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Tread Perilously

May 26, 2022

Tread Perilously's Backdoor Pilot month concludes with The Brady Bunch's one and only attempt to sell another show -- an episode called "Kelly's Kids."

When Mike and Carol's friends, Ken and Kathy Kelly, move in a few doors down, they announce they are adopting a son, Matt. After his first night home in their new home, they discover he misses his close friend, Dwayne and Steve. Kathy convinces Ken to adopt one of the boys, but when they discover Dwayne is Black and Steve is Asian, the plan changes. The Kellys adopt both and soon discover the choice is unpopular with a NIMBY next door neighbor. Will it convince the boys to run away?

Justin, at long last, finally experiences his first episode of The Brady Bunch, but Erik still finds a way to make it anything but a true Brady episode. Geography Corner warps space and time as both Erik and Justin attempt to fit the Brady house completely into reality. The social mores of 1974 get examined at length. The Brady Bunch movies also come into play. Mickey Cohen makes a surprise appearance. Unexpected takes on Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers and The Batman occur and Justin examines a certain culture of passive-aggressiveness.