The Venture Brothers

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (595)

  • Alchemist: I am so glad we're having a party!
    Dr. Orpheus: This is not a party, Al. We are charged with hosting the 331st meeting of the Brimstone Assembly!
    Alchemist: Uh-huh. Sure. So where do you want me to assemble the chips and dip?
    Dr. Orpheus: Oh, by my mini-fajitas, I think would be nice. Or with the cheeses, since they are more of an appetizer.

  • Jefferson Twilight: I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't dress sexy on Halloween. Witch? No, sir. Sexy witch. Freddy Krueger? Nope! Sexy Freddy Krueger. Umm. Sexy Freddy Krueger.

  • Hank: Dean, we are men. Old enough to grow hair on our balls! Now it's time we use 'em before something else grows on 'em!

  • Toaster Face: Submit to desire. I offer you ultimate pleasure. Your thirst, your lust is hunger. Submit to my toast, my pleasure toast. You hunger for it.

  • The Master: You've lost the true meaning of Christmas. This is the day that a baby was born to remind us that we shouldn't raise an army of dead guys just because we can!

  • Narrator: This is a story of failure and triumph, then some more failure and then triumph. then an explosion and more triumph, followed by double triumph. This is the story of Shallow Gravy.

  • Hank: Brock gave me lessons. He even taught me a mnemonic device to remember the names of all the strings. Every Adversary Dies Gloriously.

  • Narrator: Dermott Fictel was born to raise Hell over his head and scream, "Who wants a piece of Hell?"

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Notes (126)

  • The opening credit sequences features a Halloween theme with monsters chasing the brothers.

  • Released to promote the new Shallow Grave five-song EP.

  • The episode is only 15 minutes long.

  • This episode begins with the swirling neon "SPECIAL" logo that CBS used to use for its Christmas specials, followed by "An Astrobase Go Special Presentation."

  • This episode takes place after "Ice Station: Impossible!" but before "Trial of the Monarch."

  • This episode doesn't have an extra conclusion scene after the ending credits.

  • The opening credits have a lovely red-and-green holly-and-mistle-toe flare as the Brothers dodge swirling Mistletoe Stars of Death and wreaths.

  • Among the non-speaking party guests: Steve Summers and Sasquatch, Sally Impossible (somewhat pregnant), Richard Impossible, Kano, Otto Acquairus, Action Man, Col. Gentleman, and Mandalay.

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Trivia (123)

  • When Dr. Venture flies by the X-1 in his dream, the background has green ground in it, without snow.

  • Patrick Warburton is listed twice in the credits, making it look as if he voices Hank Venture and The Monarch.

  • Trivia: The location of the Venture compound is revealed in the opening scene when Otaku Senzuri is reading the newspaper article announcing Dr. Venture's new invention: Colorado Springs.

  • In the opening sequence, when the Mexican gangster calls while playing Poker with Brock, Brock says he has a Full House and reveals three Queen of Diamonds, a 2 of clubs, and a 2 of Diamonds, while the Mexican gangster says he has a Royal Flush with an 8 of Spades, 2 of Diamonds, a Jack of Hearts, 3 of Diamonds, and a 5 of Clubs. While Brock's hand would technically be correct, it would be impossible with a standard 52-card deck. Likewise, the Mexican gangster's "Royal Flush" would not be possible since Brock already has a 2 of Diamonds.

  • When Brock bursts out of his grave, there are still a few darts on him. When the scene changes, those darts aren't seen on him for the rest of the scene.

  • At the end of the episode, Dr. Venture has Helper transplant one of each of the boys' kidneys into himself. From episodes here on in, anytime a surgery is needed Master Billy Quizboy is called upon for help.

  • When Hank leans toward the butterfly his eyebrows are black, but when he leans back they're blonde.

  • When Dr. Venture is lying in the bathtub full of ice, we see his legs, and they are bare. But when he climbs out of the tub and onto H.E.L.P.e.R.'s back, he is suddenly wearing pants.

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Allusions (320)

  • Dermott: I'm the Crow!
    Referencing the comic book character created by James O'Barr in 1994. Eric Draven is left for dead by a gang after watching them rape and murder his fiancee. A crow brings him back to life as a white-faced revenant to seek revenge on those that killed him. The comic spawned a movie, three sequels, and a syndicated TV series.

  • Dr. Orpheus: Jefferson, this isn't The Craft.
    Referencing the 1996 supernatural teen horror movie about a new girl in town, Sarah, who joins the high school clique and discovers that they're witches. They begin casting spells for their own benefit but they backfire and Sarah tries to stop her new friends.

  • Red Mantle: We're merely in the guise of the Two-headed Man. I'm Rosey Grier.
    Referencing the 1972 "horror" movie The Thing With Two Heads starring former football player Rosey Grier as a wrongly-convicted prisoner on death row who volunteers for an experimental procedure and ends up having a white racist millionaire's head attached to his body.

  • Jefferson: Freddy Krueger? Nope! Sexy Freddy Krueger.
    Referencing the famous dream killer played by Robert Englund in the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series since 1984. Besides a number of sequels, there was also an anthology TV series.

  • Dermott: Go home, put on the Kidz Bop version of Thriller, then watch the Peanut Special like every year.
    Referencing the 1983 song by Michael Jackson, released on the album of the same name. It was made into a highly popular music video directed by John Landis, featuring Jackson as a zombie and a werewolf, and narrated in parts by Vincent Price. The Peanut Special is the 1966 It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Kidz Bop is a series of musical compilations sung by child session musicians and Thriller was performed on the 2004 Kidz Bop Halloween album.

  • Dermott: I'm sure it is, Richie Rich.
    Referencing the world's richest kid, who first appeared in Little Dot #1 (September 1953). The only child of multimillionaire parents, Richie is nonetheless kind and generous. Along with his girlfriend Gloria Glad and friends Freckles and Pee-Wee Friendly, Richie has many exciting adventures.

  • Alchemist: So where's the twist, Bullwinkle?
    Referencing the line spoken by Bullwinkle in the animated programs Rocky and His Friends (1959-1961) and The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (1961-1964). Bullwinkle prepares to do a magic trick by pulling a rabbit out of a hat. What he pulls out is never a rabbit, and typically a dangerous animal or object.

  • Toaster Face: Submit to desire. I offer you ultimate pleasure.
    Referencing the Hellraiser franchise created by Clive Barker. In the series, a golden puzzle cube (represented by the Rubik's Cube Outrider is solving) summons demonic twisted creatures, Cenobites, which offer ultimate pleasure and ultimate pain. They often use chains, such as those suspending the Outrider and Tatyana.

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