The Better Man

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The Better Man
Season 4
Orig. Airdate Dec 6, 2009
Writer(s) Doc Hammer
Director Jackson Publick
Production # 4-44
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Self-Medication 46 Pinstripes & Poltergeists


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The Order of the Triad is forced to confront Torrid and put a stop to his plans of opening a gate to hell. But things don't go too smoothly and Dr. Orpheus is faced with another rival, the one who won his ex-wife. Meanwhile Triana wanders into her closet and learns some things about herself from The Master

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[edit] Fun Facts

  • The creature summoned from hell is reminiscent of Cthulhu, a being introduced in the short story The Call of Cthulhu from horror/weird fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Hank tells Dean to "take a bite out of crime," the catchphrase of McGruff the Crime Dog.
  • When trying to find an excuse for why they were in Triana's room, The Alchemist claims to have been looking in on Triana's CD collection. His monologue is packed with references-
    • He claims to have been "deathrock". Deathrock was a music and fashion scene from early 1980's LA which bridged the gap between punk and goth. Notable bands include Christian Death and .45 Grave.
    • He mentions having been a patron at The Batcave, which is very likely the most famous goth club of all time. Located in London, the club began as a goth-spot, but became a catch-all for goth, punk, glam, gay, New Romantic, futurist, and BDSM subcultures.
    • He also mentioned having been there "since Nik Fiend was still a doorman". Nik Fiend is the lead singer of the band Alien Sex Fiend. before getting successful playing at the club, Nik Fiend worked there. The club was only accessible by an elevator which could hold no more than 2-3 people, and required constant attention; Fiend worked as the elevator operator, functionally making him "the doorman".
  • The Master (in the guise of a middle-aged Dean) is seen using what appears to be the Vacuum Boom Broom from Tears of a Sea Cow.
  • After his nose falls off, The Alchemist refers to The Outrider as "Brundlefly", the name Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) gives to himself in the film The Fly.
  • As The Outrider further deteriorates, The Alchemist offers him his "dino-damage" after his ear falls to the floor, referencing the toys made for another Jeff Goldblum movie.
  • While training, Jefferson Twilight accidentally destroys a cardboard cutout of Matthew Lesko, believing him to be a villain due to his trademark punctuation covered suit. The first cutout he destroys appears to be Dormammu, a frequent foe of Dr. Strange (who's one of the inspirations for Dr. Orpheus). Dormammu also resembles Torrid, Orpheus' guild-assigned arch.
    • It should also be noted that Dormammu is also an inspiration for Torrid, as far as costume design goes.

[edit] Continuity Errors

  • Dean is shown dressing up nice for Triana at the beginning of the episode, and Hank mentions it must be related to Triana and Orpheus on their front lawn. When we get to the scene with the front lawn, Dean is wearing his speedsuit, but later in the episode, he is once again dressed in his nice clothes. He wears his nice outfit the rest of the episode.
  • The master says " gene pool is more like a gene....septic tank. Yeah, I was cloned so much I can only make monster babies" in reference to Dean Venture. However, Dean Venture is most likely only cloned once, yet multiple "copies" were made simultaneously, rather than him being a clone of a clone of a clone, etc, as implied by The Master.

[edit] Voice Talent
Voice Talent
James Urbaniak Dr. Venture
Michael Sinterniklaas Dean Venture
Chris McCulloch Hank Venture
Doc Hammer Dermott Ficktel
Billy Quizboy
The Outrider
Steven Rattazzi Dr. Orpheus
Dana Snyder The Alchemist
H. Jon Benjamin The Master
Lisa Hammer Triana Orpheus

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