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I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills

  • Original Air Date:
    September 24, 2006
  • Written by:
    Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick
  • Production Number:
    23
  • ... the wicked lovable SOUL-BOT as H.E.L.P.eR.
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Summary

The Monarch continues to rebuild his villainous empire with the aid of his shadowy new Number 2, Dr. Henry Killinger, but Henchman 21 is suspicious of the deadly foreigner's unctuous charms. Meanwhile, as Dr. Orpheus attempts to exorcise a Japanese demon from Dr. Venture, a mysterious woman from Doc's past resurfaces. And she'd kill to find out where Hank and Dean are.

Capsule

An office building. Looks quiet. A shadow looms over them. The Cocoon. Some of the workers go over to the window to examine, only to have them shatter. Hundreds of razor sharp mechanical butterflies pierce the skin of anyone unlucky enough to be in their way. Some henchmen swing in, shooting or capturing anyone they see and planting explosives. The workers scream in horror and flee for their lives. The Monarch walks in, laughing manically.

THE MONARCH
Where is he?! Where is Venture!! [he chokes a WORKER]

WORKER
Venture?

HENCHMAN 21
Dude, no, stop!! There's been a mistake!!

THE MONARCH
Oh what now?

HENCHMAN 21
This isn't the secret Venture compound. It's your accountant's office.

THE MONARCH
[drops the WORKER] Wha- eh- are you kidding?! That was like my best entrance ever!

HENCHMAN 21
Yeah that was excellent.

HENCHMAN 24
Very impressive.

THE MONARCH
Sucks. [to the rest of the HENCHMAN] Alright, wrong address. Wrong address. Everybody back in the Cocoon.

HENCHMAN 21
Well, uhh, should we, uhhh...

THE MONARCH
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Take the pens and the post-its and some, uhh, copy paper. You always need copy paper. And get that security tape! I want a Quicktime of my minty-fresh entrance posted on my home page by tomorrow!!

Roll opening credits.

In Dr. O's study he is petting his cat when there is a ring at his doorbell. Dr. Venture. Back from Japan. With a guest. An Oni.

A Japanese demon that's usually after some form of retribution. Though Brock can't see it apparently, but Dr. O can. Dr. O goes to his bookshelf and gets out some giant golden tongs. The tongs, however, upset the Oni and he flies around the room, dragging Dr. Venture with him. Dr. Orpheus decides he needs to consult a higher power on the matter.

DR. ORPHEUS
Wait here while I go to my daughter's closet.

Back in the Cocoon the henchmen and the Monarch are going over their earlier attack, though nobody seems to be paying attention and the Monarch appears bored out of his mind. 24 is giving a lecture and explains that the reason they failed is because they lacked weaponry. 21 takes the floor. He presents 'the petablade'. Two razor sharp blades menacingly attached to not the end of a skinny arm, but the end of a long fat leg. Okay, so they're figure skates. A henchman who is clearly not adept at skating demonstrates the cutting power of the 'petablade' by kicking a sandbag dummy and getting his foot caught.

THE MONARCH
Wha- what? We raided the wrong address. We need real planning not, what, figure skates?!

HENCHMAN 21
Look, I am trying. This is really tough. I know I'm not Dr. Girl-

THE MONARCH
DO. NOT. SAY. HER. NAME.

KILLINGER
Forgive me, but the problem is one of planning. Not one of armament. Mister the Monarch already has a dazzling armory. What he needs is a strategist. A man of his prestige cannot simply go after an enemy all willy nilly.

HENCHMAN 21
He can't give an enema to Free Willy? What?

THE MONARCH
Shut up, 21. You might learn something from this guy.

KILLINGER
What you need is a second in command who understands the intricacies of organized villainy. This I can offer you.

THE MONARCH
Perfect. You're hired. Uhh, number...

KILLINGER
Number Killinger. Dr. Henry Killinger. And this is my magic murder bag.

