Hey, the lead characters actually appeared in this week's episode. And in our parade of minor characters, we've got Sgt. Hatred! (By the way, I just realized that we saw a young Sgt. Hatred in last week's episode.) America's favorite foot-fetishist is back! I never would have picked him as Doc's new archenemy, but I'm thrilled. I love the episodes where these fantastic characters lead these ordinary lives. Sgt. Hatred and Brock Samson talking about the lawn? I love it. Now, I don't find the characterization of Hatred as a pedophile particularly amusing. (Well, except for: "I should have mentioned it back at the compound. I'm actually required by law...".) It's a little too Family Guy for me, and that's never a good thing. However, they pretty clearly established last season that his attraction to Dean was based on his small, womanly feet. But since that wasn't referenced, and wife Princess Tiny Feet wasn't in the episode, that didn't actually come through.
This episode wasn't dripping with continuity, other than the payoff to the long-running joke about stealing from Sgt. Hatred, and the announcement that Dr. Girlfriend is officially "Dr. Mrs. The Monarch". This makes me especially happy, because it means that Jackson and Doc share my love of making names much longer than they need to be. Why just type "Don" or "Richard", when you can type "Mysterious Don" or "Richard 'Batmanuel' Alpert"? Of course, there's always a chance that some offhand line is going to turn into a major plot point down the line (Sgt. Hatred's cat?), but I can't see the future. Still, plenty of funny bits.
--How hilarious was it that they played the same celebrity party game on Venture Brothers and Swingtown this week? I'm pretty sure that the crossover on that particular Venn Diagram is minimal. And you have to love that Sgt. Hatred made tags for Harry Dean Stanton and Mark Knopfler.
--Loved Brock's interest in the PBS documentary about giant crossbows. That's exactly what you would picture Brock watching now, isn't it? I just hope he got to see them fire it.
--So, he's got "HATRED" printed all down his body? Just pray we never see the "D"...
--Was that effete guy chatting up Brock at the party somebody we've seen before? He got a lot of screen time, but I couldn't place him. Nice touch that Sgt. Hatred and the Monarch clearly have different friends, as none of the Monarch's usual guests were there. And was that White Noise in the background?
--The Murder Moppets are starting to grow on me. I like the henchmen so much that I don't want them living in fear, but once Tim-Tom and Kevin dragged in that cat bed, I fell in love.
Can't wait for next week, and I can't wait to see what Mysterious Don calls the various characters. Not so hot with the names, that guy...