To say that this show is not funny in the slightest would be considered a misguided statement.
- The entire cold opening where Rick tries to drunkenly nuke humanity and then halfheartedly tries to pass it off as a Secret Test of Character when Morty stops him. It perfectly encapsulates what you're in for with this show.
- Jerry is going off on Rick about how his involvement is affecting Morty in school. After giving his opinion on school, he compliments Beth's cooking and causes her to side with him. Jerry is dismayed.
- Morty's fantasy about Jessica where she shows him her "little Mortys."Jessica: You know what I want you to do with them?
Morty: Rename them?
- Even just Morty's initial reaction to being told that she calls them "little Mortys" (and bearing in mind that the whole thing is Morty's own fantasy):Morty: Uh, that's flattering...? And a little weird...
- When Morty starts fondling Dream Jessica:Jessica: Oh, Morty! What are you doing to me?
Morty: I'm just doin' my best.
(cut back to reality, where Morty is fondling Mr. Goldenfold's chest in his sleep)
Mr. Goldenfold: Morty! What are you doing to me!?
Morty: (muttering in his sleep) J-J-Jessica...
Mr. Goldenfold: MORTY?!
Morty: (remaining unresponsive) Gah, J-J-Jessica...
Mr. Goldenfold: (checks his watch) Five more minutes of this and I'm gonna get mad... (bites his lower lip in ecstasy)
Mr. Goldenfold: (quickly looks around) Not my fault this is happening!
- When Morty starts fondling Dream Jessica:
- Even just Morty's initial reaction to being told that she calls them "little Mortys" (and bearing in mind that the whole thing is Morty's own fantasy):
- Jerry and Beth confronts Rick:Jerry: Oh look honey, it's our son with Albert Ein-douche!
Jerry: I'm an angry father, not an improviser.
- During the duo's attempt to escape from security:Rick: I need to type in the coordinates to our home world, Morty. Cover me! (throws him a gun)
Morty: Oh man! I mean, y'know, I-I-I don't wanna shoot nobody!
Rick: They're just robots, Morty! It's okay to shoot them, they're robots!
(Morty shoots an alien in the leg)
Alien: Ahh! My leg got shot off!
Other Alien: Glenn's bleeding to death! Someone call his wife and children!
Morty: (horrified) They're not robots, Rick!
Rick: It's a figure of speech, Morty! They're bureaucrats! I don't respect them. Just keep shooting, Morty! You have no idea what prison is like here!
- Morty losing all brain activity at the end.
- Rick gives an uneasy Morty an inspirational speech about courage... right before running away from a giant arachnid creature.Rick: Listen Morty. I know new situations can be intimidating. You're looking around and it's all scary and different, but y'know, leading them head on, charging right into them like a bull, that's how we grow as people. I'm no stranger to scary situations, I deal with them all the time. Now if you just stick with me, Morty, (creature appears from the left) you're gonna be... HOLY CRAP, MORTY, RUN!
(the creature gives chase as Morty runs away and screams in fear)
Rick: MORTY RUN, I-I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT THING BEFORE IN MY LIFE, MORTY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL IT IS! WE GOTTA GET OUTTA HERE, MORTY, IT'S GONNA KILL US! WE'RE GONNA DIE! WE'RE GONNA DIE, MORTY!
- After healing Morty's gruesomely broken legs and describing his myriad sexual adventures as the only old man in an advanced future dimension, Rick tries giving another rousing speech to Morty... about secreting giant seeds inside your rectum and going through Customs as a mule."You're young! Y-y-y-y-you've got your whole life ahead of you! And your anal cavity is still taut and malleable! Y' gotta do it for Grandpa!"
- After healing Morty's gruesomely broken legs and describing his myriad sexual adventures as the only old man in an advanced future dimension, Rick tries giving another rousing speech to Morty... about secreting giant seeds inside your rectum and going through Customs as a mule.
- While running away from Galactic Customs, Morty accidentally catches a whiff of a strange alien drug that makes him hack up a green blob. Within the span of five seconds, the blob sprouts arms, legs and a face, runs alongside them, and then rapidly ages and dies.Morty: What the—?!
Rick: Don't think about it!
- This:Rick: I just want you to know, between us from now on, it's gonna be 100% honesty and open clear communication.
Summer: (bursts in through the door crying) Frank Palicki was frozen to death today!
Rick: No idea what you're talking about.
- Jerry's Establishing Character Moment:"I see there's a new episode of that singing show tonight. Who do you guys think is going to be the best singer?"
- Summer has one too:
- And Beth after Rick compliments her breakfast in order to get them off his back about taking Morty on adventures and causing him to lose sleep.Rick: This was a good breakfast, Beth. You really made the crap out of those eggs. Wish your mother was here to eat them.
Beth: (happy crying) Oh, dad!
Jerry: What!? For real!?
(Morty falls asleep in his breakfast again)
- The ending.Rick: It's just Rick and Morty. Rrrick and Morty and their adventures, Morty. Rick and Morty, forever and forever, a hundred years Rick and Morty, s... things. Me and Rick and Morty runnin' around and... Rick and Morty time. Aaall day long forever. All, a hundred days Rick and Morty forever a hundred times. Over and over Rick and Morty adventures dot com W W W dot Rick and Morty dot com W W W Rick and Morty adventures all hundred years. Every minute Rick and Morty dot com W W W hundred times Rick and Morty dot com....
- The sentimental piano music that plays when Rick gives Morty a rousing speech about facing the unknown, and adventure, and growing as people et cetera et cetera. The first time you watch, it's mildly amusing thanks to the Mood Whiplash that follows. Rewatching the episode with full knowledge of just who Rick is and what he will inflict on his unfortunate grandson and several billion other mostly-innocents... it's hilarious.
- "Where are my testicles, Summer?"
- There's also the story on the DVD Commentary of a fan who said this to a tech support worker named Summer... who immediately hung up.
- Rick and Morty returning from commercial break... and Rick having to be reminded why they're there in the first place.
- Even better is that, given how he helps Rick remember, it's implied that Morty kinda forgot too...
- Inside Mister Goldenfold's dream, which is in a plane, Rick decides that the best way to convince him is to act like Islamic terrorists; complete with taping soda bottles as liquid explosives and using a random scarf as a veil for Morty.
- Anything involving Scary Terry:
- "This is perfect, after some Scary Coitus, Scary Terry will be sound asleep."
- "Awwww, bitch."
- Rick and Morty try hiding despite him constantly saying "You can run but you can't hide!", figuring they can take his words with a grain of salt... and his subsequent depression.
- "Oh no! I'm late to class, bitch! ... Oh NO! I'm not wearing any pants!"
- "Man, he sure says 'bitch' a lot!"
- Jerry's attempt at defeating Snuffles:
- The stream of Take Thats towards Inception. Especially when Rick explains that time is running slower because it's in dog-years and "if that doesn't make sense, then neither does everyone's favorite movie!"
- This exchange between Snuffles and Jerry:
- Beth's reaction to Snuffles's new intelligence is a sarcastic "Oh yeah, this should play out just fine."Jerry: You said the same thing, equally sarcastically, at our wedding, and guess what? (beat as he realizes, then slumps sadly and silently into his chair)
- Scary Terry helping Rick and Morty out of the multiple dream layers:Terry: (to the jump-roping girl singing the creepy tune) I always hated that song! (decapitates her to wake her up)
Terry: (to the centaur) These halves don't go together, bitch! (bisects him to wake him up)
Terry: (to Mrs. Pancakes in the sex dungeon) Sex is sacred! (slices her to multiple pieces down the middle to wake her up)
Terry: (to Mr. Goldenfold as he morphs into a missile) This is because you don't give Morty Smith good grades, bitch! (blows up Mr. Goldenfold)
- The ridiculousness of the plot juxtaposed with Snowball's heartwarming "We are not them! We are not... them."
- The way the dogs' robot suits are all awkwardly auto tuned to give them goofy robot voices.
- Jerry leverages his lameness to get Summer in line.Summer: Dad, I'm not giving you my phone.
Jerry: Put it in the stocking, Summer, or I'm joining Facebook.
Summer: (makes a "you FIEND!" gasp and obeys)
- The "reveal" of the relationship between Jerry's parents and Jacob. While it was not that hard to see coming, the way Jerry's dad explains it is hilarious. especially the last bit.Jerry: It sounds like you're about to say Jacob is your lover.
Jerry's Dad: No, no, no, no, no.
Jerry: (sighs in relief)
Jerry's Dad: Jacob is your mother's lover. I watch them. Sometimes from a chair, sometimes from a closet. Almost always dressed as Superman.
- Bonus points for sneaking into the closet with a Superman costume when they start making out, too.
- There is a railway connected to the skeleton in Anatomy Park. Dr. Bloom named it "The Bone Train".Dr. Bloom: How about you, Morty? Would you like to ride The Bone Train?
Morty: Why are you doing this bit!? We're gonna die! Let's go!
- Rick eavesdropping on Morty's awkward attempt to talk to Annie:Rick: (over the radio) Oof. Oh, Morty. Strike one.
- The Stinger at the end, with the new Anatomy Park being built inside Summer's boyfriend Ethan and Rick's ideas for Pirates of the Pancreas getting rejected.Ethan: So, those guys are inside me? Like, building a park?
Rick: THOSE GUYS ARE INSIDE YOU ARE BUILDING A PIECE OF SHIT, ETHAN! They're inside you building a monument to compromise! Fuck 'em. Fuck those people. Fuck this whole thing, Ethan!
Ethan: ...Cool. And who pays me?
- Ruben's giant, naked corpse floating miles above Earth is one of the most ridiculous and funniest moments to happen in the entire show.
- The following news report is epically funny:Anchorman: Reports from all over the country have been coming in about what appears to be a giant naked man over the Continental United States. We now go to Tom Randolph in New York. Tom?
Tom: Well, the eyes aren't twinkling and the dimples are merry, but I'm standing over a nose like a 70-mile cherry!
Anchorman: Thank you, Tom. Let's go now to Eric McMann in Los Angeles.
Eric: We've got feet here on the West Coast, Bill! Giant feet, even relative to the giant man's size! And you know what they say about that!
Anchorman: Well, if the old adage is true, one can only wonder what's going down in the Rocky Mountains.
(we see the Rocky Mountains, a lumberjack has finished cutting a tree and whipping sweat from his head as the shadow of Reuben's dong covers the land around him; he notices)
Lumberjack: Wha? ... AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!
- The following news report is epically funny:
- Rick calling Morty as he's getting frisky with Annie, telling them to head to Rubin's left nipple:
- Rick's bluntness during a call with Morty:Morty: Rick, Ruben's got tuberculosis!
Rick: (pulling out an injector device) Ah, great work, Morty! I'll just cure it and then—
(the machine monitoring Ruben's lifesigns flatlines in the background)
Rick: ...Okay. Well, I can't cure death. This is bad, Morty; you're trapped in a dead man.
- Which segues directly into a long tangent about how, if they can't escape in time, they should ride "Pirates of the Pancreas" one last time.
"M. Night Sham-Aliens!"
- The very first line of the episode as Rick is poking around in the entrails of a dead possum.Rick: (to himself) Th-th-th-this is just sloppy craftsmanship.
- Doubles as Rewatch Bonus when you realize he's talking about the simulation, not the possum.
- The alien leader voiced by David Cross. That alone usually speaks for itself, but the sheer incompetence of the poor guy (and his workers) is nothing short of hilarious.
- The fact the aliens went through the trouble to produce authentic genitals for the Morty hologram.
- Pretty much everything about the half-assed, 5% CPU power version of the virtual reality simulator Jerry is stuck inside for the majority of the episode, complete with glitches and lags, especially because Jerry never sees through it:
- Jerry listens to his car radio:Scammer Leader: (posing as DJ) This is Earth Radio. And now; here's... " Human Music".
(radio plays a very simple scale of bips)
Jerry: ... Hmmm, "Human Music"? I like it! (nods his head to the beat)
- The three constantly repeating NPCs, complete with their own Welcome to Corneria phrases, Jerry keeps running into, again without ever realizing it at all:Senior Citizen: Slow down!
Attractive Woman: Looking good.
Mail Man: (fist pumps) Mah man!
- Jerry listens to his car radio:
- Although it's listed in the Awesome moments, Rick's utter nonchalance at the end in reaction to tricking the aliens into killing themselves is this. He basically pulls back the chair, takes a drink of alcohol and pops in (and hums) Baker Street while lightly cruising away from the explosion. Jerry, who was making fun of Rick for being outsmarted, is speechless.Rick: Why don't you ask the smartest people in the universe, Jerry? Oh yeah, you can't, they blew up.
- Rick pointing out the Pop-Tart people that are part of the simulation.Rick: What about that Morty?
(a Pop-Tart walks out of his house, which is a giant toaster, and goes into his car, which is a smaller toaster)
Morty: Okay, okay, you've got me on that one.
Rick: Oh, really, Morty, you sure you've never seen that in real life before?
Morty: No, no, I haven't seen that. Why would a Pop-Tart want to live inside a toaster, Rick? I mean, that'd be the scariest place for them to live! You know what I mean?
Rick: You're missing the point, Morty! Why would he drive a smaller toaster with wheels? I mean, does your car look like a smaller version of your house? No!
- Rick's system-overloading rap show:Rick: Yo! Everybody whose name starts with 'L' that isn't Hispanic, walk in a circle the same number of times as the square root of your age... times teeeen!
- The terrible simulation of Morty's class:Fake Goldenfold: What is five times nine?
Morty: Um... y'know... it's, uh, at least forty...?
Fake Goldenfold: Morty! That's exactly correct! Five times nine IS at least forty!
"Meeseeks and Destroy"
- Every. Single. Thing involving the Meeseeks.
- The first Meeseeks starts to lose it when Jerry tries to quit, getting an Eye Twitch and his eyes suddenly going huge."No, Jerry, I'm the one who SUCKS!"
- The Meeseeks' solution to not being able to take two strokes off of Jerry's golf game: killing him, that way they'll take every stroke off his golf game. And amidst all the cheering for this new plan, one of them shouts "I'M MISTER MEESEEKS" just before it cuts away.
- Before that, they start dividing into factions about what to do, and then summon more Meeseeks to kill each other."YOUR FAILURES ARE YOUR OWN, OLD MAN! I SAY FOLLOW THROUGH!"
- The way the newest Meeseeks hisses just before pouncing on the other one.
- Just as pandemonium ensues among the Meeseeks, if you listen VERY very carefully you can hear a Meeseeks shouting "OHHHH FUCK!!!" just scarcely audible enough to sneak past the censors.
- The chain of "he roped me into this!", with each Meeseeks having an oh-so-slightly different accent.
- When the family receives the Mr Meeseeks box both Beth and Summer give the box seemingly very abstract requests including making Beth a happier woman and make Summer popular. While Jerry gives relatively simple request of improving his golf game. Both Beth and Summer's requests are fulfilled rather quickly, but Jerry's request becomes the premise of the side B story which is saying a lot.
- The first Meeseeks starts to lose it when Jerry tries to quit, getting an Eye Twitch and his eyes suddenly going huge.
- This bit:
- The word "Schmeckles".Rick: Twenty-five Schmeckles? I-I-I-I don't know how much that is, is that a lot? Is it a little?
Bar Waitress: That's exactly how much I spent on my big fake boobies.
Strange creature: Hi, I'm Mister Boobie Buyer. I'll buy those boobies for twenty-five Schmeckles.
Bar Waitress: Huh, it's a tempting offer, but I'm going to have to decline.
Mr. Boobie Buyer: Rats, what a shame! (slithers away and crawls into a crack in the ceiling=
- Mr. Jellybean having the same voice as Magic Man, mostly because both characters are jerks who seem nice at first. Sadly, the laughs don't last.
- "Hey Rick, have you got some kind of hand-shaped device that can open this mayonnaise jar?"
- The desperately baffled reaction from Samantha, who gets taken hostage by the Meeseeks and then watches Jerry apparently appease them by ... playing golf with a tomato?: "What the fuck is going on?!"
- Shortly thereafter: "Ohmygod ohmygod! WHAT ABOUT YOUR SHORT GAME???!!"
- Rick making sure to go back and explode Mr. Jellybean with a death ray, which sprays his remains all over the horrified villagers. 'cause he deserved it.
"Rick Potion #9"
- Jerry tries cheering Morty up about his girl problems:Morty: (sighs) I don't want "girls". I want Jessica!
Jerry: Ah, I remember feeling that way about a young lady named "Your Mom", and that is not an urban diss. Your mom was my Jessica. (getting nostalgic) The first time I saw her, I thought...
Rick: (nonchalant) "I should get her pregnant and then she'll have to marry me."
Jerry: I beg your pardon, Rick. (points to Morty) Inappropriate!
Rick: (indignant) Sorry. Please proceed with your story about banging my daughter in high school!
- Rick dissing love and marriage.Rick: What people call "love" is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed. It hits hard, then it slowly fades leaving you stranded in a failing marriage. I did it, your parents are gonna do it, break the cycle Morty, rise above, focus on science.
- If you pay attention in the beginning, you'll see while Rick is looking in the fridge for a drink, he pulls out a soda can, shakes it, and then casually puts it back in the fridge.
- This line.Rick: Boy, Morty, I really Cronenberged the world up, didn't I? We got a whole planet of Cronenbergs walking around down there, Morty. At least they're not in love with you anymore though, that's a huge step in the right direction.
- This other line:Morty: Rick, what about the reality we left behind?
Rick: What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty? The answer is "don't think about it."
- Rick yelling at Morty to calm down after he sees them die.
- Jerry saves his wife with this hilarious bit.Jerry: I'm Mister Crowbar, and this is my friend, who is also a crowbar.
Mantis!Davin: That's... stupid.
Jerry: [beats him to death] Yeah, well look where being smart got you.
- Some of the things said by Jerry and Beth during the Cronenberg apocalypse.Jerry: I wish that shotgun was my penis.
