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The Venture Bros.: Bright Lights, Dean City

Dean goes off to New York to intern with Professor Impossible, unaware that he's now a founding member of... The Revenge Society! Meanwhile, Dr. Venture decides to pursue a career writing up his life as a Broadway musical.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x13
Airdate: Sunday October 10th, 2010

Guest Stars
James UrbaniakJames Urbaniak
voiced Phantom Limb
Christopher McCullochChristopher McCulloch
voiced Fat Chance / Cody / Mr. Polygamy / Lyndon Bee
Bill HaderBill Hader
voiced Professor Impossible / Alien Villain
T. Ryder SmithT. Ryder Smith
voiced Baron Ünderbheit
Mia BarronMia Barron
voiced Ladyhawk Johnson
Nathan FillionNathan Fillion
voiced Brown Widow
Main Cast
James UrbaniakJames Urbaniak
voiced Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture
Michael SinterniklaasMichael Sinterniklaas
voiced Dean Venture
Christopher McCullochChristopher McCulloch
voiced Hank Venture / The Monarch


Phantom Limb meets with his fellow Revenge Society members and explains how they can get revenge on all of their enemies: Jonas Venture, Girl Hitler, the Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, Henchman 21, the Guild, and the Sovereign. Professor Impossible admits it seems a little killy, and they argue about their group When Baron Ünderbheit tries to vote, they warn him he can't until he proves his loyalty, and he promptly kills his henchman. They admit that his signing the loyalty form would have been sufficient. There's a knock on the door, and Ünderbheit and Phantom Limb hide as Dean brings in the coffee...

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Episode Quotes
Phantom Limb: Now, uh, gentleman, before we start interviewing potential candidates, you need to keep one thing in mind. "S.P.A.W.M."
Baron Ünderbheit: That awful comic book?
Professor Impossible: Oh, and that horrible movie. What was Martin Sheen thinking?
Phantom Limb: Not Spawn. "S.P.A.W.M."

Professor Impossible: Starting tomorrow, I'm making you our new Head of Human Resources!
Dean: Really?
Professor Impossible: Good night, lad! Remember--promotion, human resources, me not evil! Good night!

Fat Chance: So, basically, the accident turned me into a portal to another dimension, and now I can pull stuff out of time and space through my duodenum
Phantom Limb: And you find that... useful?
Fat Chance: Sometimes.

Cultural References

Bright Lights, Big City was a 1984 novel about a New York partygoer swept up in cheap sex and cocaine addiction.

Professor Impossible: Oh, and that horrible movie. What was Martin Sheen thinking?

Spawn was a 1997 movie based on the comic book series by Todd McFarlane.

Phantom Limb: It looks more like the Island of Misfit Toys out there.

Seen in the Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), the Island of Misfit toys is where defective and unpopular toys go.

Rusty Venture: Starlight Express. Exactly!

Starlight Express is a 1984 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where the performers are on roller skates and portray toy trains brought to life in a young boy's dreams.

Dr. Venture: Explain to the untalented Mr. Ripley here he can't just waltz into my dimension and try to kill me with a rock and replace me.

The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1955 crime novel about Tom Ripley, who takes a rich man's place by killing him. It was made into a movie in 1999.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChristopher McCulloch
Executive ProducerSteven S. H. Yoon  |  Christopher McCulloch  |  Michael Lazzo  |  Keith Crofford
Supervising ProducerCharlie Miller (3)
ProducerRachel Simon
EditorDoc Hammer
MusicJ.G. Thirlwell
Production CoordinatorAlexandra Andrew
Supervising Sound EditorDave Paterson (1)
OtherDoc Hammer (Additional Graphics & Animation)  |  Tom Bayne (1) (Animatic Director & Animo Compositor)  |  Roger Mejia (Animation Checking)  |  Carly Monardo (Character & Prop Color Key)  |  Liz Artinian (Color Supervisor)
Storyboard ArtistTom Connor  |  Abigail Nesbitt  |  Danny Hynes  |  Siobhan Mullen
Character DesignerDanny Hynes  |  Martin Wittig  |  Matthew I. Jenkins  |  Rick Lacy
Background ArtistRay Feldman  |  Chris Palesty  |  Denny Fincke  |  George Fort  |  Chris Fisher (3)  |  Deodato Pangandoyon
Production ManagerPeeDee Shindell
Special EffectsDoc Hammer
Animation DirectorIan Jones-Quartey  |  Jennifer Batinich  |  Kimson Albert
FoleyRachel Chancey
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