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Operation: P.R.O.M.
Season 4
Orig. Airdate November 21, 2010
Writer(s) Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick
Director Jackson Publick
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Team Venture, Conjectural Technologies and the Order of the Triad come together as Dean and Hank prepare to face an obstacle that is more intimidating than anything they have confronted before: a prom to celebrate their "graduating" high school, while Dr. Venture throws out all the stops to bring the twins the best dance $500 can buy. But when things go awry, the greatest battle in Venture history looms as two old enemies - the OSI and SPHINX - clash once again. Resolutions include that of Brock and Molotov's relationship, 24's status as a ghost, 21's place in the Monarch's hierarchy, Dean and Triana's friendship, Princess Tinyfeet's needs of Sgt.Hatred, S.P.H.I.N.X and the O.S.I's minor war between each other and the Guild, and the revealing of the double agents within both S.P.I.N.X and the O.S.I!


  • Triana agrees to be Dean's prom date, but is romantically involved with "Raven," who is crippled in the legs and bears a resemblance to Edward from the Twilight series
  • Sgt.Hatred had the letters A,T,R,E removed and the H changed to a blue V. He left the "D", noting that "It's kind of a tender area down there."
  • Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder are outed as moles working for the Guild.
  • 24 is revealed to be nothing more than a figment of 21's imagination, when it is revealed that Dr.Orpheus can't see him and that one of 24's ghostly cohorts is still a living person.
  • Mile High/Sky Pilot is revealed to have been an undercover O.S.I. agent within Sphinx.
  • General Treister is dead (or in suspended animation) floating in space waiting for aliens to fix the big C.
  • Hunter Gathers is now leader of O.S.I.
  • Molotov Cocktease and Monstroso are romantically involved, and presumed dead.
  • Princess Tinyfeet and Sgt.Hatred are now back together, after she displays her need to be dominated as part of her BDSM fetish.
  • 21 quits the Monarch's henching force after discovering that Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and The Monarch are swingers and after he discovers he enjoys the company of S.P.H.I.N.X., the Order of the Triad and The Ventures.
  • Dean finally stood up for himself and for the first time in the series said "Fuck you!" to the Outrider.


In order to celebrate the "graduation" of his sons Hank and Dean from high school, Doctor Venture, along with Brock Samson, Sergeant Hatred, Pete White, Billy Quizboy, Doctor Byron Orpheus, Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist, plans to throw them a budget "homeschool prom." During the preparations, Henchman #21 enters the Venture Compound, intending to bury the skull of Henchman #24, as 24's ghost has been preventing him from masturbating. As he buries the skull, Sgt. Hatred and Shore Leave engage in a petty argument over who is the better shot, and Sgt. Hatred accidentally shoots 21 in the chest.

Brock, having secured a limo, takes Hank and Dean to pick up their "dates", beginning with Triana Orpheus. While Dean takes pictures with Triana at the home where she lives with The Outrider and her mother Tatyana, her boyfriend Raven (a crippled Edward Cullen parody) appears, sending Dean into a jealous rage. Later, Hank tries to pick up the family's middleaged mail carrier as his date and fails, then is rejected by the Quymn sisters. The limo happens to pass Dermott, who is stranded on the side of the road, so they pick him up instead.

21 wakes up in SPHINX headquarters with a bad bruise where the shot impacted his flak jacket, and quickly discovers the unconscious body of Monstroso, revealing to Shore Leave that the Guild has been thrown into an uproar following Monstroso's abduction. Shore Leave elaborates that SPHINX has been using several false Monstrosos to engage in a bluffing game with the OSI, intending to use him to win negotiations with their former employers. Before he can erase 21's memory, though, Shore Leave is alerted to invaders, Monstroso's henchmen, at the front gate of the compound and summons a small battalion of SPHINX agents to fight them, inviting 21 along to help.

Meanwhile, the rest of SPHINX are on a mission led by Colonel Hunter Gathers and Sky Pilot, heading for the flying OSI headquarters. Gathers is escorted to the office of General Treister by Mr. Doe and Mr. Cardholder, but must "wrastle" with his former boss in order to get any information. Gathers finally pins Treister, winning himself and the other SPHINX members clemency from the OSI's wanted list, but when he reveals that there are apparently moles from the Guild of Calamitous Intent within the OSI, Treister begins convulsing in rage and passes out while Doe and Cardholder rush in with guns drawn. Later, when Gathers wakes up in the destroyed office, having been badly beaten, he steps outside and finds Treister with his clothes torn up; Treister claims that he is a Hulk.