Meanwhile at the Venture Compound Hank and Dean are practicing for their upcoming road test. Or rather, Dean is driving incredibly slow and running into cones while Hank complains. Just then Hank notices a broken down car ahead of them. Dean comments that he didn't know they got that much traffic inside the compound. Dean says they should pull over and check for injuries and flag down a state trooper. He then performs an incredibly slow k-turn which Hank decides not to stick around for, exiting the car. Dean freaks out since Hank has just jumped from a moving vehicle, but Hank comes over to the driver's side and turns off the car for Dean so they can check out the other car.

There's a woman laying in front of it, seemingly unconscious! Without warning she spins around and sprays Hank with some kind of... spray... that knocks him out. Same for Dean. Uh oh.

Dr. Orpheus, meanwhile, has found the Master again:

DR. ORPHEUS
Master? Master are you here? I have need of your counsel. [a horse neighs] Ohh?

THE MASTER
Orpheus you're gonna love this, check me out. Huh? I'm Catherine the Great's horse. To teach you a lesson about biting off more than you can chew. My partially lovely assistant, Mrs. Manyface, will be playing the part of Catherine.

MRS. MANYFACE
Mmm, hi.

THE MASTER
Hey enough with the chatter, get under there. [MRS. MANYFACE positions herself under THE MASTER, who is being lowered via pulleys to the ground] Don't wince.

DR. ORPHEUS
Master, far be it from me to question the relevance of your symbolism, but I'm fairly certain the whole horse thing was an urban legend. [he groans as THE MASTER mounts MRS. MANYFACE]

In the Cocoon the Monarch is showing Killinger around. Killinger tells the Monarch that he's a little overstaffed in his control room. The Monarch responds by telling one of his new guards to kill two of the henchmen in the room. Him, and the dead guy next to him.

HENCHMAN 21
This place is all creepy since that mumbly guy just magically showed up.

HENCHMAN 24
Totally. Those new black guard dicks took the Tekken 3 game out of the lounge.

HENCHMAN 21
Oh those guys are wicked spooky. How unfair is it that they get the cooler uniforms?! I'm still wearing an orange jerkin!

HENCHMAN 24
Jerkin.

THE MONARCH
Hey one of you little chatterbugs want to pop open the Venture files? Killinger needs to be brought up to speed.

HENCHMAN 21
Yeah, those files are classified.

THE MONARCH
By whom?

HENCHMAN 21
Byyy... uh, you?

THE MONARCH
Okay great. Well [he hits a button], now they're unclassified.

Back at the compound Brock has found the boys' abandoned car and is searching for them. Dr. Venture and Dr. Orpheus show up following the Oni, though Brock still can't see it. Brock wanders off to look for Hank and Dean. The Oni, meanwhile, has stopped by the abandoned car the boys were driving. Perhaps the car is associated with a recent sin? Dr. Venture says he can't remember the last time he got lucky in it.

Just then Dr. Venture grabs the Oni and stuffs him into the trunk, seemingly victorious. However Dr. Orpheus notes that he's still attached to the Oni by some sort of psychic thread. Seemingly on cue the car starts and begins to drive around, dragging Dr. Venture with it of course. It stops and opens the door.

DR. ORPHEUS
I suggest we get in and see where it takes us.

DR. VENTURE
What if it wants to go back to Japan!?

At the Cocoon, meanwhile, Killinger is going over the Venture 'problem', when he notes that there are some problems with the Cocoon. 21 and 24 gang up on him for coming in, seemingly out of nowhere, and taking things over like he did. The Monarch finally gets fed up when 24 says that Killinger is trying to destroy them from the inside. He tells the guards to take 24 to the Chamber of 1000 Torments. He'll let Killinger do 993. Killinger comments that the Monarch's methods of torture are too Draconian, and that all he needs is a moment alone with 24. They walk off until Killinger remembers that he forgot his magic murder bag. 21 looks fully unhappy.

Dr. O and Dr. V, meanwhile, pull up to an old beat up motel:

DR. ORPHEUS
We've stopped. What is this place?

