The Venture Brothers

Season 1 Episode 10

Tag Sale - You're IT!

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Oct 09, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Always short on cash, Dr. Venture decides to unload some of his father's old scientific equipment in a huge yard sale that attracts fellow scientists and super-villains alike.

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  • Shrink rays, granny panties, light sabers and big ol' ruckus during a tag sale at the Venture compound.

    This is one of the funniest shows I have seen--ever. Jackson Public, Doc Hammer and co show their true brilliance and pop culture savvy by easily mixing Star Wars references with Shakespearean quotes. And hello...having the Monarch (as ridiculous as he is with his long eyebrows and thigh-high yellow boots) quote from Macbeth while in a Porta-Potty...frickin' hilarious. Dr. Orpheus may be the most powerful of the whole damn lot (who else can do magic and fire bolts of energy outta their hands?), but all he wants is a little respect and validation! Great mix of eccentric characters. The only thing missing was the sexy Molitov Cocktease.moreless
  • Dr. Venture holds a yard sale to earn some much-needed cash, which attracts a slew of supervillains to the Venture Compound. Hank and Dean set up a lemonade stand to get a slice of "that fat money cake," while Brock supervises a security team.moreless

    One of the best episodes of the series, "Tag Sale--You're It!" is a shining example of what makes the Venture Bros. so great. It takes a bunch of extraordinary characters (superscientists, necromancers, supervillains) and places them in the most ordinary, mundane of situations: A yard sale.

    This episode did a bit to develop some major character relationships. Dr. Venture and Dr. Orpheus worked together to sell the "sundries". Dean awkwardly tries to talk to Triana. The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend do everything from arguing about bringing henchmen with them, to making a bet on Brock Samson, to sneaking into the Venture Compound to "find a real toilet". Henchmen 21 and 24 have classic banter involving a "crazy fantasy fistfight" and 21's love of Star Wars.

    This episode also marks the first appearances of supervillains Baron Underbheit and Phantom Limb, and the first developed roles of Pete White and Master Billy Quizboy.

    This episode is probably the beginning of the major character evolvements that we see in the show today. Extremely hilarious and highly recommended.moreless
T. Ryder Smith

T. Ryder Smith

Baron Underbheit

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Monarch Henchman #2 , Mr. White, The Intangable Fancy, Mister 7

Recurring Role

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Mister 16

Recurring Role

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Dr. Girlfriend/Master Billy Quizboy, Monarch Henchman #1

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When the Monarch takes Dr. Girlfriend in his arms as he prepares to make his great escape, Dr. Girlfriend's left hand is missing, yet the outline of where it was supposed to be is still there, allowing one to see through the Monarch's body to the background of the wall behind them.

    • The Monarch puts his wrist shooter in one agent's pocket and takes it out of a different agent's later.

    • Although The Monarch hides a wrist band from his right arm in an agent's pocket, his left one is missing for several scenes, but returns when Brock bumps into him and knocks him down.

    • Dr. Venture is seen wearing black socks at the beginning of the episode, but while talking to Billy Boy Genius and Mr. White about the shrink ray gun, they are missing in one of the shots. It can be seen when Dr. Venture says, "Now do you want it or are you just gonna skip on over to The Shrink Ray Hut and pick up a cheaper one? In the last shot of this scene, Dr. Venture is shown with socks on again.

    • When the Monarch sights on Baron Underbheit's head, we see that Girly Mag Scientist is on the Baron's left, while the guy with the plug and outlet on his suit is on the Baron's right. When the Baron kicks Girly Mag to the left, he somehow knocks him into the plug guy, who should still be on the Baron's right.

    • At the end of this episode there's a cart full of dead Monarch henchmen, but the Monarch only brought two henchmen.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Brock: You have some dangerous machinery for sale here. I think you're begging for trouble on this one.
      Dr. Venture: I thought you handled all that, and I don't hear any big ideas from you on how to get some quick cash, come on! Most of this stuff is old crap my dad left behind.
      Brock: Doc, you have a table over there with a sign that says Laser Death Ray Bargain Bin!
      Dr. Venture: Well that's why you have your little ska band there to keep the oddballs in costumes from raising Cain.

