|The Venture Bros. episode|
|Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny|
|Orig. Airdate||June 1, 2008|
|Writer(s)||Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick|
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As the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend set out to enjoy their honeymoon, they're interrupted by the Guild who interrogate them for the answers to many questions, including their involvement in Phantom Limb's betrayal.
In this Season 3 premiere, we learn what happened to The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend after the events of Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part 2). We first see everyone's favorite supervillain couple squaring off against a slew of deadly robots. After a special Monarch-themed opening credit sequence, we see the Cocoon in ruins at the bottom of Cremation Creek. Tim-Tom and Kevin start delegating tasks to the henchmen, which is met with resistance from 21 and 24. The Moppets quickly display their fighting prowess and take out a number of henchmen.
We then see the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend seated before the Council of 13, who appear on a series of TV screens. They begin to discuss "the traitor Phantom Limb" and his past with both the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, using video surveillance footage to show various flashbacks, such as Sheila's (Dr. Girlfriend's) introduction to the world of villainy at a picnic with Phantom Limb. We next see her as Lady Au Pair in the Citadel of Attributions, where she is to be assigned a new number-two position. Watch and Ward walk her through various options, such as the Ocelot Woman, Mink DeLovely, and working for the pinup murderess Betty Rage. Phantom Limb interrupts, saying she is to work for him. He orders Shadowman 9, revealed to be the man now known as the Monarch, to take her to the lair of the Phantom.
We find out that the Monarch, then known simply as Malcolm, began arching T.S. Venture in college. Not only did Malcolm's bombing attempt miss Venture up and destroy Werner Ünderbheit's jaw, but Venture was credited with causing the mishap. The Monarch tried to attack Venture again later, this time in a prototype costume and Monarchmobile, but he was thwarted by Dr. Venture's then-bodyguard, Myra Brandish. Because this arching took place without the knowledge or consent of the Guild, the Monarch technically doesn't exist as a Guild-sanctioned villain. This probably explains why his name did not appear in the Guild Handbook in Are You There God? It's Me, Dean. It is also revealed that Dr. Girlfriend asked the Monarch to stop arching Venture on the Guild's orders.
Back at the Cocoon, 21 and 24, unhappy taking orders from "those little Midgetlers" decide to call Brock and ask him to take out the Moppets.
The Monarch, due to his illicit activity, is allowed a rebuttal before he is sentenced to death. He proves that he donned his costume, not only to arch Venture, but to woo Sheila, who was working as Queen Etherea at the time. He asked Shadowman 24 to take over for him at Phantom Limb's Guild Ball so he can attend as the Monarch and take what is "loinfully his." This doesn't exactly exonerate him to the Council of 13, so Dr. Girlfriend steps in. She asks for the video of the rest of the night; a video that proved to be "extra-hot-great." After she and the Monarch get down to carnal congress in his car, he gets attacked by Phantom Limb who, ultimately, can only put him on his shit list because they are being watched by the Council of 13. When asked his name, Malcolm claims to be "The Mighty Manotaur" so that Phantom Limb, a powerful villain indeed, can't go after him.
Meanwhile, Brock shows up at the Cocoon and is seen talking to the Murderous Moppets and shaking their hands. Along with a team of Guild villains, Brock helps rebuild the Cocoon. At the same time, the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend stand before the Sovereign, who tells them that they have proven their compatibility and the Monarch's innocence, and that their application for duo-ship has been approved. They officially become villain and villainess in a ceremony that goes considerably better than their first attempt at a wedding. According to the Guild's Edict of Usurpation, Phantom Limb's lair now belongs to our happy couple.
In the post-credit sequence, a disheveled Phantom Limb is seen about to use his killer hand on a retired supervillain who turns out to be the real Manotaur.