The Venture Brothers

Season 1 Episode 9

Are You There God? It's Me, Dean (A.K.A. Pull the Switch!)

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Oct 02, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Monarch finally has the Venture family right where he wants them-- hanging upside down above the Amazon River! But his victory is postponed when Dean suffers a strange but common injury--acute testicular tortion. According to the bi-laws of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, a temporary truce must be called in order to get Dean medical attention, so Brock and Hank are held as collateral. Doc calls on his friends Master Billy Quizboy and Mr. White, to perform orchiopexy on Dean.moreless

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  • Literally painful to watch.

    As I watched this episode, I grew increasingly uncomfortable, and nearly wanted to skip it. The reason, I have testicles. The descriptions of Dean's ailment made it impossible to enjoy any of the action or comic scenes of the episode. I would have been a much happier person if I had never heard of Testicular Torsion. Other than the problem with the whole testicle thing, I just felt that the episode was just lacking. Maybe the story was a little too ridicules. But, really, don't want to hear about a horribly painful condition, that would require surgery of the testes, it hurts. I am really surprised that the episode is so popular actually.moreless
  • My Favorite Episode!

    I love this episode! They actually pull out a Guild handbook, so we understand the Guild slightly more. The Monarch takes Hank and Brock with him to his HQ while Dr. Venture tries to treat Dean\'s pain. While at the HQ Brock noticed how dull things are at the Floating Cocoon and starts a fight to livening things up. We also find out that Peter White is a Computer Technician, and Quizboy is a Neural Geneticist. Hehehe we also are given a hint that Brock doesn\'t find Dr. Girlfriend attractive because of her deep voice, possibly meaning that he thinks she is a man with a sex change. Hehehemoreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Monarch Henchmen #3 and #4

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Mr. White, Monarch Henchmen #2, #5, #6, and #7

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Master Billy Quizboy, Monarch Henchman #1

Guest Star

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Thaddius S. "Rusty" Venture

Recurring Role

Lisa Hammer

Lisa Hammer

Triana Orpheus

Recurring Role

Steven Ratazzi

Steven Ratazzi

Dr. Byron Orpheus

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: Hank and Dean never met their mother. Sad.

    • Trivia: While hearing about Dean's condition, Dr. Venture says "I should have fixed this in the prototype phase." This could possibly be a future reference to Season 2's premiere "Powerless in The Face of Death."

    • Dr. Venture doesn't seem to recognize Doctor Girlfriend. Given their deep romantic relationship in "Midlife Chrysalis," shouldn't one of them say something? Alternately, if this episode was produced before "Midlife Chrysalis," shouldn't Dr. Venture recognize her in "Midlife" from this episode?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Henchman 24: Come on! They have one female servicing a large group of males. That implies a species that lays eggs.
      Henchman 21: Oh my God, you're crazy! They're so obviously mammals!
      Henchman 24: Please! She'd be in estrus 24/7 if she didn't lay eggs.
      Henchman 21: Smurfs don't lay eggs! I won't tell you this again! Papa Smurf has a fucking beard! They're mammals!

    • Hank: I never met my grandfather. I never even met my mom.
      Monarch: Hank... what would you say if I told you that your mother was someone you've met before?
      Hank: What?
      Monarch: And what if I told you that your father is not your real father? Hank... Hank! I am your real father!
      Hank: No way. No way, that's not true!
      Monarch: Psych! Hahaha, you were all, "Oh, daddy, you're my daddy!" You are so gullible, what is that like?!?

    • Monarch: Release the butterflies! (dead butterflies fall on Brock) Okay, whose job was it to feed the butterflies?

    • Dean: Hank, I had my pubes shaved! I'm going to put them under my pillow for the Tooth Fairy.
      Hank: Did the doctor see that creepy dog-dork?
      Dr. Venture: Hank, don't brag to your brother about his circumcision.

    • Dr. Venture: Hello, come in, Monarch. This is Dr. Thaddeus Venture. What is your status? Over.
      Doctor Girlfriend: And who may I say is calling?
      Dr. Venture: You know damn well who I am. I just said my name is Dr. Thaddeus Venture. Now put the Monarch on...

    • Billy Quizboy: You should be good as new, maybe even better – I hooked you up with the "complete package," if you know what I mean.
      Dean: I don't.

    • Brock: Take your time, Monarch, cause the minute you finish your little speech, I'm going to kill you.
      Monarch: What are you, Obi-wan Kenobi?!? Look at you schmucks!

