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‘You Know What I Think?? Fuck!! You!!’ Sunday Brings The Hour-Long Fourth-Season Finale Of THE VENTURE BROS.!!

I am – Hercules!! Perhaps because they were hoping we’d forget about it, Cartoon Network is running the big hourlong season finale of “The Venture Bros.” nearly a month after it aired its penultimate episode, the Quizboy-centric “The Silent Partners.” The finale is titled “Operation P.R.O.M.” “Boardwalk Empire”: 9 p.m. Sunday. HBO. “The Walking Dead”: 10 p.m. Sunday. AMC. “Futurama”: 10 p.m. Sunday. Comedy Central. “The Venture Bros.”: 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Cartoon Network.
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  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by RipSeville

    Aha! My life is now validated. Can only go downhill from here.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    I haven't been following...

    by PurityOfEssence

    Last I saw Brock was back.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    they needed more time to finish the finale.

    by RedHorseVector

    i'm glad it's finally here. i skipped watching all the rest of the recent batch of episodes because i wanted to watch the rest of season 4 in one go rather than waiting a month for the finale. can't wait for a good ol' fashioned brock sampson throwdown...

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it's not Adult Swim's fault.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Doc and Jackson are just horrible procrastinators. The finale was still unfinished last week and it's also their fault, that we had to wait so long for the second half of season 4. Adult Swim loves their show! I mean, after they went way over their deadline with S 4.2, they even allowed them to make the finale hour long, which means they gave them time to re-write the script!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Better than I deserve....

    by Billyeveryteen

    I mean Robo-Bo? I nearly wet myself.<p>Usually have to re watch it to catch most of the jokes I missed.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Extremely weak season

    by Rex Carsalot

    I hope they find their direction again soon, because season four really seemed to flounder. There's stil a couple of gems in there and the plot advanced in interesting ways, but Sgt. Hatred and Sphinx in general seem to really be bogging the show down badly.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Has Adult Swim given the show a 5th season?

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Can't wait to see the finale tonight.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    No renewal as of September?

    by FracturedLojak

    There was a video interview of the two, and they mentioned that a renewal had not happened yet. It was filmed in September or October. I'm hoping it will be... and I have loved the past half-season! My gf is even watching it now.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Adult Swim advertises it as SEASON finale.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    This, the more than once openly expressed love from Adult Swim for this show and its creators, plus the seriously well selling DVDs equal a VERY high chance of a 5th Season.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I'm hoping so, RedEgiraahgnal

    by FracturedLojak

    It is one of the few shows I look forward to each year.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Each Sunday night is always Venture night!

    by elgato73

    I cannot say how much my friends and I love what Doc and Jackson due on this show each week. It is one of the greatest television series ever and it just keeps on giving, season after season. Hopefully they'll do several more seasons. The Ventures are brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    cant agree

    by Charger

    I can't agree with the comments about this season being lackluster. This show has never dissapointed me.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Agree with Hank, oh fuck!!! Poor Dean.

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Just got a kicked in the balls!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST


    by Unlabled

    Is amazing. One of my favorite episodes ever.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    This season has been pretty good!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    And I'm already declaring the season finale as one of the best!<p>And any Hank episode is great to me!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Oh shit this season finale is off the chain!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Never thought I would use the slang but damn! And the meaning to Rusty Venture is hilarious!

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Fuckin best Finale ever!

    by MJs_Cold_Dead_Pale_Corpse

    God I have enjoyed this season. I can't comprehend why some these talkbackers are saying this season was weak. YOU ARE PEDOPHILES AND I WANT TO KILL YOU BROCK SAMSON STYLE!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    time for this show to get a real budget

    by brabon300

    so they can hire more voice actors

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    That was a great finale!

    by FracturedLojak

    Honestly, wow! Doc and Jackson really knocked it out of the park. Keep at it guys :)

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    That last part with Brock racing back to the Prom..

    by choonie

    ...was excellent. Great choice in music as well.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I thought everyone will be dead when Brock gets back

    by David Cloverfield

    That's how good this show is. So unpredictable.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Shit, that was dead-ass awesome

    by JT Kirk

    So many ups and downs this season, but holy shit was that a great finale. Really bringing the heat, and the hour-long format brought out the best in their storytelling. It's clear that they've been thinking too big lately, and needed more time to tell these crazy stories. And poor Rusty Venture and his new, very unfortunate namesake.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Any news on season 5?

    by David Cloverfield

    As usual the Monarch got the biggest laugh from me with the "We swing!" followed by the delusional "The Monarch bested you again!" speeches. I want it to continue.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Great HOur-Long, But Dashed My Hopes

    by Aquatarkusman

    After my constant hectoring to see the Kim thread closed (Triana's friend on the double-date episode years ago), they did so by making her a (shudder) Christian and not giving her any more screen time. Oh well, thanks for the memories...

