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Recap / Rick And Morty S 1 E 10 Close Rick Counters Of The Rick Kind

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Season 1, Episode 10:

Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind
"This place is a real who's who of who's you and me."
Written by: Ryan Ridley
Directed by: Stephen Sandoval

"Rick Sanchez of Earth dimension C-137, you are under arrest for crimes against alternate Ricks by the authority of the trans-dimensional council of Ricks."
Council of Ricks Officer

Rick has a run in with alternate Ricks, resulting in a falling out with Morty.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Action Prologue: The opening abduction scene.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted. Rick keeps cracking jokes in Evil Rick's lab and one of the crab monsters sounds like he's laughing, but it's just a noise he makes every ten seconds regardless.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Doofus Rick. He is constantly ridiculed by the other Ricks.
    "You make us ashamed to be ourselves!"
  • Ambiguous Situation: Rick C-137 assumes Evil Rick wants to overthrow the Council of Ricks, which he agrees to, but Evil Rick doesn't really say if that's his plan or not. He doesn't even explain why he needs C-137's memories.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • Averted. The Morty Dome's walls are made of hundreds of screaming Mortys, constantly being tortured so they can hide Evil Rick. The implication is that they'll eventually die and be replaced by the other Mortys being held in the dome.
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    • Played straight with the Council’s Machine of Unspeakable Doom: it swaps your conscious and unconscious minds, rendering your fantasies pointless while everything you know becomes impossible to grasp. Also, every 10 seconds, it stabs your balls.
  • ...And That Would Be Wrong: Rick criticizes Evil Rick's Morty Dome for being overkill and that the same result could be achieved with "five Mortys and a jumper cable". Which, in response to Morty glaring at him in disgust, he states he wouldn't resort to either.
  • Ass Shove: One of the Ricks that was killed literally had his head shoved up his ass in a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • As You Know: Lampshaded by Morty who complains that Rick keeps telling him about the shirt trick over and over.
  • Audience Murmurs: Lampshaded by Rick when the crowd at the council starts murmuring after being insulted by Rick.
    "Yeah, murmur it up, d-bags."
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  • Badass in Distress: Rick and Morty get captured by Evil Rick and Evil Morty, and Rick is strapped to a table and pretty much helpless to save himself as Evil Rick prepares to download all his memories and then kill him. Morty is the one who saves the day by starting an uprising among the other Mortys, who defeat the crab monsters and Evil Rick, and freeing Rick himself.
  • Batman Gambit: Evil Rick (or rather, Evil Morty) wanted to lure Rick C-137 to them they could capture him, so they hacked his portal gun not only to frame him, but also because they knew C-137 would use that to trace them and come after them himself.
  • The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: Invoked as a Prank Call to Jerry by Rick's hunters.
  • Canada, Eh?: “As they say in Canada, peace oot!”
  • Clear My Name: "Our" Rick, C-137, is falsely accused by the Council of killing Ricks and kidnapping Mortys. After he and his Morty C-137 escape from the Council, they begin looking for the real killer to clear Rick of suspicion.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • One of the alternate Ricks and Mortys in the Citadel of Ricks is the Cronenberg Rick and Morty from the end of "Rick Potion #9".
    • Some of Rick's memories include Snuffles and giving Morty the love potion.
  • Crossover Punchline: The mug, pen and notepad that come out of one of Rick's portals can be traced back to "Society of the Blind Eye".
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: The Citadel of Ricks has this vibe.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The pamphlet "The Good Morty" handed out by evangelical alternate Morties look like Christian educational material for kids.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The real villain is not Evil Rick, it's his Morty.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Rick points out that the Morty Dome is needlessly excessive, since you could get the same effect that it provides with only five Mortys and a jumper cable. Which he claims he still wouldn't do.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Evil Morty was behind the whole plot all along.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Evil Morty wears one. Turns out it concealed a transmitter to control Evil Rick.
  • Frame-Up: Evil Rick/Evil Morty hack into Rick C-137's portal gun to make it look like he's recently visited the dimensions of all the murdered Ricks in order to make him appear responsible.
  • Funny Background Event: Various residents of the chair world look at Rick and Morty in surprise after their arrival.
  • Groin Attack: Among the things the Machine of Unspeakable Doom does is stab a person in the balls every ten seconds.
  • Hypocrite: Rick condemns the council for becoming a government because they feared government.
  • Inverse Ninja Law: Our Rick has no trouble outrunning, outwitting, and escaping numerous duplicates of himself.
  • Irony: Doofus Rick is the nicest version of Rick by far, but he was never able to have a family of his own.
  • Just the Introduction to the Opposites: This episode introduces us to three alternate universes. One is populated by sentient pizza slices who eat humans. Another is populated by sentient phones who eat chairs, sit on pizza, and use humans as communication devices. The third is populated by sentient chairs who sit on humans, eat phones, and use pizzas as communication devices.
  • Lack of Empathy: Evil Morty has no qualms over killing Ricks, kidnapping Mortys and torturing them in the most gruesome and impractical way possible.
  • Lost in a Crowd: At the end, Evil Morty disappears in a crowd of Morties.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Evil Morty was actually controlling Evil Rick.
