RUBEN

Status: One-Shot Character
First Appearance: “Anatomy Park”
Voice Actor: Jess Harnell

Rick claims he was desperate, but whatever reason Ruben had, he must be one crazy son of a gun. Who else would volunteer to have a theme park built inside his body? Not much is known about Ruben’s life other than vague hints that he might have served the military. If his animatronic inside Anatomy Park is to be believed, he was also part of the dot.com crash in the 90s.

Ruben ended up in Rick’s hands when the latter volunteered to check on him yearly, disguising it as an act of charity. When Ruben appears in “Anatomy Park”, Rick had already collaborated with Dr. Xenon Bloom and created the unusual theme park.

Something goes wrong in Anatomy Park, so Rick shrinks Morty down and injects him inside Ruben. The park is in ruins as deadly diseases create havoc in their path. One of Dr. Xenon Bloom’s crew sabotaged the place out of bitterness. On top of that, Ruben has tuberculosis. Before Rick has the chance to cure him, he passes away. As Ruben’s body decays, the group attempt to escape.

In an effort to save Morty, Rick cuts Ruben’s torso open and shoves dynamite inside. He then flies the man to space and enlarges him until he’s the size of North America. There Rick rescues Morty and the only other survivor, Annie, before the corpse blows up, raining blood all over the country. So ends Ruben’s life. Though unfortunate, he certainly went out with a bang.

RICK AND MORTY – EPISODE 9: SOMETHING RICKED COMES THIS WAY

Ep #: 9
Air date: Mar. 24th, 2014
Synopsis: Morty and his father are kidnapped by aliens from Pluto. Meanwhile Summer works for the Devil.

Morty asks if Rick can help him with his science project. Jerry interjects, saying assignments like these are generally a father/son thing. Morty is unsure until Beth sends him a secret text informing him his father is very insecure about his intelligence. Under her urgings, Morty asks Jerry to assist him instead. Rick couldn’t care what the outcome was since he was busy building a miniature robot. In a truly awful fashion, the robot has enough sentience to question its very existential when Rick casually tells him his only purpose is to bring butter. Why Rick gave a robot enough free will to angst about its inevitable fate can only be chalked up to his apathy and callous disregard for life. It’s one of the best and subtlest joke about Rick’s personality the show has punched out.

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While Morty’s busy with his homework, Rick is officially free to take Summer to work. She has recently taken a part-time job at an old vintage store called Needful Things. Summer wastes little time expressing her resentment towards her grandfather. Unlike Rick, her employer is kindly. When we actually meet the man, he’s a pointy-bearded guy with a top hat and a mysteriously questionable demeanor, resembling no less than Ol’ Scratch himself. The store owner is a seller of weird and exotic materials, designed to help anyone succeed, but with a cost. He gives Mr. Goldenfold aftershave so he can woo the ladies, then tries to sell Rick a golden microscope which supposedly sees anything “beyond comprehension.” Rick doesn’t buy a word of it and straight up asks if he’s the Devil. Summer rapidly tells him to leave. Rick swipes the microscope and walks out.

Morty and Jerry decide on a solar system model, the latter suggesting a ping-pong ball for Pluto. Morty corrects his father, saying Pluto has been demoted to dwarf planet in 2006. Jerry nervously plays it off, saying he already knew that. Morty needs to go to the bathroom, but Jerry suspects he’s really going to Rick. He’s a bit off, Rick calls Morty in and asks him a rhetorical question, “Does evil exist and if so, can one detect and measure it?” Yes, Rick can, because he built a machine to study the microscope and found out it would have drained his mental levels. Jerry confronts the two, anxious to know if Morty has been using Rick behind his back, then declares Pluto can still be a planet, no matter what the scientific community has said on the matter.

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Mr. Goldenfold confronts the Devil at his shop, saying the aftershave made him a hit with the ladies, but he’s now impotent. The devil devilishly tells him he paid the price. Goldenfold is in tears until Rick injects him with the cure. Rick has been using the microscope to create a scanner to figure out all the consequences to the materials the Devil has been selling. Customers walk out in droves, angering the Devil. He and Rick get into a fight until Summer steps in and defends her employer, calling Rick out on his jerk behavior. A huffy Rick storms out, then the Devil confesses he IS harboring a store of sins. Summer says it’s no worse than clothing stores originating from sweatshops or the horrors of fast food joints; she likes working in Needful Things because the Devil is respectful to her. It’s oddly heartwarming in spite of who she’s talking to.

