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Season 5
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Orig. Airdate July 14, 2013
Writer(s) Jackson Publick
Director Jackson Publick
Production # 505
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Overview[edit]

Brock and the O.S.I. launch a bold and bizarre surveillance mission against one of the Council of 13's top members.

Synopsis[edit]

Monseñor is presiding over the Funeral of Supervillian Boggles the Clue Clown’s funeral, and several supervillains are in attendance, including the now combined Red Mantle/Dragoon. Vendata alerts the two to an emergency meeting called by the Guild of Calamitous Intent’s Council of Thirteen to name Boggles’ replacement, as he was Councilman 4. Red Mantle is hesitant to leave, as he and Boggles were close, but Dragoon confesses he didn’t care much for the clown. Also in attendance at the funeral is Captain Sunshine and his sidekick Wonder Boy, apparently a fifth version.

Office of Secret Intelligence (O.S.I.) members Brock Samson, Shore Leave, and Snoop are surveying the funeral as The Clue Clown has been so far the only member of the Council identified, thanks to Monstroso’s tip in O.S.I. Love You. Hunter Gathers believes some of the other members of the Council may show up to the funeral and hopes they can be identified by their silhouette pictures. Meanwhile back at the funeral, Boggles performs one last riddle as read by Monseñor. His body then pops out of the casket revealing the answer. As the body is lowered into the ground, Red Mantle uses his powers to move the dirt over the casket. This alerts the O.S.I. agents to a possible member of the council being present, but they are not able to identify who it is due to them now sharing a body and being disguised as a woman. The agents, however, are able to identify Vendata as Councilman 1.

Back at O.S.I. headquarters, they discover Vendata was built by Venture Industries as Venturion, but the project was abandoned when he showed erratic and psychotic behavior, such as attempting to strangle a young Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture. Hunter hatches a plan, upon seeing Vendata’s personal ad on Guildlist, to send someone in undercover to gather intelligence on Vendata while posing as their date. To this end they enlist Ghost Robot to go undercover as Guild member Galacticon.

At the Council’s headquarter, a new Councilman 4 is announced by The Sovereign. Some members of the Council want to celebrate the addition of a new councilman in 15 years, but Sovereign turns down this idea in order to maintain the anonymity of the member of the council. Red Mantle refutes this as they already know each other’s identities and reveals the new councilman 4 to be Dr. Phineas Phage. Sovereign chastises him for his outburst, and adjourns the meeting. All the councilmen return and plan a night out on the town, except for Councilman 6, who has choir practice, Councilman 12, who is on the moon, the unrevealed Councilwoman 11, who declines because “Tara and the grandkids are flying in from Phoenix”, and Vendata, who has a date. The rest decide to meet at Councilman 7’s club as they are all too “spread out”. Upon exiting their chambers, it is revealed that all of the council members are in the same area, including Councilman 12, who is not on the moon as he claimed. Almost all the members of the Council of Thirteen are now revealed.

The O.S.I agents brief Ghost Robot on his undercover mission outside the restaurant, where he is supposed to meet Vendata. Headshot has joined them on the operation. Most of the Council head to Don Hell’s club in Steppenwolf's car as they discuss their previous racing exploits. Ghost Robot and Vendata make awkward conversation at the restaurant while the O.S.I agents listen in. This goes on until they both realize they do not eat, or at least eat regular food in Vendata’s case. They decide to leave the restaurant and also go to Don Hell’s club. Brock reacts badly to this as it is not part of the plan. When they see where they are headed, Brock wonders if Vendata is setting up Ghost Robot for a hit and it is revealed that the club only allows Guild members in. The agents lose Ghost Robot’s signal as he and Vendata enter the club.

Brock decides to go back to The Venture Compound to get costumes, from villains he has defeated or slain, so that they can infiltrate the club in order to rescue Ghost Robot. Snoop creates fake Guild identities for them. Sergeant Hatred walks in on them along with Dr. Venture who believes that they are going to a costume party without him.

At the club the Council is enjoy their night out when they notice Vendata out on his date. Thinking Ghost Robot is Galacticon, they talk about how he’s there with a different John every week, implying his he might be a prostitute. Vendata spots the other guild members and goes over to say hi, while Brock and Shore Leave infiltrate the club.

