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* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony. Even worse, when he deliberately triggers the trap he laid for Tony, which spawns a thousand holographic Ricks screaming at him and berating him, their insults could easily double as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Rick himself.
-->'''Holo!Rick:''' There he is! There's our guy! Congrats, Tony! Have fun with your stupid toilet that you get to use all by yourself now. Enjoy using it all by yourself while you sit there and think about how nobody wants to be around you and how you ruined it for yourself because you're a huge piece of shit. Look at you sitting there, King Shit on his throne of loneliness. Enjoy this toilet with a thousand of me screaming every time you take a shit! All hail His Majesty, the ''saddest'' piece of garbage in the entire cosmos! Long live the big bad doo-doo daddy! May his reign last a thousand years!

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* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony. Even worse, when he deliberately triggers the trap he laid for Tony, which spawns a thousand holographic Ricks screaming at him and berating him, their insults could easily double as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Rick himself.
himself for getting someone who was willing to be his friend indirectly killed [[SkewedPriorities all over a toilet]].
-->'''Holo!Rick:''' There he is! There's our guy! Congrats, Tony! Have fun with your stupid toilet that you get to use all by yourself now. Enjoy using it all by yourself while you sit there and think about how [[LonelyAtTheTop nobody wants to be around you you]] and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero how you ruined it for yourself yourself]] because [[{{Jerkass}} you're a huge piece of shit.shit]]. Look at you sitting there, King Shit on his throne of loneliness. Enjoy this toilet with a thousand of me screaming every time you take a shit! All hail His Majesty, the ''saddest'' piece of garbage in the entire cosmos! Long live the big bad doo-doo daddy! May his reign last a thousand years!


* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony. Even worse, when he triggers the trap he laid for Tony, which spawns a thousand holographic Ricks screaming at him and berating him, their insults could easily double as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Rick himself.

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* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony. Even worse, when he deliberately triggers the trap he laid for Tony, which spawns a thousand holographic Ricks screaming at him and berating him, their insults could easily double as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Rick himself.himself.
-->'''Holo!Rick:''' There he is! There's our guy! Congrats, Tony! Have fun with your stupid toilet that you get to use all by yourself now. Enjoy using it all by yourself while you sit there and think about how nobody wants to be around you and how you ruined it for yourself because you're a huge piece of shit. Look at you sitting there, King Shit on his throne of loneliness. Enjoy this toilet with a thousand of me screaming every time you take a shit! All hail His Majesty, the ''saddest'' piece of garbage in the entire cosmos! Long live the big bad doo-doo daddy! May his reign last a thousand years!


* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony.

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* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony. Even worse, when he triggers the trap he laid for Tony, which spawns a thousand holographic Ricks screaming at him and berating him, their insults could easily double as a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at Rick himself.

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* Despite frequently denying his friendship and trying to humiliate him, Rick is clearly broken over the loss of Tony.
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* The ending (pictured). After realizing Rick's destructive nature, Unity quietly leaves him, abandoning the planet it conquered in the process. Rick finds himself in a completely empty room, now littered with countless sheets of paper all displaying the same break-up letter over and over. As Unity points out, it may be able to assimilate people into a hive-mind, but he's even better at turning people into mirrors of his harmful personality and cannot be changed by others. Rick reads this, goes back home utterly depressed, and attempts to vaporise himself with an invention, only failing because he passed out and fell out of the path of the heat beam. The episode ends with watching Rick as he sits unconscious in his garage for an entire day.

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* The ending (pictured). After realizing Rick's destructive nature, Unity quietly leaves him, abandoning the planet it conquered in the process. Rick finds himself in a completely empty room, now littered with countless sheets of paper all displaying the same break-up letter over and over. As Unity points out, it may be able to assimilate people into a hive-mind, but he's even better at turning people into mirrors of his harmful personality and cannot be changed by others. Rick reads this, goes back home utterly depressed, and attempts to vaporise killing himself with an invention, only failing because he passed out and fell out of the path of the heat beam. The episode ends with watching Rick as he sits unconscious in his garage for an entire day.



** Rick tests the vaporizing beam on a Cronenberg baby that he brought with him from the universe he and Morty left behind. We can assume he was still hoping to attempt a cure for the Cronenburg mutation, but decided to kill it instead in light of realizing there wasn't a cure. Before he kills it, he comforts it as to apologize. The creature looks quite repulsive, but it is clearly scared or in pain, suggesting he actually gave it a MercyKill, much like the one he planned to give himself.

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** Rick tests the vaporizing beam on a Cronenberg baby that he brought with him from the universe he and Morty left behind. We can assume he was still hoping to attempt a cure for the Cronenburg mutation, but decided to kill it instead in light of realizing there wasn't a cure. some... ''thing.'' Before he kills it, he comforts it as to apologize. The creature looks quite repulsive, but it is clearly scared or in pain, suggesting he actually gave it a MercyKill, much like the one he planned to give himself.