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Jerry phones NASA to give them a piece of his mind, but they aren’t budging. He and Morty are then sucked up by an UFO and taken to Pluto. The native’s ruler, King Flippy Nips, approaches Jerry to congratulate him for sticking up for their planet. He thinks Jerry is the smartest scientist on Earth and makes a point to tell his citizens about it. Jerry soaks it in, but Morty worries this will all go to his father’s head.

Needful Things is unusually successful the following day; everyone is buying in bulks, unaware or unconcerned the objects all carry curses. One of the customers tells the Devil that they’re taking the items to the store across the street to have the curses removed while keeping the awesome powers within. Just to mess with the Devil (and possibly Summer), Rick opened the Curse Purge Plus store where he uses his science to remove the horrible consequences from the Devil’s playthings.

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While Jerry laps up the fame, Morty is approached by a Plutonian scientist named Scroopy Noopers. He takes Morty to a secret mining zone where he learns the horrible truth about Pluto. Turns out Pluto was a planet, but has been shrinking little by little due to the rich and influential Plutonians sucking up Plutonium to power their city. NASA reducing Pluto to dwarf planet status was a wake up call for Scroopy Noopers and his group of protestors. They need to act now before they lose their home forever. He wants Morty to tell the public that Jerry is an idiot to sway opinion to the truth.

As Summer cleans up shop, she finds one of the only remaining artifacts in Needful Things: a monkey’s paw. Humorously, she shows it off to her boss, only to discover the Devil trying to commit suicide by hanging himself. Summer uses the monkey’s paw to give herself specific sets of skills to save him. The Devil is depressed that he’s been outsmarted, but Summer encourages him to retool the store.

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Summer later drops off the last of Needful Things’ objects to Rick, chewing him out for driving a man to nearly kill himself. Summer thinks Rick is also getting back at her and storms out. Rick tries to maintain his composure after, but enough hassling from customers and employees cause him to drop everything and burn the whole shop down. He announces its immediate closure claiming he’s gotten bored of it, but it’s obvious he feels guilty for embarrassing Summer.

Jerry and Morty are invited to a rich shindig where the latter tries to convince his father that Pluto is shrinking. Jerry embarrasses Morty in front of the public instead. Dejected, Morty returns to Earth where he finds an equally lonesome Rick eating dinner by himself. Not even the butter-serving robot wants to be his friend.

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Flippy Nips continously sucks up to Jerry’s ego, eventually rewarding him with the highest medal for scientists. A couple of police officers arrive with a captive Scroopy Noopers. Jerry discovers to his horror that the rebellious scientist is actually Flippy Nips’ son. In a bid to keep power, The King casts his child off to Plutanamo Bay for his crimes. Jerry is shocked at his heartlessness and more so when Flippy accidentally lets slip that Pluto really IS a dwarf planet. When Jerry goes out to give a grand speech to the public, he admits Pluto isn’t a planet. The Plutonians are displeased and kicks him off-world. He at least reconciles with Morty. The latter cheers him up, saying nobody is smarter than Rick, but Jerry is smart at being his father.

Summer and the Devil reopen their store into an electronics consumer shop called N33dful.com. They are an instant success, having been bought out by Google. With the amount of money the Devil is raking in, he quickly cuts Summer off. After all, no amount of kindness would reduce him to who he truly is, Lucifer Morningstar himself!

A tearful Summer returns home and confesses to Rick that she was jealous of his relationship with Morty, though she quickly denies it. Rick attempts to make up for his own pettiness by suggesting they go out and blow off some steam. The two undergo a rigorous training session until they’ve bulked up, then proceed to use their newly gained muscles to beat the heck out of Satan as revenge.

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The stinger ends with the still muscled Rick and Summer proceeding to fight other denegerates of the world.

SNUFFLES/SNOWBALL

Snuffles is Morty’s adorable pet dog. His interests include fetching balls, licking himself, and annoying Jerry by peeing on the carpet. Fed up with the dog’s inability to go outside and do its dirty duties, Jerry asks Rick for an invention to boost Snuffle’s intelligence. Rick is reluctant at first because he thinks the request is beneath him, but gives in when Jerry complains.

