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This is the story of a teenage boy named Morty. He gets taken off for an adventure by a crazy old scientist who has invented a flying car and a time machine. If this all sounds like a parody of the Back to the Future series, that is because it is.
The mad scientist, Morty's grandfather Rick, wants to collect some seeds from an alien planet. To do this he needs Morty's help. And naturally it all goes horribly wrong.
Jerry, Morty's father, has Rick make a device that will allow them to communicate with Morty's pet dog. Unfortunately it turns out that the dog is significantly smarter than Jerry, and it soon tries to conquer the world.
Meanwhile, Rick decides to help Morty get As for his maths class at school. Instead of simply tutoring the boy in the relevant homework, Rick decides to Inception the schoolteacher. Unfortunately the teacher is a lucid dreamer, and they end up in a parody of Nightmare on Elm Street .
Meanwhile, Jerry and Beth host a Thanksgiving dinner. Jerry's parents are the guests of honour, and they have brought along their new lover. Yes, it gets super creepy and uncomfortable. To complicate things, it turns out that Summer has a new boyfriend. Good that she got over the school bully who died in the pilot episode.
Rick and Morty find themselves in a Matrix type simulation, run by aliens who want Rick's recipe for Dark Matter so they can use it as fuel for their space ships. But the aliens are expert confidence tricksters, and there are multiple reversals.
Somehow, Jerry has also been abducted and plugged into the Matrix. And worst of all, he actually fits in there quite well.
Morty dares Rick to let him choose the next adventure. When the rest of the family demands Rick's valuable time as well, he gives them a box which creates cartoonish servants named Mister Meseeks. Predictably, Jerry's somewhat realistic wish becomes improbable, which then drives the Meseeks into a destructive frenzy.
In what is ironically the backup story, Rick and Morty visit a medieval fantasy world where they go on a quest. Things get worse and worse, culminating in a shocking event that has no repercussions in the show.
Morty talks Rick into creating an attractiveness potion, so that Jessica will find Morty attractive. This is a bit creepy, especially considering what Morty went through in the previous episode. Unfortunately Jessica has the flu, and the potion causes the virus to mutate. Soon the whole world's population is infected. The good news is that Jerry turns into an action hero.
This storyline was previously done two decades earlier in Buffy the Vampire Slayer . But this version takes things to an extreme level. The twisted ending is mentioned in Rick and Morty (2013) [Season 1, Episode 8] Rixty Minutes .
Morty talks Rick into buying him a souvenir - a sexy fembot! Unfortunately the teenager manages to impregnate this sexbot, so Morty has to stay at home with the kid. Of course, the kid is an alien so it reaches puberty in a few hours.
Meanwhile Rick reluctantly takes Summer on an adventure. It turns out that the fembot was built as a breeding machine for a female-dominated society where female children get free education, while males are outcasts from their society. The Amazonian rulers are Farscape alumni, Australian actresses ( Claudia Black, Virginia Hey ).
Rick hacks the family's TV, so they can watch TV shows from anywhere in the multiverse. Unfortunately it turns out that all they can watch is basically written at the level of bad improv comedy material.
Jerry and Beth take a look at alternate universes, where Jerry became a movie star in Cloud Atlas and Beth got to be a surgeon on humans instead of horses. Summer has to come to terms with the fact that her parents would have been more successful if she had never been born.
Meanwhile, Jerry helps Morty with his school science project. When Jerry becomes aware that a committee declared Pluto was no longer a planet, he becomes incensed. The rest of the world was made aware of this in The Big Bang Theory, when there was a cameo appearance by Neil Degrasse Tyson ( Stargate: Atlantis ). Anyway, Jerry's loud proclaimations that Pluto is a planet attract the attention of the Government of Pluto, which abducts Jerry and makes him a celebrity to their population.
Morty gets abducted along with his father. The boy learns that Pluto is shrinking due to anvironmental abuse, and that Jerry now the mouthpiece for Government propaganda. Yes, this is really an episode about Global Warming ... and like all good speculative fiction stories, it is dealt with through subtle metaphor rather than heavy-handed propaganda.
