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The Venture Bros: Victor. Echo. November.

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 14th 2006 12:31PM
The Venture Bros.(S02E06) I am seriously amazed. Somehow, every episode manages to one-up the episode preceding it (or come close to doing so). I mean, the "House of Mummies" and "Twenty Years" are still my all-time favorites, but this episode was wickedly strong. Not as much action as "Twenty Years", but quite a bit of melodrama and loads of funny moments. I kind of feel like if a bad or barely decent episode comes up soon, it's just going to hit even worse because these past few episode have been so great. I really hope this trend of awesomeness (for lack of a better word) continues. No pressure, Doc and Jackson.

The episode started with Dean rather carelessly shaving his face and applying musk everywhere (everywhere), looking sharp in his best brown three-piece suit. Hank, on the other hand, was looking sharp in his best Batman costume (same one that he wore while jumping off the roof in one of the "Powerless In The Face Of Death" flashbacks). In the other wing, Doctor Orpheus attempted to give a fatherly speech to a dressed-up Triana, but he lost her as soon as he said "duty" (Triana, you are a character after my own heart). We then found out that Doctor Venture had agreed to go easy on Orpheus' rent if he took the boys off his hands for a night. So... Triana and a friend are double-dating the Venture Brothers.

As I watched the Phantom Limb try selling a stolen Rembrandt to the mafia guy, it became crystal-clear this was a Doc Hammer script. C'mon. Like Jackson Publick would throw in historical tidbits about Baroque artists. Pssht. Dr. Girlfriend, in her Queen Etherea costume, complained about Phantom Limb's shady art-dealing, saying that it wasn't real arch-villainy. He defended himself and his financial needs, wringing his invisible hands... menacingly! Dr. Girlfriend angrily stormed off to prepare for their double-date with the Monarch. What the hell? Meanwhile, over in the Cocoon, the Monarch walked in on 21 and 24 beatboxing. Haha, it was cute. The three of them jumped into 24's mostly powder blue Nissan Stanza to pick up the Monarch's date.

I cracked up when Doc explained to Brock why he needed the boys away for the night... While perusing TV Guide, he found a dirty flick called The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, "starring a one Ms. Dolly Parton meow." James Urbaniak (voice of Doc) has been doing that "a one (sexy actress name) meow" thing in his LiveJournal lately. I wonder if that's a Rusty line that made it into his LJ or an Urbaniak line that made it onto VB. Aaanyway, Brock told him that he was setting himself up for disappointment, but Doc was still intent on spending the evening "solo a mano". Heh.

Four different cars drove four different groups to their double-dates. Triana was driving with Kim, her friend from "Assassinanny 911". Since Kim didn't get to meet both of the boys, Triana explained what they were like... Dean kind of dresses like Buddy Holly (but accidentally) and Hank dresses like Freddy from Scooby-Doo. In the Nissan Stanza, the Monarch's description of his date was the best. "I met her on the LiveJournal, which I kept in prison. I have been blogging! After posting an especially attractive picture of my prison-sculpted abs, she commented that I was not only 'foine', but 'teh sex'... whatever that means." HA! Most likely a jab at Doc Hammer's MySpace or Jackson Publick's or James Urbaniak's LiveJournals. The "teh sex" bit was what sealed it for me. In the Venture car, Brock tried to give the boys last minute lessons on how to not screw up the date (he threw Dean's corsage out the window and told Hank not to do the "do you like seafood?" joke). And, finally, Phantom Limb drove as Dr. Girlfriend coldly stared.

Hank and Dean attempted to play it cool as Triana and Kim entered. Hank couldn't help but spazz out because Kim, in her pink cyberpunk gear, looked like a super-villain (rope-like hair, shiny costume, goggles). In a nearby booth, the Monarch waited with his own date, a girl that he referred to as "JollyRancher82". When she said that she thought the Monarch was into cosplay, I cracked up -- I mean, I LOL'd. Ahh, love. As Phantom Limb and Dr. Girlfriend entered, the Monarch told his date about how P. Limb made his arms and legs invisible (he and his 12-year old roommate, Billy Quizboy, built a machine and accidentally accelerated his limbs beyond the speed of light, transforming P. Limb into not only a villain that could mess up a guy by touching him, but a humorless dick). 21 and 24, who kept watch in another part of the restaurant, shared their own version of the story (P. Limb and his assistant, Billy Quizboy, invented a flawed time machine that sent P. Limb's arms and legs and Billy's hand 40 years into the future) and the Venture boys told Triana and Kim what they knew (P. Limb was once a famous magician and, during a performance for the Queen of England, he accidentally magicked his limbs onto the moon... and then he went crazy and ate some kid's hand... "It was that bigheaded guy that operated on your balls, Dean!") After Hank blabbed too much, Dean dragged him into the bathroom for a chat (and a pee).

Meanwhile, P. Limb tried selling the Monarch some villainy insurance and made fun of his inability to take down such a weak group like the Ventures. The Monarch challenged P. Limb to do the job himself, sure that the Ventures were indestructible. Immediately, P. Limb called up the Guild of Calamitous Intent and asked for a blackout on syndicate number Victor Echo November 79. The two Guild guys that received the orders were fussing over their iPod music choices, heh. From what I've heard, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick behave similarly while working together in the Astrobase. Anyway, the Venture compound automatically went into full lock-down, just as Doc was getting impatient with all the singing in his naughty flick. Brock, naked (save for huge splotches of blood) and clutching the disembodied head of a Guild guy, jumped in and ordered H.E.L.P.eR to escort Doc Venture into the panic room. He then leapt into action in the other room, where he jumped on a Guild guy and thrust his knife into his side.