With an IQ-enhancing helmet, Snuffles quickly obeys his masters’ commands. His knowledge rapidly increasing, Snuffles attempts to communicate with the Smiths before realizing even Rick’s invention has limitation. With his vast knowledge, he enhances the helmet so that he can speak to the family with ease, demanding to be understood. He seems content until he views a documentary on dogs and how humans have tamed them to be their obedient pets. Troubled by this stunning revelation, Snuffles concocts a plan.

He builds himself a giant mech suit and creates multiple IQ-helmets to give to the neighbohood dogs. They quickly commandeer the Smiths house and craft weapons to dominate the human race. Rechristening himself Snowball (because “Snuffles” is a “slave’s name”), he and his posse of intelligent dogs quickly take over the world. The only person he spares any kindness to is Morty because he was good to him. He gave the boy a spot in his place as his own personal pet.

Rick managed to save the world by shutting down Morty’s kidneys and then convincing Snowball to use whatever money he had to cure Morty. The hospital debt he poured into meant losing his kingdom. However, that turned out to have been a dream Snowball had. It did provide him with much needed clarity when he realized domination is exactly what humans would have done and he is not a human.

Gathering a selection of super-intelligent dogs, Snowball bids the Smiths farewell, planning to live in another dimension where dogs can form their own society. Before he leaves, he tells Morty he can call him “Snuffles” if he wants to.

ETHAN

Status: Reoccurring Character
First Appearance: “Anatomy Park”
Voice Actor: Daniel Benson

Unlike Morty, Summer had better success with her love life, having dated Ethan before his first appearance in “Anatomy Park.” It isn’t without its complications, though.

Ethan barges into the Smith family, angry she hasn’t texted recently. Summer retorts, saying her father took her cellphone away in order to celebrate Christmas as a family, but it’s not enough to placate her boyfriend. The two teens get into a bitter argument until Jacob steps in.

Jacob uses calming psychology to get to the root of Ethan’s anger. He resists at first, but eventually confesses his insecurities. His older brother took him aside one day and “made him feel like a girl.” Having bypassed a major breakthrough, Ethan makes up with Summer after.

Ethan later played host to Rick’s second attempt at building Anatomy Park. Whether it fell through or succeeded is debatable.

His only other appearance was in “Get Schwifty” where he and Summer were still dating. A latter episode potentially indicates it didn’t last as Summer pines for another boy. High School romance can be fleeting.

RICK AND MORTY – EPISODE 10: CLOSE RICK-COUNTERS OF THE RICK KIND

Ep #: 10
Air date: Apr. 7th, 2014
Synopsis: Morty and Rick are arrested by the Council of Ricks when the latter is found guilty of murdering numerous alternate Ricks. Now Rick has to prove he is innocent.

The alternate dimension plot is a staple of sci-fi storytelling and often used as a fine “What If” to see how your beloved characters would act if they were someone else, be it a different occupation or the ever popular, “What if they were evil?” story. Use too much though and it ends up being a cheap device that can easily end in a deus ex machina. Inescapable problem? Just warp to another reality or find an answer in another world. There’s also the issue of meeting countless alternate selves of said characters, rendering the ones we’ve been watching onscreen less than unique.

Rick and Morty solved that issue by establishing the world they live in is just one among literally billions right off the bat. And they pulled it off by ensuring it isn’t easy to just skip to another dimension and expect to live a consequence-free life. “Rick Potion No. 9” made it very clear Rick takes advantage of alternate worlds by escaping an Earth he couldn’t fix to live in one where he did, but where his and Morty’s counterpart violently died. Rick and Morty will not let even a convenience like alternate dimensions get off scot-free. It’s for this reason why “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” works magnificently, choosing to build a world behind this well-worn trope and effectively backing up our Rick and Morty as unique individuals.

Question remains though, can the creators make a Rick more immoral than the one we’ve been watching throughout season one?

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“Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” grabs our attention from the start. The Smith family is enjoying a pleasant breakfast when Beth announces that Rick has stayed with the family for a year now. Celebrations are in order. Then a portal opens, revealing an eyepatch Morty and a heavily scarred Rick. The two kill the other Rick and drag the other Morty away while the rest of the family screams in horror.

After the theme song, the show reveals the Smith family we just witnessed was another version than the ones we’ve been following for the past nine episodes. This Smith family is also celebrating Rick’s one-year anniversary. They, too are interrupted, not by a renegade Rick and Morty, but a trio of Ricks in fancy uniforms. They take Rick in for questioning, dragging Morty along as well.

