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Eat The Pennies: New Episode Guide Layout

These things seem to take longer and longer as time goes by, but the capsule, notes and screengrabs for "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?" are finally up. Regulars of the site (or anyone who has viewed an episode guide before) will notice a difference in the layout. The notes are now inline with the capsule, which I hope will make things a little more coherent. Not that there were complaints about it before, but sometimes you gotta spice things up in a relationship that's going on nine years now.

Feel free to drop any thoughts on the new format in the comments or you can always use the handy contact form if you're shy. Also, as is the custom, let me know if there's anything I left out or made a mistake on, because I'm sure there's a bunch of stuff. If I use them, additional notes will always be credited, and if you have a user account you'll even get a sweet achievement for it. You know you want it.
My immediate comment is that white text on gray background (for the notes) is very hard to read unless you highlight the text.

Thanks for all your hard work!
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:04pm
It shows up as black text for me (Firefox). Maybe a compatibility issue?
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:05pm
Hmm, weird, it's black for me as well. What browser are you using? I will try to explicitly set the font color though.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:18pm
Using Google Crome and the classic MantisEye background. Thanks!
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:27pm
Oh damn, I always forget about the other theme. Next time I'll actually make sure I test it in that.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:42pm
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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I use the classic theme and didn't have a problem seeing anything. Then again, I'm using Internet Explorer, not Chrome.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:36am
It was fixed to a black text (thanks!), but I just checked now and it's back to being white text (ow! my eyes!).
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Jun. 13, 2013, 10:08am
Weird, not sure what happened there. Will be fixed shortly.
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Jun. 13, 2013, 11:44am
Loving the new layout. That is all.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:04pm
I'm sure there will be other notes to add, but here is one:

One of Dean's fantasies references the iconic scene of both main characters eating the same strand of spaghetti in "The Lady & the Tramp".
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Jun. 11, 2013, 2:10pm
  • by Cheb Ghobbi
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Lots of spelling errors spotted in my brief glance: Sergeant, not Sargeant, whether, not weather, and I suspect the correct spelling of St Cloud's sidekick's name is Pi Wai.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 6:40pm
Barf. Noted and fixed, thanks. Though I am getting Pei Wei as a common spelling? It's really hard to look these things up.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 7:20pm
The closed captioning had it as Pei Wei, but you can't always trust that. They had 21 as 2321 for some reason.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 7:55pm
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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P.F. Chang's owns a chain of restaurants named Pei Wei's, so that's probably what happened.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 12:47am
I love the new format! I was never very much interested in the recaps as I've seen every episode ten bajillion times, but by including the notes mixed in with the recap it makes the recap more relevant to me by providing a bit more context for the reference if I should need it. Also, as a guy who didn't really care about the recaps so much as the notes, it was kind of a pain to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. Now I can read as I scroll!

This web site continues to be the best resource for all things Venture. I wouldn't change a thing for another nine years!
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Jun. 11, 2013, 7:05pm
Yeah I am not even sure how valuable the recaps are, to be honest. A few years ago I proposed getting rid of them entirely (just leaving some quotes) or reducing them in size a lot but people were resistant to that so I left them. It's probably the most time consuming part of the whole process, so I'm trying to reign it in a little bit for my own sake, but I do think integrating the notes and putting in more screencaps makes it work better.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 7:23pm
  • by beb
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I find the long capsules you do very helpful when trying to recall some detail in the show. Not to mention the list of cultural references, many of which sometimes escapes me.
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Jun. 14, 2013, 11:51am
Great job as always, Mike. Especially as so much went down, and in an extra long episode to boot. Just a couple things I'd like to point out.

I'm pretty certain the out of phase intern said, "Kill me!" and not, "Help me!", which makes Doc's "Not until we ship" response all the more amusing.

Augustus St. Cloud said, "Gentleman, I've only deigned to join your organization" not, "deemed to join".

The closed captioning agrees with what I heard, but it can't always be trusted. Otherwise the capsule is gold.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 8:12pm
"Ben Grimm's" references the character from the Fantastic Four known as "The Thing".

