List of The Venture Bros. episodes
The Venture Bros. series has run five seasons. The first three seasons consist of 13 thirty-minute episodes (including time for commercials), plus the pilot and one 15-minute Christmas special. The fourth season consists of 15 thirty-minute episodes and one hour-long season finale episode, while the fifth season has an hour-long premiere and 8 thirty-minute episodes.
An hour-long special entitled "All This and Gargantua-2" aired January 19, 2015, as a precursor to season 6, although the Adult Swim website's video on demand section considers the episode as the first episode of season 6.
During the first three seasons, Adult Swim originally broadcast several episodes out of narrative order. The DVD releases present the episodes in the order intended by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. Beginning with season four, the network has debuted new episodes in the correct order.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot episode||February 16, 2003|
|1||13||August 7, 2004||October 30, 2004|
|2||13||June 25, 2006||October 15, 2006|
|3||13||June 1, 2008||August 24, 2008|
|4||16||October 18, 2009||November 21, 2010|
|5||8||June 2, 2013||July 21, 2013|
|Specials||2004, 2011, 2012, 2015|
|Title||Written by||Original air date||Production
|Pilot||"The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay"||Jackson Publick||February 16, 2003||0-01|
|Dr. Thaddeus Venture travels to New York City with his twin sons Hank and Dean and bodyguard Brock Samson to present his latest invention to the United Nations. They are pursued by a ninja intent on acquiring the device, and by Dr. Venture's archenemy The Monarch. Hank and Dean have a run-in with a prostitute and Brock hospitalizes The Monarch. The UN rejects the invention when it turns out to be a death ray, but the army offers to buy it. The ninja is caught and turns out to have a sexual fetish for advanced technology.|
Season 1: 2004
|Title||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||1||"Dia de Los Dangerous!"||Jackson Publick||August 7, 2004||1-01|
|On a visit to Tijuana, the Venture family find themselves in peril: Hank and Dean are kidnapped by The Monarch, who attempts to deal with his own abandonment issues by bonding with them. Dr. Venture's one remaining kidney is stolen, and he, Brock, and their robot assistant H.E.L.P.eR. mount a rescue to save the boys, whose kidneys the doctor requires to replace his own.|
|2||2||"Careers in Science"||Doc Hammer & Ben Edlund||August 14, 2004||1-02|
|The Venture family travels to the orbital space station Gargantua-1, built in the 1970s by Dr. Venture's father, Dr. Jonas Venture, so Dr. Venture can repair it. The station's female officer, Lieutenant Anna Baldavich, is instantly attracted to Brock, leading to romantic tension with her fellow officer Colonel Bud Manstrong. Hank and Dean become convinced that Gargantua-1 is haunted by a "phantom spaceman", while Dr. Venture discovers that the problem with the station is his own fault.|
|3||3||"Home Insecurity"||Jackson Publick||August 21, 2004||1-07|
|Dr. Venture builds a new robot, G.U.A.R.D.O., to protect himself and his sons while Brock is away on a camping trip. However, the Ventures end up trapped in their panic room when The Monarch and Baron Ünderbheit both send their henchmen to attack Dr. Venture on the same night. Meanwhile, Brock befriends the cyborg Steve Summers and his lover, a Sasquatch, helping them to evade the United States military forces who are after them.|
|4||4||"The Incredible Mr. Brisby"||Jackson Publick||August 28, 2004||1-05|
|Theme park and cartoon magnate Roy Brisby kidnaps Dr. Venture and attempts to extract from him his father's research on cloning, which the disabled Brisby desires in order to clone a new, healthy body. Hank and Dean are abducted and brainwashed by the Orange County Liberation Front, who seek to overthrow Brisby and his Brisbyland park. Brock teams up with his old acquaintance, the mercenary Molotov Cocktease, to rescue the Ventures.|
|5||5||"Eeney, Meeney, Miney... Magic!"||Doc Hammer||September 4, 2004||1-04|
|Necromancer Doctor Byron Orpheus moves into the Venture Compound as a tenant, and Dean is instantly smitten with his goth daughter Triana. Brock, Hank, and Dean become trapped inside Dr. Venture's latest invention, a "Joy Can" which creates hallucinations of the user's deepest desires, and the two Doctors are unable to free them. Dean's feelings for Triana eventually reveal the door and permit their escape.|
|6||6||"Ghosts of the Sargasso"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||September 11, 2004||1-08|
|The Venture family sails to the Bermuda Triangle on their hydrofoil, the X-2, to recover an experimental aircraft built by Dr. Venture's father which crashed there in 1969. While Dr. Venture explores the ocean floor in a robotic atmospheric diving suit, the X-2 is overtaken by pirates whose ship has been stuck in the sargassum for years. Dr. Venture is trapped underwater after his "metasonic locator" accidentally summons the screaming ghost of the experimental aircraft's pilot, Major Tom. Brock and Hank work together to subdue the pirates, deal with the ghost, and save Dr. Venture.|
|7||7||"Ice Station – Impossible!"||Jackson Publick||September 18, 2004||1-09|
|Dr. Venture and fellow super-scientists Pete White and Billy Quizboy are recruited into a government think tank in the Arctic headed by Dr. Venture's former college professor, Richard Impossible. After flirting with Richard's wife Sally and discovering that the Impossibles all have freakish mutations, Dr. Venture is abandoned in the snow by Prof. Impossible and left to die. Meanwhile, Hank has been exposed to a serum that will eventually cause him to explode. Brock rushes him to the Arctic and saves Dr. Venture so that the think tank can come up with an antidote.|
|8||8||"Mid-Life Chrysalis"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||September 25, 2004||1-03|
|Brock is depressed to learn that his license to kill has expired, and Hank and Dean help him to prepare for his recertification exam. The Monarch sends his lover and co-villain Doctor Girlfriend undercover to seduce Dr. Venture and inject him with a serum that mutates him into a giant caterpillar. She regrets doing this, however, and eventually administers the antidote.|
|9||9||"Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean"||Doc Hammer||October 2, 2004||1–10|
|The Monarch captures the Ventures, but when Dean suddenly begins to suffer acute testicular torsion he is bound by the laws of the Guild of Calamitous Intent to grant them a reprieve. Pete White and Billy Quizboy help Dr. Venture operate on Dean, while The Monarch holds Hank and Brock as collateral. Dean recovers, but Hank eventually suffers the same ailment.|
|10||10||"Tag Sale – You're It!"||Doc Hammer||October 9, 2004||1-06|
|Dr. Venture holds a large tag sale to raise income by selling off assorted inventions and equipment, an event which attracts many scientists and supervillains. Hank runs a lemonade and sandwich stand at the event, with Dean, Triana, and H.E.L.P.eR. as his employees. The Monarch takes the opportunity to instigate a riot so that he can sneak into the Venture Compound to use the restroom and vandalize Dr. Venture's equipment.|
|11||11||"Past Tense"||Jackson Publick||October 16, 2004||1–12|
|Dr. Venture, Brock, Pete White, and Baron Ünderbheit are kidnapped by robotics expert Mike Sorayama, who blames them for ruining his chances with a girl he had a crush on 20 years prior, when they were all college classmates. Hank and Dean reunite members of the original Team Venture, a group of adventurers who worked for their grandfather in the 1960s, to mount a rescue. The kidnapper turns out to be a robot, the real Mike Sorayama having died some time ago.|
|12||12||"The Trial of the Monarch"||Doc Hammer||October 23, 2004||1–13|
|The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend have a bitter breakup, and she returns to her former lover Phantom Limb. When The Monarch drunkenly attempts to win her back, Phantom Limb frames him for the murder of a police officer and The Monarch goes to trial. Phantom Limb, along with agents from the Guild of Calamitous Intent, ensures that The Monarch is found guilty and sent to prison, which upsets Dr. Girlfriend.|
|13||13||"Return to Spider-Skull Island"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||October 30, 2004||1–11|
|Dr. Venture has surgery to remove a tumor from his abdomen. Thinking that their father is pregnant, Hank and Dean run away from home and wind up in a Scared Straight!-style prison program led by The Monarch. The "tumor" turns out to be Dr. Venture's twin brother, who has been living inside him since being devoured while the two were still in the womb. The twin attempts to claim his birthright by killing Dr. Venture, but is stopped by Brock and H.E.L.P.eR. After a truce, he takes the name Jonas Venture Junior and Dr. Venture gives him the X-2 and their father's facility on Spider-Skull Island. The family recovers Hank and Dean, but they are accidentally killed by Monarch Henchmen 21 and 24.|
Season 2: 2006
|Title||Written by||Original air date||Production
|14||1||"Powerless in the Face of Death"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||June 25, 2006||2–20|
|Dr. Orpheus blames himself for Hank and Dean's deaths, and is appalled to learn that Dr. Venture keeps numerous clones of the boys on-hand: They have died 15 times, and each time were replaced by clones implanted with the memories of the previous pair. Meanwhile, Jonas Jr. becomes a much more successful super-scientist than Dr. Venture, and The Monarch escapes from prison.|
