The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 5

20 Years to Midnight

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Aug 06, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Brock's discovery of a lost videotape from Jonas Venture Sr. sends the team across the globe to find four vital components needed to save the world. Now all they have to do is overcome a strung-out Jonny Quest, a blissed-out Colonel Gentleman, and a paranoid Professor Impossible. While the Grand Galactic Inquisitor watches over them all.moreless

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  • Dr. Venture, Brock and the boys stumble across a video by Jonas Venture revealing a device that could save the world. Scattered in four locations across the globe, they set out to find the pieces in certainly what is one the best episodes ever.moreless

    Loved it loved it loved it. This was the funniest episode of the Venture Brothers to date. The Grand Galactic Inquistor's booming, "IGNORE ME!" is one of the most memorable lines of the series. Jonas Venture Jr. also joins the group, who's character I would love to see more of. The inclusion of Johnny Quest as a junkie, Colonel Gentleman's "Crazy Person's Diary," and of course, The Impossible Family, make this episode a series classic. The writting is witty and the comic timing is perfect. The allusions to other tv series and comic books are part of what makes the series so great, and that even if you don't get every insides joke it makes, it is still sid-splittingly funny.moreless
  • The team (with the help of J.J. and the captain) tries to reassemble one of Dr. Venture's old inventions before midnight.

    I was gone for a week so I missed this episode at first. Upon my return, I watched it on Tivo and laughed my butt off. The premise was a good idea on it's own, but when they throw in the return of J.J. Venture, the captain and the Impossible family, they have something great. Then they add in the Grand Galactic Inquisitor (IGNORE ME!!) and it's a fantastic episode filled to the brim with sheer hilarity. Finally, they slip in a psychotic, drug addicted adaptation of classic character Johnny Quest, the best word I can use to describe it is perfect.moreless
  • Best episode ever.

    This was a fantastic episode. A ton of great characters make reappearances, including the sea captin, Jonas Venture jr., and the Impossible family. The writing was great and the final rant by \"Jonas Venture\" had me rolling on the floor, crying with laughter. Even though it didn\'t have my favorite character (the monarch) I have to say that this was one of the best episodes ever.
  • This episode highlights what makes the Venture Brothers awesome! It includes characters from the previous season, lacking The Monarch and the necromancer. The action sequence at the end is top notch and hilarious.moreless

    From the tri-eye robotic man guy, the introduction of the naked Dr. Ventured opened up the episode\'s mystery. Perhaps, the most interesting is Dr. Venture\'s allusion to danger and just kidding afterwards. This references many shows that have the character in the transmission breaking off because of danger leaving off valuable clues. It is the shows first true allusion to other shows or movies.

    We finally get to see Spider Skull Island that has been referenced in the first season and first episode of the second season. Another great surpise was the Ghost Pirate who is funny as always.

    While the Johnny Quest is confusing to say the least, is just goes to show\'s genuis of lampooning old characters. It is always one of the shows that Venture Brothers parodies a lot, so it was nice to finally see the guy. Albeit in an unconventional, hippie kind of way, which is still funny.

    Perhaps the best part that almost everyone could relate to was when the alien kills the annoying giant robot guy. \"IGNORE ME!\" Funniest Quote Ever. Dressed as Dr. Venture\'s father, it opens up another side of Rusty that viewers haven\'t seen before. Just like the movie, you find out that it isn\'t really his father, and most feel the same way afterwards that Dr. Venture felt.

    In conclusion, the whole thing leading up to one of the best action sequences in the season so far and the whole saving the world thing came down to some alien dressed up as Dr. Venture\'s father. The whole death of the giant robot wasn\'t all that great either. He just shoots the gun and that is it. All is well, because it is exactly how I felt after watching the ending of the movie that scene parodies.

    This episode along with the others makes this the best season yet of VB.moreless
  • Well after waiting a few weeks for new episodes, this episode was so funny!