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Rick and Morty end up in the Citadel of Ricks, home of the Council of Ricks. The Ricks are prone to making a lot of enemies, so a thousand of them banded together to create a society of Ricks where they can freely gather with their Mortys and hide among themselves from various space governments. It becomes rapidly clear that most of the Ricks treat their Mortys like an object, producing merchandise brand and Morty insurances.

The duo are brought to the main council where they accuse Rick of twenty-seven murders of other alternate Ricks. They assume it’s him because he’s always been the malcontent, someone who refuses to side with the Rick Council and thus became an unpredictable thorn in their sight. Rick fights back, saying all the Ricks in the citadel wanted to escape the government, but ended up becoming the very thing they hated. The council is everything antithetical to what the Ricks believe in. The council retaliates by swiping his portal gun and tracing his previously known locations, all fitting the exact locales of the numerous murders. The council enforces capital punishment on him, so Rick fights back and makes a run for it, Morty in tow.

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Rick creates numerous portals to ward the guards off and cut off their trail. The montage is a bushel of hilarious and demented alternate worlds: a Dr. Suessian land filled with strange dodo-camel bird creatures, a world of greasy grandmothers, anthropomorphic pizzas that eat humans, phones that eats couches, and couches that eats phones. Rick and Morty hide in the latter dimension.

Morty is unsure that Rick didn’t kill several versions of himself, but Rick tells him no profit could be made from such an act, so what’s the point? Morty wants to go home, but Rick is certain the council already sent a batch of soldiers waiting for their inevitable return.

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Indeed, a group of Rick solders are setting up techs to target Rick’s location via phone calls in the Smith household; Jerry just has to make sure he’s on for more than thirty seconds. Course, being Ricks, this doesn’t stop any of them from crank calling him. Beth doesn’t do a thing about her fathers’ bullying, making them lemonade and sucking up all the praises they give her.

As they dine in the couch dimension, Rick is fixing his portal gun while Morty gabs enthusiastically about all the different Ricks and Mortys. He believes their bond must be so strong it transcends to different dimensions. In reality, Ricks keep Mortys around because their specific brainwave cancels out the Ricks’ own unique pattern so no one can find them. All this time, Mortys have been tools to keep them safe. Morty does not take this news well, but before he can react, Rick states someone has been tampering with his portal gun. They planted the evidence so the council could frame him. Luckily, he was able to trace the real killer’s base. A team of Rick soldiers catches them, so Rick and Morty steal their spaceship and fly off to pursue the original murderer.

Morty is not happy being used as a human cloaking device. Rick tries to soothe things over, but the situation takes a far disturbing turn when they land on an obscure planet and find a dome covered with screaming, anguished Mortys. All of them are strapped to the dome as sharp metal points constantly poke their torsos. This is how the killer has escaped the Council of Ricks for so long: if one Morty can cancel out a Rick, then a thousand tortured Mortys can keep away the entire citadel. Rick is impressed; Morty is not.

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Back at the Smiths, a different looking Rick approaches Jerry and genuinely asks how his day is going. Jerry is reluctant to trust him at first, thinking he’s like all the other Ricks, but quickly finds out this is Doofus Rick AKA the “worst Rick of them all.” Doofus Rick is kind, generous, and unselfish and the other Ricks constantly tease him over it. Jerry quickly takes to him and the two connect. Jerry trusts Doofus Rick enough to bring him to his room and introduce his collection of rare R2D2 coins. Everyone makes fun of him for it, but Doofus Rick tells him they mean something to Jerry and that’s all that matters. Jerry sheds tears, happy to find a Rick who finally values him.

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Our Rick and Morty explore the inner sanctums of the dome. Morty accuses Rick on using him all this time, something Rick doesn’t deny. They’re eventually caught by a group of alien scorpion creatures, ruled by Scarred Rick and Eyepatch Morty from earlier. They separate Rick and Morty, tossing the latter to a room filled with traumatized Mortys.

Rick is taken elsewhere and strapped to an operation table. There Scarred Rick explains his evil deeds. Turns out he wanted Rick to find him in order to download the contents of his brain before killing him off. Scarred Rick starts scanning Rick’s brain, bringing up memories of his past, including his time with Morty. Rick gets sentimental, something Scarred Rick notices. He flat out tells Rick that no Ricks have ever cared for their Mortys.

