|"Home Is Where The Hate Is"|
|The Venture Bros. episode|
|Directed by||Jackson Publick|
|Original air date||22 June 2008|
The Monarch and Doctor Girlfriend have moved into Phantom Limb's former home, modeled on the Frank Lloyd Wright Storer House. However, as they are moving in, The Monarch seems especially peevish. When Dr. Girlfriend asks the Monarch what is wrong, he reveals his dissatisfaction with their new neighborhood called "Malice" (presumably a reference to the Jam song "Town Called Malice"), a gated community for supervillains. ("It's like Boca Raton on Halloween!") The duo order the Henchmen to leave their house, as they have decided to keep "work" and "home life" separate. Meanwhile, it is revealed that she and the Monarch have been invited to a Supervillains Party, thrown by Sergeant Hatred, Dr Venture's new arch enemy.
Meanwhile Sergeant Hatred arrives at the Venture Compound, making a seemingly villainous entrance, immediately turns out to be genial—he presents him with a gift basket of okra and to fill out some minor paperwork regarding their new adversarial partnership. Indeed, the whole visit comes across more as a social call (a "meet and greet" as The Sarge calls it) and he invites Dr. Venture and Brock to a party he is hosting that evening.
The party proves to be a dreary bore to all concerned, until Hatred shows Monarch a miniature explosive the size of a postage stamp. Monarch steals it and secretly places it on Venture's spine. During the party, Dr. Girlfriend is caught out back smoking, revealing where her unusually deep voice originated. Hatred and Monarch get into a hot tub together, and Hatred tells Monarch that he knows he has been stealing from him, so he treats Venture with kindness to get revenge on Monarch. The Monarch counters by revealing that he has planted the explosive on Venture, and will thereby both kill his hated foe and frame Sergeant Hatred for the murder in one devious act. Venture enters the hot tub, much to the terror of the two supervillains. The explosive goes off, causing an explosion so small and mild Dr. Venture misinterprets it (and cheekily laughs it off) as flatulence.
An interesting subplot is introduced when henchman 21 and Hank overhear the two Moppets, while watching the movie and eating popcorn, discussing using gas as means of murder in a plan they are concocting. Admittedly, one states, it is not as satisfying as hearing them scream, but it will kill them in their sleep and make it look like an accident. These comments close with the line, "and the Monarch won't be expecting it when we..." which is cut off when they realize that 21 and Hank are looking at them through the window. Thinking that it is 21 and 24 (who they had earlier put in the Monarch's sickbay), they take off after them with murderous intent. What is unclear is to whom they were referring when discussing the execution of their murderous plans. One option is they plan to kill the Monarch's henchmen, (or perhaps, even the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend).
- While Hank & 21 are spying on the Murderous Moppets , Hanks is surprised that 21 is afraid of them , and exclaims: "You got me all worked up!" . This is the same line said by King Arthur , in Monty Python and the Holy Grail , when Tim The Enchanter leads King Arthur and his knights to what appears to be a "harmless little bunny"! ( With similar end results. )
- When Sgt. Hatred asks Hank and Dean's age, they respond "Sixteen," "Going on Seventeen."
- When The Monarch is burning all of Phantom Limb's things Dr. Mrs. The Monarch asks him what's he doing and he says sarcastically that he is pretending to be Farrah Fawcett making a comeback.
- When #21 asks The Monarch to sign a card for #24 he seems to only remember him as the henchman who sounds like Ray Romano.
- When #21 and Hank are spying on the moppetts Hank says that lady (Jodie Foster) is in her birthday suit and claims they are watching a porno but #21 corrects him saying it's his DVD movie Nell Hank then goes onto say that he saw Schindler's (Liam Neeson) dingus in a reference to Schindler's List. The moppetts seem to be confused about the movie as when because they wonder when Jodie Foster is going to meet Hannibal Lecter in a reference to Silence of the Lambs.
- Half way through the episode there is an animation goof where Hank has two pairs of eyes. As Hank and #21 observe the moppets through a window, Hank turns to talk to #21 but his eyes do not move with his head, leaving two pairs of eyes on screen.
- During the party scene, The Monarch's celebrity name is “Mark Knoppler”. While this is a reference to the front man of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, his name is misspelled. It is unclear whether this is a mistake or an intentional joke on the part of Doc and Public, as it is a common misspelling and would fit well in their comedic failure motif.
- This episode was originally titled "My Dinner With Hatred", although it was later revealed to only be a tentative title and not the final title.
- The title of the episode may be a reference to the song "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Gil Scott-Heron.
- One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) has a "nickname" inserted into his credits. The nickname is an unusual line or word from the preceding episode. For "Home Is Where The Hate Is" the credit reads Kimson "Full Nerf" Albert.