DR. VENTURE
A cheap motel.

DR. ORPHEUS
Perhaps it wants us to... stay here and rest until morning?

DR. VENTURE
Wait, I know what you're doing. You're trying to get me in the sack!

DR. ORPHEUS
I beg your pardon!?

DR. VENTURE
No wonder nobody but you can see that head!

DR. ORPHEUS
[stutters] How dare-

DR. VENTURE
The tights, the jewelry, always tagging along! [doing a bad Dr. O impression] Oh let me get my big gay cloak and I'll join you!

DR. ORPHEUS
I'm trying to help you!!

DR. VENTURE
Help me out of my speed suit!!

The car starts up again and pulls into a parking space at the motel.

Meanwhile Brock and HELPeR are driving around in search of the boys and listening to Led Zeppelin, or at least something similar that won't cost nearly as much to license. HELPeR turns the volume down.

BROCK
Hey!

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Jock rock my ass! [he turns it back up] Listen to those lyrics, man! It's all about love, and longing!

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Yes, and, and hobbits too.

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Look it's a metaphor, they, they wrote about a lot of other stuff. Why am I arguing with a robot?!

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
[looking at his communicator which is tracking the boys] Shh, they're right up ahead. Don't think we're done talking about this!

He pulls up in front of a dumpster. Located. He jumps in and starts looking for the boys, but only uncovers their communicators. They flash the message "The Boys..." and "Are Mine!". Brock clears away some paper from them. A bomb.

BROCK
Oh crap, Myra's back.

The dumpster explodes.

Hank and Dean, meanwhile, are in a very dank looking room somewhere. Tied up. Of course. Hank wakes Dean up.

HANK
Dean! I smell pee-pee.

DEAN
Well what are you looking at me for?

HANK
Deeean, did you get pee-pee scared again?

DEAN
No, shut up. Where are we this time?

Just then in the next room over a woman singing a lullaby walks by a broken down door. She appears to be pacing and finally notices the boys are now awake.

MYRA
Oh, you're up! You can relax. The nightmare is finally over.

HANK
Uh, no it isn't.

MYRA
Hankie, my little snotty-puggy-dinky. Dean, Dean, Dean, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean sausages. [gasps and hugs them both] You're safe now. You're with mommy!

Commercial.

HENCHMAN 21
Uhh, I have to bring the prisoner his medication.
[the black guards block 21's entrance to 24's room]

BLACK GUARD
Gimmie the medication, I'll do it.

HENCHMAN 21
Okay, but uh, you have to administer it to him. It's a suppository. You know, it's up the butt medicine.

[the GUARDS groan and let 21 pass]

HENCHMAN 24
Aw don't knock or anything! It's not like I live with eighty guys and no women. So there is no chance I'm masturbating!

HENCHMAN 21
Chill. I thought I was rescuing you. What did he do to you, what's in his magic murder bag?

HENCHMAN 24
Dude have you even talked to him? He's great, he's like Mr. Belvedere.

HENCHMAN 21
He knows nothing about honor or living by the sword. He is not like us.

HENCHMAN 24
What are you talking about?

HENCHMAN 21
Seriously, that Killinger guy has brainwashed the whole Cocoon.

HENCHMAN 24
Man will you just talk to him already? He's amazing! He cured my herpes! I bet he can even help you with [lowers voice] your problem.

HENCHMAN 21
Alright he's already got to you! Don't touch me! Stay back! Stay back pod person!

HENCHMAN 24
Alright, whatever.

Hank and Dean, meanwhile, are grappling with the prospect of finally knowing who their mother is. Only she can't be on account of the crazy, right?

HANK
If you're supposed to be our mom then why do you got us tied up, huh? People only do that when they want to kill us.

DEAN
Or hold us for ransom.

HANK
Or touch us inappropriately.

DEAN
What?! When? That never hap-

HANK
Sergeant Hatred? What, did you block that out? Oh, no wait. You were passed out from the wine. Most of it was awful. Trust me.