* Jerry and Beth's relationship is at its absolute low point in this episode. To wit, while looking for Jerry's weed whacker the two discover Rick's underground bunker and find an alien strapped to the wall. It leads into an argument over Rick where the two pull the lowest punches they can. Jerry screams at Beth about her blind devotion to her father, a negligent alcoholic and sociopath who constantly puts everyone in danger, and Beth accuses Jerry of being too jealous and stupid to understand the scope of her dad's brilliance. The two begin pointing out the positive and negative possibilities of why Rick would have said alien trapped in the bunker, such as keeping it prisoner because it would kill everyone on Earth or it's an innocent creature being used for inhuman experiments against its will. Finally, said alien breaks free and uses a voice translator to deliver a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. He says that while both were technically right about why Rick had him locked up, he's leaving Earth forever because the two are absolute pieces of garbage that hate each other and themselves, and simply use Rick as an excuse not to own up to their own self-loathing.

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* Jerry and Beth's relationship is at its absolute low lowest point in this episode. To wit, while looking for Jerry's weed whacker the two discover Rick's underground bunker and find an alien strapped to the wall. It leads into an argument over Rick where the two pull the lowest punches they can. Jerry screams at Beth about her blind devotion to her father, a negligent alcoholic and sociopath who constantly puts everyone in danger, and Beth accuses Jerry of being too jealous and stupid to understand the scope of her dad's brilliance. The two begin pointing out the positive and negative possibilities of why Rick would have said alien trapped in the bunker, such as keeping it prisoner because it would kill everyone on Earth or it's an innocent creature being used for inhuman experiments against its will. Finally, said alien breaks free and uses a voice translator to deliver a massive TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. He says that while both were technically right about why Rick had him locked up, he's leaving Earth forever because the two are absolute pieces of garbage that hate each other and themselves, and simply use Rick as an excuse not to own up to their own self-loathing.



** [[UpToEleven Made even worse]] [[HarsherInHindsight by the season finale,]] when Rick gives himself up to the galactic federation for their sakes at the cost of the rest of his life, and Beth knows it.

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** [[UpToEleven Made even worse]] [[HarsherInHindsight by the season finale,]] when Rick gives himself up to the galactic federation Galactic Federation for their sakes at the cost of the rest of his life, and Beth knows it.



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* Morty's life in general. The little guy isn't all too smart, likely has a learning disability and contrary to his parents' belief, he isn't learning all that much about science from his sociopathic grandfather who can alter between loving him and simply using him on the fly.
** During the course of the series, he becomes increasingly more mature and observant, to the point of becoming arguably one of the smartest and self-aware characters in the show... Which doesn't make him happier, considering he's all but given up on Rick by season 3, as well as worn out and disturbed by all the adventures and near-death experiences.
* '''Beth and Jerry's marriage!''' As seen in both "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" and "The Wedding Squanchers," it's not just imperfect, it's ''[[DestructiveRomance toxic]]'': the two of them are [[CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem totally dependent on one another despite knowing full well that they shouldn't be married]], with [[HenpeckedHusband Jerry]] taking the brunt of it not only from his belittling wife but also her crackpot father, whom she kowtows to due to her deep-seated abandonment issues. They only eventually divorce when Jerry forces Beth to choose between him and Rick, solidifying once and for all how little she thinks of him.
* Rick, despite his genius, dimension-hopping adventures and crazy sexual exploits, is a fundamentally lonely person. Even his own family members can never understand him, and as the series goes on he becomes increasingly alienated from the rest of humanity. He usually manages to drown his sorrows with alcohol and drugs, but the few times when his depression really gets to him – such as at the end of "Auto Erotic Assimilation" – he's visibly a broken man.
** And to expand on the above, Rick's self-destructive nature is also a major strain between him and his family. Yes, he may have [[CharacterDevelopment slowly gotten better,]] [[RealityEnsues but it's not as easy as one might think]]. He's rude, cruelly honest, brash, and will say [[KickTheDog pointlessly hurtful things for no reason]]. He abandoned Beth when she was still a little girl, makes Morty his unwilling sidekick in his insane adventures, mocks Summer and her ideals on society, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has ''zero'' respect for Jerry]].
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** And to expand on the above, Rick's self-destructive nature is also a major strain between him and his family. Yes, he may have [[CharacterDevelopment slowly gotten better,]] [[RealityEnsues but it's not as easy as one might think]]. He's rude, cruelly honest, brash, and will say [[KickTheDog pointlessly hurtful things for no reason]]. He abandoned Beth when she was still a little girl, makes Morty his unwilling sidekick in his insane adventures, mocks Summer and her ideals on society, and has ''zero'' respect for Jerry.

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** And to expand on the above, Rick's self-destructive nature is also a major strain between him and his family. Yes, he may have [[CharacterDevelopment slowly gotten better,]] [[RealityEnsues but it's not as easy as one might think]]. He's rude, cruelly honest, brash, and will say [[KickTheDog pointlessly hurtful things for no reason]]. He abandoned Beth when she was still a little girl, makes Morty his unwilling sidekick in his insane adventures, mocks Summer and her ideals on society, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has ''zero'' respect for Jerry.Jerry]].


* '''Beth and Jerry's marriage!''' As seen in both "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" and "The Wedding Squanchers," it's not just imperfect, it's ''[[DestructiveRomance toxic]]'': the two of them are [[CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem totally dependent on one another despite knowing full well that they shouldn't be married]], with [[HenpeckedHusband Jerry]] taking the brunt of it not only from his belittling wife but also her crackpot father, whom she kowtows to due to her deep-seated abandonment issues. [[spoiler:They only eventually divorce when Jerry forces Beth to choose between him and Rick, solidifying once and for all how little she thinks of him]].

