Tread Perilously’s Grab Bag month gets derailed by one of the worst episodes of Supertrain ever aired by the National Broadcasting Company. An episode they had to call “Superstar.”
When Hollywood con-man Jack Hogarth (Dennis Dugan) gets in bed with a mafioso-turned-producer, he boards Supertrain to convince his ex-wife, a bankable star, to appear in his production of “The Lady Was a Cop.” Along the way, we meet street urchins, an impressive set of comedy goons, a former hairstylist sleeping his way into Hollywood, and an adorable old lady with a passion for mysteries played by Sylvia Sidney. But will Hogarth find himself thrown of the train by paid assassins or sharing a drink with them in the bar car?
Erik vows to come back to Dugan’s TV series, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye. He and Justin discuss the merits of working with Adam Sandler. Erik declares Jack Hogarth to be the worst Supertrain protagonist he’s seen so far. Justin declares Sylvia Sydney the MVP of the episode, even if he goes on and on about the deadfaced comedy goon played by Timothy Carey. He also asks to do an episode Mrs. Columbo. Erik offers a geography corner segment about the former MGM studio lot. Justin gets confused when Erik tells him Archie Andrews was mauled by a bear and the secret history of Bo Hopkins’ character is revealed.