The Venture Brothers

Season 2 Episode 6

Victor. Echo. November

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Aug 13, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Hilarity ensues when the Phantom Limb and Dr. Girlfriend try to patch up their differences with the Monarch by going on a double-date with him and his Internet date.

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  • The fallout over the Monarch-Dr. Girlfriend-Phantom Limb love triangle comes to a head as theVenture Brothers are caught up in another life-threatening episode, theiir first double-date

    When TV historians look back at "Series-Defining" episodes, incidents such as the death of Henry Blake on "MASH" and the death of Mr. Hooper on "Sesame Street" often come to mind. But for a series like "The Venture Brothers," it's defining episode came in only it's second season, one where a long-simmering rivalry begins to ignite into a full-blown war, while the prospect of a new villian makes her first full appearance.

    To recap quickly, and beware of spoilers(But if you haven't seen this episode by now, Where the hell have you been?!?), Hank and Dean are set up on a dinner date with the "love" of Dean's life, Triana Orpheus and her best friend, Kim, in order for Dr. Venture to have the house to himself in order to see what he thinks is a porn movie starring Dolly Parton, which turns out to be "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

    Phantom Limb is showing off a stolen painting to a potential buyer as Dr. Girlfriend, still clad in hes "Queen Etheria" costume, comes in with some drinks, then starts to argue about how the once-feared Phantom Limb has become nothing more than a petty beaureaucrat for the Guild. He responds by frying the buyer's brain, which ends up ruining a rare Persian rug as Dr. Girlfriend gets ready for a dinner date. Meanwhile, The Monarch, still free after his prison escape, is heading for dinner with Phantom Limb and Dr. Girlfriend, with the idea of re-joining the Guild of Calamitous Intent. Of course, he and his henchmen, 21 and 24, have to pick up his date, a girl he met through his LiveJournal Blog. After some trouble with Hank, who felt his best outfit was his Batman costume, Brock drives the boys to the restaurant, while giving Dean some advice on making a good impression on Triana, while telling Hank to refrain from his "Seafood" diet joke.

    Things start to get interesting when the restaurant in question is the Exact Same One For EVERYBODY. Hank and Dean await their dates, who enter on their own, and Hank, seeing Kim's techno-inspired outfit, assumes she's a supervillian, or a medusa. As they sit down, they see, Phantom Limb and Dr. Girlfriend enter, and the boys have their own theory about the loss of his limbs from the visible spectrum. In fact, everyone offers their own theory as to how PL's limbs disappeared. At the other end of the restaurant, The Monarch and his date, whom he knows only by her screenname, await the good Dr. and the Limb, while the henchmen sit at the bar and eat their dinner. After a few awkward moments during dinner, punctuated by the Monarch's date running off in tears, the Guild welcomes the Monarch back into the fold. As Dr. Girlfriend leaves to "powder her nose," Kim and Triana also head for the bathroom. While she's gone, Phantom Limb asks the question on everyone's mind, does the Monarch still love Dr. Girlfriend. When he hesitates, PL goads him onto what can only be described as a "I Dare You" and the stakes are the lives of the Ventures. PL calls out a hit on the Ventures, and the stage is set for what will be a bloody battle for survival.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Venture is completely disgusted with the movie, he keeps waiting for them to stop singing, when the alarms go off and he's shunted into the panic room. Brock goes into "naked Terminator" mode and orders to gurd the doc in the panic room, allowing us to see him morph into combat mode, a very impressive action. Unfortunately, the hit squad is too much and fails in his duty. Brock discovers who ordered the hit and after sending one Guild Operative to the next life, he rockets off to the restaurant to save the boys, much to the chagrin of Dr. Venture, who's lying with a christmas tree stand on one of his arms, shutting the bloodflow as his severed arm lays nearby.