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* '''Beth and Jerry's marriage!''' As seen in both "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez" and "The Wedding Squanchers," it's not just imperfect, it's ''[[DestructiveRomance toxic]]'': the two of them are [[CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem totally dependent on one another despite knowing full well that they shouldn't be married]], with [[HenpeckedHusband Jerry]] taking the brunt of it not only from his belittling wife but also her crackpot father, whom she kowtows to due to her deep-seated abandonment issues. [[spoiler:They They only eventually divorce when Jerry forces Beth to choose between him and Rick, solidifying once and for all how little she thinks of him]].him.



* During the [[spoiler:stand-off when Rick, Summer, and one of the Council of Ricks Ricks are yelling at Morty for ruining Rick's gamble to free Summer from the other Rick, leading Morty to shoot his Rick in the head. It turns out it was a fake gun that Rick believed Morty would know when to use, but Morty's response indicates he didn't know that and really did intend to kill his grandfather in a fit of anger, at the end Morty's meltdown and Summer's breakdown after watching her little brother murder in cold blood her grandfather is genuine.]]
** A bit of FridgeBrilliance and/or FridgeHorror could also be at work. [[spoiler: Considering all the times Rick planned ahead or improvised throughout the episode, it's possible that even if Morty didn't know the gun was fake, Rick could still goad him into shooting him knowing he'd be fine. [[MagnificentBastard As well-played as it sounds]], [[DeathSeeker It wouldn't be the first, or even last time]] [[SuicideByCop that Rick would convince Morty to kill him and prepare for him to go through with it]].]]
** [[spoiler:The fact that at the beggining Summer and Morty believe that Rick was willing to shoot Summer just to kill the other Rick who was using her as human shield, Summer's meltdown shows how incredibly angry she is for the betrayal.]]
* Beth's rant at Summer about why she can't trust people like Rick [[spoiler:because they'll abandon her and later complains of their current situation while breaking down in tears.]]
--->'''Beth''': [[spoiler:Stop saying his name, he abandonded us. Don't make my mistakes Summer, don't deify the people who leave you. (gives a rant about their lives and starts crying) Is that what you want for yourself?]]
* [[spoiler: While Jerry's life under the Federation isn't exactly desirable, he seems genuinely pleased with his situation for once before the government collapses. Then he finds himself crawling for his life through a horrifying warzone and is shortly after divorced by his wife for the sake of the man who caused the destruction of his newfound happiness.]]
* The fact that through the whole episode [[spoiler:Morty just wants Summer to understand that Rick is nothing more than a destructive influence and that he will never change no matter what, his voice sounds disappointed and depressed, it really shows how Morty knows that Rick is a lost cause and there is no way to help him.]]
** Also before they leave, [[spoiler:Summer yells Morty for [[WhatTheHellHero giving up in saving Rick and saying how horrible the life on earth is now because the Galactic Federation now rules it]].]]
* Morty's reaction after [[spoiler:hearing his parents are getting divorced. Worse yet, he's the only one who seems to care.]]
* Our Rick's backstory on [[spoiler: how he lost his wife Diane and Beth to a portal bomb was incredibly depressing.]] Granted, it's possible [[UnreliableNarrator he really might have]] [[MultipleChoicePast made the whole thing up]]. However, there is a distinct possibility that it has some grain of truth to it, and even if it was fake it was still rather sad to watch. Assuming that some of it was true and the Council Of Ricks did something terrible to him in his past, this raises many questions about just how broken Rick is.
** A minor detail in the story: [[spoiler: The Beth in the story died, which would mean that he hopped dimensions to get a new one. But even with infinite universes, he didn't go to one that also had his wife. Either he somehow couldn't find one, he could but other circumstances intervened and he lost her again, or he just wasn't willing to try and just replace her like he did everyone else. Whatever the explanation, it's depressing.]]
*** Alternatively, [[spoiler: He did find universes with Diane still alive, but didn't want to replace the Rick in those universes because he knew how devastating it was for him to lose Diane and didn't want to put his other selves through that experience.]]
*** There's some credit to that last theory. Beth occasionally mentions how she remembers Rick abandoning her and her mother... so it's entirely possible that just like after the Cronenberg incident, Rick chose to [[spoiler:find a version of his original Earth save for the fact that Beth and Diane didn't die, but instead ''he'' did. And because he's stated to have only come back into the Smith family's lives in the last year (as of the first season, at least), that could mean that not only did he spend ''years'' trying to find such an Earth, but he was perfectly willing to accept the stigma of having been seen as 'abandoning' his family as long as it meant there was a chance they'd accept him as 'their' Rick.]]

