Tread Perilously continues its special guest Grab Bag month with a return to Automan for its second episode, “Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever.”
When Walter and Automan chase a suspect to the palatial estate of a well-respected judge, Walter decides to track down any lead that will implicate him. But he also sets Automan a task to become more socially attuned via watching the films Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, and Staying Alive. Will it make Automan a better asset when circumstances send him and Walter to Las Vegas in search of a leggy brunette? Will the captain and Lt. Curtis learn the truth about Automan? And will we ever learn why a casino in 1983 would still have a disco?
The Fanbase Weekly‘s Drew Siragusa joins Erik and Justin for a lively discussion of the early 1980s, the Automan premise, and the Emergency Medical Hologram. Erik’s obsession with Staying Alive becomes part of the conversation, as does Glen A. Larson’s alleged need for milk. Drew also weighs in on whether or not Erik sabotaged Barbra Dillon’s first Doctor Who experience. Erik becomes convinced this episode was shot before the Automan pilot. The trio attempt to figure out why the mob is trying to buy a Las Vegas hotel and casino in 1983 and why it is called “HotelCasino Las Vegas.” The cloud of cigarette smoke in the Luxor gets properly lampooned. Also, Erik reveals to Justin and Drew who shot J.R. on Dallas.