The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 2

Hate Floats

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 02, 2006 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • When 24 pulls up to 21's house, he is seen inside his car from the front and side without his wings on. When 21 gets in his car, his wings suddenly appear.

    • At the end of the opening scene, Henchman 21 puts on his costume while in his room, gloves and all, but while heading out to 24's car, he has one in his mouth... and is wearing both gloves.

    • Trivia: When Dean receives his license and comments on the birth date, he is interrupted before he can say what his true age would be if the date where correct. In the DVD commentary for the previous episode, Doc Hammer states that the boys are actually 19 during a discussion about the boys being under age.

  • Quotes

    • Henchman 21: We were following orders! You can't yell at us for following orders.
      Henchman 24: Or kill us for following orders.

    • Dr. Venture: What am I supposed to do with these, tell their fortunes?
      Henchman 21: They are Magic: The Gathering cards, not Tarot cards. You can toss them at their heads. Well, you catch a corner with one of those and they'll know what hit them.

    • Monarch: I am sitting in the charred remains of my once-mighty Flying Cocoon. Anyone want to explain why my Cocoon is charred?

    • Dean: (checking out his "speed suit") I look like Santa's magic janitor.

    • (checking bread knives)
      Phantom Limb: Magnificent! Finally someone who understands that serration is only good for bread.
      Dr. Girlfriend: Wow, that is so great.

    • Dr. Girlfriend: What do you think you're doing?
      Monarch: Butterfly kisses. I learned it in prison.

    • Dr. Girlfriend: Why do you want me back? Because your tree fort is falling apart, or because you love me?
      Monarch: Because I love you! Because, because when I used to lay my world-weary brow on your perfect breasts and feel the phlegmy rumble of your chest as you told me (lowers voice) "This is heaven" (normal tones) I believed you!

    • Phantom Limb: Behind these modest walls lays the most technologically advanced system of controlled evil in existence. You, sir, are sitting smack dab in the middle of Location B for the Guild of Calamitous Intent!
      Brock: You like doing that, don't you?
      Phantom Limb: Oh, yes. Next to the "Behold the giant walking death ray" speech, the "Welcome to Hell" speech is my favorite. No, don't get up. You've been shot. Sadly it wasn't fatal. I have removed the bullet. And three others, a blowgun dart, two shark's teeth, a twisted bayonet, and a handful of buckshot. You may want to learn how to duck.

    • Brock: What is it with you dicks? The minute an experiment messes up, you sew yourself a pair of tight pajamas and become a pain in my... (given a shock by Phantom Limb) ...turn that down!

    • Henchman 21: Gentlemen, choose your weapons!
      Henchman 24: Is this them?
      Henchman 21: "Are these they."
      Henchman 24: Who talks like that?!?

    • Monarch: What the hell are we supposed to do with this crap? Make them laugh so hard they blow malt liquor out their noses?
      Dr. Venture: No, I think you'll have that covered when you storm the room in butterfly uniforms.
      Monarch: Oh ha ha ha ha ha. Nice onesie, Dick. Put snaps in the back so you can make poh-pee?
      Dr. Venture: This is a speed suit, mister, not a onesie.
      Monarch: Fine. Maybe they'll think you're a three-year old with pyrexia and take pity on us.

    • Brock: I'm so keeping this thing. It's the first net-cannon I've used that actually works. They usually just mess up the guy's hair.
      Phantom Limb: Prototype. I'll get you more net cartridges.
      Brock: Thanks. Hey, that killer hand thing is pretty cool. You get me one of those?
      Phantom Limb: That's all me. Outcome of the botched experiment that made me evil
      Brock: I so call that!

    • Henchman 24: We are so going to get our asses kicked. We didn't have breakfast!

    • Dean: Who are all these other people? Are they all Mommy's other boyfriends?
      Dr. Girlfriend: Stop calling me your f*cking mommy!

  • Notes

    • This episode, once again, features a new opening sequence. This one actually features the boys running again, and the head shots from the last episodes opening, minus Dr. Orpheus and H.E.L.P.eR.

    • Brock does not have his mullet in this episode, because this episode was supposed to be the sixth episode to premiere, and the writers wanted him to grow his hair back.

  • Allusions

    • Title
      Referencing the 1998 Sandra Bullock movie Hope Floats.

    • Dr. Venture: Helmet
      The helmet Venture wears, as supplied by the geeky Monarch henchmen, accurately emulates Magneto's classic headgear from the comics.

    • Touching Hands
      When the two henchman, Dr. Venture, and the Monarch touch hands between them, it parodies the scene in the first issue of Fantastic Four where the heroes agree to band together. The Thing's oversized hand here is represented by the Monarch wearing the Hulk-noise glvoes.

    • Henchman Theme
      The music that plays during 21's costume-donning sequence is Mars, the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst, and from "The Planets Suite." Its use here refers to Batman donning his costume in Batman Forever, but it's been used or heavily referenced in movies such as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and the X2: X-Men United trailer. It's also featured in several computer games and rock songs.

    • Monarch: Steady, steady now... keep your distance
      Henchman 24: Yeah, fly casual
      This is a reference to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, when Han is flying with Chewie in the Imperial shuttle in an attempt to land on the moon of Endor. Han tells the Wookie to "Try to keep your distance, but don't look like you're trying to keep your distance." Chewie growls something back to Han, to which he replies, "I don't know, fly casual."

    • Henchman 21: They are Magic the Gathering cards.
      Referencing the game put out by Wizards of the Coast, the first and arguably most popular of the various collectible card games that involve paying for cards of varying rarities and making up a personal deck to play against other people with their own decks.

    • Brock: Yeah, yeah, we team up like Scully and Mulder and solve mysteries.
      Referencing the cult TV series The X-Files, and the two main characters--FBI agents who solves paranormal mysteries.

    • Monarch: You think you're all a hotshot bunch of Turk 182s, don't you?
      Referencing the movie Turk 182 (1985), starring Timothy Hutton as a rebel who attacks the political government that refuses his brother medical benefits by painting "Tyler Knew, Turk 182" graffiti all over the city.

    • Monarch: Can you read my mind?
      Said as the Monarch is flying with Dr. Girlfriend in his arms, and parodying the scene between Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder in Superman: The Movie, to the tune of Can You Read My Mind?