The Venture Brothers

Season 1 Episode 0

The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay

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Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Feb 16, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay
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Everyone at the Venture compound is off to NYC so that Dr. Venture can introduce his Ooh Ray at the United Nations. Meanwhile, a ninja named Otaku Senzuri has discovered this and wants the invention, and at the same time the Monarch wants to get back at Dr. Venture. Oh, and Hank and Dean meet a prostitute.moreless

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  • In Tokyo a madman named Otaku targets Dr. Venture for his latest invention. Meanwhile the Monarch goes after Hank and Dean who unwillingly get mugged and beat up along the way.moreless

    7.2
    A decent pilot. The pilot did everything it had to do, it inroduced the characters. The dialogue didn't run long and like most of the Venture episodes to come there was plenty of funny random humor (a trademark of all Adult Swim toons).



    Hank and Dean are inroduced as the lovable nerds that they are. Brock is totally insane in this episode as he's practically fighting in every scene (first a mummy, then an alligator, then practically murdering the young boys who stole Hank and Dean's watches).





    Production wise you can tell CN put money into the pilot unlike "Squidbillies", "12 Oz. Mouse" which has crappy animation, "Venture Brothers" has beautifully animated characters and that in turn makes it very easy on the eyes and the viewer can appreciate what CN did.



    There was plenty of action in the pilot and lots of jokes. Overall a great pilot.moreless
Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Brock Samson

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Dean Venture

Soul Bot

Soul Bot

H.E.L.P.eR.

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Hank Venture/The Monarch

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Thaddius S. "Rusty" Venture

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Dr. Girlfriend

Richard Liebmann-Smith

Richard Liebmann-Smith

U.N. Science Director

Guest Star

Peter McCulloch

Peter McCulloch

Mummy, Monarch Henchman #1, U.N. Guard, Solar Powered Car Scientist, General Manhowers

Guest Star

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Otaku Senzuri, Monarch Henchman #2 and #3

Recurring Role

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, Albino Scientist, Hydrocephalic Child Scientist, Mugger #1 and #2, Transit Cop, Drug Pusher, Monarc/Hank Venture/The Monarch

Recurring Role

Lisa Hammer

Lisa Hammer

Prostitute

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Trivia: The location of the Venture compound is revealed in the opening scene when Otaku Senzuri is reading the newspaper article announcing Dr. Venture's new invention: Colorado Springs.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • The Monarch: They seem to have already discovered the fleshy jig of the mommy and daddy dance.

    • Dean: Well, looks like all's well that ends well! Another successful adventure for the best family in the whole wide world!
      Hank & Dean: (touching fingers together) Go, Team Venture!
      Dr. Venture: .. mm.. uh, I suppose.. but wait a minute, what happened to Brock?
      (Brock and the prostitute are in bed)
      Prostitute: Whew, that was some workout, big man.. but I guess you're gonna have to go look for those boys now, huh?
      Brock: They'll turn up. Besides, I still got $300 left.
      Prostitute: Oooh, three bills can buy you an awful lot of things..
      Brock: I know. I'm gonna want change.

    • Kikai: Master I have news of Doctor Venture's lastest invention. Yesterday's New York Herald - science section.
      Otaku Senzuri: Thank you, Kikai - you have served your master well. (shoots accupuncture needle into Kikai's neck)
      Kikai: Ergghhh! Wow, thanks - you totally got the kink out of it, and hey I don't wanna smoke any more either.

    • Dean: And I thought I was the smart one.
      Hank: Ma Venture didn't raise no fools.
      Dean: We don't have a mom, Hank.

    • Dr. Venture: Well, that ought to take care of that . . .
      Hank: Look! Brock still ain't done with him. (Brock pisses on the mummy) That's showing him who's boss, Brocko!
      Dr. Venture: Was that really necessary?
      Brock: You have to defile a mummy completely or they come back to life. You know that.

    • The Monarch: And deadly! Just like the monarch butterfly of my namesake.
      Monarch Henchman #1: Wha? Butterflies aren't deadly.

    • The Monarch: You see, just like the flawless monarch butterfly from which I take my name, the Monarch has many ways to sting.
      Dying Cabbie: Monarchs... don't sting.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Christopher McCulloch plays the role of Dr. Girlfriend in this episode, the pilot. Doc Hammer takes on the role for the full season of normal episodes.

    • The score for this episode is excerpted from the albums Flow by Foetus, Ectopia by Steriod Maximus, and The Radiolarian Ooze by Manorexia. All three bands are pseudonyms of J. G. Thirlwell.

    • There are signs for the Bizzy Bee Club, a reference to BrisbyLand, which we'll see later in The Incredible Mr. Brisby. There is also a Brisby Store on Times Square.

    • In the end credits, "The PP" are credited as playing The Do-Ray. Yes, it probably means something.

    • Additional Music: "Hobbit Ride" (To the Midnight Sun of Valhalla)" and "The Astrobase+Go! Cadet Boys' Fife & Drum Corps (featuring Billy No. 9).

    • Among concepts changed later in the series from what is shown here as a pilot: 1) The Monarch has a different costume in this episode than he has in the rest of the series; 2) it seems like Dr. Venture is interested in Brock more than just as a bodyguard - a parody of the supposedly implied relationship between Dr. Quest and Race Bannon; 3) H.E.L.P.eR. doesn't appear yet; 4) the brothers' dog Scamp (a parody of Bandit on Jonny Quest) disappears (perhaps thankfully) after this episode; 5) Dr. Venture is portrayed as actually competent here; 6) Brock is much shorter; and 7) Dr. Girlfriend looks substantially different.

    • The ninja's name "Otaku Senzuri" is a joke in itself. In Japanese, Otaku (lit: House, formal) is a word used to describe a nerd or a fan of something and Senzuri (lit: thousand rubs) is a word for masturbation.

    • Turtle Bay is the portion of Manhattan where the U.N. is located.

    • When the pilot aired for a second time on July 27, 2003, two minutes of additional footage were left intact.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Otaku Senzuri:
      Otaku Senzuri is a technopiliac from a William Gibson novel.

    • Dr. Girlfriend: General Appearance
      Dr. Girlfriend's general appearance is very reminiscent of First Lady Jackie Kennedy and a voice reminiscent of Harvey Firestein.

    • Sinzari: Poison and thread
      The poison on the thread that Sinzuki uses to try and kill Dr. Venture references a similar scene in the Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

    • The Monarch: Fly my beautiful butterflies! Fly!
      Parodying the Wicked Witch's "Fly my monkeys! Fly!" from the Wizard of Oz.

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