|15||2||"Hate Floats"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||July 2, 2006||2–19|
|The Monarch attempts to win back Dr. Girlfriend from Phantom Limb at a shopping mall where the Venture family also happens to be. A fight erupts and Dr. Venture is captured by The Monarch while Brock is taken by Phantom Limb, who mistakenly believes that The Monarch has kidnapped Dr. Girlfriend. He and Brock ally to confront The Monarch at his cocoon base, while Dr. Girlfriend races there with Hank and Dean in tow, hoping to defuse the situation. The Monarch, Dr. Venture, and Henchmen 21 and 24 team up to take on the The Monarch's mutinous new henchmen.|
|16||3||"Assassinanny 911"||Jackson Publick||July 9, 2006||2–16|
|Brock is sent on a mission by the Office of Secret Intelligence (O.S.I.) to assassinate his mentor, Colonel Hunter Gathers, who has deserted the agency. He leaves the Ventures under the protection of Molotov Cocktease, who tries to whip the family into shape. Hank becomes enamored with Molotov and tries to kill his father after accidentally drugging himself. Brock tracks his target to Macaronesia, finds that Hunter has undergone sex reassignment surgery, and lets him live, having been taught never to kill women or children.|
|17||4||"Escape to the House of Mummies Part II"||Doc Hammer||July 16, 2006||2–18|
|The Venture family is in the midst of a time travelling adventure involving Sigmund Freud, Caligula, Edgar Allan Poe, and an ancient Egyptian cult. They call on Dr. Orpheus to save them from a deathtrap, leading to a debate between Dr. Venture and Dr. Orpheus of science vs. magic, to be settled by a contest of shrinking. Dr. Venture is unable to repair his father's shrink ray even with the help of Pete White and Billy Quizboy, and Dr. Orpheus is unable to shrink himself despite consultation with his otherworldly Master. The contest ends in a draw, while Brock, Hank, and Dean continue the time-travelling escapade.|
|18||5||"Twenty Years to Midnight"||Jackson Publick||August 6, 2006||2–17|
|A videotape left by Jonas Venture Sr. indicates that an invention of his must be assembled and activated by midnight of the following day in order to avoid calamity on mankind. The Ventures are also visited by the Grand Galactic Inquisitor, a being from outer space who is evaluating them in order to pass judgment on humanity. With the help of Jonas Jr., the former pirate captain, and Sally Impossible, the Ventures must overcome a drug-addicted Jonny Quest and the interference of Professor Impossible to assemble the device in time.|
|19||6||"Victor. Echo. November."||Doc Hammer||August 13, 2006||2–15|
|Hank and Dean go on a double date with Triana and her friend Kim, at the same restaurant where Phantom Limb and Dr. Girlfriend are meeting with The Monarch and a girl he met online to discuss The Monarch's re-entry into the Guild of Calamitous Intent. The rivalry between The Monarch and Phantom Limb over Dr. Girlfriend leads Phantom Limb to order his Guild forces to eliminate the Ventures. Brock rushes to the rescue and gets him to call off the attack, while Kim expresses interest in Dr. Girlfriend's offer to become a supervillain.|
|20||7||"Love-Bheits"||Jackson Publick||August 20, 2006||2–14|
|The Venture family is captured in Ünderland by Baron Ünderbheit, who mistakes Dean for a girl and plans to marry him. Dr. Venture, Hank, and Brock are freed by the Ünderground, a resistance movement led by Catclops and Girl Hitler. They mount a rescue for Dean but are too late to prevent the wedding. However, when Dean's sex is revealed, Ünderbheit is arrested for violating his own law against same-sex marriage and is exiled from Ünderland, which becomes a democracy.|
|21||8||"Fallen Arches"||Doc Hammer||September 3, 2006||2–22|
|The Guild of Calamitous Intent approves Dr. Orpheus for an arch-nemesis, prompting him to reform his old team, the Order of the Triad, with Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist. Jealous over the number of applicants for the position, Dr. Venture baits them into a battle by displaying his "walking eye". The job goes to Torrid, who impresses the team by kidnapping Triana. Meanwhile, The Monarch forces a prostitute through several deathtraps and Henchmen 21 and 24 attempt to strike out on their own using stolen jet packs.|
|22||9||"Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?"||Teleplay by: Jackson Publick
Story by: Jackson Publick & Ben Edlund
|September 10, 2006||2–21|
|When the Gargantua-1 space station crashes on a group of terrorists, Colonel Bud Manstrong becomes a national hero but is haunted by the death of Lieutenant Anna Baldavich in the crash. The Venture family stays at the White House for a state dinner in Bud's honor, where Hank and Dean are informed by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln that Bud's mind is being controlled by his mother through a microchip as part of a plan to assassinate the President. The boys and Lincoln's ghost must work together to foil the plot.|
|23||10||"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||September 24, 2006||2–23|
|Hank and Dean are kidnapped by Myra Brandish, their father's insane former bodyguard who claims to be their mother. Dr. Venture and Dr. Orpheus are led to their location by an oni only to be captured themselves, and all have to be rescued by Brock and H.E.L.P.eR.. Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Killinger reorganizes The Monarch's villainous operation and helps him to reconcile with Dr. Girlfriend.|
|24||11||"¡Viva los Muertos!"||Ben Edlund||October 1, 2006||2–24|
|Dr. Venture succeeds in reanimating the corpse of one of The Monarch's slain henchmen, creating "Venturestein" which he hopes to turn into a money-making enterprise. Brock feels guilty about killing the henchman and attends a mystic ritual at Dr. Orpheus' apartment to reconcile his conscience. A group of mystery-solvers resembling the Scooby-Doo gang investigate the Venture Compound, leading Hank and Dean to discover their many clones. Dr. Venture convinces the boys that the clones are to be a Christmas present for them.|
|25||12||"Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part I)"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||October 8, 2006||2–25|
|Dr. Girlfriend agrees to marry The Monarch if he will stop arching Dr. Venture. However, following his bachelor party, his drunken henchmen capture the Venture family. To avoid angering Dr. Girlfriend he makes Dr. Venture his best man and invites the rest of the family to the wedding aboard his cocoon base. David Bowie attends to give away the bride, with Iggy Pop and Klaus Nomi in tow. However, Phantom Limb defies the orders of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and launches an attack on the wedding, demanding the return of Dr. Girlfriend.|
|26||13||"Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II)"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||October 15, 2006||2–26|
|Phantom Limb captures Dr. Girlfriend and reveals that his true goal is to eliminate David Bowie—revealed to be a shapeshifter and the Sovereign of the Guild of Calamitious Intent—and take his place. Brock leads The Monarch's henchmen in battle against Phantom Limb's forces, while Dean has a fantasy adventure that results in him shutting down the cocoon's engines. The battle ends when The Monarch's escape cocoon crashes into Phantom Limb's ship. Phantom Limb is maimed but escapes, while Bowie blesses The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend's marriage.|
Season 3: 2008
|Title||Written by||Original air date||Production
|27||1||"Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||June 1, 2008||3–32|
|The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend are interrogated by the Guild of Calamitous Intent, revealing how they met: Dr. Girlfriend was recruited into the Guild by Phantom Limb during her college years, starting out as Lady Au Pair and eventually becoming Phantom Limb's "number 2" as Queen Etherea. The Monarch was a henchman for Phantom Limb at the time, moonlighting as a villain to attack Dr. Venture. He wooed Dr. Girlfriend and struck out on his own, earning the ire of Phantom Limb.|
|28||2||"The Doctor Is Sin"||Jackson Publick||June 8, 2008||3–28|
|Venture Industries is on the verge of bankruptcy until Dr. Henry Killinger arrives to restore the business to its former glory and repair Dr. Venture's self-confidence. Dr. Orpheus, Brock, and The Alchemist are suspicious of Killinger, who turns out to be setting Dr. Venture up as a supervillain so that he can "arch" his brother, Jonas Jr.|
|29||3||"Home Is Where the Hate Is"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||June 22, 2008||3–37|
|The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend move into Phantom Limb's former home in Malice, a gated community for supervillains. Sergeant Hatred is assigned by the Guild of Calmitous Intent to be Dr. Venture's new archenemy and invites him to a party, where he reveals his knowledge that The Monarch has been stealing weapons from him for years and that as revenge he intends to treat Dr. Venture, whom The Monarch truly hates, with kindness. Meanwhile, Hank, Dean, and Henchmen 21 and 24 are stalked by Dr. Girlfriend's Murderous Moppets.|
|30||4||"The Invisible Hand of Fate"||Jackson Publick||June 15, 2008||3–27|
|A head injury causes Billy Quizboy to recover his lost memories: Pete White made him cheat on a quiz show, ruining their reputations, and the two were rebuffed upon trying to get jobs working for Billy's hero, Dr. Venture. White mistakenly entered Billy in a dogfight, where he lost his hand and eye. Given robotic replacements by the Office of Secret Intelligence, Billy was enrolled undercover into the college course of Professor Fantomos, which Brock and Col. Gathers suspected was a recruiting front for the Guild of Calamitous Intent. He was involved in the accident that transformed Fantomos into Phantom Limb, then had his memory wiped by the O.S.I. and was left in White's care, while Brock was demoted to being Dr. Venture's bodyguard.|