    • Monarch: The Guild of Calamitous Intent – which incidentally I only joined to get the full dental and partial health package – has this pretty cut and dried. I have to kill him – those are my orders.

    • Dr. Venture: You just won't stop, will you? You just keep pushing my buttons.
      Monarch: You're my arch-enemy. That's what I do – it's my thing!

    • Monarch: How do you think your father knew everything about it?
      Hank: Because... he's a genius super-scientist?
      Monarch: I like to dream too, Hank.

    • Dr. Venture: Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum?!? You can tell me – I'm hip!

    • Dean: My... no-nos hurt!
      Monarch: What the hell are 'no-nos.'
      Dr. Venture: That's the super-adult term my teenage sons use to refer to their genitals. In public. In front of their father.

    • Monarch: Oh, hey, am I in there?
      Hank: Ummm, no.
      Monarch: M for *cue dramatic music* Monarch.
      Hank: Uh-uh.
      Monarch: Try T, for *cue even more dramatic music* The Monarch!

    • Monarch Henchman #3: Someone got him Brock Samson? Now I feel like a tool.
      Monarch Henchman #4: What'd you get him?
      Monarch Henchman #3: I made him coupons for one free washing of the Monarch Mobile and one free backrub.
      Monarch Henchman #4: Aren't those your jobs anyway?
      Monarch Henchman #3: Yeah, but... these are coupons.

    • Dr. Venture: Billy, fess up to the boy. He's been pulling that "boy genius" crap for at least the twenty years that I've known him.
      Billy Quizboy: Well, nobody's really impressed with "Master Billy Quizboy, Adult Genius."
      Dr. Venture: Like a speech impediment and growth hormone deficiency qualifies you as a "boy genius."
      Mr. White: Don't forget the huge head.
      Billy Quizboy: I copped to it – now you guys are ganging up on it.

    • Brock: Well it doesn't look like the Monarch needs anything. He's got a Flying Cocoon, sharp henchmen in peak physical condition. He's got it all.

    • Monarch: And what about you?
      Brock: I didn't sleep in my clothes.
      Monarch: 27! Burn his sheets!

    • Monarch: I treat my captives as kings. You will be given the finest of accommodations.
      Hank: Hey! Last time I was here you threw me in a stinky jail cell!
      Monarch: You broke my heart, Hank...

    • Billy Quizboy: But this kind of thing should be a walk in the park.
      Mr. White: A walk in the park with genitals for trees.
      Billy Quizboy: And hair for grass.

    • Dean: Do you have to shave it? I just grew those...

    • Henchman #24: Boss, there's a monster down here!
      Henchman #21: I think it was two ninjas taped together to make one giant ninja!

    • Billy Quizboy: Well, in a nutshell, no pun intended, your balls pulled a 180.

    • Brock: Do you have nothing else to do but harp on Dr. Venture? Why don't you try the world domination thing. You afraid of the big leagues?
      Monarch: Pleeaasse. Do I look stupid to you? World domination – I'll leave that to the religious nuts and the Republicans, thank you.

    • Hank: Hey, I had to sleep in my clothes. Now I feel gross wearing them two days in a row!
      Monarch: You're kidding me, right? That's the only outfit I've never seen you in!
      Hank: Well that doesn't mean I never wash it.
      Monarch: Fair enough.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Doc Hammer, editor and writer of The Venture Brothers, was once stricken with acute testicular torsion. His own reactions to this were the source of Dean's lines in this episode.


    • Episode Title: Are You There God? It's Me, Dean.
      The title of this episode is a quick reference to the title of the book "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume.

    • Mr. White: Unless you're like that guy from INXS and thats like your thing.
      INXS is an Australian based rock band formed in 1977.

    • The Monarch: Hank I am your real father.
      This is probably a reference to the Star Wars quote "Luke, I am your Father.",

    • Dr. Orpheus: Devil doll gift
      The devil doll Dr. Orpheus gives to the recovering Dean is a Zuni fetish doll, as seen in the movie Trilogy of Terror and its sequel.

    • Mr. White: I'm apparently doing a drive-by for the Yardies...
      The hit video/computer game "Grand Theft Auto 3" had several missions where the player ran errands for a street gang called the "Yardies", one of which was a drive-by on a rival gang. Mr. White is apparently playing the game when Dr. Venture's phone call interrupts him.

    • Candiru:
      The Candiru (Vandellia cirrhosa) is an actual freshwater parasitic catfish that lives in the Amazon River. It swims into the gills of bigger fish and preys on blood. Candirus have been known to swim into the human urethra on rare occasion.