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* During the [[spoiler:stand-off stand-off when Rick, Summer, and one of the Council of Ricks Ricks are yelling at Morty for ruining Rick's gamble to free Summer from the other Rick, leading Morty to shoot his Rick in the head. It turns out it was a fake gun that Rick believed Morty would know when to use, but Morty's response indicates he didn't know that and really did intend to kill his grandfather in a fit of anger, at the end Morty's meltdown and Summer's breakdown after watching her little brother murder in cold blood her grandfather is genuine.]]
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** A bit of FridgeBrilliance and/or FridgeHorror could also be at work. [[spoiler: Considering all the times Rick planned ahead or improvised throughout the episode, it's possible that even if Morty didn't know the gun was fake, Rick could still goad him into shooting him knowing he'd be fine. [[MagnificentBastard As well-played as it sounds]], [[DeathSeeker It wouldn't be the first, or even last time]] [[SuicideByCop that Rick would convince Morty to kill him and prepare for him to go through with it]].]]
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** [[spoiler:The The fact that at the beggining Summer and Morty believe that Rick was willing to shoot Summer just to kill the other Rick who was using her as human shield, Summer's meltdown shows how incredibly angry she is for the betrayal.]]
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* Beth's rant at Summer about why she can't trust people like Rick [[spoiler:because because they'll abandon her and later complains of their current situation while breaking down in tears.]]
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--->'''Beth''': [[spoiler:Stop Stop saying his name, he abandonded us. Don't make my mistakes Summer, don't deify the people who leave you. (gives a rant about their lives and starts crying) Is that what you want for yourself?]]
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* [[spoiler: While Jerry's life under the Federation isn't exactly desirable, he seems genuinely pleased with his situation for once before the government collapses. Then he finds himself crawling for his life through a horrifying warzone and is shortly after divorced by his wife for the sake of the man who caused the destruction of his newfound happiness.]]
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* The fact that through the whole episode [[spoiler:Morty Morty just wants Summer to understand that Rick is nothing more than a destructive influence and that he will never change no matter what, his voice sounds disappointed and depressed, it really shows how Morty knows that Rick is a lost cause and there is no way to help him.]]
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** Also before they leave, [[spoiler:Summer Summer yells Morty for [[WhatTheHellHero giving up in saving Rick and saying how horrible the life on earth is now because the Galactic Federation now rules it]].]]
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* Morty's reaction after [[spoiler:hearing hearing his parents are getting divorced. Worse yet, he's the only one who seems to care.]]
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* Our Rick's backstory on [[spoiler: how he lost his wife Diane and Beth to a portal bomb was incredibly depressing.]] depressing. Granted, it's possible [[UnreliableNarrator he really might have]] [[MultipleChoicePast made the whole thing up]]. However, there is a distinct possibility that it has some grain of truth to it, and even if it was fake it was still rather sad to watch. Assuming that some of it was true and the Council Of Ricks did something terrible to him in his past, this raises many questions about just how broken Rick is.
** A minor detail in the story: [[spoiler: The Beth in the story died, which would mean that he hopped dimensions to get a new one. But even with infinite universes, he didn't go to one that also had his wife. Either he somehow couldn't find one, he could but other circumstances intervened and he lost her again, or he just wasn't willing to try and just replace her like he did everyone else. Whatever the explanation, it's depressing.]]
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*** Alternatively, [[spoiler: He did find universes with Diane still alive, but didn't want to replace the Rick in those universes because he knew how devastating it was for him to lose Diane and didn't want to put his other selves through that experience.]]
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*** There's some credit to that last theory. Beth occasionally mentions how she remembers Rick abandoning her and her mother... so it's entirely possible that just like after the Cronenberg incident, Rick chose to [[spoiler:find find a version of his original Earth save for the fact that Beth and Diane didn't die, but instead ''he'' did. And because he's stated to have only come back into the Smith family's lives in the last year (as of the first season, at least), that could mean that not only did he spend ''years'' trying to find such an Earth, but he was perfectly willing to accept the stigma of having been seen as 'abandoning' his family as long as it meant there was a chance they'd accept him as 'their' Rick.]]



* Remember the ending last season when it seemed Rick turned himself in to spare his family from being hunted by the Federation? Well, it turns out the real reason he did it was [[spoiler:to get back at Jerry for wanting to turn him in. His whole plan to turn himself in and destroy the Galactic Federation from the inside was with the goal to get Beth and Jerry to break up. Turns out Rick's "good deed" was just another scheme to [[EvilIsPetty get back at someone for wronging him in some way.]]]]

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* Remember the ending last season when it seemed Rick turned himself in to spare his family from being hunted by the Federation? Well, it turns out the real reason he did it was [[spoiler:to to get back at Jerry for wanting to turn him in. His whole plan to turn himself in and destroy the Galactic Federation from the inside was with the goal to get Beth and Jerry to break up. Turns out Rick's "good deed" was just another scheme to [[EvilIsPetty get back at someone for wronging him in some way.]]]]way]].



** [[spoiler:Worse is Morty's reaction during Rick's rant, he finally believed that Rick was a good guy, only to discover that he only saved the earth to make Beth and Jerry end their marrige, Rick was able to shatter Morty's faith in him being a hero in one hit by admitting that he only ended the Galatic Federation's government to get back at Jerry for suggesting to turn him in to the police.]]
** Remember Jerry's [[spoiler: speech to his family at the end of "The Wedding Squanchers", about how Rick would never do anything for anybody but himself? Turns out, he was absolutely right about that.]]
** With all this in mind, [[spoiler: the rest of the family was against Jerry's suggestion no matter how unhappy they were, something Rick had clearly heard from them, and seemed genuinely depressed himself at the time from his own losses. So it's still possible that even if it was part of the plan, Rick wanted to make sure that they were safe from the Federation first ''before'' destroying it and getting Jerry out of the picture. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim The last part also still happened in a suspiciously non-lethal fashion]]]].

