This week's episode of the Venture Bros. closes out the so-called "Morphic Trilogy" that we began recapping last week, and it was full of long-gestating continuity answers. We decided to run through all of them to help make detangling the Venture web a little less difficult. It goes without saying, but MASSIVE spoilers for Venture Bros. season 7 follow.
The episode begins with Vendata showing up to the VenTech building dressed as the Blue Morpho...but why? A flashback reveals that he was made up of the remains of The Monarch's father Don Fitzcaraldo all along, which had taken on sentience and began to remember being trashed by Brock after the subterfuge of the season 5 episode "Bot Seeks Bot." The implication seems to be that Venturion spent all of season 6 walking from the underground club to Fitzcaraldo's home in Newark, where Monarch, Dr. Ms. The Monarch, and Gary/Henchman 21 are staying. This poor robot/person has truly been through it.
Vendata shows up to VenTech and syncs with the remains of Jonas Venture Sr. inside of the PROBlem, which brings them both to a digital version of the Venture Compound's study. Jonas then reveals what I initially suspected last week: that he was alive inside the machine during the events of the season 1 episode "Careers In Science." He even tried to communicate with Hank and Dean through morse code, but they don't teach teenagers that stuff anymore. He attempted to "communicate" with the Gargantua-1 station in his new form, which resulted in the crash that destroyed the station and left him to rot in the desert until being discovered by his son Jonas Jr., as shown in the flashback to season 5 at the beginning of this season.
Jonas built Venturion after realizing that his friend The Blue Morpho (more on that later) died in a plane crash, using his brain as the base and repulsing his Team Venture teammates in the process. We also learn that Kano's vow of silence initially revealed in the season 3 episode "ORB," was taken after he destroyed Venturion for choking young Rusty Venture due to the Blue Morpho memories messing with his programming. The villain Dr. Z found the remains of Venturion in the garbage while throwing garbage onto Dr. Venture's lawn one night, erased his memory, and rechristened him Vendata aka Councilman 1 for The Guild of Calamitous Intent.
Continuing from the footage of Morpho and Jonas sleeping with women from last season, it's revealed that Jonas tricked a drunk Morpho into cheating on his wife. When he reveals that he and his wife are trying to have a child (The Monarch), Jonas recommends that his wife come to his compound for a "thorough examination," which casts doubt on who The Monarch's father really is. The Monarch was born, But Jonas took Kano as "payment" (ew) and dangled this particular sword of Damocles over Morpho's head to get him to do various other things, like seduce Dr. Z (first mentioned in the season 6 episode "A Party For Tarzan"). The night of the Movie Night Massacre, Vendata was planning on blackmailing Jonas Sr. over the video of their sexual liaison and it's implied that Vendata was the one who opened the bay doors and killed the crew of the Gargantua-1.
For a character who hasn't been around a whole lot, Red Death sure has a lot of info to spill. He was a part of the same "new wave of villains" that Vendata found itself in under the Guild, and it was Vendata who organized the assault on Gargantua-1 that initially resulted in Jonas Sr's death. The Sovereign of the Guild decides to disguise himself as the head of rogue hero outfit S.P.H.I.N.X. and claim the kill, shifting the blame to them and setting off the Pyramid Wars that officially kicked off Brock Sampson's career in the O.S.I. that Hunter Gathers had trained him for, as flashbacks in the season 2 episode "Assassinanny 911" foretold.
Shortly after, Team Venture (who arrived late because Col. Gentleman needed to pick out an outfit) finds the frozen bodies of the crew, including Jonas' that they decide to preserve inside the PROBlem. This is before Gentleman slips on a cowboy figurine that fell out of the PROBlem and the group drops the body, which shatters, leaving only the head. This is capped off by the Action Man suffering from the stroke that Orpheus predicted he would all the way back in season 1 episode 11 "Past Tense."