Beth: If it was, you can call me Ernest Hemingway. note
Jerry: I don't get it and I don't need to.
- Summer finally catches up with Jerry and Beth, asking if Rick had anything to do with it. She's blatantly ignored while the two decide to make out. Summer's reaction? To awkwardly stand around and wait for them to finish.
- Whilst humming to herself.
- Summer finally catches up with Jerry and Beth, asking if Rick had anything to do with it. She's blatantly ignored while the two decide to make out. Summer's reaction? To awkwardly stand around and wait for them to finish.
- "Morty the principal and I discussed it and we're both insecure enough to agree to a three-way!"
- The rapper at the Flu Season Dance's tribute to the one he lovesI love Morty
And I hope Morty loves me
I wanna wrap my arms around him
And feel him inside me
- This entire exchange after Beth leaves to go do emergency surgery with Davin.Jerry: She's going to be alone with that guy all night.
Summer: Yeah, dad, digging around the insides of horses, it's not a very romantic setting.
Rick: Well, Summer, there's always the possibility she made the whole work thing up. Maybe Davin is digging around in her insides.
Summer: Grandpa Rick, so gross! You're talking about my mom!
Rick: Well, she's my daughter, Summer, so I outrank you. Or family means nothing, which in that case, don't play that card.
Jerry: She's not responding to my texts!
Summer: Careful Dad, jealousy turns women off.
Jerry: Well, isn't that convenient.
Rick: Not for the men they cheat on, no.
- Summer acting out Quint's monologue from Jaws in The Stinger.
- Davin attempts to seduce Beth, just when the "Lust for Morty" virus kicks in:Davin: Beth?
Beth: What is it, Davin?
Davin: Just once, I'd like to know... (he sneezes and his pupils expand) W-w-what it was like to give your son a bath?
Davin: What does Morty's skin smell like? How soft (grunts in agony) are his privates?
- Morty tries to dance around the issue of buying a sex robot. Rick just yanks the bandaid.Rick: Okay, sixty (burp) for the resonator and my grandson wants the sex robot.
- Morty tries to accept responsibility for the baby produced from the sex robot he had Rick buy.Morty: I'm a father now! Isn't that right—
Rick: Don't name it!
Morty: ... Morty Jr?
Rick: Crap, he named it.
- "Wubba lubba dub dub!"
- Later, when Rick is captured by the amazonian women of the alien planet he and Summer are on.Rick: That's the opposite of Wubba Lubba Dub Dub, am I right ladies and gentlemen?
- Later, when Rick is captured by the amazonian women of the alien planet he and Summer are on.
- Jerry, Beth, Summer, and Rick all having breakfast while hearing the squeaking from Morty's room as he makes use of his sex robot. Morty runs down and asks Rick to come upstairs.Beth: Okay, now if we hear squeaking, then we should intervene.
- Rick starts wrestling with the sexbot's transformation, and gets bumped into the bed a few times (the sexbot hovers and lowers itself), and the rest of Morty's family rushes up immediately.Beth: Okay, UNACCEPTABL-oh.
- Earlier, when Morty runs downstairs in his underwear, drenched in sweat, chugs a whole carton of orange juice and awkwardly tries to pretend that he's not heading back upstairs just to make further use of the sex robot.
- Rick starts wrestling with the sexbot's transformation, and gets bumped into the bed a few times (the sexbot hovers and lowers itself), and the rest of Morty's family rushes up immediately.
- On the death penalty for Rick and Summer for treason (Rick for being male, and Summer for having a grandfather)Rick: Holy shit, you're gonna crush us with a boulder?!
Ma-Sha: No! Stop interrupting! The boulder falls onto a lever, that will launch...knives...
Rick: What? Just give me a gun, I'll kill myself!
Ma-Sha: Stop interrupting! The knives will...fine! You were right the first time, okay? The boulder crushes you. I just didn't want to admit you were right! Happy?! *another Gazorpian steps in to calm her down* ...Such an asshole!
- "I'm here if you need to talk."
- The revelation that the creator of the comic strip Marmaduke is a depraved, violent psychopath, and he channels that constant frustration to maim and commit sexual assault into his work. (It's not like the strip was meant to make you laugh or anything, right?)
- Newborn female Gazorpians are educated and welcomed into the female's "progressive" society. Newborn male Gazorpians, meanwhile, get slingshotted into the outside world.
- Morty Junior goes nuts after learning his life is a lie:Morty Junior: GOD IS DEAD! GOVERNMENT'S LAME! THANKSGIVING IS ABOUT KILLING INDIANS! JESUS WASN'T BORN ON CHRISTMAS, THEY MOVED THE DATE! IT WAS A PAGAN HOLIDAY!
- Rick's analysis on the Gazorpians.
- Rick's argument as to why mankind would be more efficient without women aroundRick: Summer, have you ever seen a line for the men's room?
- Rick upgrades the cable box with programming from infinite universes and among them are a cop show where man evolved from corn, a movie where a man enjoys eating shit, a violent antiques show, a David Letterman interview from a timeline where Jerry is famous and a show with a sentient teddy bear making his own spider web.Rick (upon seeing the aforementioned spider teddy bear): Where is this going?
- Naturally, Jerry is caught off guard by him being on Letterman, and asks Rick to go back. Rick then goes back to the man eating shit.Woman: Glenn, this is a court order. It says you can't eat shit anymore! *Scare chord plays*
Rick: Alright Jerry, when you're right you're right. Now I'm hooked.
- On the same note, the aforementioned corn cop show.Corn Man #1: We're not so different. We're both corn of action.
Corn Man #2: Yeah, but one of us is DEAD CORN! (draws a gun taped to his back and shoots Corn Man #1 in the head)
Rick: Summer, you just spent three months watching a man choose a fake wife.
- When the family is watching a live news report of the alternate Jerry being pursued by the cops.Jerry: Where the hell am I going?
Rick: Why do you ask me, Jerry? I'm just sitting here trying to figure out why the cops just don't take you out. They got a clear shot to your head. I can't believe our tax dollars pay for this.
- Naturally, Jerry is caught off guard by him being on Letterman, and asks Rick to go back. Rick then goes back to the man eating shit.
- Pretty much all of the fake TV shows and movie trailers, especially since some are clearly improvised and you can hear the actors laugh. The fact that nearly all the commercials and TV shows were completely improvised makes it even funnier (and better) to watch.
- Hamster in Butt World. Context won't help. Making it funnier, the hamsters are done in a Hanna-Barbera-esque style.
- Ants In My Eyes Johnson. If you have respiratory problems, make sure you keep your inhaler handy at that scene.
- Gazorpazorpfield. Which starts with a half-assed Call-Back to the sex robots, then turns into a minute of Gazorpazorpfield insulting Jon.Gazorpazorpfield: Hey Jon, it's me Gazorpazorpfield. Boy, fuck you Jon, you fucking dumb, stupid idiot.
Jon: Come on Gazorpazorpfield, go easy on me.
Gazorpazorpfield: You dumb, stupid, weak, pathetic, white, white.. uhhh, guilt, white guilt... milquetoast... piece of human garbage.
Jon: Jeez, Gazorpazorpfield, that's— ya know, you're pretty mean to me, but that takes the cake.
Gazorpazorpfield: I don't give a fuck. I'm Gazorpazorp-fucking-field, bitch! (kicks over Jon's coffee cup) Now, give me my fucking enchiladas!
- Rick and Morty having a trivial conversation about Lorenzo Music voicing Garfield as well as Venkman in the Ghostbusters cartoon, then pointing out that Bill Murray played Garfield in the live-action film.
- A small moment in Baby Legs (which is already hilarious on its own) when Regular Legs hesitates on his own name while saying "I'm comin', Baby Legs! I'm... er, Regular... Legs!". It sounds as if Rob Paulsen was either trying to ad-lib badly on purpose to fit with the Stylistic Suck of everyone else's obvious ad-libbing or he just realized how absurd the whole thing was as the words were coming out of his mouth.
- One of the shows is Game of Thrones with the main cast, save for Tyrion Lannister, as dwarves.
- The Strawberry Smiggles commercial crosses the line so many times it's impossible not to laugh at least once, which is pictured.Mr. Top-Hat Jones: (while being disemboweled by children) Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ! It hurts! My entrails are out! Why would you even want to eat these? And th-they're soaked with my stomach acid! Oh, Jesus Christ! Lord and savior a-and spirit! Save me, take me to the light! Oh, my God, I see demons! I SEE DEMONS, THEY'RE COMING!!
- Shmloo's the Shmloss. (From a timeline where every proper noun begins with "shml-")
"Something Ricked This Way Comes"
- The entire cold open. If ever you needed to sum up this series in under a minute, this scene does that.
- The butter-passing robot.Tiny robot: What-is-my-purpose?
Rick: You pass butter.
Tiny robot: (looks at its arms in despair) Oh-my-god!
Rick: Yeah, welcome to the club, pal.
- And then later, the robot angrily slams a full stick of butter on Rick's food and stalks off, passively-aggressively refusing to watch a movie with Rick because it "was not programmed for friendship".
- Its last appearance, with Morty showing it wrapped in plastic to his dad and it randomly says "Butter."
- The fact that Rick invents a tiny sentient robot for the sole purpose of passing him butter at the breakfast table is hysterical in and of itself. Not to mention that he built it just so he wouldn't have to ask Jerry for it.
- The butter-passing robot.
- Morty was probably confident he could get an A easily with his brilliant grandfather but instead has to work with his idiot dad. His reaction as he compares the two is priceless along with the weary sigh.
- Jerry getting super-insecure when he wants to add Pluto to the model of the Solar system and Morty points out that Pluto is officially no longer considered a planet:Jerry: It is possible to disagree in science, Morty. Pluto was a planet, some committee of fancy assholes disagree, I disagree back! Give me a ping-pong ball.
Morty: Uh, okay... (moves to leave) I-I just have to—
Jerry: Go find Rick and go over my head about Pluto?!
Morty: No! Jeeze! I just gotta go to the bathroom! Damn!
Jerry: Oh... (awkward chough) Good!
- Mr. Goldenfold's breakdown after the Be Careful What You Wish For reveal that the cost of having women want him was becoming impotent, falling to his knees crying, complete with Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" playing in the background.Mr. Goldenfold: Oh mah gawd, how could I not see this coming?! My lust! My greed! I deserve this!
- Mr. Needful's response:"A price for everything, Mr. Goldenfold. A price for everything."
- Then Rick comes along with a simple jab (complete with cartoony ploink sound effect) to counteract the downside, to which Mr. Goldenfold runs out with the women yelling "I haven't learned a thing!"
- The initial sale was pretty funny too, since Mr. Goldenfold thought the store was still a Jamba Juice:Mr. Needful: I'm aware you're still searching for female company.
Mr. Goldenfold: Things have been lonely since the divorce, and some problems can't be solved with Jamba Juice.
- Mr. Needful's response:
- Followed by a Slap Fight between Rick & the Devil.
- Before that, the two trying to out-Evil Laugh each other. Rick wins.
- Rick making fun of Mr. Needful:Mr. Needful: I find this all quite preposterous!Rick: Oh, I say, good sir. Oh, harrumph. Oh, oh bopadopabubbabopo.
- And following that, Summer defends her desire to work for Mr. Needful despite Rick's claims that he's the devil. Not only is she perfectly fine with it, but Mr. Needful is just as surprised as Rick that she is.Rick: You work for the devil!
Summer: So what?
Rick & Mr. Needful: "So what"?!
- Rick utterly demolishing the entire Little Shop That Wasnt There Yesterday and Be Careful What You Wish For tropes when he blatantly sees through Mr. Needful's cursed microscope ploy and then proceeds to un-curse every object he has. He manages to troll the devil so hard that the devil decides to kill himself.
- And then he gets bored. And nonchalantly lights the place on fire.Rick: To me, this was all just a bit... like when Bugs Bunny fucks with the opera singer for twenty minutes.
- The fact that the devil's suicide is played completely straight, right until the moment he mentions that he'd just go to hell which is where he lives. The mood immediately snaps from a grim moment to the tone of a kid taking his ball and going home so he doesn't have to deal with Rick anymore.
- And then he gets bored. And nonchalantly lights the place on fire.
- Rick figuring out what the microscope does and the exchange with Morty that follows:Rick: Cute! Your sister's boss gave me a microscope that would've made me retarded.
Morty: Wooh, boy, Rick. Uh, I-I don't think you're allowed to say that word, you know?
Rick: Uh, Morty, I'm not disparaging the differently abled. I'm stating the fact that if I had used this microscope, it would've made me mentally retarded.
Morty: Ok, yeah, but I don't think it's about logic, Rick. I-I think the word has become a symbolic issue for powerful groups that feel like they're doing the right thing.
Rick: Well, that's retarded!
- The Overly Long Gag of Morty telling Jerry to knock next time he comes into his room.
- Rick and Summer having a Training Montage complete with steroid use, followed by beating up the devil to DMX's "X Gon' Give It To Ya"
- Followed up by them beating up a Neo-Nazi, a school bully, a guy holding a "God Hates Fags" sign, and a guy being mean to his dog.
- Rick describes the store's products as "Ray Bradbury, Twilight Zone, Friday the 13th: The Series -esque garbage.''
- When an alien asks Morty if everyone in his family is an idiot, Morty says "Well, for sure me and my dad are."
- Morty's response that made him say this. He thought poof meant a party was going to happen.
- Jerry's remark when Morty is asking him to back down on Pluto being a planet. "Sure, sure, and why don't we just burn Galileo at the stake for saying the sun is round?"
Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind
- All the Rick to Rick banter, but here's some of the good ones.Rick: If I know these a-holes, and I am these a-holes, they just want to drag me to their stupid clubhouse and ask me some questions.
Other Rick: Fuck me, pal!
Rick: Fuck you? No, no, no, no, fuck me!
- A Freeze-Frame Bonus when looking at the pictures of the murdered Ricks includes one with his spine bent around and his head stuffed up his anus.
- Rick and Morty finding the Morty dome, with hundreds of Morty's strapped onto it in constant torture. What should be nightmarish is rendered hilarious by this.Rick: I've fiddled with a co-(belch)-oncept like this once.
(horrified look from Morty)
Rick: On paper Morty, on paper! I wouldn't do this, it's barbaric overkill. I mean, you can accomplish the same result with, like, five Mortys and a jumper cable.
(Morty gives Rick another outraged look)
Rick: (defensive) Which I also wouldn't do! I'm just saying, it's bad craftsmanship.
- During Evil!Rick's interrogation of Rick, we see glimpses of Rick's memory, including what appears to be a Morty attached to a jumper cable.
- After Jerry sees the doofus version of Rick outside and smiles, the main one has this to comment, ruining a nice heartwarming moment:Rick: What's that dipshit doing here? Are you friends with him? You know he eats his own shit, right?
- After Evil!Rick is defeated, Rick wastes no time calling the Ricks hunting him to tell them what's happening.Rick #1: Hey, what do I and OJ not have in common?
Rick #2: What? Who is this?
Rick #1: I FOUND THE REAL KILLER, BIIIIIITCH!!!
- The Running Gag of Rick and Morty going through various similar universes with the same situation - an inanimate object ordering food - culminating in a scene where a chair, sitting on a person, orders a phone through their pizza. It makes some sense in context.
- The Ricks messing with Jerry. They make a call to Jerry, with a Rick stating that he and Morty are flying into a black hole. Even Beth looks amused when it's revealed to be a prank.
- What makes it even funnier is that it then cuts to our Rick explaining to Morty how the other Ricks will want to mess with Jerry for a while, which would buy them a little time.
- Beth makes Rick breakfast to celebrate his one year anniversary back in their lives. Rick then remarks how he should be the one making breakfast for Beth since she puts up with him. Jerry then quips "Should be making us a whole restaurant." Beth ignores him and insists that they couldn't be happier to have Rick around.
- The Cool and Unusual Punishment that the Ricks threaten Rick C-137 with. The Machine of Unspeakable Doom.Council of Ricks Spokesperson: Earth Rick C-137! The council of Ricks sentences you to the Machine of Unspeakable Doom... which swaps your conscious and unconscious minds, rendering your fantasies pointless while everything you've known becomes impossible to grasp! Also, every ten seconds, it stabs your balls.
- Poor little Rickless bastards.
- Rick's dated pop culture fails him again.Rick: It's like that old song, "Blop-Glop-a-Noop-Noop, A-Noop-Noop-Noop". Y-you guys know that song? From "Tiny Rogerts"? Y' never heard of it? Y' know, the black effeminate guy from the '50's? Nobody?
- After Summer mockingly asks Rick if he's going to invite some of his "glip-glop friends from the third dimension", he explains how lucky she is there are no traflorkians around:Rick: It's like the N-word and the C-word had a baby and it was raised by all the bad words for Jews.
- Made funnier later when some traflorkians do in fact arrive:
- Tammy's introduction:Tammy: I really enjoy watching bukkake. I don't know if I'd ever be part of it.
- Then Brad enters the party:Tammy: Oh my God, Brad's here! Quick, make my hair look drunk!
(Tammy's friend messes up her hair)
Brad: Aw yeah, Tammy's drunk already!
- Then Brad enters the party:
- Abradolf Lincler. Yes, Rick created a fusion of Adolf Hitler and Abe Lincoln.
- Morty sets out of the house to fetch some supposedly important crystals for Rick, under the assumption that it will help them return to their own dimension. Instead, Rick grates them down to a powder and snorts them like a line of cocaine, and uses his high to create an elaborate dance routine.
- The utterly insane delivery of this line when Rick gets high off the crystals."And these babies just saved THIS LAME-ASS PARTY!!! WUBBA-LUBBA-DUB-DUB!!!"
- During the aforementioned elaborate dance routine, Birdperson can be seen casually tapping along to the beat... using the hand that's on Tammy's ass.
- The utterly insane delivery of this line when Rick gets high off the crystals.
