"It Happening One Night"
The Venture Bros. episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 6
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Jackson Publick
with Doc Hammer
Production code 606
Original air date March 6th, 2016
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It Happening One Night is the sixth episode of Season 6 and the overall sixty-ninth episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The episode begins with an introduction of The Doom Factory, a loosely-connected collective of ten super-villain / artistes, who are sycophantic followers of the evil genius Wes Warhammer.

The Ventures receive an artsy threat videotape in a Warholesque box marked "Doom." Dr. Mrs. The Monarch tries to convince The Council of 13 that the Blue Morpho is in fact Dr. Venture, and that he is killing off villains, but they do not believe her.

Hank Venture goes on his date with Sirena Ong, which begins in the park where Pete White "robs" them in disguise. Hank "saves" Sirena by dancing like Michael Jackson in the "Bad" video and she asks for the knife Hank has taken off White. They then find Dean Venture, posing as a bongo-playing beatnik. Deana asks if it's ok step in on bass and Dean naturally accepts. Hank sings to Sirena, but as Hank is playing the song he looks up to see that she has walked away. When he finds her, Sirena is digging out the homing chip her dad put in her arm with the knife from the fake robbery.

Meanwhile, Brock Samson tries to lock down the Venture Industries building because of the impending Doom Factory level 10 arch. Shortly after Brock leaves, Eeenie-Meanie drugs Sergeant Hatred (clearly just out of the hospital) who then passes out. By this time Brock has found the abandoned hover car in the park (by following Hank's homing signal), he runs into Rocco, who has reached the same spot by homing in on Sirena's chip, which is lying on the seat of the car next to the bloody knife. Rocco assumes someone has taken Sirena and violently removed the chip from her arm to keep anyone from tracking her. Because Brock is there, Rocco assumes he had something to do with the abduction and the two brawl until exhaustion.

Back at The Monarch's, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, The Monarch darts his wife with a Blue Morpho dart while she is dressed up like Mae. While his wife is tranquilized, The Monarch plays Blue Morpho with Henchman 21 (Kano). They go to the lair of the Doom Factory using the Morpho water scooters.

At the park, Brock and Rocco stop fighting after reaching exhaustion as well as a mutual respect. Rocco suggests they collaborate to find the missing teens, who have gone to Yumi, a ninja-themed restaurant where the Brown Widow (Jared) works. Through their interactions, Hank realizes that Sirena and Brown Widow used to date. Hank becomes sullen, which Sirena attributes to jealousy. Hank tells Sirena he is actually concerned she is using Hank to irritate her father. She states that she knows Hank staged a number of episodes that evening to impress her and that she is flattered he would go to such lengths for her.

Brock and Rocco arrive at the restaurant where they see waitstaff dressed as ninjas on a smoke break. Both Rocco and Brock take this to mean ninjas have abducted Hank and Sirena. The two storm the restaurant until they encounter Brown Widow who tells them they are merely in a family friendly themed restaurant. Brown Widow goes to show Brock and Rocco where the two teens are dining, but their table is empty. Brock finds Dean posing as paparazzi in the alleyway and learns that Hank and Sirena fled the area. Brock tracks his tracer on Hank to the ocean where he is swimming with Sirena. Sirena dunks Hank to hide from Brock and Rocco. Underwater, they share a kiss.

Meanwhile, the Doom Factory has taken over the Venture apartment. Dr. Venture walks in to find pseudo-Velvet Underground music playing while Frigid sorts pills on the table. Psychedelic lights are flashing, there are Warholesque silkscreens of Dr. Venture on the wall. When Dr. Venture finally realizes that he is being arched, he runs upstairs to the panic room, where he finds Wes Warhammer and Black Maria filming Trashenstein. They start making a movie of Dr. Venture, who ends up in his underpants, but it turns out to be a distraction while the Doom Factory make off with Dr. Venture's science equipment. However, By the time Dr. Venture realizes this, his home has become a large Happening, full of villains.

Meanwhile, The Monarch and Henchman 21 have infiltrated Warhammer's base and are placing grenades belonging to the Blue Morpho, rigging the base to explode. The Monarch, going for the cool look of an explosion as they jump ship, decides to ignite them immediately. 21 tries to stop him, but his words fall on deaf ears as the Monarch presses the detonator and they quickly flee. Only 21 manages to escape however, as the Monarch's coat gets stuck but luckily the grenades are seemingly duds.

But before 21 can get the Monarch down, the Doom Factory base suddenly separates itself from its pedestal, and it flies off with the Monarch still stuck, as he and 21 call out "Dude!!" to one another.

