The Venture Brothers

Season 3 Episode 3

The Invisible Hand of Fate

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 15, 2008 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Billy Quizboy recovers the memories of his former life as a failed TV Quizboy, the loss of his hand and eye in a dogfight, his recruitment into the OSI, and his first mission as a spy.

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  • Billy Quizboy has a flashback and learns how he came to be.

    After last weeks episode being me least favorite of the whole series, I think this episode may be one of my most favorites. If they plan on spending the whole season slowly piecing together everyones backstories, I am completely cool with that. Sooner or later though I am going to need them to give me my Hank fix, I enjoy how he has been slowly learning to fight since last season. Also, we have confirmation that the boys aren't Venture and Sampsons clones, which was a rumor I have been hearing around the net. All in all, a great episode.moreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Prof. Fantomas

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Pete White/Col. Hunter Gathers/Sgt. Haine/Additional Voices

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Billy (Whalen) Quizboy/Shore Leave/Sheila/Underground Quizboy 1

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The closed captions mispelled "Sorayama" (as in Mike Sorayama from a previous episode) as "Sariamo" when referring to the design of Billy's cybernetic arm.

    • Trivia: Brock's superior, Sgt. Haine, bears a striking resemblance to the villain Sgt. Hatred seen briefly for the first time in "Fallen Arches." Haine is French for "hate."

    • The closed captioning misspells Bilderberg as "Build-A-Bear."

    • In the episode "Victor. Echo. November." the Monarch's henchmen 21 and 24 say that Billy won a ton of money on a game show called "Card Sharks", but here we see that the name of the game show was actually "Quizboy." But considering that the pair got all the other details about Billy wrong, the name of the show could just be added to that list.

    • Trivia: Race Bannon, the bodyguard of the Quest family from Jonny Quest makes his second appearance in the Venture Universe here, the first being in "Ice Station - Impossible!"

    • Trivia: When Billy goes to see Prof. Fantomos in his office, you can see someone scraping the name "Impossible" off the door. This is Prof. Richard Impossible, the Mr. Fantastic-esque head of Impossible Industries, and former teacher of Dr. Rusty Venture.

    • Trivia: We learn that Billy's robotic hand is based on the work of Mike Sorayama, the robotics expert from "Past Tense." Phantom Limb also makes a point of saying that Sorayama was a student of his, which may go toward explaining Sorayama's actions in that episode.

    • Trivia: Master Billy Quizboy's real name is Billy Whalen.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Computer Nozzle Voice: Please do not be alarmed. We are about to engage… the nozzle. Please do not move while the nozzle is engaging. Moving will disrupt calibration of… the nozzle. Pleae wait while we calibrate… the nozzle. Please do not look away from… the nozzle. The nozzle is now calibrating. (long pause) The nozzle is still calibrating. The nozzle has completed calibration. Thanks you.

    • Billy: I'm still a little confused. I mean, why me?
      Brock: You fit the profile.
      Colonel Gathers: Deformed, disgraced. An extra-intelligent superfreak shunned by an unforgiving world.
      Billy: Yeah, that sounds like a profile for, like, suicide.
      Brock: Or an international supervillain.

    • Billy: I kind of wanted to go to MIT
      Colonel Gathers: (rips open his shirt) And I wanted to be born with big, beautiful tits! (to Brock) Make some lemonade with this, would you?

    • Billy: It's like a businessman's club or something.
      Colonel Gathers: That's what they said about the Bilderberg Group, son. And then whammo, Berlin Wall comes tumbling down.
      Billy: No it hasn't.
      Colonel Gathers: Oh, it will, kiddo. It was decided at the last meeting.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Marvel Comic's S.H.I.E.L.D.:

      The standard special O.S.I. uniforms worn in this episode are patterned after the special suits worn by agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel Comics, consisting of blue costumes with white piping.

    • Colonel Hunter Gathers: Yeah, well the Village People called, and they want you to go **** kill yourself, you prancy bastard.
      The new team of OSI agents reference the Village People, a concept disco group of the 1970s which targeted disco's large gay fan base. The five members parodied male stereotypes: Indian, Cowboy, Sailor, Biker, Construction Worker. The group rose to fame in 1977 but had died out by 1985. Their biggest hits included Macho Man, YMCA, and In the Navy.

    • Sgt. Haine: Your windmill-chasing days are over, Sancho Panza.
      Referencing Cervantes' Don Quizote, and Quizote's assistant Sancho, who aided his master in his "knightly" quests, including battling windmills that Quixote perceived as monsters.

    • Shore Leave: Oh, Hunters, Wayland Flowers wants his Madame back.
      Referencing the American puppeteer and comedian who came to fame thanks to his cigar-smoking Madame. Together they even had their own sitcom in 1982, Madame's Place.

    • O.S.I.
      In this episode, one branch of the Office of Secret Intelligence (OSI) is shown as similar to the cartoon government super military group G.I. Joe. featured in the TV series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982-1994, later 1997). The series, loosely based on the action figures, chronicled the battles of the Joes primarily vs. the Cobra terrorist organization. Shore Leave is a parody of Shipwreck. The leader of Sphinx is a parody of Destro, and the henchmen are dressed as Cobra Commander.