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: Supertrain’s “And a Cup of Kindness Too”
Tread Perilously‘s month of TV Horrors continues with a return trip aboard Supertrain for an episode called “And a Cup of Kindness Too.”
When Jack Nordoff (guest star Larry Linville) helps Waldo Chase (guest star Dick Van Dyke) up from the steps of the train station, he offers to kill Jack’s soon-to-be ex-wife. Jack laughs its off, but Chase books a seat on Supertrain to meet Myra (guest star Barbara Rhoades) and remind her of better times with and without Jack. But is Chase really the Specter of Death? Meanwhile, Supertrain’s nurse (Nita Talbot) deals with the hellion grandchildren of Supertrain owner Winfield Root. Pranks are involved.
Erik and Justin discover a true TV horror as Dick Van Dyke brings a chilling edge to his performance. Justin takes a few more shots at the show’s romantic lead Dave Noonan (Patrick Collins), who happens to look like a baby man. Erik appreciates the panicky performance of guest star Larry Linville. Justin outlines a Manimal/Supertrain crossover. Erik points out a character he calls “Alpha Texas.” Gaslighting appears once again as a character’s superpower, and the pair attempt to figure out why Jack and Myra decided to get divorced in the first place. Erik also reveals he cannot tell the difference between Patrick Dempsey and C. Thomas Howell.