Ep #: 26
Air date: Aug. 20th, 2017
Synopsis: It’s a Rick and Jerry adventure! How…exciting?
It’s been a while since we last saw Jerry since the divorce.
He’s not doing so well.
Jerry doesn’t get a moment’s rest when Rick burst in through his door and drags him outside. Apparently his former father-in-law needs him for something important, but Jerry knows enough about Rick to see through his lies. Indeed, Morty worries his father might consider suicide since the breakup that he requested his grandfather to take him on an awesome adventure to cheer him up. Rick only agreed because a concerned Morty means he won’t be of much use as his sidekick. What’s damning is that Jerry didn’t even consider the possibility that he’d be taken on a pity trip; he legitimately thought Rick was going to execute him. That’s how little Jerry sees his own worth.
Rick takes Jerry to the safest place he knows: an alien resort. Then someone stabs Rick dead with a spear, but not before Rick kills him. The two are instantly revived and hug it out like old buddies. The alien is Shnoopy Bloopers, a friend of Rick’s. The resort is designed with an immortality field, preventing any and all deaths. It really is the best place for a fragile being like Jerry. Once they settle at the bar with drinks, Jerry and Rick surprisingly get along.
Beth’s life isn’t any better; her time as a single mother is worse than her hapless parenting when she was with Jerry. Summer runs in sobbing and asks her mother if she’s attractive. Both bamboozled and annoyed at her daughter, Beth unintentionally insults her, though her own ego means she’s too self-absorbed with her creepy horse art to notice the affect it has on her daughter. Summer’s boyfriend, Ethan, broke up with her due to “differences”, dumping her for another girl because she had bigger breasts. Summer retreats to Rick’s garage and finds his Morphizer-XE machine. She uses it to expand her boobs, but goes overboard and accidentally enlarges herself until she’s recreates a scenario from Alice in Wonderland. Summer barely fits inside the garage, but Morty manages to take out the machine for Rick to fix once he calls him. Beth butts in, informing her son that she’s a qualified doctor and can handle whatever her father built. Morty is not convinced.
Jerry takes a restroom break when he’s kidnapped by Risotto Groupon, an alien that works at the resort. Risotto’s kingdom was usurped through weapons supplied by Rick and he needs Jerry’s help to kill him. There’s a roller coaster ride in the resort called the Whirly Dirly where its top most peak extends just barely outside the immortality field. They want Jerry to lure Rick to the ride so they can kill him. Jerry refuses because as much as this man was responsible for the divorce, he’s no murderer. Risotto is an honorable alien, so he leaves Jerry to choose for himself.
Jerry returns to the bar and chats with Rick about Beth. He still carries a flame for her, hoping they will eventually reunite. The way he sees it, they were happy until Rick came into their lives. Rick doesn’t believe that for a second and tells Jerry the two had problems long before he arrived. Jerry is offended and secretly takes up Risotto’s offer. He prompts Rick into the Whirly Dirly, but the minute they get on the ride, Rick apologizes for manipulating events that lead to their divorce. Realizing that maybe Rick isn’t a total scumbag, Jerry tries to persuade him off the coaster, but it’s too late, the Whirly Dirly takes off. Rick quickly deduces that someone sent out a hit for him, dueling Risotto and causing enough damage for the Whirly Dirly to fall apart, dragging both him and Jerry out of the resort and into the heart of the jungle.
Rick immediately learns that Jerry played a part on his attempted assassination. Whatever progress the two made has officially vanished. An alien creature nabs Jerry and slowly starts to digest him, but Rick is in no hurry to rescue him. With his last words, Jerry angrily calls Rick out as a selfish jerk who ruined his and Beth’s life, but Rick rips into him like so many torn papers: he calls Jerry a predator who plays the prey role to get people to pity him long enough to get whatever he wants. That’s how he convinced Beth to marry him, by feeling bad for knocking her up in the first place. Rick and Morty is a series that has to be extremely careful in brandishing Rick’s cool factor. His talented intelligence and ability to get away with a cocksure attitude meant there was a level of admiration that season one seem to emphasize. Season two onwards attempts to deconstruct the man’s psych and add a level of depth that indicates his life isn’t sunshine and roses, but its season three that repeatedly attempts to criticize (though this is a reoccuring theme throughout the show; the current season seem to be making it the main draw) the man for all the hell he put the Smith family and anyone associated with him through. Rick is not a man you should emulate. It doesn’t matter how talented and awesome he is; it doesn’t matter that he can get out of anything and remain flippant with nearly zero consequences; everybody who knows him personally understands he is an awful being who has caused numerous, incalculable damage to everyone. So what does it say when Rick of all people calls you out?