    Somehow, everyone ends up in their respective restrooms, where Dr. Girlfriend also mistakes Kim for another female villian. She even goes so far as to offer to team up with her if she's interested. After thinking she was hitting on her, Triana tells Kim to look at the card she was given by the Basso-voce queen of the supervillians, where she discovers a whole new world open before her. On the other side of the wall, the boys are relieving themselves when Hank wets his pants accidentally, but comes up with a way to dry them off, by hanigng in front of the automatic hand dryer. But even that seemingly ingenious move has a drawback as he ends up lighting the crotch of his pants on fire, which Dean has to put out. As the boys are putting out their fire, 21 and 24 come in to use the bathroom, but while 24 actually has to go, 21 hides in the same stall so the boys don't see them. The Monarch comes in and hides in another stall, as Phantom Limb hides in one more, calling off the hit because, "Daddy will put the boys to bed himself." Brock finally arrives at the restaurant, diving through the window of the bathroom, which the boys see. They are totally unaware of what's happening, and they head back to the girls to finish dinner, after pointing out that everyones's in the stalls. He first pops up in the stall with 21 and 24, who proclaim their innocence to the goings-on, and after telling them to stay where they are, he leaves. Of course, 24 is pleased because Brock's sudden appearance literally scared the crap out of him (Sorry, there was no other way to phrase that without getting dirty).

    In the next stall, the Monarch is not surprised to see Brock and also proclaims his innocence, pointing out that Phantom Limb is responsible for tonight's fireworks. As Brock leaves, the Monarch gets one small dig in, complimenting him for having a "nice ass."

    Finally, Brock comes up on Phantom Limb and tells him that if anything happens to the Ventures, or as he put it, "My Family" he'd make sure that PL paid in spades. After admitting that the whole thing was a pathetic attempt to show off in front of Dr. Girlfriend, He offers an invisisble hand to Brock to shake and despite his reservations, accepts it, expecting Phantom Limb to try to shock him.

    to close out the night, Triana wants to order dessert which Dean agrees to. Kim announces her intention to become a supervillian, which makes Hank announce he is going to be Batman. The boys give themselves a "Go Team Venture!" Salute, which gives Kim an idea for her first arch enemy. There are so many places to start in terms of where to start the review of this episode. First, the Dean-Hank double date storyline was very funny, especially when you consider how truly "stunted" the growth of the boys is. Dean truly wants to make a good impression on Triana, and it's obvious that Triana really likes him too. Hank, on the other hand, is probably about as clueless towards the opposite sex as your average Magic: The Gathering Tournament Champion. But what is really funny to watch is that no matter how absurd he can be, Hank has an almost savant-like innocence that does give him a somewhat loveable demeanor. Only Hank would come up with the idea of drying his pants off with the blowdryer, while still wearing them. I don't know whether or not Hank will ever get a clue about women, but if Kim does become his Arch, I wouldn't be surprised if it morphed into a Brock-Molotov relationship, although probably without the chastity belt.

    The evolving triangle between the Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and Phantom Limb reaches a turning point in this episode, one that doesn't become evident until the two-part season finale. Here, the seeming months of anger and frustration that Dr. Girlfriend has harbored since the Monarch was framed and sent to jail near the end of the previous season finally erupted in this episode. Although we don't see it for sure, the resurrection of the relationship between the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend starts here. However, there would not be any real reconciliation until another Dr. gets involved.

    Where the good Dr. and the Monarch start their healing, the machinations of Phantom Limb in framing the Monarch finally come back to haunt him. He knew that he had only a limited window of opportunity to win over Dr. Girlfriend, but it's obvious to even the most fan that she was tiring of his games. The dinner with the Monarch was the first step in her way back to the life they had before his trail.

    One interesting aspect of this episode was how far Brock has come in terms of being a part of the family. Where at first, he tried to stay detatched to the family, it became clear that he's gotten in so deep with the Ventures, he now sees them not as an assignment, but as his own family. It's quite a step up from the murderous lineman who killed the quarterback during a practice. He's come a long way from being merely "Dr. Venture's Swedish Murder Machine," as the Monarch once described him.

    If there is any criticism of this episode, it comes in the form of how Dr. Vetnure seems to have not learned anything since his brother Jonas made his emergence at the end of the first season. Of all the characters on the show, he is the only one who seems to be either incapable or unwilling to grow as a character. All he seems to care about in this episode is watching "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" rather than be concerned with his sons' first double date. An important milestone occurs in the life of his children and he thinks he's found an obscure piecce of pornography.

    As usual, Dr. Orpheus is under-used in this episode, although his halting attempt at having "The Talk" with Triana before her date was one of the funnier sequences at the start of the episode. It contrasted nicely with the boys' efforts at getting ready. I would have thought that he could show up unannounced before the Guild Attack and sit there watching the movie with Dr. Venture, creeping him out as usual, but it would be even funnier to see Orpheus in action against the Guild, something he's always talking about but never gets to do. It was a wasted opportunity for a good character that still needs some fleshing out.