At the Venture Compound, the prom is not going well - Dr. Venture poorly attempts to seduce one of the prostitutes he hired for the evening by offering her a "Rusty Venture," unaware that, according to the Alchemist and Shore Leave, it is a horrific sex act originating in the gay community in the 1980s. Al and Shore Leave debate what kind of act it actually is, eventually calling up Colonel Gentleman and then Watch and Ward for help that neither source can provide. The others around the room begin debating it, and when Triana brings up the definition of it she read on, Dean flies off the handle and accuses her of performing it with Raven, causing Triana to leave the prom angrily. The Monarch, meanwhile, after catching the Moppets in the act of checking names off of 21's "Eye for an I" hit list to determine 24's murderer, learns that 21 has gone to the Venture Compound. Believing that he has gone there on an undercover mission to arch Dr. Venture, he and Doctor Girlfriend infiltrate the Compound themselves. When confronted by Sgt. Hatred, they use Princess Tinyfeet as a hostage, but admit to Hatred that all she ever wanted from him is indulgence of her bondage fetish. Thankful to the Monarch for inadvertently getting his marriage back together, Hatred allows them in as long as they put on formal clothing. Meanwhile, Hank and Dermott determine that they must help Dean get Triana back (though Hank incorrectly believes Raven is a cyborg) and the three leave in order to carry out their plan. 21 strikes up a conversation with Dr. Orpheus about 24's ghost constantly bothering him. Orpheus remarks that ghosts are his business, and asks where 24 is. Realizing that since Orpheus can't see him, 24 isn't a ghost and therefore must be a figment of his imagination, 21 collapses into Orpheus's arms and carthartically cries his eyes out. 24 disappears.

Out back, Brock, about to have sex with one of the prostitutes, takes her into the SPHINX base - but he is shot by the one agent left behind to guard Monstroso, revealed to be an undercover Molotov Cocktease.

General Treister explains to Colonel Gathers that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer, and as a result of the gamma ray radiation therapy, he has begun transforming into a Hulk. Shortly thereafter, while discussing Treister's sad decline with Doe and Cardholder, the two disclose that once the head of the OSI is shown to be no longer mentally fit for command, the U.S. government will place control in their hands - Gathers realizes that they are the Guild moles, but he and Sky Pilot are captured. Not long after, however, Gathers is summoned to the "secret bridge," where a flag-draped General Treister reveals the truth - he is aware that he is not really a Hulk, and furthermore, he knew all along of Doe and Cardholder's treachery. To take them down, Treister had a plant within SPHINX the entire time - Sky Pilot. The "Monstroso" taken to the base was actually a fake containing many SPHINX agents, to arrest Doe and Cardholder when they went to assassinate Monstroso and cover their tracks. Explaining that he knows he is dying of his incurable cancer, Treister hands over command of the OSI to Colonel Gathers, then launches himself into space inside a missile, believing that he will be found by aliens who will cure his illness.

The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend meet up with 21, but when he admits that he realizes Dr. Venture is not a bad person, the Monarch accuses him of being drugged. 21 snaps and angrily reveals his infatuation with Dr. Girlfriend, even telling the Monarch about their previous amorous encounter, but the Monarch merely laughs it off due to Dr. Girlfriend's promiscuous history and tells 21 to stop being a crybaby. Having had enough, 21 quits his job as henchman and walks off.

Awakening to discover Molotov Cocktease stuffing Monstroso into the back of the limo and fleeing, Brock hijacks the Conjectural Technologies conjecture cycle and engages in an epic high-speed battle with his antagonist and love interest. Finally, Molotov spins out after hitting Brock, stopping with the back half of the limo dangling over the edge of the cliff side highway. Brock sits down on the hood, lights a cigarette, and explains to her that he is tired of chasing her, because she will always be a greedy, cold-blooded mercenary with no sense of loyalty. However, Molotov claims she has changed, and this time her mission is one of love, throwing out her unlocked chastity belt to prove it. Believing that Molotov means she is ready to get serious with him, Brock draws near for a kiss, but she suddenly breaks away. She explains that she is taken now by another man - Monstroso. Enraged, Brock threatens to kill them both, but Molotov goes on to tell him that her Blackhearts are undercover at the Venture prom as the prostitutes, and if she does not call in an abort code for the mission by midnight, they will slaughter all present. Brock threatens that he will instead make Molotov call in the code under the threat of his killing Monstroso, but she simply declares that she would rather die along with her true love, and commits suicide by popping the limo's hood, throwing Brock off and rolling the limo over the cliff.

Checking his watch, Brock finds he has only one minute to stop the Blackhearts and rushes back. He makes it back to the hanger several seconds late, but the Blackhearts are all under the effects of Dr. Venture's specially engineered strain of Spanish Fly he had slipped them. Just as Brock relaxes, however, the Blackhearts all transform into giant mutant anthropomorphic houseflies akin to the genetically engineered specimen Dr. Venture had used to create the concoction. Gleefully sensing a bloodbath he hasn't had in years, Brock draws his knife and rushes in. An alternative interpretation is that Molotov was bluffing. When she surprises Brock and shoots him with the tranq-darts, the prostitute clearly does not know who Molotov is and Mol herself advises her to go back to the party if she wants to live. Further, the fact that she says she is willing to kill Brock lends credence to this due to the fact that if she had this elaborate bargaining chip set up it would seem odd to completely bypass it and just kill Brock. It could be seen that she is just using what Brock loves most against him to try and get away.