Myra them proceeds to freak the fuck out and then suddenly calms down and asks Hank and Dean if she's ever told them how she and Rusty met.

Back in the Cocoon 21 has snuck into Killinger's room. He yells 'EAT WEB!' and then sprays Killinger's magic murder bag with those Spider-Man web shooters that fire silly string. You know the ones. Killinger wakes up and calls in a black guard (who apparently did not see 21 enter the room at all) who grabs 21.

HENCHMAN 21
You can silence me but there will be others!! Semper fidelis tyranosaurus!

KILLINGER
It's 'sic semper tyrannous'. You said 'always faithful terrible lizard'.

HENCHMAN 21
I did? Cool!

Back at the motel Dr. O enters the room with ice and snacks from the vending machine. Dr. Venture apologizes for earlier and Orpheus accepts. After a brief awkward silence Dr. Venture asks if Dr. O wants to go halfsies on a skin flick. Kay.

Back at the Cocoon again, 21 is warning the black guard about how gassy he gets when he's scared. The guard talks to him and reveals himself to be 24. 21 attempts to free 24 for the 'hypno-spell' he is apparently under. He utters some weird stuff and then runs away while 24 watches in what I guess is either amusement or disbelief (it's hard to tell since you can't see his face under the mask). 21 makes a run for it but trips and lands on his cell phone.

Back in the dank place, Myra is talking to Hank and Dean:

MYRA
He was my first job. Fresh out of the OSI academy. I was still just a girl, what did I know? Never let your guard down, never let 'em out of your sight, never fall in love. That's what they taught me. But I couldn't help myself! Your father [sighs]. I spent twenty-four hours a day with him. First there were casual glances, the occasional brush of the hand, clever innuendo. It was inevitable. Something would happen sooner or later.

HANK
Ewwww!

MYRA
No!! No! It was not ookey! It was the most wonderful, passionate night of either of our lives!! And nine months later? You two perfect little wet pink kittens came into the world. From out of my body.

DEAN
Aww, double-eww!

21, meanwhile, has enlisted the help of someone. It's Dr. Girlfriend. 21 starts going on about spin-art. Clearly Dr. Girlfriend is not amused. They drive out of frame and Brock and HELPeR, who has deployed his helicopter capabilities, fly into frame. Brock thanks HELPeR for rescuing him.

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Yeah I thought she was gone for good after the last time, too, but some crazy people just won't stay locked up, you know what I mean?

HELPeR
[long series of beeps]

BROCK
That's beautiful, HELPeR, what was that, Shel Silverstein?

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Well I don't think Maya Angelou was talking about this chick. She's as deadly as they come. And if she hurts those boys again I'm gonna take her down permanently this time!

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
No, not Maya Angelou. Look, just keep scanning those tire tracks with your infrared, okay?

At the motel the next morning the Oni is driving the car into the wall in order to wake a very unhappy Dr. Venture up.

Myra, meanwhile, is still going on. Now she's talking about Dr. Venture and how he had her locked up so he could control the boys without her in the picture. Hank and Dean are sleeping. Myra mentions that the boys are nineteen. Dean corrects her, saying they're sixteen. Myra notes that she had to kidnap them in order to save them. Especially from the 'lie machines' Dr. Venture makes them sleep in. Just then five cats come into the room. Hank and Dean's brothers and sisters. Right. Myra says that the cats are hungry, and then freaks out again when she realizes Hank and Dean haven't been fed. She unzips her top and shoves her jugs in Hank and Dean's faces in an amazingly poor effort to breast feed them. A bell rings. Myra stops what she was doing, grabs a shotgun and quickly runs into the next room.

It's Dr. Orpheus! Checking out? Uh oh. Myra notices Dr. Venture sitting in the car outside. She jumps over the front desk and pummels Dr. Orpheus. Dr. Venture, meanwhile, is listening to the radio and totally oblivious to the savage beating his tenant is receiving.

