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The Silent Partners
Season 4
Orig. Airdate October 24, 2010
Writer(s) Doc Hammer
Director Jackson Publick
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Billy Quizboy is kidnapped and Pete White gets S.P.H.I.N.X. to help rescue him. Monstroso has a proposition.


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Silent Partners begins with Billy Quizboy walking through St. Sebastian's Hospital, when he is stopped by a fellow physician, Dr. Odinson. After discussion of the rather remarkable surgical skills Billy demonstrated under the guise of Dr. Phil Donahue, Odinson mentions that Johns Hopkins University doesn't have his credentials on file. Nervously covering Billy states the he misheard; he did not go to Johns Hopkins but rather Stanford where he studied under a Dr. John Hopkinsburg. Realizing he is in danger of getting caught he quickly runs into a patient's room where he witnesses three suited men stealing the heart of an ailing King Gorilla and disappear through the floor; just as the final one leaves he appears to recognize Billy as he waves and smiles before he vanishes.

In the next scene Billy is seen talking with Pete White, frantically saying they must give back all the money they received. This upsets Pete, who purchased lots of interesting and unusual items including Robo-Bo, a robot "man servant" with the appearance of Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazzard. Billy says that he must give everything back because the money he received came from vampires and he fears reprisal. As they argue the three men arrive outside their trailer. Billy goes out to confront them, and suddenly vanishes.

Pete White then goes to SPHINX and attempts to pay them to rescue Billy, they refuse (even after being reminded of how the OSI used Billy previously to infiltrate the Guild of Calamitous Intent and Phantom Limb) until they notice that the $50,000 check Pete is trying to pay them with belongs to The Investors, a group that apparently has killed everyone they've "helped" before and Sphinx finally sees this as a key to go after them.

Billy awakens to find Monstroso and the investors standing over him. After a brief conversation it is revealed that Monstroso has also accepted The Investors' help for a proposal he made that happened to involve Billy. Before leaving, Monstroso says that the next day he will receive the true gift of immortality.

Sphinx is shown investigating the trailer, they find that the soil near the trailer contains salt from the mid-Atlantic and go out to acquire a boat. Before they leave they drop White off at the Venture Compound where he is locked in the panic room with Sgt. Hatred who for his own protection (Hatred can even be seen going to sleep next to him later while holding a combat shotgun). They try to visit Jonas Venture Jr. on Spider-Skull Island to request use of the X-2, but he is unavailable and parts for the ship were taken for use in the construction of Gargantua 2. The Pirate Captain, however, says he would help provide a ship if he can come along.

Back at the location of The Investors, Monstroso and Billy appear to be bonding, enjoying their time before the agreement can proceed. When asked what more he would like to do, Billy mentions that he is still a virgin. While Sphinx is tracking Billy's location on a makeshift pirate ship, it is revealed that the check from General Consolidated Insurance is connected with the Guild of Calamitous Intent and Monstroso. Monstroso is seen signing papers apparently ready to fulfill his end of the contract with The Investors, while at the same time Billy is seduced and played with by women claiming to be vampires, still under the assumption the deal involves turning him and Monstroso into vampires.

Back in the panic room, Sgt. Hatred confronts Pete about how he neglects Billy in favor of Rusty Venture because of Billy's lack of fame. This is based on the fact that White does not claim Billy as his best friend despite doing so much together and living under the same roof.

Brock and Shore Leave arrive at Billy's location, a boat, and infiltrate it to find and kill The Investors and Monstroso. Finally it is revealed the true nature of The Investors and their deal made with Billy and Monstroso. Monstroso is dying of heart failure and requires a transplant, namely the heart taken from King Gorilla by an agreement he made with The Investors to rescind his life sentence. Billy Quizboy was chosen because of his skills, and The Investors would return the favor by forging documents signed by Billy to "officially" give him credentials to be legally recognized as a doctor. Monstroso explains the women Billy slept with were merely prostitutes roleplaying as vampires and the immortality he promised wasn't a result of becoming a vampire, but from his recognized fame as a great surgeon.