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    And The Thing About Budget/Voice Actors

    by Aquatarkusman

    Is absolutely correct. Think of the gold standard as Hank Azaria: it's impossible to tell that Apu, Chief Wiggum, and Moe are the same guy. Compare that to The Outrider (congested Doc Hammer), Dermot (gruff Doc Hammer), and Billy (Doc Hammer doing Wallace Shawn)

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Have to disagree

    by Rex Carsalot

    That was not great.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Rex, I have to be an asshole here...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    That reply was the most banal thing I've ever read. Did it really need to be said, considering you've already made your feelings clear? You're now just coming off contrary.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:44 a.m. CST

    The limited voice pool is admittedly a weakness

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    but when Doc and Jackson pick a voice to be done by somebody else, they nail the casting...So, I'll give them credit making the best of their limited budget.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Season 5 wishlist?

    by Generalcatburd

    1) Definitive season 5 - with Warburton intact. A Gathers-headed OSI restored to bad-ass glory. Brock back at Venture compound for undislosed "critical mission". Shore Leave headed Sphinx working as double-covert arm of OSI. 21 - what becomes of 21?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    The roundtable of ex-boy detectives/sidekicks was great: John Hodgman, Seth Green (doing his normal voice), Patton Oswalt and Brendan Small as Action Johnny. And, of course, getting Kevin Conroy to spoof himself was the geek coup of the past year.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    It's just an opinion

    by Rex Carsalot

    No more important, or louder, or better than any other poster's. You seem to have singled mine out for no other reason than that it didn't agree with yours, which is a bit odd, I think.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    "Operation P.R.O.M." was an absolute classic

    by SpyGuy

    Renewed life in the what I thought was over Dean & Triana would-be romance, Colonel Hunter Gathers becoming the new head of O.S.I., Henchman 21 saying screw you to the Monarch and flipping to SPHINX, and of course, the whole Brock and Molotov Cocktease sequence. Even better were the words in the credits saying "THE VENTURE BROS. WILL RETURN"...Awwwww, yeah.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Not a great season

    by BeatsMe

    Haven't seen the finale yet, but this season was actually kind of boring. Not a fan of Hatred, and really really sick of Quizboy - not sure why the writers love that duo so much.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Admittedly Rex, I did preface that I was being an Asshole...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Beatsme, boring as in lack of action?...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    Yeah, season 4 definitely shifted gears--especially after the 3-part bloodfilled season three season finale. I can see that disappointing fans. It really is a shift in storytelling from how they attacked season 1, when it focused on more "bang" endings each episode instead of doing a slow burn episodes to an explosive season finale. <p> There's one quick scene of Brock in the end of the season finale that almost seems to acknowledge that maybe some action was missing...

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I don't think (or care) that you're being an asshole

    by Rex Carsalot

    Just strange to take someone to task for saying it's "not great." If I'd said it sucked, was lame, crap, dull as dogshit, etc - then I'd expect the usual online response of "WHAT?!!!!" But what I wrote was barely worth the effort to respond to. And yet, here we are.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Perhaps that's what stuck with me...

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    The response was so...plain. <p> Particularly since it didn't really add anything to your first post which had (amongst other things) a legitimate criticism about Hatred and Sphinx bogging down the series. <p> But perhaps that second response itself, as boring as I perceive it, truly stresses your dissapointment and unenthusiastic reception to season 4. <p> Really, at this point, I think I'm just looking for an excuse not to work.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Damn (lack of edit function)

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny


  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Is this the end?

    by faelon

    Watching it, it really did seem like a "series finale" not a "season" one. They went back and revisited almost everyone and advanced or wrapped up their stories. Gathers was left with the OSI, Dean got a clue (well just one), Brock had his appocalyptic and tragic moments with Mol, 21 grew up and came into his own. In fact that was the whole theme of the episode, growing up and coming into ones own. It just felt like a closer. A good place to end it all. I hope they give us more. But this episode (and especially the "Venture Brothers Will Return" declaration at the end makes me fearful.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    whats the song at the end?!

