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The Venture Bros: Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 6th 2008 11:58PM
Rusty and Tara(S03E06) I'm not sure what I just watched, and I'm not sure if I liked it. I recently realized that my anticipation from week to week has been less about looking forward to another episode and more about waiting for something as awesome as "Escape to the House of Mummies, Part II" or "Twenty Years To Midnight" to come along. The show is still amazing and all, but it's not packing the same punch as before. Last season, I had a new favorite just about every week, but this time around, I have to watch the episodes multiple times before I really like it. It's like I've built up a tolerance to The Venture Bros. Soon, I'll have to cop four or five viewings a week, just to get that same high.

The only part of the episode that I absolutely loved was the flashback to the key party. I was so disappointed to see that it was such a brief part of the show. Come on! A swingers party hosted by Jonas Venture, Sr. would be insane. And the only man would ignore a pink-haired super-fox like Mz. Quymn is one that has his eyes set on getting a Kiki to his William S. Burroughs. It was really fantastic to see Colonel Gentleman again. This flashback also provided some extra insight into Rusty's messed up childhood. I mean, his dad almost banged another man's wife on top of him. That's instant trauma.

The majority of the episode was dominated by the jungle storyline. Either Doctor Venture has completely lost that sense of awareness that he gained at the end of "The Doctor Is Sin" or he's incredibly desperate to cure his impotence, because he seems to be back to his usual ways and stealing idols from native tribes. After almost getting killed while running through the jungle, Doctor Venture was saved by an old childhood friend and geeky Lara Croft, Tara Quymn. She often kept him company during their parents' scandalous shindigs (note: other famous guests included Twiggy and Sammy Davis, Jr).

The rest of the Venture family continued looking for ways to make money, training an orangutan (Clyde from Every Which Way But Loose?) to box with Dean. Wouldn't you know it, Quymn's had a similar family set-up, with a big lady-bodyguard named Ginnie and twin girls named Nancy and Drew. Nice. And was I the only one that was going crazy over the American attempts at English accents? Maybe I watch too much British television, but I kept cringing at things as minor as saying "planned" like "pl-ahn-d". Yeah, I definitely watch too much British television. Anyway, Hank was immediately interested in the blonde Nancy and Drew, but the girls only had eyes for Dean. I guess Nancy and Drew were a little too clean-cut for Dean, because he didn't respond quite as the girls wanted him too. Also, Hank likes to reference rabbit gods, evidently, or maybe he just likes Watership Down.

The two Doctors spent much of their time together, exploring the jungle and catching up on their years apart. Ginnie didn't seem quite so keen on the Quymns getting to know the Ventures in this way, but she had her own little project, making Brock feel as uncomfortable as possible. Speaking of Brock, I love how he is so secure with his masculinity that he's able to make those denim cut-offs work. That's really saying something, considering those things are short enough for the pockets to peek out the bottom. His discomfort in dealing with Ginnie's advances and then not-advances was hilarious. Has Mr. Samson finally met a woman that he doesn't know how to handle? In any way?

A wereodile (or two) began terrorizing the camp, and the natives warned the Quymns and Ventures that this was because Doctor Venture ran off with their idol. Dean grew increasingly paranoid with each boy detective investigation, suspecting everyone but his brother to be a wereodile. He even managed to bring back the failed catchphrase, "Super run away!" Hank was too busy trying to impress the girls to be his brother's partner in crime, though.

Dean: You used to be all 'Go Team Venture!' but now you're all 'Go Team... Boobies'!

Disappointed Dean ran off to solve the mystery on his own, only to be attacked by his main suspects, Nancy and Drew. Wow, those girls are aggressive. Full of Kleenex padding and aggressive. I'm surprised they weren't immediately turned off by Dean's banshee-like screams of horror, though. Their session barely got anywhere before it was interrupted by Ginnie's angry shouts nearby. Hank, on the other hand, was in the clearing, waiting for the twins, but was instead greeted by a wereodile. Thankfully, he was saved at the last moment by... Clyde! Speaking of kicking ass, I have a request for a future episode: Can we just have half an hour of Triana fighting the Quymn twins? Christmas special, perhaps?

Meanwhile, in the other hut... the Doctors were about to get it on. Doctor Venture hasn't gotten any for nineteen years, two months and four days? In "I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills", Myra revealed that Hank and Dean are really supposed to be 19, so... Wow. Hank and Dean really are major cockblockers. I'm surprised that there's been little to no talk about the possibility of Quymn being the boys' mother. She has Dean-like red hair and her daughters are blonde... And it was kind of tough to hear, but this is what it sounded like Ginnie was saying when she slammed Rusty into the wall, "I'm not gonna let you put your seed in her and walk out that door again!" But then again, Doctor Venture insisted that he hadn't seen Quymn since he was ten, so now I'm just extra confused. Ginnie had a wealth of information in her crazy rant, but was it a case of mistaken identity or double-amnesia between Quymn and Venture?

My brain hurts.

