The Venture Brothers

Season 5 Episode 1

What Color is Your Cleansuit?

Aired Sunday 11:30 PM Jun 02, 2013 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary


A three-month period in the lives of our heroes and villains is chronicled. Dr. Venture recruits college interns to help him complete a project for J.J. in time, but things go awry. Dean makes a life-changing decision after Triana rejects him, and Billy Quizboy acquires a new archenemy.


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  • Freakish Start

    Awesome opening to VB S5. It had everything, but as AriSky pointed out it was severely lacking in the Orpheus department. Looks like the series is going down a more science-adventure road, with Dr. Venture and clan being more involved in production around the compound. They showed us a lot of new scenes of the compound, making it seem a bit bigger than we realized, being that there isn't just an E-Den or Manufacturing wing but also a few other buildings, as well as a space research center. Very cool plot, in fact I'm watching it over and over as it's kind of engraved in my mind again because it was pretty unsettling and bizarre (as are most VB episodes). Can't wait to see more!moreless
  • St. Cloud

    The only thing, and I mean the ONLY THING, that was missing from this glorious three-years-in-the-making return was Doctor Orpheus. We got Brock. We got The and Doctor Mrs. The Monarch. We got 21. We got to see those gorillas living in the conservatory. We got HELPER. We even go to see the boys move up and away from their teaching beds. And holy crap, when did Dean get so tall? Great humor (which had really been lacking since season 3), great cast, and just generally a lot of Venture shenanigans. Way to get this party started the right way.moreless
James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Dr. Thaddius S. "Rusty" Venture

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Hank Venture/The Monarch

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Dr. Girlfriend/Dr. Mrs. The Monarch

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Brock Samson

Michael Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas

Dean Venture

James Urbaniak

James Urbaniak

Jonas Venture Jr.

Guest Star

Christopher McCulloch

Christopher McCulloch

Sgt. Hatred/Pete White/St. Cloud/Watch/Tim-Tom

Guest Star

Doc Hammer

Doc Hammer

Henchman 21/Billy Quizboy/Dermott Fictel/Shore Leave/Ward/Kevin/Henchman 21 / Billy QuiHenchman 21/Billy Quizboy/Dermot Fictel/Shore Leave/Ward/Kevin / Kevin

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sgt. Hatred: Look, take it from a fellow who just got dumped, Dean. There are other fish in the sea. A whole school of 'em. Literally, a school! Though, not literally fish, of course.

    • Monarch: Where are you, blood of my blood? Come to King's Landing and take your rightful seat on my iron throne.
      Dr. Girlfriend: Go for it.
      Monarch: W--why the fuck are you Rocky?
      Dr. Girlfriend: You said you were going to be Drago.
      Monarch: Drogo! Khal Drogo! You're supposed to be my Khalessi. Did you think I meant Ivan Drago?
      Dr. Girlfriend: Well, obviously.
      Monarch: Why would I--what the hell is sexy about that?

    • Tommy: But there's a story among our people that there will come a savior, the Lee-Hun-Took. He, and only he, will lead the Children of Palaemon to peace.
      Sgt. Hatred: Ah, you guys move fast. What, you been here three months, and you already got legends of saviors?
      Tommy: You're talking about a bunch of geeks from State University. You mutate that kind of outcast and it gets all "SyFy Channel Original Feature" real quick.

    • Monarch: I knew it! He's stepping up his game. We must match his game with... much more game.
      Dr. Girlfriend: Sweetie, can this wait till morning? My voice gets all raspy if I don't get enough sleep.
      Monarch: Wow, really?

    • Monarch: Excellent! Then we drop in our mutant henchmen, as if taking an evil, mighty push!
      Dr. Girlfriend: That is so foul! Can you say "movement" instead of "push"?
      Monarch: Okay, movement. I don't even know why I said push. It's really gross when you think about it. Push...

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Hank: If Dean's pulling a Greg Brady, then ipso facto I am gettin' my own Hank cave.
      Referencing the season 2 episode of The Brady Bunch, "Our Son the Man." when Greg wants his own room and moves into the den, setting it up his own swinging pad.

