"Momma's Boys"
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 6
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer
Original air date July 7, 2013
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Momma's Boys is the sixth episode of the fifth season and the overall sixtieth episode of the Venture Bros.


Hank and Dermott play a phone prank on Doctor Venture, reviving the tactic Hank took in but their time of fun comes with disastrous results. Meanwhile, Dean is having secret night visits with a mysterious woman at a mental asylum who is revealed to be his "mother" Myra who has sinister plans in stored for the young man. Thinking Dean to be in danger Hank, Dermott, H.E.L.P.eR. and Henchman 21 pretend to rob a bank and while Hank and 21 are sent to the asylum for dressing up like villains Dermott and H.E.L.P.eR. are sent to jail. Also Dermott finally learns Dr. Venture is his father, after being helped out of jail by Dr. Orpheus.

At the mental asylum, Hank and 21 meet various inmates (including the man who voices Doc's teddy bear) and learn that since that day was Mother's Day they had to be good for their mother. At night, the inmates hold a ceremony where it is revealed their mother is actually Myra, who has put all the inmates under her control and holds Dean hostage with the intent of having one of the inmates travel in time to his birth in order for her to finally give birth to him, revealing she is not the Venture brothers real mother. Overhearing this, Hank exposes Myra as a liar and with 21's help they incite the other inmates who rebel and escape the asylum. As the this happens, Hank and 21 retrieve Dean and slip outside where Dean laments on once again not knowing who their real mother is until Hank cheers him up by mentioning it was good on how their mother was not really a lunatic like Myra. They quickly flee the area as helicopters searching for the escaping inmates appear.

Meanwhile, Hatred and Dr. Venture drive to save "Teddy" who unknown to Doc is actually a teddy bear with a voice recorder. Upon getting stuck in a ravine, Dr. Venture and Hatred have a death bed confession contest with Venture revealing he tricked Myra into believing she was his sons' mother while Hatred admits to somewhat enjoying his new breasts. Doc then decides to share his most personal secret by admitting "Hank's friend Dermott, that's my illegitimate son!" something that allows victory over Hatred who is shocked to learn this. Later Dr. Venture tells Hatred about Teddy and recalling Doc's fake hostage situation, Hatred tries to inform him about his supposed friend. However, the vehicle almost falls into the ravine but they are saved by the real Teddy and Doc bids the latter farewell. After he leaves, Venture questions as to what Hatred wanted to tell him about him as the latter covers up his explanation by saying teddy was a burn victim something Doc agrees with.

At the end of the episode, Rusty is eating breakfast with all his sons and tells them of his night with Hatred as Hank tells him they saved Dean from Myra who they discover is not their real mother. Thaddeus admits to saying he wanted his sons to have free daycare as children and reminisces on his affair with Myra which garners the disgust of Dermott who decides to leave for work as Dr. Venture continues the affair, which now disgusts Hank.

However, this is soon forgotten when a leaving Dermott states "Oh, uh...later, Dad !" which greatly shocks the Ventures who become completely silent.

Pop Culture ReferencesEdit

  • When Hank answers Myra's phone call to Dean, he says "Bula Vinaka, Beachside". This is a reference to 1988 commercial for AT&T telephone service.
  • When Dermott asks H.E.L.P.eR. who he can call and H.E.L.P.eR. suggests mentally summoning Dr. Orpheus, Dermott asks "Like Dr. Bombay?" Dr. Bombay was a recurring character on the TV sitcom Bewitched. He was a doctor that treated the ailments of witches (that is, a witch doctor) who could be summoned by reciting a particular phrase.
  • The Native American ripping the water fountain out of the floor and throwing it through the window to escape is a reference to the climactic scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Connections to Previous EpisodesEdit

  • References to SPHINX Rising are made.
    • Hank mentioning the destruction of SPHINX Headquarters and its factory.
    • 21 mentions his nickname as "Viceroy".
  • Dr. Venture confirms his knowledge of his relationship with Dermott as shown with his death bed competition with Hatred. It was hinted that Dr. Venture learned of his relationship with Dermott in the From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story by estimating his age and recognizing his last name.
    • Also in A Very Venture Halloween, when Dr. Venture states "I have my reasons" when Dr. Orpheus notes he was very harsh with Dermott.
  • Dr. Venture mentions his being held captured along with Teddy which took place in Every Which Way But Zeus.
  • In Tears of a Sea Cow, Dermott believed he was Brock Samson's son but finally learns that he is actually Dr. Venture' son. At the end of the episode, he calls him "Dad" right in front of Hank and Dean much to their individual shock.
    • This marks the second time Hank has learned of his and Dermott's relationship. The first time was in Everybody Comes to Hank's but Hank's memory was wiped afterwards.
  • Hank first deceives his father with the talking teddy bear while attempting to torture him in Every Which Way But Zeus.


  • This episode introduces Radical Left as an inmate at Dunwitch Asylum. Other inmates include Maybe Man, Big Time, and Teddy.
  • It's confirmed that Myra Brandish is not Hank and Dean's real mother as she mentions to not having given birth to him. As this was happening, Dr. Venture confirmed to Sergeant Hatred in a near-death confession that he took advantage of Myra's mental condition in order to have a free daycare for his sons.
  • Dunwitch Asylum is both a reference to Arkham Asylum, a mental institution used to hold the criminally insane in the DC Universe (mainly the Batman Series) and the works of H.P. Lovecraft (as both Arkham and Dunwitch are reoccurring settings in his works).
  • "Grumpy Bandersnatch" is a reference with a double meaning. One is to the obvious make-believe world [Bandersnatch] creature from the Alice in Wonderland lore. The other is to the video game [Brataccas]. Brataccas is believed to be the remains of the much hyped vaporware project "Bandersnatch," which was partially developed by Imagine Software. The cover for the game was drawn by none other than [Roger Dean], whom Dr. Venture implies is where Dean got his name from in the episode Perchance to Dean.