Tread Perilously introduces Baywatch into its repertoire with one of the most un-Baywatch episodes ever made: “Now Sit Right Back and You’ll Hear a Tale.”
When Eddie bumps his head on a station ramp, he awakens to a fantasy version of his life augmented by his favorite TV show: Gilligan’s Island. When he and Shauni investigate a nearby island, they find Gilligan and Mary Ann (guest stars Bob Denver and Dawn Wells). Returning them to the mainland just as Captain Thorpe wins the lottery, the group decides to go back to the uncharted isle and rescue the rest of the castaways. But when Captain Thorpe’s new yacht encounters a freak storm, Eddie Shauni, Garner, Harvey, and Thorpe — along with Gilligan and Mary Ann — find themselves in a very familiar setting.
Erik and Justin ask the most important question of the hour: where is David Hasselhoff? Ted Danson get evaluated on a number of metrics and Erik notices Baywatch predates the invention of ripped abs. Justin notes the cishet man’s ideal woman correlates with the health of the economy. The discussion somehow makes its way to Bill Clinton, Los Angeles traffic and the OJ Bronco chase. All of which should give you an idea of how successfully this episode Baywatch worked out.