The Venture Brothers

Season 4 Episode 1

Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Oct 18, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

With Brock still MIA, Dr. Venture gets a new bodyguard. Hank and Dean get new jobs, Henchman 21 deals with the death of his partner, and Hitler must die!

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  • Someone, please *PLEASE* tell me that some sort of mistake was made.

    The first half of this episode was excellent, and seemed to live up to at least Season 3, maybe even Season 2. The non-chronological unfolding of the plot was very intriguing, the deveolpments regarding Brock and H.E.L.P.E.R. set the table for some interesting stuff. The return of Col. Gathers' surgeon was a great idea. However, in what I hope was a screw-up in my cable service, I got to watch that first half *twice*... Once before the commercial break, and once after. The "references" section of this site would indicate that the other half of this episode has been seen, but it certainly wasn't seen by me or my friends who were watching on Colorado's Comcast feed. Someone please tell me that the feed got screwed up, and that this wasn't Jackson Publick's idea of a joke.moreless
  • Starting from where season 3 left off we find Brock waking up chaotic scene of battlefield between the OSI and Monarch. While it progresses with Brock struggle to find his place after escaping from the OSI. With a new body guard of the Ventures.moreless

    Venture Bros. Is back!!! It was great episode with half of it going backwards and the half forward. Slightly confusing and it took me a second time to catch some of the great jokes. With humor and a change that flows well with the series. Such as a new Sgt. Hatred as the new body guard but not entirely throwing Brock away. I feel sorry for those of us on the west coast that don't have satellite TV to watch it 3 hours earlier but Adult swim did fix that by airing the episode for 4 days in a week. Truly sorry.moreless
Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Sgt. Hatred/Doe/Hunter Gathers/Steve Summers

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Henchman 21/Cardholder/Shore Leave

Guest Star

Steven Rattazzi

Steven Rattazzi


Guest Star

Steven Rattazzi

Steven Rattazzi

Dr. Orpheus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Sgt. Hatred: Hank! Hank, did you kill Hitler?
      Hank: No, it was... it was... it was an angel.
      Sgt. Hatred: Oh, I thought it was you. I was going to buy you an ice cream cake and stuff.
      Hank: Ha, oh, I was just kidding. Yeah, it was me. I totally killed Hitler.

    • Dean: (reading a book) "Don't take another step", said Giant Boy Detective urgently. "The floor is booby trapped!" "How do you know", asked Suzy?
      Cardholder: All right, Wishbone, why don't you give Giant Boy Detective a rest? You're giving me a migraine here.
      Dean: I only have five more chapters to go. It'd be a whole lot more fun if you read Suzy's parts.
      Cardholder: ( skipping to the end) "Gosh", said Suzy. "How did you know it was the rancher all along?" "Simple Suzy", thundered Giant Boy Detective, his freakishly loud voice echoing off the walls of the old mine. "Cow patties don't sparkle, that was gold dust on his boots." The end! Happy now?
      Dean: Wow... I did not see that coming...

    • Dean: (putting a gun back together) And...time!
      Sgt. Hatred: (wakes up) Yeah, the stopwatch doesn't have an hour function so uhh... whatever. Well, you somehow built your blindfold into your gun, and I'm pretty sure the trigger doesn't go there...

    • OSI Doctor 1: What the hell do we do with the big lug when he wakes up?
      OSI Doctor 2: We put him back to work.
      OSI Doctor 1: The guys a damn traitor. He quit the agency.
      OSI Doctor 2: Top brass thinks there's still some use for him if he can be persuaded to curtail certain anti-social behavior.
      OSI Doctor 1: So what are we thinking? Uhh, the 'ol brain drain? Full memory wipe?
      OSI Doctor 2: No. That brain of his has got twenty years worth of news we can use. He just needs a little attitude adjustment. Wakey, wakey, Mr. Hatred. It's time to make all those little naked boys in your head to go bye-bye.

    • Dr. Venture: Ah! You're getting face all over me! Hot melting face!

    • Hank: I have it figured out that if I can just skim Pop's belt buckle, the bullet will ricochet off it and kill the guy with the gun.
      Sgt. Hatred: Hank, I will give you so much money to not shoot your dad.

    • Dean: Will you two stop it!
      Sgt. Hatred: When the going gets tough, that boy always gets going.

    • Brock: I can cross "stab Hitler to death" off my list of cool crap I thought I'd never get to do.
      Hank: Brock?
      Brock: Hey, Hank. Killed Hitler.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Marvel Comics #1 was published in October, 1939, by Timely Comics. It featured the first appearances of the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, Ka-zar and the other, lesser-known characters whose names are shown on screen throughout the episode. The cover was painted by famed pulp artist Frank R. Paul and is meant to depict the Human Torch, even though he looks very different than in the interior art. Years later, Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and many others suggested changing the name of the company, Timely, to Marvel because this title was so well-remembered.

    • On the episode's premiere, Cartoon Network messed up the West Coast broadcast and aired the first half of the episode twice, overriding the second half.

    • The new opening credits feature Sgt. Hatred's tank instead of Brock's car, Hank with his new look, and Sgt. Hatred instead of Brock throughout.

    • The men Molotov discusses killing are named Carl Burgos, which is the name of the creator of the Golden Age android Human Torch, and Paul Gustavson, creator of the Golden Age Angel. Both characters first appeared in Marvel Comics #1, which was featured in this episode.


    • Music Cue:
      The music cue when Brock first awakens from his injuries is from the 1982 film Poltergeist. The original music for the film was composed be Jerry Goldsmith.

    • Cardholder All right, Wishbone, why don't you give it a rest?
      Wishbone was a PBS TV series which ran from 1995-2001, about a dog who acts out the adventures of various classic books. The show's aim was to get children interested in reading.

    • Dr. Orpheus: Not even the great Cesar Milan could whisper this hell-hound!
      Referencing Cesar Milan, the star of the TV series The Dog Whisperer, where he rehabilitates overly-aggressive family dogs and teaches their families how to properly train and deal with them.