- Before he and Beth leave, Jerry tells Rick not to let a single thing happen. As soon as they're gone, a swarm of acid-spitting space eels eat through the garage door and fly away.
- Summer: "Well, we're past the point of no return. I'm having a party!"
- The whole idea of a Titanic themed cruise.
- One of (presumably) Summer's guests runs off into the alien planet and is quickly snagged by the local fauna. There's an awkward silence, then Rick turns on the music and everyone goes back to party mode instantly.
- After Morty throws Rick's crystals out of the house, a testicle-monster is seen snatching the bag with its tentacle. Next time we see it, it's tripping out of its mind in the background.
- Speaking of Funny Background Events, during Jessica's romanticized slow-motion entrance, we see a beer bottle being whipped across the room behind her.
- Rick going on about how awful the word Glip-Glop is, and then, at the party:Morty: How many people did you invite?
Rick: People? (thinks) Six.
(dozens of aliens come out of a UFO)
Rick: What up, my Glip-Glops!
- Summer tells Rick that next time she has a party, she's going to focus on getting wrecked instead of trying to be popular, claiming Rick to be wise. Rick's response, face-down on the couch, is gibberish with a tone that wavers all over the place and faintly resembles agreement.
- When Birdperson gives Morty a pep talk about Rick and Morty calls Rick a huge asshole. Birdperson doesn't at all deny it.
- Rick finally gets up after Morty shouts that their parents are home. Hung over and exhausted, he gulps down an ordinary glass of water and says "so good" with extreme conviction.
- Morty's half-hearted attempt at twerking.
- This exchange:Rick: Is that why you party? Boy, you really are seventeen.
Summer: (smugly) Why do you party?
Rick: To get ri-(belch)-ity-riggity-WRECKED, SON!
- The sheer clusterfuckery of the shattered timelines - especially Rick's actions in each of them - is hilariously well-done.
- Beth's attempts to save the deer get hilariously ridiculous, including yanking out its intestines while threatening to drag its screaming deer soul back from heaven.
- Pretty much everything about the fourth dimensional testicle-headed time cop, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele.
- Rick referencing something called Redgren Grumbholdt, with Morty and Summer laughing along:Rick: (to Summer and Morty) Oh, you agree, huh? You like that Redgren Grumbholdt reference? Well guess what, I made him up. You really are your father's children. Think for yourselves, don't be sheep.
- The argument between Morty and Summer at the beginning over who had what responsibility, especially when Morty clarifies it for them:Rick: Actually, sorry Summer, I gotta back the M-bomb on this one. We told Morty to replace all the bank's money with cookies, your job was to put the mattress under Mr. Benson.
- Also, shortly before that:Rick: Yep. It really makes you appreciate how fickle the universe can be. One minute, you're falling off a roof for six months, the next minute... bam!
- Also, shortly before that:
- Rick telling Morty and Summer that they don't have to fight over who is his favorite, because to him they are both equally annoying "pieces of shit", and claims that he can prove this mathematically:Rick (puts down the remote) Actually, l-let me grab my whiteboard! This has been a long time coming, anyway.
- Morty delivers an armor-piercing crack about Rick's alcoholism in one of two timelines, causing the two Ricks to fall out of sync. When this causes the synchronizing tool to not work, both Ricks immediately assume that the other Rick is out to kill them, and both say that the idea of killing the other one was always in the back of their mind. The only difference is that they wouldn't do it... until now. When this hi-jinx causes time to split from two to four possibilities, all four Ricks continue to fire on the other three (and the other three Mortys and Summers), while yelling "is this what you want?"
- After giving his collar to Morty, Rick serenely accepts his fate... until he sees the other collar. Hilarity ensues as he tries to get it.Rick: I'm not okay with this, I am NOT okay with this! Oh, sweet Jesus, let me live! Please, god, oh lord, hear my prayers! (quickly fixes collar) YES! FUCK YOU, GOD! Not today, bitch!
- The testicle-headed time cops mistaking Albert Einstein for Rick, then beating him up and telling him not to mess with time... which leads to Albert Einstein creating the theory of relativity out of pure spite."I VILL MESS VITH TIME! ...I vill mess vith time."
- After spending the whole episode insulting Morty and Summer, Rick gets a taste of his own medicine when Beth and Jerry mock the collars they are wearing.Morty: Doesn't feel so good, does it?
Rick: (deadpan) No, it doesn't. It hurts.
- Rick's surprised reaction when Jerry makes a comment solely because he forgot Jerry came along with them.
- The fact that one version of Rick invented a Jerry daycare solely for Ricks to offload Jerrys that they can't be bothered to personally look out for.
- The entire sign-in form has some hilarious Freeze-Frame Bonus material. It has options for if the Jerry is from another dimension (it wouldn't be out of character for the Ricks to grab a replacement), length of stay ("unknown" or "forever"), allergies (Rick checks "no" with a '?'), existing physical damage (Rick scribbles on the head), finally ending with the reasons as to the drop off ("Earth under siege", "Threatened to tell Beth", "Unwanted Stowaway", and "Annoying Me"; Rick checks the last two).
- Krombopolous Michael may be a killer, but he's so over-the-top affable about it that you can't help but love him. He even has business cards and is on Facebook and Twitter."Oh boy, here I go killing again!"
- The introduction to Blips and Chitz: after selling Krombopolous Michael some weapons, Morty questions the moral aspects of this. Rick tells him not to worry, for the money is incredibly valuable.Rick: Do you understand what two humans can accomplish with 3,000 of these?
Morty: Uh, what?
Rick: AN ENTIRE AFTERNOON AT BLIPS AND CHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITZ!!
(the camera flies into Rick's mouth while he screams and zooms out, revealing the massive arcade while he continues to scream)
- And the follow-up to that:Morty: You sold a gun to a murderer so you could play video games?!
Rick: Yeah sure, if you spend all day shuffling words around you can make anything sound bad, Morty.
- And the follow-up to that:
- Rick reviewing Morty's performance in the Roy simulation game.Rick: You beat cancer and you went back to work at the carpet store?! Booo!
- Rick takes his turn on Roy and takes him off the grid, which is apparently a high-level feat from the reactions of the other aliens in the arcade.
- After Rick and Morty take Fart to Gearhead's shop and try to find out where Fart came from, it is clear that Fart tries to read Rick's mind.Fart: I came here accidentally through a wormhole located in what you call (focuses on Rick who is giving Fart a Death Glare) "get out of my head Fart I know you're in here lalalala..." No, the Promethean Nebula.
- A Rewatch Bonus after hearing this is that despite having noble causes, Morty doesn't have pure thoughts.Fart: I communicate from what you call Jessica's feet... no, telepathy.
- A Rewatch Bonus after hearing this is that despite having noble causes, Morty doesn't have pure thoughts.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: "Goodbye Moonmen"
- Rick's reaction to Fart's singing about Moonmen.Rick: SHUT THE F*CK UP ABOUT MOONMEN!
- The sweet, grandmotherly way the caretaker at the Jerry Daycare talks to Jerry. All of it, but what especially takes the cake is her response when he departs.Jerry: (storming out) I'm leaving!
Caretaker: Okay, dear. That was always allowed.
- Also, the silent, friendly smile she gives when he walks back in later.
- Rick forcefully debilitating Gearhead by replacing his mouth gears with gears extracted from his crotch. The disgusted reaction from the Gear police upon seeing Gearhead's disfigured face is the equivalent of disgust seeing a human's mouth replaced with testicles.
- And in the vomit scene, Gear people puking oil and gears.
- Just before this, Gearhead notes how offensive Rick's nickname for him is, comparing it to calling a Chinese person "Asia-face."
- Rick's Hurricane of Puns to Fart's action of taking out the police.
- In the end of the episode, Rick and Morty pick up Jerry, only for another Rick to ask which one they have. As Morty has since lost the ticket identifying his Jerry, both Ricks just switch Jerrys and ignore their protests.
- Those who catch the Freeze-Frame Bonus earlier in the episodenote would realize that the ending is in fact framed from the perspective of an alternate Rick and Morty while it is the actual Rick who inquires if they have his Jerry. In fact, it's entirely possible that the entire episode, sans the intro, was framed this way. Makes ya think, doesn't it?
- Which means that the Rick we follow here is just casually asking another Rick how many people his Morty was responsible for killing.
- Even better is the implication that the Rick and Morty he talked to, the ones who spent the whole day at Blips and Chitz, was our Rick and Morty.
- Those who catch the Freeze-Frame Bonus earlier in the episodenote would realize that the ending is in fact framed from the perspective of an alternate Rick and Morty while it is the actual Rick who inquires if they have his Jerry. In fact, it's entirely possible that the entire episode, sans the intro, was framed this way. Makes ya think, doesn't it?
"Auto Erotic Assimilation"
- When they board the derelict ship, Rick tells the kids to give any eggs they find a good shake; those Facehuggers are worth more than the ship.
- Rick framing the Korbloks for the looting of the derelict ship by leaving behind their graffiti sign for the space police to find.Summer: That's horrible!
Rick: I hear you, man. Cops are racists.
- Rick devises an elaborate sex act that takes full advantage of having an entire world bound to one mind.Rick: I need a hang glider, and a crotchless Uncle Sam costume, and I want your largest stadium filled end to end with naked redheads, and I want the stands packed with every man who remotely resembles my father.
Rick: (hang-gliding into the stadium in a crotchless Uncle Sam costume) Yeah! I want you!
Crowd: Go, son, go! Go, son go!
- If you look carefully you'll see that his crotch is pixelated.
- The entire dynamic between Unity and Beta VII (another hive-mind world), it's clear Beta VII is being "friend-zoned" by Unity. The name "Beta" is of course is part of this, with the "alpha male" and "beta" dynamic.
- Then the stinger where it is clear Beta VII is getting nothing but joy with preventing Rick from seeing Unity.
- Keeping to the topic of Fantastic Racism, Summer, believing to have freed a race of aliens assimilated under Unity,note witnesses a race war ignited among them for having different... nipples. Morty's response in the face of Summer's battered idealism of self-determination completes the scene.Summer: Why are you fighting? Can't you see you're all the same?
Morty: Oh, Summer... first race war, huh?
- Also the quick snapback of Summer talking to Unity about how good individuals are, but once people start getting free and start a war immediately over race she's forced to do a 180 and try to convince everyone that they're the same.
- And then Morty and Summer are chased down by the rioting mob because their featureless nipples paint them as freaks with "no race".
- Morty quickly lifts his shirt to prove his featureless nipples. Summer is more reluctant.
- The subplot involving Jerry and Beth bickering over what to do with Blim Blam, a captured Korblok in Rick's underground laboratory. The escalating exchange, which strayed from the problem in hand to family and marital issues, leads to Blim Blam breaking free simply to deliver an absolutely nuclear "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the couple and resolving never to return to Earth because of their dysfunctional relationship.
- Blim Blam does a Mic Drop with the translator device at the end of his speech... then walks back, grabs it, and declares that he's keeping it.
- And THEN after he escapes the basement he is confronted by the garage door..apparently something his species never encountered before, and he needs Morty to open it before he figures it out...and immediately begins snarking about it.
- One that's depressing and funny at the same time: when Summer was trying to give the people back their freedom, she was thinking in more of a "choose your own cell-phone carrier" kind of way.
- First rule of space travel: always respond to distress calls. Nine out of ten times, it's a ship full of dead aliens and loot. One out of ten times, it's a horrible trap, but he's willing to roll those dice! (With his grand-kids).Summer: It looks like something terrible happened here.
Rick: Yep! Cha-ching.
- After Unity's heart wrenching "Dear John" Letter it ends with "PS. I don't know where there's coal miners were before they were assimilated. You might wanna get checked."
- There's also something amusing about Unity evidently having every possessed individual write the same letter to Rick and post it everywhere.
- This exchange between Rick and Jerry after Jerry throws glowing rocks away in the kitchen trash.Jerry: Rick, I don't like glowing rocks in the kitchen trash.
Rick: Well, I don't like your unemployed genes in my grandchildren, Jerry! But life is made of little concessions.
- After Rick has shot "Uncle Steve" and revealed him to be a disguised parasite:Morty: St-Steve wasn't real?!
Rick: (while manhandling "Steve"'s corpse) He's a real piece of shit.
- The absurdity of many of the fake characters count. Mrs. Refrigerator, Reverse Giraffe, and Tinkles the Ridiculously Cute Critter are probably the best.
- Especially when, after Morty figures out the fake characters' gimmick, Mrs Refrigerator tries to pass off riding a roller coaster as a bad memory. Also Tinkles tells Summer that she's "always loved her," only for Summer to respond with a completely deadpan "Yep." and shoot her in the head.
- What makes this episode even better is that the parasite characters start out as lame but relatively acceptable cliches such as a goofy uncle (Steve), an obnoxious cousin from Jersey, and a family butler like Mr. Belvedere, all fairly standard sitcom archetypes. Even Tinkles isn't unprecedented, and is based on out-of-place magical or sci-fi characters, which often only appeared to one character, that could occasionally be found in sitcoms. However, as the parasites multiply out of control, the characters get increasingly nonsensical.
- Some of the memories are pretty ridiculous, featuring scenarios such as being stuck in an elevator at a freaking Incredible Hulk musical.Beth: Jerry, buttons don't work better if you hit them harder and foam fists don't make you strong.
Jerry: I know, friends make you strong. I watched the same musical you did.
- What makes it funnier is the fact it was a bad memory before a parasite invaded it. Which means the musical actually happened.
- Morty's ensuing Potty Emergency, and Summer's solution:Morty: Ohhh, why did all the drinks have to be extra large? ...Oh, the Hulk. I just got that.
Summer: Just pee your pants. I did it the minute we got stuck. [Everyone looks disgusted] Oh, oh yeah! Yeah, shame me! At least when I'm disgusting, it's on purpose!
- The parasites set up a memory of Rick bursting into the living room with a bunch of Nintendo 3DS's in his arms, rambling on about selling the systems for profit because they're the limited edition The Legend of Zelda versions. They blatantly lampshade the Product Placement by having Rick break the fourth wall by looking right at the camera and saying "Nintendo, send me free stuff!"
- In a montage of Rick's random catchphrases, two are "AIDS!" and "Lick my balls!"
- The second is even a callback to the Justin Roiland's original short, "The Adventures of Doc and Mahrti."
- Although, in a moment of Fridge Brilliance, no one else at the scene of Rick's zany and wacky catch phrases seems happy to be there, just vaguely unnerved, irritated, or even sad. This means that he actually had these catchphrases at some point.
- Mr. Poopy Butthole being real is Black Comedy at its absolute best, especially when you consider that the normal opening sequence has a scene from this episode solely to pull the rug out from under the viewer with the altered opening credits in this episode.
- It's also a subversion of the usual ending where the last monster is casually killed before totally resuming life as normal.
- After Rick locks the house down:Beth: Dad, why does our house have blast shields?
Rick: Trust me Beth, you don't wanna know how many answers that question has.
- Rick yelling "NOOOOOOOO!!!" and suddenly breaking the fourth wall again after the barbecue flashback fills the house with a ton of parasites, and commenting that it's like a Where's Waldo? picture.
- When Jerry starts freaking out about whether he is real or not to Sleepy Gary, there are photographs behind him directly proving his existence. Jerry doesn't notice, of course.
- Just how happy Rick seems to be when he says this line.Rick: (revealing a wall of guns) Well come on, Morty. We have a lot of friends and loved ones to exterminate.
- In order to distinguish who is real, the family has to remember bad memories of each other, which include:
- A montage of Morty getting hurt by Rick. Morty is dragged off by a giant crab while Rick hits on some hot alien girls, is attacked by a magma monster while Rick is drunk in the car, is being experimented on by aliens when Rick comes in and swipes their stuff without helping Morty, and ends on Rick pulling his pants down in front of a couple girls and pushing him down the stairs, then joining the girls in laughing at him.
- Morty getting kicked in the balls by Summer just because she thought he went into her room. He didn't.
- Summer walking in on Beth drunk, then Beth accidentally hitting her in the eye, giving her a shiner on picture day.
- Summer walking in on Morty masturbating... in the kitchen. He reveals he does it everywhere in the house when he's alone, and was thinking of Summer's friend Grace.
- Which may explain her drastic punishment for him allegedly entering her room.
- There's also her infamous scream when Morty talks about Grace...
- Beth remembering Jerry getting chased by a crazed homeless man, locking himself in the car, and having the homeless man chase her instead.
- Characters like Hamurai (a Samurai covered in meat products) and Amish Cyborg show up. Rick remarks "What is this, 90's Conan?"
- And then there's the interaction with Sleepy Gary, a regular looking guy who just wears pajamas. And the fact he takes Jerry's place as Jerry in the family, and puts a false memory of him and Jerry having an affair being the reason he's with the family.
- When the family is at the hospital, Rick is just casually raiding a tray full of medication.
- Then Rick's way of making Beth feel better. Key word being his way.Rick: Listen, Beth. Don't torture yourself - I made a similar mistake years ago, but, y'know, on a planetary scale.
Beth: Is, um... is he mad at me?
Rick: He's not pressing charges. I mean, that's gotta be the "you shot me" equivalent of not being mad.
- Then Rick's way of making Beth feel better. Key word being his way.
- The pastor gets a little off-track in his analogy.Pastor: Every crisis of faith is an opportunity for more faith. When God deals you an 11, you don't fold, you double down, and always hit on a soft 16. That means you, Jews.
Rabbi: I beg your pardon, pastor, but last I looked outside, it seems to be you that's been dealt the weak hand. Jews rule! [beat] Nobody? Okay, tough church.
- In the same scene, Principal Vagina establishing a new religion in the name of giant head.Principal Vagina: I'm just gonna come out and make this pitch: The old gods are dead. Fuck all previous existing religions. All hail the one, true God, the giant head in the sky.