    When Season Three finally arrives, I hope that we will see if Kim makes good on her vow to be a supervillian. It would make some great drama for Triana, torn between the boy she "loves" and her best friend.

    AS I said, an almost perfect expample of a series-defining episode. Now if they can just figure out a way to keep the steak Fries from getting soggy...moreless
  • The show sets the bar higher and higher each week, then proceeds to clear it with ease. Horny teens, Brock on a rampage, a clueless Dr. Venture, and the love triangle of Phantom Limb, Dr. Girlfriend and the Monarch; what more do we need?moreless

    This is easily the best episode of the season so far.

    There's character development; Dean seems to have matured. He handles interactions with female peers way better than Hank. I like how they are using Triana more along with her friend Kim.

    There's action; Brock gets naked as he takes on a Guild blackout team. I like it better with the actual violence off screen. We see the aftermath, which I think is much more powerful and leaves more to our imagination.

    There's comedy; Dr. Girlfriend and Phantom Limb double-date with the Monarch and JollyRancher82. The two henchmen and the powder blue Nissan Stanza. Dr Venture misinterprets Dolly Parton's musical Best Little Whorehouse In Texas for a porno. Dean wailing on Hank's junk. Too many scenes sprinkled throughout the episode to name them all.

    There are pop culture references as well. Buddy Holly and Fred from Scooby Doo. LiveJournal and blogging. Star Wars. The British band Republica. iPod Shuffle. Again, too many to enumerate.moreless
  • Does Dean finally get Triana? Does Dr. Girlfriend return to The Monarch? and what about the secret origin of the phantom limb\'s powers?...these questions and more.....

    ...will not be answered this week. But this is one of if not the best episode in the series. From brock just going Ape-s*** and doing what he does best, to the monarch\\\'s date calling him teh Sex (whatever the hell that means)and thinking he\\\'s into

    cos-play (it\'s costume business!)To Doc thinking he\\\'d be able to see Dolly Parton\\\'s \\\"goods\\\", to the hilarious scene that ensues in the washroom, and hank wanting to be batman, plus having introduced a new \\\"villiness\\\" this episode had me laughing my @$$ off all the way through. I love how far this show has come and after every episode I\\\'m left wanting more... Go Team Venture!moreless
  • Hank, Dean, Triana, Triana's friend Kim, the Phantom Limb, Dr. Girlfriend, the Monarch and the Monarch's internet date all go out to the same resteraunt on the same night.

    Well that was an amusing one. Hank dressing up like Batman was kind of messed up, but it was still funny. The entire bit with Dean and Hank trying to fix Hank's pants was freaking hilarious. Overall, I think the best part (or at least my favorite part) was how all the characters interacted with each other. Plus, we got to see Brock go insane for the first time in a long time, which is definately a good thing. It also set up a lot of things for the future. What IS Phantom Limb's origin? Will the Doc sport that robot arm for the rest of the series? Is Brock really fired? All in all, a good episode.moreless
  • At long last...the secret origin of The Phantom Limb is revealed...or not.

    Yeah, so, that was a little different. The "creation" of a new super-villainess, the reinstatement of The Monarch, Brock's bloody rampage against the would-be assassins of the Venture family, and a few theories as to how Phantom Limb came by his namesake invisible appendages. I like the magician theory myself. Oh, and someone finally noted the wardrobe similarity between Hank Venture and a certain helmsman of the Mystery Machine.

    Guys really aren't supposed to go to the bathroom together, but as long as it ends as hilariously as the Venture Brothers' latest trip to the little boys' room, I have no complaints. "It feels like someone with a fever is yelling at my penis." That's quote-board material right there.moreless
Nina Hellman

Nina Hellman


Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Henchman 24/Watch/Guild Commando

Recurring Role

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Henchman 21/Master Billy Quizboy/Ward

Recurring Role

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Phantom Limb/Mafiosa Art Enthusiast

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Trivia: In the version of Phantom Limb's origin that states his limbs became invisible thanks to an experiment to speed up muscular development, the equipment used looks very similar and has the same function as the device PL used on Brock to heal his arm in Hate Floats.

    • When Dr. Venture tells Brock he's watching the worst porn ever, his collar changes to the same color as his beard for a few seconds and then changes back.