Across the multiverse, Ricks are being killed and their Mortys are abducted. Rick is arrested by the Council of Ricks, who put him on trial for killing the dead Ricks.
Jerry takes Beth on a romantic getaway to a Titanic . Naturally it ends disasterously.
Rick holds a party, and invites his alien buddies. Summer holds a party too, and invites Morty's love interest Jessica. Birdperson makes his first appearance - yes, this is the first time he meets Tammy.
The party is crashed by Abradolph Lincler, a cloned cross between Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler.
The kids have finished cleaning up after the Season One finale party. But when Rick unfreezes time after six months, there are side-effects. Morty and Summer accidentally split the universe into two realities, and the two Ricks need to unify the realities again. Of course, being Ricks they decide it might be simpler to destroy the other reality. So can Rick defeat himself?
Jerry accidentally hits a deer with the car, and Beth decides to save it. Unfortunately a deer hunter tries to claim the animal for himself.
Rick sells a deadly weapon he built to an interstellar assassin, and uses the profits to treat Morty to a day in an amusement arcade. Morty, ungrateful as ever, decides to thwart the assassination plan. The intended victim is a gaseous being (Jermaine Clement - What We Do In The Shadows ) who has been imprisoned by the Galactic Federation. As Morty helps the gas creature return to its own universe, the body count piles up impressively.
Meanwhile, Jerry is left in an adult creche, inhabited by other Jerries from other universes.
Rick, Morty and Summer answer a distress call in deep space. The ship's crew has been taken over by a parasitic hive mind. It turns out that this hive mind is called Unity, and she is one of Rick's ex-girlfriends. In fact, she is his true love and he rekindles his affection for her.
Morty is perfectly happy to reap the benefits of hanging out on a world where the entire population are pod people. Summer decides she wants to liberate the oppressed. Unfortunately she gets what she wished for when Unity's control slips during a drug binge with Rick.
The family are hanging out in their home. Unfortunately they have been infested with alien parasites that use psychic powers to rewrite the victim's memories. The good news is that their long-time buddy Mister Poopy Butthole is hanging out with them. He has even been edited into the scenes in the title sequence.
Every time the family have a flashback, new characters are added to the cast. Soon, Rick has to point out that it looks like Where's Waldo. And since Rick has sealed the house in a lockdown protocol, he is put under a lot of pressure to unseal it.
Earth is approached by a Big Giant Head. Rick visits President Obama (Keith David - The Cape ), and tells him the truth about the alien invader. It is a scout for an interstellar singing contest, and Earth gets forced into performing in the finals. Since being eliminated from the contest means the planet's destruction, Rick and Morty must team up with Ice T to save the world.
Morty steals Rick's portal gun and goes walkabout. The bad news is that he gets lost. The good news is that Birdperson and Tammy rescue him.
The rest of the family get caught up in a creepy religion that worships the Big Giant Head. The good news is that Summer becomes an easily controlled conformist. The bad news is that, like most organised religions, the BGH worshippers soon start to persecute anyone who steps outside their expected norms.
Rick takes Summer and Morty to an alternate universe. Unfortunately the space-car breaks down, so Rick takes Morty into the battery. Rick has created a micro universe filled with people who generate the power that runs the space-car. Of course, one of those people is a scientist who has constructed his own microverse ...
Summer is left alone, with the space-car's AI ordered to protect her. Unfortunately the AI tends to use the most extreme methods possible. As Summer tries to rein in the murderous AI, it just alters its tactics so it can fulfill its orders.
The lunch lady at Morty and Summer's school has been murdered. Rick transfers his consciousness into a teenage clone of himself, and attends school as Tiny Rick. However, things go too well and he decides to stay young.
Jerry and Beth go to an alien clinic for marital therapy. The aliens create clones of them based on how they perceive each other. These corrupted, monsterous clones turn out to be co-dependent - like the evil versions of Fitz-Simmons in Agents of SHIELD . Then they work together to escape, like in Alien: Resurrection .
Jerry ends up in an alien hospital. A galactic civil rights leader named Shrimply Pibbles (Werner Herzog - The Mandalorian ) needs a heart transplant, and Jerry's penis is the nearest thing they can find.
