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Recap / Rick And Morty S 1 E 11 Ricksy Business

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Season 1, Episode 11:

Ricksy Business
A party for the ages.
Written by: Ryan Ridley & Tom Kauffman
Directed by: Stephen Sandoval

Morty: Rick, tell Summer she can't have a party!
Rick: Uh, Summer, you can't have a party. Because I'm having a party, b-i-i-i-itch!

Beth and Jerry head for an iceberg of a date leaving Rick in charge. Morty doesn't get to go on any more adventures if the house isn't in the same condition when they get back.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Almost Dead Guy: Lincler, after defeating the two-headed monster, is able to deliver an offscreen It Has Been an Honor speech addressed to Rick.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After Morty repeatedly denounces Rick as a horrible person, Birdperson asks him, "Then why do you care so much if you are no longer allowed to continue on your adventures together?"
  • By Wall That Is Holey: The garage door that falls upon Rick, Morty and Summer in the opening scene.
  • Captain Ersatz: Birdperson is a parody of The Hawk from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
  • Cassandra Truth: In the cold open, Rick tries to cut off Beth's warning about him being in charge by telling her that they have "some synthetic laser eels oxidizing in the garage". Beth thinks he's just trying to blow her off, but right after they've left, the aforementioned eels dissolve the garage door to escape, which falls off its hinges around Rick, Morty and Summer.
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  • Cerebus Retcon: Rick's catchphrase, "Wubba Lubba Dub Dub", originally thought of as a nonsensical catchphrase, is actually a comprehensive sentence in Birdperson's language, meaning "I am in great pain. Please help me."
  • Exact Words: "How many people did you invite, Rick?" "Uh, people? ...Six."
  • Friendly Enemy: Although Rick has established himself as an enemy of the Council of Ricks, he has no issues inviting two of it's members to his party.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • 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.
    • During Jessica's romanticized slow-motion entrance, we see a beer bottle being whipped across the room behind her.
  • Good-Times Montage: Rick, Morty and Summer have a montage of enjoying themselves while time stands still.
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  • Hair Flip: Parodied with Jessica's entrance at the party where she does her hair thing in slo mo thanks to Slow Mobius.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Rick's use of the word "Glip Glop", which doubles as N-Word Privileges.
    Summer: Are some Glip Glops from the 3rd Dimension going to come over and play cards or something?
    Rick: Glip Glop? You're lucky a Trafflorkian doesn't hear you say that.
    Summer: Is that like their N-word?
    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.
    (Later, when Rick is inviting a bunch of aliens inside)
    Rick: Yo, what up my Glip Glops!
  • Not Quite Dead: Abradolf Lincler in The Stinger, much to his quick regret.
  • Pet the Dog: Downplayed. Rick takes offense to Summer attempting to exclude her nerdy friend—saying everyone should be welcome at a party. Of course, he's saying this while spilling his drink on the poor girl, and he really dreads the sudden arrival of Abradolf Lincler.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: As per usual with this show, Jerry nearly being raped at gunpoint by a maid on his Titanic cruise is played 100% seriously.
  • Reality Ensues: Even though it worked in Cape Fear, clinging to the bottom of a car while it's moving is a good and fast way to get yourself killed.
  • Sadistic Choice: The folks threatened to never allow Morty to have adventures with Rick if the house was trashed while they were gone. As Morty both tries to clean up after the party and badmouths Rick, Bird Person points out that fate has given him the perfect opportunity to choose whether or not to continue being Rick's sidekick.
    Bird Person: This is your moment, Morty. Choose wisely.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Abradolf Lincler pulls his Heroic Sacrifice in order to get Morty and Summer home, or so he thinks. Turns out Rick just wanted to get high.
  • Snipe Hunt: Rick sends Lincler and Morty onto one and Summer adds Nancy to the party.
  • The Stinger: Abradolf Lincler survives, only to be grabbed by a testicle monster and repeatedly exchanged along with the partygoer abducted earlier.
  • Take That!: Near the end of the episode, while time is frozen Rick, Morty and Summer watch Titanic and have this reaction at the credits.
    Rick: Worst movie ever.
    Summer: Dumb.
    Morty: Hoo boy, what a waste of time.
  • Time Stands Still: Rick pauses time so they can clean up the house before Beth and Jerry walk in (but not before pulling pranks on everybody in town first).
  • Underside Ride: Jerry's attempted rapist tries to follow him home by clinging to the bottom of his and Beth's car a la Cape Fear but is subsequently run over and left for dead.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Summer's friends don't mind the sight of aliens at the party.
  • Wild Teen Party: What Summer plans at the beginning of the episode while Beth and Jerry are away. Rick has a similar idea which turns into a Wild Alien Party which includes the house being transported to another dimension.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: Abradolf Lincler was Rick's attempt to create a morally neutral super-leader by combining the DNA of Adolph Hitler and Abraham Lincoln.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Lincler takes on a two-headed monster so Morty and Nancy can escape.


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