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Morty tries to convince his other selves to fight back. Believing him to be The One True Morty, the Mortys burst out of prison and go on a rampage. They eventually kill Scarred Rick while Morty rescues his own. Rick phones the councils to clear his name afterwards. The group of Ricks in the Smith household wrap up and Doofus Rick must depart from Jerry.

The council arrives to rescue the remaining Mortys and take them home. Without the Ricks in their lives, they must now lead a sad existence as normal, American teenagers. The council apologizes to Rick and awards him with a free replacement Morty coupon as compensation.

Morty eggs Rick after since the latter still refuses to acknowledge him as a person. However, Rick points out he’s the “Rickest Rick” out there, therefore Morty must be the “Mortiest Morty.” This is enough to placate Morty and their friendship is restored, however skewed it is.

The soldiers are investigating the dome when they find a horrible discovery: Scarred Rick has been remotely controlled the whole time. He’s not the murderer, so who is? Secretly, it was Eyepatch Morty all along, having hid the transmitter controlling his Rick behind his eyepatch. Why he did it and what his true goal is remains to be seen; Eyepatch Morty is still at large.” Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” answers that yes, there are Ricks far immoral and disgusting than our Rick, but there’s just as much a chance that a Morty can be unpredictable and dangerous as well.

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The after credits end with Jerry still upset over losing Doofus Rick. He stares out from a rain-soaked window just in time to see Doofus Rick waving at him. Just when Jerry’s faith is restored, his Rick arrives and ridicules him for being friends with the worst Rick.

PRINCE NEBULON AND THE ZIGERIONS

Status: One-Shot Characters
First Appearance: “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!”
Voice Actor: David Cross (Prince Nebulon)

The Zigerions are notorious for being con artists of the highest order, scamming various alien species throughout the known galaxies. They’ve encountered Rick several times before, all with the intent of securing his secret recipe for concentrated dark matter. Being the clever jerk that he is, all Rick’s ever given them was a faceful of his own naked butt (largely due to the Zigerion’s squeamish aversion to human nudity.) But Prince Nebulon vows to have the last laugh.

The Zigerion’s latest plan has Rick waking up in a simulated world they created. It nearly captures Rick’s hometown, but is just off enough that he takes notice. Rick overloads the simulation until it’s frozen, and then escapes with Morty. The duo reach Rick’s garage, but it turns out to be yet another simulation, a plan Nebulon put forth knowing Rick would outsmart them the first time. The Zigerions gloat, claiming they already had the recipe for concentrated dark matter, and all they got out of this was the combination to Rick’s safe. The safe contains Rick’s secret projects, prompting the old man to hightail it out of there so he can change the combination before the Zigerions get to it. The Zigerions madly pursue them, forcing Rick’s hand. Because concentrated dark matter boosts space travel, Rick desperately orders Morty to concoct a batch. Unfortunately Morty turns out to be fake and the entire chase was a simulation within a simulation within another simulation. The Zigerions finally pull a fast one on Rick, obtaining the recipe after so long.

After humiliating Rick, the Zigerions send him home. As they celebrate, Nebulon recreates the formula, only for their ship to blow up with them in it. Turns out Rick knew their plan all along and had given them a fake recipe. The lesson to take in all this: do NOT mess with Rick.

MR. MEESEEKS

Status: One-Shot Characters
First Appearance: “Meeseeks and Destroy”
Voice Actor: Justin Roiland

“Ooh, look at me! I’m Mr. Meeseeks!”

Hi, Mr. Meeseeks, I’m trying to write a character profile on you. Can you help me out?

“Oooooh, caaaaan doooo!”

Mr. Meeseeks sounds like the perfect solution for your everyday problems. If you have a small task that needs to be dealt with, all you have to do is find a Meeseeks box, summon Mr. Meeseeks, request your problem, and have him fix it for you. It doesn’t take long and he conveniently dies after in a poofy explosion. It’s okay, they’re totally cool with it. With their big, bulbous head, goofy voice, and friendly demeaner, Mr. Meeseeks looks like a happy Sesame Street character. What could possibly go wrong?

