"Tears of a Sea Cow"
The Venture Bros. episode
TVB S03E08
"WHO PUT THE TOP UP?!" "You'll thank me later! It's gonna rain!"
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 34
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 3-34
Original air date 20 July 2008
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Tears of a Sea Cow is the eighth episode of Season 3 and the overall 34th episode of The Venture Bros..


The episode begins with The Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, and the Moppets (Kevin & Tim-Tom) raiding the base of their new arch-enemy, Dr. Dugong, who appropriately resembles a manatee, a very similar Sirenian mammal. His base bears strong resemblance to Stromberg's Atlantis from The Spy Who Loved Me. He is actually a very harmless "protagonist" for the Monarch. Encouraged to view the man as a stand-in for Doctor Venture, the Monarch kills him in a murderous frenzy. This leaves the nefarious couple once again without a nemesis.

Meanwhile, back at the Venture Compound, Hank, Dean and Dermott have the compound to themselves as Dr. Venture and Brock have gone to a Science Convention. There Dr. Venture plans to exhibit his dynamic new invention: The Boom Broom. Dermott and Hank plan to form a band, with Dermott on vocals, Hank on bass and H.E.L.P.eR. playing percussion through his internal system. Dean meanwhile is publishing the next version of his family newspaper, which apparently only The Monarch and Henchman 21 actually read.

Back at the cocoon, Dr. Girlfriend berates her husband over their declining standing in the Guild of Calamitous Intent due to The Monarch killing off his replacement "arches." Later, wandering the halls of his cocoon with #21 and #24, The Monarch laments the fact that he no longer enjoys super-villainy since Dr. Venture gave him the challenge he wanted. The trio decide to relive old times by doing an impromptu (and unauthorized) raid on his compound.

Meanwhile, H.E.L.P.e.R.'s percussion music continues endlessly, much to the chagrin of the Venture boys. Unable to turn it off, they lock the hapless robot in the closet, but even that does not muffle the noise sufficiently. Hank and Dermott camp out on the compound lawn, while Dean tries to ignore the music. Finally, unable to take it any more, Dean orders H.E.L.P.e.R. to shut down all accessible sound systems, which has the side effect of disabling the audible components of the Venture Compound's security system, just as the marauding Monarch and his henchmen arrive.

The compound's security lasers (silently) bombard the butterfly-themed baddies, blowing up the septic tank, nearly killing the Monarch, 21, and 24, and alerting the boys, who both think its aliens attacking again. Hank and Dean try to call Dr. Venture and Brock on their two-ways, but both of them do not answer (due to the audio systems being disabled). #21 and #24 take cover in the hangar, while The Monarch slips inside the compound. Hank and Dermott are investigating the damage when the two henchmen spot them and give chase. #24 easily captures Dermott, whose presence is questioned by #24, having not seen Dermott before in the compound. Dermott first reveals that he is Hank's friend, but #24 doesn't believe him. Dermott follows up by claiming that he is Brock's long-lost son, but #24 states that's impossible because he caught Dermott so easily. Dermott explains he couldn't run because of the lighter he stuck up his ass earlier to deter 'aliens', to which #24 then believes that Dermott is Hank's friend.

Inside, The Monarch finds Dr. Venture's lab. He performs miscellaneous acts of sabotage and mischief, culminating in finding Venture's guard robot G.U.A.R.D.O. and having sex with it. Dean walks in on this, and The Monarch claims that he is trying to infect the robot with Chlamydia and then uses reverse psychology to convince Dean that reporting this perverted act to his father would be playing into the Monarch's diabolical scheme. The supervillain then gathers his clothes and sheepishly exits. This incident is a reference to Luke Skywalker's confrontation with Darth Vader in the lower levels of the tibanna production facilities of Cloud City.

At this time, Dr. Girlfriend realizes that The Monarch has broken his word and is probably out raiding the compound. When Tim-Tom and Kevin ask about his hatred for Dr. Venture, Dr. Girlfriend only states that Dr. Venture did "nothing worth destroying a career--a marriage" before she calls the henchmen to fly the Cocoon to the Compound to retrieve her husband.

Meanwhile, #24 has convinced Dermott to also not tell Dr. Venture and Brock of their raid, by bribing him with Monarch weaponry. #21 calls a truce with Hank (mostly because he can't catch up to him) and tells Hank that he is just going through the motions of killing him because he thinks Hank is immortal. #21, after all, saw him die twice and then inexplicably turn up again. He then shoots Hank with a dart from his gun, which turns out to just be a tranquilizer. Upon realizing this later, #21 complains (again) that he is not informed of many matters.

At this time, the Cocoon arrives and collects all of the villains. As it leaves, Hank wakes up from his tranquilizer attack, and subsequently buys into the theory that he is an immortal, like The Highlander.

For the epilogue, the Cocoon is shown over the ocean, two weeks later (and after the events of the next episode), approaching The Monarch's latest nemesis, whom Dr. Girlfriend chose as a close alternate to Dr. Venture—his brother, Jonas Venture Junior. The Cocoon rapidly approaches Spider Skull Island for their first encounter.

Production notesEdit

  • 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 "Tears of a Sea Cow" the credit reads Kimson "Weenis" Albert.
  • The working title of this episode was "Murder O'Clock".[citation needed]

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Dermott claims he practices gymkata
  • The Monarch asks Dr. Dugong if his mother took Thalidomide, a sedative drug that was banned in the early 1960s after being linked to severe physical birth defects.
  • Dean uses a Mimeograph to make his fanzine. The Mimeograph machine was invented in the 1920's and fell into disuse in the 1970's, after photocopiers and offset printing became common. Mimeograph machines were mostly used by schools, churches, and clubs. The copies were best known for the purple ink used to make them, and their distinctive and heavy scent.

Connections to Other EpisodesEdit

  • When first entering the Venture Compound, The Monarch, 21, and 24 make note of the smell and say there must be a septic tank nearby. This is likely a reference to the previous episode when the rocket used by the basement dwellers as a toilet collection system crashed, spilling it's contents across the compound grounds.
  • In a season 6 episode Dr. Venture has a brochure on Chlamydia, suggesting he too had sex with G.U.A.R.D.O.
  • G.U.A.R.D.O is introduced in season 1 episode Home Insecurity.


Preceded by:
"What Goes Down, Must Come Up"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
July 13, 2008
Followed by:
"Now Museum-Now You Don't"