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Season 5
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Orig. Airdate June 9, 2013
Writer(s) Jackson Publick
Director Jackson Publick
Production # 501
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What Color is Your Cleansuit? 57 SPHINX Rising


One of Dr. Venture's old inventions seems to have gotten a mind of its own, so General Manhowers sends him to Central America to fix it. The Ventures must all confront their own hearts of darkness if they're to survive what's waiting for them in the jungle.


The Ventures are paid a "friendly" visit by the army,General Manhowers has a special assignment for Dr. Venture, who takes Hank and Sgt. Hatred with him, they travel to Central America to stop Venturestein, who has gone AWOL after being sent to quell a shoe factory strike. When they arrive at to the area, Dr. Venture discovers that Venturestein, who has been following the teachings of Guevara, wants to find a home for all scientific experiments, after discovering many mad scientists like to use the jungle as their base of operations. Venturestein then use the J-pad to broadcast an internet message to other abominations and tells them to break free and join his "abomi-nation." Hank gets separated from the group and overdoses on caffeine, becoming "The Bat" to help save his father and bodyguard. Tensions rise in venturestein's colony who believe that they should kill Dr. Venture and Sgt. Hatred who accidentally kill one of their comrades upon their arrival on the island. The Bat frees Venture and Hatred causing them to be pursued by the abominations who corner them on the island before H.E.L.P.eR. arrives to defend Rusty from his attackers however, before any further casualties are done more abominations arrive at the island. The congresswoman upon learning Dr. Venture's location arrives and is blown up by picking up C4 containing J-Pad however, she is brought back as a female verison of Venturestein and goes to speak for the abomi-nation's cause at a national press conference.

Back at the compound, Dean tries to restore H.E.L.P.eR. back to his original body, but instead must deal with a congresswoman who wants to get Dr. Venture's vote in the upcoming election. H.E.L.P.eR would then go across the world all the way to Central America to save Dr. Venture who had called him while forgetting he didn't bring the robot with him. At the end of the episode, Dermott and Hank are practicing their music but the new sounds of the newly restored H.E.L.P.eR makes the two irritated which causes Hank to blame Dean for changing the robot back.

Fun Facts[edit]

  • Dean reads a copy of the 1978 adult novel,Wifey, in his attic bedroom.
  • When Dr. Venture is being briefed by General Manhowers about Venturestein on the X1, Hank insists it is a trap, saying "when we get there, if he's in a pair of bicycle shorts talking about 'tears in the rain', you run like hell." This quote, and General Manhowers's response that Dr Venture doesn't have to "worry about (Venturestein) going all Roy Batty on you" are references to the science fiction film Blade Runner. In particular, they are referring to a scene where Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), an LAPD replicant hunter, is saved from falling off of a building by Roy Batty, a renegade replicant who has rebelled from the government in a bid to bypass a 4 year limit imposed on his life. Hank's reference to "tears in the rain" is a famous quote by Batty that occurs immediately after he rescues Deckard. This same soliloquy is quoted in the season 4 episode Assisted Suicide, when Gary discusses seeing "attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion" with Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
  • After Doc and Sgt. Hatred crash land in the jungle, when Hatred tries to cause a diversion to distract the abomination soldiers, he yells out "Jocelyn Wildenstein called. She wants her face back." to Karl, the Cheetah Man. He is referring to Jocelyn Wildenstein, a New York socialite infamous for undergoing numerous plastic surgeries so that her face would resemble a cat.
  • When Sgt. Hatred experiences his flashback in the prison, the boy he is tearing the underwear off of with his teeth is General Treister's Son, the same man who administered Brock's secret agent test in the season 1 episode Mid-Life Chrysalis
  • Ted and Sonny, who were killed in Viva Los Muertos, show up several times in this episode as members of Venturestein's undead posse.

Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Michael Sinterniklaas Dean Venture
Chris McCulloch Hank Venture
Sgt. Hatred
General Manhowers
Doc Hammer Dermott
Paul Boocock Sonnystein
Gillian Jacobs Marsha Backwood
Dana Snyder Dog-Man

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