Wanting to settle a bet with Morty, a tired Rick hands Jerry, Beth, and Summer a Meeseeks Box when they bother him with banal issues. The girls ignore the rule that Meeseeks can only perform minor tasks: Beth asks to be a more complete woman while Summer wants to be popular in school. Only Jerry remains compliant and asks his Meeseeks to simply take two strokes off his golf game.

Being Jerry, his high-strung personality prevents him from easily achieving his goals the way Beth and Summer has. Jerry’s Meeseeks realizes he’s in over his head, so he summons another Meeseeks to help him out. This dominoes until dozens of Meeseeks have been produced to guide Jerry. Two days pass and Jerry still shows no signs of improvement, exasperating the Meeseeks. Two days is a like an eternity for Meeseeks; all they want to do is die, but they can’t unless the user’s request is fulfilled.

Unfortunately, Jerry doesn’t know that. Realizing it’s a losing game, he gives up and leaves the Meeseeks to their fates. This drives the Meeseeks mad, forcing them to tear each other apart. Jerry’s Meeseeks winds them down long enough to direct their anger to its problematic source. They storm the restaurant Jerry and Beth are dining in, taking people hostage. They threaten to murder them until Jerry gets his act together. Jerry panics until Beth encourages her husband. With her support, he finally nails the golf strokes, impressing the Meeseeks enough to disappear.

Leave it to Jerry to follow the rules and still find a way to unintentionally screw it up.

MR. JELLYBEAN

Status: One-Shot Characters
First Appearance: “Meeseeks and Destroy”
Voice Actor: Tom Kenny

In an effort to have an adventure that doesn’t end in psychological damage, Morty makes a bet with Rick that he can take them on a trip that’s fun and delightful without flaking out at the end. Their bet leads them to a whimsical storybook fantasy world. There Morty undertakes a quest to help an ailing village. After a series of mishaps, the duo end up in a bar. It’s here that Morty has an unpleasant run-in with a certain anthromorphic snack.

Mr. Jellybean is a shining light in the fairy tale kingdom, enough that the lowliest peasant treats him with respect. Even when their town is undergoing financial crisis, they never seem to have a bad word for their King.

A friendly chat turns deadly when Mr. Jellybean’s kindhearted demeanor proves to be a facade. Deep down, he is a twisted monster. He gets dangerously close to Morty, trying to have his way with him. Morty very obviously does not appreciate this. After an intense struggle, he manages to power through and violently slam the offender with a toilet seat.

Morty doesn’t tell his grandfather what occurred after, but declares Rick the winner. Scared and violated, Morty wants nothing more than to go home. Rick cheers the boy up by honoring his bet to help the villagers and conclude the adventure, all as he eyes the injured Mr. Jellybean stumbling out of the same restroom.

Back at the village, Morty offers the money Rick won in a card game. The grateful townsfolk introduce their leader, but Morty bolts when he realizes it’s Mr. Jellybean. Rick follows, but not before killing the King in front of the crowd.

The village later builds a statue in his honor. A citizen looks on until a fellow neighbor approaches him with pictures of Mr. Jellybean performing unspeakable acts; likely the same one he tried to pull on Morty. The villager is disgusted, but quickly tells the other man to burn the pictures. He declares it’s better for the public to remember him as a beloved ruler than the sick individual he truly was.

RICK AND MORTY – EPISODE 11: RICKSY BUSINESS

Ep #: 11
Air date: Apr. 14th, 2014
Synopsis: While Jerry and Beth are out, Rick hosts a party – an intergalactic party.

Jerry is gearing up for a Titanic-themed getaway with Beth, though the latter is less than enthusiastic about it. With them away, it means Rick is in charge. Beth puts her foot down and warns her father that the house and her children better be in one piece by the time they get back. Even Morty points out the seriousness of the matter since his mother—the woman who would and has let Rick get away with his behavior countless times before—is the one handing out the warning. Rick reacts with his usual brand of surly apathy. The minute the Smith couple drives off, the garage door melts through and a group of laser eels fly away. Summer cheerfully takes this as the point of no return and decides to throw a party.

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Rick also plans to host a party, inviting his alien friends while Summer calls in her high school buddies. Summer gets into a tiff with Rick because she thinks his intergalactic weirdos will screw up her chances of being popular. Morty is opposed to the gathering and tries to talk them both out, but to no avail.