|31||5||"The Buddy System"||Doc Hammer||June 29, 2008||3–30|
|Dr. Venture runs a summer day camp for young boys, with assistance from Brock, Billy Quizboy, the Order of the Triad, The Captain, Action Johnny, and Dr. Z. The Monarch sends the Moppets in undercover to spy on Dr. Venture. Hank befriends Dermott Fictel, a rude, obnoxious, lying teenager. Things go awry when Dr. Venture takes the children to his father's "E-den", a biosphere that turns out to house an angry gorilla. Dean becomes infuriated when Dermott insults Triana, and beats him up. Dr. Girlfriend debuts her new persona as Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.|
|32||6||"Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman"||Jackson Publick||July 6, 2008||3–31|
|While in the Amazon Rainforest, the Venture family encounters Dr. Tara Quymn, a childhood friend of Dr. Venture's who is now a famous scientist and adventurer researching cancer cures. Hank becomes infatuated with her mystery-solving teenage twin daughters Nancy and Drew, who are more interested in Dean, while their bodyguard Virginia makes awkward passes at Brock. The two doctors develop romantic feelings toward each other while Dean investigates "wereodiles" that may be stalking them all.|
|33||7||"What Goes Down Must Come Up"||Jackson Publick||July 13, 2008||3–33|
|Dr. Venture and Brock stumble upon a labyrinthine sublevel of the Venture Compound where they encounter shrunken original Team Venture member Dr. Entmann and a group of subterranean dwellers, all of whom have been trapped in the facility for thirty years. Hank, Dean, Pete White, and the Order of the Triad attempt to locate and assist them, while the facility's master computer threatens to launch a nuclear missile if it does not speak to Jonas Venture Sr.|
|34||8||"Tears of a Sea Cow"||Doc Hammer||July 20, 2008||3–34|
|Prohibited from antagonizing Dr. Venture, The Monarch has murdered his replacement archenemies and is losing interest in supervillany. He and Henchmen 21 and 24 decide to relive old times by conducting an unauthorized raid on the Venture Compound. They are discovered by Hank, Dean, and Dermott and have to trick and bribe their way out of being reported. Dr. Mrs. The Monarch arranges for The Monarch's next archenemy to be Jonas Venture Jr., a close substitute for Dr. Venture.|
|35||9||"Now Museum--Now You Don't!"||Jackson Publick||July 27, 2008||3–35|
|Jonas Jr. has turned Spider-Skull Island—a former supervillain headquarters captured by the original Team Venture in 1969—into a museum honoring his father's exploits. Among the attendees at the opening ceremony are the Venture family, the surviving members of Team Venture, and even the supervillains who formerly lived there. Awkwardness and tensions result, and Prof. Impossible makes vain attempts to win back Sally, who has left him for Jonas Jr. The Captain and his crew mutiny against Jonas Jr. and cause a melee that accidentally activates an old self-destruct device, threatening the entire event.|
|36||10||"The Lepidopterists"||Doc Hammer||August 3, 2008||3–36|
|Jonas Jr. seeks advice from Brock and two OSI agents, Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder, on how to deal with his new nemesis, The Monarch. They authorize him to eliminate the villain using a death ray, since The Monarch has killed his last five archenemies. The Monarch sends Henchmen 21, 24, and 1 to infiltrate Spider-Skull Island, but Henchman 1—true to 21 and 24's prediction—is beaten and seemingly killed by Brock. Their mission is a success, however: Jonas Jr. is fooled into thinking that he has eliminated his enemy, and his use of lethal force opens a loophole in the Guild of Calamitous Intent's rules that allows The Monarch to resume arching Dr. Venture.|
|37||11||"ORB"||Doc Hammer||August 10, 2008||3–29|
|With the help of Billy Quizboy, Pete White, Doctor Orpheus, the Alchemist, and his sons, Dr. Venture goes on an old-fashioned adventure to find an object of unspeakable power. When Brock attempts to stop him, he learns the truth about the late Jonas Venture, the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and his nineteen-year-old mission.|
|38||12||"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part I)"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||August 17, 2008||3–38|
|Brock Samson is a marked man. Terminated from the O.S.I., stripped of his license to kill, and hunted by three of the world’s deadliest assassins, Brock only has one thing left: The Venture family. And he wants them as far away from him as they can get but not even Molotov Cocktease, Hunter Gathers and a pair of ex-O.S.I. comrades can sever the ties that bind. And The Monarch and Sgt. Hatred aren’t helping.|
|39||13||"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)"||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||August 24, 2008||3–39|
|O.S.I.'s General Treister is horrified to learn from Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder that their three best assassins have been killed by Brock, and decides to take matters into his own hands. The Venture family is saved by The Cleaner, who Brock discovers has been sent to them by Molotov Cocktease in her attempts to save them. With H.E.L.P.eR in their possession, the Monarch tracks down the Ventures and demands their surrender, while Brock is also contacted by Treister. Brock decides to speak to both at the same time to meet him at the Venture compound at dawn. Dr. Mrs. the Monarch believes it all to be a trap, but the Monarch reveals he has planted a bomb on H.E.L.P.eR. At dawn, the forces of the Monarch and O.S.I. face off, both believing the other to be under Brock's employ. Sergeant Hatred and Dr. Venture have an argument as to who has done worse things, until Hank says that they should use his "Christmas presents" (the clone slugs) to stop the fight. With the clone slugs led by Hatred, and all easily killed by the Monarch in his new Death's Head Panoply suit, Brock stops the fight and learns that Treister was only responding to his distress call. Brock decides that he has had enough and quits O.S.I. and his mission guarding the Ventures, just as H.E.L.P.eR's bomb goes off, taking Henchman 24's life in the process. After the credits, Molotov Cocktease is pleased that the world's top three assassins have been killed and now her Black Hearts Assassins are the best in the world. She calls for a toast to Brock Samson, and is joined by Hunter Gathers who is one of her fellow Black Hearts.|
Season 4: 2009–2010
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|Title||Written by||Original air date||Production
|40||1||"Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel"||Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick||October 18, 2009||4–46|
|In the aftermath of the O.S.I./Monarch battle, Brock finds himself aboard one of the O.S.I.'s medical units, particularly their brainwashing unit, and with H.E.L.P.eR's head lodged in his chest. The doctors try to say there are simply no other medical units available, but he escapes with H.E.L.P.eR. Sergeant Hatred is administered a chemical before being re-recruited into O.S.I. once more and hired as the Ventures' new bodyguard. Brock makes his way to Macaronesia to see the doctor who operated on Gathers to remove H.E.L.P.eR from his chest. With the operation successful, he sends H.E.L.P.eR back to the Venture compound before going to see Steve Rogers and Sasquatch to recuperate after surgery before staging an attack on the Black Heart Assassins. While attempting to infiltrate the compound, he comes across a SPHINX agent, even though the O.S.I. defeated SPHINX in the 80s, while interrupting a meeting between Molotov and Gathers, disrupting a SPHINX operation. When he comes to, Brock begins to realize what happened with all the events leading up to the battle and discovers that Hunter Gathers is no longer a woman and has reformed SPHINX. In a parallel storyline, Henchman 21, having formed a LARP group, commissions Dr. Venture to clone 24 back to life, despite the fact he would not be the same, and offers his copy of Marvel Comics #1 as collateral, valued at $500,000, with the value's drop indicative of the timeframe of the otherwise disjointed plotlines. At the same time, Venture is hired by a group of "fake" Nazis to clone Hitler from a bulldog containing the man's spirit. In the end, Hank, now with longer hair and wearing Brock's old jacket, and Sergeant Hatred hold up sniping positions to save Dr. Venture, who has refused to clone Hitler. Orpheus, with H.E.L.P.eR in his new walking eye body tells Dean to kill Hitler with a magic dagger, but Dean refuses, and Hitler escapes. While Orpheus kills the Nazis, Hitler finds his way to Hank when Brock appears, with the same magic dagger, and kills Hitler, while telling Hank that no one can know he is back.|
|41||2||"Handsome Ransom"||Jackson Publick||October 25, 2009||4–40|
