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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries
Frank is actually trying to kill his younger brother Joe

  • Look at the episode "The Creatures Who Came On Sunday". The ep's opening titles say we're in New Mexico...but not 2 minutes later, the Hardys are pulling into a burned-out gas station, and Frank pulls out a map to trace a route to the next town — and he's looking at a map of Montana, and tracing the Missouri River to get to Great Falls. Obviously, Frank plans to dump his gullible geographically-challenged brother in the river in the back country. Muahahahaha.

  • Also check out "Voodoo Doll", where Frank shoves Joe out front into danger, as the brothers are about to open a creepy mausoleum as the villain watches.
    Joe: (gesturing Frank ahead)'re the oldest.
    Frank: Yeah, but you're more agile on your feet, and stronger.
    Joe: Since when?
    Frank: Since right now.

  • Sole Survivor, where Frank and his father Fenton think Joe has been killed in a car crash. Frank doesn't look all that broken up about the possibility...

Fenton is trying to get rid of his sons.

  • "Mystery of King Tut's Tomb" states that the Hardy Boys are driving down to meet their father in Kenya from Cairo, in Egypt. That's a trip of over two thousand miles, at least an 8-day road trip, in a little beat-up VW microbus, through rather inhospitable terrain of desert, dry plains, and jungle, through countries that, at the time, had little-to-no tourist facilities and which were hostile towards the US. Evidently Fenton was hoping either a breakdown, terrorists, or just plain getting lost would do the young idiots in, because neither Frank nor Joe seem to care about the upcoming drive.
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