The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 8

Fallen Arches

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Sep 03, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Dr. Orpheus finally makes the big-time when the Guild of Calamitous Intent announce he's finally ready for an arch-villain. While Orpheus assembles his former team of fellow heroes, villain tryouts are held at the Venture Compound, Dr. Venture suffers bouts of jealousy, Hank and Dean entertain Trianna but lose her, the Monarch tries to find solace in the arms of a prostitute, and Henchmen 21 and 24 decide on a new career as "arches."moreless

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  • Dr. Orpheus gets a team and his own villain.

    Yet another great episode of The Venture Brothers. This one was excellent. You get neumerous little stories in one. You get Dr. Orpheus gathering a team and selecting a villain for their team, Dr. Venture builds a walking eye, Monarch tortures a prostitiute, henchmen 21 and 24 get rocket packs, Dean puts on a play of a Oscar Wilde story. Just lots of fun through out. I love seeing Dr. Orpheus. Great to see that he finnaly manages to get a villain of his own. Henchmen 21 and 24 are always fun in an episode and here they don't dissapoint. Nice touch with the refence to Family Double Dare for the flight suits.

    Just another very funny episode from this series.moreless
  • Main plot falls short, sub-plot shines

    The episode begins with yet another hilariously bad "taped" segment giving te basic exposition that Dr. Orpheushas had his wish granted and will finally be receaving his own arch nemisis with the small catch that he needs a team. The team includes a Blade-like vampire hunter and a (gay?) alchemist. The vampire hunter is quite funny at times but, the alchemist is rather dull. The alchemist is played by Dana Snyder who plays "Master Shake" on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and he didn't even change his voice for it. Where this episode really shines is in the sub-plot involving The Monarch tormenting a hooker for no apparent reason. Henchmen 21 and 24 have a separate plot that goes absolutely nowhere.moreless
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Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Henchman 24/Watch/Torrid/Additional voices

Recurring Role

Steven Ratazzi

Steven Ratazzi

Dr. Byron Orpheus

Recurring Role

Charles Parnell

Charles Parnell

Jefferson Twilight

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Trivia: Apparently, the identity of Lady Au Pair is not a new one for Dr. Girlfriend, as she made an off-hand comment in the episode "The Trial of the Monarch" that it was her code-name when she worked as a solo super villian, changing it to Queen Etheria when she went to work for Phantom Limb, and then finally to Dr. Girlfriend for the Monarch. It's unclear whether or not these are the same Murderous Moppets, however.

    • In the kitchen near the end, as Dr. Venture says, "They know a real arch-rival when they see one," the inside of his left ear briefly disappears then reappears.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hank: Dude, I killed your girlfriend.
      Dean: Wait, she's my girlfriend?
      Hank: Probably, before I killed her.

    • The Guild of Calamitous Intent: Hate You Can Trust

    • Jefferson Twilight: No man, you have a secret identity. That's classic comic stuff. You're like Captain… no, Aquaman.
      Dr. Orpheus: Aquaman doesn't have a secret identity. He's always Aquaman.
      Jefferson Twilight: Okay, bad example.
      Dr. Orpheus: Nobody believes that Aquaman is a stay-at-home dad. Everybody knows what Aquaman does.
      Jefferson Twilight: I don't know what Aquaman does. Doesn't he protect some lame fake-ass kingdom
      Dr. Orpheus: I thought he fought Black Manta?

    • Dr. Venture: Well, go sit in the bathroom.
      Hank: And do what?
      Dr. Venture: Wash your face or something. You know take care of your pimples now, or you'll look like F. Murray Abraham or Edward James Olmos. (Hank shudders) Do you want to look like someone who made their face out of a beige orange peel?

    • Jefferson Twilight: On three, we give him the old Rushambo.
      The Alchemist: Rock-paper-scissors?
      Dr. Orpheus: What does a general from the American Revolution have to do with this?
      Jefferson Twilight: American Revolution? "Rushambo" sounds, sounds French to me.
      Dr. Orpheus: Well, yes, the Franco-American Forces.
      Dr. Orpheus: They fought with SpaghettiOs and meatballs?
      The Alchemist: Why would a company called Franco-American make Italian food?

    • Jefferson Twilight: (to Dr. Girlfriend) Do you smoke cigarettes, or do you eat them?

    • Brock: Well I'm going to go out there and get some of that action.
      Dr. Venture: Uh, don't you want to change?
      Brock: No way. I love wearing a tux when I kill guys. Kinda makes me feel like James Bond.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Monarch: Or the polar bear from Lost.
      Referencing one of the most iconic images from the TV series Lost. The polar bear appeared briefly on the tropical island in the first season but hasn't been seen much since then.

    • Brock: What a fascinating Puritan you are, Lady Windermere.
      Brock and Dean are creating a scene from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan (1893). It's one of Wilde's many satires on Victorian society.

    • The Monarch: How much do you want to live?!?
      The Monarch's tattoed back and his taunting of the prostitute are taken from the primary villain, Francis Dolarhyde, from Thomas Harris' Red Dragon, and the two movies that it spawned, Manhunter (1986), and Red Dragon (2002).

    • Jefferson Twilight
      The sword-wielding ultra-cool black dude who hunts vampires is a homage to Marvel Comic's Blade the Vampire Hunter.

    • Walking Eye
      Dr. Venture's Walking Eye is a homage/in-joke to the Robot Spy from the original Jonny Quest episode "The Robot Spy".

    • Torrid
      Torrid looks like an elderly version of DC Comic's mystic undead hero Deadman. His flaming head is also reminiscient of Dormammu, a Marvel comics supervillain who frequently fought Dr. Strange, who Dr. Orpheus is based off.