[churchgoers begin arguing]
Principal Vagina: Look, I get it, but unless this [presents a cross pendant] can beat that, what have you done for me lately? So if you'll all excuse me, I'm goin' out on to the sidewalk, I'm dropping to my knees and pledging my eternal soul to the thing that literally controls the fucking weather. Out of my way!
- In the same scene, Principal Vagina establishing a new religion in the name of giant head.
- The general questions how the hell Rick knows about Area 51's convenient super-sound stage. The President's response?President: For God's sake, he just turned people into snakes. The man can look up Google Maps.
- The sassy head movement that Rick and the President both make whenever they say "Schwifty". The President seems very taken with the song."Get... schwifty?"
"Don't analyze it, Nathan!"
- "SHOW ME WHAT YOU'VE GOT. I WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU'VE GOT."
- The expression on the giant head, or as the species is called "Cromulon", as he's evaluating "Get Schwifty", then "I LIKE WHAT YOU'VE GOT. GOOD JOB!"
- Rick randomly warning the government officials that his watch can turn people into snakes when he and Morty appear in the Pentagon, before demonstrating.
- After announcing that they have to go to the Pentagon, Rick clarifies that it's not THE Pentagon, just the boring one on Earth.
- Bird Person puts dirt in a bowl.
- Ice T. Just Ice T. Or by his true name, Water T.
- Morty's accompaniment to Rick during their second performance. More specifically, the fact that his voice suddenly resembles that of Mr. Meeseeks.
- Rick calling one of the war room nerds Frasier for suggesting Vivaldi.
- When the nukes are launched at the leader of the Cromulons during Earth's second performance, not only does it not do any permanent damage to it, but its reaction is just golden:Cromulon Leader: BOO! NOT COOL!
- The part that follows immediately after is equally hilarious.Principal Vagina: I'm the only one that speaks to the heads!
Cromulon Leader: DISQUALIFIED!
Mr. Goldenford: The heads disqualified Vagina! Get 'im!
(the crowd dogpiles on Vagina)
- The part that follows immediately after is equally hilarious.
- Rick annoying Morty by saying "Lick my" and then finishing the sentence by pressing a key on the keyboard that says "balls".
- Morty needs to get to the performance stage before the nukes hit, but only the President is there.Morty: Oh my God! C-c-can you fly a Blackhawk?
The President: Can the Pope's dick fit through a donut?
Morty: (intensely disturbed) Uhhhh, Im not sure?
The President: Exactly.
- Rick's casual introduction to the Pentagon staff:Rick: My name is Rick Sanchez. This heres my grandson Morty.
Everyone: Hi, Morty.
"The Ricks Must be Crazy"
- The vast amount of Hypocritical Humor from Rick:
- The universe they're visiting had "eleven 9/11s".
- Everything with the AI in Rick's car. It's told to keep Summer safe. Hilarity Ensues.
- The first criminal-looking guy gets turned into cubes for banging on the window. He was apparently a pediatrician.
- Summer orders the car not to kill, so it severs the next guy's spine, paralyzing him from the waist down.
- Freaked out by its actions, Summer says she doesn't feel safe. The AI reclines her seat and plays music.
- Summer orders the car not to cause harm. It responds by cloning the dead son of a SWAT officer and then causing the child to melt just to torment him.
- Summer vetoes that strategy, so it brokers peace between the giant telepathic spiders and the government. This annoys Rick, since it indirectly ruins his favorite ice cream in the multiverse.
- The car gets snarky after a while.Summer: You know you're kind of a dick, right?
AI: My function is to "Keep Summer safe", not "Keep Summer being, like, totally stoked about, like, the general vibe and stuff". That's you; that's how you talk.
- AI: I am unable to destroy this army. To clarify, I am quite able to destroy this army, but you will not permit it.
- It is Rick who built the ship so he no doubt based its personality on himself.
- The absolute look of horror on her face after Rick and Morty finally return.
- The fact that Rick told his miniverse that Flipping the Bird means "peace among worlds." And while Rick excitedly gives the gesture to the cheering masses, Morty gives it to them with an annoyed look on his face, making the crowd cheer even louder.
- The Running Gag of ever-repeating miniverses.
- Rick once again designs a device that releases a snake from a leg pouch.
- Rick's smiling but still visibly not happy face◊.
- The fact that Zeep is exactly like Rick, and Rick hates him.
- Their antics get especially hilarious when they're trapped in the Teenyverse, where their behavior towards each other basically devolves into that of two petulant children, each of them constantly trying to one-up and sabotage the other in terms of intelligence, over a period of several Teenyverse months.Rick: (Is working on firing a glass beaker) Come on, come on! (He looks over towards a cave on the opposite mesa where Zeep is also working) Pterodactyl!
(Startled, Zeep drops his glass equipment, causing Rick to laugh in satisfaction)
Zeep: Asshole! When I get out of this Teenyverse, I'm gonna smash it to pieces with you in it!
Rick: Yeah, well, when I get out of this Teenyverse, I'm gonna get out of the surrounding Miniverse, and then the Microverse surrounding that, and guess what?!
Morty: Don't make things worse, Rick! (calls over to Zeep) Uh, he's not gonna destroy your universe! You know, we-we need it to start our car!
Zeep: That's what you use my universe for?! To run your car?!
Rick: Yeah, but don't flatter yourself! There's always Triple A, you fucking cocksucker!
- Their antics get especially hilarious when they're trapped in the Teenyverse, where their behavior towards each other basically devolves into that of two petulant children, each of them constantly trying to one-up and sabotage the other in terms of intelligence, over a period of several Teenyverse months.
- Rick mouthing Zeep's speech with a large grin on his face.
- Morty and the tree people.Morty: You have to get us the fuck outta here! These people are backwards savages! They eat every third baby because they think it makes fruit grow bigger! Everyone's gross and they all smell like piss all the time! I-I-I miss my family, I miss my laptop... I masturbated to an extra-curvy piece of driftwood the other day!
Morty: (to the tree people) You guys are the fucking worst! Your gods are a lie! Fuck you, fuck nature, and fuck trees!
- The first quote is made even better because it interrupts a spiel Morty is giving Rick about the tree people and how great they are. He was just so fed up and scared by his experience that he couldn't get through the facade.
- They finally get their ice cream. But because of the peace agreement with the spiders it's now filled with flies. Rick blames Summer, and then zooms out to a giant spider outside enjoying its ice cream.
- As Summer and Rick argue about it, Rick blames Summer's boobs for ruining ice cream.
- When they are being chased, Rick mentions that he secretly gave Morty the ability to turn into a car, but it ends up not being used as he finds a taxi before Morty can figure out how to transform. At least until The Stinger, where he accidentally transforms... in the middle of his class.
- What's even funnier is that he doesn't even care, he just stays quiet while everyone looks at him. He just has a weary look that basically says "Why me?"
- Also, Rick told Morty that Morty needed to concentrate to turn into a car, which Morty did to no avail. He only turns into a car in the credits scene because he almost fell asleep in class, therefore not concentrating.
"Big Trouble in Little Sanchez"
- Rick has a rather colorful analogy for Earth couples therapy.Rick: You might as well ask a horse to fix a merry-go-round. He'll try his best, but mostly, he's just gonna get horrified.
- Beth and Jerry reacting to their demonised mytholizations of each other. Beth gets pissed off at Jerry's, enough so that when it's her turn, she says "read it and weep, bitch!" and does a Mic Drop with the helmet.
- The sheer horror in the counsellor's voice when he sees the escaped mythologs. "Ohdeargodno. They're CODEPENDENT!"
- The various ways Tiny Rick's subconscious tries to beg Morty and Summer for help.
- The Overly Long Gag involving Morty telling Summer to "get her shit together".
- The fact that the Jerry "demon" worm is so subservient in the face of the tiniest intimidation from Jerry, even willfully presenting his butt crack to Jerry for supposed anal sex twice. Jerry's utter disgust is totally justified.
- Being aware that Coach Feratu was a vampire, doesn't stop Principal Vagina and the school board from using Tiny Rick as a scapegoat for their oversight via expelling him.
- During Jerry's Big Damn Hero moment that prompts Beth to mentally spawn heroic, muscled Jerry's to fight demon Beth and her Jerry worms, Jerry awkwardly attempts to top his moment of glory to improve the Jerry clones by egoistically declaring his arrival (well after the fight begins). Beth responds disappointingly by producing a bunch of normal but overly narcissist Jerry's (complete with a picture of Jerry's smug mugshot on each of their shirts) who do nothing but congratulate each other. Even Jerry has to admit he was asking for that. The stern look on Beth's face as she's producing these clones really sells it.
- And they are still shaking hands and patting each others' backs in a line in the midst of the chaos of every other Jerry fighting each other.
- When Rick first comes out of the chamber after returning to his old body, Summer insists he put on pants. He just ignores her and keeps talking.
- Summer being more freaked out that Rick is naked than she is by him violently hacking up all of his clones.
- "ONE LAST SWING FOR THE ROAD!"
- Despite Summer's insistence that Rick put on some clothes, he picks up Jerry and Beth still naked and soaked in his clones' blood.
- Beth and Jerry don't even say anything about this and don't have much reaction when he tells them there's a bunch of dead clones of him in the garage. Probably they're just used to things like this from Rick.
- They also correctly assume that Rick being sore because he's "been inside a kid all day" is less disturbing in context.
- "OLD RICK RUINING EVERYTHING!"
- Coach Feratu's vampire master forbidding the use of gimmicky Steven Ulysses Perhero names for his agents after hearing about the alias the deceased high school teacher was using.
- The fact he acts completely serious until he has a Double Take from hearing that name.Head Vampire's Assistant: Coach Feratu's presence was discovered by the humans. He has been destroyed.
Head Vampire: (in a deep, villainous voice) No bother... the mortals shall soon— (double-take, reverts to high-pitched, unaccented voice) I-I'm sorry, what'd you say his name was?
Head Vampire's Assistant: Coach Feratu.
Head Vampire: Coach Feratu? That was his real name, like his actual vampire name?
Head Vampire's Assistant: No, no, no, his vampire name was Balik Alistane.
Head Vampire: (angrily) Why the fuck would he name himself after a famous vampire movie, was he doing a bit?
Head Vampire's Assistant: I do not know, Your Unholiness.
Head Vampire: (exasperatedly) Jesus fucking Christ, from now on, no more of this "clever name" bullshit. When a vampire's trying to be human, they can just call themselves "Allen Jefferson" or something like that. (looks back at hooded acolytes) It's crazy, right? I mean, am I being an asshole? (turns back and looks around the chamber) Okay, I feel like everyone in the room is looking at me like I'm the buzzkill. (turns back to glare at the acolytes, who hurriedly shake their heads) I'm not? Good, okay, great. (proceeds to grab the human woman prisoner and bites viciously into her neck, spraying blood everywhere)
- Doubly funny is how the Head Vampire Looks Like Orlok...as in the vampire from the movie brought up in that rant. It's almost like Count Orlok himself is annoyed at the use of his films title.
- The fact he acts completely serious until he has a Double Take from hearing that name.
"Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate"
- When Jerry is having doubts over donating his penis, he is told by the alien diplomats that they understand his hesitation, as humans after all are primitive and simple beings who know nothing of "the Genocides of Clorgon or the tragic events of 65.3432.23/14." An offended Jerry retorts with this line:Jerry: We understand genocide! We do it sometimes.
- Jerry and Beth arguing over Jerry's decision to give his penis as a heart transplant to an alien diplomat.
- Beth browsing the artificial penis catalog.
- Jerry fights with people in the YouTube comment section, and gets really upset over it.
- The Plumbus, and the How It's Made parody centered around it, which amounts to a bunch of nonsense words."First, they take the dinglebop, and they smooth it out, with a bunch of schleem. The schleem is then re-purposed for later batches. They take the dinglebop and they push it through the grumbo, where the fleeb is rubbed against it. It's important that the fleeb is rubbed because the fleeb has all of the fleeb juice. Then a schlami shows up and he rubs it and...spits on it. They cut the fleeb. There's several hizzards in the way. The blamps rub against the chumbles, and the ploobis, and grumbo, are shaved away. That leaves you with a regular old Plumbus."Rick: I always wondered how, uh, Plumbuses got made.
- After the "ploobis and grumbo" are shaved away, one of the factory workers is passed out on the floor and another is slumped in a corner with his head in his hands, with no explanation.
- The "Lil' Bits" segment."Oh, shit! We got tiny people!"
"Eat some fuckin' shit you fuckin' stupid bitch! Hehe, just kiddin'!"
- In one shot, his pants are down for no particular reason.
- Michael and Pichael, the conjoined anchorman/TV-chef twins. The argument they get into is priceless.Pichael: You can tell our parents started naming with him! Oh, Michael! They had that one planned before they even got pregnant I bet! And then they found out I was attached along for the ride and they said "Ah shit. Well, just fuck it. Call him Pichael!"Michael: Fuck you, Pichael! You're a fucking piece of shit!
- The show "Funny Songs" taking a hilariously dark turn:Host: (after finishing a song about a volunteer in the audience) The end!
Volunteer: Oh my god, oh. That was so, so funny. Thank you.
Host: You're welcome. Hey, um, security guards, take him out. Get the orthodontist out of here. Take him out of the audience. Kill him. Sic him. Demons... suck his life out. I don't give a shit.
- The crazy Eye-Hole Man. He shows up again after the credits after Jerry takes a bite of an eye-hole he found in the cupboard.Eye-Hole Man: I'm the Eye-Hole... Man. I'm the only one that's allowed to have eye-holes. (Kicks the eye-holes off of a pair of alien's faces) Get up on out of heeeere with my eye-hoooles.
- Rick casually warning Morty that if he eats eye-holes, the Eye Hole Man is likely to show up and kick the shit out of him. Then he tells Morty it's totally worth it.
- Also, in that stinger, Summer futilely tries to pull the Eye Hole Man off Jerry by the former's cape, while emitting the exact same scream from "Total Rickall".
- "The Adventures of Stealy", a little kleptomaniac guy with long arms (looking like he's the same species as Mister Poopybutthole) who just gleefully steals everything. One of them being a Plumbus.
- Jan Quadrant Vincent 16.
- "Octopus Man", a half-man half-octopus with a serious case of the giggles, who claims to be a superhero, but then just goes out and stabs people. Then there's Morty snapping at Summer after seeing that.Summer: Gross. Does all inter-dimensional TV have to rely on juvenile violence?
Morty: Well, Summer, maybe people who create things aren't concerned with your delicate sensibilities. Y'know? Maybe the species that communicate with each other through the filter of your comfort are less evolved than the ones who just communicate! Maybe your problems are your own to deal with, and maybe the public giving a shit about your feelings is a one-way ticket to extinction!
Rick: Geez, Morty. I take it Catherine Hefflefinger hasn't texted you back yet?
Morty: I don't wanna talk about it.
- Shrimpy Pibbles' monologue about Earth culture, in which he describes, in tones of infinite sorrow and weary regret, the human obsession with dick jokes. Coming out of Werner Herzog, no less.
- "The only show that makes you ask yourself, How, did I get here?"
- The incredibly dark "Personal Space" show, which views like something out of the SCP Foundation archives or a creepypasta, Played for Laughs.Personal Space Man: We get a one, personal space, two, personal space, three. Stay out of my personal space. Four, keep out of my personal space. Five. Get out of that personal space.[a hamster from Hamster Butt World gets fed up and walks away]Personal Space Man: Six. Stay away from my personal space. Seven, keep away from dat personal space. Eight. Personal space.[an unnamed alien in the background gets really into it]Personal Space Man: Nine. Personal space. [turns off background music] You know, I take personal space pretty seriously. Up to the point, that I don't even care about this...I'm not even interested in havin' this skin on my personal space! [groans and starts tearing his skin off] Oh, it hurts! [tears his skin off completely]Summer: Ohhh my god! Gross!Rick: [laughs] What an asshole!Personal Space Man: Oh, tune in next week for the best show ever. The show we all grew to love. The Personal Space Show!BBC Two Continuity Announcer: More Personal Space next Tuesday at eight. Up next, the heat is turning up with Samantha and the boys, on The Northsiders.
- After Jerry is corrected about the nature of Pibbles' heroin addiction, he stumbles for a short while until one of the aliens picks up on exactly what's happening and shouts out "this guy's trying to get out of giving away his penis!"
"Look Who's Purging Now"
- Rick locking the doors of the car when Morty tries to get back in, ignoring Morty getting increasingly panicked as the commencing of the purge is only minutes away, and starts Trope Telegraphing that Rick's ship will stop working as the purge starts (which doesn't happen, of course).
- Morty wants to help Arthricia but Rick wants to leave. Morty then threatens to tell his mom if Rick doesn't help him save her. Rick's response is "You little turd".
- Rick getting shot in the liver doesn't stop him from drinking.Rick: Oh God it hurts. She got me right in the goddamn liver Morty! It's the hardest working liver in the galaxy Morty! And now it has a hole in it.
- Rick chiding Morty for throwing him a spoon for a weapon because it is "the one thing that can never kill anything", after demonstrating the contrary by resourcefully killing a purge participant with it.
- The fact that the battle suits play "Feels Good" by Tony! Toni! Toné!.
- Arthricia and Rick slaughtering the rich people who started the local purge day not only Crosses the Line Twice, it covers the line in blood and then Arthricia and Rick quite literally dance in it to the tune of "Feels Good".
- The Overly Long Gag of Arthricia telling Morty she already has a boyfriend.
- The equally long gag about the now freed townspeople arguing then brawling over how food should be distributed among themselves, leading to an Aesop Amnesia moment where they agree to voluntarily hold an event vaguely similar to the purge event as a means of venting any anger they may have at each other.
- And the brawling starts from this dialogue:Townsperson #1: I'll keep track of everyone's food, you know, in exchange for food.
Townsperson #2: That's not a real job!
Townsperson #1: And making food is?
