The Venture Brothers

Season 1 Episode 2

Careers in Science

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Aug 14, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

The Venture family must travel to space to repair an orbiting space station that Dr. Venture's father built in the 1970's, but a mysterious space phantom could be haunting the station!

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    Christopher McCulloch

    Christopher McCulloch

    Filmstrip Narrator

    Guest Star

    Terrance Fleming

    Terrance Fleming

    Col. Bud Manstrong

    Guest Star

    Nina Hellman

    Nina Hellman

    Lt. Anna Baldavitch, Woman on Cell Phone

    Guest Star

    Paul Boocock

    Paul Boocock

    Dr. Jonas Venture

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • When Rusty Venture first pulls out his 'diet pills', they are a small, round tablet type. When he finds one on the ground after dropping them, it's a oblong, gel-cap type.

      • When Dr. Venture's urine seeps through his spacesuit - a spacesuit is airtight, and therefore fluid-tight as well. So if his suit is working right, then the urine could not have seeped through.

    • QUOTES (14)

      • Jonas Venture: Oh Rusty, you don't need "diet pills," you just need to work a few things out.
        Dr. Venture: Look who's telling me this - my dead 12' tall father.

      • Dr. Venture: I've tried everything.
        Imaginary Jonas Venture: Are you kidding me? You were just flipping switches. Think, think, tiny wonder! You built this with me, you should know her inside and out!
        Dr. Venture: I was like ten! I just wanted to play with my plastic cowboys and Indians! Who lets a ten-year-old build a space station!?

      • Manstrong: So.. h-how was he!?
        Baldavitch: How was who?
        Manstrong: Oh, come on! I shook his hand, it's all fat and stubby! He must have like a huge mushroom down there! So...does (Brock) have a Smurf living in it or what!?

      • Bud Manstrong: (as Brock hits him) Ooh! .. how inappropriate! Oof! Ah! Rude! Rude!

      • Brock: That's a tight fit.
        Baldavitch: It's like they were made for each other!
        Dr. Venture: Yes, because they were, because they were both made by the same guy. Now can we finish this up, please?

      • Hank: What did Dad ever do to Phantom Space Man? Phantom Space Man's a big fat jerk!

      • Hank: That's it, Brock, pace yourself! Conserve your energy.
        Dean: What the – what's he doing with his . . .
        Hank: Wait a minute, Bro – what other weapon does he have? He needs his hands free for . . . stuff.
        Dean: Uh-oh. Phantom Space Man somehow got on top. That's it, Brocko – shake him off!
        Dean, Hank, and Brock: Yeah!
        Hank: Got him on his knees! It's just a matter of time now.
        Dean: Brock's just toying with him.
        Hank: Pretzel Bender! Brock's going to teach me that one.

      • Lt. Baldavich: I don't have to take this!
        Col. Manstrong: That's because you already took it... in the lap. From... not me!

      • Brock: Oh yeah, the pain. It's not so bad. I hacked up some blood a couple of minutes ago and there was this pink chunk about the size of, uh... one of those little kiwi fruit, but I don't feel anything missing, so I'm not too worried.

      • Hank and Dean: Phantom Space Man!!

      • Dean: It's on!
        Hank: It's off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Hank: It's off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Hank: It's off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Hank: Off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Hank: It's off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Hank: Off!
        Dean: It's on!
        Dr. Venture: hat's called "blinking," boys...

      • Dean: This wasn't supposed to happen!
        Hank: I hate Phantom Space Man!

      • Hank and Dean: He started it!
        Dr. Venture: No I started it years ago in a moment of passion! And I'll end it the same way right here in front of Brock, H.E.L.P.eR., and God!

      • Dr. Venture: Oh sweet mercy, tell me these suits have a collection pouch.

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Col. Manstrong: ...and under the flickering light of Burt Reynold's 'Sharky's Machine', he opened the bay doors...almost the whole crew was there. 'Sharky's Machine'!"
        Sharky's Machine is an action thriller from the early 1980s that stars (and was directed by) Burt Reynolds. It's about Sharky, a narcotics cop who, after being involved in a drug bust gone wrong, is transferred down to Vice Squad. He begins investigating a murder involving a prostitute and forms the "machine," a group of vice cops, who help him discover an international prostitution/extortion ring.

      • Dr. Venture: Gargantua-1. It's like the stupidest name ever.
        The name of Jonas Venture's space station is taken from Toho's 1966 Kaiju smash-'em-up which features two mutated Frankenstein monsters eating civilians and punching each other in the face.

      • Venture Team: Walking onto the station
        The Venture team walking onto the station in slow motion down a long hallway parodies a similar scene in the movie The Right Stuff.