Rick and the rest of the family are stuck in the waiting room, where they watch Interdimensional Cable TV. It turns out that Jan Michael Vincent is making a comeback.
Rick and Morty stop off on a planet inhabited by Amish people who are just about to indulge in their annual festival ... AKA The Purge .
Rick gets invited to Birdperson's wedding to Tammy. He wants to refuse on principle, but the whole family ends up going to the wedding.
There is a long history of TV shows using a wedding as a Season ending. It was done by 1980s soap opera Dynasty, long before Games of Thrones held their fabled Red Wedding. So what could possibly go wrong this time? Well, Tammy's parents are Tricia Helfer and James Callis ( Battlestar Galactica (2003) ) ...
Morty tries to cheer Summer up with a reference to Season One . This reminds her of the spare portal gun from Rick and Morty (2013) [Season 1, Episode 6] Rick Potion #9 , and they end up on the Citadel of Ricks from Rick and Morty (2013) [Season 1, Episode 10] Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind .
Beth has finally decided to divorce Jerry. Rick, Morty and Summer hang out in a post-apocalyptic world reminiscent of Mad Max . Summer hooks up with one of the local Deathstalkers (Joel McHale - Spy Kids 4 ).
Rick turns himself into a pickle in order to avoid going to family therapy. Unfortunately he ends up getting trapped in the sewers, where he has to fight off cockroaches and sewer rats. Naturally, he rises to the challenge.
In the second half, Pickle Rick escapes from the sewers. Unfortunately he finds himself inside the top-security compound of the Embassy of an unnamed Third World Dictatorship. The man in charge, a creep voiced by Peter Serafinovicz ( Star Wars: Phantom menace ), refuses to let the intruder escape. As a result, Rick has to go through the dozens of guards with the same ease that he took apart the sewer rats. The only one who can match him is Jaguar (Danny Trejo - Machete ).
Rick and Morty get summoned by a superhero team named the Vindicators, with whom they previously did a summer special team-up or something. Morty calls it as his one-in-ten adventure pick, so Rick gets dragged along and makes everyone else miserable with his cynicism. They have to defeat an arch-villain named World-Ender before he, you know, ends some worlds.
It turns out that the Vindicators have an even more dangerous foe than World-Ender. Someone who shall not be named got black-out drunk, rigged a bunch of boobytraps, and trapped the team in an homage to The Saw Franchise . Can team-leader Supernova ( Gillian Jacobs ) save the day?
Jerry is living the miserable life of a singleton. Morty takes pity on him, and goads Rick into taking Jerry on an adventure. They agree to hang out at a fun-fair, where there is an anti-mortality field which prevents anyone getting killed. Sort of like in Torchwood , but the victims heal all wounds completely.
One of Rick's arch-enemies, the Chef (Clancy Brown - Highlander ), drags Jerry into a conspiracy. If Rick can be convinced to board a roller-coaster called the Whirly Dirly, it will take him outside of the anti-mortality field.
Rick and Morty are totally traumatised by an adventure that went wrong, so they go to an alien spa resort for some rest and relaxation. When they come out, they have been cleansed of all their toxicity. Morty has lost his weakness and indecisiveness, so he is now direct and decisive. In comparison, Rick has lost his arrogance and ambition so he is now a lot weaker as a person.
It turns out that the alien spa's process basically splits the patient into two people, like what happened to Captain Kirk in that episode of Star Trek: TOS . Toxic Rick wants to reunite with Placid Rick. But can someone made of toxins be trustworthy?
Rick and Morty head off to an adventure at Atlantis, which all happens off-screen. Meanwhile, the storyline follows several different groups of characters who all live in the Citadel of Ricks. The Ricks are the upper and middle classes, while the Mortys are an underclass.
Since Rick killed the Council in Rick and Morty (2013) [Season 3, Episode 1] The Rickshank Rickdemption, the Citadel is now holding its first democratic election. Although a lot of Ricks are standing as candidates, the episode follows the candidate of the Morty Party. He certainly seems to be the most interesting. Hopefully his story arc will be continued in a future episode.