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** [[spoiler:Worse Worse is Morty's reaction during Rick's rant, he finally believed that Rick was a good guy, only to discover that he only saved the earth to make Beth and Jerry end their marrige, Rick was able to shatter Morty's faith in him being a hero in one hit by admitting that he only ended the Galatic Federation's government to get back at Jerry for suggesting to turn him in to the police.]]
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** Remember Jerry's [[spoiler: speech to his family at the end of "The Wedding Squanchers", about how Rick would never do anything for anybody but himself? Turns out, he was absolutely right about that.]]
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** With all this in mind, [[spoiler: the rest of the family was against Jerry's suggestion no matter how unhappy they were, something Rick had clearly heard from them, and seemed genuinely depressed himself at the time from his own losses. So it's still possible that even if it was part of the plan, Rick wanted to make sure that they were safe from the Federation first ''before'' destroying it and getting Jerry out of the picture. [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim The last part also still happened in a suspiciously non-lethal fashion]]]].
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* Morty breaking down when [[spoiler:he realizes the mutated arm (Armothy) will disappear once it kills the tyrant that caused the death of the arm's host's family. Morty just wants to continue letting out his frustrations over his parents' divorce.]]
** [[spoiler: Armothy spends the entire episode smashing a town's worth of mutants into bloody paste. But when it's time for Armothy to leave, the monstrous arm gently wipes Morty's tears away and hugs him goodbye.]]

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* Morty breaking down when [[spoiler:he he realizes the mutated arm (Armothy) will disappear once it kills the tyrant that caused the death of the arm's host's family. Morty just wants to continue letting out his frustrations over his parents' divorce.]]
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** [[spoiler: Armothy spends the entire episode smashing a town's worth of mutants into bloody paste. But when it's time for Armothy to leave, the monstrous arm gently wipes Morty's tears away and hugs him goodbye.]]



* Morty tries to look cool in front of the Vindicators because of being rejected on the second adventure for Rick's actions, only for Rick to black-out after drinking for hours, [[spoiler:which causes him to murder Worldender and makes a series of challenges that forces the Vindicators to reveal that the only reason they bring Morty was because he's "the learning disabled kid we do photo ops with", that they destroyed a whole planet to kill an evil shape-shifter hiding there, just because they hated Rick and didn't want to turn to him for help and that Supernova and 1-Million Ants had an affair behind Alan Rails; at the end most of the team is dead, Supernova becomes a supervillain, and Morty ends up disappointed on both the Vindicators and Rick after the episode.]]
** [[spoiler: Morty steps on a ride in which is seems Rick is expresing his love for Morty as his grandson; however it is revealed the ride was intended for Noob Noob to ride, and it later shows how Rick actually despises Morty by mocking his love for the Vindicators and calling him a moron. After the ride Morty doesn't want to talk to Rick, who doesn't remember any of this due to being drunk at the time.]]
** [[spoiler: Million Ants’ death in particular is probably the saddest, having his heart literally ripped out by his own lover, and he was the most decent member of the team as well.]]

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* Morty tries to look cool in front of the Vindicators because of being rejected on the second adventure for Rick's actions, only for Rick to black-out after drinking for hours, [[spoiler:which which causes him to murder Worldender and makes a series of challenges that forces the Vindicators to reveal that the only reason they bring Morty was because he's "the learning disabled kid we do photo ops with", that they destroyed a whole planet to kill an evil shape-shifter hiding there, just because they hated Rick and didn't want to turn to him for help and that Supernova and 1-Million Ants had an affair behind Alan Rails; at the end most of the team is dead, Supernova becomes a supervillain, and Morty ends up disappointed on both the Vindicators and Rick after the episode.]]
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** [[spoiler: Morty steps on a ride in which is seems it first appears that Rick is expresing expressing his love for Morty as his grandson; however it is revealed the ride was intended for Noob Noob to ride, and it later shows how Rick actually despises Morty by mocking his Morty's love for the Vindicators and calling him a moron. After the ride Morty doesn't want to talk to Rick, who doesn't remember any of this due to being drunk at the time.]]
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** [[spoiler: Million Ants’ death in particular is probably the saddest, having his heart literally ripped out by his own lover, and he was the most decent member of the team as well.]]lover.



** The fact that the only way that Risotto Groupon convinces Jerry to help him is reminding him how Rick destroyed his life without remorse. It doesn't help that Rick brings this up like it's friendly banter. [[spoiler:And then when Risotto corners both, he only wants to kill Rick and tells Jerry that he is only being spared because he is too pathetic to even deserve a bullet.]]

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** The fact that the only way that Risotto Groupon convinces Jerry to help him is reminding him how Rick destroyed his life without remorse. It doesn't help that Rick brings this up like it's friendly banter. [[spoiler:And And then when Risotto corners both, he only wants to kill Rick and tells Jerry that he is only being spared because he is too pathetic to even deserve a bullet.]]



* It's rather disturbing and sad that Rick thinks [[spoiler:having an emotional attachment to Morty, his own grandson]] is toxic. Worse, it's true. While Rick does actually love Morty, it's a toxic, horrific relationship. As we see on the Citadel episodes, a near-infinite number of Morties are suffering or dead because of their Ricks' involvements. It would be far better for his grandchildren if Rick had never met them, and Rick KNOWS IT.
** By the same token, it's also disturbing that Morty thinks [[spoiler:having a moral compass]] is toxic.

