The Venture Brothers

Season 4 Episode 8

Pinstripes & Poltergeists

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Dec 13, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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While the Monarch schemes to dispose of Dr. Venture once and for all, Henchman 21 seeks revenge on Brock for the death of 24.

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  • The mid-season finale wraps things up with a bang, and the return of a couple of long-missed characters.

    Not long ago, I called "Self Medication" the best episode of the new season. It just got trumped by an awesome mid-season finale!

    The episode wastes no time starting off with a bang, with the return of the much-missed Henchman 24, killed in the third season finale. He's still dead, but now he accompanies Henchman 21 as a sort of spirit guide.

    As exciting as this is, things get even better when we realize we're about to be treated to some information about The Sphinx (the organization Brock Samson left the Ventures to join). We finally learn their purpose is to take down non-Guild licensed bad-guys and dispense justice without all the bureaucracy that comes with being affiliated with OSI. We also learn that The Sphinx has been operating out of a building right there on the Venture Compound, so Brock was literally right next door to the action the entire season.

    The main plot of the story involves the Monarch attempting to take down Dr. Venture with the assistance of a Super-villain lawyer named Monstroso. The plan is for the Venture Compound to be foreclosed on, due to the fact they're not living up to their zoning restriction, requiring them to devote 70% of their assets to "do-gooding". However, the Monarch quickly regrets his decision when he realizes Monstroso is planning a double-cross.

    With both Dr. Venture and the Monarch, and indirectly The Sphinx, in danger, Brock Samson and Henchman 21 (who has become quite the impressive warrior) join forces to battle Monstroso, presumably killing him in the final conflict.

    With the situation resolved, we reach the post-credits scene which proves to be the best in the episode. Hank comes downstairs and finds Brock (back in his standard black T-shirt) eating breakfast. Might this indicate that the status quo has been restored?moreless
Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Hank Venture/The Monarch

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. The Monarch

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Thaddius S. "Rusty" Venture

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Brock Samson

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Sgt. Hatred/Henchman 24/Hunter Gathers/Pete White/Tim-Tom/Monstroso/Dr. Schumpmaker/Sky Pilot

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Henchman 21/ShoreLeave/Billy Quizboy/Kevin/Speedy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the scene where Henchman 21 disables the security systems with throwing stars, when we get a close-up shot of 21, his wings are missing.

    • The zoning violation that Dr. Venture receives three-quarters of the Venture compound has to be dedicated to do-gooding. Later, he tells Billy Quizboy and Peter White that he has to have at least 70%.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Brock: Uh, geez, this place reeks. What's this guy doing in there?
      ShoreLeave: The guy is Peter Schumpmaker. Lord knows what a schump is, but you can bet your bippy his ancestors made them. What he's doing is far worse than crafting fine shumps.

    • The Monarch: Sweet! So let's go with my plan to cover his compound in sticky hot sugar! Leaving him and his family to be devoured by ants! And those little ones...
      Henchman 21: You mean gnats?
      The Monarch: No.
      Henchman 21: Chiggers?
      The Monarch: Chiggers!
      Monstroso: No, that plan was stupid. My plan is clean, elegant, classic. We take him down as one would take down a Mafia don. Cigar?
      The Monarch: No! So then we're going with my plan to just put him in a bag and beat him with a rake?
      Monstroso: No, that was also stupid.

    • Dr. Mrs. the Monarch: Monstroso! That's what this is about? He's king of the double cross. I mean, think about it. He's a lawyer and a super villain. That's like a shark with a grenade launcher on his head.

    • Brock: We had to make sacrifices.
      Dr. Venture: Like covering yourselves in rotten eggs. Do you know how bad you smell?
      Brock: No, ass! Like living next to the boys for a year and not being able to tell them that they're safe. That kinda sacrifice!
      Hunter: I had my pud removed, then reattached.
      ShoreLeave: I pretended I became a religious fanatic.
      Sky Pilot: I pretended to be in love with ShoreLeave.
      ShoreLeave: Oh! And I pretended I liked having sex with him every night.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Henchman 24: Ask me something less Hitchhiker's Guide.
      Referencing the British book/radio series and movie, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, created by Douglas Adams, about a human named Arthur Dent who explores the universe via Hitchhiking after Earth is destroyed. One of the subplots of the series is the search for the Ultimate Question of Life, the Answer having previously been discovered to be "42."