The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 1

Powerless in the Face of Death

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 25, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Life goes on after the tragic deaths of Hank and Dean. Meanwhile, the Monarch deals with life "inside" but you can't keep a good criminal mastermind down. But will King Gorilla prove to be his greatest ally, or his worst betrayer?

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  • funny funny funny

    i cant take it when idiots review a show of this calibre 1.0....angers me but i just downloaded this show a few days ago and had just finished watching the first season ...(not got this show in the uk yet)...thought id download it being a family guy fan etc etc...seeing that patrick was a main character brock and what a gem this show is and this episode opener for season 2 did not dissapoint.....great choice of music humourous and inventive the one-liners can make you miss the next scene....ive got to recommend this show to yeah 9.3 thats what i give it...moreless
  • Excellent Opener, even though the end was predicatable for those who paid attention to clues during the first season

    This premiere was outstanding. Not only do we see characters develop outside their restrictive outlines, henchman out of the costumes, Monarch admitting his care for Dr. Girlfriend, and even Brock becoming slightly less emotionally cold (although the fact that he sorta laughs at points when he should be more sullen), but we get an answer to a question we wondered off all of last season: How will the Venture Bros. come back? The thing is, even though it was pretty obvious they would be cloned, there were clues scattered all across the first season that the boys were clones themselves. In the the episode where the boys go to Mr. Brisby\'s theme park, Mr. Brisby says that Dr. Venture\'s father, Dr. Jonas Venture Sr., was working on cloning, and when Dean has testicular torsion, Dr. Venture (Thaddius Venture) says he should have fixed this in \"the prototype phase.\" Also, it is of wide debate at the end of the first season\'s finale that Doctor Venture says \"Get their clones\" not \"Get their clothes. Despite the predictable way they get the boys back, this episode was more about how the Monarch would get to jail, and developing Dr. Orpheus as more than a second banana role to Dr. Venture. A fine start to a promising season and hopefully this one will tell us about the mother of the boys and exactly how Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. died.moreless
  • Craptastic

    How can people watch this crap? Even if you enjoyed the rest of the episode how could you not be upset with how it started?

    Why show all those scenes of Dr Venture feeling sad and running away from the "tragedy" of his sons death if he is laughing about it 2 scenes later?

    This series could be so much better if it didn't go for cheap humor, but then it would not be popular with teens.

    I must be too old for this crap.

    Rating it 1 instead of 0 because the animation is great.moreless
  • Started just where it left off...extremely well.

    I seriously could not have asked for a better Season premier/ conclusion to last season's cliffhanger. The beginning was just awesome, and the parody of the Hungry Like The Wolf music video just added extra awesomeness to the punch. The beginning title sequence with the "new" Venture Brothers was great as well. Nice to see Jonas Venture Jr. not bitter or anything toward Dr. Venture. Still classic Brock, even though he didn't kill anybody, probably saving that for the next episode? Nice character development in this episode. And people need to stop complaining about the Brock and Dr. Venture not being passionate about the boys being prone to death, Jackson Publick explains it very well in his blog. Overall, great episode, I'm loving this series more and more with each new episode.moreless
  • Everybody's freeeeee to feel good!

    This was quite a good episode, and expectedly so considering the track record the show has so far and the wait time for this season.

    I did feel that this episode wasnt quite as laugh out loud hilarious as some other episodes (so i was basically convulsing in my chair rather than the floor). Fortunately, what was in the place of joke and parody was actually some good continuity and plot, which i'm not always expecting but always appreciate in this labor of love comedy.

    That being said i was ready to give this episode a 10 out of the awesome techno intro alone, very well done, and consdering the knowledge of the season 1 finale, it was very powerful. Although after the episode ended i'm not so sure what Venture was so bent out of shape about.moreless
Paul Boocock

Paul Boocock

Tigeriffic/Therapist/Prison Guard 2

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Mister Monday/King Gorilla/Henchman 24/Watch/Additional Voices

Recurring Role

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Jonas Venture Jr./The Phantom Limb

Recurring Role

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Clone Slug Dean

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: Since Dr. Venture cloned the boys, it stands to reason that Hank and Dean now each have both their kidneys again, rectifying Dr. Venture's actions in "Dia de los Dangerous." Also, the "enhancements" Billy hooked Dean up with in "Are You There God? It's me, Dean" wouldn't have carried over to the clone, so he's out of luck there.

    • At the church, the man in the blue shirt and black pants called the blonde-haired man Charlie even though his nametag said "Herman."

    • In the church, the henchman who had blonde hair, a brown coat, and a green shirt, his nametag was black for a few scenes then the nametag turned red.

    • In the scene where the Monarch is taken away by the prison guards, King hesitates to save him but does so after a few seconds. What changed his mind was "love", it was the look in Monarch's eyes when he mentioned Dr. Girlfriend while being subdued. But how could King see the Monarch's eyes, or anything else about him, with King's back turned and eyes closed?