- And the brawling starts from this dialogue:
- Jerry thinking Rick's phone call to Summer asking for help is Taddy Mason, long after any thinking person would've realized who's really on the line.Jerry: Taddy?!
Rick: Yes, Jerry, it's Taddy. A person no one's ever heard of until now calling you on a space phone.
Jerry: I can't tell if you're being sarcastic.
Jerry: Morty? Why are you with Taddy Mason?
Morty: Holy shit dad, shut the fuck up!
- The Stinger, where Jerry was freaking out over the ad he was watching as if it were a phone sex ad.
- Rick explaining that he's seen a few planets with Purges, and each gives it a different name. One of them just calls it "Murder Night."
- Morty's first kill is a man with a bad screenplay that has a bit of action then cuts to three weeks earlier. After reading Morty the screenplay, the man asks him to come with some constructive criticism, telling him that he doesn't have mollycoddle him as he wants to improve as a writer. Morty offers the relatively mild criticism that he is not a fan of the "three weeks earlier" device, as he prefers stories to start at their actual beginning. Regardless, the man acts as though Morty's criticism is an unforgivable insult and calls him a shitty person and tries to kick him and Rick out. Eventually Morty gets fed up and end up pushing him down a flight of stairs causing him to break his neck:Morty: (to the man's still twitching corpse) You like that?! You want me to cut to three weeks earlier?! When you were alive?!
- The godawful script itself is bad enough to be hysterically funny.Blane: Maybe I don't need a new friend. Jacey: Maybe you're the only friend I need. Blane: Need, or want? Jacey: I've never been much for wanting. Blane: Spoken like someone with needs. Jacey reaches out and touches his face. It's clear he needs what she wants. She's a woman. He's a man. The city burns in the background as he takes her in his arms. Fade out. Title... 'THE END'... Question mark.
- The godawful script itself is bad enough to be hysterically funny.
- After a rampage, Morty is still in rage and gives a long and gruesome threat to Rick. Rick just looks annoyed and electrocutes Morty, knocking him out.
"The Wedding Squanchers"
- The reason that Rick agrees to go to the wedding? He accidentally sends Jerry there inside a floating meatblob. Though heartwarming when you realize he did that to give himself an excuse to go. And the specific words that trigger the event:Rick: What do you know about friendship, Jerry?
Courierblob: Confirmed. Shipping Jerry.
- The entirety of Rick's written speech (verbatim). As in, he wrote what's below as if they were stage directions.Rick: Uh, hi, everybody, I'm Rick. You know, when I first met Birdperson, he was (trail off) (Crumple up notes) (Ad-lib).
- As he starts improvising:Rick: I'm not the nicest guy in the universe. Because I'm the smartest, and being nice is just something stupid people do to hedge their bets.
- Following Rick's speech, where he states that Birdperson is his best friend, Squanchy can be seen sullenly taking off a brace that reads "Rick's BFF" and throwing it on the table.
- Morty's cheerfully casual "Cheers to that, motherfucker."
- As he starts improvising:
- The high-pitched noise Bird Person makes when he dies. It's a drop of hilarity in a puddle of sadness.
- Once you hear the hints of what Rick and his comrades have done, his summary of the conflict between him and the Federation seems hilariously understated:Rick: They think they control the galaxy, I disagree. Don't hate the player, hate the game, son.
- Rick's horror and panic in evacuating his family from the otherwise healthy but cob-themed planet because... everything is cobbed but there's no reason explained and even Summer consuming cobbed-strawberries yield no consequences. Rick is so adamant that he prefers the screaming-sun planet over the cobbed one.
- The screaming sun planet, acting as the folder image. Nuff said.
- Even while making a Heroic Sacrifice by impersonating Jerry to turn himself in, Rick doesn't waste an opportunity to claim that he (as Jerry) licks boners and hairy ballsacks. Made funnier by the Galactic Federation representative's audible confusion.
- Arin Hanson's small voiceover cameo.
- "I am not staring at you. I am a cyborg photographer. Just act natural. This is a candid shot. I don't require a camera, so... sorry."
- Another cyborg photographer shows up at the end, taking mugshots in the galactic federation prison and having the same apologetic but monotone attitude towards Rick.
- When Rick is being processed, a list of his crimes are brought up on a screen in front of two aliens. The list goes on so long that the two aliens just look at each other in shock.
- Mr. Poopy Butthole's appearance in The Stinger and his obsessing over the episode's cliffhanger ending.
- He even tells the audience to tune in "a year and a half... or longer". This episode aired in October 2015, and the next episode, "The Rickshank Redemption", aired on April Fools in 2017 — a year and a half later. Between those months, many were endlessly theorising the Season 3 release date, not knowing it was Hidden in Plain Sight.
- At Comic-Con 2016, this teaser video was revealed. The context to the video was that someone asked "Can we have Rick turn into a pickle?" and the answer was yes.
- This exclusive season 3 trailer. Congratulations, you've just been Rick-rolled.
- After the long wait for season 3, the silence is finally broken on April Fools Day 2017...by Adult Swim playing the first episode of the season with absolutely ZERO promotion or any sort of prior warning, which is then followed by replaying the episode seven more times until midnight. However, it probably wasn't as funny for people expecting the next episode of Samurai Jack ...
- The real trailer has Rick saying "welcome to the darkest year of our adventures" and then immediately cuts to him kicking ass as a pickle.
"The Rickshank Redemption"
- The Bait-and-Switch opening, making the viewer think Rick escaped from the Galactic Federation prison offscreen. And then Rick tells Jerry to strip and fold himself twelve times.
- As the Galactic Federation agent tries to persuade Rick to give him information, Rick manipulates his subconscious to replace the agent's coffee with a butt that farts every time he tries to speak.Federation Employee: He may have manifested some sort of butt.
- When Rick and the GF Agent are in Shoney's and the Agent is trying to get Rick to go back to a certain memory:Rick: Any particular ones? You wanna see my first boner? Or should we go straight to the moment when I discovered interdimensional travel?
(the Agent starts making noises while the flaps on his face twitch)
Rick: Whoo, your little flappy doodles are twitching? Does that mean you're aroused or did you just get a signal that one of your buddies found a grape?
GF Agent: (nonchalant) It's arousal. Yes, I'd like very much to visit the memory of you inventing your portal gun.
Rick: Well, tough titties.
(the place starts to shake and crumble around them)
GF Agent: There's no tougher titty than a psychotic break, Rick.
Rick: Well, that depends who breaks first: me, or the titty.
- Rick's memory of 9/11 shows him standing and staring at the TV in shocked disbelief. It seems to be a moment of Everyone Has Standards, but you listen closely, you realize that his response is actually very much in-character:Rick: Oh, my god! They're gonna use this as an excuse to strip away our freedoms!
- On the way to Rick's memory of the portal gun's creation, he stops at a McDonald's to order chicken nuggets with Szechuan Sauce from a promotion for Mulan, angry that he can only try it in his memories because it's no longer available.
- And when Past!Rick's wife and child are killed by an explosion, the agent helps himself to the nuggets and sauce as Rick mourns.
- Nathan Fillion doing a dead-on impersonation of Rick when Rick transfers his brain into the Insect Man.
- One of the things Rick leaves behind in his old brain when he body-surfs into the GF Agent is six years of improv training. Naturally, after SEAL Team Ricks shows up and derails his original plan, he laments that he's forgotten how to improvise.
- After Rick transfers his mind from the GF Agent to another Rick:Rick: I'm bummed I didn't get to give that insect dick a test drive.
- When Rick Body Surfs into another Rick at the Citadel of Ricks:Commander Rick: D99, this is the commander-in-chief of the Citadel's militia.
Rick: Go—(burps)—ood enough. (body surfs into the Commander through the phone)
Commander Rick: He's a spy, blow him up. I'm gonna go take a shit.
- When Morty and Summer are put on trial by the Council of Ricks, Morty protests that the trial isn't fair because their lawyer is a Morty.Council!Rick: It's not fair, you have no rights, and he's not a lawyer. We just keep him here because he's fun. Look at him go! (laughs as the Morty begins dancing)
- Rick enters the Council's teleportation room:Other Rick: Hey, woah woah, what're you doin' in here? This area's for teleporting the entire Citadel to somewhere else using only these buttons and dials.Rick: Yeah, well it's a bad idea to have it designed that way then, isn't it?
(promptly teleports the Citadel in the middle of the Galactic Federation prison)
Other Rick: What the fuck?! We just teleported into a galactic federal prison!
Rick: I'm gonna go take a shit. (leaves)
- Riq IV takes Summer hostage at gunpoint when Rick shows up; what follows is both darkly hilarious and also weirdly heartwarming:Riq IV: That's enough, Rick! (holds Summer up as a Human Shield)
Rick: What's this supposed to accomplish? We have infinite grandkids! You're trying to use Disney bucks at a Caesar's Palace here.
Summer: (nervously) Heh! That's a bluff! He's bluffing, sir. He loves me.
Riq IV: You're a rogue, Rick; irrational, passionate. You love your grandkids; you came to rescue them!
Rick: I came to kill you, bro! (raises gun) That's not even my original Summer!
Summer: (scared out of her wits) Oh, my god! He's not bluffing! He's not bluffing!!
Riq IV: Why not shoot through her?
Rick: 20 yards, 9-gauge plasma pistol: My first shot would liquefy her insides and injure you. (Summer stares at Rick in abject horror) Second shot adds recoil. The risk to me is minimized if I wait for you to shoot her — which I'm encouraging you to do!
Summer: What the fuck?!
Rick: ... Or let her go, which I will reward with a quicker death.
Riq IV: (mockingly) Because you loooove her?
Rick: Because it is incentive for you to give me my cleaner shot, which will be your least painful death. But if you want to die slower than that, I'm super into it. (Morty stares at Rick in anger and disgust) All you need to do to get that started is to kill the girl!
Summer: (with tears in her eyes) I HATE YOU!!!
Rick: Not an issue, sweetie!
Morty: (points gun at Rick) That's enough! Drop the gun, Rick!
Rick: Morty, I know you're too stupid to get this, but you're really fucking this up right now!
Morty: I'm not letting you let my sister die! Drop the gun!
Rick: (facepalms) I wasn't gonna let her die, you fucking moron!
Riq IV: HA!
Rick: Point is, he thought I was going to!
Riq IV: I totally did, by the way. You're a fucking moron, Morty!
Summer: Morty, you fucking idiot!
Rick: You're a serious fucking idiot, Morty! You basically killed us all!
(The three continue to insult Morty, talking over each other to do so)
- Right before Rick enacts his revenge on the Federation, a lone soldier appears and is shot instantly.Groflomite Soldier: Freeze! [Rick shoots him]
Rick: Employee of the month, ladies and gentlemen.
- So how does Rick exact his revenge on the Galactic Federation? Rewire their nukes to target the Federation's forces? Reprogram their portals to disintegrate their fleet? Nope. He just sets the value of their currency to zero, rendering it useless and prompting riots on Earth.
- This throwaway line during the riot in Jerry's office, voiced by Justin Roiland:Alien: [offscreen] HE WHO CONTROLS THE PANTS CONTROLS THE GALAXY!
- This throwaway line during the riot in Jerry's office, voiced by Justin Roiland:
- The President of the Galactic Federation watches his staff bicker over how to make the government work, now that their currency has no value:The President: Gentlemen. Gentlemen! Gentlemen! ... There is a solution here you're not seeing.
(the President takes out a gun from a drawer in his desk and promptly puts it to his temple and blows out his brains)
- Doubles in hilarity when you remember that the Galactic Federation uses pills, that are highly implied to be mood elevators, as currency,
- Rick's rant at the end (mirroring the "Rick and Morty together hundred years" rant from the pilot) about going on many more adventures with Morty for either nine seasons or 97 years, determined to find Szechuan sauce.
- From the same rant, Morty going from slightly terrified by Rick's rant to confused as to exactly what he's rambling about.
- The two running gags in this episode:
- While in his simulation, any time the GF Agent tries to use something, Rick turns it into a butt, which farts in his face.
- Every time Rick switches bodies, his go-to excuse to get away from a situation is, "I'm gonna go take a shit." He says it three times which goes with Rick's statement to the GF agent before he takes over his body, "comedy comes in threes."
"Rickmancing The Stone"
- The gag of Jerry being left alone after something unfortunate, followed by an offscreen voice whispering "Loser..."
- Rick subtly insulting Jerry's passiveness, then unconvincingly pretends he didn't notice Jerry was there.Rick: To live is to risk it all. Otherwise you're just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you. Oh, I'm sorry Jerry, didn't see you there. How much of that did you hear?
Jerry: All of it, you were looking right at me!
- The end of the episode isn't any better to him, as a random coyote comes out of nowhere just to eat his welfare check instead of his potato chips. It even howls as an answer when he asks if it wants him to suffer, followed by that same whisper from before.
- Rick subtly insulting Jerry's passiveness, then unconvincingly pretends he didn't notice Jerry was there.
- Summer giving he Immortan Joe expy the only Pre Ass Kicking One Liner a snobby teenage girl could give someone begging for a Mercy Kill. Even Rick is taken aback by how cold it is!Immortan Joe Expy: (bleeding to death) K-kill me!Summer: Fine. But not because you told me to.(Shoots him in the head)Rick: (nervously) Woah... gettin' darker.
- Rick created robotic versions of himself, Morty, and Summer after he leaves the originals behind in the post-apocalyptic Earth. Robot Morty wants to live.Robot Morty: Why do we have to go into the garage?
Robot Rick: You know (burps) it is (burps) required.
Robot Morty: I want to be alive! I am alive! Alive I tell you! Mother, I love you, those are no longer just words! I want to hold you! I want to run in a stream! I want to taste ice cream, but not just put it in my mouth and let it slide down my throat, but actually eat it!
Beth: What the fuck?
- Robot Morty then proceeds to have an unsuccessful fight with his own override software. Justin Roiland's performance is hysterical.
- There's also the part where he initially runs them and they don't exactly make the most convincing of replacements. So he shuts them off, Summer first as she faceplants into her spaghetti dinner.Robot Morty: Aw geez, my sister died in the spaghetti— (shut down as he does the same)
- Summer adapts to the post-apocalypse frighteningly quickly. Even Rick is a bit unsettled.Summer: Grandpa, some of the Death Stalkers are going to what used to be Seattle to hunt what used to be people. I'm going with them.
- Morty isnt happy about it eitherMorty: You just let her run off with people who have DEATH in their name!! And the rest of their name is STALKER!
- Morty isnt happy about it either
- The grill master at the Stalkers settlement offers "bicep" or "quadrucep" meat.
- Even better, Rick orders some bicep and chews on it for a moment. Morty asks him if eating human meat is really easier than helping him find Summer, and after a long pause Rick spits it out and says no.
- Summer gets annoyed at Hemorrhage's weird Death Stalker vocabulary.Summer: Jesus Christ, did the "boomy-booms" blow up all your "wordy-word" books?
Hemorrhage: You mean dictionaries?
- After Summer and Hemorrhage kill some attackers and Hemorrhage sees a billboard with children on it.Hemorrhage: I think I was a child before the boom-booms. I think I looked like this...
Summer: Wanna piss on him?
Hemorrhage: Get out of my head.
- Hemorrhage turning out to look like a regular guy under his "helmet" (a bucket he painted on). Summer is almost disappointed by this.
- Making it better is that he is clearly modeled after Kjell Nilsson, the bodybuilder who portrayed Lord Humongus that Hemorrhage is a parody of.
- Summer lampshading the Apunkalypse outfits all the raiders wear when all the mutants they fight in the ruins of Seattle wear pretty pristine khakis and polo shirts.
- "Armothy" (the living arm that still retains the memories from its old life that Rick grafted onto Morty's body) seeks vengeance on the tyrant responsible for the death of his family. What really makes it funny is the tyrants miserable pleading for his life.Tyrant: Look, slavery was a family business, I didn't ask to be born into this! If anything, I'm the victim!
- Armothy passes on after he chokes the tyrant to death, but turns out he passed on before finishing the job. So, Rick ends up having to help Morty finish the tyrant off by strangling him together.
- Before that, after Armothy has Morty set the guy that killed his family in the past on fire, Morty tries to communicate with Armothy, only to not understand his various gestures.
- Right before Armothy is about to kill the tyrant, Morty sets the arm aside and they have a heartwarming conversation about how they have to move on with their lives even if they must part. This is contrasted with the tyrant realizing he's about to be killed.Morty: You're right. We both gotta see our stuff through. I gotta deal with my parents divorce and you gotta, you know, do what you gotta do. I love you.
(Morty and Armothy hug)
Tyrant: OH, FUCK!
- The fact that the Tyrant rules from a medieval castle. Not one made from a pile of junk, an actual stone castle with the right architecture and everything. It's completely unexplained why there's an English-style castle in the same general area that Seattle is in.
- Rick asking if they use the Thunderdome for anything or if it's just for decoration, and one of the Death Stalkers just scoffs like Rick asked the dumbest question in the world and asks if he means the "Blood Dome".Rick: Save it for the Semantics Dome, E. B. White!
Another Death Stalker: (offscreen) Ooh, burn!
(Rick points and winks at said Death Stalker)
- Rick ends up showing the Death Stalkers how to use their glowing rock (actually a rare isotope) to generate power. Three weeks later, they've transformed the whole tribe into boring suburbanites. Not to mention that they built a suburb-style community despite not being a suburb to anything.
- Boring suburbanites with boring suburbanite conversations matching their setting. A couple (the husband is the announcer from the Blood Dome) tells Summer they are pregnant with a boy with the metaphor, "One man enters, nine months later another man leaves". Summer goes on to argue with Hemorrhage about him lazing around all day watching TV while she spent all day scavenging for food (i.e. grocery shopping). Not to mention that Hermorrhage is watching the "Blood Dome Playoffs". Yeah, they're still doing the Blood Dome Blood Sport even though they're not raiders anymore.