The Titanic-themed park is the kind of money-making idea someone would pull to cash in on the popular 1997 movie despite it being based on a real and horrific tragedy. And Jerry is all over it, ready and willing to recreate famous scenes in the movie with his wife. Beth doesn’t care and is not shy about showing it. If she’s going to have a getaway, she’d rather do it without her family clinging onto her like leeches. She convinces an employee named Lucy to take her place. Jerry is only disappointed long enough before he finds out Lucy is just as nuts over the Titanic as he is. Having worked in the park since opening, she’s never had the chance to participate. Jerry charitably takes Lucy as his temporary date so they can both geek out over the unsinkable ship. A little piece of trivia: previous episodes had a framed photo of the Titanic in Jerry’s office. Yep, the guy’s in heaven right now.

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The party is going off without a hitch. Humans and various alien species intermingle quite well, give or take a Floopydoop and a Shmoopydoop in the same room. Since his complaints fall on deaf ears, Morty angrily tries to keep the house clean. He confronts Rick and tells him the party’s getting out of hand. Rick tells Morty that he just needs a distraction to get away from it all and not worry about the consequences. This is really the first major sign that something is off about Rick. Previously, we’ve known him as a callous, cantankerous old man who we assumed disobeyed any form of law and order just because he felt like it. This moment indicates his attitude is more than just what we’ve seen on the surface and that perhaps he’s hurting inside. A major scene in “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” had a bunch of crazed Morties killing Evil Rick. Before he dies, Evil Rick demanded they murder him, almost as if he wanted this. He was under mind control, but it’s a hint of suicidal tendencies. Does our Rick feel the same? Morty doesn’t know about this yet, so he takes Rick’s announcement as yet another flippant disregard for anyone’s concern. His mood is instantly lifted when Jessica waltz in.

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We meet a few important aliens Rick knows in this episode and who will all play prominent parts throughout season two: Birdperson, a bird…person who’s been out of the dating game until he meets Summer’s friend, Tammy; Gearhead, a mechanic man who resembles an 80s kids toy, complete with a garish coloring scheme; and Squanchy, an alien that looks like Bubsy the Bobcat if he really let himself go. He uses variations of the word “squanch” as a verb.

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Rick and Summer’s party takes a sharp turn when two unwanted folks arrive. Nancy is Summer’s bandmate and in the eyes of the average High School populace, uncool and plain. Summer tries her darnest to ignore the girl and pretend she doesn’t know her in order to hang out with the cool kids. The other is a little bit more eccentric.: Abradolf Linclor. He’s the result of an experiment Rick was doing to create a neutral leader figure using both Hitler and Lincoln’s DNA. Tragically, it only created a maniac who is caught between opposite personalities of the two men he was molded from. He literally crashes the party in a vein attempt to confront Rick. He accidentally bumps into Jessica’s boyfriend, Brad, rioting the angry teen into a fight. Jessica finds his behavior unacceptable and storms off.

Morty finds her outside the front porch, angrily stewing over Brad’s aggressive need to reinforce his masculinity. All she wants is a nice, sweet guy. Morty takes her to Rick’s garage and cheers her up with a holographic display of the galaxy. Their romantic moment is ruined when they hear strange noises in the closet. Morty opens it to find Squanchy choking the carrot, causing him to back away in disgust and knock down one of Rick’s inventions. This triggers the machine, teleporting the entire house away to an alien dimension. Rick is familiar enough with the place that he deems it safe to party anyway in spite of the giant, tentacled monsters lurking around.

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Morty is throwing a fit over this, but Rick placates him by saying he needs to go out and get Collaxion Crystals in order to fix this mess. Rick and Summer both stay since they need to monitor the party, but they take an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by shoving their respective black sheep at Morty: Linclor for Rick and Nancy for Summer.

Jerry and Lucy are having a blast running around the commerical ship, eventually settling down long enough to witness the recreation of the famous iceberg crash. The mechanics of the ship malfunctions though; the Titanic does not collide with the iceberg, much to everyone’s disappointment.

While the Titanic is under maintenance, Lucy takes Jerry to the cargo hold where Jack and Rose made love in the film. Unfortunately Lucy has the same idea and undresses in front of Jerry, complete with the Heart of the Ocean necklace. She asks Jerry to draw her, but when he refuses, she whips out a gun and threatens him. He will draw her and then after, they will perform auto erotic, whether Jerry likes it or not.