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* It's rather disturbing and sad that Rick thinks [[spoiler:having having an emotional attachment to Morty, his own grandson]] grandson is toxic. Worse, it's true. While Rick does actually love Morty, it's a toxic, horrific relationship. As we see on the Citadel episodes, a near-infinite number of Morties are suffering or dead because of their Ricks' involvements. It would be far better for his grandchildren if Rick had never met them, and Rick KNOWS IT.
** By the same token, it's also disturbing that Morty thinks [[spoiler:having having a moral compass]] compass is toxic.



* Morty after getting rid of his toxins, becomes the more popular kid in school, he gets to date Jessica only to lose her when it turns out he is too active for her, after saving the planet from Toxic Rick, Morty becomes a successful business man, dates an older woman and he becomes famous, [[spoiler: only to discover that without his toxins he can't enjoy his new life, so he allows Rick to find him and remerge with his toxins, is depressing seeing Morty who after being able to live a happy life away from Rick, he still can't feel the joy of it.]]

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* Morty after getting rid of his toxins, becomes the more popular kid in school, he gets to date Jessica only to lose her when it turns out he is too active for her, after saving the planet from Toxic Rick, Morty becomes a successful business man, dates an older woman and he becomes famous, [[spoiler: only to discover that without his toxins he can't enjoy his new life, so he allows Rick to find him and remerge with his toxins, is depressing seeing Morty who after being able to live a happy life away from Rick, he still can't feel the joy of it.]]
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** It gets worse. [[spoiler: When a factory worker Rick sets him free with an unlicensed portal gun, he walks into "the blender dimension" and blood explodes out the portal. The factory worker Rick then tastes freedom when he ''thinks'' that his boss is setting him free... only for him to get shot, and then [[AndIMustScream forced to replace Simple Rick]].]]
* Campaign Manager Morty receives information that [[spoiler:the Morty running for president is actually Evil Morty.]] He tries to save the day by [[spoiler:assassinating Evil Morty, but fails to kill him. As punishment, Campaign Manager Morty is tossed out of an airlock before he can warn anybody else.]]

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** It gets worse. [[spoiler: When a factory worker Rick sets him free with an unlicensed portal gun, he walks into "the blender dimension" and blood explodes out the portal. The factory worker Rick then tastes freedom when he ''thinks'' that his boss is setting him free... only for him to get shot, and then [[AndIMustScream forced to replace Simple Rick]].]]
Rick]].
* Campaign Manager Morty receives information that [[spoiler:the the Morty running for president is actually Evil Morty.]] Morty. He tries to save the day by [[spoiler:assassinating assassinating Evil Morty, but fails to kill him. As punishment, Campaign Manager Morty is tossed out of an airlock before he can warn anybody else.]]



* Police Rick is forced to [[spoiler:kill Police Morty when Police Morty's corruption comes to light. His voice shows a cynical and depressing view of his job and now has to work for the Evil Morty's new regime.]]
** Police Morty - and when you think about it, a lot of the Mortys of the Citadel - is pretty tragic. After an entire episode establishing him as a world-weary beat-cop, he drops this DespairSpeech and the viewer is suddenly reminded that this is a fourteen-year-old kid:
-->'''Police Morty''': "Oh, Grandpa Rick! I don't want to be on the Citadel anymore! I want to be a regular kid! I want to go to school and throw balls around and masturbate!"
** What's worse is that this speech seems insincere. Police Rick was tricked by a similar ruse by one of the criminal Morty's from earlier, and for as close as he and his partner had become it seems Police Morty was willing to try and manipulate Police Rick in the same way. [[spoiler:At the same time, Police Morty wanted to die so he manipulated Police Rick ''specifically'' so the latter would shoot him.]]
* Slick Morty [[spoiler:throwing himself into the "Wishing Portal" because he has nothing else to live for and whatever is on the other side is bound to be better than life trapped on the Citadel. The Wishing Portal turns out to be a trash disposal.]]
** The fact that Slick Morty's friends believe that his wish came true [[spoiler:when in reality this is because of Evil Morty now being the president of the Citadel. it's horrible to see that an innocent wish (that wasn't even real to begin with) has been turned into an evil purpose.]]
* [[spoiler: Evil Morty now rules the Citadel and what he does first is to kill an entire council of Ricks, and after that, he declares that his new regime will use action against anyone who dares to defy him. This is the DarkestHour the show has given.]]
* It's also sobering that, on the surface at least, [[spoiler:Evil Morty keeps his campaign promises and is doing more good than the Rick and Morty we know.]]
* As mentioned in the commentary, in their own way, nobody on the Citadel really got what they wanted in this episode. [[spoiler: Well, except Evil Morty.]]

