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The Venture Bros. episode
The Invisible Hand of Fate
Season 3
Orig. Airdate June 15, 2008
Writer(s) Jackson Publick
Director Jackson Publick
Production # 3-27
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After a toiletry accident leaves Billy Quizboy's hand acting up, another side effect emerges: he suddenly remembers his entire past! A trip through Traumatic Memory Lane to 1986 shows us Billy's quiz (cheating) career under the tutelage of Pete White, his employ in OSI working with Brock and Hunter Gathers and the act of science that transformed Prof. Hamilton Fantomas into the Phantom Limb.

Oh, and please remember to Nozzle someone you love today.


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Full Synopsis[edit]

After slipping in his bathroom and falling, Billy Quizboy recovers several lost memories. Billy is about to shout accusations at Pete White when White knocks Billy unconscious with a PlayStation 2 and phones Brock.

A flashback story then begins, showing Billy on a game show called "Quizboys" hosted by Pete White. White wears gloves, makeup, and a wig to hide his albinism. Billy writes down an incorrect answer but the correct answer is unexpectedly displayed as his instead, thus winning him the game. In a reference to the quiz show scandals of the 1950s, the other contestant, Todd and the public then accuse Billy of cheating. Unbeknown to them, White's hidden and unwelcome manipulation was actually to blame so Billy's reputation is unjustly harmed. In the dressing room after the game, White reveals his albinism to Billy and offers to make things right.

Responsible for Billy's ruined reputation and loss of winnings, Pete White takes Billy to compete in a series of "underground" quiz challenges to finance a road trip to the Venture Compound with the hopes of gaining employment as a scientist and a lab assistant. They arrive just as the OSI is hauling away a clearly disturbed Myra Brandish while Dr. Venture speaks with an agent. A baby Dean and Hank can be seen in the background, being held by H.E.L.P.eR.. After being denied jobs, White enlists Billy in what they believe is another quiz contest but is actually a dog fight. Billy loses the fight along with an eye, a hand, and all of his previous winnings (since White had placed a bet on Billy).

Brock Samson and Col. Hunter Gathers, two agents of OSI, have been tracking Billy Quizboy. They provide Billy with a robotic hand and eyeball in a plan to infiltrate The Guild of Calamitous Intent. A Professor Fantomos at "State University" is believed to be recruiting students into the Guild. Billy is enrolled in Fantomos's class and is comforted to find that most of his classmates have major deformities that make him "not so different" with his own enlarged head. Fantomos' assistant, Stevie who is also Billy's roommate commits suicide and Billy is too busy answering questions to the police to write his paper. Billy observes that Fantomos is not flexible with the paper's due date when he sees him turn another student away. Expecting to explain why his paper is late, Billy is surprised when Fantomos asks Billy to assist him with an experiment because of an impressive essay turned in with Billy's name. Once again, Billy was rail-roaded by others cheating for him and he is too intimidated to dispel the allegations. Unbeknown to his professor, OSI had cheated for Billy and used a paper written by Stephen Hawking. Fantomos is attempting to use a nuclear-powered machine to grow new limbs, as he was born with deformed, shrunken arms and legs and uses robotic appendages that fit over his real ones. The experiment goes awry, and when Fantomos tells Billy to check a crucial piece of machinery, Billy is forced to reveal that he knows nothing about this machine, and cheated on the paper he wrote about it. Billy's electronic eye is ripped from its socket and causes an explosion which apparently kills Fantomos. Professor Fantomos' once deformed limbs enlarge to normal size and become invisible, gaining the power to kill through touch and thus he becomes the villain, Phantom Limb.

As punishment for their failure, an OSI superior, Sgt. Haine (later seen donning a Guild ring) indicates that Colonel Gathers was transferred to Guam and Brock Samson is apparently reassigned to be Dr. Venture's bodyguard. This puts a stop to the pair's attempts to expose the Guild. Billy's memory is wiped by OSI and Brock delivers Billy to a disheveled Pete White. The post-credits scene returns to the present as Billy awakens from an attempted memory wipe and angrily attacks Brock, prompting White to smash him over the head a second time with the PlayStation 2.

Fun Facts[edit]

Suffering Bastard[edit]

Ingredients to use:

  • 1.0 oz. Gin
  • 1.0 oz. Brandy
  • 1.0 tsp. Rose's Lime Juice
  • 6.0 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Directions: Build in a highball glass over ice.

Voice Talent[edit]

Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Prof. Fantomas
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Chris McCulloch Pete White
Col. Hunter Gathers
Sgt. Haine
Additional Voices
Doc Hammer Billy (Whalen) Quizboy
Shore Leave
Underground Quizboy 1
Joanna Adler Myra Brandish
Delightful Soulbot H.E.L.P.eR.