The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 9

Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Sep 10, 2006 on Cartoon Network
8.4
out of 10
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64 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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The Ventures are invited to a White House state dinner in honor of Colonel Bud Manstrong. But they are (mostly) unaware of a fiendish plot to assassinate the President, and only Lincoln's Ghost can save them!

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  • The best episode of Season 2

    9.4
    I honestly thought this was the best episode of Season 2. I cant really review much of this episode except its about this guy who crashed Dr. Ventures Space Station and all of a sudden he becomes a hero. Now this guys mother want him to murder the president (or at least this is what Abraham Lincolns ghost was saying). Anyway the guy becomes the Presidents Aid of some sort, he rejects and then his mother forces him to go back in there and take the job as vice president. Im no good at reviewing episodes seriously!



    All I can say was it was decent. The best parts were when Brock and Houser kept getting into confrontations with eachother and in some parts you would assume that Brock is finally scared of someone besides himself!moreless
  • An excellent show. A great commentary on the last two presidencies and a further development in the humanization of Brock Samson.

    10
    I really don't get why some consider this the worst episode of the season. I think it is my favorite so far. The appearance of Abe Lincoln's ghost and Hank's complete oblivion as to who he is was a great commentary on the poor quality of education in our country. Believe it or not, I know a lot of people who would have responded to Abe the same way Hank did. "You invented the five dollar bill?" The president was an obvious composite of Clinton and Bush. I think it would have been significantly funnier if they just had him spouting Bush quotes, but not everyone is a big a fan of the clown in the White House as I am. Apparently some reviewers don't know who Jonas Venture Junior is "...then this little guy shows up, because someone seems to think that little people are always good for a laugh..." Whatever, dude. I'm not going to list all the things that made me laugh in this episode because they are too numerous. Perhaps the humor is too subtle for some, but don't allow the previous reviews to sour you to this episode. I've never been a fan of critics, I like to make up my own mind. But, if you must take someone's word for it, I feel I must throw my two Lincolns in, in defense of this episode. Watch this episode, it is a gem.moreless
  • Ventures go to the White House.

    9.0
    This episode was good, but not as good as the usual fare you get with the Venture Brothers. It has it's moments now and then, but nothing overly hilarious like the episodes of the past few weeks. The series faulters a little bit with out the Monarch or his henchmen showing up in an episode. The Monarch, his henchmen, and Dr. Girlfriend are a key to a great episode. There is the occasional episode with out them that is decent such as 20 Years to Midnight. That was very funny. The episode was still decent, just nothing over the top great like other episodes.moreless
  • Not as great as others.

    7.4
    This week the Venture Family went to the White House. The boys were haunted by the ghost of Abe Lincoln, who enlisted their aid to help stop a fiendish plot to assassinate the President Manchurian Candidate Style.

    Something just seemed off in this episode, I barely laughed at all and usually this show is sooo funny, alas not this one. The crazy Secret Service guy who hates Brock wasn't even funny, although it did seem like the dinner scene was influenced by the scene in Wedding Crashers.

    The best part was seeing the captain and his Russian ladylove for the Careers in Space episode and seeing that Sally Impossible was still together with Jonas Venture Jr.

    If I had just convinced someone to watch this show and this was the first episode they watched, I would feel bad cuz this was probably the worst episode of S2 so far.moreless
  • Sometimes Lincoln just isn't funny.

    7.8
    A lot of little threads in this one, and most of them went nowhere. I was hoping for some kind of follow-up to last week, maybe find out what happened to Triana. No, we just get some tired jokes about Presidential affairs and some kind of attempt at a Manchurian Candidate reference. Oh, and Brock takes on the Secret Service, which is apparently filled with long-haired losers and vengeful cretins. Also, there's some kind of cleaning lady that shares her wisdom with everybody. What a hoot. Then there was somthing about a force field, and then this little guy shows up, because someone seems to think that little people are always good for a laugh, and then it was over. I can't help but feel a little disappointed.moreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Jonas Venture Jr.

Guest Star

Terrence Fleming

Terrence Fleming

Col. Bud Manstrong

Guest Star

Joanna P. Adler

Joanna P. Adler

Mrs. Manstrong

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Lincoln's Ghost/Pirate Captain/Ned/General Mannowera/Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Dana Snyder

Dana Snyder

President Breyer

Recurring Role

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

Agent Hauser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (11)

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • President Breyer: Nucular?
      A reference to George W. Bush, who once pronounced "nuclear" the same way.

    • "Luck Rodgers" and "Flash-in-the-Pan Gordon."
      Dr. Venture is making references to the characters Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon. They appeared in old 1930s and 40s radio programs, comics, TV shows, and movies. Both were about futuristic space adventurers.

    • Bat Baby! Manstrong's Secret Shame
      The newspaper headline is a reference to the Weekly World News. It is a tabloid full of joke stories like "Titanic docks in London with everyone OK" or "President meets with Aliens from Mars". One of their recurring stories chronicles the exploits of Bat Boy.

    • Col. Manstrong: Oh my god! It's full of stars!
      Alluding to the famous line from Arthur C. Clarke's novelization of the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, uttered by Dave Bowman. Contrary to popular belief, the line is never uttered in the movie itself, although it is noted as Bowman's last words in the sequel 2010.

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