    • Dean and Thalia eating spaghetti:
      Referencing the 1955 animated Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. The two dogs are eating in an Italian restaurant, suck on the same piece of spaghetti, and end up kissing.

    • Monarch: Drogo! Khal Drogo! You're supposed to be my Khaleesi.
      Referencing the novels and subsequent HBO TV series Game of Thrones (starting in 2011). Khal Drogo is the leader of the Dothraki nomads, while a Khaleesi is the wife of the Khal.

    • Monarch: Did you think I meant Ivan Drago?
      Referencing the primary villain of the 1985 boxing flick Rocky IV. Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) is the Russian boxer that Rocky goes up against as part of a Russian plan to show off their superiority over the Americans.

    • Billy: It's like a bunch of Ben Grimms.
      Referencing The Thing, the comic book character first introduced in Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. After being exposed to cosmic radiation along with her fiance Reed, friend Ben Grimm, and siblings Sue and Johnny Storm, Ben is (more or less) permanently transformed into a superstrong rock-like humanoid.

    • Hatred: Student Green is made out of people!
      Referencing the 1973 science fiction movie Soylent Green, based on Harry Harrison's 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! It is set in the year 2022 and shows Earth as suffering from overpopulation and the destruction of many natural resources. the plot of the movie involve a detective investigating the case of murdered businessman who produces "Soylent Green," an increasingly rare foodstuff that turns out to be made from recycled human beings.

    • Hatred: It's a madhouse. A madhouse!
      Referencing the line from the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes. When astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) is hauled away by the intelligent apes, he screams "It's a madhouse! A madhouse!"

    • Pete: Did you get all tired watching Matlock?
      Referencing the long-running NBC TV series Matlock (1986) starring Andy Griffith as a wily Southern defense attorney.

    • Billy: Had too much Chinese buffet and drifted out watching Murder She Wrote?
      Referencing the long-running CBS murder series, Murder, She Wrote, with Angela Lansbury as elderly mystery writer and detective Jessica Fletcher, who tends to find murder victims wherever she goes and inevitably solves the crime.

    • Monarch: Now he's wreckin' the town with the power of a bull. Ain't no monster, clown, who is as loveable.
      Referencing the theme song for first animated Hulk series, in 1966. Hulk aired in rotation with four other Marvel superhero-related cartoons in syndication, each of which had an equally catchy theme song.

    • Monarch: I'm all revved up from that Hart to Hart-style repartee we had there.
      Referencing the ABC comedy-detective series (1979-1984) and subsequent TV movies featuring the Harts: rich married couple Jonathan (Robert Wagner) and Jennifer (Stephanie Powers). With the aid of their trusty chauffeur, Max, the couple traveled the globe solving crimes and engaging in witty-yet-loving banter with each other.

    • Billy and Pete: They're digging in the wrong place!
      Referencing the exchange between Indiana Jones and Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). They are in Egypt trying to determine what Belloq is up to, and realize that while the rival archaeologist has the Staff of Ra, he didn't get an imprint of both sides, and thus has miscalculated where to dig for the Ark of the Covenant. When Indy and Sallah realize it, they say the same thing in chorus that Billy and Pete do here.

    • St. Cloud: Twiki--four. And around his neck is Dr. Theopolis--five!
      Referencing the 70s TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Twiki is primarily voiced by Mel Blanc and the body is provided by Frank Silla. The metal disk around his neck is Dr. Theopolis, voiced by Erik Server except for the pilot movie. Theopolis was an AI that acted as a liaison between the Earth Defense Directorate and the Computer Council, but was phased out at the end of season 1.

    • Billy: You are flawed, St. Cloud! You must sterilize! Sterilize!
      Referencing Nomad, the former sentient deep-space probe sent to seek out life forms, featured in the Original Star Trek episode "The Changeling." The probe merged with an alien probe, Tan Ru, that was designed to collect and sterilize soil samples. The two probes merged, creating Nomad, which through corrupted programming sought out imperfect life forms and "sterilized" them. Kirk eventually convinced it that it was itself an imperfect life form and it sterilized itself, self-destructing.