"Fallen Arches"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 8
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 221
Original air date 3 September 2006
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Fallen Arches is the eighth episode of Season 2 and the overall twenty-first episode of The Venture Bros.


Dr. Orpheus receives his long-awaited approval from the Guild of Calamitous Intent for an arch-villain. However, the approval is for a team which long ago disbanded, forcing him to hastily reassemble The Order of the Triad with former teammates Jefferson Twilight and The Alchemist.

The Monarch, meanwhile, invites a prostitute over and makes her dress like Dr. Girlfriend, then sends her through a treacherous maze in order to escape The Cocoon.

Henchmen 21 and 24 embark on a scheme to pass themselves off as supervillains using forged licenses and stolen jet-packs. However, their trial attempts are unsuccessful due to their failed handling of their equipment.

The Order of the Triad hold interviews for their arch-nemesis, causing a large group to amass on the Venture compound in order to audition. Dr. Venture, jealous of the attention Orpheus is getting, takes out a mostly non-functional Walking Eye robot and washes it (in a scene reminiscent of the car washing girl "Lucille" in Cool Hand Luke), baiting the amassed supervillains into causing havoc.

Told to entertain Triana, Dean Venture stages a poor performance of Lady Windermere's Fan with Brock Samson. However, Hank notices a foul smell in the bathroom left by a supervillain using the toilet; when the teens investigate, Triana disappears in a puff of smoke. The Order ultimately gives the archvillain position to demonic Australian supervillain Torrid, who impressed them by kidnapping Triana.

Cultural references Edit

  • The play that Dean stages for Triana is Lady Windermere's Fan, an 1892 play by Oscar Wilde. Wilde would later be seen as one of the original members of The Guild in the season 3 episode O.R.B.
  • The costumes the Monarch's henchmen wear were stolen from the children's game show Double Dare.
  • The "Walking Eye" robot that was created by Dr. Venture is based on the Johnny Questepisode, "The Robot Spy". A similar robot can also be seen in the opening credits of the first season of Venture Bros., just as the original version appeared in the opening credits of Jonny Quest. Dr. Venture also can be heard in conversation about Walking Eyes during A Very Venture Christmas.
  • Torrid appears to be a visual combination of Marvel's Dormammu and DC's Deadman with an accent likely modeled after Marvel's Pyro (in the episode's commentary, Jackson Publick claimed that the voice was taken from Lost, and that the fake Australian accent failed to impress series composer J.G. Thirlwell, himself an Australian).
  • Curse, the supervillain the Order of the Triad challenges using magic, appears to be a reference to DC villain Mordru, a recurring enemy in the Legion of Superheroes comic books.
  • The names of Guild sentries Watch and Ward are mentioned in this episode for the first time in the series. Their names are a play on the "watch" and "ward," the rudimentary system of local law enforcement established by King Edward I in the Statute of Winchester (1285) - the "watch" describing the nightly duties of the constabulary, and the "ward" describing the daylight duties.
  • The Monarch's discourse and back tattoo of a Minotaur are direct parodies of the killer Francis Dolarhyde from the Thomas Harris book and related movie Red Dragon. The tattoo also appears to be fake, washing off in the shower.
  • The scene where Dr. Venture washes his Walking Eye robot to entice to Guild hopefuls is a direct reference to Cool Hand Luke, in which a busty blonde washes her car to tantalize the members of the chain gang. The final shot of this sequence parallels the final shot of the car wash scene, where the girl's large breasts are rubbing against the window of the car.
  • Jefferson Twilight is a Pastiche of the Marvel superhero Blade and the blaxploitation movie protagonist Shaft.
  • The Rabbot from Aqua Teen Hunger Force can be heard in the background during the scene where Torrid is introduced.
  • The Monarch recites a paragraph from Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum[1]as the prostitute is making her way beneath a row of swinging axes.
  • Hank's statement about Triana's smoldering remains banging out "kill me" in Morse code is likely a reference to the book and film Johnny Got His Gun.
  • The Monarch's maze features the polar bear from Lost.
  • Dr. Venture discusses the video for "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake (not White Lion, as Dean incorrectly guesses) as well as lead singer David Coverdale's relationship with Tawny Kitaen.
  • Jefferson Twilight mentions Rochambeau, which leads into a discussion of rock-paper-scissors, the French general Rochambeau, and food manufacturer Franco-American.
  • Henchman #21 wants to name their new supervillain team "Jetboy and Jetgirl" after the Elton Motello song, which he notes was covered by The Damned.
  • The scene where Hank and Dean find the clue on the bathroom mirror is in reference to the Dario Argento giallo movie Deep Red.

Production notes Edit

  • One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) has "nickname" inserted into his credits. The nickname is an unusual line or word from the preceding episode. For Fallen Arches the credit reads Kimson "Rochambeau" Albert.


Preceded by:
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
September 3rd, 2006
Followed by:
"Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?"