"Bear Trap" is another really bizarre episode. Remember a while back there was another odd episode (Episode #106, "Double Trouble") like this one. It was weird cowboys then, this time it's Canadian Mounties and Bad Guys. This type of portrayal can't even be called stereotypical, it's just plain bear crap. The defining moment of "Bear Trap" is when Antwon, the urban black out in the forest (like a fish out of water) steps into bearshit. Afterwards, Mountie Jack Noon tells Joe that he was raised by bears. This is supposed to be in the vein of Paul Bunion, a tall tale, but in the modern NASH BRIDGES version, it's just kind of twisted and not even remotely resembling any kind of reality.
We get a chemist addicted to bear bile, Officer Ronnie in a bear suit, and a martial arts attack that comes out of nowhere. Chemist Michael Chow extracts bile from a gigantic bear named Betty. How is this done? Bile comes from the liver - ahh, you just go up to a huge bear and stick a tube into his abdomen. Officer Ronnie in a bear suit? 'Enuf said. And then a thug comes bursting into Joe's house, attacking Joe and Jack. Joe, being the inventive fellow that he is, uses a nail gun and fires one into the thug's foot. Then, continuing in the power tool vein, holds the thug's arm under a circular saw, threatening to cut it off. What is this - Tool Time Torture?
Or maybe the bizarreness of "Bear Trap" is the poachers roaming around, looking like rejects from a costume shop. And Sergeant McKay, saying "ay" this and "ay" that. If these portrayals are so incredible, how are we to believe that Nash has an Asian "blood brother" and that Nash, once again, speaks Chinese. Hell, what is this show doing in San Francisco? Just make up a city, just like the writers make up Canadians.
For more, see synopsis for Episode 111