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Recap / The Venture Bros S 7 E 7 The Unicorn In Captivity

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Dr. Venture's latest scientific breakthrough gets him in trouble with the O.S.I. Meanwhile, the Monarch becomes involved in Copycat's heist on VenTec Tower.


  • Absentee Actor: Hank only gets a brief mention, while Dean is completely absent.
  • All Just a Dream: Dr. Venture is led to believe that he's going to an orgy organized by the Illuminati to convince him to give up on his teleportation breakthrough. In reality, it's the OSI's virtual reality technology tricking him into thinking that's the case.
  • The Cameo:
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    • Mark Hamill uses his The Joker voice for Presto Change-O, a Voluntary Shapeshifter with a clown theme, and one of the members of the Illuminati.
    • One of the simulated Illuminati members is clearly Roy Brisby wearing a bee-themed mask.
  • Dwindling Party: Copycat's heist team. Justified though, as Copycat was using them as decoy behind their backs and intentionally leading them to their deaths.
  • Fanservice: This episode is uncensored on the dvd. Everything pixelated is shown.
  • Foreshadowing: The Monarch proposes a bold attack for heisting VenTech Tower, but Copycat rejects it and tells him to stick to their original plan. It turns out everything the Monarch pitches is a part of Copycat's real plan.
  • Heist Episode: The main plot is about The Monarch (and eventually 21) getting entangled with Copycat's heist on Ven Tech tower.
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  • I Ate WHAT?!: Rusty has no qualms about using an orphan's soul but refuses to eat one.
  • The Illuminati: Invoked, with a side order of zigzaggy subversion. General Hunter Gathers of OSI warns Doc that his invention of teleportation is a Spanner in the Works for the secret masters of the world. He is later brought to an Eyes Wide Shut-esque orgy and offered a choice: give up teleportation and join them or a grizzly end at the hands of a supervillain - "fuck or be fucked". Doc ultimately chooses the former - and then is revealed to be in an OSI simulator.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: After getting away scot-free in "Faking Miracles" and almost tricking the Monarch in becoming his decoy, Copycat's heist ends up in smoke and his likely death while the Monarch and 21 end up with the teleporters through nothing but luck.
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  • No Honor Among Thieves: While it at first seems that Copycat's carefully-picked Villain team-up might work, it is eventually revealed that Copycat (who’s powers essentially make him a one-man Legion of Doom) set all of his teammates up to take the fall while he gets away with the stolen tech, leaving the others to either get arrested by OSI or death by Samson.
  • Portal Cut: Ramburglar, after being shot by Hatred's bullets that traveled through Monarch's teleporter to his, falls headfirst onto his teleporter, which beheads him while sending the head to the Monarch.
  • Spanner in the Works: The Monarch and 21 to Copycat.
  • Teleportation: Doc, Billy, and Pete successfully invent this, which consists of two circular portals that send anything that comes in contact with one of them to the other. Both Copycat and his gang and the OSI want to confiscate this from Venture—the former to use it for nefarious purposes, and the latter to destroy it to keep it from falling into the wrong hands and/or collapsing the global economy. In the end, the teleporters end up falling into the hands of the Monarch and 21.
  • The World Is Not Ready: This is Hunter's rationale for destroying the teleporters. Noting it would put everything from the automotive and airline industry, to package delivery services instantly out of business. And send the world economy into utter chaos.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Doc finally invents something worthwhile, that's not Powered by a Forsaken Child or defective. His reward is to be threatened by the OSI, and having it stolen by the Monarch and 21.
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