The Venture Brothers

Season 4 Episode 13

Bright Lights, Dean City

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Oct 10, 2010 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Dean ends up interning with Professor Impossible, and discovers that his new employer is a member of the Revenge Society.

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    Christopher McCulloch

    Christopher McCulloch

    Fat Chance/Cody/Mr. Polygamy/Lyndon Bee

    Guest Star

    James Urbaniak

    James Urbaniak

    Phantom Limb

    Guest Star

    Bill Hader

    Bill Hader

    Professor Impossible/Alien Villain

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Phantom Limb: Now, uh, gentleman, before we start interviewing potential candidates, you need to keep one thing in mind. "S.P.A.W.M."
        Baron Ünderbheit: That awful comic book?
        Professor Impossible: Oh, and that horrible movie. What was Martin Sheen thinking?
        Phantom Limb: Not Spawn. "S.P.A.W.M."

      • Professor Impossible: Starting tomorrow, I'm making you our new Head of Human Resources!
        Dean: Really?
        Professor Impossible: Good night, lad! Remember--promotion, human resources, me not evil! Good night!

      • Fat Chance: So, basically, the accident turned me into a portal to another dimension, and now I can pull stuff out of time and space through my duodenum
        Phantom Limb: And you find that... useful?
        Fat Chance: Sometimes.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (7)

      • Prof. Impossible: Dred Scott!
        Dred Scott was an African-American slave who sued for freedom and lost in 1857. His name is used here as a play on the classic superhero exclamation "Great Scott!"

      • Dr. Venture: What, are you waiting for Jacob Riis to take your picture?
        Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a photojournalist who documented the horrible living conditions in the New York City tenements at the turn of the century in an effort to help those living there.

      • Title:
        Referencing the 1984 novel Bright Lights, Big City, written by Jay McInerney. The story is about a writer swept up in the New York City party scene while trying to forget the wife that left him, and coping with a cocaine addiction. It was made into a movie in 1988.

      • Phantom Limb: Phantom Limb: Not Spawn. "S.P.A.W.M."
        Referencing the comic book character created by Todd McFarlane. Al Simmons is a soldier and then assassin who dies, goes to Hell, and is brought back as a pawn for demonic forces. He has vast superpowers due to his undead status, and wears a symbiotic necroplasm suit that can shapeshift. A live-action movie based on the comic was produced in 1997, and a cable animated series from 1997 to 1999.

      • Phantom Limb: It looks more like the Island of Misfit Toys out there.
        Referencing the Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Rudolph and his friends eventually find themselves on the Island, which is occupied by unloved toys which are defective or unwanted in some way. A sequel was made in 2001.

      • Dr. Venture: Starlight Express. Exactly!
        Referencing Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1984 musical which features a child's dream where his toy trains come to life and compete against each other. As noted, famously the entire cast performs on roller skates, and it is a major hit in Germany.

      • Alt-Dr. Venture: Explain to the untalented Mr. Ripley here he can't just waltz into my dimension and try to kill me with a rock and replace me.
        Referencing the 1955 novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tom Ripley is asked to track down a magnate's son, Dickie Greenleaf. When he finds Dickie, Tom kills him and takes his place, going into seclusion, and then faking Dickie's death and forging a will turning everything over to himself. The novel was adapted into a movie in 1999.