"The Doctor Is Sin"
The Venture Bros. episode
Dr is sin

"This one is for your diet pills, and this is for whathaveyou."
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 28
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Jackson Publick
Production code 3-28
Original air date 8 June 2008
Episode Chronology
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"Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"
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"The Invisible Hand of Fate"

"The Doctor Is Sin" is the second episode in the third season of the television series The Venture Bros.


Dr. Venture's business is once again on the rocks, so he tries to pull out all the stops to convince a four-star army general to buy from Venture Industries. Brock, Hank, Dean, Dr. Orpheus and Dr. Orpheus' daughter Triana take roles as different "staff" members, investors, foreign dignitaries and even a threat from the future, but the General passes, seeing that all of the gadgets are just leftovers from Venture's father. After the general leaves, Dr. Henry Killinger arrives to offer his services, hiring "Venchmen" (henchmen for Venture) and quickly repairing the compound, returning it to its former glory. In the midst of his renewal of the compound, Dr. Orpheus discovers that Killinger may be something more sinister than anyone can comprehend.

After being evicted, Orpheus and Triana move in with The Alchemist. Brock arrives later with the housewarming gift of a case of beer and is convinced by Orpheus that Killinger is up to no good. Back at the compound, Dr. Venture is put through a difficult test to "repair his soul", which involves overcoming his lack of self-worth and his jealousy over his brother Jonas's continuing success. It turns into a race against time as Orpheus, Brock and the Alchemist attempt to stop Killinger, who reveals he has been slowly preparing Dr. Venture to sign with the Guild of Calamitous Intent as a villain, with an option to make his brother into his arch-nemesis.

Just as Brock storms the compound to stop Killinger, all of the Venchmen calmly and politely depart. Brock finds Dr. Venture naked and alone in his command center, where he reveals to Brock that he fired Killinger rather than become a super-villain. He then asks Brock, "Am I a bad person?" Outside, Killinger, looking down on Venture quotes from Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" monologue as the episode ends.

After the credits, Venture, attempting to sort his own mail, finds a package containing a cobra poised to strike; Venture's excitement that he has a new, competent archenemy is short-lived when he discovers that the cobra is from the Monarch, dead to the point of desiccation and in an unopened box left over from 2003.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Hadji Singh, as an employee of Jonas Venture Jr., and Jonny Quest, as a drug addict, appear in this episode, a reference to Jonny Quest.
  • The scene in which Dr. Killinger disintegrates the union heads into small piles of bright, multi-colored dust is a reference to the 1966 film Batman, as well as his already mentioned parallels to Mary Poppins.
  • When Dr. Venture first puts on his supervillain suit, saying that it's different, Killinger responds saying "Nixon said the same thing when I gave him his first power tie." Henry Kissinger, whom Killinger is based on, was former U.S. president Richard Nixon's National Security Advisor and Secretary of State.
  • The supervillain suit that Dr. Killinger gives Dr. Venture is reminiscent to the suit Lex Luthor wears in the Challenge of the Superfriends cartoon series. However, Dr. Venture's costume is colored in the typical "Venture Industries" blue.
  • Jonas Venture Jr.'s publicity campaign includes a spoof of the popular ads for the iPod (Dr. Venture drives an Avro Avrocar flying saucer jeep past a billboard featuring a black silhouette of Jonas Venture, Jr. wearing white headphones in the pre-title sequence) as well as an interview in Super-Scientific American.
  • Dr. Venture says that without an arch-nemesis, he is being attacked by every "Tom, Dick and Skeletor." Skeletor was He-Man's archnemesis in the Masters of the Universe franchise.
  • Pete White sold stock in his company to buy a Wii video game console.
  • General Manhowers mentions having a Fruitopia, and he can't remember how long it's been since he had one. Fruitopia was a brand of fruit juice marketed by The Coca-Cola Company from 1994; it was discontinued in the United States in 2001.
  • While Brock is breaking into the Venture compound, Killinger can be heard reciting a modified portion of The Secret.
  • When Killinger asks Dr. Venture to get into his magic murder bag, Venture asks "What's in there?" and Killinger responds, "Only what you take with you." This exchange is taken directly from a scene between Yoda and Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • "Alpha Dog," the cereal Dr. Venture eats in his flashback, is a takeoff on Alpha-Bits cereal.  "Apple Mummy" may also be a reference to the monster themed breakfast cereals released by General Mills.
  • Dr. Venture says that Killinger took enough blood to make a Kiss comic book. The rock band Kiss starred in a series of comic books, for which all the band members donated blood which was mixed into the ink.
  • Dr. Killinger quotes William Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" from the play "As You Like It" at the end of the episode
  • Dr. Orpheus refers to Dr. Venture's arrangement with Dr. Killinger as "Faustian," referencing the German legend.

Production notes Edit

  • The first 11 minutes of this episode were played on April 1, 2008, to promote the new season, although only being a rough cut, lacking music and sound effects. [1]
  • 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 "The Doctor Is Sin" the credit reads "Kimson 'I Love Mein Job!' Albert."
  • Henchman #24's face is on the "Have you seen me?" side of the juice carton Jonas Venture Sr. takes out of the refrigerator and sets on the counter.

Preceded by:
"Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
June 8, 2008
Followed by:
"The Invisible Hand of Fate"

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