|The Monarch attempts to hold Hank and Dean for ransom, but his plan is foiled by the arrival of Monarch's old enemy Captain Sunshine, who takes Hank away before the Monarch's plans can come to fruition. Hank, who is upset at his father and claims he has no father, is recruited by Captain Sunshine to be his new Wonder Boy. Sunshine's butler seems to believe something is up and walks Hank through the motions of being the new Wonder Boy, who seems it odd that Captain Sunshine does not fight crime at night or with his former team. However, he does work as a local news anchor with all of his former teammates. The Monarch still tries to collect the ransom, but Venture easily sees through his attempts to trade off one of his henchmen as Hank, with Dean being the only one still in custody. Venture hatches a plan to get the boys back, by shrinking down Hatred and hiding him in a bag of money Pete White and Billy Quizboy won from a recent lawsuit, but the Monarch manages to take the money anyway. Dr. Mrs. the Monarch warns him that as they do not have Hank, the Monarch will have to return the money according to Guild bylaws, but reveals she has managed to isolate the unique radiation Captain Sunshine gives off and has devised a way to track him down and defeat him. They track Sunshine down to his mansion, just as Venture, Pete White, and Billy do the same, both seeking out Hank, who somehow easily manages to thwart the Monarch's plans. Captain Sunshine rushes home from his news anchor gig to find the Monarch, who he believes to be immune to his powers in Wonder Boy's costume. The Monarch uses the device his wife made to kill Sunshine, but it actually re-energizes him, and he defeats the Monarch. Just as he is about to attack Rusty, Pete, and Billy, Hank stops him and says he cannot be the Wonder Boy he wants him to be, and returns home with his father, but not before asking for a word in with Batman, at which Captain Sunshine kicks him out.|
|42||3||"Perchance to Dean"||Jackson Publick||November 1, 2009||4–42|
|Dean discovers his hair is falling out. Rusty indoctrinates Dean into his career as a super scientist, using inspiration from various progressive rock albums. A deformed and supposedly aborted Dean clone, D-19, lives in the compound's attic; Hank discovers a "Dean shrine" created by the clone. D-19 hallucinates that Rusty wants him to become the new Dean by making a skinsuit out of the many dead Dean clones. A UPS man delivering a large supply of plastic explosives to Sergeant Hatred (who plans to use it to create explosive decoys of Dr. Venture) believes that something sinister is happening in the compound when he discovers an open grave containing Dean clones. Hank is grounded, but gets a visit from Dermott, and the two raise hell in the compound. Hank hits one of the dead Dean clones with his car; believing he has killed his brother, he runs away from home. This also damages the corpse that D-19 was using to complete his Dean skinsuit, so he stalks the "real" Dean to obtain a replacement. Dean believes that D-19 is the result of a failed experiment in which he added his hair to Shrinky Dinks, and he flees the deformed clone. The police arrive to shut down the compound at the insistence of the UPS man. D-19 corners Dean, but hallucinates that Dr. Venture has accepted him as "the real Dean". D-19 hugs one of the many explosive Dr. Venture decoys and is destroyed. The real Dr. Venture is later arrested, and blames Hank for the debacle.|
|43||4||"Return to Malice"||Doc Hammer||November 8, 2009||4–43|
|After 24's death, 21 has become the most fearsome and adept of the Monarch's henchmen, having undergone a long series of training to become a better fighter. Dr. Mrs. the Monarch warns the Monarch that 21 may be acting oddly, but the Monarch is pleased with how all of his henchmen are acting under 21's leadership, even the one who is now serving them a fancy dinner. However, 21 decides to kidnap Hank and Dean, ultimately being successful after the two have become tired of Sergeant Hatred's various kidnapping drills. Just as the Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch prepare to sleep, the Monarch suddenly has a violent reaction to what they had for dinner, and his face swells up. Dr. Mrs. the Monarch also gets a call from Sergeant Hatred who believes that 21 has kidnapped the boys while Dr. Mrs. the Monarch plans on dealing with the problem herself. Venture and Hatred infiltrate Malice to attempt a rescue on their own, while 21 tries to interrogate the boys, who reveal they know nothing of what happened to 24 and are simply annoyed by the predicament. 21 lets them go, and they catch a cab home with help from the Monarch. On their way to save the boys, Hatred and Venture pass by Hatred's old home only to find Princess Tinyfeet engaging in S&M play with Private Schwa, among Hatred's other former henchmen. With Hatred overcome with grief, Venture finds Dr. Mrs. the Monarch, and the two reminisce over the various inhabitants of Malice, until she asks if he ever tried calling the boys, much to his chagrin. Hank reveals the two made their way home safely, and he leaves to find Hatred. The Monarch, having been kicked out of his Cocoon's bar for his anaphalactic face, finds 21 lamenting 24's death, before reprimanding him for kidnapping the Venture boys. Back in his room, a hand crosses out the Venture Bros.' name off the list of those responsible for 24's death, when 21 returns to find 24's skull has moved on its own accord.|
|44||5||"The Revenge Society"||Doc Hammer||November 15, 2009||4–41|
|The Guild of Calamitous Intent comes under attack by an insane Phantom Limb, who now goes by the name "Revenge", kidnapping Red Mantle of the Guild's Council of 13 in the process. With a kidnapped Billy Quizboy's help, Dragoon's head is surgically attached to Red Mantle to save the two's lives, with the men alluding they are Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. Phantom Limb has formed the Revenge Society, a rival villainous group consisting of himself, a coffee mug he has named Wisdom who is the team's fix-it-man, a toaster he has named Chuck and believes is a master of the nunchaku and trap dismantling, and Lady Nightshade, a black Ferragamo shoe once belonging to Dr. Mrs. the Monarch. Phantom Limb plans to steal the Orb from the Ventures, when Billy reveals he knows where it is kept. Watch and Ward of the Guild inform David Bowie, who they know is the Sovereign, of the two Councilmen's kidnapping, and Bowie heads to the Venture Compound to stop Phantom Limb from finishing his plan. The Councilmen take Billy onto the compound to find the Orb, leaving Billy behind once they find it. Elsewhere, Hank is taking Hatred on a fruitless chase beneath the Compound on hoverbikes, while David Bowie finds Dr. Venture and Dean. In the final confrontation, Phantom Limb demands control of the Guild, claiming his grandfather Fantômas as its leader, when Bowie says the man was a usurper and the true heir to the Guild is actually Dean Venture, as the Ventures' ancestor was its founder, who officially gives it to Bowie. Phantom Limb prepares to use the Orb, but discovers it is not working. In a flashback, alluded to in "ORB", Lloyd Venture prepares to use the Orb when his bodyguard Sandow is thought to have killed Venture, when he destroyed the Orb, preventing it from ever falling into the wrong hands. Phantom Limb is captured and Dragoon and Red Mantle take the broken Orb for themselves.|
|45||6||"Self-Medication"||Jackson Publick||November 22, 2009||4–45|
|In the middle of an attack by the Monarch, Dr. Venture's reminder alarm goes off, and he calls off the attack using Guild bylaws to allow him to attend his therapy group. The group, consisting of fellow former Boy Adventurers Action Johnny, former detectives suspected of killing their father Lance & Dale Hale, abandoned robotic creation Ro-Boy, and the former Wonder Boy, are trying to overcome their abusive pasts. However, their therapist is suddenly killed by a snake attracted to the man by snake pheromones in his coffee. Johnny believes someone to be behind the therapist's death, and leads the group to a bar frequented by former henchmen, resulting in a fight. Johnny then leads the group to Dr. Z's house, where he has now settled down with his wife (formerly his beard) who reveals that the group must let go of their past if they ever want to move on. Dr. Venture takes this to heart and realizes that he actually has a family to care about, unlike all of the other failed boy adventurers and leaves. Elsewhere, Hatred takes the boys out to see a movie, but the theater is crammed with children, which starts to cause his pedophilic urges to manifest. As he is without anymore Nomolestol, the chemical that keeps his urges in line, the boys hatch a plan to retrieve him, all with the Monarch's henchmen's help. Later, 21 notifies the Monarch that he implanted the snake and pheromones at the therapy group, which now allows him to arch Venture more often without the need of the therapy breaks.|
|46||7||"The Better Man"||Doc Hammer||December 6, 2009||4–44|
|The Order of the Triad does battle with Torrid who opens up a portal to the Second World, before being consumed by an elder god. The Order is unable to defeat the beast, until the Outrider appears and saves them. Dr. Orpheus is determined to figure out how the Outrider, the man who stole his wife, is able to pass into the Second World, while Jefferson complains that he is the only one of their group who has no magical ability. When the Outrider is attacked by Torrid once more, Orpheus finds that he must have taken a shortcut into the Second World and calls on Billy to help them find out why. Billy discovers a magical artifact in the Outrider's skull, and removes it, trapping Orpheus, the Alchemist, and Billy in the Second World with the Outrider. However, Jefferson has apparently developed the ability to be between worlds, and helps the men return to the physical world. During this time, Triana enters her closet and finds the chamber holding the Master who informs her of Dean's true nature and implores her to move in with her mother and the Outrider to become a proper sorceress. At the end, Triana leaves the compound, in a way not to break Dean's heart, and Orpheus realizes why his wife left him in the first place.|
