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The Venture Bros: I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 25th 2006 6:55PM
The Venture Brothers(S02E10) The main men behind The Venture Bros., Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, attended Georgia's DragonCon a few weeks ago and they graciously gave a special screening of this episode. A bunch of my luckier online buddies caught it and jumped back on the Internet to blab about how great it was, refuse to give spoilers, and squeal, "OMG. All your speculation has been wrong!" It kind of pissed off everyone else that didn't get to see the episode (the fact that we had to go through a Venture-less Sunday last week was insult to injury), but... oh, man... it was really worth the wait.

And this episode was jumping all over the place, so this post is pretty much going to do the same. Damn Venture Bros. and their multiple storylines.

The intro totally caught me off guard. I mean, this was the first time we really saw the henchmen do some serious damage (they kind of, sort of came close during Season One's "Dia de los Dangerous!" battle with Brock) and they were really bad-ass. If they hadn't accidentally gone to their accountants' office instead of the Venture compound, things would have been perfect. Oh, and I loved the fact that The Monarch's a bit Internet-savvy... First with his prison-blog and now...

The Monarch: And get that security tape! I want a Quicktime of my minty fresh entrance posted on my homepage by tomorrow!

Okay, that's where my new favorite "villain" came in. Dr. Henry Killinger and his magic murder bag. Hell yes. Once the crew filed back into the Cocoon, Killinger popped out of nowhere and offered The Monarch his services in organization and strategy. The Monarch, desperate for some help (especially after the departure of Dr. Girlfriend), willingly let Killinger into the Number 2 position. The henchmen weren't too happy with this, 21 being the most verbal. Ooh, drama.

Back at the Venture compound, Hank and Dean practiced driving around, only to stumble across a broken-down car and what appeared to be a dead hooker. Suddenly, the hooker turned around and sprayed the boys with something that caused them to pass out. Oh noes! Doc was oblivious to the problem because he was busy with issues of his own. After his trip to Japan, he realized there was a floating Oni demon-head following him everywhere. It was starting to piss him off, so he turned to Orpheus, the only other person who could see the Oni, for help. Orpheus' first few attempts to exorcise the demon didn't work too well, so he went to Triana's closet to consult the Master. I still think that having H. Jon Benjamin play this otherworldly sage is a brilliant idea. There's just something about his voice that makes it all so hilarious. Anyway, the Master appeared in the form of Catherine the Great's horse (eww) in order to teach Orpheus a lesson about biting off more than he can chew. I think I laughed for about five straight minutes at the way the Master shouted to Ms. Many-Face (as Catherine the Great), "Don't wince!" Again, it's all about the voice.

Outside, Brock found the empty car, so he went off to look for the boys. The Oni then forced Doc and Orpheus into the boys' car and drove them to a strange motel in the middle of nowhere. After Orpheus proposed that they stay the night, Doc flipped out and made a lot of homophobic remarks about Orpheus. God, they are so gay for each other. In the other car, Brock and H.E.L.P.eR bickered over Led Zeppelin for a while. Their Han Solo/Chewie relationship is lovely. Eventually, they followed the signal from the boys' watches to a dumpster in the middle of nowhere. Inside, Brock found only the watches but no boys. The screens flashed THE BOYS... ARE MINE!, Brock muttered, "Oh crap. Myra's back", and an explosive inside the dumpster detonated. Eep. The boys probably had it even worse. They awoke, tied-up, in a creepy, dingy room that smelled like pee. A crazy-looking woman wearing a leather jumpsuit hugged the boys and cried, "You're safe now... You're with Mommy!"

Ohh, fuck. I knew that was going to happen. I totally knew there was going to be some sort of crazy mommy-twist in this episode. But, for some reason, I still had a little freak-out and waved my arms in the air a bit during the commercial break. Stupid girl.

Alright, so the story, according the the crazy lady, Myra... She used to be Doc's bodyguard and, after loads of flirtation, they finally had sex and, nine months later, she had the boys. Whaaaat. She then did some messed-up shit where she tried to breast-feed the boys. Damn, Myra was creepy. Might as well have done the Buffalo Bill dance. Anyway, the attempt to breast-feed was interrupted when Orpheus rang the front desk because he and Doc needed to check out. Myra saw Doc in the car, flipped out, and started beating the crap out of Orpheus.

