Nine Reasons The Venture Bros. Season Four Finale Blew Our Minds
We were Venture Bros. fans long before last weekend (and have the toys to prove it), but if there was anything that reaffirmed our belief that The Venture Bros. is the animated series that everyone should be watching, it was last Sunday's finale for season four. For fans of the show, this was a highly anticipated event, particularly considering that the sixteen-episode fourth season was split into two parts aired a year apart from each other.
We weren't immune to the excitement, nor were we disappointed by the results. "Operation P.R.O.M." combined everything we loved about the show, complex relationships, gross-out jokes that are more significant than what you might think and, more importantly, characters that we have grown to love. We've compiled some of our favorite bits from the episode below.
In order to write this post, we had to mention some spoilers. Consider this your warning.
9. Prom, It Isn't That Much Fun
Are adults more obsessed with prom than teenagers are? That seems to be the idea here. Rusty is using his kids to try to create a prom much better than his own. (Says Shannon Cottrell, who has shot many of the Team Venture-related photos for this blog, "Never trust a man who requests fajitas at his sons' homeschool prom.") The teens are so pre-occupied with other stuff that the event is simply something in the background. If you've ever been to a prom, you might recall that this is how the supposed biggest night of high school really is.
8. Pete White's DJ Skills
Did you see the way Pete White swiveled his hips and then pointed at the crowd? That has to be the best DJ move ever, straight-up arena rave. The best part of Pete's DJ set is when the action at prom is reaching a peak and then, all of a sudden, there's a moment when you think you hear "Blue Monday," but it is not, in fact, the New Order mega-hit. If there's one thing I learned while hitting up (and DJing at) nightclubs, it's that you will only hear "Blue Monday" smack in the middle of the night. It doesn't matter what genre the DJ is spinning, or even if the song is older than the club crowd, it never clears the floor.
7. What Happened to Kim?
Shannon Cottrell What, no Kim doll?
Kim is a very minor character in the series, a friend of Triana who is best known as being part of a double-date with the boys, meeting Dr. Girlfriend in the ladies room and contemplating a career as a supervillain. However, if you attended, or watched, The Venture Bros. convention panels, you know that fans often wonder what happened to Kim.
Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick answer this question in the best way possible. Kim is that kid who starts off high school kind of weird and interesting, but it seems to be part of a string of phases for the girl. According to Triana, she gets in with "the preppies," ends up in rehab and then goes "Christian-y" in Florida.
6. Henchman 21 Is Cooler Than He Thinks He Is
Henchman 21 was just a number, another guy in a butterfly outfit working for The Monarch. Throughout the seasons, though, 21 has developed into an important, and beloved, character in the series. He lost his best friend (Henchman 24), entered what The Monarch called an "alas, poor Yorick" phase and got all hot and bothered over his boss' wife. Both 21's reliance on the ghost of 24 and his crush on Dr. Mrs. the Monarch come to a head in this episode. Most importantly, though, he realizes that he might not actually be one of the "bad guys."
Shoreleave points out the obvious when 21 professes that he's "not a good guy."
"Oh, yes, you are," he says. "Now scoot."