"The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem"
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The Head of Jonas Venture Sr. suspended inside the PROBLEM.

Episode no. Season 7
Episode 1
Directed by Juno Lee
Written by Jackson Publick
Production code 701
Original air date August 5, 2018
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The Venture Bros. & The Curse of the Haunted Problem is the first episode of Season 7 and the overall seventy-second episode of The Venture Bros.

Plot[edit | edit source]

When the Venture family begins to experience signs that their New York home and headquarters is haunted, Dean calls in the Order of the Triad to help. They discover the remains of Jonas Venture Sr. in the PROBLEM box that survived the de-orbiting of Gargantua-1.

Meanwhile, Hank has continued to pursue a relationship with Sirena Ong, daughter of Dr. Venture's arch-nemesis Wide Wale. When his straightforward attempts to speak with Wale are thwarted by Wale's henchmen, Hank revives his "criminal" alter ego, Enrico Matassa, and attempts to become part of Wale's gang. As an initiation test, Wale tells Hank he must shoot a man - The Monarch, who is seen tied to a chair while wearing his Blue Morpho costume, without the mask.

Episode Cast[edit | edit source]

First Appearances[edit | edit source]

Connections To Other Episodes[edit | edit source]

Careers in Science

  • The reference to the theme from Sharky's Machine was first introduced in Careers in Science as part of the "Phantom Spaceman" horror story.
  • When the original Team Venture mention that the Problem light has not lit up in 30 years, Dean mentions that it has before being silenced by Dr Venture.

Escape To The House Of Mummies Part II


All This and Gargantua-2

Faking Miracles

Rapacity in Blue

A Party for Tarzan

Cultural References[edit | edit source]

Alien (1979)

Hackers (1995)

  • Pete White mentions "Acid Burn" and "Zero Cool", the main characters from the 1995 film, Hackers.

Interstate 25 in Colorado

Living for the City (1973)

Poltergeist (1982)

  • Brock screaming "What's happening?!" as VenTech Tower shakes and sways is similar to the scene in Poltergeist when the teenaged daughter screams the same thing.

Premature ejaculation

Professor Robert Langdon

  • While exploring in the desert and encountering an ancient artifact, Jonas Venture Jr. says "Well I'm no Robert Langdon," a reference to author Dan Brown's fictional (in our world) expert in religious iconology.

Saint George

Sharky's Machine (1981)

Stargate (1994)

  • The opening scene where the boy calls Jonas Venture Jr. over because the team has found the crashed remains of Gargantua-1 mirrors the opening scene of the 1994 sci-fi film Stargate.

Street Life (1979)

The Exorcist (1973)

  • The demon statue in the desert is a reference to the statue of Pazuzu which appears in The Exorcist.
  • The word "PROBLEM" appears on Dean's stomach as if written from the inside, like the words "help me" appeared on Regan's stomach in The Exorcist while she was possessed.

The Godfather Part II (1974)

  • Vincenzo having to fire hank Hank at the behest of a mob boss, then catching up to Hank to offer him a pizza as he leaves is similar to a scene in the film The Godfather Part II where Vito Corleone is fired from the grocery store at the behest of a mob boss, then is offered groceries as he leaves.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (1911)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Sergeant Hatred, as the tour guide in the lobby of VenTech Tower, boasts that Colonel Lloyd Venture was part of the first real moon landing in 1902.
  • It is confirmed that Jonas Venture Sr. survived in the Movie Night massacre in 1987, despite previously being considered dead for the first six seasons of the series.
  • First episode of the "Morphic Trilogy", which comprises the first three episodes of Season 7 and was originally intended to the be the three-part finale for Season 6.

Info[edit | edit source]

  • The first half of the season addresses the cliffhangers that happened at the end of Season 6. [1]

References[edit | edit source]

Preceded by:
"Red Means Stop"
The Venture Bros. episodes
Original Airdate:
August 5, 2018
Followed by:
"The Rorqual Affair"
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