Dr. Killinger was re-organizing everything in the Cocoon, which didn't please 21 very much. 24 was, at first, against the new order, but he eventually saw that Dr. Killinger knew what he was doing. 21, convinced that everyone had been brainwashed, sought Dr. Girlfriend for help (21's Spiderman silly-string attack on the magic murder bag did no good). Her action-y moment (in her sexy Queen Etherea number, no less) was fantastic... as is the fact that she can securely hold a perfume bottle in her cleavage. Eventually, she reached the Monarch and, strangely enough, Dr. Killinger gave her some flowers and the Monarch's diary, which was full of lovely thoughts and drawings of her. Aww. I was glad that the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend got back together. Phantom Limb, despite his super-smooth voice, just wasn't good enough. Oh, and I totally cracked up when Killinger twirled away from the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. So random.

Brock and H.E.L.P.eR eventually caught up to Myra and attempted to get the boys back. However, Myra kept hitting Brock with the car. It was yet another great action-y moment when Brock allowed himself to be thrown into the driver's seat, crushing Myra beneath him ("Ugh, I feel like Catherine the Great..."), all while having his arm out to protect Doc. Awesome! Brock explained to the boys that Myra used to be on American Gladiators and went crazy a long time ago. Every once in a while, she pops up to set the compound on fire, try to kill Doc, or kidnap Hank and Dean. The boys then asked why they had no recollection of any past abductions and Brock almost let that whole clones business slip.

That whole bit confused me a little bit.... She wasn't Doc's bodyguard, but they did have sex. So... she is the mommy, right?

Credits. Dr. Killinger, flying away on his umbrella, comforted his Oni after it failed to reunite Doc and Myra. Aww.

Oh, and a final Fun Fact: Jasper McVain, the fellow that did Brock's work-out song "Revv Me up", did the Rusty/Myra theme. Doc Hammer has the full MP3 on his MySpace.

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Yes, Dr. Henry Killinger is a dark parody of Mary Poppins with his magic murder bag...but more to the point he is a direct parody of Secretary of State Dr. Henry KiSSinger who served under Presidents Nixon and Ford. (Yes, he did talk that way.) It's best seen with his efforts in diplomacy trying to bridge a truce between Monarch and Venture as well as bridging the relationship between Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend.

Read your history books. :-)

September 26 2006 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Check it out: http://www.tvsquad.com/search/?q=korgoth+

Two previous stories. They seemed to like it.

September 26 2006 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the ep.

I dont know if anyone caught the show "korgoth of barbaria" but some of it is on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaQX-Rj5ZpM.
I think that this show might be my new fav next to Venture. The amount of 70's/80's movie cheese packed in is awesome. I think that this show might deserve a blog to get people interested.

September 26 2006 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Henry Killenger is supposed to be a partial parody of Mary Poppins.

Also, I haven't seen anyone mention the quoting of half of the song "True" by Spandau Ballet, as sung by Myra.

September 25 2006 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forgot to mention the bombshell that Hank and Dean were actualkly molested, Dean mapparently blacked it out, but luckily for him Hank was able to fill it in for him "most of it was terrible"

September 25 2006 at 10:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I'm a little confused on if Myra is Mom Venture also.
You missed a good 'gay' scene. After Doc and Orpheus finally decide to stay the night, Doc proposing that they split a skin flick. And Orpheus agreeing to it.

September 25 2006 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was cool we finally found out the difference between how old the boys should be, and how old they are. Myra says "19 years ago..." and they're all "But we're 16!"

September 25 2006 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Venture Bros. is rapidly becoming my favorite show of all time. Just when I think an episode has topped all the others, another week rolls around and another episode trumps them all.

Favorite moments:
21's "short stop" on Dr. Girlfriend was classic.

Myra's 'Star Wars' "search your feelings" moment when proclaiming to be Hank and Dean's mother.

Anything with Henry Killinger and his magic murder bag - the voice and face mask were a riot.

And though you already mentioned it, Brock and H.E.L.P.eR bickering back and forth was great too.

I simply cannot wait to hear the commentary for this season - is it too much to hope for that they'll do commentary for each episode?

September 25 2006 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I cracked up when after Dr. Girlfriend left 21 he farted and said something like "Thank God, I've been holding that in for hours".

September 25 2006 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh man, this epiosde was fantastic. after the repeat last week, and the sub-par episode the week before, I was really in the mood for some good Venture Bros. and this episode delivered.

If I had to pick my absolute favorite part, I don't think that I could. there's so many.

I never want this season to end. lol

September 25 2006 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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