Anyway, Ginnie went on her crazy rant and almost killed Doctor Venture. Brock jumped in just in time to wrassle Ginnie in the fiery hut. In all this chaos, Quymn starting having a seizure. To Dean, this looked like a wereodile transformation, so he started beating her with a chair. God, this was more wrong than knocking on-fire Brisby out of his wheelchair. This snapped Ginnie out of her rage real quick, and she promptly took Quymn outside for some air.

Doctor Venture: I almost fucked a wereodile!
Dean: We have to stop her transformation before she kills us all. The power of Christ compels you!
Ginnie: She's not a wereodile, she's an epileptic!
Doctor Venture: Eww!

Quymn's real demon turned out to be her smoking habit. Fair enough. After all this, the two families jumped on their respective jets and parted ways. The winners in this situation? The tribesmen in the wereodile costumes, retreating to their huts with big screens and comfy couches. The obvious loser? Hank, the new honorary warrior. Didn't he already have a circumcision (referenced in Season One)? Either something very strange happened or Doctor Venture forgot to do something after he re-cloned the boys.

Shirt of the Week: Dean! I certainly did not see this coming. This shirt is amazing. I forget which season DVD commentary it was, but I remember Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick talking about how hilariously horrible it would be if they finally came out with VB merchandise and it was just stuff like some HELPeR underwear and a brown ringer shirt that said DEAN across the chest. And here it is. Wow. Does that mean we get HELPeR underwear next week? Or a shirt with a picture of HELPeR underwear?

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Accidental incest! Ahhhhhh!

July 07 2008 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 08 2008 at 2:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The episode was awesome. I had to watch it twice to get all the references.

No one has mentioned Quym! Besides a play on that awful CBS show starting that horribly-accented Jane Alexander, it is also British slang for a woman's reproductive organ. For someone who professes to watch British television, I am surprised this double entendre went unnoticed.

The Kleenex gag was hilarious. Besides the obvious junior high girl reference, I took it as a sly joke that the Quyms were stuffed shirts.

Perhaps, I am stating the obvious?

On a different note, what was up with Ginnie's raccoon eyes? Did I miss a reference?

July 07 2008 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

I think you mean Jane Seymour? And yes, "quim" is British slang for lady parts.

I was wondering about Ginnie's eyes too. At first I thought they were tan lines from sunglasses or goggles that got wonky during character coloring, but I'm really not sure what was going on there.

July 07 2008 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Killer episode. At the very least seeing Rusty go down the front of the Land Rover slaughtered me.

Yes, Ginnie was only hitting on Brock to make Quym jealous. That's why she was looking at Venture over Brock's shoulder the entire time, and why when Brock got over his disgust and relented she threw it in his face and stormed away.

And Ginnie was not talking to Venture when she yelled that babble about leaving his seed, she was yelling to the male gender as a whole. Venture was all men in her eyes.

This episode definitely got a bit risque with the pedophile fantasies, didn't it? Half-naked underage semi-identical threesome? Although the wadded-up kleenex also slaughtered me.

Also of note was the Shaman's description of what happened to the beheaded warrior. "It was like someone took a six foot tall can of blood soda, shook it all up then popped the top."

July 07 2008 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Ginny was being delusional when she said that -- she was not referring to Dr. Venture, but in her delusion she was talking to the father of Nancy and Drew, who is another man. Obviously, Ginny is psychotic and in love with Quymn.

July 07 2008 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another famous guest at the key party: that was the Spirit, behind Sammy Davis jr and the object of the Colonel's affections.

And, yes, Ginny absolutely said "I'm not gonna let you put your seed in her and walk out that door again!" according to the closed captioning. Which implies that Nancy and Drew (snort!) are Hank and Dean's half-siblings, making the girls' double-team on Dean even ickier than it seemed.

July 07 2008 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

Duh! Ginnie was coming on to Brock hoping to make the good Dr. Quymn jealous! As soon as Doc Venture left, she stopped 'flirting'. Everything she did was to get closer to Dr. Quymn. How could anyone not see that? And wasn't Hank being loyal to his love for Trianna by not letting the twins have him? Brock, in his shorts, was awesome. Every woman's fantasy! I can see the action figure now....life size.

July 07 2008 at 7:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dr. (Rusty) Venture and Dr. Quymn are (half) siblings.

I think this was alluded to in the key party flashback when Rusty's father and Quymn's mother were making out and fell upon Rusty's playhouse, interrupting the kiss between Rusty and young Dr. Quymn.

July 07 2008 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't get what was the deal with Ginnie and Quymn. Ginnie kinda had a thing for her but went after Brock, and Quymn kinda hinted at something with Ginnie but it was really confusing.

Dean was awesome in this episode. Last week he showed he had some toughness, this week he had some smarts. Maybe he will be a good boy adventurer after all.

I loved the coda with the were-odile telling his partner he was getting beat up by a f-cking orangutan.

I can't remember the episode, but Doc chastises Hank for bragging about his circumcision. I guess that part grows back on the clones?

July 07 2008 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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