The scene shifts back to where Hank and Sirena swimming, when they hear Brock and Rocco approaching, causing them to dive underwater. Sirena kisses Hank, at the same time giving him a massive fireball, mouth-to-mouth to help him breathe.

Back at the Venture apartment, the Doom Factory is emptying the place of its science stuff as Dr. Venture protests, They all get on board their base and then fly off, which causes the Monarch's coat to come free, and he falls to the ground in front of Dr. Venture. As he rises as greets Dr. venture, the detonator for the seemingly useless grenades falls out of his picket and triggers, and the Doom Factory base ship explodes killing the villains. The Monarch remarks how cool the explosion looks. Elsewhere, Hank and Sirena are still kissing as the explosion occurs. It is also revealed Brock and Rocco have found them and are taking them back to their respective homes while the two gaze at each other.

The next morning, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch wakes up from the tranquilizers, and her husband pretends to have been drugged by The Blue Morpho as well. The two are soon contacted by Phantom Limb who, after apologizing for not believing the councilwoman earlier, asks what she thinks the Guild should do about The Blue Morpho, whom they believe to be Dr. Venture.

Episode Cast[edit | edit source]

First Appearances[edit | edit source]

"Happening" Attendees[edit | edit source]

Guest of Honor[edit | edit source]

The Doom Factory[edit | edit source]

Guild Members[edit | edit source]

Connections to Other Episodes[edit | edit source]

Bright Lights, Dean City


  • Hank tries to make up the excuse that "albinos may in fact have deep pack instincts" to explain why he and Sirena supposedly encountered four different ones on their date (they were all actually just Pete White wearing different costumes). As shown in Spanakopita!, albinos actually do adhere to an "albino code," a loyalty which supersedes all others.

Maybe No Go

  • Hatred mentions the floor of VenTech Tower has finally been fixed, after it was destroyed by Wide Wale's invasion in Maybe No Go.

Faking Miracles

Rapacity in Blue

Tanks for Nuthin'

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

Andy Warhol

Bull Durham (1988)

Challenge of the Superfriends (1978)

DC Comics

  • Fridgette is probably based on Batman villain Captain Cold, and Black Maria based on Aquaman villain Black Manta.

Empire (1964)

Factory Girl (2006)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

Gowanus Canal

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

It Happened One Night (1934)

  • The title It Happening One Night is derived from the title of the film It Happened One Night (1934), combined with a reference to Andy Warhol's practice of referring to his art installations as "happenings".

Li'l Abner

  • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's "farmer's daughter" costume is highly reminiscent of the character Daisy Mae from the long-running newspaper comic strip Li'l Abner.

Michael Jackson

  • The outfit that Hank wears on his date is similar to what Michael Jackson wore on the cover of the album Bad (and also the music video for the album's title song), prompting Sirena to ask "Is that the 'Bad' outfit?"

Ninja New York

Paul Morrissey

  • The camera-headed villain Black Maria represents both Paul Morrissey, a regular filmmaking collaborator and cinematographer for Warhol's films, as well as Warhol's extensive camera collection, including his iconic Polaroid Polavision film camera.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

  • When they arrive at Yumi, the ninja restaurant, Brock moans "Ninjas. Why'd it have to be ninjas?" This is a paraphrase of Indiana Jones' famous quote from the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark: "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Team Fortress 2 (2007)

  • The video game that Sergeant Hatred and Rusty are playing is Team Fortress 2, which features certain items and hats referencing the show and others from adult swim shows.

The Black Maria

The Doors (1991)

The Velvet Underground

Trading Places (1983)

Trash (1970)

  • Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey collaborated to create the film Trash, in which actor Joe Dalessandro wore a headband like the one worn by Trashenstein of the Doom Factory.

Troy (2004)

  • After their fight, Rocco asks Brock Samson where he "learned that jump thing". Brock tells him "Achilles in Troy", to which Rocco responds "Ah, the Pitt-ster. Nice. It's a totally underrated movie." Brad Pitt starred as Achilles in the 2004 film.

Warhol superstars

Yumi ()

  • The symbol () on the door of the ninja-themed restaurant Yumi is an archaic kanji for "yumi", a type of traditional archery bow or a prefix referring to something being bow-shaped.

 Production Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Animation Direction Supervisor (Kimson Albert) has a "nickname" inserted into his credits. The nickname is an unusual line or word from the preceding episode. For It Happening One Night the credit reads Kimson "Dead Dolphin Juice" Albert.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
"Tanks for Nuthin'"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
March 6th, 2016
Followed by:
"A Party for Tarzan"
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