Back in the Cocoon Dr. Girlfriend listens to 21 ramble a little until they come to a hallway lined with a laser security grid. Dr. Girlfriend does a bunch of crazy gymnastic moves and slips by the grid without triggering it. 21 attempts the same but instead falls on his face and of course sets off the alarm.

DR. GIRLFRIEND
So, are you as good at fighting as you are at talking?

HENCHMAN 21
Hell no, look at me! I'm more of a weapons expert.

Black guards flood into the room and Dr. Girlfriend goes to work. She takes out two, and then does an awesome wallwalk move, but is grabbed by two more guards. A third advances and she kicks him in the face before he can strike and uses him to vault over the two holding her. She grabs their spears while they're confused and stabs them both through the chest. Awesome.

HENCHMAN 21
That is so excellent. Well I like to do that too. It's soft!

[DR. GIRLFRIEND is rubbing the wall, she hits a spot on it and a control panel opens]

DR. GIRLFRIEND
Do not follow me. Just stay here and do, uh, whatever. [she exits through a door]

HENCHMAN 21
Okay! [aside] Yeah, I am totally falling for her. [he farts] Oh thank the maker I've been holding that back for like two hours!

Back at the motel Myra straps the boys into her car. Dr. Venture is in the front seat.

HANK
Pop!

DEAN
[at the same time] Daddy!

DR. VENTURE
Hello boys, I see you've met Myra. Did she tell you how she burnt down her house yet?

MYRA
No hellos for me? Oh now, Rusty, is that any way to treat your [pause] forever girl?

DR. VENTURE
Dean, tell this lunatic that my lawyer has advised me not to communicate with her.

DEAN
My dad's lawyer has advised him not to communicate with you.

Myra clocks Dr. Venture with the butt of her shotgun, knocking him out. Brock lands.

BROCK
Stay close. Any of your weapons still work?

HELPeR
[beeps]

BROCK
Alright, well... keep your helicopter blades out and wave your arms around. Squeal a lot. That might be scary.

Myra runs down Brock and HELPeR and drives off. Brock gets up and walks into the street. When Myra notices him in the rear view mirror she does a 180 and guns it towards Brock. Brock just stands there with his back to Myra's car. He breathes deeply and closes his eyes. Right before the car hits him he falls backwards, crashing through the windshield and landing in the driver's seat on top of Myra. He hits the breaks.

BROCK
Everyone okay?

HANK
Everyone except mommy.

BROCK
Yeah, she'll be alright.

MYRA
[groans] I feel like Catherine the Great...

BROCK
Where's Dr. O?
[back in the motel Dr. O is lying on the ground with Myra's cats on him]

DR. ORPHEUS
[giggles] They smell my cat! [laughs]

In the Cocoon meanwhile, Killinger and the Monarch are in the meeting room discussing Killinger's plans. The Monarch argues with him since they don't involve crushing Venture when Killinger tells him to move to avoid Dr. Girlfriend when she falls from the ceiling. The Monarch doesn't understand Killinger though, so Killinger just pulls him away right before Dr. Girlfriend lands on the table in front of them.

THE MONARCH
What the hell is she doing here?!

KILLINGER
This woman has come to rescue you.

THE MONARCH
From what?

KILLINGER
From loneliness, you silly-billy.

DR. GIRLFRIEND
Who the hell are you?

KILLINGER
Dr. Henry Killinger. Wait. [he opens his magic murder bag and pulls out some flowers] Here. Give these to the lovely woman. And this is for you. [he hands a book to Dr. Girlfriend] Mr. The Monarch's journal. His love for you is spelled out on every page. And there are some very nice drawings also.

THE MONARCH
That's private!

KILLINGER
Love is not private. Love is to be shared. [he climbs onto the table and points his umbrella at the doors in the room, closing them] I have locked you in. Neither of you may leave until you have reached compromise. Good luck, and may love show you the way. [he opens his umbrella and floats away] Say goodbye to all your pretty children for me.