|47||8||"Pinstripes & Poltergeists"||Doc Hammer||December 13, 2009||4–47|
|The Monarch decides to team up with Monstroso, a Guild member and ruthless lawyer in his newest plan to defeat Dr. Venture. It is an attempt to force Venture to give up his compound as it was built with the sole purpose of good-doing, and if a certain percentage of the land is not in that use, then Monstroso gets the land. However, 21, with 24's apparent ghost guiding him, begins to suspect something is up and finds that Monstroso has double-crossed the Monarch, and will gain all of his assets as well. While Venture plans on leasing some land to Pete White and Billy Quizboy, they find that one of the buildings on the Compound is occupied by SPHINX who, throughout the episode, have been hiding Monstroso's actions from Brock in an attempt to keep him away from the Ventures. 21 decides to take things into his own hands, infiltrating the Venture Compound to stop Monstroso, but comes across Brock, instead. They fight, and 21 is actually a match for Brock, even though Brock ultimately wins. They decide to instead team up and attack Monstroso together to stop his plans to take both the Venture Compound and the Monarch's assets.|
|48||9||"The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider"||Jackson Publick||September 12, 2010||4–50|
|King Gorilla moves in with the Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch when his lung cancer becomes terminal. When Dr. Venture is suddenly paralyzed, and with the Ventures' submarine missing, they go to SPHINX to use their submarine to go on a Fantastic Voyage style trip into Rusty's body to find the source of the problem, forcing SPHINX to join in because the boys' long-term memories are being affected by the constant brainwashing every time they find SPHINX headquarters again. Inside Venture, Brock, Shore Leave, Hank, and Dean discover a clot formed by the X-3, Venture's submarine, with the corpses of the seventh Hank and Dean at its helm. Brock and the boys take the X-3, while Shore Leave heads back out. Elsewhere, the Monarch has become overly attached to his "Butter-Glider", a new butterfly-themed personal flying device, leading 21 to go on an unofficial attack on the Venture compound, with only Hatred to stop them. With Hatred subdued, the Monarch joins them and lords over the still unconscious Venture, who, thanks to the X-3 within him, attacks the Monarch. The Monarch takes Venture outside when Hatred uses the shrink ray on them, making Venture a giant. Venture's weight proves too much for the Butter-Glider to carry and the body and glider crash to earth. A stunned Monarch sits next to his smashed glider, wondering what happened. Above him, the S.P.H.I.N.X. submersible (now full-size) teeters at the edge of Dr. Venture's eye. It falls off Venture's face and onto a stunned Monarch. Afterward, with Venture back at his normal size, Brock, Hank, and Dean are still trapped in Dr. Venture's body.|
|49||10||"Pomp and Circuitry"||Jackson Publick||September 19, 2010||4–48|
|One morning, Hank and Dean are surprised to find out that they have officially graduated from their learning beds, but Hank's diploma is not dispensed. Dr. Venture takes Dean to State University to see the campus, believing he has an in with the administration due to his father's influence, but he learns that the only reason he was spoken with is because the dean thought Venture was his brother Jonas, Jr. Elsewhere, Phantom Limb escapes from the Guild's dungeons to seek out Richard Impossible, who is depressed after Sally has left him. He tasks Richard to take him to State University so he may retrieve his old limb-restoring machinery to restore his missing arm and leg. Back at the compound, Hank attempts to join SPHINX while Brock is away on a mission with his new inept rookie partner. The group does their best to deter his entry, but he seems to bypass every attempt to force him to quit, even using an aluminum foil hat to avoid being brainwashed. In the end, Brock manages to tell Hank SPHINX only admits high school graduates, when the learning bed finally spits out his diploma which had been caught in a paper jam. Enthusiastic that he can join SPHINX, Brock kills the boy's dreams again by saying he has to be 18.|
|50||11||"Any Which Way But Zeus"||Doc Hammer||September 26, 2010||4–51|
|The world's super-scientists and super-villains sidekicks have all been kidnapped by a strange force calling himself Zeus. Zeus, with the help of his subordinate Zero, begins a series of battles between the kidnapped men, which include 21, Pete White, Billy, and Captain Sunshine's butler Desmond. However, 21 begins to suspect something is up. The remaining members of O.S.I., SPHINX, the Guild of Calamitous Intent, the newly formed Revenge Society, and other independent villains convene in a secret think tank to solve the mystery of Zeus, who they soon believe is some super-powered being with light-based powers. Dragoon reveals that the man has to be Captain Sunshine, his former archenemy, but not the current one but rather Desmond, who served as the previous Captain Sunshine. At the battles, Henchman 21 has also made this revelation that Zeus is not real and that "Zero" is actually Henchman 1, who 21 previously thought was dead. 21 easily defeats Zero and the location of the kidnapped sidekicks is found. Elsewhere, Dr. Venture has been awaiting his own kidnapping by Zeus, but becomes disheartened when nothing comes of it. Hatred, Hank, and Dean decide to "kidnap" him to make him feel better, and during the "interrogation" Hank demands to know why Dean is being coddled, and Venture reveals that he knows Hank can handle himself as a boy adventurer while Dean would easily fall under the pressure.|
|51||12||"Everybody Comes to Hank's"||Doc Hammer||October 3, 2010||4–52|
|With Dean off to New York for a summer internship, Hank is forced by his father to get a job, so he opens his own business by taking things around the house and selling them back at inflated prices. Dermott, working for Hank, realizes that his sister has not picked him up yet, but Hank feels that there is a mystery afoot and goes to his private eye corner, bothering Dermott who finds his own ride home. The Alchemist is intrigued by Hank's film noir detective persona, particularly after he sweet talks Dermott's sister Nicki, and the Alchemist helps him on his new case, determining if Brock is Dermott's father. Despite their investigations, Brock denies having slept with Dermott's mother, but he eventually comes into possession of a set of keys with a Rusty Venture keychain. Disappointed, Hank tries to speak with Dermott but instead finds Nicki who has become attracted to him, and the two have sex. The Alchemist and Dr. Orpheus perform a psychometry spell on the keychain, and discover the truth: Dermott's mother is actually his sister Nicki, and his father is none other than Dr. Venture. Dr. Venture had slept with Nicki, his then fan club president, believing she was at least 18, but later discovers she is pregnant and only 15 years old. Nicki's mother threatens Venture to never come back, and then calms Nicki down, promising they will raise her child as her own. Orpheus and the Alchemist are horrified by the events that unfolded, and the Alchemist later decides not to tell Hank, who is now glowing after having lost his virginity to Nicki. However, he picks up the keychain which has some latent magical essence and sees everything. For his own good, he has his memories of the past several hours erased, including his lost virginity, but before he undergoes the procedure, he records a message to himself revealing the minimal details of what happened. Dean finally comes back from his internship, without their father, when a man resembling their father but with a full head of hair appears from a portal in their bedroom.|
|52||13||"Bright Lights, Dean City"||Jackson Publick||October 10, 2010||4–53|
|Dean has gotten an internship with Impossible Industries, which has recently downsized now that Impossible has joined Phantom Limb's Revenge Society alongside Baron Ünterbeit. Dean, however, simply wants to become a reporter rather than a scientist, while Dr. Venture comes to New York to attempt to hit it big with a new Broadway show based on his life, cramping Dean's style. Phantom Limb starts to recruit other members into the Revenge Society, noting their need for an elemental, until Impossible shows him Cody being kept in an oxygenated atmosphere to provide energy to the whole building. Phantom Limb also reveals his diabolical plan to put the Monarch, Dr. Mrs. the Monarch, 21, and Dr. Venture to their dooms, suggesting that Tim-Tom and Kevin are actually in his employ. Dr. Venture stays with Dean more, and gains the attention of the Revenge Society who try to take him out, only for their plans to backfire, and for Rusty to be saved by the spider-themed superhero Brown Widow. Dean eventually discovers the villains, and Impossible assures him that he is running a villain rehabilitation service now that he has downsized, and Dean helps coordinate interviews for new candidates, with Fat Chance, a supervillain with a portal in his chest that he can pull things out of, and the duo of Ladyhawk and Lyndon Bee Johnson, separated by a curse that keeps him a bee during the day and her a hawk at night, as new members. That night, Dean finds that his father has blocked off access to the bathroom with his attempt to turn his budding Rust! musical into a roller skate number, while Ünterbeit finds a copy of Rusty's script. Dean feels downtrodden when Brown Widow comes to cheer him up, until he becomes more interested in singing Rusty's musical number. The next day, Dean writes up his resignment letter, having decided he'd rather become a "boy reporter" than a "super-scientist" like his father. Meanwhile Rusty is lured to the Impossitower by Fat Chance, who is posing as an agent interested in his script. The Revenge Society corners Rusty until Dean accidentally frees Cody, causing the power to go out. In the confusion, Fat Chance falls on Rusty, sending him into the strange portal in his stomach. Dean returns home, to see Hank glowing in his realized lost virginity, until both wonder where their father is. The Dr. Venture with the full head of hair suddenly appears in their room, revealing their father had somehow found his way into his dimension and attempted to usurp his place and has come to return him before the other Dr. Venture goes to attend the opening night of his new successful Broadway show.|