Probably should mention that Quenya and Sindari are elvish languages in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. (know this is pointed out in the show)

And while you're at pointing out references in the show...Martin Luther's 95 Theses posted in 1517 are referenced and Pete White gets Billy to fast-forward through his explanation and conclude with '1597' which was the year Lutheran Church was established.

The Monarch mentions the people have 4 arms like that "blue Hindu sculpture". Which must be a reference to Vishnu.

Matlock and Murder She Wrote were crime dramas in the late 80's to early 90's that were mostly targeting adults 40+.

Dean referencing "E-wok Village" was a Star Wars reference.

The Monarch references the old 1960's Hulk cartoon intro "now he's wrecking the town with the power of a bull, ain't no monster clown who is as lovable".


Remaining questions:
What was the 3-pointed symbol painted in blood over the Venture logo in the working
What was "Jessica" that Pete White was referencing?
The 4 armed people resemble something with their pointy ears and elongated head, but what?
The guys in the orange suits seem to resemble The Lizard from Spider-man. Confirmation?
"Lee-Hun-Took" is probably a reference to some movie or world.
St. Cloud having a wall of identical wigs to be cleaned and combed is a reference to something.
Billy says to St. Cloud "You must sterilize! Sterilize!" what is this referencing?
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Jun. 11, 2013, 8:16pm
"his Jessica" refers to the main character in Murder She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher (played by Angela Lansbury).

Someone on twitter explained the spray paint, which is a Klingon logo. I didn't know either.

I couldn't find anything about Lee-Hun-Took. I originally thought it was Lee-Han-Took, which would have made it a weird LOTR/Star Wars thing, but I think it's probably just gibberish.

All the rest is good stuff, too, I will add it eventually!
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Jun. 11, 2013, 8:30pm
I can field a few of these questions. (Dons geek hat)

"What was the 3-pointed symbol painted in blood over the Venture logo in the working" - Looks to me to be sort of like the symbol of the Klingon Empire.

""Lee-Hun-Took" is probably a reference to some movie or world." - My guess, as I mentioned in the main comments, is that it's taken from a combination of Bruce Lee, Attila the Hun, and Perigrin Took, all being most righteous dudes. But there could be other possibilities.

"St. Cloud having a wall of identical wigs to be cleaned and combed is a reference to something." - Possibly from the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve. Lex Luthor (as played by Gene Hackman) had a bunch on wigs in his lair. Either Watch or Ward (I get those two mixed up) said it was "very Lex Luthor" of him to use his real name as his villain name, so the wig thing makes sense.

"Billy says to St. Cloud "You must sterilize! Sterilize!" what is this referencing?" - Captain Kirk's line to Nomad in "The Changeling" to get it to destroy itself as it was otherwise nearly invulnerable.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 8:59pm
Thanks for the answers! Your "Lee-Hun-Took" hypothesis doesn't really make any sense, but the others look good.
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Jun. 11, 2013, 10:10pm
I'm not claiming that I'm definitively correct on the "Lee-Hun-Took" explanation, but please let me further explain my reasoning before dismissing it out of hand.

1. It's a society of college geeks and the Lee-Hun-Took is their leader / chosen one.
2. Bruce Lee kicked ass and is, or was, big with the college crowd, at least back in my day. He was sort of a leader in that he developed his own style of martial arts and started his own school and his legacy developed a CULT following.
3. I'm the least sure about the Attila the Hun part, but he was a powerful leader and kicked ass.
4. Peregrin Took went on to become the Thain (leader) of The Shire many years after the events in the LOTR concluded. And he did a little bit of ass kicking at the Battle of Gondor.

