Tread Perilously

Tread Perilously once again opens the case files of the Special Review Unit with the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Wannabe."

When a weenie wagger escalates to rape, the SVU assembles a task force to take him down in Central Park. He's apprehended by a rookie out of the 27th precinct (the cophouse from the original Law & Order) and quickly identified as the attacker in three other cases. Unfortunately, the rookie was a pretender with a lot of knowledge about how the New York Police Department operates. With only 48 hours to turn his official arrest into a citizen's arrest, the SVU begins a desperate search for the wannabe. Once they find him, special guest star Sharon Stone takes over the story.

Special Review Unit Captain Charlie Wright rejoins Erik and Justin to pitch out a new series concept called Snake Cop. They also discuss Sharon Stone at length while Charlie offers a number of memorable lines from the episode. Justin is dismayed to learn that Captain Cragen has a first name. Charlie appraises the quality of Men's Pocky and wishes for a whiskey flavor. All agree that real cops do not lose their hats and that they'll never be over Macho Grande.

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Tread Perilously makes one more FTL jump to Battlestar Galactica with its concluding episodes, parts 2 & 3 of "Daybreak."

When the Galactica fleet learns the location of the hidden Cylon Colony where Boomer took baby Hera, Admiral Adama prepares one last mission for the increasingly decrepit battlestar. The rescue mission will decide the fate of human and Cylon alike, but the deeper mysteries of God, the Opera House Vision and Gaius Baltar's haircare regime threaten to leave scholars baffled for centuries. If nothing else, one thing is certain: the meaning of "All Along the Watchtower" to a petulant and silent deity.

Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon joins Erik and Justin as all three try, once again, the exorcise their disappointment in the Galactica finale. Erik admits his shattered faith led him to sell his DVDs of the series, while Justin admits he doubted the series much, much earlier. Barbra recalls the one brief homosexual character on the show and mourns for Sam Anders. She also champions the Caprica prequel series and underlines the most important point of the series: it was all Helo's fault.

Also: there was no plan.

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Tread Perilously climbs aboard one of the worst broadcast television shows ever to air with the Supertrain episode "Hail to the Chief."

A man (guest star Roy Thinnes) replaces his twin brother as the projected winner of the upcoming presidential election. Is he a communist? Was he bought off by a shadowy corporate interest? Is he a plant to get the nuclear launch codes? These questions become irrelevant when he falls in love with his brother's wife (guest star Loretta Swit) and throws out the plan. What this has to do with guest star Billy Barty and guest star Victor Buono is anybody's guess.

And in case you were wondering, the show does have a regular cast but they really don't matter.

Failing their own guest star challenge, Erik and Justin take a break from watching a popular show on its worst day to examine a fundamentally flawed, unpopular and unmourned series. Erik compares Supertrain to the show it clearly wants to be, The Love Boat, while Justin comes to grips with the program's dark, cramped sets. The pair also outline a fantastic plot for a Spike Lee train heist movie. Erik also attempts -- and fails -- to avoid "derailing" puns and to keep the discussion on track. Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys gets mentioned in a favorable light. Justin realizes the plot was later recycled in the film Dave and both he and Erik take the time to make fun of Needles, California.

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Tread Perilously plops down on the Central Perk couch for a pair of Friends episodes: "The One Where Ross & Rachel Take a Break" and "The One with the Morning After."

Ross Geller has needs. He wants to celebrate his anniversary with Rachel, but she has to work late. This makes Ross angry. So he pushes past Rachel's boundaries to bring her a picnic dinner at her office. He also manages to set the place on fire. Rachel suggests they take a break, so he sleeps with the Manic Pixie Dream Girl from the copy center. Rachel reconsiders the break, but Ross must decide whether or not to tell her about the copy center tryst. It goes about as well as you might think because Ross has needs and they are paramount above all other considerations.

Ross sucks.

Paula Dixon returns and Friends superfan Courtney Knopf joins Erik and Justin as they recall The Legends of White People. Justin reveals he has no concept of threesome etiquette. Erik declares that the Manic Pixie Dream Girl's ideal man is, in fact, Ross Geller. The group debates whether or not Ross and Rachel were really on a break and offer up their least favorite Friends characters. While Courtney and Paula highlight the good qualities of Ross's romantic rival Mark, Justin assumes he's a serial killer. And Joey ends up becoming the team favorite Friend.

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