Brock: Strange... You almost can't feel it. No! Don't move. The knife is still in you, the blade right between the kidney and the spleen... Just a twitch --
Guild Guy: It feels almost... cold!
Brock: Y'tell me your target and I slide the knife out. You might live, or --
Guild Guy: Blackout. Four and a robot.
Brock: Good boy. [he pulls out the knife]
Guild Guy: I think you may have got the kidney. I don't want to die alone. [coughs intensely] Don't go.
Brock: ... I don't think I hit your kidney.
Guild Guy: Oh, no. You totally did. [cough cough] 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... uh...
Guild Guy: I see a tunnel! I'm scared. C-Could you stroke my hair?
Brock: Alright, look! You are not gonna --
Guild Guy: Then can you sing to me?! Could you -- could you sing a Technotronic song? Maybe "Pump Up The Jam"?
Brock: I don't know --
Guild Guy: What about "Move This"?! Do you know that one?!
Brock: [sighs] Baby, let me...

Ahh, I was so disappointed that it cut off right there. What I would have given to hear Patrick Warburton tell me how to do this, how I gotta move this, and then, how I'm doing fine. Anyway, we then saw H.E.L.P.eR's broken head lying on the floor, right next to Doc Venture's bloody arm (just the arm). AHHHH. I'm not gonna lie: I did freak out a little bit.

In the bathroom, Hank accidentally got his pants a little wet and attempted to fix the situation by half-straddling the hand dryer ("It feels like someone with a fever is yelling at my pants!"). He stayed under the dryer too long and his crotch caught fire. Instead of dousing water, Dean started furiously hitting Hank's pants. "Dude! Stop whaling on my junk!" Heh. P. Limb (Dr. Girlfriend went to powder her nose), the Monarch (his date had run off crying), and 21 & 24 all went into the bathroom (at different times), saw the boys, and snuck into different stalls. They all tried to figure out how best to kill the boys. P. Limb decided to call off the Guild because he already had the boys right where he needed them. Brock, still holding onto the dead Guild guy's head (and headset), heard P. Limb and went off to save the boys (yeah, he was still naked). He also contacted Doc Venture, who was bloody, but still alive. He had a Christmas wreath around him and, in place of his arm, there was a Christmas tree stand? Huh? No H.E.L.P.eR in sight, though. I'm not worried. He always comes back.

Over in the ladies' room, Triana and Kim encountered Dr. Girlfriend. The "Pink Poodle from MAC" thing made me smile because, what can I say, I love MAC make-up. Perfect stuff for drag queens and theater students. And as Dr. Girlfriend confused Kim for a young villain and offered Kim her business card, I suddenly got all excited over the idea of a Dr. Girlfriend/Kim super-duo. The ladies in pink! That'd be awesome.

When Brock burst into the men's bathroom and snuck into 21 & 24's stall, I laughed my head off. First of all, I loved that 21 felt comfortable having 24 in the stall with him as he (unsuccessfully) tried to take a dump and, secondly, if you listen closely, as Brock sneaks in and 21 yells, "HOLY CRAP!", you can hear something drop into the toilet. Haha, brilliant. In the next stall, the Monarch was little help to Brock ("Nice ass!"), but in the next one, P. Limb and Brock had a chat and both sides called off attacks. I'm kind of weirded out by their mutual respect. I know Brock's a loyal guy and all, but his connection with P. Limb has got to lead to something in the future. Maybe it's just me.

Dean and Hank made their way back into the restaurant, where Triana and Kim were waiting. Triana asked Dean if he wanted to get dessert and he answered (so adorably), "I do!" Kim then told Hank that she was going to be a super-villain. Hank then told her that he was going to be Batman. He and Dean did a "Go Team Venture!" and, as the light from the logo glowed on the girls (haha, I never knew that other people could see the logo), Kim muttered, "I think I just found my first arch-enemies..."

Credits. Billy Quizboy fixed up Doc Venture's arm. Doc then asked about the origins of Billy's robot arm. "That's an excellent question! I have no idea."

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Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick are effing geniuses. Never have I heard so many subtle pop-culture and underground references put into a script that's everything funny and smart. Family Guy, you could learn from these men. Hell, Shakespeare could learn from them.


August 18 2006 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

def. better every week, hanks line "it feels like someone with a fever is yelling at my pants", was just absurd!! best 'ish on t.v. hands down...

August 15 2006 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Its chris, not james who plays doc, and whose LJ is Jackson Public.

August 15 2006 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This one was great. No Twenty Years to Midnight, but certainly up to the show's very high standard. The Monarch's comment, "Nice ass, Samson," had me rolling.

Also, I really sort of loved the multiple explanations for Phantom Limb and Billy's conditions. And Billy's final line there was pretty classic.

I can always tell a Doc or Jackson script too. Jackson seems to reference old Marvel comics a lot more. And, I mean, Brock singing a Technotronic song? Only in a Doc Hammer script.

August 14 2006 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annie W.

"As I understood it, the wreath was being used as a sling for his arm and the stand was being used as a tourniquet."

Aha. That makes sense. I missed that.

August 14 2006 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As I understood it, the wreath was being used as a sling for his arm and the stand was being used as a tourniquet.

August 14 2006 at 3:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"I didn't understand why he was WEARING the wreath and the stand."

To stop the bleeding?

August 14 2006 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Annie W.

Well, I got the joke that they stuck Christmas storage in the panic room, but I didn't understand why he was WEARING the wreath and the stand.

August 14 2006 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He had a Christmas wreath around him and, in place of his arm, there was a Christmas tree stand? Huh?

Dr. Venture says, "The only thing that saved me was our lack of storage."

If you look around the panic room it's full of boxes and other random stuff... as in, they had no other place to put these things so they started sticking them in the panic room. Made perfect sense to me.

August 14 2006 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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