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: Melrose Place’s “Catch Her in the Lie”
Tread Perilously closes out its prime-time soap month with a visit to Melrose Place and its fourth season episode, “Catch Her in the Lie.”
When Jake gets mad that Allison is spending too much time at the office while pregnant, he sets off on the road and ends up in a Central Coast town where one of his ex-girlfriends is raising a boy who might be Jake’s son. Meanwhile, Peter and Taylor try to carry on an affair but are stymied by ex-wives, schedules, and overly concerned employees. Micheal agrees to sleep with Kimberly one more time before she dies, leaving Megan feeling like an afterthought.
Erik and Justin get into Los Angeles geography and the Melrose of the 1990s. Earth-tone lipstick, denim hats, and Doc Martens are fondly recalled. Jake gets identified as the Wolverine of the cast while Grant Show gets identified as a prototype Jensen Ackles. Heather Locklear gets another spotlight. Erik discusses the backdoor pilot format of the ’80s and ’90s. The 4400‘s Billy Campbell ends up a topic, thanks to a character name. Erik and Justin envision the Smuckers War. 1990s male hairstyles get reviewed, and Justin irrationally decides Andrew Shue is the show’s real villain. Also, Kelly Rutherford always deserves better.