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* Police Cop Rick is forced to [[spoiler:kill Police kill Cop Morty when Police Cop Morty's corruption comes to light. His voice shows a cynical and depressing view of his job and now has to work for the Evil Morty's new regime.]]
regime.
** Police Cop Morty - and when you think about it, a lot of the Mortys of the Citadel - is pretty tragic. After an entire episode establishing him as a world-weary beat-cop, he drops this DespairSpeech and the viewer is suddenly reminded that this is a fourteen-year-old kid:
-->'''Police -->'''Cop Morty''': "Oh, Grandpa Rick! I don't want to be on the Citadel anymore! I want to be a regular kid! I want to go to school and throw balls around and masturbate!"
** What's worse is that this speech seems insincere. Police Cop Rick was tricked by a similar ruse by one of the criminal Morty's from earlier, and for as close as he and his partner had become it seems Police Cop Morty was willing to try and manipulate Police Cop Rick in the same way. [[spoiler:At At the same time, Police Cop Morty wanted to die so he manipulated Police Cop Rick ''specifically'' so the latter would shoot him.]]
him.
* Slick Morty [[spoiler:throwing throwing himself into the "Wishing Portal" because he has nothing else to live for and whatever is on the other side is bound to be better than life trapped on the Citadel. The Wishing Portal turns out to be a trash disposal.]]
disposal.
** The fact that Slick Morty's friends believe that his wish came true [[spoiler:when when in reality this is because of Evil Morty now being the president of the Citadel. it's horrible to see that an innocent wish (that wasn't even real to begin with) has been turned into an evil purpose.]]
purpose.
* [[spoiler: Evil Morty now rules the Citadel and what he does first is to kill an entire council of Ricks, and after that, he declares that his new regime will use action against anyone who dares to defy him. This is the DarkestHour the show has given.]]
given.
* It's also sobering that, on the surface at least, [[spoiler:Evil Evil Morty keeps his campaign promises and is doing more good than the Rick and Morty we know.]]
know.
* As mentioned in the commentary, in their own way, nobody on the Citadel really got what they wanted in this episode. [[spoiler: Well, episode except for [[TheBadGuyWins Evil Morty.]]Morty, the bad guy]].



* Rick and Morty [[spoiler:nearly commit suicide after going through their collection of bad memories to regain the memories they lost, deciding that life must be too shitty to keep going if they needed to get rid of all those memories.]]
** This has apparently happened so many times that [[spoiler: Summer has a specific set of situational cards to read instructions from whenever these sorts of things happen. In this case, tranqing both of them, resetting their memories and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall making them think it was an Interdimensional Cable episode,]] and propping everything up to continue as normal. All the while Summer has a SeenItAll tone and simply expresses that she doesn't get paid enough while ''shrugging the whole thing off.'']]

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* Rick and Morty [[spoiler:nearly nearly commit suicide after going through their collection of bad memories to regain the memories they lost, deciding that life must be too shitty to keep going if they needed to get rid of all those memories.]]
memories.
** This has apparently happened so many times that [[spoiler: Summer has a specific set of situational cards to read instructions from whenever these sorts of things happen. In this case, tranqing both of them, resetting their memories and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall making them think it was an Interdimensional Cable episode,]] and propping everything up to continue as normal. All the while Summer has a SeenItAll tone and simply expresses that she doesn't get paid enough while ''shrugging the whole thing off.'']]''



* One random memory has Morty asking Rick to build him a device to hear what animals are thinking. [[spoiler: This causes him to discover squirrels are secretly planning domination of the world, something even ''Rick'' can't do anything about as this basically forced them to jump to another universe when the squirrels are about to attack them for discovering it.]] There's no real indication for when this happened in the series besides Rick mentioning [[spoiler: the [[CallBack exact same thing]] in that they only have a "few more of these, tops," from ''Rick Potion #9'', meaning even what people thought was a constant universe since then thus far [[FridgeHorror may not even be that anymore.]]]]

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* One random memory has Morty asking Rick to build him a device to hear what animals are thinking. [[spoiler: This causes him to discover squirrels are secretly planning domination of the world, something even ''Rick'' can't do anything about as this basically forced them to jump to another universe when the squirrels are about to attack them for discovering it.]] it. There's no real indication for when this happened in the series besides Rick mentioning [[spoiler: the [[CallBack exact same thing]] in that they only have a "few more of these, tops," from ''Rick Potion #9'', meaning even what people thought was a constant universe since then thus far [[FridgeHorror may not even be that anymore.]]]]]]



* Another memory has an alien villain forcing Beth into a SadisticChoice to choose which one of her children he'll spare. [[spoiler:Beth immediately chooses Summer, not even hesitating for a second to resign Morty to death. Summer is just as horrified, even if it means that she will be spared she'll have to see her little brother die. No wonder the poor kid wanted that memory removed. Even the villain who gave her the choice [[EvenEvilHasStandards looked shocked]] by how quickly she came to her decision.]]

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* Another memory has an alien villain forcing Beth into a SadisticChoice to choose which one of her children he'll spare. [[spoiler:Beth Beth immediately chooses Summer, not even hesitating for a second to resign Morty to death. Summer is just as horrified, even if it means that she will be spared she'll have to see her little brother die. No wonder the poor kid wanted that memory removed. Even the villain who gave her the choice [[EvenEvilHasStandards looked shocked]] by how quickly she came to her decision.]]


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* Two rebels are shot to death just as they declared their love for each other and planned to leave the war behind.

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* The fact that, after looking through millions of different realities, Summer realized [[spoiler: Morty only lives past adolescence in the ones where Rick isn't around]].
** While that's not great news for her, it's worse for [[spoiler: Morty. He doesn't take it well and dedicates himself to eradicating all Ricks. Even Summer disagrees with his stance on it, leading to her disfiguring him and leaving to start a rebellion.]]
* In the alternate universe, Morty forced Beth to remarry Jerry. Even if he doesn't show it, Morty wants them to stay together because they're his parents and it hurts him to see the way they hate each other.

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* [[spoiler: Jerry, who has had enough of this shit, claiming that the only time he has an ounce of respect from his family is when he has a bomb strapped to his chest.]]
* Rick actually crying [[spoiler:as he flies away with a dying Morty.]]