Jerry is rescued at the last minute because Rick needed him covered in the alien’s slime in order to attract another creature. The two hop a ride on the beast so they can make their way to the nearest spaceship that will take them home.
Beth isn’t remotely close to figuring out the Morphizer, eventually turning Summer’s skin inside out. Throughout, Morty has been desperately begging his mom to call Rick. At the very least, she contacts customer support, but is instead tricked into releasing three little aliens who have been trapped inside the Morphizer. Morty is officially fed up. He did not trick his grandfather to take his father on an alien adventure with pretenses of feeling pity for his old man just to deal with another Rick-related shenanigan. Frustrated that he can’t even have one day off for himself, Morty lets loose on his mother and tells her that following and emulating in Rick’s footsteps is going to cause her to suffer the same fate as her father: alone and miserable. Leaving Jerry is one thing (and for the better), but does Beth truly want to lose her children? Beth loses Summer anyway; she literally ran off while the two were arguing.
During the security checkout at the space port, Rick is classified as a Class C for Cybernetic Augmentation. Considered a risk factor, Rick is given a shot that drastically cuts down his violent tendencies and controversial thoughts, essentially reducing his mind to that of a simpleton. Jerry greatly takes advantage of this, using Rick’s reduced intelligence to belittle him at every turn. Unfortunately Risotto also snuck on board and with Rick dumber than a sack of nails, the kill will be considerably easier. He forces the two to the escape pod station where he releases Jerry since he’s of no threat to him. Jerry is fed up with the condescending attitude he’s received throughout his life about his cowardice that he tries to prevent Risotto from murdering Rick. Risotto accidentally shoots a panel that keeps the escape pod station from experiencing the after effects of the black hole the spaceship would be venturing into.
Rick, Jerry, and Risotto experience an incredible journey through time and space; everything is surreal and their lives eternal. All of them merge with each other’s thoughts and insecurities, including an eyebrow-raising moment between Rick and Jerry that’s both arguably primal and sexual in nature. When they’re back to normal, Risotto, having lived what felt like thousands of lives, rethinks his vengeance. Unfortunately for him, enough time has passed for the dampener on Rick to wear off and he is shot dead by his hands. Rick and Jerry depart for Earth on an escape pod afterwards.
Morty remembers that Ethan was originally suppose to take Summer out camping, but has since changed plans to take the new girl, Trish, instead. While Morty figures out the Morphizer, Beth drives to the local campground. Once Morty gets the right setup, Beth uses it on herself to turn into a giant reverse skinned monstrosity so she can empathic with Summer’s pain. There, in front of Morty, Ethan, and Trish, mother and daughter talk it out. This moves Trish enough to run off and call her own mother, leaving Ethan alone with a very tranquil Morty who is visibly displeased this boy messed with his sister and who just happens to have a working Morphizer.
Rick and Jerry return to the Smith household where the two work on a fake story that leaves out the nastier details of their trip. Rick is kind enough to invite Jerry in, but he declines. Jerry decides it’s time to stop playing the pity card and learn to stand on his own two feet. He’s still a pathetic mess, but changing yourself is a baby step journey.
The “Whirly Dirly Conspiracy” seem to be slowly breaking the flaws that Jerry and Beth heavily carried for a decade and a half. The divorce offers them the chance to break away from the toxicity they’ve spewed onto each other. Jerry no longer has someone to throw her superior-inferiority complex his way and can now focus on casting off his pitiful shell. As much as people threw him under the bus, Jerry often took as much advantage of it as possible, simpering away until someone made it better. Now it’s high time for him to grow a pair and put on his big boy pants.
Beth’s story continues off from “Pickle Rick” where the aftermath of the divorce has left her incredibly bitter and apathetic. She’s been hanging off the edge for a bit, ignoring her children in favor of exploring the life she never had. She’s very much Rick’s daughter and the lack of concern is staggering. While Beth has every right to find a coping mechanism and venture off into new territory that often comes with change, she still has a responsibility to her children. Rick’s feelings for his family is a frustratingly neverending question between compassion for or apathetic against them, but Beth’s attempts to empathize with her daughter could be an attempt to make up for her mistakes. Unlike Rick, she still could do right for her loved ones and find a way to benefit herself. We can only see from here on if either Beth or Jerry will have learned anything from their experiences.
The after credit spotlights the three little aliens Beth accidentally freed. They enjoy their freedom and retirement, amused as they watch a now disfigured Ethan painfully walking across. Their joy is cut short when one of them is scooped up by a bird, likely to be its dinner.