On the second half of this season of Mr. Feeny, we’re checking out the BEST episodes of the series we’ve already seen, starting with The Dukes of Hazzard’s S04E023, “Bad Day in Hazzard”. In this one, the Duke family and the forces of Boss Hogg are held at gunpoint as part of a daring scheme to steal millions from the US Treasury. Will Jay find the heel/face team up interesting, or will the Dukes much of a muchness wear thin?
Our latest 80s action show selection was inspired by Jay’s hazy hotel memories of once being entertained by this show. Jay regrets this pick almost immediately, but A.Ron has flashbacks to the bitter disappointment of a misspent youth where he allowed himself to get excited for a live action superhero show on network TV. Intergenerational bonding is what we’re all about on this podcast, so we help each other through the deep hurting that is watching the adventures of Mr. Hinkley and his super powered special ed class.
The Dukes of Hazzard in a very entertaining show that is unfortunately buried underneath multiple layers of Daughters of the Confederacy obfuscation and Hollywood writing room ignorance. Good looking guys and gals tear-assing around the countryside in a classic American muscle car clowning on corrupt law enforcement all while fighting for justice and the underprivileged. What’s not to like? Wait, they’re calling that car the General what now? And what’s that on its roof? Oh. Ah. Okay. Hear us out. We have a plan to save the Duke boys from themselves!
This week we take a look at Big Dick Anderson’s Magnum Opus, MacGyver. MacGyver was James Bond with Bill Nye the Science Guy sensibilities, and when Jim heard he was the subject of our next Feeny, he had to join. This is a great introduction to the character and his schtick, as Mac has to travel to an underground bunker that has suffered a catastrophic bombing, and now threatens to leak powerful acids into the local water table. It’s up to Mac, with a busted pair of binocs, some chocolate bars, a gram or two of pure sodium, and a few cold capsules to save the day. As a bonus, I tell the tale of how MacGyver nearly blinded a kid back in the third grade!
Boy, these shows really loved their feature length pilots, didn’t they? This week’s shadowy flight takes Jay and A.Ron into the world of a real man’s: Stringfellow Hawke. Stoic, heroic, traumatized war vet, appreciator of fine wine and finer art, musically gifted, philosophically complicated, mysterious and irresistible to women, stunt pilot by day and mercenary pilot by night. It’s A LOT. Airwolf is still badass, the villain is campy fun, Archangel is cool as coolwhip in his ice cream suit and patchglasses, but nearly every scene without a helicopter is deader than Gaddafi, who may or may not appear in this episode. Btw, did you know you can like, die, just by staying outside too long? It’s TRUE!
We’re back for season two, where we’ll be sampling from the very best of 80s action television as we watch the pilots where all these stories begin. This week, we’re with the A-Team, who from what we gather are an elite team of special forces con-men, as they attempt to run a mercenary co-op with a side hustle of Hollywood studio backlot misadventures. Things get a little rough in patches, but the theme song is rad and Mr. T is still awesome.
On this season finale of WHY IS MR. FEENY A CAR?! Jim Jones joins us to break down one of the best KNIGHT RIDER’s of all time, which introduces the villainous KARR! What does the world’s oldest millennial think of all this mess? What are A.Ron and Jay thinking of doing on the off season? The answers to these and many other questions await your listen!
A.Ron thinks this is the dumbest episode of Knight Rider to date, but Jay’s loving this week’s Devon-centric action, as we find out he’s a rather deep old file after all. Devon winds up being the sole witness to the slaying of a journalist who knows too much, and finds himself on the wrong side of the law against a slew of crooked cops. Can Michael and KITT clear his name and bring down the corrupt county judge behind an elaborate cover up of construction malfeasance? And more importantly, can they make it to the county line before the sheriff’s end their do-gooding permanently?!
Well howdy, pardner! You ready to rustle up a chalkboard and do some cow math? What’s that, city slicker? You’ve never heard of cow math?! Then this podcast is for you! By the time we’re done, you’ll know exactly how many head a’ cow you can graze off how many footacres of water happen to be in your catchment basins. And if math just ain’t your thing, maybe you’ll be entertained by Michael’s attempt at breaking a wild, fiery, rancher’s widow? Or KITT’s attempt to corral a literal cow?
This week Michael and KITT are put on security detail for state senator! Sen. Maggie Flynn is a real “Bernadette” Sanders type, a champion of the people who is trying to block a corrupt development deal that will threaten the environment and cause resident’s power bills to soar. If the civically dubious direct action doesn’t grab you, Devon plays model UN!