Something terrible happens, so Morty asks Rick to delete his memory of the event. It turns out that Rick has done this quite a few times, and there is a room in the basement filled with Morty's memories. Now they go through a few of those memories, like a clip show of clips that have never been shown before.
The real reveal is that Summer is the key figure in Rick's plans.
Beth's childhood friend disappeared twenty years ago, and his father is on Death Row accused of murdering and eating the boy. It turns out that the boy was trapped in Beth's playworld, an artificial reality that Rick created to keep the world safe from his daughter. Now Beth insists that Rick help her save the boy so that the father can be exhonerated rather than executed. The boy survived in the playworld by manipulating the system, like Abed did in the VR episode of Community. Of course, this version is a lot creepier. The storyline involves bestiality, incest and cannibalism!
While Beth is away, she leaves her children with Jerry. He has moved on from her, and is in a rebound relatioship with an alien warrior woman. The bad news is that she is obsessed with hunting other aliens, so the family spends several days helping her.
Rick and Morty get called in by President Obama (Keith David - The Cape ) to get rid of a monster in the Kennedy Sex Tunnels under the White House. They get bored with the mission, so they decide to sneak off and play computer games instead. Naturally, Obama is very offended about this. The result is a grudge match, as Rick chooses to outshine Obama at every opportunity.
Beth becomes obsessed with the idea she might be a clone. This leads her to visit her estranged husband, Jerry.
Rick takes Morty to harvest Death Crystals, which enhance a person's precognitive powers so they can forsee their own death. Morty takes one, and uses it to steer his life so he can have the perfect death.
Rick is killed, but comes back as a clone in an alternate universe. Unfortunately, every universe he wakes up in seems to be overrun with fascists.
Rick heads off to use his secret toilet, hidden on an alien planet. Unfortunately someone else has discovered the toilet, and has started using it when Rick is not around. Yes, now the universe's greatest super-villain spends his time in a petty feud over a toilet.
Meanwhile, Morty and the rest of the family hang out with Rick's intern (Taika Waititi - The Mandalorian ). Morty's dad chooses to transgress by ignoring Rick's warning. This leads to Earth being invaded by the intern's king (Sam Neill - Jurassic Park ) and his army of Monogomists.
Morty is writing a screenplay about a heist story, with the hope of selling it to a production company. Instead, he gets roped into another adventure with Rick ... which ends up using all the hackneyed tropes of the genre.
Rick has to make good on his promise to get Morty a pet dragon (Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones ). Naturally, it turns out that dragons are a lot more messed up than anyone expected.
Meanwhile, Morty's father goes off on a solo adventure with a talking cat (Matthew Broderick - Godzilla (1998) ).
Rick and Morty encounter a society of intelligent snakes. Naturally, Morty's good intentions lead to terrible consequences. The snake-only scenes do not feature any subtitles, but the scenes tell a generic sci-fi story that is easy to follow. This results in snake time-travellers who want to save snake Lincoln and kill snake Hitler.
Meanwhile, Morty's father goes off on a solo adventure. He is weightless, thanks to Rick's magic tech, but he manages to screw up and get himself in trouble.
Rick and Morty are trapped aboard a strange space-train where every carriage is filled with people who have a Rick-related anecdote. This is a literal train-of-thought.
Rick and Morty discover they were hosts to face-hugging parasites like in Alien (1979) . They shoot their way out, in homages to things like Star Wars (1977) and Pearl Harbour. But they never stop to wonder where Morty's sister Summer is.
It turns out that the face-huggers had a very short life-span which was the result of their life-style choice (or life-cycle choice). By extending their life-cycle, they were able to create a society.
Rick takes Morty along to a meeting with a dodgy black-marketeer. When things predictably go wrong, the duo have to hide out in a vat of fake acid. Morty denounces this as the worst plan ever!
Then Morty dares Rick to build a remote-control that allows the user to return to a pre-saved reset point in his life. Of course, the teenager uses it for personal gain at first. However, he then goes on to find true love. What will happen to hit the reset button and end the storyline of perpetual happiness before it becomes permanent?
