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"Home Is Where The Hate Is"
The Venture Bros. episode
Welcome to Malice - A Nice Place to Hate
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 4
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Jackson Publick
Doc Hammer
Production code 3-37
Original air date 22 June 2008
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Home Is Where The Hate Is is the fourth episode of Season 3 and the overall thirtieth episode of The Venture Bros.

PlotEdit

The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch have moved into Phantom Limb's former home. However, as they are moving in, The Monarch seems especially peevish. When Dr. Mrs. The Monarch asks the Monarch what is wrong, he reveals his dissatisfaction with their new neighborhood called "Malice", a gated community for supervillains. The duo order the Henchmen to leave their house, as they have decided to keep "work" and "home life" separate. Meanwhile, it is revealed that she and the Monarch have been invited to a Supervillains Party, thrown by Sergeant Hatred, Dr. Venture's new arch enemy.

Meanwhile Sergeant Hatred arrives at the Venture Compound, making a seemingly villainous entrance which immediately turns out to be genial—he presents Dr. Venture with a gift basket of okra and some minor paperwork regarding their new adversarial partnership. Indeed, the whole visit comes across more as a social call (a "meet and greet" as The Sarge calls it) and he invites Dr. Venture and Brock to a party he is hosting that evening.

The party proves to be a dreary bore to all concerned, until Hatred shows Monarch a miniature explosive the size of a postage stamp. Monarch steals it and secretly places it on Venture's spine. During the party, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch is caught out back smoking, revealing where her unusually deep voice originated. Hatred and Monarch get into a hot tub together, and Hatred tells Monarch that he knows he has been stealing from him, so he treats Venture with kindness to get revenge on Monarch. The Monarch counters by revealing that he has planted the explosive on Venture, and will thereby both kill his hated foe and frame Sergeant Hatred for the murder in one devious act. Venture enters the hot tub, much to the terror of the two supervillains. The explosive goes off, causing an explosion so small and mild Dr. Venture misinterprets it (and cheekily laughs it off) as flatulence.

An interesting subplot is introduced when Henchman 21 and Hank overhear the two Moppets, while watching the movie and eating popcorn, discussing using gas as means of murder in a plan they are concocting. Admittedly, one states, it is not as satisfying as hearing them scream, but it will kill them in their sleep and make it look like an accident. These comments close with the line, "and The Monarch won't be expecting it when we..." which is cut off when they realize that 21 and Hank are looking at them through the window. Thinking that it is 21 and 24 (who they had earlier put in The Monarch's sickbay), they take off after them with murderous intent. What is unclear is to whom they were referring when discussing the execution of their murderous plans. One option is they plan to kill The Monarch's henchmen in The Fluttering Horde... or, perhaps, even The Monarch and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.

Episode CastEdit

Hatred's House PartyEdit

Sergeant Hatred throws a house party at his home in Malice. The attendees play a party game where a tag bearing the name of a famous person is attached to their back; whomever guesses their given celebrity wins a prize at the end of the evening. Among the attendees:

Connections to Other EpisodesEdit

Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny

The Invisible Hand of Fate

Cultural ReferencesEdit

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Birdy (1984)

Boca Raton, Florida

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Costco

Frank Lloyd Wright

George W. Bush

  • During the party game at Sergeant Hatred's house, Dr. Venture tries to guess his celebrity identity. The Monarch, directly insulting Dr. Venture, tells him "You're a brainless failure and live entirely off your father's name and fortune!" In response to this Dr. Venture guesses that he's former president George W. Bush.

Gil Scott-Heron

Hulk Hogan

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Kentucky bluegrass

Leonardo's Dream Machines (2003)

Mark Knopfler

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

  • While Hank & 21 are spying on the Murderous Moppets, Hank is surprised that 21 is afraid of them, and exclaims: "You got me all worked up!" This is the same line said by King Arthur, in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, when Tim The Enchanter leads King Arthur and his knights to what appears to be a "harmless little bunny!" (with similar end results.)

NERF

  • After Sergeant Hatred sees how much Dr. Venture bleeds from a simple rubber bullet wound, he instructs his "Malice troop" henchmen to switch their nonlethal arms to NERF guns instead. NERF is a toy brand that features a variety of harmless foam-based weaponry.

Nell (1994)

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Pac-Man

  • Dean asks if the sound they're hearing is Pac-Man when he, Hank, Henchman 21, and Henchman 24 run into a hedge maze to escape Tim-Tom and Kevin. It was actually the pinging sound from the "Monarch-issued radar troop tracker" the Moppets were using to follow the Henchmen via tracking chips in their uniforms.

Patch Adams (1998)

Ray Romano

Richard Nixon

  • Sergeant Hatred has a framed poster of former president Richard Nixon over the mantle of his fireplace.

Schindler's List (1993)

The Burning Bed (1948)

The Fight

The Jam

The Scorpion King (2002)

The Secret (2006)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Sound of Music

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Production NotesEdit

  • 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 Home Is Where The Hate Is the credit reads Kimson "Full Nerf" Albert.
  • This episode was originally titled "My Dinner With Hatred", although it was later revealed to only be a tentative title and not the final title.

GoofsEdit

  • Half way through the episode there is an animation goof where Hank has two pairs of eyes. As Hank and 21 observe the moppets through a window, Hank turns to talk to 21 but his eyes do not move with his head, leaving two pairs of eyes on screen.
  • In the first shot of the party scene the Unnamed Magician Villain With Hazmat Hat appears in two places at once: sitting on the couch with the Hammerhead Abomination and standing next to Omega-Ape by the fireplace.
  • During the party scene, The Monarch's celebrity name is “Mark Knoppler”. While this is a reference to the front man of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, his name is misspelled. It is unclear whether this is a mistake or an intentional joke on the part of Doc and Public, as it is a common misspelling and would fit well in their comedic failure motif. 


Preceded by:
"The Invisible Hand of Fate"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
June 22, 2008
Followed by:
"The Buddy System"
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