    • Dr. Orpheus: You're one lucky duck. Oh, it must be dreamy to have a costumed nemesis--chasing you, wringing his gloved hands in concern of your every move.
      Dr. Venture: You're kidding, right?
      Dr. Orpheus: It just seems so romantic.

    • (The argument over Lizzie Borden and Anne Frank))
      Henchman 21: Here is where you are wrong, my friend. This woman has killed before.
      Henchman 24: Allegedly. Henchman 21: Okay, whatever. But she was a big girl. We are talking about a large, healthy woman of questionable stability.
      Henchman 24: Oh, you are totally underestimating the never-say-die scrappiness of a survivor. Monarch: Hey, guess what? Nobody cares who would win in a crazy fantasy fist-fight between Anne Frank and Lizzy Borden. We never should have brought the henchmen! We're going to be the only ones there with henchmen! I'm gonna have to kill them. Pull over if you see a good spot to dump their bodies!

    • Dr. Orpheus: I am Dr. Orpheus! That was delivered by Dr. Orpheus! Ha-hoo. If any of you colorful rogues would like to take revenge on me on a full-time basis, my schedule is open!

    • Monarch: I'm not going to flush. Let them see the wrath of the Monarch!

    • Dr. Orpheus: My friend! Bedlam has broken out athwart the Kingdom of Venture! Join me in battle!
      Dr. Venture: Oh crap. Brock is never going to let me hear the end of this.

    • Henchman: No, my young Padawan. Leave this to me. Brock Samson!
      Brock: Do I know you?
      Henchman: Feel the wrath of the Monarch's henchman! (he activates his "lightsaber" and it harmlessly passes through Brock) I've been gypped!

    • Dr. Girlfriend: Hey is that the guy from Depeche Mode?
      Monarch: It is the guy from Depeche Mode. He's with a woman?
      Dr. Girlfriend: Oh yeah, he's totally straight. I saw a story about him on the VH1.
      Monarch: But he's the guy from Depeche Mode!

    • Monarch: Here I am in the belly of the beast, and I don't even care. I don't even feel like taking a whiz on this. I used to dream of taking a whiz on this.

    • Monarch: What can I do to (Dr. Venture) that life hasn't done to him already?

    • Monarch: Look over there. It's the Bearded Spectre. Oh my god, look what he's got on...
      Dr. Girlfriend: Are those giant shorts or tiny pants?

    • Monarch: Hey! Let's move the MonarchMobile to the other side of the lot. It'll totally screw with the henchmen's heads!
      Dr. Girlfriend: I have never seen this side of you.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Ratings report! Looks like moving The Venture Brothers after Futurama worked, because 510,000 people tuned in for this episode, nearly double than usual!

    • The metal-armed boy standing in line ahead of Dr. Girlfriend is Rick Danger, the alter-ego of Venture Bros character designer Rick Lacy. Jackson Publick added the belly-shirt and fanny pack.

    • Dr. Orpheus's card reads:
      Doctor Byron Orpheus
      Master: Necromancer
      Astral Projection, Levitation, Conjuring, Etc.
      1297 Venture Compound West

    • The Phantom Limb is introduced in this episode. He's a bad guy with invisible arms and legs, so he just looks like a floating torso.

    • One of the background characters is named "Chairman Wow." Presumably this is the oriental man walking behind Rick Danger after Dr. Orpheus's first appearance. His emblem is an exclamation point with a red star in place of the dot.


    • Dr. Venture: That's what I have you and your ska band here for...
      Referring to Brock's team of agents as a "Ska Band" because of the fact that most third wave ska bands (and a few of the second wave) wore the same suits on stage as a gimmick.

    • Green Goo Scientist: Officer, I'd like to press charges.
      This sounds an awful lot like an impression of the actor Paul Lynde - especially the intonation of "char-ges".
      Mr. Lynde is sadly deceased now, but he was a popular character actor from the 60's & 70's, and was a long-running regular on the gameshow "Hollywood Squares".

    • The Monarch: It was all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
      The Monarch's description of his progress in the porta-potty is taken from MacBeth's lament on life, " is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," as written by Shakespeare.

    • Monarch Henchman 21:
      Monarch Henchman 21's lightsaber attack is a takeoff on the infamous "Star Wars Kid" video.