|"The Saphrax Protocol"|
|The Venture Bros. episode|
|Directed by||Juno Lee|
|Written by||Doc Hammer|
|Original air date||October 7, 2018|
|List of The Venture Bros. episodes|
The Saphrax Protocol is the tenth and final episode of Season 7 and the overall eighty-first episode of The Venture Bros.
Episode Cast Edit
- James Urbaniak: Dr. Venture, Phantom Limb
- Patrick Warburton: Brock Samson
- Mike Sinterniklaas: Dean Venture
- Chris McCulloch: Hank Venture, The Monarch, Dr. Z, Sgt. Hatred, Action Man, Blackout 1, Dragoon, Watch
- Doc Hammer: Dr. Mrs. The Monarch, 21, Red Mantle, Ward
- James Adomian: Dr. Phineas Phage, Blackout 2
- Cristin Milioti: Night Nurse Cindy Marie Abrams
Connections to Other Episodes Edit
- Hank Venture revives his persona of The Bat, putting on the Batman mask he first wore in a flashback in the Season 2 episode Powerless in the Face of Death.
- It is revealed Dean knows the truth about the heritage of Dermott Fictel, which his father confessed to him while drunk. Dermott's parentage was first revealed in the Season 4 episode Everybody Comes to Hank's and confirmed in the Season 5 episode Momma's Boys.
- Sergeant Hatred removes his shirt in an unsuccessful attempt to sway night nurse Cindy Marie Abrams, confirming that he no longer has the breasts he previously developed from taking Nomolestol. Hatred visited the O.S.I. Hover-Quarters for breast reduction surgery in the Season 5 episode O.S.I. Love You.
- In a flashback sequence between Jonas Venture Sr. and The Blue Morpho in Arrears in Science it is implied that Jonas secretly fathered a son with The Blue Morpho's wife, Mrs. Fitzcarraldo, who grew up to be The Monarch. In this episode Watch and Ward confirm that Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture and The Monarch are blood relatives--most likely brothers or clones.
- The character of The Bat was last mentioned by Hank in Season 7's Arrears in Science.
- The teleporters return, having previously been invented by Dr. Venture and subsequently stolen by The Monarch in The Unicorn in Captivity.
- The events in the episode takes place no more than a few hours after the previous episode, The Forecast Manufacturer. The roof of the VenTech Tower is still covered in snow that was generated by the Guild Weather Machine.
- Hank is comatose in Stuyvesant University Medical Center after injuring his head in the previous episode.
- Hank recalls Dean sleeping with his girlfriend, Sirena.
Cultural References Edit
- Pop music boy band founded in 1996. Hank had one of their CDs, which Dean openly mocked him for owning despite Dean secretly enjoying it and later borrowing it for himself.
- The episode's title refers to the real life historical figures Alatheus and Saphrax, Greuthungi chieftains who served as co-regents for Vithericus, son and heir of the Gothic king Vithimiris. Both figures are referenced repeatedly in The Monarch's EMA Level 10 ceremony aboard Meteor Majeure.
- The story told in the ceremony differs from real history; The Guild's version ends with Saphrax sparing Emperor Flavius Valens instead of stabbing him in his tent, whereas Valens actually died in battle against Saphrax and Alatheus.
- The coma world resembles the landscape of Tau Ceti's 16th planet.
- Hank is attacked by several dolls with razor-sharp teeth, which he easily kicks aside.
- The top of Dr. Phineas Phage's body, with the wings, is based on the blind angel Pygar.
- Hank dives into the Matmos: living energy in liquid form, powered by evil thoughts and used as an energy source in the city of Sogo.
- Hank leaves his wealthy life behind to grow up and become The Bat, just as Bruce Wayne did in Batman Begins (2005).
- Hank wears his plastic Halloween mask from the Adam West Batman series in the 1960s, previously seen in numerous episodes.
- Hank dresses as Lando Calrissian, Williams' character from The Empire Strikes Back.
- Hank makes a reference to dialogue from an old Colt .45 malt liquor advertisement where Williams was the spokesman.
- Hank's speech and Dean trying to find him in the post credits sequence come from the closing scene of this early Sam Raimi superhero film.
Diff'rent Strokes (1978-1986)
- Holy Week in Spain (Spanish: Semana Santa) is the annual tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods (Spanish: cofradía) and fraternities that perform penance processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. The Guild Choir in the background of The Monarch's Tenning ceremony wear the distinctive cloaks and hoods (capirotes) of Spanish Holy Week processions.
- Hank dresses as Lando Calrissian.
- The coma world resembles the ice planet Hoth.
- Hank and The Action Man are trapped in a cave by a Wampa.
- The bottom of Dr. Phineas Phage's body is replaced with an AT-AT Imperial Walker.
NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
- It is as yet undetermined whether the name Bobbi Saint Simone is a reference to Robert "Bobby" Simone, the detective character played by Jimmy Smits on this police procedural.
- The Latin motto of the Stuyvesant University Medical Center, "Sic Transit Gloria - Nihil Sanctisne", roughly translates to "Glory fades - Is nothing sacred?" Both Latin phrases were used in this Wes Anderson film.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Hank hands Phineas Phage an oil can, like Dorothy does with the Tin Man.
- Hank also quotes Dorothy's speech to her friends before she departs the Land of Oz to return to Kansas.
- The Guild Council refers to The Monarch's ceremony as a "Tenning", due to his applying for an EMA Level 10.
- While unconscious in Stuyvesant University Medical Center, Hank meets his godfather The Action Man in a purgatory-like world and learns that his and Dean's real mother was an actress named Bobbi Saint Simone. Dr. Venture apparently became obsessive and emotionally smothered her until she stopped taking his calls, changed her name, and moved to another state.
| Preceded by:|
"The Forecast Manufacturer"
| The Venture Bros. episodes|
October 7, 2018
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