    • How the boys died the last 14 times: 1) Sucked into a jet exhaust; 2) crushed by a giant spider; 3) blew up the hangar trying to smoke; 4) shooting apples off of each others' heads; 5) decapitated riding their motorbikes; 6) ripped apart by a were-Thaddius; 7) trying to fly off a roof (Hank only); 8) crushed by a robot; 9) running with scissors (Dean only); 10) satellite falling on them (Hank only); 11) gas leak; 12) falling into a spiked pit; 13) Dr. Venture setting their room on fire.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Monarch: Huh, hey, hey! What the fu...? Are you raping me!
      King: Uh, no, well I was gonna...
      Monarch: Gonna! What the f(beep)n King!
      King: Well I just couldn't get it up. (Monarch covers ears and starts mumbling). You look just too much like a girl, I couldn't get into it(Monarch stops mumbling).
      Monarch: Hey, waita... wha? This isn't even my cell! What, did you take me back to your place!
      King: Well I got porn here... it helps.
      (Monarch storms out the cell mumbling again)

    • Dr. Venture: No! No! I don't want to go! I'm not done finding myself!
      Brock: You've got to!
      Dr. Venture: No, please! Brock, I feel amazing! I never want tonight to end!
      Brock: You can't run away from your life forever Doc!
      Dr. Venture: This is my life now, mom! Deal with it!
      Brock: You've got responsibilities at home! The bills are stacking up and you have to deal with what happened to the boys!
      Dr. Venture: Screw the boys! I want to stay here with my new family and their feel good candy!
      Brock: You've had your fun Doc, it's time! (Brock injects a needle into Dr. Venture's neck).
      Dr. Venture: No! Brock, no! This is Skye! We're going to have a child! Pleeeaaaseearrrrr! (Dr. Venture collapses on the floor unconscious)

    • Dr. Orpheus: (on raising the dead) Don't worry pumpkin, Daddy does this all the time! Evel Knievel, David Blaine, both of them were daddy's clients. Even Ronald Reagan, until he bounced a check.

    • Dr. Orpheus: (referring to Dean and Hank) I did this... I let this happen to them... The boys were in my charge and I failed!
      Brock: It's not your fault. These things happen.
      Dr. Orpheus: What is it with you people! Those children were cut down in their prime and my negligence is to blame. Hate me!
      Brock: Alright, fine, I hate you. Hey, are you hungry? I'm thinking about making grilled cheese.
      Dr. Orpheus: I accept your hatred!

    • Jonas Venture Jr.: Did you bring your bi-kini?
      J.J.'s Ride to the Marina: One for me, and one for Colette.
      Jonas Venture Jr.: Go,Team Venture!

    • Henchman 21: Man, I can't believe that's what you look like under your costume. Hilarious! You look like Seinfeld with a unibrow. Who knew?
      Henchman 24: You should talk - all Kevin Smith. Oh, and here's a tip, a beard is no substitute for a jawline, no matter how you trim it!
      Henchman 21: You haven't changed...same old Twenty-Four.
      (both pause and stare at one another)
      Henchman 21: This is weird!

    • Dr. Venture: Look, if you have a clumsy child, you make him wear a helmet. If you have death-prone children, you keep a few clones of them in your lab!

    • Dr. Orpheus: But Hank, no, Hank is quite upset. Rage, I can hear his rage. He calls you a crumb bum. Or maybe a crampon. It's hard to hear him.
      Brock: Isn't a crampon a little hook for mountain climbing?
      Dr. Venture: He's definitely calling me a crumb bum.

    • Dr. Orpheus: I don't want to worry you with the particulars, but I am a necromancer by trade. You know what that means, don't you?
      Brock: You have sex with dead people?
      Dr. Orpheus: Phile. Necrophile! A necromancer can bring the life!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Doc and Jackson spent one-eighth of this episode's budget just to secure the license to the song Everybody's Free (To Feel Good) by Aquagen f/ Rozalla, which was used in the opening scene.

    • The opening credits feature Dr. Venture and a miniature Jonas Venture Jr. running along as the Venture boys usually do. Dr. Venture, Jonas Venture, and Brock are identified by name, as is Doctor Orpheus and H.E.L.P.eR.

    • Viewers could see this episode at Adult Swim's website as part of Friday Night Fix before it officially premiered Sunday, June 25th, 2006 during Adult Swim's regular programming.


    • Doctor Orpheus: I'm trying to find the souls of two innocents. One, Dean, has rust-color hair... the other Hank is toe-headed.
      This is a reference to the 1983 movie Something Wicked This Way Comes based on the novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury. In the movie, the sinister Mister Dark is searching for two boys by asking town folk of the small mid-West town the story is set in. He refers to the blond boy as "toe headed". Then a few moments later, Dark shows portraits of the boys that are tattooed on his palms, the same as Orpheus as he says these lines.

    • Hector
      Hector is supposed to be The Venture Brother's version of Hadji from Johnny Quest.

    • The Monarch in jail
      When the Monarch is collecting the items from the other inmates to use in his escape, the music that plays is similar to the music featured in the HBO series Oz.

    • Opening Sequence
      At the start of the opening scene, we see the "new" Venture Bros. running, eventually Thaddius stumbles over but is back on his feet. That one scene is similar to a scene in the Fullmetal Alchemist opening "Ready Steady Go!" where Ed and Al are running then Ed almost stumbling over.

    • Dr. Venture in the jungle
      Dr Venture's scene in the jungle, near the beginning, is copied from a scene in Duran Duran's video for "Hungry Like the Wolf."

    • Dr. Venture: Fine, like in that Jeff Goldblum movie?
      Referencing the 1986 movie The Fly, starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, which in itself is a remake of the 1958 film starring Vincent Price, who bears a startling resemblence to Dr. Orpheus.

    • Dr. Venture: Look, Twiki…
      Referencing the miniature robot from the 1970s series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Twiki was the short annoying robot voiced and stuttered by Felix Silla.

    • Shirt: Porkchop sandwiches
      A reference to the GI Joe PSAs that were redubbed by the website Fensler Films.