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* Fed up with being unpopular, Summer uses Rick's portal gun to jump to a reality where she ''is'' popular. After knocking out and replacing that reality's Summer, she discovers the apparent source of her popularity: [[spoiler:Popular!Summer is a lesbian]]. Rick, however, promptly dissuades her of this idea. The ''real'' source of Popular!Summer's better social life? [[spoiler:In that reality, Beth was ''allergic to red wine''. Popular!Summer grew up with a loving and supportive mother, which led to being a much more outgoing, friendly, and likable person.]] The issue ends with Morty reflecting on what Popular!Morty must be like. [[spoiler:Rick says that he doesn't exist, because Sober!Beth was too smart to let Jerry get her pregnant more than once]].
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** The Vindicators weren't as nice as they originally appeared, true, but they really didn't deserve any of what Rick put them through. [[KarmaHoudini Which he gets away with, of course.]]


* It's rather disturbing and sad that Rick thinks [[spoiler:having an emotional attachment to Morty, his own grandson]] is toxic.

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* It's rather disturbing and sad that Rick thinks [[spoiler:having an emotional attachment to Morty, his own grandson]] is toxic. Worse, it's true. While Rick does actually love Morty, it's a toxic, horrific relationship. As we see on the Citadel episodes, a near-infinite number of Morties are suffering or dead because of their Ricks' involvements. It would be far better for his grandchildren if Rick had never met them, and Rick KNOWS IT.

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* Summer Morty's sister died when she was 17 and his Rick erased his memories to "keep him from pain". Jerry Morty "never knew his real father", and Beth Morty's mother left him when he was young. Each of these Mortys are dressed like their lost family member, carrying around a photo of them at all times, and have character traits like "anguished", "stunted development", and "mother issues". The kicker is the last Morty in the line, Rick Morty; he was tired of being called an idiot and "would never have even half the brain power" his Rick possessed. Like the other Mortys in his line, he's also dressed like Rick, but instead of carrying a photo he's carrying a brain. This and the choice words in his description implies this Morty pulled a KillAndReplace on his Rick.

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** Test-X46 Morty can only feel pain and hunger, and his creation led to the downfall and financial ruin of his Rick. It's implied that the final evolution, Test-X72 Morty, is a result of a "transdimensional pharmaceutical conglomerate" acquiring him after a hostile takeover.


*** That in itself is a tear jerker because for all we know, Rick was saying that in the heat of the moment after he and Rick were arguing if he saw Morty as something more than a shield. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretations He was likely going to say no but their fight and the circumstances of the Evil!Rick stopped him.]]

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*** That in itself is a tear jerker because for all we know, Rick was saying that in the heat of the moment after he and Rick were arguing if he saw Morty as something more than a shield. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretations [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation He was likely going to say no but their fight and the circumstances of the Evil!Rick stopped him.]]



* In a more sympathetic take to Beth's background as a CreepyChild, some of the devices young Beth asked Rick to make her sound less like the darkest wishes of an EnfantTerrible and [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation more like a sad little kid asking for things to fix her life,]] like "a parent trap" (which could also suggest her parents' marriage was much rockier than we know or Rick left so often that she felt that desperate to keep him home) and "a whip that forces people to like her" (which ties into Beth's feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and desperation to have her father's love). Most of the less-than-innocent sounding "toys" sound more innocent when one reframes it in the context of normal child behavior, such as playing pretend -- like, say, playing the role of an adventurer like the dad she hero-worshipped? -- with the added cool factor of having toys her genius dad whipped up for her that ''really'' did what they were supposed to. This would mean that Rick was horrified by his young daughter because he failed to understand what she was ''really'' asking for and simply wrote her off as too much like him and therefore a danger to everyone around her. The decidedly non-child-friendly inventions he mentions are explained by Beth herself as having stemmed from young Beth acting out for attention from her dad, presumably escalating the seriousness of the toys and using them for the violent purposes he thought she wanted them because [[WellDoneSonGuy it gave her the most attention from him]].

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* In a more sympathetic take to Beth's background as a CreepyChild, some of the devices young Beth asked Rick to make her sound less like the darkest wishes of an EnfantTerrible and [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation more like a sad little kid asking for things to fix her life,]] like "a parent trap" (which could also suggest her parents' marriage was much rockier than we know or Rick left so often that she felt that desperate to keep him home) and "a whip that forces people to like her" (which ties into Beth's feelings of loneliness, abandonment, and desperation to have her father's love). Most of the less-than-innocent sounding "toys" sound more innocent when one reframes it in the context of normal child behavior, such as playing pretend -- like, say, playing the role of an adventurer like the dad she hero-worshipped? -- with the added cool factor of having toys her genius dad whipped up for her that ''really'' did what they were supposed to. This would mean that Rick was horrified by his young daughter because he failed to understand what she was ''really'' asking for and simply wrote her off as too much like him and therefore a danger to everyone around her. The decidedly non-child-friendly inventions he mentions are explained by Beth herself as having stemmed from young Beth acting out for attention from her dad, presumably escalating the seriousness of the toys and using them for the violent purposes he thought she wanted them because [[WellDoneSonGuy it gave her the most attention from him]].


** [[spoiler: Million Ants’ death in particular is probably the saddest, having his heart literally ripped out by his own lover, and he was the most decent member of the team as well.]]




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* Supernova and Million Ants having a child, only for it to be miscarried due to it being a half-ant colony half-collapsed star abomination.

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