DR. GIRLFRIEND
Can you understand what he's saying?

THE MONARCH
Like half the time.

KILLINGER
[offscreen] My umbrella is stuck on something. I require assistance.

Back in the Venture car:

HANK
So? Is she or isn't she?

BROCK
Okay, Hank, look! She used to be Power Cat on American Gladiators. Show gets tanked, she checks herself into the nuthouse. Every couple of years she puts on the old costume, kidnaps you or tries to kill your dad or burns down the compound. Depends on what meds she's coming off of.

DEAN
How come we don't remember her then?

BROCK
Look you don't remember because you're clone- [stops] cloooo...

DR. VENTURE
Clo-clo-clo-whoops.

BROCK
[at the same time] Clo-clo-cloo...

HANK
I can't help feeling like we're just not getting the whole story here, you know?

DEAN
Right? Maybe she was telling the truth.

DR. VENTURE
Alright, so I fucked her! What of it?!

Roll end credits.

Still in the car, the trunk opens when Killinger whistles. The Oni flies out.

KILLINGER
You tried your best. Yes, you failed to reunite them, but look at it this way. You saved his boys, and that's what counts. Compromise, my friend, is the essence of diplomacy. And diplomacy is the cornerstone of love. Sweeeeet love. [he floats away]

Notes

  • The title of this episode is a reference to the Maya Angelou autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Likewise, she is mentioned in the episode by HELPeR of all people (uh, of all robots?) in reference to Myra and why she continues to bother the Venture family.

  • So apparently the Monarch does have a home page with a Quicktime of his minty-fresh entrance? the Internet is an amazing place.

  • The Oni of course is based on the same from Japanese mythology. However their behavior has changed throughout the years. Originally they were benevolent creatures said to be able to ward off evil, but over the years their association with evil caused them to become seen as harbingers of evil and calamity. Today they are seen as spirits of the dead (as well as various other things) and are generally to be avoided. I can't seem to find much on Onis trying to get people back together though, so that might be a new job function for them.

  • Dr. Henry Killinger is quite obviously based around Henry Kissinger, who was secretary of state under President Nixon (and later Ford) from 1973 - 1977 and before that he was national security advisor under Nixon from 1969 - 1973. Kissinger is most known for his influence in US foreign policy at the time. He pioneered the policy of detente which helped relax US-Soviet tensions and also played a crucial role in the 'opening' of China in 1972.

    Kissinger was one of the better liked members of the Nixon administration due to his lack of involvement with Watergate and his intellect and diplomatic skill as a politician. There was even a motion to allow the president to be non-US born (Kissinger was born in Germany) so Kissinger could run.

  • Another aspect of Killinger's character not revealed until later in the episode is very reminiscent of Mary Poppins, which is a Disney movie about a nanny that comes from seemingly nowhere in order to fix a family. At the end of the film she is successful and flies away with her umbrella, similar to Killinger at the end of the episode.

  • Catherine the Great, or more accurately Catherine II of Russia, mentioned in this episode by the Master (and later Myra) was the Empress of Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796. The actual cause of her death was a stroke while taking a bath (she died the following day without ever regaining consciousness). However the most common urban legend for her cause of death was that she attempted to, uh, get it on with a stallion. However the harness broke and she was crushed to death. This is entirely untrue (and perhaps derived from other tall tales about Catherine stating that she engaged in sexual relations with a horse but at a younger age than 67), though I guess the Master doesn't seem to care. Hopefully Mrs. Manyface will be okay.

  • Tekken 3 is a third in the Tekken series of fighting games. Presumably the Monarch's henchmen have the arcade version, though they could also have the Playstation or Dreamcast versions of the game.

  • This has been mentioned to me a lot, so here we go. The black guards share a lot of similar design aspects to Cobra Commander, the leader of COBRA in GI Joe. Although Cobra Commander has undergone various redesigns over the years, one of his getups is pretty similar to the black guards, namely the one featured in the TV series. I have no idea if this is intentional or not.

