Tread Perilously

Tread Perilously finally joins Sam and Dean on the road for an episode of Supernatural.

THE ROAD SO FAR: Sam and Dean are handsomely traveling when Dean gets a call from his ex, The CW's Vixen (Megalyn Echikunwoke). Her father has been killed by a spectral racist truck and needs the Winchesters' help to uncover why the ghost bigot has been killing black men in an undisclosed town somewhere along U.S. Route 6. Several Mercury Cougars are harmed in the production.

NOW: Erik and Justin find the unintentional horror in trying to use Supernatural to confront a timely issue. Erik reveals his dislike of Outback Steakhouse and suggests The CW forced the long-lost love plot into the episode. Justin reveals he doesn't get timezones. We discover ancient aliens may have influenced waves of immigration thousands of years ago. Wolf Blitzer becomes a Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos villain and Erik and Justin offer tips for eating a good steak.

Yes, steak quality and prejudice are somehow related.

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Tread Perilously stays in sit-com land with two unintentionally horrific episodes of Webster.

After Webster burns down their old apartment (don't ask), Webster and the Papadopolises tour a potential new living space: the restored Victorian home of Bill and Cassie Parker, a seemingly nice couple with some suspicious behavior. After Webster discovers the secret passage and the ladder from the basement to a little girl's room, Bill and Cassie reveal the room belonged to their daughter. She ran away five years earlier and they've kept the room in stasis hoping she would return. The Papadopolises and the Parkers agree on a rental agreement. Several episodes later, their daughter Maggie returns after seven years with her son in tow to make amends of a sort.

Yes, the show quickly forgot how long she was missing.

Erik and Justin discuss how the decision to write Maggie as a runaway opens the story up to an intentional horrific reading. Why did Bill build a ladder leading from the basement to Maggie's closet? What didn't Cassie say seven years ago? The interpretation leads to discusses of Detective Stabler's anger issues, racism, the crummy 80s and Webster's strange connections to Star Trek and 7th Heaven.

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Tread Perilously makes a trip to Scranton with two episodes of the NBC sitcom The Office. Special guest Paula Dixon helps us see that Toby was the worst all along.

In "The Christening," Michael Scott makes Cece's christening all about him while Toby debates entering a church for the first time in ages. A bus full of teen volunteers headed for Mexico may be involved. Stanley and Kevin complain while never saying anything funny and Jim accuses Angela of stealing his baby. In "Scott's Tots," Michael reneges on ten-year-old promise to pay for a class of graduating high-schoolers' college tuition. It lands with a thud while Dwight tries to get Jim fired. Toby's not in this one, but we imagine it's all his doing.

Paula outlines the fan theory that Toby was the Scranton Strangler. Erik recalls why he walked away from the show. Justin outlines the unintended horror of cringe comedy going too far. Erik suggests the series outlived its vitality while Paula defends its later seasons.

Also: Toby is the worst.

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Tread Perilously finally boards the SDF-1 for a couple of episodes of the fondly remembered 1980s syndicated animated series Robotech, but will our host find horror in the 31-year-old show?

When Rick Hunter is shot down (for the first time), he suffers from a delirious state which resembles a clip show, forcing him to faces his fears and pose the question he cannot answer for another twenty episodes: does he love a woman or a girl? Once out of his nightmare, the recovering hero gets a visit from both of his love interests while his "big brother" Roy Fokker bites the big one.

Honestly, it was pretty devastating at the time.

Erik and Justin express their undying affection for ace pilot Max Sterling and note how many similarities the show shares with Battlestar Galactica. Erik admits he probably has blinders for Robotech, but can see some of its flaws. Both recall Roy Fokker as a constant drinker, but Erik knows why Justin remembers him dying in battle instead of while strumming a guitar. They also gush about the toyline and the infamous Palladium Books Robotech RPG.

Also, "Pineapple Salad" is not a euphemism.

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