Billy begins the surgery at the same time Brock and Shore Leave begin their assault. They come face to face with The Investors, but the battle is short lived as they disappear as quickly as they arrive. Brock enters the room where Billy is performing surgery and tries to convince Billy that Pete White cares for him, and also to stop the procedure (and kill Monstroso) because of the crimes he committed. Billy cannot do so, claiming the Hippocratic Oath prevents him from doing so and he must ensure his patients survival. Brock agrees and allows Billy to continue.

In the post-credits scene, Monstroso appears to be recovering from his surgery although he appears to be unaware that he is no longer on his boat but actually at the Sphinx headquarters on the Venture compound. Brock then asks if Monstroso is well enough to be killed.

Fun Facts[edit]

  • Billy is now a certified doctor, and claims that he will leave Pete White.
  • This is the third time that hospital has been shown, the first being in Return To Spider-Skull Island and the second in The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider.
  • This episode carries on the ongoing theme of the relationship between Pete White and Billy Quizboy, played upon in episodes such as The Invisible Hand of Fate and the more recent Every Which Way But Zeus. Though White loyally seeks SPHINX's aid to rescue Billy, he refuses to admit to Sgt. Hatred's conviction that they are 'best friends', claiming that they are mere work partners.
  • Pete White mentions how Billy helped Hunter try to infiltrate the Guild as shown in The Invisible Hand of Fate. This implies that, as stated in Pinstripes and Poltergeists, SPHINX refuses to wipe his memory as he is still not seen as a viable threat to their security.
  • Billy comments that he has "once again" been kidnapped to perform an illegal surgery is a reference to the episodes The Revenge Society, and also Are You There God? It's Me, Dean and The Better Man. Billy's medical abilities displayed in these episodes such are revealed to be self taught.
  • The men from the General Consolidated Insurance are officially revealed to be a front for the Guild of Calamitous Intent. The investors first appeared in the background at the state university in Pomp & Circuitry.
  • Monstroso is revealed to be alive, having seemingly survived his fight against Henchman 21 and Brock in the episode Pinstripes and Poltergeists.
  • King Gorilla is near death, having been released from his life sentence (in The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider) due to a deal he made with the Investors, but requests they proceed to take his heart after he dies.
  • It is finally revealed how Billy and Pete were able to get the insurance money they had amassed in Handsome Ransom. Billy attempts to use the neck brace from that episode to ward off being bitten by vampires.
  • It is mentioned that Dr. Jonas Venture Jr. is still constructing Gargantua 2, first mentioned in Handsome Ransom and again in Bright Lights, Dean City, and like his brother Rusty, he does not allow smoking on his premises
  • Billy may have lost his latent virginity, first revealed in Escape to the House of Mummies Part II. Sgt. Hatred mentions that when he appeared to have slept with Billy at the end of The Revenge Society, he only "cuddled" him out of sympathy for how lonely he looked, implying he may not have had sex with him considering he learned that Billy was an adult in "Handsome Ransom". This also proves that Hatred was able to resist his perverted sexual urges despite lacking medication and being under severe stress at the time.
  • Shore Leave mentions that the Sphinx Sub is still not working after becoming damaged in the events in The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-Glider.
  • The Norwegian accented Dr. Odinson is a possible reference to Dr. Donald Blake, the secret identity of Marvel Comic's Thor (Odinson).
  • Right before the operation, Billy refers to Monstroso as "Baby Fay." "Baby Fay" was the name given to an infant born with a heart defect who was given a transplant with a baboon heart. This was referenced in Paul Simon's song "Boy In The Bubble."

It also may be a reference to the meet the medic cinematic (tf2) in which the medic whilst operating on the heavy destroys his original heart uses a mega baboon heart instead.

[edit] Voice Talent
Voice Talent
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Doc Hammer Billy Quizboy
Christopher McCulloch Monstroso
Hunter Gathers
Pirate Captain
Sgt. Hatred
Pete White
King Gorilla
Sky Pilot
Dr. Odinson

Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

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