|53||14||"Assisted Suicide"||Doc Hammer||October 17, 2010||4–49|
|When Brock discovers Dr. Venture is in his car, attempting to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, Brock reveals he had converted to electric. However, the group realizes something odd is at play because he is not acting himself. Orpheus realizes someone else is controlling Dr. Venture's body, while elsewhere the Monarch is using a new device to do so, with 21 and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch observing. Dr. Orpheus prepares to astral project into Dr. Venture's mind to free him, but several failed attempts at using the things Venture loves to gain access fail, until he removes both of the sons from the equation. Dr. Orpheus successfully enters Dr. Venture's mind, finding Billy and Pete White as the Freudian personifications of Eros and Thanatos, having to navigate Rusty's mind by means of his Id, Ego, and Super-Ego. However, something else lurks in Rusty's mind: the guilt from all of the dead Hanks and Deans. It is these that overwhelm the Monarch controlling Venture, who awakes from his fugue to berate Hatred and Brock for fighting over parenting the boys when it his duty. At the Cocoon, Dr. Mrs. the Monarch and 21 get drunk while watching over the Monarch's lifeless body, and kiss, as well as pose in an oddly sexual position to prevent Tim-Tom and Kevin from finding the Monarch using a device banned by the Guild.|
|54||15||"The Silent Partners"||Doc Hammer||October 24, 2010||4–54|
|Billy Quizboy has begun work at a hospital under the name Dr. Phil Donahue where he is lauded as a skilled surgeon, but he lacks the credentials he claims he had. In a worry, he enters a patient's room to find the ailing King Gorilla seemingly killed by the mysterious benefactors who had previously given Conjectural Technologies a substantial payment. Billy returns home worried and saying they need to return the money, but Pete White reassures him until these mysterious benefactors come and kidnap Billy. Pete goes to SPHINX for help, when SPHINX realizes that they were contacted by the Investors, a mysterious group who has killed everyone else they have come in contact with. Brock and Shore Leave track down the Investors' location to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and get help from the former pirate Captain in his boat to get them to the location, as J.J. has used parts from the X-2 to build Gargantua 2. Billy finds himself with Monstroso, who has also made a deal with the Investors, and Billy is to become immortal as a result of his own deal. Billy believes he is going to become a vampire, and later that night is seduced by a group of who he believes to be vampires, while Shore Leave locks onto Billy's location and they all discover Monstroso is related to the Investors as well. The following day, Billy is informed that he simply slept with prostitutes, and Monstroso says that his immortality will be becoming a world renowned surgeon for performing a life-saving heart transplant on Monstroso using King Gorilla's heart while also receiving the necessary credentials to work as an actual surgeon. Brock and Shore Leave find Monstroso's boat and the Investors, but their individual attacks just phase right through the men. Brock then tracks down Monstroso to find Billy operating, keeping Brock from killing his patient. Later, Monstroso is in recovery, but has been brought to SPHINX headquarters, where Brock asks if he is ready to be killed yet.|
|55||16||"Operation: P.R.O.M."||Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick||November 21, 2010||4–55|
|Dr. Venture, Brock, Hatred, Pete, Billy, Orpheus, Jefferson, and the Alchemist decide to throw Dean and Hank a prom to celebrate their "graduation". During the events, 21 enters the Venture Compound to bury 24's skull, as he believes the man's ghost needs to be put to rest, but he is subdued by SPHINX's men. 21 discovers Monstroso's body, whose disappearance has disrupted the Guild of Calamitous Intent, and Shore Leave reveals that they have created a series of fake Monstroso bodies to try to negotiate a deal with O.S.I. to remove them from the list of enemy combatants. However, Monstroso's men are attacking the compound, so 21 is conscripted into joining SPHINX on the assault. Brock has taken Hank and Dean to pick up their dates, with Dean picking up Triana. However, Triana has started dating Raven, a pale young man who requires crutches to walk, and Dean becomes Jealous. Hank fails to take the family's mailwoman as his date, as well as the Quymn twins, but they find Dermott and he tags along instead. Hunter Gathers and Mile High go to O.S.I.'s flying headquarters to negotiate, having to successfully wrestle General Treister to do so. After winning, Gathers informs Treister that he believes there are Guild moles in O.S.I., before Treister begins to convulse and Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder come in to subdue him. Gathers is knocked out, and when he awakes he finds the office destroyed, and Treister encased in an expanding foam and reveals that he believes he has become a "Hulk" after experimental gamma ray chemotherapy to treat his metastatising testicular cancer. At the prom, Dr. Venture has hired a cadre of prostitutes to serve as other members of the group, and after propositioning one of them with his name, discovers that his name is apparently synonymous with some abhorrent sexual act. As everyone tries to figure out what exactly a "Rusty Venture" encompasses, the Alchemist begins to realize he may know Shore Leave, and Dean becomes growingly jealous of Raven before angering Triana so much she leaves. Brock plans to bed one of the prostitutes in SPHINX's headquarters, but he's tranquilized by Molotov Cocktease, disguised as a SPHINX agent. The Monarch discovers that Tim-Tom and Kevin have been manipulating 21's mind, and the Monarch believes 21 has infiltrated the Venture Compound. He and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch head there to fill out some final paperwork with Dr. Venture, but are halted by Hatred. They have instead brought Princess Tinyfeet with them, and they reveal to him that the only reason she left Hatred was because he would not induldge her S&M fetish. Shore Leave finally reveals to the Alchemist that they had dated, but he had to erase the man's memories after he became too clingy, resulting in his own break up with his boyfriend. After performing their song "Jacket", Dermott and Hank then decide to help Dean win back Triana and leave the prom. Brock chases down Molotov Cocktease as she tries to escape in a limo with the unconscious Monstroso. After a high-speed chase, the limo winds up dangling over the edge of a cliff, with Brock the only one keeping it from falling. Molotov reveals that she is in love with Monstroso, and that her assassins are disguised as the prostitutes back at the prom - who will kill all of Brock's friends if Molotov doesn't call them by midnight. Brock tries to capture Molotov, but she forces him to let go of the limo, seemingly falling to her death with the comatose Monstroso. Brock rushes back to the prom only to find that Molotov was lying about the assassins. However, the women soon mutate into fly creatures due to being affected by Rusty's Spanish fly, leaving Brock to kill them anyway. General Treister continues to talk to Gathers, revealing more about his illness. When alone with Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder, the two reveal that they are the Guild moles and imprison Gathers in the brig while they go retrieve Monstroso's body. Treister saves him, and says that even SPHINX has moles, with the Monstroso decoy in the flying SPHINX revealed to hold Mile High and O.S.I. operatives. Treister then re-instates Gathers' position in O.S.I. and puts him in command, revealing he has decided to send himself out into space to find some alien society that will cure him of his cancer. At the Outrider's house, Hank and Dermott have helped Dean set up a series of wooden letters spelling "TRIANA", and Dean, believing he needs to look spooky to get her back, puts on a "ghost" costume. They set the letters on fire to impress her, but Dermott reveals he only had enough gasoline to let the T burn long enough, resulting in Dean looking like a Ku Klux Klan member burning a cross on the Outrider's lawn. The Outrider comes out to attack him, but realizes it is Dean, and tries to tell Dean that he needs to move on if he truly loves Triana, to which Dean replies "Fuck you."|
Season 5: 2013
||This section's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (January 2015)|
Adult Swim initially announced that the fifth season would premiere on May 19, 2013. The premiere date was later delayed to June 2.