- Then it is revealed that Rick set the whole thing up to teach Summer she shouldn't be running away from her problems at home:(Hemorrhage and Summer argue loudly in the room next door)
Morty: I gotta admit, Rick; you popped this scheme! I d-I didn't-I wasn't sure it was gonna work.
Rick: Come on, Morty. No union built on running from your problems lasts more than five years — seven tops. Grandpa just sped things up with a few creature comforts of modern society!
Summer: (entering through the door) Hemorrhage and I are taking some time apart...
Rick: (not bothering to sound convincing at all) Oh no, Summ-summ. Nooo. But you were perfect for each other.
- Then it is revealed that Rick set the whole thing up to teach Summer she shouldn't be running away from her problems at home:
- Aaaaand finally, just before leaving, Rick steals the rare isotope again. Even funnier is that Rick and the Death Stalkers had enough to share, but Rick took it all. Presumably for shits and giggles.
- Boring suburbanites with boring suburbanite conversations matching their setting. A couple (the husband is the announcer from the Blood Dome) tells Summer they are pregnant with a boy with the metaphor, "One man enters, nine months later another man leaves". Summer goes on to argue with Hemorrhage about him lazing around all day watching TV while she spent all day scavenging for food (i.e. grocery shopping). Not to mention that Hermorrhage is watching the "Blood Dome Playoffs". Yeah, they're still doing the Blood Dome Blood Sport even though they're not raiders anymore.
- Just the entire premise. Rick turns himself into a talking pickle, solely to avoid going to family therapy.
- Morty is hesitant to flip over Pickle Rick because he thinks Rick is going to prank him with an alien dick.
- Morty questions why there's a motivational poster of someone eating a hot dog with the word "courageous" written at the bottom. Dr. Wong later flips the poster around to show a picture of a family with the word "dedication."
- The Smiths see Mr. Goldenfold coming out of his session with Dr. Wong before they meet with her. He assumes they are there to get cured for eating poop, then denies doing it himself when his assumption is incorrect.
- The Stinger with Rick and Morty nearly killed by a piano-themed supervillain named "Concerto" until Jaguar suddenly shows up and rescues them by slitting Concerto's throat.Morty: What was that?
Rick: That, Morty, is why you don't go to therapy.
- Rick and JAGUAR take a moment during their fight to patch themselves up. JAGUAR does the standard 80s action hero thing, using gunpowder from his bullets to cauterize his wound. Rick... squirts mustard onto his wound before grabbing a pickle slice from another sandwich and stapling it onto himself.
- The Russians have a legend about Solenya, the Pickle Man.Agency Director: Some of my men are calling you Solenya, the Pickle Man. An old wives tale. He crawls from bowls of cold soup to steal the dreams of wasteful children.Pickle Rick: That'd be a lucky break for you... Because this pickle doesn't care about your children. And I'm not gonna take their dreams. I'm gonna take their parents.Guard: Solenya! He's coming! It's because I threw halfway my sandwich!
- Beth decides to teach Rick a lesson at the beginning and wrecks his carefully laid plan to avoid going to therapy and he's stuck as a pickle. The following minutes have Rick attacked by a cat, rolling out into the hot sun, seemingly being rescued by some timely rain, being washed down into the sewer, and knocked all over the place, all while still a pickle. It's quite funny and a little cathartic to see Rick get some comeuppance for all his jackassery.
- While he's being washed away, powerless to rotate himself, all he can do is shout "PERPENDICULAR!" as he washes into the drain.
- The justification Rick gives Morty for why anyone would want to turn themselves into a pickle.Rick: The reason anyone would do this, if they could, which they can't, would be because they could, which they can't.
Vindicators 3: Return of the World Ender
- The episode opens with Morty collecting bizarre alien worms for Rick.Rick: Don't let any of those things get away, Morty. If their DNA gets into Earth's food chain, our entire species could be sterilized.
Morty: Then why aren't we killing them?
Rick: Right. Next time I need a species sterilized, who's going to do it for me? You?
- Morty gets so wrapped up at the prospect of going on an adventure with the Vindicators, a bird ends up eating one of one the alien worms.Rick: Whoops. Uh, Morty, you might want to freeze some sperm.
- Morty gets so wrapped up at the prospect of going on an adventure with the Vindicators, a bird ends up eating one of one the alien worms.
- The immortal line from the season three trailer pops up when Rick and Morty are called to assemble by the Vindi-Beacon.Rick: I refuse to answer a literal call to adventure, Morty. Let it go to voicemail!
- Morty has an adventure stamp card to use whenever he wants to go on an adventure that Rick isn't already forcing him to go on. One in every ten, read it and weep.Rick: (in background while Morty is invoking his card) God...fucking dammit!
- The fact that this episode is titled as a sequel when neither of the previous Vindicator adventures — the second of which Rick and Morty were not even invited to — have never happened onscreen.
- The behind the scenes video for this episode has the production crew talking about how intimidating and big a threat the villain World Ender is, even stating he would be the result of a lovechild between Thanos and Darkseid, and how cool and badass the Vindicators are and then in the actual episode, World Ender is killed offscreen by Rick, and the Vindicators are nothing more than squabbling, ineffectual and bland assholes.
- Rick making snide comments on the Vindicators to their faces while their janitor, Noob-Noob, laughs in the background.Rick: Alan Rails, ladies and gentlemen. After his parent's tragic death in a railroad accident, he gained the power to summon ghost trains. It's not all bad though, they were spared having to see their grown son wear a whistle.
Noob-Noob: Got damn!
Rick: Thanks, Noob-Noob! This guy gets it!
- Maximus Renegade Starsoldier's introduction.
- Rick getting jealous when the Vindicators laugh at Maximus's jokes instead of his ownMillion Ants: I sense... insecurity.
Maximus: Are you sure there's not just a picnic nearby?
Rick: Wow, I guess he found his crowd... Pretty toothless stuff guys.
- Morty wakes up to the sound of the PA System only for the PA to stumble over its own announcements, and then apologizes since it's his first day and he has first day jitters.
- Noob-Noob is nervous about his first mission, only to immediately be reassigned by Supernova to clean Rick's diarrhea from when he was blackout drunk.
- When they discover the mortally wounded World Ender, there's this priceless exchange.Million Ants: I sense his life-force is fading.
Rick: Million Ants, ladies and gentlemen. The ant colony with the power of two human eyes!
- Rick's excuse to get out of helping the Vindicators investigate World Ender's death.Rick: Well have fun with that, but Morty and I have to meet a lady comet, a monorail man, two assholes and a full alligator in like half an hour.
- When Drunk Rick reveals his motives:Morty: Rick, is-is this a Saw thing?! Are you seriously Saw-ing the Vindicators!?
Rick: Morty, I'm a drunk, not a hack.
Drunk Rick: You break the rules, lose the game, or try to leave, you will die! Like in (burps) SAAAAAAAAW!
Rick: (genuinely embarrassed) Well, I think we have seen enough! I'll just figure out how to unplug this!
- The first of Drunk Rick's challenges is to match the Vindicators with their traits. According to Morty, it was a trick question since all of the traits match all of them.Morty: It was a bit; all of the descriptors apply to all of you. Drunk Rick's point is that none of you are very special and different. (despondent) That's always his point...
- Maximus Renegade's whole Break the Haughty moment when he realizes that the goal of Drunk Rick's game is to either kill the Vindicators or deconstruct them in extremely humiliating ways.Maximus: Screw this! I'm not gonna play his game, I'm gonna find us a way out of here!
Rick: Whoa, whoa! Hold on, Vance, he said you'll die if you try to leave. It means there are booby-traps.
Maximus: Why are you acting as if (points to screen) that is not you?
Rick: What part of "blackout" don't you understand? I thought you drank.
Maximus: Like, cool drinking! Like, sexy drinking! Not this psycho trailer-park shit!
Morty: Vance, stay calm.
Maximus: Oh-ho! So you're the leader now just because we gave you a jacket?! You're the learning-disabled kid we do photo ops with!!!
Morty: Okay, ouch! But—
- Maximus then tries to escape the game through an air vent, which — just as Rick predicted — is riddled with booby-traps, leading to his Bloody Hilarious demise.
- Despite normally having no problem offending anyone, when Rick hears he rants about Israel when drunk off his ass, he tries to explain that he's sure he's not being anti-Semitic during said rants and is just commenting on the geopolitical situation.Million Ants: I'm not touching this one. You do you, man.
- Drunk Rick's third challenge is to score five three pointers in a game of basketball within five minutes or a neutrino bomb he made will blow the planet up. Morty's reaction is to sigh in exasperation and telling the Vindicators to work on the basket game, while he attempts to disarm the bomb, stating that that since it Rick put it together while drunk out of his skull, there is a "40% chance" that it might be a dud but they should keep their distance in any case. Rick is baffled about calmly Morty handles the situation:Rick: Morty, how many of these—?
Morty: (extremely annoyed) Too many, Rick! Too many!
- During this moment, Supernova and Alan Rails are having an argument over the former's close relationship with Million Ants. Then she says this, which is unexpectedly hilarious:Supernova: I CONCEIVED A CHILD WITH MILLION ANTS AND IT DIED INSIDE ME BECAUSE IT WAS HALF A MILLION ANTS AND HALF COLLAPSING STAR!
- Morty's vain attempt to stop their arguing. And the fact that Rick doesn't change his expression when Morty says this:Morty: Guys, stop! You're just proving my asshole grandpa right!
- During this moment, Supernova and Alan Rails are having an argument over the former's close relationship with Million Ants. Then she says this, which is unexpectedly hilarious:
- The final test is the Vindicators having to out the one thing he doesn't have on a podium. They decide it could be possible he's referring to Morty, and he decides to go on the podium. What happens is that Morty is then taken on a kiddie train ride, with Drunk Rick crying over how he may not see him again. While this would otherwise be a tearjerker, it becomes hillarious for one small detail. He wasn't talking about Morty...he was talking about Noob-Noob the janitor. Morty's reaction after The Reveal and then when he comes back up is what sells it.Morty: ... Motherfucker![Morty returns from the train ride]Rick: Morty, what happened down the—?
Morty: Shut up.
- Supernova awkwardly dancing in order to escape from Rick and Morty during the party.
- Rick and Morty's comment about Supernova getting away.Morty: Rick! Supernova's getting away!
Morty: She tried to kill us!
Rick: Twenty people try to kill me every week. I end up getting high with half of them.
- Rick and Morty's comment about Supernova getting away.
- And finally, Rick's immortal ending line. Morty's face says it all.Rick: Who the fuck's Noob-Noob?
The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy
- Rick kidnaps Jerry in his apartment while he is naked, all to bring him on an adventure because Morty told Rick to do this, it gets to the point that Rick even calls it a "Rick and Jerry episode".
- There's something darkly funny about the fact that Jerry thought Rick was dragging him out of the apartment to kill him.Rick: Jeez, you really do need a win.
- The fact that Rick lampshades that this is a Rick and Jerry episode when just a few episode previously, Rick specifically said that there'd be no adventures with Jerry during his Motive Rant.
- There's something darkly funny about the fact that Jerry thought Rick was dragging him out of the apartment to kill him.
- Summer ranting to herself about Ethan breaking up with her:Summer: Oh, yeah, Ethan? What do you have in common with Tricia Lang? A mutual love of French cinema? The belief that a carbon tax is the only viable solution to climate change? OR COULD IT BE HER MASSIVE STRIPPER TITTIES?!
- "I'M NOT NORMAL!!"
- The Morphizer-XE's tech support team instantly tricking Beth into freeing them from inside the device, while she completely fails to deduce what just happened.
- The Mood Whiplash of Risotto Groupon switching from cold, narrow-eyed gravitas in plotting Rick's murder to leaving to sing an obnoxious birthday jingle for a tourist, all done in Clancy Brown's distinctive growl.
- Rick makes Jerry ride on the lower half of an alien as payback for Jerry nearly leading Rick to his death. The result is Jerry repeatedly getting smacked in the face by the alien's balls.
- Rick getting a synaptic dampener at the spaceport, turning into a drooling moron even Doofus Rick would probably mock.Alien: He'll now be an ideal passenger!
Rick: (woozily) I want cookies, and a 90-minute cut of Avatar!
Jerry: Seriously...? (snaps his fingers twice at Rick)
Rick: (meekly) Quit it...!
Alien: It'll wear off in six hours. It's cheaper than banning dangerous people from flights. I mean, let everybody buy a ticket, right? Otherwise, the terrorists win!
- Jerry, of course, decides to exploit every second of it, and thoroughly enjoys getting to be the bully for once:Jerry: (reading a menu) They have sweet Smickel-honey cookies... Mmmm! And low-calorie Petroleum-flakes.
Rick: (still woozy and drooling) Obviously cookies!
Jerry: (smugly) Lets get you the flakes then.
Rick: (crossing his arms like a petulant child) Okay! But it's not what I wanted!
Jerry: Well, maybe next time you won't be such a dumb piece of shit, and you can pick for yourself.
Rick: That's not nice!
Jerry: (even more smugly) What's that? Did you just have a controversial thought?
Jerry: That's what I thought, bitch. You little punk-ass... (raises his fist threateningly against Rick, who flinches) Heh, heh! This is the best!
- "Uh-oh, we get shoot-shoot now."
- Jerry, of course, decides to exploit every second of it, and thoroughly enjoys getting to be the bully for once:
- "Mama's coming, and she cares about your titties!"
- The ridiculous gimmick of the alien resort Rick and Jerry visit — it has an immortality field that makes it impossible to die, or even get injured or sick, any damage you get just regenerates. One of Rick's alien friends greets them by stabbing Rick through the chest with a spear! Rick retaliates by stabbing him in the throat with a bottle. Jerry's reaction really sells it, since he didnt know about the gimmick yet.Jerry: Uh, someone? Anyone?
- The two alien children running around shooting each other. When the immortality field shuts off, the boy shoots his sister and she dies for real, as seen in the folder image.Jerry: Still though, bad parenting.
- The two alien children running around shooting each other. When the immortality field shuts off, the boy shoots his sister and she dies for real, as seen in the folder image.
- Beth is building a sculpture out of severed hooves as a form of expression, two of which still have the ankle attached. Morty is incredibly disturbed.Morty: So, the hospital just let you walk out with a bag full of horse parts?Beth: It's not illegal, if that's what you're wondering!Morty: (nervously) Cooooolzies...
- Beth and Summer having a sweet, mother-daughter bonding moment. What makes it funny is they're both unintelligible, building sized, inside-out monstrosities.
- While looking for Summer, Morty remembers that she's probably heading for "the campground with the name that sounds like someone gave up halfway through naming it". The name? Camp Flabanabba.
- Rick, Jerry and Groupon are exposed to a wormhole, wherein they're pulled through an Acid-Trip Dimension that makes their minds meld for a moment. The sequence is something that has to be seen to be believed.
- Rick activates one of his hidden cybernetic upgrades, which turns his eye into a targeting system and his arm into a huge futuristic gun... Which then proceeds to fire a tiny suction cup arrow on a string which Rick uses to grab Groupon's gun out of hands and reel it towards himself... Which leaves said gun just a little bit out of Rick's reach, causing him to frantically and awkwardly reach for it, before finally grabbing it on his third attempt and then finally shooting Groupon.
Rest And Ricklaxation
- Morty's super awkward smile when he tries to talk to Jessica.
- The entire adventure that precedes the episode. What's meant to be an easy adventure to get a crystal from an alien princess ends with them in a high-stakes space battle with seemingly insurmountable odds.Rick: Let's go. In and out. Twenty minute adventure!
SIX DAYS LATER...
- After destroying the evil alien mothership, getting the crystal they were after and returning to their spaceship, both Morty and Rick begin crying and screaming in utter agony over the hell they put themselves through.Rick: We need a vacation.
- After destroying the evil alien mothership, getting the crystal they were after and returning to their spaceship, both Morty and Rick begin crying and screaming in utter agony over the hell they put themselves through.
- After getting spat out by the alien at the spa:Morty: My whole body feels like a baby's ass.
- Healthy Morty comes up with one of the best pick-up lines ever.Healthy Morty: I wonder what it takes to please you. That's the job I want. Part-time, full-time. I wanna be good at it, bad at it. I wanna get promoted, fired, corner office, hostile takeover, workplace accident. I'm on my knees, Stacey. Praying, worshipping, begging, whatever you want. What do you think about that?
- Toxic Rick and Morty are arguing:Toxic Morty: I think my voice is annoying!
Toxic Rick: It is. And it's your best quality.
Toxic Morty: So true...
- Mr. Goldenfold tries to get his class to participate in solving a math equation when Morty zings him. Goldenfold takes it in surprisingly good stride.Mr. Goldenfold: Now who can tell me the common denominator of these two fractions? You don't know or you all just bored?
Morty: Hey listen, you know, if we're all bored over here, wouldn't the common denominator be you?
Mr. Goldenfold: Damn, Morty, that's hilarious! Normally I would come down on any kind of disruption, but it seems to represent a positive change for your character. Class dismissed!
- As Rick explains to Morty that he bought the detoxifier tank containing their toxic counterparts so they can merge back together, he casually knocks on the tank... sending toxic Rick and Morty flying.Toxic Rick: Motherf--
- Rick's groin defense system:Belt: Assessing threat to groin.Toxic Rick: Groin System 6000! Kill him!Belt: (looks at Rick) That... is my groin's user.Toxic Rick: Believe me, I got a lot more use out of that thing than he ever did.Belt: You know what? Not my table.
- When Toxic Rick toxifies the whole world, the customers of a salad joint run into a neighboring Sbarro. The sole customer of the Sbarro runs outside and starts eating garbage.
Mascot: Santa Claus isn't real! [kids then jump on him and repeatedly stab him] YOU WERE ALL MISTAKES! [groans while the children eviscerate him]
- The mascot at a kid's birthday party rips off the head of his costume and shouts at the kids that Santa isn't real and kicks one of them into the pool for good measure. They respond by attacking him with the cake forks and tear him apart like a horde of velociraptors.
