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The Venture Bros. episode
It Happening One Night
Season 6
Orig. Airdate Mar 6, 2016
Writer(s) Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer
Director Jackson Publick
Production # 608
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A legion of avant-grade suppervillians redefines the art of arching Dr. Venture while Hank looks for love in a den of ninjas.


  • Hank goes on a date with Sirena who he managed to ask out in Faking Miracles
  • Sergeant Hatred has been released from the hospital after being attacked by Haranguetan in Rapacity in Blue.
  • Hatred mentioning the floor of VenTech Tower has finally been fixed after it was destroyed Wide Wale's invasion in Maybe No Go.
  • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch tells the other members of The Council of 13 that she thinks Dr. Venture is The Blue Morpho, which she came to believe in the previous episode.
  • Dr. Venture mentioning his encounter with The Blue Morpho (The Monarch) in Rapacity in Blue.
  • Dragoon's head is back to normal size after being shrunk by Redusa in Faking Miracles, further indicating that the effect is either temporary or reversible.
  • The psychotic, knife-wielding bear man from Bright Lights, Dean City can be spotted at the party being hosted by the Doom Factory.


A team of avant-garde supervillains known as "The Doom Factory" get an opportunity to arch Dr. Venture, and announce their attack to take place on the same night as Hank's date with Sirena. Hank ignores Brock's orders to stay secured in the building and recruits Dean, Billy and Pete to assist him in impressing her. Meanwhile, Dr. Mrs. the Monarch struggles to convince the rest of the Council that Dr. Venture is the Blue Morpho. The Monarch tricks her and uses one of the Blue Morpho's darts to sedate her, giving himself and 21 time to find and destroy the Doom Factory's underwater base in Brooklyn. Brock searches for Hank only to find that he and Sirena have disappeared, and is forced to team up with one of Wide Wale's henchmen to find them. They track the two to a ninja-themed restaurant where Brown Widow works, only to leave shortly before Brock arrives to go swimming by the Statue of Liberty. The Monarch and 21 set explosives at the Doom Factory's base, but the Monarch gets stuck when trying to escape. The base, which is actually a flying saucer, heads to the Venture building, where the Doom Factory has robbed Dr. Venture of many of his inventions. The Monarch falls off the saucer as it leaves, only for the explosives to suddenly detonate, killing the entire Doom Factory. He comes face to face with Venture, who once again does not recognize him. Later, the Monarch fakes being tranquilized by the Blue Morpho himself to hide his activity from his wife. Phantom Limb contacts her and admits that the Blue Morpho is real before asking her what she needs to eradicate him.


  • It is revealed that Brown Widow and Sirena Ong used to date.
    • Brown Widow is also addressed by Sirena and one of his co-workers as "Jared", indicating that this is his real name.

Cultural References[edit]

  • The title It Happening One Night is derived from the title of the film It Happened One Night, combined with a reference to Andy Warhol's (the inspiration for Wes Warhammer) practice of referring to his art installations as "happenings".
  • The video game that Sergeant Hatred and Rusty are playing is Team Fortress 2, which features certain items and hats referencing the show and others from adult swim shows.
  • The Doom Factory (and their submerged fortress) are inspired by the Legion of Doom, a team of super-villains from the "Superfriends" cartoon show. Additionally, the group of artists that Andy Warhol assembled around him were known as The Factory, and many of their works are referenced in this episode (such as covering a room with silver foil and paint).
  • The members of The Doom Factory are all based on Andy Warhol (combined with Lex Luthor) and his Factory Superstars and hangers-on combined with villains from DC Comics: Frigid (Brigid Berlin/Captain Cold), Serpentine (Ondine), Eenie-Meanie (Edie Sedgwick/Queen Bee), Gerard the Gorilla (Gerard Malanga/Gorilla Grodd), Black Maria (Paul Morrisey/Black Manta), Trashenstein (Joe Dalessandro/Frankenstein/Solomon Grundy), Ultra Violent (Ultra Violet/Star Saphire), Shehemoth (?/Giganta), Billy Maim (Billy Name), Hard Candy (Candy Darling).
  • The movie that Brock shows Dr. Venture and the boys is a reference to Empire
  • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's "farmer's daughter" costume is highly reminiscent of the character Daisy Mae from the long-running newspaper comic strip Li'l Abner.
  • Billy's legless beggar disguise is based on Eddie Murphy's costume from early in the film Trading Places.
  • The outfit that Hank wears on his date is similar to what Michael Jackson wore on the cover of the album "Bad" (and also the music video for the album's title song), prompting Sirena to ask "Is that the 'Bad' outfit?".
  • Hank's speech about what he believes in is taken almost entirely from the speech that Kevin Costner delivers to Susan Sarandon in the film Bull Durham.

[edit] Voice Talent
Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Phantom Limb
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Michael Sinterniklaas Dean Venture
Ninja Waiter 2
Christopher McCulloch Hank Venture
The Monarch
Sgt. Hatred
Pete White
Wes Warhammer
Doc Hammer Dr. Mrs. The Monarch
Henchman 21
Billy Quizboy
Cristin Milioti Sirena
Mark Gagliardi Rocco
Black Maria
Ninja Waiter 1
Nathan Fillion Brown Widow
Kate McKinnon Eenie-Meanie

Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

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