  • Brock's love for Zep surfaces again in this episode. HELPeR complains that Zep sings about hobbits a lot, which is a reference to the Zeppelin songs "Over The Hills and Far Away", "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Battle of Evermore," and "Ramble On", all of which contain clear references to Tolkien's works (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings which Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were fans of).

  • Myra's character appears to be at least partly based on Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman/Selina Kyle character in Batman Returns. Both are a bit off their rocker, obsessed with cats and wear a apparently sewn together patent leather suit. Myra's also noted to have been 'Powercat' on American Gladiators by Brock and her license plate says 'PSSYKAT', which further adds to the cat angle.

  • No doubt there will be a lot of debate over weather or not Myra is the boys real biological mother or just some crazy lady as Brock said. Jackson and Doc have said they won't drop the 'mommy bomb' until a much later season (they said season five during an Adult Swim panel), and Brock did seem like he was telling the boys the truth since he accidently slipped up and told them they were clones (it's fortunate the boys aren't very bright). However there are certain things that can throw it off, such as Dr. Venture admitting to doing the nasty with Myra and Myra doing the same 'ten and two' thing that Dean did while driving. It's also worth noting that Myra has blonde hair and displays perhaps some similarities to Hank's somewhat off-kilter personality. She also knows about the boys' beds and the fact that they are not actually sixteen (or should not be) which was briefly touched upon in Hate Floats when the Hank questioned the birthdate on their driving permits. All we can really do is speculate though. Speculate away!

  • 21's line 'he knows nothing of honor or living by the sword' is a line spoken by Dracula in Blade: Trinity.

  • 21's web shooters are available for purchase if you can find it I guess. They were pretty popular when the Spider-Man movies were released. They shoot silly string and in general aren't much fun since you have to clean it all up after you're done. Plus silly string is a poor substitute for webbing fluid.

  • In the same scene 21 also yells 'Semper fidelis tyranosaurus!' which is actually translated to 'always faithful tyrant lizard' (tyranosaurus means 'tyrant lizard', not 'terrible lizard', dinosaur means 'terrible lizard'). It's a butchering and combination of the Latin phrases 'semper fidelis' (the US Marine Corp motto) and 'sic semper tyrannis', which was the phrase spoken by John Wilkes Booth after he shot President Lincoln. Those phrases translate to 'always faithful' and 'thus always to tyrants', respectively. Presumably 21 wants to utter just the second phrase.

  • Myra's story about how she and Rusty got together has a couple references. First her line 'Never let your guard down, never let 'em out of your sight, never fall in love' is the tagline from the movie The Bodyguard, and likewise the scene where she takes a bullet for Rusty is sort of similar to a scene from that movie (though in the movie the bodyguard is a man and the person being shot at is a woman).

    Earlier on she says "So true, funny how it seems, always in time, but never in line for dreams" and "I bought a ticket to the world, but now I've come back again!" which are lines from the song True by Spandau Ballet.

    And finally when she says 'Search for feelings, you know it to be true' after the boys refuse to believe she's their mother, this is a reference to The Empire Strikes Back when Vader tells Luke that he is his father.

  • Dr. Girlfriend slipping past the laser grid is reminiscent of the scene in Entrapment where Catherine Zeta-Jones character slips past a similar laser grid (though not as quickly).

  • HELPeR's weapons being offline is possibly a reference to Victor. Echo. November. when HELPeR was ripped apart by Guild commandos protecting Dr. Venture.

Episode Cast

James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Patrick Warburton Brock Samson
Chris McCulloch Hank Venture
The Monarch
Dr. Henry Killinger
Henchman 24
Additional Voices
Michael Sinterniklaas Dean Venture
Doc Hammer Henchman 21
Dr. Girlfriend
Additional Voices
Steve Rattazzi Dr. Byron Orpheus
Joanna Adler Myra Brandish
H. Jon Benjamin The Master
Soul-Bot HELPeR

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