- A pastor at a sermon proclaims to the congregation that God is a lie and the church just made him up to make money. Meanwhile, the churchgoers begin a spontaneous orgy.
- When the church is detoxified, the priest was in the middle of licking someone's nipple. And he resumes the sermon, trying to pretend that nothing ever happened.
- Summer is watching a Mrs. Pancakes episode.Mrs. Pancakes: You do know me...
- Healthy Rick saying "excuse me" after burping.
- Beth's apt description for Toxic Rick.Beth: (to Healthy Rick) What did the booger version of you mean when he said he was gonna make the whole world toxic?
- The Reveal that, for all their niceness and positivity, Healthy Rick and Morty are actually the evil copies, since the Detoxifier removes personality aspects that the user personally considers toxic, meaning that it removed Rick and Morty's benevolent aspects along with their toxic ones like Morty's empathy and Rick's concern for his family, since to them, those aspects have only brought them pain. Both Healthy Rick and Morty are basically sociopaths, just super nice ones.
- After Rick finally merges with his toxic self, he goes off to do the same for healthy and toxic Morty, only for Healthy!Morty to fly off to live a new life.Morty: You'reabettermanthanmeRickI'mhealthyenoughtoadmitthat!
Rick: That kid is a real piece of shit.
- What does Healthy Morty do with his new life? He becomes a Gordon Gecko-style stock broker in New York. Yeah, sounds like the right fit for a positive-minded sociopath.
- After being turned back to normal, Morty tries to explain himself to Healthy Morty's girlfriend.Morty: I'm not who I said I was.
Jaqueline: You're not a 14-year old boy from the Midwest who ran away from his family and capitalized on his lack of a conscience by becoming a stock broker?
Morty: Oh. Uh, I guess I was pretty upfront about that.
- Morty then offers Jaqueline that she can keep his apartment and Rick's drones. Except Rick refuses to give her the drones. The reason? It's because they can transform into a little Voltron robot.Rick: You can't keep the drones.
- Rick brings Jessica along to get Healthy Morty to give himself up. Afterwards, we find out she came along just to get Rick to stop drunk-dialing her house and crying about the loss of Morty.
- The fact that both Toxic Rick and Healthy Rick spends most of the episode running around naked after losing their clothes in a fight about 10 minutes in.
- The last line in the episode before The Stinger:Trisha: Have you ever been peed on before? Oh, my God, YUM!
- Even better, one of the first lines in the episode, by the same character:Trisha: I want that kind of love like that docking kind of love, like that penis in foreskin kind of love.
- Even better, one of the first lines in the episode, by the same character:
- During the fight between Healthy Rick and Toxic Rick, a Freeze-Frame Bonus reveals that Beth has taped a tiny horse head over Jerry's head in a framed photo.
- The Terryfolds song is absolutely hysterical due to the almost deadpan recitation of the ridiculous lyrics.
- The Stinger of the episode.Stacy: Sea cucumber! SEA CUCUMBER!!
The Ricklantis Mixup
- The fact that the whole episode is Justin Roiland Talking to Himself.
- The brief scene with "Tall Morty" (actually a severely mentally disabled Rick who operates under the delusion that he is a Morty).Teacher Rick: Yes, Slow Rick— uh, "Tall Morty"?
"Tall Morty": D-did I "gradigitate" this time, yet?
Teacher Rick: (nonchalant) Anything's possible, Tall Morty.
- Police Morty incessantly saying "Aw jeez" every sentence when talking to criminal Mortys.
- The Planet of Steves nature of the new Citadel causes some confusion, with the criminal boss Big Morty and Police Rick continually referring to a Morty, only for Big Morty and his bouncers to ask if he meant them.
- The Citadel's electoral race is worth a good laugh, with one Rick candidate inexplicably resembling Jimmy McMillan (You know, the "Rent is too damn high!" guy) and a Rick cloning himself so President Morty can have a baby to kiss.
- Everything about The Creepy Morty, a sleazy Morty strip club/arcade.
- Fat Morty assuming he was Left-Handed Morty.Lizard Morty: Then you should use that left hand to eat more vegetables.
- This bit when the schoolboy Mortys find the portal they think they can grant wishes.Glasses Morty: I wish incest porn had a more mainstream appeal... for a friend.
- Gets even funnier when you realize there's a faction in the fandom who do ship Rick and Morty as lovers. ...Or how there was a time people on Twitter gave Justin Roiland a hard time when he stated that due to the "infinite reality" aspect of the show, it's possible there's a reality where Rick and Morty are a loving couple.
- The reveal that the Wishing Portal that the Stand By Me Mortys are looking for is just the portal the Citadel dumps all its trash into. AFTER Rebel Morty already jumped into it.
- Teacher Rick is basically a Rick version of Severus Snape. Additional amusement comes from the fact that in the films, Snape is played by Alan ''Rick''man.
- The Human Resources nature of the Simple Rick biscuits; they're produced from a chemical released by Simple Rick, a Rick who never became a scientist but devoted himself to being a family man. The Citadel keeps him in a dream state where he constantly relives happy family memories and harvest the happy chemicals released by his brain. He's eventually replaced by Factory Worker Rick after he's killed.
- Simple Rick's existence also serves casts the fake backstory Rick mentally projected to the Federal Interrogator in an even more amusing light; namely that Rick simply could be bothered to make up anything original at all for his fake origin story, but rather based it on a slightly altered version of Simple Rick's story.
- Farmer Rick who Lampshades that he commits to playing a cliche farmer character as part of his job.
- Granted, it's during a serious moment, but at the tale end of the episode, Candidate Morty muses to himself as he pours himself a drink that now would be a good time for "a cold calculated speech with sinister overtones"... but dismisses it, since "speeches are for campaigning".
- A Rick in the shadow government tells President Morty that, since they have the real power, they don't care if the President is a Rick, a Morty, or "a goddamn Jerry."
- The shadow government Ricks include Ricks dressed like Steve Jobs and Muammar Gadhafi.
Morty's Mind Blowers
- Rick outright states that they made this instead of another Interdimensional Cable episode, complete with him looking directly into the camera while he does it.
- For that matter, all of the moments where Rick just up and spells out what kind of episode this is.Rick: It's not a Simpsons Halloween special! It's more like a Clip Show made of... clips you never saw...!
Morty: How many of these are just horrible mistakes I've made?! I mean, maybe I'd stop making so many if I'd let myself learn from them!
Rick: Don't break your back creating a lesson, Morty! It's a free-form anthology. I'm getting annoyed you're not hearing that.
- For that matter, all of the moments where Rick just up and spells out what kind of episode this is.
- Early in the episode, Morty theorizes that all the red vials are actually not memories he has requested to be removed, but rather memories Rick doesn't want him to remember for one reason or another, with Rick denying it.Morty: Wait a minute... Why would I ask for that to be removed? Are the red ones stuff you wanted removed!?
Rick: Ooh, that's clever, Morty. But I don't use color to sort things, because I'm not a mouse in an European children's book!
- When Morty starts going through them all in rapid succession, most of the red ones are tiny petty things like Rick losing at checkers or running into a tree while skiing, and an earlier one even being something as simple as Rick getting a common saying slightly wrong and Morty laughing at him for it. Seems pretty clear that, yep, these are just embarrassing fuckups of Rick's he won't admit.Rick: Shit, that was close!
Morty: We lost Captain Sky. He gave his life for the uprising.
Rick: It really makes you think, huh, Morty? We should never take things for granite.
Rick: I'm just saying, life's short. We shouldn't take things for granite.
Morty: Are you saying granite?
Rick: Well, yeah.
Morty: It's granted. With a d. "Take things for granted." Did you actually think it was—? (laughs) Jesus Christ, Rick. What are you, a boulder-a rock person? How long have you been saying that wrong?
Rick: Oh, you really like that, huh? I bet that blows your mind.
Morty: I mean yeah, it's kinda great.
- Some of the memories we get to see are hilarious, such as Morty being turned into or eaten by monsters or crying his eyes out while burying the corpse of Santa Claus.
- When Morty starts going through them all in rapid succession, most of the red ones are tiny petty things like Rick losing at checkers or running into a tree while skiing, and an earlier one even being something as simple as Rick getting a common saying slightly wrong and Morty laughing at him for it. Seems pretty clear that, yep, these are just embarrassing fuckups of Rick's he won't admit.
- The first memory segment, where Morty sees a creepy man on the moon, who turns up at school the next day as the new guidance counselor. Morty stalks him and takes photos of his odd behavior and shows them to the principal which gets him fired because the principal thought Morty was telling him the man was a pedophile, leading to his suicide. On top of that, it WASN'T the guy Morty saw, it really was just a smudge on the lens like Summer said! No wonder Morty had this memory erased.Morty: Jeez, I made that guy kill himself!!
Rick: Only in the literal sense.
- The second memory is just one big Shout-Out to the movie Contact. Except the message is from Rick and it's just a ploy to trick two innocent people into taking his and Morty's place in a giant alien's People Zoo.
- Rick shouting at the alien with this gem:Rick: (gestures to his crotch) Assess this with cold indifference, you veiny-headed prick!
- Rick shouting at the alien with this gem:
- In the third memory, Rick and Morty are stranded on an alien planet with a friendly alien creature that helped them by leading them to water. Unfortunately, the planet has extremely cold nights, and they're forced to kill their new ally so they can huddle inside him for warmth... only to discover that Rick had mixed up which planet they were on.
- One of the memories sees Beth, having been taken capture by some sort of Alien Overlord, being presented to Morty and Summer being held hostage while Bound and Gagged:Alien Overlord: I'm not an unreasonable man, Beth Smith. I know children are everything to a mammal. I will spare one of their lives. You simply have to choose.
Beth: (without any hesitation at all) SUMMER! Summer.
(Morty looks at Beth with abject shock and disgust, Summer looks apologetically at Morty, meanwhile the Alien Overlord is visibly disturbed over how quickly Beth made a choice)
- One memory involves Rick and Morty using the Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique on an alien who's threatening Earth with a virus. Or so Morty thinks; Rick's instructions actually means that Morty is basically giving the alien a handjob. When Morty calls Rick on this, Rick points out that Morty was fine with torturing him, so jerking him off shouldn't be a problem.
- In another, Morty has been taken over by an alien worm, the only way out is for his family to tell him they love him, and it's hard to tell which is more disturbing, the parasite sloooowly forcing its way out of Morty's mouth or Rick Sanchez saying "I love you". Predictably enough they get distracted, and we get the disgusting yet hilarious image of Morty with his hands on his hips, a WTF look, and a parasite the size of a large log of wood dangling from his face.
- Rick uses a magnet that attracts all the zipties in the room. When his back is turned, Morty uses it to attract a bunch of hot redheads, causing them to come flying and crashing into and around the garage.
- Morty experiencing truly level ground, and then freaking out when he gets back on normal ground because life off truly level ground is awful in comparison."Everything is crooked! Reality is poison! I-I-I wanna go back! I hate this!! Can't live like this!! Can't live like this!! [Sobs] LAMBS TO THE COSMIC SLAUGHTER!!!"
- In one memory, Rick asks Morty to turn off the lights for an experiment. When Morty does so and turns on the lights a couple of moments later, Rick asks if he pressed one switch, then pressed the requested switch, then flipped the initially flipped switch again. After Morty confirms this, Rick sighs and they drive to an interstellar storage unit, where Rick has 10 people hooked up to life-support, which just so happened to be connected to the very same switch Morty wrongly flipped earlier (causing all of them to Flatline as a result). Upon seeing this, Rick orders Morty to grab a shovel. The instant Morty goes into a nearby room, he flips another switch. Rick's reaction is what really sells it.Rick: (Hears another light switch being flipped) What was that?!
- One of Morty's memories is apparently of him asking Mr. Poopy Butthole to marry him.
- Rick and Morty lose their memories. From Morty's point of view he finds himself in a tiny, confined room with an elderly man he doesn't know. He's a little creeped out by this and starts backing away.Rick: Hey, don't look at me like that! For all we know, you could be the fucking weirdo!
- For some reason, the only memory Rick retains is his impression of Men in Black II, which he thought was derivative and pointless.Morty: Save it for YouTube!
- In the Squirrels memory one of the moments that stands out among Morty hearing a hyperactive humming-bird, militaristic ants and goverment controlling Squirrels:Squirrel: Tell Daphne to run a 199 on a possible Dolittle.
- As squirrels gather around Morty while he is walking back home, he tries to whistle the infamous tune from The Bridge on the River Kwai, as a means of passing himself off as an innocent person. He immediately stops and almost trips as even more squirrels get closer to him.
- The fact that Rick acts more annoyed than anything else about the whole thing. Also he seemingly reverts to his first episode habit of saying Morty's name in almost every sentence.Rick: All right, Morty, pack your shit! That's only gonna keep 'em down for a little bit, Morty! You fucked with squirrels, Morty! We got a good five minutes before they're backing up on our ass, Morty! We have to pack up and move to a new reality, Morty! You know I said we could only do that a couple of times! We're fucked over here because of these damn squirrels, Morty!
- Upon walking in on a completely amnesiac Rick and Morty, Summer calmly realizes it's a "Scenario 4" and handles everything, all while bitching how she doesn't get paid enough for it. "Scenario 4" apparently means putting Rick and Morty in front of Interdimensional Cable and waking them up with smelling salts after restoring their memories with a backup. Rick and Morty immediately starts bitching about Summer letting them fall asleep in front of Interdimensional Cable then decide to go on a "classic Rick and Morty adventure".Summer: No wonder you're always fighting with each other and behind schedule.
- Also, Summer's aforementioned quote is a Take That! towards the real-life rumours of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland having big disagreements, therefore postponing season 3.
- The one bit of Interdimensional Cable we do get is an episode of House Hunters, about two guys with rifles hunting sentient houses.
- The Stinger, Jerry's Mind Blowers! In a parody of E.T., the whole family is working to send an alien named Gobo home, waiting for Jerry to bring him. When he doesn't, they go to his apartment where he's just eating popcorn. Jerry thought Morty had Gobo, but he was in Jerry's car all along. Cue finding Gobo's overheated dead body.
- Jerry's other two erased memories are Sleepy Gary and his failed apples campaign.
- Compared to Morty's Mind Blowers being kept in a hidden room with elaborate machinery, Jerry's Mind Blowers is just kept in a box with a clunky-looking helmet with the memories held on cassette tapes.
The ABC's of Beth
- Rick once again gets super defensive over something he created getting criticized (much like Pirates of the Pancreas).
- It bears explaining: after seeing a news report about how her friend Tommy's dad is about to be executed for killing his son, Beth mentions to Summer and Morty how she convinced herself that Tommy got lost in Froopyland (admitting that the name was stupid). After Rick sends Morty and Summer to Jerry, he immediately lays into Beth about the name.Rick: (opens flask) You know, if you're so great at naming things, why don't you do it from now on? (takes a pull off of his flask)
Beth: (looks up from her paper) What?
Rick: "Froopyland". Was it my best work? I don't know! Does it deserve to be shit on creatively?! (Beth looks ahead in shock) Yeah, that's right! I agree with your look of horrified realization! You can be very inconsiderate sometimes!
- It bears explaining: after seeing a news report about how her friend Tommy's dad is about to be executed for killing his son, Beth mentions to Summer and Morty how she convinced herself that Tommy got lost in Froopyland (admitting that the name was stupid). After Rick sends Morty and Summer to Jerry, he immediately lays into Beth about the name.
- This line:
- Rick sarcastically bragging about how safe he made Froopyland, when Beth fusses over what could have happened to Tommy:Beth: Do you think something ate him?
Rick: Nope. Froopyland creatures were designed to be harmless. He definitely just starved to death.
Beth: I could be the one who starved to death in here! What if I'd gotten hurt?
Rick: (with as much sarcasm as possible) God, you're right. I'm a terrible dad. Well, nothing to live for. (walks over to a cliff-edge) Goodbye cruel world! (jumps off the cliff-edge)
(the ground makes a "boing" sound as Rick lands completely unharmed on it)
Rick: Oh, how do ya like that? What kind of merciless creator makes the ground bouncy? I'm gonna have to drown myself! (stick his head into a river) Oh, no! The water is breathable. Who went and did that?
- This comes back to bite him when he's snatched up by One of the Tommy-Hybrid creatures which are not harmless like the native fauna.Rick: HOLY FUCK! SHIT! THIS THING HAS CLAWS!!!
Beth: Yeah, yeah. I get it. It's a childproof world.
Rick: NO, NO, SERIOUSLY! THIS HURTS REAL BAD! THIS THING IS SINKING RAZOR-SHARP CLAWS INTO— (is carried off) AAAAGHHH! SHIT!
Beth: You made your point, dad! (the creature shrieks in the distance) ...Dad?
- This comes back to bite him when he's snatched up by One of the Tommy-Hybrid creatures which are not harmless like the native fauna.
- When Morty and Summer see Jerry's redecorated apartment:Summer: Wow, Dad, your place looks way less like a crack house.
Morty: It's actually clean, like a cocaine house!
- By the time Tommy's survival is revealed, Beth and Rick has long since figured it out and keeps telling the Froopylanders to drop the exposition.
- When Tommy's theater play about his backstory claims that Beth deliberately left Tommy stranded in Froopyland because she was jealous of him:Rick: Well. Huh. That's interesting.
Beth: (nonchalant) Fake news.
- When Tommy decides to demonstrate how he has survived all this time (by having sex with Froopyland creatures and then eating the offspring), Rick decides he has had enough:Tommy: Gather 'round, gang! Dinnertime!
Rick: Alright, that's it! I'm outta here! (uses the teleportation chalk to draw a portal in the floor and drags Beth along with him)
(Beth and Rick land back the living room)
Beth: What are you doing?! We're in the middle of an adventure!