|Title||Written by||Directed by||Original air date||Production
|56||1||"What Color Is Your Cleansuit?"||Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||June 2, 2013||509/510||1.231|
|In order to fulfill a contract with his brother, Dr. Venture hires Billy Quizboy, Pete White, and several dozen college interns to work on the Palaemon Project, an ionic ray shield for J.J.'s Gargantua-2. Venture must also deal with Dean's new "emo" persona, which changes when he meets intern Thalia. Later, Venture and friends discover that the ionic radiation emitted by the shield array has been mutating the interns; the scientists have become four-armed telepaths and the builders have become terrifying monsters, with both developing a taste for the flesh of Dr. Venture's unmutated personal servant interns. Gary, now "Sphinx Commander" after the rest of SPHINX has been reincorporated into O.S.I., begins to handle his new responsibilities. Billy must deal with old rival turned Guild-authorized archenemy Augustus St. Cloud, with his albino Asian henchman Pi Wai, who has not yet forgiven Billy for outbidding him on eBay. And elsewhere, the Monarch lives in denial of 21's defection while Dr. Mrs. the Monarch seeks a way to fight Venture's "army of mutant soldiers".|
|57||2||"Venture Libre"||Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||June 9, 2013||501||1.498|
|General Manhowers has Dr. Venture, who takes Hank and Sgt. Hatred with him, travel to Central America to stop Venturestein, who has gone AWOL after being sent to quell a shoe factory strike. When they arrive, Dr. Venture discovers that Venturestein, who has been following the teachings of Che Guevara, wants to found an "abomi-nation" for all scientific experiments, after discovering many mad scientists like to use the jungle as their base of operations. Hank gets separated from the group and overdoses on caffeine, and after crashing, finds a statue of Camazotz and decides to become "The Bat" to help save his father. Back at the compound, Dean tries to restore H.E.L.P.eR back to his original body, but instead must deal with Congresswoman Marsha Blackwood who wants to get Dr. Venture's vote in the upcoming election at any means necessary.|
|58||3||"SPHINX Rising"||Doc Hammer||Jackson Publick||June 16, 2013||502||N/A|
|After accidentally thwarting an O.S.I. sting operation, Gary posts a request on Guildlist to recruit new members into SPHINX. However, his posting attracts the attention of three of SPHINX's original members: the ninja Windsong, snake and fire expert Diamondbackdraft, and the original SPHINX Commander, who is trying to reunite with his old lover The Countess, whose powersuit is now used by Hank under the codename "Destiny" (who Dr. Venture and Hatred both think is a stripper Hank has fallen in love with), and all three are trying to go out in a blaze of glory knowing that the cyanide chips in their brains will soon activate. Meanwhile, the Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch infiltrate the Venture compound posing as Beaver Inspectors who are there to prevent an infestation of beavers, while planting explosives, but afterwards the Monarch discovers a photo in one of Venture's scrapbooks of himself as a child playing with Dr. Venture, a meeting he cannot remember. Hatred has a heart to heart with Dean, who he suspects is cutting himself, and Dean alludes that he has discovered the truth about his cloning and that is the cause of his recent change.|
|59||4||"Spanakopita!"||Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||June 23, 2013||503||N/A|
|Dr. Venture asks Billy Quizboy and Pete White to accompany him and Hatred to the yearly "Spanakopita" festival held on the small Greek island of Spanakos, as Hank has a Shallow Gravy concert and Dean does not wish to attend, but Billy's archenemy, Augustus St. Cloud, shows up to ruin the fun. An over-confident Rusty bets St. Cloud the X-1 that he will win this year's "Spanakopita Games". However Augustus cheats and Rusty forces Billy and White to deal with Billy's nemesis. Meanwhile, Hatred suspects there is more to Spanakopita than a simple festival and contacts Brock Samson, who tells Hatred there is nothing to worry about. Hatred eventually learns the truth from the local innkeeper Giorgio, who explains they had accidentally kidnapped a young Rusty while stealing from Dr. Venture's boat. They tried to get a ransom for him but the boat was subsequently destroyed in a battle with Venture's nemesis L. Ron, making them unable to contact Dr. Venture. Upon seeing young Rusty crying, they told him it all was part of a festival which they called "Spanakopita". Rusty, unaware of the deception, returned to the island years later as an adult, as his time there was one of the few happy moments of his childhood. The innkeeper also explains during one Spanakopita, Brock had learned the truth as well and kept it a secret from Rusty, which Hatred decides to do as well. Rusty is doomed to lose the final task and the X-1 to St. Cloud, until Pi Wai saves Billy and Pete White from St. Cloud's trap and accidentally loses all of the man's drachma in the process, with Billy winning. St. Cloud says Rusty will not have another Spanakopita, having bought it from Giorgio, but Giorgio assures Dr. Venture that he will always be welcome and that he simply tricked St. Cloud.|
|60||5||"O.S.I. Love You"||Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||June 30, 2013||507||1.311|
|Molotov and Monstroso, having survived the events of "Operation P.R.O.M.", are captured by Brock and the O.S.I.. The episode then shifts several days later, as Brock, the Ventures (who were visiting Brock), and members of O.S.I. are interrogated by a trio of government agents over the deaths of Monstroso and Molotov. No one truly has any idea what has happened to Monstroso, as during Brock's interrogation, after he offers to reveal to O.S.I. the identities of high-ranking Guild members, one of whom he reveals as "The Clue Clown", Brock is distracted when the mysterious "Investors" attacks Monstroso, ultimately teleporting him outside O.S.I.'s flying base where he falls to his death. Meanwhile, Molotov escapes restraint and goes on a rampage throughout the base, killing many O.S.I. agents and crippling Hank by stealing his Destiny suit, which his muscles have come to rely on. Brock ultimately defeats Molotov and kills her, but this is revealed to be a ruse told to the government agents. Hunter stops Brock from killing Molotov, revealing that after her arrest he managed to turn Molotov by agreeing to pay her for the service of being a mole. Furthermore, he reveals that he arranged her escape and that the O.S.I. agents she killed were all traitors that Hunter had recently discovered inside the organization. Finally, the three government agents that Brock and the others were retelling the story to are revealed to be the Investors, a fact Hunter and Brock realize far too late.|
|61||6||"Momma's Boys"||Doc Hammer||Jackson Publick||July 7, 2013||508||1.526|
|Hank and Dermott use a prepaid cellphone and talking teddy bear to distract Dr. Venture so they can sneak out at night. Dr. Venture, believing himself a mentor and friend to "Teddy", grows worried when the calls stop. Concerned for "Teddy", Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred set out to rescue him. Eventually, they become lost and trapped on the side of a cliff. Hank and Dermott, unwilling to admit their deception to Dr. Venture, decide to find the former voice actor of "Teddy". Former Henchman 21 joins in, informing them that their target is locked up in an asylum for the criminally obsessed. To gain admittance, the trio stage an elaborate bank heist, with H.E.L.P.eR in tow. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Dean has been in contact with Myra Brandish, insane former bodyguard of Dr. Venture and his alleged mother. When Dean visits Myra, she overpowers the guards and escapes, taking Dean with her. As luck would have it, Myra is in the same facility as Hank and 21, who are in the rec room with various inmates, including "Teddy's" voice actor. Once Myra arrives to release her fellow inmates, she reveals her plans to finally give birth to the Venture boys, revealing that she is not in fact the boys' biological mother. Hank and 21 incite the prisoners to rebel, and in the mayhem that follows, Hank, Dean, and 21 escape while "Teddy" rescues Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred, who were serendipitously trapped on the cliff just outside of the asylum's property. Meanwhile, Dermott (in regular jail with H.E.L.P.eR, failing to meet the criminally obsessed criteria) summons Dr. Orpheus at H.E.L.P.eR's request, seemingly able to understand the robot now. After thwarting the authorities, Orpheus admits coming to Dermott's rescue because he "sensed a Venture boy was in trouble". Dermott deduces that he is Dr. Venture's illegitimate son and reveals this knowledge to Rusty, Hank, and Dean.|