Meanwhile Dr. Venture picks up Master Billy Quizboy to go to what he believes is a costume party. As Vendata is speaking to his fellow councilmembers, Brock attempts to get Ghost Robot out of Don Hill’s. Outside, the real Galacticon shows up and heads towards Don Hell’s. Headshot tries to snipe him, but his shot is ruined when Dr. Venture crashes into their vehicle, which is camouflaged as a rock. Dr. Venture and Billy get into the club, believing they fooled the guard with a Ventriloquist routine. Inside the disguised Shore Leave sees Galacticon enter and warns Brock, who also sees Galacticon and takes Ghost Robot into the bathroom. Don Hell, mistakenly believing that Vendata’s date is leaving with someone else alerts Vendata who goes to the bathroom to follow them. Don Hell is himself alerted by the guard, who in reality recognized Dr. Venture, and leaves to deal with the situation. Vendata walks into the bathroom and into a stall where he finds what looks to be Brock and Ghost Robot in a compromising situation. In reality Brock is helping Ghost Robot out of his costume. Brock quickly knocks Vendata unconscious and takes pieces of his costume to wear while Ghost Robot is now wearing Brock’s Mummy costume. Brock radios Shore Leave to exit but he is stopped by a villain that recognizes the costume Shore Leave is wearing as belonging to a missing friend of his. Brock, now dressed as Vendata, breaks up their argument, just as Don Hell announces that he has captured Dr. Venture and Billy. Brock decides to rescue Venture, while the villain that confronted Shore Leave earlier makes a call to an unknown person, alerting them to the fact Don Hell has captured Venture. Brock and Shore Leave mount a rescue attempt, with Shore Leave attempting to cut loose a giant disco ball from the ceiling to drop on the unsuspecting villains. The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch enter Don Hell’s, having been the persons the villain from earlier contacted. They claim Dr. Venture for themselves as his primary Archnemesis according to Guild rules. The two sides go back and forth on Guild rules for a while, when Dr. Mrs. The Monarch finally convinces them to turn Venture over. Brock, satisfied that the Monarch is harmless, leaves Dr. Venture in his custody. As he is walking away, Vendata, now stripped of his outer shell, emerges, yelling nonsensical statements. As Dr. Venture is walking towards the Monarch, he is apparently crushed by the giant disco ball which finally has been cut loose.

The post credit scene reveals that The Sovereign attempted to recruit Dr. Mrs. The Monarch to the Council of Thirteen and she responded that she would think about it. It also reveals that the Revenge Society is keeping tabs on Dr. Mrs. the Monarch.

Fun Facts[edit]

  • Shore Leave refers to Vendata as the The Bicentennial Man.
  • It is revealed Vendeta has an ad on Guildlist, which is a Guild version of Craiglist.
  • Dragoon confuses the races the guild used to have in the past, with the TV show Wacky Races and tries to recall the name of the character Dick Dastardly.
  • Don Hell’s club is a reference to Don Hill’s club Don Hill's.
  • The exterior of Don Hell’s club, an isolated concrete bunker covered with anti-nuclear-war graffiti, is inspired by the Hidden Valley bunker from the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas.
  • Vendata’s diet of a specially formulated enzyme paste may be a reference to Robocop’s diet in the movie of the same name.
  • The bouncer at Don Hell’s calls Augustus St. Cloud “Truman Ca-blow-me”, a reference to Truman Capote.
  • Dragoon's suggestion for Dr. Venture and Billy Quizboy go 'ass to ass' is a possible reference to the Darren Arnofsky film Requiem for a Dream(2000).
  • The criminal in the wheelchair, who wins the Wheel of Torture, looks like American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.



[edit] Voice Talent
Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Phantom Limb
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Chris McCulloch Sgt. Hatred
Hunter Gathers
The Monarch
Ghost Robot
Dragoon
Dr. Z
Don Hell
Steppenwolf
The Nerve
Soveregin Head
Dr. Henry Killinger
St. Cloud
Kevin Conroy Captain Sunshine
Doc Hammer Shore Leave
Billy Quizboy
Red Mantle
Vendata
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
Sunsational
Paget Brewster Amber Gold
Vespertina
Councilman 11
Waitress
Bill Hader Phineas Phage
Headshot
Flying Squid
John K. Hodgman Snoopy
Larry Murphy Monseñor
Bouncer
Wonderboy 5



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