    Out of all the episodes I have watch of the Venture bros, this has got to be the craziest! Jonny Quest, a crazy no pants man, The Impossibles coming back, A weird robot named the Grand Galactic Inquisitor from a space thats suppose to pass judgement on humanity, and a fake Dr Venture Sr who is an alien sent to destroy the Grand Galactic Inquisitor so the earth can be safe. How crazy is that?!moreless
Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert

Professor Impossible

Guest Star

Mia Barron

Mia Barron

Sally Impossible/Jonas Jr.'s Ibezan Houseguest

Guest Star

Paul Boocock

Paul Boocock

Dr. Jonas Venture Sr./Alien/Subway Bum/Taxi Driver/Voice of Impossible Computer

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Pirate Captain/The Grand Inquisitor/Ned/Colonel Gentleman

Recurring Role

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Jonas Venture Jr./Young Rusty

Recurring Role

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

Jonny Quest

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dean: We need to preserve the crime scene because I smell a mystery.
      Hank: Well, I smell dead guy. We don't have time for a mystery, Sherlock Homo.

    • Jonas Venture Jr.: (talking into collar) H.E.L.P.eR., come in H.E.L.P.eR.!
      Dr.Venture: Oh, now he's bossing my robot around!!! You see this?!? Wait, you have a radio in your collar?
      Jonas Jr.: Of course! What kind of an idiot would strap his only means of emergency communication to his wrist? (rolls eyes) They always tie you up.

    • Sally Impossible: What could be more important than your family, Richard?!?
      Professor Impossible: Ssssssssssssci-ence?

    • Dr. Venture: Oh great, what're you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be our rescue team?
      Jonas Venture Jr.: What do you want from me? You had SuperKillGuy with you and you still got caught!

    • Dean: (holding up old vest) Are you uh, throwing this stuff out? 'Cause who doesn't need more sweater vests?
      Hank: Cool guys.

    • Dr. Venture: Ugh...what? Oh, god, I thought I was done with those crappy dreams.
      Grand Galactic Inquisitor: Me, too! That was a weird one.
      Dr. Venture: Oh, great. Now you can read my mind, too?
      Grand Galactic Inquisitor: Ignore me!! ...yes I can.

    • Pirate Captain: You try finding a job with nothing on your resume but "Fake Ghost Pirate."

    • Dean: Pop said he'd radio him we were coming.
      Hank: Pop forgets my name half the time.

    • Brock: Oh, this is just wrong. Even for you. Look at her.
      Dr. Venture: I have watched you pull out a man's eyes from his head and make him dance like a marionette with his own optic nerves.
      Brock: At least I didn't break his heart.
      Dr. Venture: Eh. You don't know that.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Jonny Quest:
      The insane guy in the bathysphere Captain and Jonas Jr. encounter is an adult Johnny Quest, sporting a ragged version of Johnny's haircut and tattered black turtleneck. At one point the character is even referred to as "Mr Quest."

    • Hank: And trapped, in the Phantom Zone.
      Hank Venture is referring to the Phantom Zone of the Superman mythologies. The Phantom Zone, throughout all continuities of Superman, is a prison dimension created by Jor-El, Superman's father, as a non-violent way to deal with the criminals of Krypton.

    • Impossible Plaza
      The residence of the Impossible's operations is based on the Fantastic Four's own building from the comics, the aptly named Four Freedoms Plaza.

    • HUGGIE
      The Impossible's robot, HUGGIE, is loosely based on the Fantastic Four's robot, HERBIE the Robot.
      In an interesting side note, Herbie was created for the Fantastic Four animated series of the late 1970s, The New Fantastic Four, as a replacement for Johnny Storm, or the Human Torch. At the time, the Human Torch was replaced, because a movie featuring the Human Torch was in its early stages at the time. However, the film would not be completed.

    • Alien
      The alien showing up as Rusty and Jonas Jr's father is a reference to the movie Contact where an alien shows up as Jodie Foster's deceased father.