At the last minute, Beth knocks Lucy unconscious with a book, saving Jerry. To make up for this traumatizing event, the Titanic theme park crew gives Jerry some of their replica. Jerry’s last minute attempt to recreate a scene from the movie (the part where Jack tells Rose to move on when they’re in the icy water) fails when Beth still refuses to buy into the whole thing. As they drive home, Lucy creepily clings to the bottom of their car, but loses her grip, ending in a very bloody and painful mess for her.

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Morty, Nancy, and Linclor locate the crystals, but a two-headed beast attacks. Linclor holds it off while the kids gather what they need. He kills the creature, but is gravely injured. With his last words, Linclor tells Morty that all he wanted was for Rick to love him like a son. Touched, Morty relays the same message to Rick when they return, telling him Linclor sacrificed his life for fatherly love. Rick lamely brushes it aside and uses the crystals…to get high. Then they perform the Rick Dance in the vein of a corny 90s music video. It’s great. Morty is livid, he thought those crystals were meant to take them back home. Turns out Rick could have easily done that at any point, he just wanted to get wasted. Morty has had enough, he demands Rick take them back to Earth and that the party is officially over.

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The invitees leave, but Squanchy announces the rest of the shindig can continue back in his place. Summer wants to join, but he turns her away because she mistreated Nancy. The latter realizes how much of a shallow jerk Summer is and bolts. Rick (who is plastered), Summer, and Morty are all grumpy. Birdperson approaches Morty and tells him what “Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Dub” means: it’s not a silly catchphrase Rick spouts all the time, it actually means he’s in great pain. Morty doesn’t believe him, but Birdperson tells the boy that Rick hides his true feelings through ridiculous scenarios such as this one; he’s gone through too much that all he can do is numb himself. However, with Beth and Jerry just around the corner, Morty finally has the leverage he needs to use against Rick and finally end this nightmare once and for all. Birdperson tells him to choose wisely, then flies off with Tammy.

With his parents walking up the driveway, Morty tells Rick to fix this mess. Rick uses a device to freeze everything except him, Morty, and Summer. This gives them enough time to clean up the house and see what they want to do after. Indeed, outside of sprucing up the joint, Rick and his grandkids explore the town, prank people, and bond through various hobbies, ending wih a viewing of James Cameron’s Titanic on their front lawn. Morty noticed the entire time that Rick didn’t use his catchphrase. Rick responds by saying he loves his grandkids, though he doesn’t get too sentimental about it and starts to dance. Morty and Summer happily join as Rick breaks the fourth wall to tell the audience that season one is over.

THE DENIZENS OF FAIRY TALE LAND

Status: One-Shot Characters
First Appearance: “Meeseeks and Destroy”
Voice Actors: Steve Agee (Dale), Ryan Ridley (Giant Lawyer), Cree Summer (Giant Woman), Rob Paulsen (Giant Judge/Cop/Peasant), Vatche Panos (Slippery Stairs)

When Morty bets with Rick that he can take them on a fun adventure without the traumatizing danger, he picks a fanciful fantasy land. The duo meet a range of colorful characters, some far worse than others. Just goes to show that a fairy tale life is merely an illusion.

The Village Folks: They’re currently suffering from a severe financial crisis. Morty vows to save them and succeeds, but at a price. When Rick finds out what their King nearly did to Morty, he kills him in front of everyone, much to the uninformed and horrified townsfolk. That is until one of its citizens discovers incriminating photos of their kindly ruler. They opt to burn them to preserve King Jellybean’s reputation.

The Giants: Morty and Rick live out the classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but the giant they meet Fee-Fi’ed his last Fo Fum. He accidentally slips on a puddle of water when he smells Rick and Morty, slipping and hitting his head on the edge of the table.

His wife catches the two, thinking they were the murderers. Rick and Morty are sent to the Giant Police Center, then to Giant Court under heavy prejudice; it’s clear the big folks have no love lost for the itty-bitty guys. Thanks to a Giant Lawyer preserving the rights of tiny people, Rick and Morty are absolved of any wrongdoing.

Waitress: A kindly old waitress who works at the Thirsty Steps Bar located on the side of the Giant Court steps. She’s one of the few people who doesn’t have it out for Rick and Morty.

Slippery Stairs: A slug creature who takes Rick and Morty down a long set of giant stairs for a 25 schmeckles. Another person who has no ill-will to the titular duo, a record!