The Venture Brothers

Season 4 Episode 6

Self-Medication

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Nov 22, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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While Dr. Venture goes into therapy with other boy adventurers, Sgt. Hatred takes Dean and Hank to the movies, only to have a relapse.

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  • Best episode of the new season

    9.5
    I know what you're thinking: How can this be the best episode of the new season? We've already seen such great things as the return of Phantom Limb, new revelations about the Orb, the disturbing episode with Dean's evil clone, and the hilarious one with Captain Sunshine. So why this one? Simplicity. It has all the feel of a Season One episode. Heavy on the parody, self-contained, with no loose ends. The main story, with Dr. Venture in therapy with his fellow boy adventurers was pure gold. So many great parodies. I enjoyed every moment of this story.



    The secondary story, with Sgt. Hatred at the movies had its moments too, it was just a little creepy (as is any scene with Sgt. Hatred). Funny... but creepy. "Gary Glitter told me where to get one..." HAHAHA!!!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

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Dean Venture

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Sgt. Hatred/Ro-Boy/Dr. Z

Guest Star

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

Action Johnny

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Henchman 21

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Wonderboy: Beep boop.
      Lance Hale: What was that?
      Wonderboy: I just turned off the radio in my utility belt like he said to.
      Action Johnny: You said "beep boop" with your mouth.
      Wonderboy: No I didn't. Leave me alone.

    • Action Johnny: My dad's lab was like a pharmacological candy store, so I started real young. Next thing I know, I'm blowing lines of voodoo powder off the back of a monkey's paw I bought in Calcutta. Now I'm all out of wishes.

    • Dr. Venture: What happened? Did I just kill Premature Ejaculation?

    • Action Johnny: Dudes, get back! That is a Vietnamese Two-Step Viper! One bite, and you're dead before you take two steps.
      Dale Hale: There's no such thing.
      Action Johnny: Yeah, I'm making it up. It's right there, dude! That ain't a [bleep] fucking hologram or an old lighthouse keeper in a rubber mask, okay?
      Dale Hale: I mean there's no such snake. That's an urban myth.
      Lance Hale: Bro's right. I Googled it.
      Dr. Venture: Hey, Encyclopedia Brown-Noser, can you Google this thing away from me?

    • Dr. Venture: Well, Daphne, I believe. She got around quite a bit. But Velma? I always thought she was a...
      Action Johnny: Everybody did. But I got a pack of herpes that says otherwise.

    • Action Johnny: Hey, how are those balls doing, Rust?
      Dr. Venture: Spirit is up and roving, but opportunity hasn't come back on-line yet.

    • Action Johnny: You're gonna tell me you didn't send your flunky to murder our therapist with a Vietnamese Two-Step Viper?
      Dr. Z: Bah! When Dr. Z harasses you, you'll know it. A giant metal crab would tear the roof off of your trailer. No less than six suicide assassins would spring from its belly! I would never stoop to striking at you through some civilian proxy. And I certainly would not do it with a made-up snake!

    • Dr. Z: So, a snake kills your psychiatrist, and you fly all the way down here in the middle of the night to beat up an old man because of a matchbook.
      Dale Hale: Yeah, sounds kind of sloppy when you say it.

    • Dr. Z: We never had children of our own, you see. We married late. And though my lover's mountains are both beautiful and bountiful, I'm afraid the valley below is quite barren.
      Mrs. Z: I thought we could not have kids because I was your beard.
      Dr. Z: Ahem-ahem.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The other members of Rusty's therapy group are analogs for famous fictional boy adventurers. Wonder Boy is Robin, the Hale Brothers are the Hardy Boys, Action Johnny is Johnny Quest, and Ro-Boy is Astro Boy.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Hatred: What, did Henry Darger write this?
      Referencing the reclusive American writer and artist, whose massive 15,000+ page fantasy novel The Realms of the Unreal was discovered after his death, and featured children as the lead protagonists.

    • Action Johnny: Next thing I know, I'm blowing lines of voodoo powder off the back of a monkey's paw I bought in Calcutta. Now I'm all out of wishes.
      Referencing the short story by W.W. Jacobs, first published in 1902. The monkey's paw is a wish-granting artifact that gives its owner three wishes. As in many such stories, the first two wishes go awry or are fulfilled in unexpected and undesirable ways.

    • Dr. Venture: Hey, Encyclopedia Brown-Noser, can you Google this thing away from me?
      Referencing the classic children's mystery book series by Donald J. Sobol. Each book contains several short stories ending with a mystery for the reader to solve along with Boy Detective Encyclopedia Brown and his partner Sally Kimball.

    • Sgt. Hatred: Gary Glitter told me where to get one.
      Referencing the the glam rock singer and song writer, who was convicted as a sex offender in the UK after downloading child pornography in 1999. In 2005 he was charged and found guilty of the molestation of six Vietnamese females, ages 11 to 23.

    • The Hale Brothers
      Referencing the real-life Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik, who endured years of speculation as to their involvement in their parents 1989 murder, before finally being convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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