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"The Bellicose Proxy"
The Venture Bros. episode
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Episode no. Season 7
Episode 6
Directed by Juno Lee
Written by Doc Hammer
Production code 706
Original air date September 9, 2018
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The Bellicose Proxy is the sixth episode of Season 7 and the overall seventy-seventh episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot Edit

The Monarch and Henchman 21 train Augustus St. Cloud how to be a supervillain as part of The Guild of Calamitous Intent's Big Villain Program. Their efforts turn into a proxy war between The Monarch and his arch-nemesis Dr. Venture, pitting St. Cloud against Master Billy Quizboy and Pete White, who receive aide from Dr. Venture and his team.

Episode Cast Edit

First Appearances Edit

Episode Transcript Edit

See: The Bellicose Proxy (transcript) Edit

Connections to Other Episodes Edit

Home Insecurity

Spanakopita!

A Party for Tarzan

Arrears in Science

The Inamorata Consequence

Cultural References Edit

58 Joralemon Street (Brooklyn Heights, New York)

  • The brownstone facade that houses the entrance for Guild Strategic Operations is located at 58 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights. It was originally a private residence built in 1847, but was purchased in 1908 by a transit company who gutted the interior, converting the structure into "the world’s only Greek Revival subway ventilator".

Adam Ant

Batman

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Blind Melon

Blue Thunder

Christopher Street (Manhattan)

City Hall Subway Station (Manhattan)

Clueless (1995)

Coles Sports and Recreation Center

Dave Grohl

Diet Pepsi

Gay Street (Manhattan)

Girl Scout Cookies

Goodfellas (1990)

Grumman Moon Suit

  • The costume Billy borrows from Enzo is based off of the Grumman Moon Suit, a prototype space suit from 1965.

Humira (Adalimumab)

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • St. Cloud has docked the X-2 at Pier 84 on the Hudson River, directly next to the USS Intrepid at Pier 86. The Intrepid is a decommissioned aircraft carrier that has served as the foundation of the museum since 1982.

JAFO

  • When Pei Wie flies the Blue Thunder helicopter, he wears a helmet labeled JAFO--police/military jargon for "Just Another Fucking Observer", which was popularized by the film.

Lidsville (1971-1973)

Michael Kors

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Ray Bradbury

  • The Guild's "Hologram Training Center" is a reference to Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt", in which the holographic lions in a family's virtual reality nursery become real and eat the children's parents.

Rosey Grier

Roy Scheider

Scaphism

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (1973-1975)

Star Wars

The Dark Crystal (1982)

The Fly (1986)

The Matrix (1999)

  • The screen Watch and Ward look at in their comms room runs the same green symbol code as seen on the human resistance's screens in The Matrix.

They Live (1988)

  • St. Cloud's line, "I'm here to bust things up and chew bubblegum, and I find bubblegum unpleasant", is a pathetically weak paraphrasing of John Nada's (Roddy Piper) famous line from the movie They Live.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Trivia Edit

  • The title "The Bellicose Proxy" refers to an escalating proxy war in this episode between (unofficial) arches Dr. Venture and The Monarch through the coaching of their respective Level 1 proteges, Billy Quizboy and Augustus St. Cloud.
  • Augustus St. Cloud sends a Declaration of Villainous Aggression, a formal Guild threat calligraphed on a scroll of parchment, to Billy Quizboy at the VenTech Tower.
  • First mention of the Big Villain Program, The Guild of Calamitous Intent's mentorship program for aspiring low-level supervillains.
  • 21's weapons orientation with the lightning rifle for St. Cloud is similar to a number of scenes in movies and television shows, such as Corporal Hicks' demonstration of the M41A Pulse Rifle for Ripley in Aliens and Zorg's demonstration of the ZF-1 to the Mangalores in The Fifth Element.


Preceded by:
"The Inamorata Consequence"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
September 9, 2018
Followed by:
"The Unicorn in Captivity"
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