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The Venture Bros.: The Devil's Grip

When Rusty is apparently killed by the Monarch, Hatred sends the boys off to live with their godparents, and then turns to Twenty-One for help to infiltrate the Flying Cocoon and recover Rusty's body.

Episode Info
Episode number: 5x8
Airdate: Sunday July 21st, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (comedy channel) Dec 01, 2014

Guest Stars
Christopher McCullochChristopher McCulloch
voiced Sgt. Hatred / Action Man / Col. Gentleman / Pete White / Tim-Tom / Brainulo / Humungoloid / Henchman 86 / Kiki / Thug
Doc HammerDoc Hammer
voiced 21 / Billy Quizboy / Rose / Kevin
Bill HaderBill Hader
voiced Flying Squid
Main Cast
James UrbaniakJames Urbaniak
voiced Dr. Thaddeus S. "Rusty" Venture / Various
Michael SinterniklaasMichael Sinterniklaas
voiced Dean Venture / Various
Christopher McCullochChristopher McCulloch
voiced Hank Venture / The Monarch / Various
Doc HammerDoc Hammer
voiced Dr. Girlfriend (Dr. Mrs. the Monarch) / Various


Dean wakes up and finds himself in the desert in Tangier with a note attached to his chest. It's from Sgt. Hatred, who explains that he drugged the brothers unconscious and sent them away for their own protection. Rusty is dead, crushed by a disco ball, and his corpse is in the hands of the Monarch. Hatred concludes by writing that their godfathers will brief them on the rest. Colonel Gentleman arrives and welcomes Dean to Tangier...

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Episode Quotes
Hatred: Look, I need your help.
Twenty-One: How'd you find me?
Hatred: Idiot, you're camping on our property. How dumb do you think I am?
Twenty-One: Uh, very?

Hatred: So, are you in? I know it's touchy for you, and you'll probably baby out on me. But I also know that you're a good man... under all that pudge.
Twenty-One: Yeah, I'm pudgy. And you're wearing a bulletproof vest from an old couch, I assume. Yeah, I'm in. Let's bring him home. (makes a cocking noise)
Hatred: Did you just cock your stick?
Twenty-One: Yeah, whatever. so, I just--so what?

The Monarch: We Westerners know nothing of torture. We simply nail a man's balls to a chair. Where is the poetry in that? Ah, in the East they know the exquisite beauty of torture. There they've turned a sound that makes virgins weep into a sound that makes a man roar with suffering.

Cultural References
Dean: Are all these tapes Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003) is a sitcom featuring Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, who discovers she has inherited magical abilities. She lives with her two aunts and Salem, a warlock transformed into a black cat.

The Monarch: That's too King and I.

The King and I is a 1951 Rogers & Hammerstein musical detailing the King of Siam dealing with an obstinate English schoolteacher that he hires to tutor his children.

Twenty-One: Hench has killed hench.

In Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973), the apes chant "Ape has killed ape" when one of their number kills a young ape.

Hank: That I'm like some kind of super-cool, probably magic, Highlander cyborg clone?

Highlander is a TV, movie, and book franchise that features a secret race living among humans, the Immortals, who can live forever barring decapitation. They fight each other, collecting their opponent's Quickening, until there can be only one.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorChristopher McCulloch
Executive ProducerChristopher McCulloch  |  Doc Hammer  |  Michael Lazzo  |  Keith Crofford
ProducerDave McGrath
EditorElizabeth Winter
MusicJ.G. Thirlwell
OtherDoc Hammer (Additional Graphics & Animation)
Character DesignerChris George (2)  |  Danny Hynes
Animation DirectorJennifer Batinich
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