The missile containing General Treister breaks apart in space, releasing his body, forever frozen in a salute, with a note reading "FIX IT!" attached to his chest.

In the post-credits scene, Dean, Hank and Dermott's plan comes together - having constructed Triana's name in logs on the Outrider's front lawn, Hank and Dermott told Dean to dress up in gothic clothing. However, Dean took this to mean something "spooky" and arrived with a ghost costume. Realizing it will have to do, Hank and Dermott light up the wood and hide while Dean dons his costume. The fire quickly sparks out, but Dermott had only enough fuel on the "T", causing Dean to appear to be a Ku Klux Klan member engaging in cross burning. The Outrider appears and threatens him with his staff him before realizing it's Dean. Calming, he tells Dean that if he truly loves Triana, he will let her go and be with Raven, whom she is happy with. To this advice, Dean merely says to the Outrider, "You know what... fuck you!"

At the end of the credits the phrase "THE VENTURE BROS. WILL RETURN..." appears. This is not a regular feature of the credits.

Fun Facts[edit]

  • First episode to be an hour long
  • Was held back a few weeks after the previous episode for 'dramatic tension'.
  • The show was hosted by Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick on the [adultswim] network, with breaks filmed at The Rusty Knot in New York City[1].
  • The closing song is Pulp's "Like A Friend", a collaboration with Patrick Doyle originally composed for the film Great Expectations. It also appears on the Pulp album "This Is Hardcore".
  • When 21 is in Sphinx Headquarters, Shore Leave tells him he's going to wipe his memory saying, "Going to wash that man right out of your hair!" the titular line from a song in the 1949 Broadway musical "South Pacific", that was later adapted for a Clariol hair dye commercial advertisement jingle in the 1970s.
  • When Treister is pulled from the substance they used to bind him after his apparent transformation he is clothed not in the blue pants that usually accompany his uniform but in tattered purple pants much like those worn by the Marvel Comics hero the Hulk. The binding material appears in the movie.
  • As Gathers is being escorted in to O.S.I, Cardholder starts to jeer at his desire to hold the title "Colonel" and says "In that case I'm President Cardholder, and this is my associate, Emperor Doe." Doe fires back with "GOD emperor Doe," a reference to the God Emperor of the Imperium of Man from the Warhammer 40K franchise, or the Frank Herbert novel, God Emperor of Dune.
  • During the scene where 21 attempts to bury 24's skull on the Venture compound 24 mentions "The Midnight Society" from the TV show "Are You Afraid of the Dark?". The lame Mercury Matchbox station wagon 21 mentions actually exists, complete with schnauzers looking out the back window.
  • This episodes further puts 24's ghost in question; as a scene with the Monarch and the Moppets suggest that they have been checking off names on 21's "Eye for an I" list. Also, 24's new ghost companion, Mr Wendal, was discovered to actually be Baba Oje who's still alive. 24 interacts with one of Monstroso's recently murdered men, though Jackson Publick points out that the scene occurs as 21 is walking away, and they do not interact with anyone alive. Either way, it's a nice call back to 21's comment in Hate Floats that most of the henchmen had gone over to Monstroso while The Monarch was in jail.
  • In The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part 1), after 21 & 24 infiltrate the Venture Compound via the sewer, he comments "At least now we have the septic system mapped out." This work has been preserved, since while flying the Monarchmobile through the sewer, the Monarch comments "His (21's) map to the Venture Compound has everything!"
  • Hank's desire to have the postal carrier as his prom date may be due to his memory being wiped in Everybody Comes to Hank's to erase the knowledge of his half-brother & his romantic encounter with Nikki Fictel. Dean makes reference to his crush in The Better Man in response to Hank's cautioning him not to fall for the first girl he sees. Hank appears to have moved on from this crush following repeated trips to the mall (and potentially encouragement from Dermott), but following his mind wipe, finds himself returning to his old obsessive crush on the mail lady.
  • Some of the songs Pete White spins are thinly disguised versions of Frankie Goes To Hollywood "Relax", New Order "Blue Monday", and possibly Q Lazurus "Goodbye Horses".
  • The coffin transport Col Gathers travels in appears based on the ones from the Voltron cartoon used by bad-guys Haggar and Zarkon.
  • The only remaining letters on Sgt. Hatred are now "VD" which possibly stands for Venereal Disease (more commonly now referred to as STD or STI).

Episode Related Links[edit]

Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Michael Sinterniklaas Dean Venture
Steven Rattazzi Dr. Orpheus
Chris McCulloch The Monarch
Hank Venture
Sgt. Hatred
Pete White
Sky Pilot
Henchman 24
Hunter Gathers
Doc Hammer Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
Billy Quizboy
Shore Leave
Henchman 21
Col. Gentleman
The Outrider
Lisa Hammer Triana Orpheus
Charles Parnell Jefferson Twilight
Dana Snyder The Alchemist
Toby Huss General Treister

Mia Barron Molotov Cocktease
Kate McKinnon TBD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

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