"Everybody Comes to Hank's"
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Episode no. Season 4
Episode 12
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 412
Original air date October 3rd, 2010
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Everybody Comes to Hank's is the twelfth episode of Season 4 and the overall fifty-first episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot[edit | edit source]

With Dean going away to New York, Dr. Venture tells Hank to get a job. So Hank opens his own department store called HankCo., which mostly just sells things from the compound. One of the departments in said store is a detective agency, where Hank takes up the mystery of who Dermott 's father is. The Alchemist, who has been bored ever since he moved in with Dr. Orpheus, decides to help him out. Hank goes to Brock who denies having slept with Dermott's mother (and some other male suspects agree that she's too unattractive for anyone wanting to sleep with) causing the Alchemist to chase Dermott down at work for clarification. The answers Dermott gives them still don't make sense, so Hank accuses him of lying. Dermott gives Hank and the Alchemist a key his mother said was from his father. The two keep hitting dead ends until they are given a clue about Nikki, Dermott's sister by Billy Quizboy, which spurs Hank to go and visit her. At night, the Alchemist visits Orpheus, and tells him how confused he's been in this case. Through his power, he knows that everyone is telling the truth, but none of it adds up, so Orpheus agrees to help him.

Hank goes to the Fictel House, where he gives Nikki a bouquet. She invites him inside, and the two talk about Hank's similarities to his father from the TV show of which Nikki was a big fan; it is revealed that Nikki has a collection of Rusty Venture toys and figurines. Nikki soon comes onto Hank and the two kiss before proceeding to have sex.

Meanwhile, Orpheus and the Alchemist use a spell on the keychain Dermott gave Hank, and discovered that Brock is not Dermott's father. A younger, balding Dr. Venture is shown to have slept with and impregnated a teenage Nikki, who lied about her age; she idolized him and was president of his fan club. Margaret Fictel, Nikki's mother, demanded that he stay away from Nikki and her child; when he tried to go around this by giving them the keychain, she stopped him by threatening to call the police. She demanded that he compensate them and leave them alone, something he reluctantly agreed to. Margaret consoled her daughter by offering to raise Nikki's child as her own.

The spell ends as Orpheus and the Alchemist react in disgust at what they have seen. The Alchemist soon goes to see Hank to tell him he's off the case; Hank tells him he is too, revealing his visit to Nikki and the subsequent loss of his virginity. He accidentally grabs the keychain, which still has residual effects of Orpheus and the Alchemist's spell. This allows Hank to learn everything about his father's affair with Nikki and how Dermott is his half-brother. Disturbed by the events he witnessed, Hank uncontrollably vomits into his detective hat.

Because of the traumatizing things he has seen, Hank goes to S.P.H.I.N.X. to have his memory erased; he attempts to save the memories of having sex, but it is impossible to do so. The Alchemist also volunteers to have his memory erased and it is revealed that he slept with Shore Leave, who erased his memory after the latter became possessive and tried to move in with him after he broke up with his boyfriend. Hank then has his memory erased, but not before stating he had sex. Brock smiles in approval as he activates the machine.

At the end of the episode, Hank (post-erasure) goes through his watch and finds a video of his earlier self telling him he had sex, revealing he had to erase his memory due to it, but made the video to make sure he realizes he had the experience without the traumatizing details. Hank ends the video just as Dean (covered in smoke and ashes) walks in and informs of some of the things he's been through. After a while, Dean asks Hank about their father just as a portal opens and Dr. Venture emerges--with a full head of hair and dressed like his father, Jonas Sr. The episode ends with "To be continued".

Episode Cast[edit | edit source]

First Appearances[edit | edit source]

Connections to Other Episodes[edit | edit source]

The Buddy System

  • It was assumed by other characters (even by Dermott himself) that Dermott was the son of Brock Samson. This episode finally reveals that he's actually the son of Thaddeus Venture. However, after Hank and the Alchemist had their memories erased, the only ones who know anymore are Brock Samson, Shore Leave, Margaret Fictel, and Dr. Orpheus. It is also assumed Billy Quizboy knows as well as he was the one that gave Hank and Alchemist the hint.

Bright Lights, Dean City

  • The next episode takes place concurrent with this episode, but from Dean's point of view.

Recurring Themes[edit | edit source]

The episode carries on something of a theme of the series, the theme being the women in Dr. Venture's life having some kind of fault that he is somehow the cause of.

  • Sally Impossible fell in love with him despite his open disinterest[1]
  • Dr. Quymn possibly became a lesbian after their disastrous reunion[2]
  • Myra Brandish is homicidally obsessed with him[3]
  • Nikki Fictel appears to be sexually excited by anything relating to Rusty Venture - including Hank, who embodies his adventuresome qualities.

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

Bewitched (1964-1972)

  • The Alchemist asks Dr. Orpheus about the show Bewitched - a show about the life of Samantha, a witch trying to live a normal life with her mortal husband. Dr. Orpheus then goes on to list what he would do to certain characters. He would make Darren, the main character's husband, filthy rich; he would turn Mr. Tate, Darren's boss, into a donkey; he would tell Endorra, the main character's mother-in-law, to mind her own business; and he would blind Mrs. Kravitz, the main character's nosy neighbor.

Everybody Comes to Rick's (1940)

  • The episode draws heavily from the noir genre of film and literature. The title is drawn from the unpublished play Everybody Comes to Rick's by Murray Bennett and Joan Alison, which was the basis for the movie Casablanca staring Humphrey Bogart. Hank even uses what he believes to be 1940s jargon, confounding those around him.

Indiana Jones

  • The hat and "detective's whip" that Hank carries with him are actually pieces from an Indiana Jones costume.

Jack Nicholson

  • The relationship between Nikki and Dermott mirror the real life of Jack Nicholson, while the twist itself is reminiscent of Chinatown, a 1974 film in which Jack Nicholson stars. The same twist receives an allusion in Assassinanny 911.

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Oasis

Total Recall (1990)

  • Hank Venture leaves a video recording for himself on his communicator watch before having his memory wiped, urging his future self to "Get your ass to Mars!" as a joking reference to the 1990 sci-fi film Total Recall.

Woody Allen

  • In the flashback sequence in the Fictel trailer, Dr. Venture's hairstyle, clothing, and demeanor are reminiscent of filmmaker Woody Allen. Allen notoriously married his adoptive daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, who is over thirty years his junior, and allegedly sexually assaulted Dylan Farrow, the underaged daughter of his longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow.

Production Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Everybody Comes to Hank's the credit reads Kimson "Pudgy McTalkalot" Albert.
  • Hank Venture loses his virginity to Nikki Fictel in this episode, but has his memory of it erased by S.P.H.I.N.X. after he learns that Nikki was impregnated by Dr. Venture when she was fifteen and is Dermott's real mother.

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
"Any Which Way But Zeus"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
October 3rd, 2010
Followed by:
"Bright Lights, Dean City"
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