"Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 1
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick
Production code 4-46
Original air date October 18th, 2009
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Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel is the first episode of Season 4 and the overall fortieth episode of The Venture Bros.


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • The opening sequence employs heavy references to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dr. Orpheus is wearing the same ceremonial robes that Belloq wears when they open the Ark towards the end of the movie. Also referenced is when he tells Dean to "not look at it, no matter what happens." This is the same instructions Indiana Jones gives to Marion when the Nazi's open the Ark. When Dr. Orpheus unleashes the magic lightning from his staff, his destruction of the Nazi's holding Dr. Venture hostage mimics the scene where the Nazi's are killed by the Ark of the Covenant. The two guards are pierced by the magic lightning and their leader even exclaims "It's beautiful," just before his face melts off in the same manner as Toht.
  • Potential references are made to the film Brokeback Mountain (2005).
    • When Brock finally returns home, Dean hugs him and says "I knew you couldn't quit us!" One of the most famous lines of the film was "I wish I knew how to quit you."
    • A critical scene in the movie has the protagonist tenderly caressing his deceased lover's denim jacket. Hank, who idolizes Brock and has been pouting since he left, receives Brock's denim jacket in the mail from Argentina and becomes obsessed with it--wearing it everywhere and eventually writing a song about it with Dermott Fictel in Operation P.R.O.M.
  • A Wilhelm Scream is heard when Brock jumps out of the OSI flying headquarters and lands on a trooper using a jetpack.

Trivia Edit

Goofs Edit

  • When Brock returns to the Venture Compound and asks where everybody is, Dean replies that Hank is in the bathroom with Mr. Doe. Mr. Doe was actually in the room with Dean and Brock (though unconscious, having just been knocked out by Brock); Mr. Cardholder was the one guarding Hank.

Preceded by:
"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
October 25, 2009
Followed by:
"Handsome Ransom"