"Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner?"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 9
Written by Jackson Publick and Ben Edlund
Production code 221
Original air date September 10, 2006
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Guess Who's Coming to State Dinner? is the ninth episode of Season 2 and the overall twenty-second episode of The Venture Bros.


The space station Gargantua 1 is going down. Lt. Baldavitch leaves her seat and approaches Colonel Bud Manstrong. Gargantua 1 crashes into a desert, supposedly into a terrorist camp, and Manstrong is declared a hero.

Later, Dr. Venture, Brock, Bud Manstrong, and his mother attend a dinner given by the President. Manstrong is wearing a black mourning armband and Lt. Baldavitch is never heard of again, implying that she died in the crash.

Lincoln's Ghost sees a microchip on Manstrong's neck, which he believes the Colonel's mother is planning to use to make her son assassinate the President. He recruits Dean and Hank to help stop the assassination.

Dr. Venture has invented a portable force-field generator, which he plans on selling to the government.

Dr. Venture, Brock, Agent Hauser, President Breyer, Bud, and Mrs. Manstrong end up being trapped inside the Oval Office after Hauser breaks the control for the force-field generator.

Episode Cast

First Appearances

Connections to Other Episodes

Careers in Science

Twenty Years to Midnight

Cultural References

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

Abraham Lincoln

Bill Clinton

  • President Breyer is fond of cigars, has sexual relations with a secretary in a blue dress, and runs an administration mired in scandal, similar to President Bill Clinton.

George W. Bush

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

"Johnny Deeper"

  • Hank Venture tells a "Johnny Deeper" joke to a visiting dignitary at the White House. Johnny Deeper jokes are crude anecdotes that generally involve a boy named "Johnny Deeper" coercing an authority figure like a teacher or a babysitter into fornicating with him, with the punchline involving a play on his surname "Deeper".

Monica Lewinsky

Score (20)


  • Lincoln's Ghost is supernaturally able to use his "Lincoln Sense" to sense what other people are doing elsewhere in the White House. "Lincoln Sense" is a reference to "spider-sense", the superhuman "sixth sense" that alerts Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man to danger.

The Manchurian Candidate

William S. Burroughs

Production Notes

  • One of the animation directors (Kimson Albert) has a "nickname" inserted into his credits. The nickname is an unusual line or word from the episode. For this episode the credit reads Kimson "Budley? Budward?" Albert.
  • The end of the voice cast credits for this episode reads "Special Thanks to RON LYNCH".
Preceded by:
"Fallen Arches"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
September 10th, 2006
Followed by:
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"
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