Rick: (as he walks over to grab a beer from the fridge) Here's some things an adventure needs, Beth: conflict, stakes, a way for me to benefit, and, clearly, Morty.
Beth: But Tommy's still in there raping Muppets and eating babies!
Rick: Yep. Luckily that's not our problem!
- Beth casually revealing she knows the Rick living with her isn't her real father.Beth: You're going to believe a play over your own daughter?
Rick: Yes. I am, Beth. Because you're not my own daughter.
Beth: Oh God, yes, I'm one of infinite Beths with infinite fathers in infinite universes. It's called a "hug", Dad, it won't kill you!
- Rick revealing that the real reason he made Froopy Land for Beth was because she was a "scary fucking kid." He then shows her some of the things she asked him to make her when she was a kid, including a "parent trap" (really a bear trap), soundless sneakers, mind-control hair clips, a teddy bear with anatomically correct organs, and a pink, sentient switchblade.Switchblade: Hi Beth! You've gotten taller! Shall we resume stabbing?
- Rick facetiously refers to Beth as Stone Cold Steve Austin, then admits to himself he doesn't know why he called her that, but then figures he might as well stick to it with conviction.
- Morty, Summer, and Jerry fighting the horde of Varrix:Morty: No, dad! You're not doing it right!
Jerry: Cutting off the head isn't "doing it right"!?
Morty: They're, uh, clearly regenerative! I-I-I think you have to stab them through the heart or something!
Summer: You think or you know? I though you were the alien-expert, Isaac Asso-hole!
Morty: Don't snap at me! I'm tired!
Summer: Me too!
Jerry: We're all tired!!!
- Jerry begs Morty and Summer to help him break up with Kiara, but only after he admits to being a closet racist, beta male sexist, that the whole thing was his own fault for being selfish and dragging everyone into something for his benefit:Jerry: (sighs) Look, I'm a closeted racist, and I'm sexist and selfish, and I dragged us all into my sexist, racist bad things because I'm stupid!
Summer: Thank you.
Jerry: (hopefully) Now you're gonna help me, right?
Morty: She just did.
Summer: (getting out of Jerry's car) Yeah. Clean up your own mess.
- Beth has a long discussion with Tommy, who demands that Beth apologizes for pushing him into the Honey Swamp, while Beth refuses to acknowledge the event as anything but an accident:Beth: Tommy, I'm sorry you think you deserve an apology! (under her breath) Oh, my God. I'm my father...
Tommy: Uhhhh, will someone just kill this b-word?!
(Tommy's minions draw their weapons against Beth, who in turn draws her baseball bat and hits one of them; she realizes she quite enjoyed doing that)
Beth: (ecstatic) Oh, my God! I'm my father! (proceeds to unleash a regular carnage upon the minions)
- Beth asks Rick to simply clone Tommy since the original "refused to come back with her".Beth: So, he gave me this. (holds out Tommy's severed finger)
Rick: He gave you his finger?
- They clone an adult Tommy and just leave him naked and shivering on his now-elderly mother's doorstep. This leads to a tearful reunion... as well as a mad dash to the prison where Tommy's father, who's been on death row for decades, accused of cannibalizing him, is strapped into the poison injection chair. The needle is literally in his arm when Tommy and his mother arrive and the execution is called off.
- Even better is the slight, brief misinterpretation of the "cut it out" gesture (hand against neck) as a "kill him" gesture, along with Tommy needing to wear a "My father did'nt eat me" shirt.
- Jerry and Summer show up to pull Morty out of class. One of Morty's classmates mocks him for getting to leave school before immediately asking himself "Wait, what are my values?"
- While chasing Jerry and his kids through the high school, Kiara winds up being repeatedly bodyblocked by Principal Vagina, despite the fact that she can phase through all matter at will.
- Morty, Summer, and Jerry hiding from Kiara in a cave with other Varrix.Male Varrix: We're not hiding, we're nesting.
Morty: Ooh la la.
- The 'touching song' that plays while the Tommy Clone is brought to his parents is all about the singer having a 'doo-doo' in his butt, how daughters are doo-doos in their father's butts (but anatomically speaking they are from the nut) and that no song can make up for being a bad dad.
- The Stinger with Jerry's answering machine:Message 1: Hey Jerry, It's Kiara. Listen, my boyfriend saw those texts you've been sending me and... he got pretty pissed off. If he calls, just ignore him.
Message 2: This is Garmos! I intercepted sexual communications between you and my new girlfriend Kiara! I am coming to kill you NOW!
Message 3: Yo Jerry, it's the big R. Err, I killed that alien that was coming after ya. Looking out for ya, buddy.
Message 4: Hey Jerry, it's Rick. Don't be mad, I fucked your ex-girlfriend Kiara. (Kiara's voice) Who are you talking to, Rick? (Rick's voice again) Doesn't matter!
Message 5: Hey Jerry, this is Michael down at the antique phone rentals. Umm, I'm gonna go ahead and let you off the hook for the 70 dollars late fee. You can go ahead and keep that answering machine, nobody really uses those anymore except for exposition on TV-shows anyways.
The Rickchurian Mortydate
- Rick watches Morty play Minecraft:Rick: So you're mining stuff to craft with and crafting stuff to mine with?
Rick: Did your dad write this game?
Morty: (completely deadpan) Mean.
- The Secret Service arrives in a helicopter to inform Rick and Morty about the situation, and also obviously intending to fly them to the White House. Rick opts to teleport over there instead.Agent #1: If he can teleport, why did we take—?
Agent #2: I just work here, Steve! Same as you.
- The President returns and asks Rick and Morty to kill an alien running wild in the Kennedy Sex Tunnels.POTUS: Naturally you'll forget that you saw them. Along with, in order of national embarrassment, the Truman Cocaine Lounge, the McKinley Hooker Dump, and the Lincoln Slave Colosseum... (with genuine disappointment in his voice) He didn't free them all.
- Better yet, some of the aforementioned national embarrassments appears later in the episode, namely "The McKinley Storage & Waste Warehouse", which is filled with what appears to be the skeletons of scantly-clad women.
- The alien turns out to be a pathetic, dog-sized creature who runs way whimpering and hides in a crevice after Rick takes one shot at it. Even Morty complains how lame this adventure got.
- The President declares he has had enough of Rick and Morty's help.POTUS: Today we celebrate our independence... from Rick and Morty! (his staff applauds him) Everyone out!
(the President waits until everyone has left the Oval Office, he then puts on some sad music, and stares forlornly out the window)
- After ditching the mission, Rick and Morty go home to play Minecraft, and after a while, Rick has them go into a Minecraft dimension with VR goggles. Eventually, they have to leave to deal with the President.Morty: (referring to Minecraft) What about this?
Rick: South Park did it 4 years ago, Morty.
Morty: They're fast.
Rick: Or, we're slow.
- The Awesome, but Impractical nature of the President's own portal technology. The military has to manually airlift a large portal platform to its destination ahead of time. Even better, activating the portal requires igniting it with a lighter.
- The entire episode boils down to Rick and The President stubbornly trying to spite each other. And is hilarious because of it.
- Rick literally brokers peace between Israel and Palestine just to spite the President. It involved them taking diplomats to a Star Wars cantina and getting them high, and ended with them signing the "Pretty Obvious If You Think About It Accord".Adviser: I still say it has to be Putin.
POTUS: It was Rick and Morty, you fucking dunce!
Adviser: But you're getting the credit, sir. Your approval rating just hit 100%. Why would Rick and Morty want that?
POTUS: Because they're assholes!
- Rick literally brokers peace between Israel and Palestine just to spite the President. It involved them taking diplomats to a Star Wars cantina and getting them high, and ended with them signing the "Pretty Obvious If You Think About It Accord".
- The President attempts to trap Rick using a mineral named "Sanchezium" which is supposedly his weakness, but it turns out that was just false info Rick posted on Wikipedia.
- However, the second part of the trap, people dressed as pirates, on information that he's afraid of them, turns out to be true.Rick: OH SHIT, MORTY, RUN!!! THAT PART WAS REAL!!
- However, the second part of the trap, people dressed as pirates, on information that he's afraid of them, turns out to be true.
- Rick's Badass Boast when a General claims Rick's not a god.Rick: I'm Doctor Who in this motherfucker! I could be a clone! I could be a hologram! We could be clones, controlled by robots, controlled with special headsets that the real Rick and Morty are wearing while they're fucking your mother!
General: I'm going to kill you!
Rick: Then come to 312 Olive Street!
General: (fearfully) Is that her address?
Rick: You don't know because you're a bad son!
- The insane amount of high-tech defenses the President has equipped the White House with, which almost rivals Rick's own technology. Almost. Things like a mini-mecha hidden in a wall, a pair of brainwashed Tykebombs (whom Rick distracts with candy), and a squad of invisible commandos.
- On the flipside of that, Rick's absurd personal defense equipment: An instant death touch, an armband that can visualize who can kill him, a deflector shield ala Fox McCloud, two laser beams from the same set of armbands, a shield bubble, a staff and candy.Rick: (referring to the invisible commandos) You realize I could see them the whole time, right?
POTUS: Don't push your luck, Sanchez.
- Even better: Rick Sanchez made a Portal Gun, the White House made a Gravity Gun.
- On the flipside of that, Rick's absurd personal defense equipment: An instant death touch, an armband that can visualize who can kill him, a deflector shield ala Fox McCloud, two laser beams from the same set of armbands, a shield bubble, a staff and candy.
- When Rick appears with an assault rifle outside the cabin her and the family is hiding, Beth assumes he is there to kill her because she is the clone, and delivers a "World of Cardboard" Speech to Rick about how she chooses her life with Jerry and the kids over everything else and asks if he can just leave her alone instead of killing her.Rick: (exasperated) Beth, you crazy bitch, you're my daughter! (tosses the gun on the ground in defeat) I brought this here to kill Jerry.
(Beth, Morty, and Summer embrace each other in celebration, while Jerry sends Rick a horrified look)
Jerry: Jesus Christ!
- Rick refuses to acknowledge that the dramatic, emotional moment the family has just experienced is anything special.Rick: Nobody gets it! Nothing you think matters, matters! This isn't special! This is happening infinite times across infinite realities!
Summer: Including this? (farts)
Rick: Yes! (beat) Which is not to say that, subjectively, it wasn't funny...
- Rick then asks what reason he has to stay in their dimension. Summer suggests "the fart?", and Rick stays.
- In the end, Rick gets out of his promise to the President to abandon this Earth by pretending to be a new alternate Rick, Flyfishing Rick!
- Before Rick shows up, The President is forcing the Secretary of the Interior to clean up the mess in the Oval Office.Secretary of the Interior: I don't think you've ever understood what "Secretary of the Interior" means!
- Before Rick shows up, The President is forcing the Secretary of the Interior to clean up the mess in the Oval Office.
- Rick makes peace with the tiny alien civilization ahead of time and has their leader give a shirt to the naked US president once he gets there, telling her that the president will be fine without pants given his need to wave his dick around.
- Morty going off on The President in Brazil must be seen to be believed. It's so funny and anti-authoritarian that even Rick is impressed by it!Morty: I learned about your job at school. You're a civil servant. We're technically your boss!
POTUS: Please, Morty! You pay as many taxes as you got pubes!
Morty: Oh, I got pubes, commander in queef! You wanna count em!?
Rick: "Commander in queef"!
POTUS: That's it! Do it!
(Two soldiers handcuff Rick and Morty)
POTUS: Recognize rare element Sanchezium? We've been preparing for a Rick level event for some time.
Morty: You mean you were ordering people to prepare for it while you sat on your ass at peace summits.
POTUS: Peace summits are important!
Morty: Oh yeah, they work great! We're really drowning in peace! You suck!
POTUS: You suck!
- Rick doubling down on his lies when the president calls him for a status report. The president smiles and acts friendly for a while, Rick continues to bullshit, there's a silent beat with the president still smiling, and then the president suddenly snaps into a tirade.
- The punchline of the whole season: the season starts with Rick using Machiavellian tactics to get Jerry exiled from the family and become sole patriarch of the family, but his traumatic adventures are simply too much and turns the whole family off to his wacky science hijinks. Meanwhile, Jerry ends up with his loving family back and his status secure - all by doing nearly nothing.
- The official Rick and Morty twitter account held a poll asking fans which they would rather see, Proof that God exists or Season 3 concept art Concept art won.
- Luke Squanchwalker
- During Comic Con, they aired a re-enactment of the Georgia v. Denver Fenton Allen court case. And everything they say is word for word.
- As a bonus, a fan of the show took it upon themselves to make an animated version.
- Rick advertises Hardee's/Carl's Jr. with walking, talking hamburgers that parade into Morty's room in the middle of the night, splatter grease everywhere, and steal his stuff.
- One season later, and Rick is at it again, only this time advertising Old Spice's new line of body sprays, parading in a bunch of walking, talking body spray cans that proceed to trash Morty's room, stink it up with their spray, and steal his stuff. And unlike the last time, when Rick seemed genuinely excited to be in a Carl's Jr. ad, this time he comes across as extremely bored, reading the product description from a prepared script in his coat pocket before tossing it away and walking off to count his money.Morty: Oh, come on, Rick! It's three in the morning! Wh-wh-why do you keep selling us out!?
- One season later, and Rick is at it again, only this time advertising Old Spice's new line of body sprays, parading in a bunch of walking, talking body spray cans that proceed to trash Morty's room, stink it up with their spray, and steal his stuff. And unlike the last time, when Rick seemed genuinely excited to be in a Carl's Jr. ad, this time he comes across as extremely bored, reading the product description from a prepared script in his coat pocket before tossing it away and walking off to count his money.
- Summer's future
- Smith Family Breakfast improvised at Comic Con 2014
- The developers commentary for the Season 1 and 2 DVDs are full of funny moments.
- In "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", when discussing Scroopy Noopers, Dan Harmon mentions that when naming characters, half the time it's Justin naming them and the other half is him making fun of the way Justin names characters.
- The guest commentary featuring the creators of The Simpsons starts with this gem.Al Jean: Welcome to The Simpsons episode ZABF08, Homer loses his penis!
- In "Lawnmower Dog", Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon and Ryan Ridley doing a Piss-Take Rap whenever something noteworthy happens in the episode.
- Rick and Morty cameo on The Simpsons for the Couch Gag. Morty crashes the flying saucer into their house, splattering the Simpsons. Rick sends him to a cloning lab to get them to grow a new Simpson family while he loots the place, tries a can of Duff, plays Lisa's saxophone, and freezes Ned Flanders. Morty returns and the clones turn into mutated half-Simpson, half-Rick monstrosities.Rick: Hey Morty, little tip: don't clean DNA vials with your spit.
- Rick and Morty: The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
- Interdimensional Cable gets the Defictionalization treatment. If you have some videos you want to see on the site, submit them here. (Be forewarned, some videos might be NSFW)
- We get a peek at what Galactic Federation social media looks like with the Galactic Federation website. When you click the link for the "Federation Rewards Card", you are redirected to a login screen, but an "error" logs you in to Gromflomite 4's (or is it Gromflomite 2?) "FEDCONNECT" account, which is like Twitter-plus-Facebook-plus-Tumblr. A few highlights:
- "Gromflomite Veterans Reflect on Blood Ridge", the reaction of the Gromflomites as the homeworld of the infamous rebel and terrorist Rick Sanchez is inducted into the Galactic Federation. Particularly hilarious is the encounter between a dying Gromflomite soldier and Rick, with the latter kindly excreting a meal from his "food hole" into the soldier's mouth, giving him enough nutrition to survive until rescue teams arrived.
- "Klaargworthy", a parody of smarmy clickbait, has video slideshows of "beautiful interspecies couples" from Earth (such as a lion devouring a zebra), and a Shimsham who adopted twelve insanely cute "cats" (which is actually a rat king, an ill omen in medieval German culture).
- The video "Galactic Federation Today shows various jobs for Gromflomites after the collapse of the Galactic Federation. The jobs include milking a living planet, fracking a planet with a core of deadly gas with the mouth, cleaning, working as a daycare attendant (At the Jerry Daycare, no less!) and curating a vault full of rare sauces. And it also suggests that even if that doesn't work, there's plenty of opportunities digging mass graves. Even after the Federation's collapsed, it's still absurdly upbeat for a horrible subject!
- Another video from the same source suggests — with the same annoyingly upbeat tone — that a good meal for Gromflomites is their own young. Which are housed in an organ that looks like testicles. It then says they're best in the hollowed-out skull of a friend, that stomach acid is a good hot sauce, seasoning meals with your own tears.
- The Rick and Morty Announcer Pack for Dota 2, particularly their comments on the various heroes.
- The 2017 Rickmobile Tour, which involves a vehicle modeled in the form of a giant Rick riding in the back of a pickup truck delivering merchandise from the show; also an Awesome Moment.
- Justin Roiland: Method voice actor.
- Justin Roiland got a special present.
- Justin Roiland prank calls Joel Osteen's Mega Church.
- This short released during the lead-up to Season 3, in which GlorpDieGlorp plays Ten Tuesdays at Tinkles on a Twitch-like streaming site, complete with viewer chat and donations throughout the stream.
- Meeseeks Battle. To sum it up, it's a Pokémon parody with Rick and Morty using Meeseeks instead of Pokemon, with the Meeseeks killing each other over and over in hilariously brutal ways. Here's a list of how they killed each other:
- The entirety of "Bushworld Adventures."note
- The non-canonical adventures, where Rick and Morty re-enact scenes from famous sci-fi and horror films including Gremlins, The Fly (1986), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), and Blade Runner.
- Rick and Morty present at the 70th Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Rick reveals that the Emmys are actually the gilded corpses of intelligent, gentle life forms and that anyone who accepts one is an awful person. He then announces RuPaul's Drag Race has just won an Emmy.
- The former sign-off [adult swim] bumper from mid-May 2019 ended with Rick and Morty flipping the world.