So, there you go. I know I'm probably reaching a bit on this, and I'd welcome some other possible explanations / theories, or better yet one from Doc and JP themselves. Anyone reading this who attends the VB panels at the cons take note!
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Jun. 11, 2013, 11:16pm
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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Something related to the E-wok village note- when Dean becomes Lee-Hun-Took, the singing and dancing is a reference to the original (non-special edition) ending of Return Of The Jedi.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 12:49am
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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Very nice. I honestly liked the original way better but this works well too. A few notes though- the Faraday Cage is a real thing, as seen here at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage. Don't know if it's necessary to mention but Hatred's lines to the out of phase intern are pretty directly from A Christmas Carol. The intern says 'Kill me!' though- not 'Help me!'. The interns mutating into two distinct classes is a reference to the Eloi (the white cleansuits) and Morloks (the orange cleansuits) from The Time Machine. The sirens at the end of the day are a reference to this as well. Also, Slagathor is another name for an extremely ugly girl. It originally came from an end credits scene in She's Having A Baby but most people would know it from Scrubs.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:23am
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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The wikipedia works if you take away the period- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage .
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:24am
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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One other thing (sorry for so many notes)- all the green cleansuits being called Tom or some variation thereof is a reference to a derogatory term field slaves used for slaves that worked in the house or acted really subservient to their master (like in Uncle Tom's Cabin), which fits in with the Roots scene in the E-Den.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:33am
Except that the Morloks were eating the Eloi, and Orange Class was eating Green Class, not White class, so Green Class is more like the Eloi.

Sgt. Hatred borrowed Dean's copy of The Time Machine in season three and mentioned about the Morloks eating the lazy Eloi.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 8:49am
Good eye!!!
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Jun. 12, 2013, 9:24am
  • by Bill
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Random observation after a re-watch: Dean and Thalia have quite a thing for Fanta orange sodas.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 2:07am
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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For anybody interested, there's a brief Doc and Jackson interview at Splitsider: http://splitsider.com/2013/06/talking-to-the-creators-of-venture-bros-about-the-new-season-and-playing-fuck-marry-kill-with-their-favorite-characters/ (I know it's about a week old but whatever, it's decent- nothing really new but still fun)
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Jun. 12, 2013, 3:41am
  • by beb
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"fuck-marry-kill"? What a horrible concept.
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Jun. 14, 2013, 11:59am
They called it "Bang-Kill-Marry" on Archer.
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Jun. 16, 2013, 7:38am
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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It's all over the internet as fmk.
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Jun. 17, 2013, 10:00pm
I personally prefer the old format, and I miss the plot speculations and character notes (IE learning Hatred's first name) that would occur in particularly eventful episodes such as this, but I digress.

Mike, I don't know if you go exclusively go by the credits listed in the episode, but the credits omitted Jackson voicing Mile High and Hunter, so that could be something you'd want to correct for completionist's sake.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:10pm
The credits are always a copy of the ones at the end of the show, unless there's an obvious error in them (like I think "Past Tense" had Patrick Warburton listed twice or something).
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:23pm
Oh, also I will probably still include plot speculation stuff. Still working out the kinks.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 1:31pm
  • by The Mysterious 'H'
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Ok, one more note (can't believe I forgot this)- the title is a reference to the book 'What Color Is Your Parachute?', which is a book about job hunting.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 6:09pm
Dang, I even found that but I misread it as having come out last year and I thought that couldn't be possible... but now I see that it's been around since the 70s and gets revised on a yearly basis, so that's totally it.
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Jun. 12, 2013, 7:40pm
  • by Joe
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Something you can add to the Game of Thrones reference notes: The Monarch calls Kevin an imp, which is the nickname for Tyrion Lannister because he is also a dwarf.
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Jun. 13, 2013, 6:34pm
The scene where the flight attendant hands JJ a drink (it's one of the screen grabs on the capsule page) is reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey when Dr. Floyd is en route to the space station in Earth orbit.
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Jun. 13, 2013, 6:57pm
Love the new layout. Like, a lot. But there's one note slash reference I didn't see. Dr. Venture's personal cleansuit is modelled after the one worn by Dr. No in the Bond filme by the same name, which was also reference in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery being worn by Dr. Evil
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Jun. 16, 2013, 3:19am
St. Cloud's helmet is a perfect example of what Doc was talking to Dean about on the moving walkway in The Revenge Society.
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Jun. 16, 2013, 7:45am
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