"The Doctor Is Sin"
The Venture Bros. episode
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"This one is for your diet pills, and this is for whathaveyou."
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 2
Directed by Jackson Publick
Written by Jackson Publick
Production code 3-28
Original air date 8 June 2008
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The Doctor Is Sin is the second episode of Season 3 and the overall twenty-eighth episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Dr. Venture's business is once again on the rocks, so he tries to pull out all the stops to convince a four-star army general to buy from Venture Industries. Brock, Hank, Dean, Dr. Orpheus and Dr. Orpheus' daughter Triana take roles as different "staff" members, investors, foreign dignitaries and even a threat from the future, but the General passes, seeing that all of the gadgets are just leftovers from Venture's father. After the general leaves, Dr. Henry Killinger arrives to offer his services, hiring "Venchmen" (henchmen for Venture) and quickly repairing the compound, returning it to its former glory. In the midst of his renewal of the compound, Dr. Orpheus discovers that Killinger may be something more sinister than anyone can comprehend.

After being evicted, Orpheus and Triana move in with The Alchemist. Brock arrives later with the housewarming gift of a case of beer and is convinced by Orpheus that Killinger is up to no good. Back at the compound, Dr. Venture is put through a difficult test to "repair his soul", which involves overcoming his lack of self-worth and his jealousy over his brother Jonas's continuing success. It turns into a race against time as Orpheus, Brock and the Alchemist attempt to stop Killinger, who reveals he has been slowly preparing Dr. Venture to sign with the Guild of Calamitous Intent as a villain, with an option to make his brother into his arch-nemesis.

Just as Brock storms the compound to stop Killinger, all of the Venchmen calmly and politely depart. Brock finds Dr. Venture naked and alone in his command center, where he reveals to Brock that he fired Killinger rather than become a super-villain. He then asks Brock, "Am I a bad person?", to which Brock gives a noncommittal answer. Outside, Killinger, looking down on Venture quotes from Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" monologue as the episode ends.

After the credits, Venture, attempting to sort his own mail, finds a package containing a cobra poised to strike; Venture's fear that he has a new, competent archenemy is short-lived when he discovers that the cobra is from the Monarch, dead to the point of desiccation and in an unopened box left over from 2003.

Episode Cast[edit | edit source]

First Appearances[edit | edit source]

Connections to Other Episodes[edit | edit source]

Powerless in the Face of Death

Twenty Years to Midnight

I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills

Bot Seeks Bot

  • Sri Lankan Devil Bird, the villain mauled by Brock in the beginning of the episode, has his costume stored away and later worn by Shore Leave while infiltrating Don Hell's Nightclube.

Cultural References[edit | edit source]


As You Like It

Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar

Batman (1966)

  • The scene in which Dr. Killinger disintegrates the union heads into small piles of bright, multi-colored dust is a reference to the 1966 film Batman.

Cain and Abel

  • As Doctor Killinger leads Dr. Venture towards Jonas Venture Jr.'s base in order to assassinate him he compares this scenario with the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel. In the book of Genesis Adam and Eve's eldest son, Cain, slew his younger brother, Abel, out of spite that God had accepted Abel's sacrifice but shunned Cain's offering.

David and Goliath

  • In a dreamlike sequence Dr. Killinger has Dr. Venture re-enact the Biblical slaying of Goliath by David, with the statue of his father coming to life and Venture, dressed in a shepherd's tunic, using a slingshot to fatally pierce his father's forehead. A tiny Dr. Killinger serves as the projectile that takes down the giant.


From Dusk till Dawn (1996)


  • General Manhowers mentions having a Fruitopia, and he can't remember how long it's been since he had one. Fruitopia was a brand of fruit juice marketed by The Coca-Cola Company from 1994; it was discontinued in the United States around 2003.


  • Jonas Venture Jr.'s publicity campaign includes a spoof of the popular ads for the iPod. Dr. Venture drives past a billboard featuring a black silhouette of Jonas Venture Jr. wearing white headphones in the pre-title sequence.

Jonny Quest (1964-1965)


  • Dr. Venture says that Killinger took enough blood to make a KISS comic book. The rock band KISS starred in a series of comic books, for which all the band members donated blood which was mixed into the ink.

King Vitaman

  • In his flashback vision Dr. Venture states that King Nutri-Man is his favorite breakfast cereal but you don't get a prize. This is a takeoff on King Vitaman cereal which was a brand of sweetened breakfast cereal produced by Quaker Oats and sold in the United States from 1968 to 2019.

Lex Luthor

Lucy van Pelt 

  • The title of the episode is likely a take on the sign on the front of Lucy van Pelt's psychiatric booth which would read "The Doctor is in" when she was available for counselling sessions as seen in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts and its animated television specials created by Charles Schulz.

Mary Poppins

  • Dr. Killinger continues to have parallels to Mary Poppins, such as flying with his umbrella and instructing the boys.

Monster cereals

Reducto (Birdman and the Galaxy Trio)

Richard Nixon

Scientific American


Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  • When Killinger asks Dr. Venture to get into his magic murder bag, Venture asks "What's in there?" and Killinger responds, "Only what you take with you." This exchange is taken directly from a scene between Yoda and Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back.

The Secret (2006)


Production Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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 The Doctor Is Sin the credit reads Kimson "I Love Mein Job!" Albert.
  • The first 11 minutes of this episode were played on April 1, 2008 to promote the new season. Only being a rough cut, the clip lacked music and sound effects.[1]
  • Henchman 24's face is on the "Have you seen me?" side of the juice carton Jonas Venture Sr. takes out of the refrigerator and sets on the counter.

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
"Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
June 8, 2008
Followed by:
"The Invisible Hand of Fate"
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