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The Venture Bros: Home Is Where The Hate Is - VIDEO

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 23rd 2008 12:02AM
The Monarch and Sgt Hatred(S03E04) Wow! An episode with absolutely no flashbacks or crazy hallucinations. That's a change. However, this was definitely the slowest episode out of the four that have aired, and I feel like we are missing something. Don't get me wrong. I have loved just about everything from this season, but it seems like we should be a bit further at this point. Only now do we see the direction for the rest of the season and who our major players are going to be. It's been two hours of set up. When are we getting the punchline?

Well, at least we got a bit of eye candy. Jackson Publick said this episode is "probably the most beautifully animated episode of The Venture Bros. ever." I must admit, I was pretty impressed by moments as simple as The Monarch peering through stained glass.

Okay, let's break this down. The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend (because "Dr. Mrs. The Monarch" is too much of a pain to type) have finalized their move-in to Phantom Limb's Frank Lloyd Wright house. The Monarch burned all of Phantom Limb's stuff, allowing for the second The Secret reference and millionth "Man-" villain joke of the season. He also felt weird about with living in a cozy gated community and a super-villain-filled town called Malice. I'd be worried too, as living in such a place would probably make me want to dance like a little English boy every day.

In an attempt to keep their work and personal lives separate, they have made the Henchmen live on their own in the Cocoon. However, Kevin and Tim-Tom have been complaining about bullying and The Monarch agrees to let them live in the house. Obviously, the Murderous Moppets are the ones doing the actual bullying, but it seems like they're very manipulative as well. At the end of the season premiere, they stabbed #24 after the Gatorade attack, leaving him stuck in the sick bay. Despite their Shadowmen history, The Monarch still doesn't quite know who #24 is.

#21: You think you could sign this, boss? It's for #24. He got knifed by the Moppets.
The Monarch: Which one is #24, again?
#21: What? You're kidding, right? Let me give you a hint... You know how every time you talk to me, there's usually another guy next me? That's #24.
The Monarch: Right, right, right. The one who sounds like Ray Romano. I like him.

Over on the Venture compound, Sgt. Hatred paid a visit to his newest Guild-assigned arch-enemy, Dr. Venture. The first time we saw Sgt. Hatred, he was sucking on the toes of his wife, Princess Tinyfeet, so I was worried we were going to be facing a lot more of that business in the compound. Instead, Hatred seemed polite and eager to show Brock and Dr. Venture that he knows the Guild guidelines and wants to play fairly. The best part of this was when Hatred suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Dr. Venture in the stomach as a joke. Sensitive to Dr. Venture's frail nature, he immediately ordered his henchmen to go "full Nerf." By the way, Hatred is not voiced by Brendon Small, but Jackson Publick because he will be playing a greater role this season.

In an attempt to distract himself, The Monarch flipped through the Guild facebook to find a new goodie to arch. We quickly saw a picture of Dr. Tara Quymn in the book. No information on her yet, but there's an upcoming episode called "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman," so she's probably important. Perhaps she's The Monarch's new Guild-assigned enemy? The Monarch's peace was interrupted by the Venture family accidentally coming to his door while looking for Sgt. Hatred's meet-and-greet party. Missing the old days of hatin' on Venture, he decided to stop by as well.

Sgt. Hatred's place was packed with super-villains, including Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Nightmare-coat, who is actually much scarier up close. We were also reminded of Sgt. Hatred's old pedo-tendencies when he spotted Hank and Dean in his house. The Monarch volunteered to send the beautiful minors to the Cocoon for the henchmen to babysit, just to have Dr. Venture unattached. While Dr. Venture awkwardly wandered around a party full of baddies and attempted to hit on Dr. Girlfriend (meow), Sgt. Hatred showed The Monarch around his home, which includes a weapons den with a big-ass Confederate flag. The Monarch swiped an explosive chip. Sneaky, sneaky. More stealing from Hatred.

Hank and #21 had some fun after leaving hapless #24 with Dean, going all Patch Adams in the sick bay. When #24 talked about his dad dating his ex-girlfriend, I desperately wanted him to say something about "under the shirt, over the bra with new mom," which is a quote from the DVD commentary that still haunts me to this day. #21 took Hank to the house to show him the Moppets and, after a few jokes about Nell, they were caught snooping and bolted. Were Tim-Tom and Kevin planning on gassing the Monarch and the Henchmen or Dr. Girlfriend as well? I feel like they have a weird attachment to their mommy-figure Dr. Girlfriend, but they could also be using her as just an in to the Monarch situation. Perhaps they're sick of number two-ing for a number two. Anyway, the Moppets grabbed their knives to chase down #21 and Hank, who they thought was #24. A crazy Pacman-like chase sent #21, #24, Hank and Dean into Sgt. Hatred's hedge maze, where the Henchmen shed their costumes to get rid off the embedded tracking devices. Hank and Dean decided to go streaking too, but at least we didn't have to see them naked. I liked how Hank's kerchief was actually attached to his shirt and not a separate accessory. How very cartoon-y.