  • Manly Tears: Rick when seeing the memories of Morty.
  • Mistaken from Behind: Rick and Morty fool their pursuers by dressing up two chairs in their shirts which leads to this trope occurring.
  • No More for Me: One homeless Chair drops his flask after seeing Rick and Morty walking by.
  • Not So Different: Our Rick and his evil counterpart, much to our Morty's irritation. Also lampshaded by them.
    Evil Rick: We're not so *belch* different, you and I.
    Rick: *rolls his eyes* Yeah, duh!
    • With the obvious exception of Doofus Rick, the other Ricks also seem to enjoy making fun of Jerry as much as the Rick they're hunting down.
    • Speaking of Doofus Rick, "our" Rick is as mocking and dismissive of him as the other Citadel Ricks.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: Evil Rick has a wall of monitors in his base, displaying the Morties suffering.
  • Only Sane Man: Rick sees himself as the only true Rick because he refuses to be part of the alliance.
  • Phone-Trace Race: Jerry is told to keep Rick on the phone for 30 seconds to be traced down by Rick's hunters. Apparently, it was just part of a prank.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Our Rick, and most of the others. He finds the idea that he would kill the other Ricks to be ridiculous because it's of no benefit to him, and the Morty Dome is considered "barbaric overkill" because five Mortys and a jumper cable would do the same job.
  • Pun-Based Title: This episode's title is a pun on Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • Pungeon Master: Rick and an alternative self of him throw Volleying Insults at each other based on the word "Rick".
    Other Rick: Save your anti-Rick speech for the Council of Ricks, terror-Rick.
    Rick: Hey, save your Rick rules for the [burps] sheep-Ricks, Rick-pig.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Morty doesn't take being Rick's human cloaking device well, even as they're sneaking around Evil Rick's hideout, and Rick gives him one of these in response.
    Morty: I'm more than a human shield!
    Rick: Yeah, that's right, you are. You're a perfect, impenetrable suit of human armor, Morty, because you're as dumb as I am smart, which is why when I say "shut up", it's really good advice.
  • The Reveal:
    • Rick reveals that Morty can hide his presence to other entities of the universe.
    • In the end, it's revealed Evil Rick was being controlled by Evil Morty, who's the real killer.
  • Robotic Reveal: When we learn that Evil Rick was just a robot remotely controlled by Evil Morty.
  • Rousing Speech: Morty delivers one to his other Morty inmates.
  • Running Gag: 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.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Evil Rick does this, which Rick thinks is played out.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the Morties looks just like Eric Stolz from Mask. This is an in-joke to the fact that Rick and Morty are based on Doc and Marty from Back to the Future where Marty was briefly played by Eric Stolz before he was replaced by Michael J. Fox.
    • Some of the captured Morties look like Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • The small book one of the other Mortys in the cult hands our Morty is a parody of a Chick Tract.
    • At one point, a mug with a question mark on it, a pen and a notepad come spilling out of from one of the portals Rick mass spawned. These belong to Grunkle Stan.
  • Sincerity Mode: Jerry takes a while to realize Doofus Rick isn't making fun of him when he takes an interest in his job.
  • Spanner in the Works: Evil Morty apparently didn't count on even one of the other Mortys (namely, "our" Morty) to actually stand up for themselves, motivating the rest.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Evil Rick's lair has huge spikes sticking out.
  • Split-Screen Phone Call: Happens when Ricks prank-calls Leader Rick towards the end.
  • Spot the Imposter: One of the Ricks attempts to defy this.
    "They look exactly like us, so in order to avoid confusion, I'm gonna mark us each with a red x right now. That way, if someone has a gun and we both tell you to shoot the other one because they're the evil one, you'll know who's lying."
  • The Stinger: "Our" Rick, C-137, returns home to find Jerry, who's missing his new friend Doofus Rick, in his room, and boots him out in annoyance. Jerry looks out the window to see Doofus Rick across the street, smiles and waves...and then C-137 sees him too and mocks Jerry for being friends with him.
  • Technicolor Science: At the garage, Doofus Rick is shown creating ovenless brownies using three test tubes with substances of green, pink and yellow color.
  • Tempting Fate: Beth comments that she wishes she got to see more of Rick. Almost immediately, three other Ricks portal into the dining room.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!:
  • Throat-Slitting Gesture: This gesture is used by Rick to secretly signal the council members to shut up when they hand him a Morty-replacement voucher while Morty is standing right next to them.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: Used to instantly sedate and capture an alternate Morty in the opening scene.
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X: During the rundown of the unprecedented 'rick-icidal epidemic,' Rick questions the Rick known as "The scientist formerly known as Rick."
  • We Can Rule Together: Averted; Rick assumes that Evil Rick wants them to team up and overthrow the Citadel. Naah, Evil Rick just wants to drain Rick's brain of its knowledge and then kill him. This makes even more sense when we discover that Evil Morty is The Man Behind the Man.
  • Wham Shot: Evil Morty pulling off his eyepatch at the end, revealing that he was behind everything, and vanishing into the crowd of now-identical Morties.
  • You Monster!: Morty calls Rick this and refuses to help him after Rick reveals why he kept Morty around.

"Hey, Morty, you want connection, go be part of some stupid club, like all those dumb Ricks. You know, maybe I don't connect because I'm the Rickest Rick there is. And, you know, it would g-go without saying that the Rickest Rick would have the Mortyest Morty."

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