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Tread Perilously – ‘The Partridge Family: Did You Hear the One About Danny Partridge?’

Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.

This Week: The Partridge Family‘s “Did You Hear the One About Danny Partridge?”

Tread Perilously‘s “Too Many Kids!” month makes its way to The Partridge Family with the episode called “Did You Hear the One About Danny Partridge?”

After Danny gets his leg caught in a mic cable during a performance, he flees the stage in embarrassment. But when Reuben Kincaid convinces him the audience believed it was part of the act, Danny decides to learn some classic comedy routines. It fails to go over during rehearsals, but the ever-hopeful Partridge wants to find a tight five minutes of A-material before the family leaves for an engagement in Hawaii. Will a battle-hardened talent agent set him straight?

Erik admits to feeling a kinship with Bea Arthur. He also threatens Justin with another screening of The Star Wars Holiday Special. Justin tries to discern the premise of The Partridge Family from this unfortunate episode. H.P. Lovecraft gets involved somehow. The Partridge title sequence gets appraised, and the pair pronounce judgment on Reuben Kincaid. The president makes a rare appearance. Erik proclaims Danny Bonaduce the Corey Feldman of the 1970s, which leads to a closer examination of the former’s history as a public figure. Don Drysdale reappears as a cement salesman. The nature of comedy itself gets examined, and Erik refuses to believe the rich use young people’s plasma to remain healthy.

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