|"Pomp and Circuitry"|
|The Venture Bros. episode|
|Written by||Jackson Publick|
|Original air date||September 19th, 2010|
|List of The Venture Bros. episodes|
Pomp and Circuitry is the tenth episode of Season 4 and the overall forty-ninth episode of The Venture Bros.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Dean and Hank Venture are surprised that they have finally "graduated" from their educational sleeping beds, and must decide whether they should go to college. Dean meekly accompanies his father, Dr. Venture to his father's alma mater, State University. But Hank who did not receive his diploma decides to join the secret paramilitary organization S.P.H.I.N.X.. Despite showing great skills as a potential agent (even managing to avoid having his memory wiped), he is still rejected by the agency. Brock Samson comforts Hank, encouraging him to give up on trying to be a spy and wait until he gets his high school diploma. Immediately afterward, Hank bangs his head on his learning bed and his diploma (which had been caught in a paper jam) comes out. Hank happily shows it to Brock before the latter quickly tells him he has to be eighteen to join S.P.H.I.N.X., dashing Hank's hopes again and he hits his head on the bed once more.
In a subplot, the disgraced supervillain Phantom Limb escapes from Guild captivity and recruits a depressed Professor Impossible to help him recover his lost limbs so that he might wreak revenge on the Guild. At the end of the episode, Phantom Limb's body parts are restored and Richard has decided to join him as a villain in the re-formed Revenge Society, though he has difficulty trying to find a good villain name. The two are soon joined at One Impossible Plaza by a dethroned Baron Werner Ünderbheit, who says "Excuse me, I want to join up with you guys."
Episode Cast[edit | edit source]
- James Urbaniak: Dr. Venture, Phantom Limb
- Patrick Warburton: Brock Samson
- Mike Sinterniklaas: Dean Venture
- Chris McCulloch: Hank Venture, Sgt. Hatred, Hunter Gathers, Dragoon, Watch, Roy Brisby
- Doc Hammer: Billy Quizboy, Shore Leave, Ward, Red Mantle
- Bill Hader: Professor Impossible, Phage
- T. Ryder Smith: Baron Ünderbheit, Dean Harris, Otto Aquarius
- Paul Boocock: Jonas Venture Sr., University President, Homeless Vet
First Appearances[edit | edit source]
Connections to Other Episodes[edit | edit source]
- Baron Werner Ünderbheit is seen homeless, having been banished from Ünderland in the episode Love-Bheits.
- It becomes clear that Dr. Z lied to Rusty and Johnny when he said he was retired in the episode Self-Medication. In the scene of the council chamber his voice and silhouette reveal that he is a member of The Council of Thirteen of The Guild of Calamitous Intent!
Cultural References[edit | edit source]
- Billy Quizboy points out that Hank wrote Batman twice on his list of career choices. Hank responds that the separate entries were for Golden Age Batman and Post-Crisis Batman: "They're, like, two completely different Batmen!"
- When Shore Leave cuts Hank's hair during his attempt to join S.P.H.I.N.X., Hank asks him if he can shave a Batman logo in the back.
- Hunter calls Hank "Chachi", a reference to Scott Baio's character from the television show Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi. Chachi was the younger cousin of Fonzie, the popular character on Happy Days.
- During Hank's S.P.H.I.N.X. montage, he can be seen training with a robot resembling the fighter robot from Dune.
- Billy Quizboy describes the information imparted to Hank and Dean via their learning beds as "more dated than Funk & Wagnalls," a reference to the now out-of-print Funk and Wagnalls encyclopedia.
- Dr. Venture says the boys "have been around the globe more times than Gaëtan Dugas." Dugas was a flight attendant who was incorrectly regarded as the "patient zero" of AIDS.
- When Hank attempts to run away from home by joining S.P.H.I.N.X., Hunter Gathers refers to him as Heidi, the protagonist from the famous children's novel about a Swiss orphan girl's adventures across Europe.
- When Hank attempts to run away from home by joining S.P.H.I.N.X., Hunter Gathers refers to him as Heidi. This is a reference to the so-called "Heidi Game," a 1968 AFL match between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets that was interrupted by a scheduled broadcast of the 1968 television film adaptation of Heidi, causing East Coast viewers to miss the Raiders' come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of the game.
- Hank says he feels "like that Jewish guy who lost all his powers when they cut his hair off." Brock presumes he means the Biblical strongman Samson, but Hank clarifies he was referring to singer/songwriter/musician Lenny Kravitz, whose musical style became more pop-oriented after he cut off his signature dreadlocks.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the English composer Sir Edward Elgar's' Pomp and Circumstance Marches, a series of orchestral pieces written for graduation ceremonies and military parades. The most famous of which is March No. 1 in D, also known as Land of Hope and Glory, which plays while the certificate is being printed.
- The gorillas Brock Samson fights are dressed like the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Pope's guards at the Vatican since the 15th century.
- Dean's favorite type of ancient Roman gladiator is the retiarius, who fought using tridents and net-like weapons.
- Hank says he feels "like that Jewish guy who lost all his powers when they cut his hair off", prompting Brock to guess that he meant the Biblical strongman Samson.
- Hank's favorite type of ancient Roman gladiator is the secutor, who had "the coolest helmets" and beat up on retiarius gladiators.
- Brock complains that the S.P.H.I.N.X. operative he is working with at the Vatican is a graduate of the Albert Merrill School. The Albert Merrill School was a vocational-technical high school located in New York City which offered computer, electrical, and engineering training to individuals without a high school diploma. The school's television advertisements (which featured singer Jimmy Randolph) were almost ubiquitous on New York City television stations. The school was successfully sued for admitting students it knew could never pass its courses (such as those who did not speak English).
The Aviator (2004)
- Professor Impossible’s dark room with his limb stretched around as if it were paper, along with the glasses of urine, his disheveled appearance, and his mysophobia are all references to Howard Hughes' later years, as dramatized in the 2004 film The Aviator.
- When Phantom Limb dons the sunglasses he steals from the guard before meeting Professor Impossible, they share a great resemblance to Agent Smith's sunglasses in the Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions films.
The Simpsons (1989 - present)
- Hank lists one of his desired occupations as "Drifter". In The Simpsons' 1992 episode "Separate Vocations" (Season 3, Episode 18), Bart Simpson's career aptitude test results surprise the test administrator, who had pegged him for "a drifter". Like Hank, Bart romanticizes the idea of being a drifter, briefly fantasizing about a ragged adult version of himself unsuccessfully hitchhiking.
- When Shore Leave is cutting Hank's hair, Hunter Gathers derisively refers to him as "Vidal Buffoon", an allusion to famed hairstylist Vidal Sassoon.
- The Impossible Science Center looks like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Production Notes[edit | edit source]
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- 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 Pomp and Circuitry the credit reads Kimson "Retiarius" Albert.
- When Phantom Limb fights off Phage, he is wearing his older costume seen in Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny. Later however, he is seen wearing his then-current costume, implying the earlier instance was an animation error.
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"The Diving Bell Vs. The Butter-glider"
| The Venture Bros. episodes
September 19th, 2010
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