Ep #: 13
Air date: Aug. 2nd, 2015
Synopsis: Morty harbors a nebulous cloud alien from an assassin in a bid to prove to Rick that there is good in the universe.
Every teenager needs to drive at some point and Rick decides now is as good as any to teach Morty how to pilot his spaceship. The lesson is cut short when Rick gets a cryptic phone call from someone. First, they make a detour when Rick remembers Jerry is on board. The latter wanted to be there when his son went out for driving lessons, be it car or spaceship.
They take Jerry to the Jerryboree, a cross-temporal daycare created by another Rick to dump any Jerrys in. Their needs will be fulfilled until their respective Ricks and Mortys pick them up. Morty has mixed feelings about this, but Rick assures him Jerry is better off here than outside where a foreign alien world would likely get him killed.
Morty flies Rick to an alien garage, suspicious on what kind of business he’s dealing with. Though Rick tries to dodge the issue, his client ends up marching in and spoils the whole thing. The alien is Krombopulous Michael, a really nice guy who just so happens to be an incredibly immoral assassin even by the standards of this show. In his own words, he has “no code of ethics; he’ll kill anyone, anywhere: children, animals, old people, doesn’t matter. He just loves killing.” Michael pays Rick 3,000 Flurbos for an anti-matter gun the latter had designed for his next mission. Morty is stunned his own grandfather is working for a killer, but Rick justifies his actions by saying the amount of flurbos he now owns is more than enough…
…to spend time at the alien entertainment center Blips & Chitz. Yep, Rick only made the gun so he could get his game on. Morty protests, but Rick sticks a virtual helmet to get him in the gaming mood. Roy: A Life Well Lived is one of the greatest jokes in the show, emphasizing a common theme Rick and Morty utilizes: the fruitlessness of life and its superficiality. There Morty plays an ultra-realistic depiction of a man named Roy. His dreams of being a football player is shattered and he unhappily works for his wife’s father at the carpet shop. To make matters worse, he gets cancer. Through determination and the support of his loved ones, he beats it. Now a man in his fifties, he has a greater appreciation for life…until he falls off a foot stool during work and dies. GAME OVER. Morty wakes up and has to readjust his mind because for a brief moment, he lived a fleeting existence.
Rick dodges Morty’s accusation, saying he can’t do a whole lot with Krombopulous Michael; if he’s going to kill, he will. While Rick tries his hand on Roy, Morty exits the premise to handle the matter himself.
Jerry tries to leave the daycare, criticizing his other selves for getting sucked into this. Don’t they feel patronized? Jerry changes his mind very quickly though when someone in a Beth costume walks in and plays her up as a loving wife. She invites them to watch Midnight Run and adjust the TV setting because that’s what Jerrys like to do. Jerry is so happy about this that he briefly forgets his cause, going as far as snuggling up to the Mascot Beth.
Krombopulous Michael performs a ritual before he happily goes off to kill his target. His infiltration into a Galactic Federation base is masterful, performing with agile grace and deadly murders. Michael reaches his target – an alien nebulous space cloud – and is seconds away from assassinating it when Rick’s spaceship violently crushes him. Morty found Michael alright, but accidentally killed him in the process. One of the Galactic Soldiers thinks he’s here to finish the job, but Rick saves him, having followed Morty via portal gun.
Rick chews Morty out, but the boy doesn’t listen. The space cloud begs for their help, but Rick advises Morty to leave the creature alone. Morty frees the cloud instead, thinking he’s doing the right thing. After accidentally giving it the unfortunate name of “Fart”, Morty tries to convince Rick to save it. The old man wants no part of this as he has a bad history with the space government, so he leaves Morty with a spaceship that won’t start and a sea of Galactic Soldiers surrounding him. Out of the blue, a portal opens and a rush of water fills the base, sucking them all down another portal. Rick changed his mind and managed to save his grandson and Fart.
Rick and Morty hide out in Gearhead’s planet, the latter fixing Rick’s spaceship. Morty thinks all life should be preserved and it’s why he wants to take Fart home. Rick leaves the two chuckleheads alone, giving Fart time to use his telepathy and get into Morty’s mind. There he charms the boy through song, filling Morty’s head with trippy, but pleasing imagery.
Jerry is having a great time in the daycare, so much that he wishes he could stay longer. Another Jerry tells him it’s possible and takes him to an obscure part of the building, filled with rejected Jerrys whose Ricks and Mortys never came back for them. Jerry tries to rally up his abandoned counterparts so they can escape, but they inform him that they’re not kept against their will (that would be illegal.) They only stay because the outside world is much worse. After all, they’re simply Jerrys.
Rick and Morty’s time in Gearhead’s planet might be shorter than they expected: news gets wind of their fugitive status. Rick asks why Fart is so valuable to the Galactic Federation. Fart declares he has the power to alter compositions of the atom and demonstrates by, er, farting out gold. Anyone with that kind of power can rule the galaxy and that would just be so inconvenient for Rick’s projects.
Cops quickly surround Gearhead’s home because he ratted them out! The reward money is too great, but he’s equally resentful that Rick keeps calling him “Gearhead” despite being a racial term (his real name is Revolio Clockberg Jr.) Rick fights him off before the trio escapes, the cops and the Galactic Federation in heavy pursuit. Rick points out a lot of people are dying because of Morty’s actions, so how does that justify him as oppose to Rick’s dealings with an assassin? Morty is steadfast in his belief though. The Galactic Federation eventually has them surrounded. Fart helps out by infiltrating a cop’s mind to show that his wife has been cheating on him with his best friend. Upset, the cop crashes into a Galactic spaceship, creating a chain reaction where every other galactic ships and police cars are destroyed, causing untold damage and numerous casualties. Fart feels no remorse for what he’s done. Even Rick is stunned. Bet you think he’s worth saving now, don’t you, Morty?
Jerry finally leaves the daycare to try and make it home himself. Unfortunately this only proves Rick’s point: he’s not cut out for this world. The episode greatly presents the challenges of a human stuck on a location he can’t make sense of. Other aliens don’t speak his language, creatures of all shapes and sizes lurk in dark alleys, and strange alien behaviors make little sense without context, leaving horrifying imagery and confusing reactions. Dejected, Jerry slugs his way back to the daycare. At least there he’s surrounded by people whom he personally knows and agrees with (a few stepfathers in alternate worlds where Beth remarried notwithstanding.)
Rick and Morty reaches the wormhole that will take Fart home. Rick stays while Morty and Fart privately exchange their farewells. Fart informs him that he’ll return with his own kind to perform a “cleansing.” As he thinks carbon-based lifeforms are a disease, they will all be wiped out. It’ll be a sacrifice for the greater good, something he knows Morty believes in. A tearful Morty asks Fart to sing for him one last time. As he does so, Morty uses it as distraction to kill Fart, having possessed Michael’s anti-matter gun the entire time. Once Fart is permanently wiped out, Morty silently returns to Rick, saddened that his grandfather was right again: the universe isn’t fair and trying to do perform good deeds gets you nowhere.
They return to the Jerryboree to pick up their Jerry. Unsure which one is which, Rick trades with another version of himself and leaves, much to Jerry’s concern. Doesn’t matter, they’re all probably the same regardless.
The after credits has an advertisement for Blips & Chitz. Got to admit, that place does look fun.