The result is a remarkable example of visual storytelling, with music instead of dialogue to accompany the three stages of the story.
Jerry decides to take the family on a camping vacation. Morty would rather play computer games, and Summer wants to do drugs. Rick is happy to get out of town, because his ex-lover has accused him of getting her pregnant. Of course, when Beth finds out she insists that her deadbeat dad takes the family to visit her half-siblings. Everyone ends up getting their dream vacation, although not in the way they would have expected.
It turns out that Rick cloned Beth, and sent one of them off into space so she could have adventures. Now she is fighting against the Evil Empire, a re-constituted Galactic Federation. This means Tammy and Phoenix-Person are after Rick and Morty again.
Rick invites his Nemesis, an Aquaman type named Mister Nimbus, over for dinner so they can sign a treaty and end their blood-feud. Morty gets sent out to fetch the wine. Unfortunately the wine is stored on an alien planet where time travels at a much faster rate. As a result of a misunderstanding, Morty ends up in a blood-feud of his own.
Morty has to keep going back for more wine, so he constantly has to fight the next generation of aliens. After all, he is on his first date with Jessica - the hot girl from school that he has been after since the very first episode.
Some squid aliens are out to kill Rick and the family. It turns out that the real Rick created a family of duplicates as decoys, including a duplicate of himself, in case of eventualities like this. Unfortunately the duplicate Ricks are so realistic that they automatically make a duplicate family of decoys. Now there are an unknown number of duplicate families ... Highlander (1986) rules prevail - There can be only one!.
This storyline seems a bit repetitive. After all, it has long been established in this show that the multiverse is filled with Ricks, and that the main Rick has a blood feud against the rest of them.
Morty gets involved with Planetina ( Alison Brie ), an environmentalist super-heroine. It turns out that she has been around since the Nineties, and the teenagers who created her have become middle-aged sell-outs.
Rick decides to head off for a series of end-of-the-world parties. To make Morty jealous, he invites Summer along for company. Unfortunately he ends up trapped in a relationship himself, with Daphne ( Jennifer Coolidge ).
Rick conducts one of his experiments, this time to create a bio-weapon. It turns out that our heroes have been fighting CHUDs the whole time. In this case the H stands for Horse, so Rick uses horse DNA from the enormous vat of semen in Beth's horse hospital. Although Morty is too embarrassed to admit it, the DNA has been contaminated ...
President Obama (Keith David - The Cape ), who has been in power for the last decade, sends Rick and Morty to save the world from the mega-sperm. This ends in subverting a series of men-on-a-mission tropes.
Summer has her own tropes to face. For example, a male cow-orker takes credit for her ideas. Later, the 1990s action movie trope of the cat-fight between kick-boxing females is mentioned.
Rick hangs out with Jerry and some Cenobites (from Hellraiser ). Beth crashes the boys' night out, and things get even weirder.
The kids are left at home without adult supervision, like in a 1980s film. Morty and Summer try to make friends with the new kid at school, so they take him for a joyride in Rick's space car. Unfortunately the car's AI has plans of its own.
President Obama (Keith David - The Cape ) tries to have Rick arrested. Rick's plan is for he and Morty to transform themselves into turkeys, then get pardoned by the President himself. Of course, Obama is already ahead of them.
Obama gets replaced by a turkey, a vicious and greedy creature that bribes Congress to do its bidding. Nope, no political allegory here.
Rick completes his collection of anime super-weapons. Unfortunately, to use them to their full capacity he needs a team of users. This means he has to share them with Beth and her family. However, power corrupts the family - like in the Chicken Fingers Mafia episode of Community.
We finally discover what happened to the giant incest baby from Rick and Morty (2013) [Season 5, Episode 4] Rickdependence Spray.
After the events of the previous episode, Beth and the rest of the family head off on a road trip. This leaves Rick alone to concentrate on something he has been putting off for ages - reviving Bird-person. Unfortunately the patient's memories are degrading.
Rick inserts himself inside Bird-Person's mind, and runs through the degrading memories in a storyline reminiscent of Sunset of the Spotless Mind .