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"A Very Venture Halloween"
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Dean with Ben (Old Man Potter as he reveals the truth)
Episode no. Season 5
Episode Special
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer
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"A Very Venture Halloween" is a Venture Bros. special that takes place during the events of What Color Is Your Cleansuit which spans three months time. It aired on October 28, 2012.

SynopsisEdit

The story begins four years ago on Halloween (likely starting in Season 1), with Hank and Dean trying to scare their father Rusty and Brock (who is still their bodyguard at the time) with a traditional "Haunted Bedroom" with a Dracula theme to little effect. A year (Season 2) later, they try again with a Egyptian Mummy theme but are met with the same result as last time. A year after that (Season 3) Rusty enters the room to find the boy's bodies mangled and crushed. Thaddeus orders Brock to clean up the mess as he goes to "heat up the slugs", but it turns out that it was another Halloween prank as the boys are alive and puzzled by their father's reaction. Present Day (Season 5), Rusty walks in, but his sons are not doing a Haunted Bedroom, but he is instead more horrified at an e-mail about his "malignant lump", Dean with a STD, and Sergeant Hatred complaining about water dripping from the light sockets. This puts Doc on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but then Hatred and the boys surprise him by revealing that it was all just a Halloween prank. With Rusty calm and happy, and now knowing what scares him, the boys and Hatred wish Thaddeus a happy Halloween.

After the intro the scene shifts to the kitchen with Dr. Orpheus asking Rusty if he can host the annual Brimstone Assembly in his quarters to which the latter agrees. Dermott dressed as The Crow walks in and Thaddeus orders him to go back outside and ring the door bell to the teens displeasure. Rusty justifies this to a confused Orpheus with "I have my reasons.". When Dermott walks back in he reveals that he came to pick up Hank and Dean to cause mischief. Hank goes dress as a California Raisin while Dean, sporting a new Emo look leaves with them as is. While Orpheus is getting everything ready with help from The Alchemist and Jefferson Twilight, Red Mantle and Dragoon arrive early. Hatred is putting King Sized candy bars in a large bowl, but when Rusty disapproves Hatred justifies the king sized bars with the fact of how far they are and the compound's security system. Outside Dermott shows his bag of tricks which include: shaving cream for cars, rotten eggs for houses, and toilet paper for "trees and bushes". Hank however suggests going to Old Man Potters house as it is supposedly haunted. But when Dean tries to back out because their father told them to never go there, Hank and Dermott goad him into going anyway. Back at the compound, after Orpheus starts the festivities for the Assembly, Hatred and Rusty who have been making bets to see if any Trick-or-Treaters can pass the security system, instead meet Pete White dressed as David Bowie and Billy Quizboy dressed as Thaddeus' younger "boy adventurer" self (Which Rusty finds "more disturbing than flattering") at the front door as they came to join them. With the Assembly still going as Orpheus and Jefferson showing of a new trick as Dragoon call it the "work of the Devil", at the front yard of Old Man Potter's house, Dermott and Hank (not wanting to go in the house themselves) elect Dean to go inside. But as soon as he's inside, Dean is attacked by an unknown ape-like creature and knocked unconscious.

After waking up for a short bit to an old man examining him and the ape creature sniffing his crotch Dean falls back unconscious. Back at the Assembly the party continues with Red Mantle attempting the Hat-Rabbit trick with real magic instead of prestidigitation. Back outside the compound, a girl and her father approach only to be scared off by the defense turrets, which nets Billy $10 from the three others as he and Pete have join Rusty and Hatred's betting and drinking a beverage Rusty made call a "Hunchback" (which is made from ketchup and bourbon) inspired by Hank and Dean's Halloween prank from before. Back at the Potter house, while Dermott and Hank outside are talking about Chex-Mix before the latter expresses concern for his brother, inside Dean wakes up to the old man who reveals his name to be Ben and who smacks away the ape creature RICO (Ricombinate Lucid Natural) before setting the Venture brother free also reveals that the "Potter" Thaddeus told him and Hank to stay away from is the field outside the house which is actually a mass grave called a "Potter's Field" which lies all the buried enemies of Rusty and Jonas Venture Sr.. Back at the Assembly, everyone watches a very disturbing trick preformed by The Outrider and Tatyana, which grosses everybody out and makes Orpheus to lose his cool before leaving to get some air. When Orpheus leaves, Al (who is now in charge) convinces everyone to raise some zombies. Outside in the Potter's Field, Hank and Dermott are met with the zombies the Assembly had summoned rise from underground and run away in terror. Inside the house, Dean has been told that his conception was a drunken accident when Rusty forgot to wear a condom and that Dean and Hank are clones. Dean starts to freak out before Ben reassures him that he IS the one and only Dean and that Ben, Jonas Sr., and Thaddeus used, and justified, the cloning as a means of protecting Dean and Hank from the consequences of the boy-adventurer lifestyle. Dean finally calms down, Outside as the zombies approach the house, a bright light shines before revealing Santa Claus, who destroys the zombies with a single blast of energy. At the compound, Sgt. Hatred wins the bet as three kids made it through the defenses to the front door. At the Assembly, Santa Claus appears and reveals himself as The Master, who everyone is shocked to see except The Alchemist who says "Ah, about time!" the Master begins reprimanding the group (especially Red Mantle for bringing Dragoon) for raising the dead. Orpheus, who came back to get some snacks for the trick-or-treaters, finds out what the group did and is about to yell before The Master stops him saying he took care of it. When The Master leaves, Al and the others apologize to which Orpheus forgives them by giving a speech that the "true magic" of Halloween is one of self-discovery with Dean walking back to the compound before looking at it in contemplation as the speech ends.

After the credits, Hank who came to check up on Dean on the roof asks his brother what he found in the house. Dean, who doesn't know how to tell his brother the truth, instead tells him that "Beer tastes like pee-pee.".

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • As Red Mantle / Dragoon arrives at the party, Red Mantle mentions that Dragoon would refuse to come if he had told him it was a "magical gathering." This is a reference to the Magic: The Gathering trading card game (M:tG was previously referenced in the episode "Hate Floats"). 
  • "Potter's Field" is a term for the burial site of unknown (often indigent) persons. The term is derived from a biblical reference to a specific piece of land used for the extraction of potter's clay. 
  • One of the guests at The Brimstone Assembly appears to be Lo Pan (played by James Hong) from the 1986 film, "Big Trouble in Little China".
  • The trick that The Outrider and Tatyana perform during the Brimstone Assembly is inspired by the Hellraiser films.
  • A Wilhelm Scream is heard when The Master appears and fires an energy blast at the zombies.

References to Other EpisodesEdit

  • Billy again shows his obsession with the old Rusty Venture cartoon series through his Halloween costume.
  • Dr. Orpheus mistakenly calls Kurse by the name "Chris", as he did during the guild tryouts in the episode "Fallen Arches". Kurse is also seen with legs again for the first time since this episode.
  • Ben states that Dean would look good wearing Buddy Holly glasses.  This is similar to the statements made by Triana's friend, Kim, in the episode Victor. Echo. November.
  • Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist state that they finally get to meet The Master.  They expressed frustration about this topic previously in What Goes Down, Must Come Up.
  • When Dean states that "Beer tastes like pee-pee" he may be speaking from actual experience from when Brock pressed his face against the public bathroom floor in The Trial of the Monarch to avoid the effects of a Guild Freeze Team.


Preceded by:
"Operation P.R.O.M."
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
October 28, 2004
Followed by:
"What Color is Your Cleansuit?"

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