Back at the party, The Monarch planted the explosive chip on Dr. Venture after some crappy party games (Dr. Girlfriend didn't know who Jackie O was and... Chairman Wow, I see you!). We also learned the secret of Dr. Girlfriend's voice in the most anti-climactic way possible. She smokes. That's it. She has a smoker's voice because she's been smoking since, like, '89. Frustrated by her secret, The Monarch took a soak in the hot tub with Sgt. Hatred. Beautifully tying up all the throwaway references to the Henchmen stealing parts from Sgt. Hatred's machines, we learn that Sgt. Hatred has not been ignorant to the goings-on. He revealed his plan to treat Dr. Venture like a king to make The Monarch's life torture, killing him without actually touching him. The Monarch, showing off his strategically placed censor box, then told Sgt. Hatred about the chip he had planted. His joy was short-lived though, as Dr. Venture stopped by to join them in the hot tub, just as the chip was about to go off. Good thing Sgt. Hatred hasn't perfected his technology, because it didn't go off. Still, this was the most naked episode ending ever.

It looks like the Monarch has yet another obstacle to get through to kill Venture. There's Brock, the Guild, Sgt. Hatred and, most importantly, Dr. Girlfriend. Will he break her heart to fulfill his inexplicable desire to get rid of Dr. Venture? Also, when are we going to see Dean finally snap? During his short heart-to-heart with #24 at the end, he mentioned another crazy dream about his dad as a penis-stealing spider. An insane mental breakdown seems almost inevitable at this point.

Shirt of the Week: Sergeant Hatred. A part of me wanted it to be based on Sgt. Hatred's lettered abdomen, as just "ATRED" going down the shirt. But this is cool too, I guess.

How would you rate this episode?
5 - Super hot great.42 (33.6%)
450 (40.0%)
326 (20.8%)
26 (4.8%)
1 - Hate-worthy.1 (0.8%)

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I didn't find this episode slow at all. It had the most laugh-out-loud moments so far this season, and the most quotable lines...

June 27 2008 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

can someone remind me when hatred abused hank and dean? I have no recollection of it from any other episode.

Also I am a little sick of the arching bit. Its a little too comicy. I rather the ventures just fight bad dudes randomly. Last season phantom limb made it sound like the guild was a society secretly running the world but it just seems the give dental plans to people who dress up in gaudy colors. That said I still love this show

June 25 2008 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Hank briefly mentioned it in "I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills" while he and Dean were at Myra's place.

"Sgt. Hatred? What, did you block that out? Oh no, wait... You were passed out from the wine. Most of it was awful. Trust me."

June 25 2008 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The sweet Astro-base Go logo on the package alone is worth the price of the t-shirts, btw.

June 24 2008 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok had to work all day and it bugged me like hell. I thought after watching all episodes of the whole Show last week I got it wrong who's who. I thought the fat one was 21.

I went and re-watched the episode a few minutes ago because of what you wrote in your review:

"#24: You think you could sign this, boss? It's for #24. He got knifed by the Moppets."

#21 asked The Monarch to sign (that get well card). The whole conversation is between those two, not #24 and that evil butterfly.

June 23 2008 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Oh, right, right. Fixed. I occasionally get them mixed up just because "24" is a bigger number than "21."

June 23 2008 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He most definitely is ;-)

June 23 2008 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I could be wrong, but I think the "rising" box was meant to show shrinkage.

June 23 2008 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was I the only one that noticed Dr. Venture's censor box, err, "rising," as he got into the hot tub?

June 23 2008 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.


I thought it was just my brain going pervy-crazy and I didn't want to say anything. I was trying to figure out why the box was getting smaller but I eventually decided that repeating the scene five times in a row really wasn't doing anything and I moved on.

June 23 2008 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for posting this so soon. As always you make me watch an episode twice - it's like a DVD Extra. Just great :-)

June 23 2008 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I need to watch this again, since someone said Pigleg, a villain from the Tick, also known as the Deadly Bulb, was mentioned at some point. It's not like they can actually include him without getting sued by the Saban people, so I have no idea why I think this is cool, but I do.

June 23 2008 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have they said what name Sheila is going by now? In this ep someone called her Dr. Used-to-be-his-girlfriend. I'm going to keep calling her Sheila until it is resolved.

I watched last week's episode right after to compare Sgt Hatred with the guy chastising Brock. I had doubts because the Brock did not show any recognition in this episode. The voice and hair are the same, though Sgt Hatred is apparently much fatter than he used to be.

I guess Hank forgot about what Hatred did to him and Dean? I liked seeing 21 ditch Dean with 24 and go off with Hank like in Showdown at Cremation Creek. Those 2 have something going.

June 23 2008 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

She's officially Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, in both the credits and next week's episode. "Dr. Girlfriend" is just easier to type.

Yeah, I'm loving how #21 and Hank are being pranksters while #24 and Dean are having little heart-to-heart discussions about their personal suffering. The Henchmen secretly love hanging out with them, I'm sure.

June 23 2008 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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