    • Trivia: The various origins of the Phantom Limb include: 1) Master Billy Quizboy was PL's roommate and created a machine to accelerate the muscle-building process, accelerating PL's limbs to the speed of light; 2) Master Billy and PL invented a time machine that sent PL's limbs and Billy's hand 40 years into the future; 3) PL was a famous magician performing for the Queen of England and sent his arms and legs to the moon with a bunch of rabbits and doves and playing cards.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (in the bathroom)
      Kim: Can I ask you a question?
      Dr. Girlfriend: (sighs) Yes, I belong in here, i just have a deep voice.

    • Hank: Holey moley look at my date! She's a supervillian...possibly a Medusa. Dean I'm not kidding, she's got rope for hair, and a shiny costume. Aw, not fair, she's wearing goggles. Told you she'd dig my Batman suit, but no.

    • The Monarch: That chode she's with, that's Phantom Limb. When he was in college, he was a scrawny little wuss. In a desperate attempt to be cooler than guys like me, he had his twelve year old roommate create a machine that speeds up the muscle building process. The machine worked so well that every molocule in his extrimities was accelerated to the speed of light. There were two side effects. One: He can mess up a guy just by touching him. And Two: He became a humorless dick!

    • Brock: Dean, what'd ya do, shave with a hatchet?
      Dean: I used the razor with the big, pink handle.
      Dr. Venture: That's my Daisy! I use that one for my head...
      Hank: I thought God shaved your head.
      Dr. Venture: He does, but he leaves the sides, Mister Weisenheimer...

    • Dr. Venture: Dean, you smell like a whore.

    • Kim: So are the Venture Brothers cute?
      Triana: Well, Dean…he's kind of cute. He dresses like Buddy Holly.
      Kim: That's kinda cute.
      Triana: Yeah, but I think he does it accidentally.

    • Hank: What about me? Any advice to help me "score" with my "Mystery Date"?
      Brock: Yeah, don't say "score," or anything close to "Mystery Date" in front of her. And, uh, don't do that "Do you like seafood joke," either.
      Hank: Can do. Gosh, she would totally know that joke already.

    • The Monarch: Ah, steak fries. Always soggy.

    • Phantom Limb: Brock Samson. The Venture mule. Do you always hang out naked in the men's bathroom?

    • Guild Soldier: (coughing) I think you may have got the kidney. I don't wanna die alone! (cough) Don't...don't go!
      Brock: I don't think I hit your kidney.
      Guild Soldier: No, totally did! (cough) Please...please! Hold me!
      Brock: Look, I'm pretty sure I missed the kidney. I mean, you could bleed to death in like...four hours, but ah..
      Guild Soldier: I..I see a tunnel...I'm scared...could you...could you stroke my hair?
      Brock: Alright, are not gonna...
      Guild Soldier: Well can you sing to me? Could you sing a Technotronic song? Maybe (cough) Pump Up The Jam?
      Brock: I dunno..I..
      Guild Soldier: What about Move This? Do you know that one?
      Brock: (long sigh) ...Baby let me...

    • Hank Venture: (holding crotch in front of hand dryer) Venture ingenuity, Dean-o! You gotta try this, it feels too good! It feels like somebody with a fever is yelling at my pants! This rules!

    • Dr. Venture: Why are you naked?
      Brock: (panting, covered in blood) To prey on their fear. Move like an animal, to feel the kill.
      Dr. Venture: Alright, now you're scaring me. What's going on?
      Brock: I dunno. (holds up severed head) But judging from these goggles, it's The Guild. Seems like you made it to the big league, what'd you do?
      Dr. Venture: Nothing! I was just sitting here, watching the worst porno ever. Is that a head?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Trianna's friend Kim was previously seen in the episode "Assassinanny 911". In this episode, Kim appears to be meeting Hank & Dean for the 1st time, indicating that this episode must take place before "Assassinanny 911".


    • Rambo
      The part where Brock holds his knife against the Monarch's throat and says "Don't push it" is a reference to the 1982 movie First Blood also known as Rambo: First Blood. John Rambo held his knife against Sheriff Teasle's throat and also said "Don't push it".

    • Artificial Hand
      At the end when Billy is pressing the needles into the palm of his hand and flexing his fingers, this is the exact same thing that happens at the end of Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back when the paramedic droid is testing Luke's new hand.

    • Batman
      The costume that Hank Venture puts on in the beginning of the episode is a Halloween costume based on the popular DC Comics superhero, Batman. It is also the same costume we saw one of his previous incarnations wearing in "Powerless in the Face of Death."