Failure and secrets have always loomed over the Venture family and everything they touch, and this past weekend's episode "The Anamorata Consequence" was no exception. Following the conclusion of the insane Morphic Trilogy two weeks ago, you would think that the entire Venture clan would be shaken by the re-death of both Jonas Venture and Vendata/The Monarch's father's The Blue Morhpo, but it's onto the next adventure. The Ventures show up at their old Colorado compound to sit in on the latest re-up of the Treaty of Tolerance between the Guild of Calamitous Intent and the O.S.I., because nothing brings heroes and villains together like bureaucracy.
The signing is staffed by the O.S.I. (represented by General Hunter Gathers, Brock Sampson, Snoopy, and Shore Leave) and the Guild (Phantom Limb, Dr. Ms. The Monarch, Red Mantle/Dragoon) and mediated by Rusty Venture himself, which goes much smoother than you might imagine. The group argues over henching and field agent regulations before Shore Leave and Phantom Limb scrap in the middle with pool flippers on. One arm was dislocated but one peace treaty was signed.
Meanwhile, Hank and Dean have some old haunts of their own to revisit. Hank reunites with Dermott, who's now an O.S.I. private on account of Rusty giving him an (anonymous) recommendation. The two pals reunite before stumbling onto a forbidden romance between a Guild and O.S.I. agent that ends when one belongs to a third party called the Peril Partnership. A third agency?? I don't know how my brain will handle.
Dean spends this episode revisiting Potter's Farm after his tryst there during the Very Venture Halloween special a few years back. He opens the door and is greeted by a shiny red H.E.L.P.er with legs and a New Zealand accent. Apparently H.E.L.P.er.s were a huge deal back in Jonas Venture's day and were manufactured by the truckload until an unexplained public backlash led to all but two being destroyed, including the one we've been friends with since the show's beginning. Ben, the man who lives at Potter's Farm, combined the H.E.L.P.er. machinery with "organics," making this new H.E.L.P.er. half man half machine...kind of. Red H.E.L.P.er. explains all of this while spitting silly facts about Thin Mints and warm sweatpants. and connects with Dean in ways no one was expecting. As they say their goodbyes, H.E.L.P.er. says goodbye to "Rusty Venture", confirming that Rusty himself is also a clone. Dean has spent the majority of the last two season trying to peel away from the Ventures, but finds more of a kindred spirit in his father this episode than he ever thought he would.
Life is continuing to unfold in very strange ways for the Ventures, but what's been happening back in New York? Whatever came from Dean signing The Monarch a check for $1 million? Will Von Hellfyre play more of a role this season? Will we ever see Jonas and Vendata alive again?