"From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 5
Episode 1
Directed by Jackson Publick & Juno Lee
Written by Doc Hammer,
Jackson Publick
Production code S2
Original air date August 28, 2011
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This documentary style episode shows us the story of Hank and Dermott's band, Shallow Gravy. Since H.E.L.P.eR. was temporarily dead, he objected to their original name of Shallow Grave, so Hank decided to change the name to Shallow Gravy instead.

After the documentary, a music video of Shallow Gravy's smash hit song Jacket plays.


  • Hank Venture
  • Dermott Fictel
  • H.E.L.P.eR.
  • Rusty Venture
  • Billy Whalen
  • Pete White
  • Brock Samson
  • Nikki Fictel
  • Mrs. Fictel

Connections With Other EpisodesEdit

Pop Culture ReferencesEdit


  • During Shallow Gravy's music video at the end of the episode, there is a brief scene of Dermott and Hank carrying a picture of HELPeR. This is a reference to Joy Division's music video for "Atmosphere", wherein people in various white and black robes are seen carrying a large picture of Ian Curtis, the deceased frontman of Joy Division. It is also comical to note that HELpR was briefly dead. The strong melodic bassline and drum beat are highly reminiscent of Joy Division, as is the Martin Hannett like production style ("It sounds like it was recorded in SPACE!" - Hank). Dermott referring to the song as "Overproduced" is also a direct reference to Joy Division bassist Hookey, and his views on their Unknown Pleasures album. Another noteable reference is the black and white scene of Dermott dropping cards with lyrics printed on them, a tribute to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues".
  • The episode is referred as "From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy" by adultswim although the episode itself uses the subtitle "The Shallow Gravy Story".
  • This is the first episode where Titmouse Inc. did the animation instead of World Leaders Entertainment.