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"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part I)"
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"You call parking a supersonic jet in front of a titty-bar 'inconspicuous'?"
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 38
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick
Production code 3-38
Original air date August 17, 2008
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List of The Venture Bros. episodes

"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part I)" is the 38th episode of The Venture Bros. and is part of the multi-episode season finale.[1] Although ostensibly the first half of a two-part story, the episode continues directly from the end of ORB, and the show's writers acknowledged that the finale could be considered a three-parter.

When the episode debuted on the Adult Swim website on August 15, 2008, it included a brief prologue involving the Monarch which was not in the broadcast version. It was intended to be included on the DVD[1], but the scene was accidentally omitted. Jackson Publick has stated that he's trying to find a way to make the scene available for free online.[2]

PlotEdit

The murderous Moppets have abducted Dean and Hank, while The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch stand by. Brock Samson attacks The Monarch, who decapitates Brock with his wings; while Henchman 21 mutinies and is embraced by Dr. Girlfriend. This is then revealed to be no more than a holodeck-type simulation to prepare for an attack on the Venture Compound. This scene was not included in the broadcast version of the episode.

In the Venture Compound, Brock instructs the Venture family to leave him and go to Spider Skull Island, to protect them from O.S.I. agents that want Brock dead. As they prepare to leave, Molotov Cocktease and her all-female hit squad, The Blackhearts, appear. Molotov describes the three assassins O.S.I. hired to kill Brock. One is Heinrich "Herr Trigger" Triggermensch, an East German bi-athlete who gets sexual pleasure from finishing off his victims. The second is Russell "Go Fish" Sturgeon, a specialist in maritime assassinations. The third is Jean-Claude Le Tueur, a big-game hunter who enjoys Silver-Age comics and exotic weapons.

At a strip club, Hunter Gathers confirms that O.S.I. is trying to kill Brock and provides him with a list of ex-O.S.I. contacts and keys to her car. As Brock leaves the strip club, he's attacked by Herr Trigger. Brock convinces Dr. Venture and Dean to depart on the X-1, but Hank stows away in the car provided by Hunter. A high-speed chase and vehicular battle ensue, which ends when the Ventures' emergency ejection seats land on and kill Herr Trigger.

The Monarch, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, #21, #24, and the two moppets are searching the Venture compound but find it empty except for a distraught Sergeant Hatred in the bathroom. Dr. Mrs. The Monarch attempts to console him; Hatred believes his wife is going to leave him.

Brock visits two former O.S.I. agents named Shore Leave and Mile High, who have started a Scuba-based Bible Camp and changed their code names to "Holy Diver" and "Sky Pilot". While Brock asks them for help, he is attacked by Go Fish who entangles Brock in fishing line and drags Brock behind his motorboat. As Holy Diver and Sky Pilot gear up to help (in a reference to The Centurians and also Bibleman), Go Fish throws chum onto Brock to attract sharks. Brock subdues a shark and then leaves his shirt and hair attached to the dead shark as a decoy. Using fishing line and two buoys, Brock rigs the shark so that it decapitates Go Fish. As he puts on the assassin's fishing hat, Brock, in rare form, recites a Bible verse (Psalm 140:7 "O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, Thou hast covered my head in the day of battle").

Brock escorts everyone to a hotel room in Los Angeles. After Brock leaves to collect supplies, Hank strikes up a conversation with a man who turns out to be Le Tueur. Brock reappears and they begin to battle. Le Tueur is almost victorious, but Brock eventually slices him in half with his own discarded sword. Brock tells Hank to look through the list of contacts and call "The Cleaner" to dispose of Le Tueur's corpse. Moments later, two officers from the L.A.P.D. burst through the door and hold everyone at gunpoint.

Meanwhile, at the X-1, The Cocoon hovers overhead as H.E.L.P.eR. whistles in apprehension.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • Herr Trigger's appearance and mannerisms are based on those of German actor Klaus Kinski, while his dress and style (as stated in his dossier) are influenced by German Industrial bands such as Rammstein. Everything about his appearance and how he is shown is very reminiscent of the MTV cartoon Aeon Flux, including his licking of the gun barrel.
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  • Shore Leave and Mile High, with their naval theme, playful nicknames, and homoerotic camaraderie, appear to reference the 1986 film Top Gun.
  • Holy Diver, which is Shore Leave's alias, is the name of a song and the debut album by the American heavy metal band Dio.
  • Mile High's alias "Sky Pilot" is an older slang term for a military Chaplain.
  • Le Tueur's costume and backstory are strongly based on those of Kraven the Hunter of Marvel Comics, with the main difference being that Le Tueur is French while Kraven was Russian. (Le Tueur is French for "The Killer".) His stereotypical accent is strongly suggestive of the Marvel Comics character Batroc the Leaper, a French mercenary.
  • The officers that burst through the door are reminiscent of the typical LAPD cops portrayed in 80's movies such as Lethal Weapon, with one strongly resembling a young Mel Gibson, and both sporting mullets.
  • "The Armor of God" is an extended metaphor in the Bible, consisting of the Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Sandals of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, as listed in Paul's epistle to the Ephesians 6:10-18. Sky Pilot even says "Initiating Ephesians Sequence". This same set of armor and weapons is used by evangelical superhero Bibleman in the series of the same name. Shore Leave dons said armor in a very similar fashion to the hero. The metaphorical armor, in particular the Breastplate of Righteousness, is employed by Laud Humphreys is his book Tearoom Trade: Impersonal sex in public places to characterize the effort made on the part of upper class men who engage in anonymous sexual encounters with one another to conceal their homosexual activities because they are seen as deviating from social norms.
  • Dr. Venture calls Brock General West-moron, a reference to American General William Westmoreland.
  • Twice in the episode, Brock uses Gary Busey as the reasoning for people needing to buckle up. Busey was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident (not a car crash) in 1988, a result of not wearing a helmet.
  • When Brock tells the boys to contact "The Cleaner", the code-word he uses to describe the situation is "Damien Hirst", an artist known for working with dead animals, sliced cleanly in half in a manner similar to Le Tueur.
  • Sergeant Hatred describes himself as a "warrior" like Patty Smyth, a reference to the hit song she had with the band Scandal.
  • Brock tries to get Hank and Dean to leave him by saying he's never loved them. Hank later refers to this as "the Lassie trick."
  • The car Brock acquires from Hunter Gathers is a highly modified Jensen Interceptor, 70's British Grand Tourer and 'Gentleman's express'.
  • The character 'The Cleaner' is an obvious parody of Mr. Clean from his recognizable bald head and white clothing to his acid sprayers which "leaves a pleasant odor that smells faintly of lemons".

Production notesEdit

  • One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) gets to have a nickname inserted into his credits. For "The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part I)" the credit reads Kimson "Le Tueur" Albert.
  • Similar to "Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part I)", there is no post-credits scene in this episode.

ReferencesEdit


Preceded by:
"ORB"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
August 17, 2008
Followed by:
"The Family That Slays Together, Stays Together (Part II)"

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