    by wtfuckers

    ive been googlin, wikipediain, twitterin, tryin to locate the lyrics, etc! anyone know the song? you think it would be in the credits... but anyway awesome episode! rusty venture sexmove, are you afraid of the dark shoutout, fly escorts, and brocks psychotics eyes wit that smile... AWESOME! but yea, please find the song for me!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    Go to "Publick Nuisance," where Jackson Publick/Chris McCulloch has a 130+ comment thread about the episode. If I remember right, it's "Like a Friend" by Pulp.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    nevermind just found the song

    by wtfuckers

    like a friend by pulp... now i will forever picture Brocks eyes and fly girls when listenin to it!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    That's not a Rusty Venture!

    by impossibledreamers

    OMG! We could NOT stop laughing at the running 'Rusty Venture's name is a sex act' gag and that everybody had a theory on what it was... truly comedy gold.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Season Five? BRING IT ON!

    by eddieVroom

    I'd love to see a feature-length Venture Bros. in the theaters.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I'd pay to see a full length feature..

    by FracturedLojak

    but I'm not betting it will happen. Season 5+++ damn skippy.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Wow - loved it

    by No-Op

    I've never laughed out loud as much as watching the finale. Wow.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    God I love this show....

    by Jobacca

    Not only must they do a season 5,I want this show to air for years and years much like The Simpsons. Even a shitty episode of The Venture Bros. is better than the best of everything else...if there even IS a shitty episode. Maybe that one from the first season on the space station...but even that one has its moments.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Andrea Dworkin

    by No-Op

    Look her up. Scary and too old for Rusty... by about 5 years by my estimate. And Fun Boy Three's version IS more depressing, but deeper.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I just finished it...

    by chainsaw_shawn

    It was fucking off the hook. ok, i agree with dean triana was being a complete bitch. go to the prom as friends? Who the fuck does that. and then talk about the boyfriene the whole night?! Dean needs to man up, hank is already there, believe it or not. lol. I would like to see. Also where was jonas venture jr? Also why is movtolov with the big douche? Why didnt she be with brock when she had the chance fucking cocktease. all that waiting and fighting for nothing. She reminds me of the chicks in real life! lol. like you and marry someone else. Fuck that shit. lol. the ending was epic! im praying this gets renewed and they need to make the season longer, stop cutting it in half shit. PS. The triad guys should definitely get their own spinoff!!!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1:03 a.m. CST

    hollywood needs to hire the venture guys

    by brabon300

    as script doctors...only team i know that makes continuity a priority

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by cptrios really DID seem like a "series finale." They wrapped up a LOT of stuff and, frankly, if that WAS the series finale, I'd consider it a fairly satisfactory one. I REALLY REALLY hope it's not though! <p> However, there are still plenty of threads we can still follow; 21 switching from villain to hero, Dean becoming a supervillain (a definite possibility), finding out more about Jonas Venture's death, Brock re-joining the team...and even though I know this probably won't happen, given that the creators have said that the show is "all about failure," I'd like to see Rusty truly fulfill his promise at least once in the end...

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Lol, we still don't know the Monarch's motivation

    by David Cloverfield

    And who killed Doctor Venture. And the mother's identity (ther are hints, but there were hints at Dermot's parents too). Yet, they have made a satisfying conclusion. You see, you don't have to answer all the question, to not fuck up a finale. (Although I hope they'll continue.)

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I wanna know more about the crippled Twilighter.

    by Subtitles_Off

    I just know, Dean's going to have to earn his cajones against that dude somehow.<P>"That's right. The new Hank cusses."

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:34 a.m. CST

    David Cloverfield

    by hst666

    Thank You. I have been trying to express this opinion to people who say they enjoyed the Lost finale (I still believe they are in denial). It's not about questions answered, it's about a proper fucking ending. This 4th season finale was proper and could easily serve as a series finale (although I hope it doesn't). The Lost ending was just a whimper.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    The worst thing I can say about this show is..

    by shutupfanboy

    I want to spend more time with these characters. I thought the finale was amazing and tied up most of the loose ends this year. As for Season 5, they have a lot of stories to tell like Hunter dissolving SPHINX into OSI, Jonah in space, Phantom Limb, Hank and 24 joining OSI as well as Dean/Triana/Cripple Twilight kid. I hope Adult Swim gets them back if not there is no reason to watch this network.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    complaints about lacking action...

    by TheHumanBurrito

    ....not really "getting" what the show is about, I take it.

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Get rid of Hatred already...

    by Blood_Bubbles_in_Bathwater

    He's a lame character, and I find myself bored whenever he's on screen. Otherwise this is an awesome show. One of the only things I even care to watch on television anymore (with the exception of Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and cable news).

  • Nov. 26, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Chief Joseph

    Now his letters spell VD.