The Venture Brothers

Season 3 Episode 2

The Doctor Is Sin

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 08, 2008 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Dr. Venture and his family put on a scripted tour for General Manhowers, who doesn't seemed too impressed with Dr. Venture's inventions. Having financial trouble, Dr. Venture thinks about having to sell the compound, but Dr. Henry Killinger (along with his Murder Bag) arrives to offer his services as a "Freelance Business Consultant and Executive Motivational Coach" to help him.moreless

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  • Dr. Venture is aided by Dr. Henry Killinger and his magic murder bag in an attempt to become a success. Killinger appears to have evil intentions, that only Dr. Orpheus is able to see.moreless

    Compared to other shows, this episode would have been average, but compared to all previous episodes of The Venture Bros., this is, in my opinion, the weakest. The jokes just didn't, the episode felt rush, even the Alchemist was off this episode. This is sad, because I had high hopes after the really good season opener. I hope this is just a speedbump, and not a sign of things to come. It seems like they tried to cram to much into this episode, I think it would have maybe worked better as a two-part episode. I think they only thing that could redeem this episode is if they were to use this storyline for the whole season, with Dr. Venture fighting his "dark-side" so to speak.moreless
  • A another apperence from my favorite character. Dr. Henery Killinger

    This episode is my favorite of the series... probably becasue of the role Dr. Killinger plays in it. He is my favorite character of the show. Which is kind of funny considering he only has been in two episodes. He gave Dr. Venture a choice. Be a worthless good guy or be a succesful villan. I kind of wish that Dr. Venture chose to be a villan. I wonder how the series would have progressed if he did choose it. I really hope this is not the last episode Dr. Henery Killinger appears in. I guess he will show up to help the Monarch one last time.moreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Jonas Venture Jr.

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Dr. Henry Killenger/General Manhowers/Pete White/Additional Voice

Guest Star

Paul Boocock

Paul Boocock

Dr. Jonas Venture Sr./Additional Vioces

Guest Star

Lisa Hammer

Lisa Hammer

Triana Orpheus

Recurring Role

Steven Ratazzi

Steven Ratazzi

Dr. Byron Orpheus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: Seen in the background during the phone call with Jonas are three of the Impossibles, though you only seem Dr. Impossible's arm handing Jonas a clipboard.

    • In their home, Pete White appears to be playing a video game, but when the camera angle changes, you can see over Billy's shoulder that the TV is off.

    • Trivia: Dr. Venture's former sidekick, Hector, and bodyguard, Swifty, now work for the doctor's brother, Jonas Jr. This adds the pair to the list of people Dr. Venture has rejected that Jonas Jr. has employed.

    • Trivia: From Dr. Killinger's line about giving President Nixon a power tie, it seems that Killinger may not just be a parody of the real-life consultant and political advisor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, the intent seems to be that they are actually the same person.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dr. Killing: Act now! Venchmen are standing by for your order!

    • Hank: Wow, you're some kind of magic man!
      Dr. Henry Killinger: No, you are the magic man. (pulls a coin out of Hank's ear)
      Hank and Dean: Wow!
      Dr. Henry Killinger: I suggest you put that into a high-yield mutual fund.

    • Dr. Orpheus: But what of your boys? Surely you don't think them safe in the hands of the beast! Gods, he's probably shaking them as we speak! Shaking them like a nanny possessed!

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the opening scene, Dr. Venture drives past a billboard advertising iPod. The silhouette appears to be of the doctor's brother, Jonas Jr. In dvd commentary for season 2, the creators stated that Jonas Jr. was actually the inventor of the iPod in the Venture Universe.

    • The complete third season credits are seen for the first time with minor changes from the previous season.

    • Part of this episode was shown as a rough cut, meaning there were no effects added to the audio, on the night of March 31/April 1, 2008, as part of Adult Swim's unannounced block of new shows and new seasons. This cut was shown without the knowledge of the show's creator, Jackson Publick.


    • Dr. Killinger: Kill him! Take your rightful place on the Venture throne und become ze golden boy-king-godhead. ... The son has become ze father, und ze floodgates of heaven have opened.
      This heroic struggle, and the style of Killinger's commentary on it, is a parody of Joseph Campbell. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell applied the theories of Freud and Jung to the interpretation of hero myths. His ideas strongly influenced Star Wars, particularly the Luke-Vader relationship.

    • Dr. Venture: You've got enough (blood) to print a KISS comic.
      Referencing the band KISS and the 1977 comic book publish about them by Marvel Comics which actually had each band member's blood mixed in with the ink.

    • Dr. Killinger: All the world's a stage...
      Dr. Killinger's closing lines are from the William Shakespeare's play As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII, and not, as General Manhowers would have you believe, from the Bible.

    • Hadji: The man in the turban that is speaking on the phone to Jonas Venture Jr. is clearly a grown-up Hadji, former sidekick of Jonny Quest from the TV series The Adventures of Jonny Quest. Jonny himself can be seen in the background, still strung out as in last season's "20 Years to Midnight."

    • Dr. Venture: So lately I've got every Tom, Dick and Skeletor out to make a name for himself knocking on my door.
      Referencing the arch-villain of He-Man, in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoons. He originally rules the dark side of Eternia from Snake Mountain and seeks to gain access to Castle Greyskull to unleash its ultimate power.

    • Dr. Killinger: Only what you take with you.
      Referencing the line from The Empire Strikes Back spoken by Yoda, who tells Luke to venture into the Dark Side to confront his fears.