less sure as Howard’s goons are both dumb and dangerous. He also gets a phone call that will force him to leave town. Later, Hap finds himself in a show of bravado with Howard and facing renewed affections from his ex-wife, Trudy. Will it turn out she’s been withholding the real location of the river?

Erik is thrilled to see James Purefoy in a series, but is unsure about the episode as a discrete segment of story. The rest of the cast, which includes Michael Kenneth Williams as Leonard, Christina Hendricks as Trudy, and an almost unrecognizable Neil Sandilands as one of Howard’s goons are also welcome even as the plot flounders. Howard’s actor, however, ends up being the one Erik and Justin want to recast. Justin tries to recall if he finished Hap and Leonard‘s first season. Erik’s opinion of Ahsoka slides a little bit. A wild Jimmi Simpson appears, and the pair debate whether or not connective tissue episodes work.

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