|62||7||"Bot Seeks Bot"||Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||July 14, 2013||505||1.343|
|After having his identity revealed by Monstroso, The Clue Clown, a.k.a. Councilman #4, turns up dead. Spying at his funeral, O.S.I. discovers a lead on Councilman #1, a cyborg villain named Vendata, and make plans to use Captain Sunshine's old ally Ghost Robot and one of Vendata's personal ads to spy on the Council of Thirteen. At their next meeting, a new Councilman #4 is inducted, and despite the anonymity Dragoon and Red Mantle know it is Phineas Phage. When the meeting adjourns, despite the Sovereign's claim that all of them are spread across the globe, the Councilmembers all step out of their booths and decide to meet at fellow Councilman Don Hell's nightclub, but several members, including Vendata, decline to attend. Ghost Robot's undercover date with Vendata ultimately leads him to the same club, forcing Brock and Shore Leave to disguise themselves as villains to enter as well. Vendata ditches Ghost Robot at the club, leaving Brock to pick him up. Meanwhile, Rusty and Billy tail Brock, having suspected he went to a costume party, and are captured by the Guild. As they attempt to flee with Ghost Robot, Brock is first forced to attack Vendata and rip off several of his robotic parts, then turn back to try and save Rusty and Billy from a torture game, aided by Shore Leave cutting down the club's disco ball. Rusty is saved, however, when the Monarch and Dr. Mrs. the Monarch show up and invoke Guild law that only he can legally harm Rusty, with Dr. Mrs. the Monarch proving her greater knowledge of Guild law. The club empties out, leaving the Monarch and Rusty alone together, but before the Monarch can do anything the disco ball falls and seemingly kills Dr. Venture. For her service to the Guild, the Sovereign offers Dr. Mrs. the Monarch the chance to replace Vendata as Councilman #1, but she asks for more time to consider. Meanwhile, the members of the Revenge Society are watching the proceedings via a secret spy feed with Dr. Henry Killinger.|
|63||8||"The Devil's Grip"||Jackson Publick||Doc Hammer||July 21, 2013||506||N/A|
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|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|"A Very Venture Christmas"||Jackson Publick||Jackson Publick||December 19, 2004||S1||N/A|
|Dr. Venture throws a Christmas party for many of his friends, but the party goes awry when Dean and Hank find Dr. Orpheus's spell book and accidentally summon the Krampus. Meanwhile, the Monarch has hatched yet another plan to kill Dr. Venture, this time involving a nativity scene booby-trapped with C4 explosive led by his operative Tiny Joseph.|
|"From the Ladle to the Grave:
The Story of Shallow Gravy"
|Jackson Publick & Juno Lee||Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer||August 28, 2011||S2||N/A|
|A Behind the Music-style biography of Hank, Dermot, and H.E.L.P.eR.'s band, including a music video for their song "Jacket". During the many interviews, Dr. Venture realizes that Dermott is his son.|
|"A Very Venture Halloween"||Jackson Publick||Doc Hammer||October 28, 2012||504||1.474|
|Taking place during the events of the first episode of season 5, the Venture compound celebrates Halloween. Later, Hank, Dean, and Dermott investigate "Old Man Potter's Place", an old house on the Venture property, which they believe to be haunted. Dr. Venture, Sgt. Hatred, Pete White, and Billy Quizboy place bets on whether trick-or-treaters will make it through the compound's defense grid. Dr. Orpheus hosts a gathering of fellow magic users, and after he is disheartened by the Outrider and ex-wife Tatyana's display, leaves and the Alchemist leads the group in raising an army of zombies, which happen to be in the potter's field near the house the boys are investigating. While Dean learns from Ben, a colleague of Jonas Venture, Sr.'s, living in the house, that he and Hank are clones, the Master stops the undead army before chastising the Society and a group of children finally make it to the Ventures' front door.|
|"All This and Gargantua-2"||Jackson Publick||Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick||January 19, 2015 ||S04||1.208|
Jonas Jr. opens the Gargantua-2 space station as a casino resort and invites many of his associates to visit it. Brock also travels there, having learned that J.J. made a deal with the Investors to fund the station. Killinger sends the newly-trained Revenge Society - which now includes Radical Left and Zero as members - on a mission to rob the Gargantua casino, while the Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and 21 nearly catch the Society hiding out in the Monarch's childhood home. Dr. Girlfriend is summoned away to a meeting of the Council of 13, but all the other Councilmen are killed aside from Dr. Z and Red Mantle/Dragoon, who have disappeared, while Phage, Monseñor and Mommy Longlegs make it to the meeting with Dr. Girlfriend. They are horrified to learn that the Sovereign plans to destroy Gargantua-2 and kill everyone aboard, and all tender their resignations; Monseñor is killed by gas, but the others escape with aid from Watch and Ward, though Mommy Longlegs dies of a gunshot during their escape. The Monarch learns of Phantom Limb's plan and sets off with 21 to Gargantua-2; both they and the other members of the Revenge Society are unaware that Phantom Limb is actually working for the Sovereign in exchange for seats on the Council for the entire Revenge Society. J.J. reveals to Rusty that he has cancer and is dying. The Investors double-cross Phantom Limb and destroy Gargantua-2's shields, leaving everyone aboard the station to die, but Rusty, Dean and J.J. work together to repair the shields. Brock kills Zero, while the original Team Venture fight off the rest of the Revenge Society with help from Billy's mother Rose. Killinger does battle with the Investors, who are his inhuman brothers, and successfully kills them. Red Mantle, Dragoon and Dr. Z surrender to the OSI and request pardons in exchange for their help stopping the Sovereign, who has imprisoned the dying Dr. Girlfriend and set his headquarters to self-destruct. She is rescued by Watch and Ward, while the Sovereign is accidentally killed in his eagle form by Headshot. The Ventures restore the shields but Gargantua's nuclear core fails; J.J. sacrifices himself to send the core into space while the station's guests evacuate. Killinger brings the Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend, 21, Radical Left, Watch and Ward together with Phantom Limb, heals Dr. Girlfriend's injuries, and reveals that he engineered the entire plot to stop the Sovereign and save the Guild, creating a new Council of 13 with his pawns in the plan, excluding the Monarch.In an epilogue posted to Adult Swim's website, J.J.'s will is read on the grounds of the Venture Compound, which has been destroyed by fire. Rusty passes out when he learns that J.J. left his multi-billion dollar business empire for him, including a new compound in New York City.
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