|The Venture Bros. episode|
|Orig. Airdate||November 22, 2009|
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Dr. Venture attends a group therapy session for former boy adventurers, but a strange death causes the patients to fall back into their old mystery-solving habits. Meanwhile, Sgt. Hatred takes Hank and Dean to a movie and must control his pedophiliac urges in the theater full of children when he realizes that he's run out of medication.
This episode begins with Dr. Venture fleeing the compound from The Monarch and his flying cocoon. Dr Venture makes it to the roof, but falls off to his doom. He is caught by several ropes shooting out from a giant robotic hand ("The Scarionette") on the cocoon. The Monarch treats Dr. Venture as a puppet, using the ropes to control his limbs and make him dance. As it seems the Monarch finally has Dr. Venture, an alarm goes off. Dr. Venture checks his watch and tells the Monarch that he has a therapy session. The Monarch checks the new Mental Health Clause of the Guild's rules, which Dr. Girlfriend conveniently has on hand, and confirms that a villain must release his arch if they have to receive psychiatric help. The Monarch calls off his henchmen, and they release the Venture Brothers and Sergeant Hatred. 21 tells Sgt. Hatred that he got lucky this time, and that he owes him one. The next scene flashes back to when Dr. (Rusty) Venture was a child seemingly talking to a therapist. He talks about how he can't make friends his own age, that he's always around adults who want to kidnap him, and that he doesn't even want to be a super scientist. As he speaks his father Dr. Jonas Venture (acting as his therapist) sneaks back into the room and pretends as if he had been there the whole time. He criticizes Rusty for blaming all his problems on his father. The scene fades into the present where Dr. Venture is talking to a real therapist. Apparently he is in a group therapy session for former “Boy Adventurers”. Among them are Action Johnny (Brendon Small), a former aged Wonder Boy (Patton Oswalt), two former boy detectives Lance & Dale Hale (Seth Green and John Hodgman) (parodies of The Hardy Boys with elements of Lyle and Erik Menendez), and a robot named Ro-Boy (a parody of Rusty the Boy Robot and Astro Boy). They each introduce themselves to Dr. Venture and talk about their problems. Meanwhile Sgt. Hatred, the Venture Brothers, and the Monarch's henchmen go to see a movie. Sgt. Hatred notices that there are many young children in the theatre and starts to worry about his "dirty little weakness". At discovering the movie involves elves that are eternally in the bodies of androgynous 13-year-old boys, Hatred asks "What, did Henry Darger write this?" Meanwhile Hank complains about the henchmen's butterfly wings being in the way of the movie.
The therapist is using puppet therapy on Action Johnny to help him deal with his issues. When Dr. Venture walks up for his turn the Therapist seemingly gets a charlie horse, but then spasms to the floor and dies. As they inspect the body, a viper slithers out of the Therapist's pants (Johnny says it's an Vietnamese Two-Step Viper, but the others say its an urban legend, confirming via googling it on a PDA). The snake then attacks Dr. Venture, who is holding the doctor's coffee cup, which contains snake pheromone. He spills it on Wonder Boy, who runs around the room, pursued by the snake. The snake passes over the deactivated Ro-Boy, making contact with his activation button and waking him up, whereupon Ro-Boy kills the snake with his laser eyes.
The therapy group decides to try and solve the Therapist's murder, finding a matchbook that Johnny recognizes. They travel to the bar, where Johnny notices a former henchman of Dr. Z. After the group gets involved in a bar brawl, they then travel to Dr. Z's home, and Johnny confronts him believing he killed their therapist, but Dr. Z denies it. Dr. Z's wife invites everyone to dinner. Dr. Zin tells them they need to grow up and to stop living in the past. He and his wife (Seth Green) lament that they were unable to have children, but Ro-Boy asks them if they would be willing to adopt him. Dr. Venture thanks them for helping him to realize he doesn't need therapy, having moved on from his unhappy childhood.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Hatred has left the movie due to running out of Nomolestol, a drug from the OSI that helps curb his compulsion to molest children. He has returned to the Venture Compound and locked himself in the panic room. Dean and Hank try to convince him to come out, but he refuses. Hank gets an idea to dress like Princess Tinyfeet to lure Hatred out of the panic room. Hatred comes out of the panic room only to be tranquilized by #21 and his squad. 21 thanks Hank for giving him a shot at Hatred, referring to 21's earlier comment at the beginning of the episode.
In the post credits sequence, at the Monarch's cocoon, 21 talks to 24's skull about the movie he just saw when the Monarch visits him in his room. 21 covers the skull with his boot and the Monarch asks if he was alone. 21 responds by saying he was pod-blogging...casting...diary and they briefly discuss the movie. Before the Monarch leaves, he inquires if 21's mission was a success. Their conversation reveals the Monarch and 21 are responsible for the Therapist's death (allowing him to continue arching Dr. Venture without any possible interference).
- Sky from Powerless in the Face of Death can be seen with a date, amongst the crowd exiting the movie theater. She was not pregnant and had no child in tow.
- Lance & Dale Hale are based on the Hardy Boys, a team of detective brothers and the title characters of a popular book series. Hank & Dean are also based in part on the Hardy Boys. In the case of both the Ventures and the Hales, the blonde is more assertive, while the boy with "D" is brown-haired, more passive, and favors sweater vests. Their apparent murder of their father is a reference to the Menendez Brothers. Of these eight brothers, only Hank has never taken a shine to sweaters.
- Ro-Boy is based on Astro Boy, the titular character of a 1960's adventure comic by Osamu Tezuka.
- In the opening, Doc appears to have lost a shoe to the moving walkway, just like General Manhowers in The Doctor is Sin.
- Rusty refers to his testicles as Spirit and Opportunity, after two rovers from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission
- Jackson has confirmed that the psychiatrist in this episode is the same character as the therapist in Powerless in the Face of Death . He appears to have gone gray in the interim.
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