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Recap / Rick And Morty S 2 E 6 The Ricks Must Be Crazy

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Rick and Morty travel into Rick's microverse battery. Meanwhile, Summer waits in the ship whose artificially intelligent security system is ordered to keep her safe.


  • Absentee Actor: Beth and Jerry don't appear at all in this episode.
  • All for Nothing: Rick says the whole outing was for nothing because now the ice cream in the universe they visited comes with flies in it. He blames Summer for it.
  • Apocalypse How: Rick causes two at once. After returning to the Microverse, he smashes Zeep's Miniverse, destroying everyone and everything in it, including by extension everyone and everything in the Tinyverse.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Parodied with the Microverse battery model; Rick powers his ship using a time-dilated miniature universe to generate power by posing as an alien delivering artifacts that generate electricity from manual labor. He has an entire civilization generating electricity from which he channels a percentage away for power. It's a convoluted process that relies on covert, then later overt, enslavement with an entire civilization at risk of destruction.
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  • Bamboo Technology: The Mini-Mecha Zeep and Rick fight in are built on this kind of low tech.
  • Battle in the Rain: Zeep and Rick fight one out in the climax.
  • Brick Joke: After the "Turn into a car!" scene (see Deus ex Machina below), The Stinger does have Morty actually turn into a car unintentionally when he hears a horn beep.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Morty lampshades the fact that Rick is now using the same "slavery" argument with Zeep, Rick has a realization...that Zeep's miniverse will eventually invent their own miniverse for power and forcing Zeep's universe to go back to their old power generating methods, rather than the moral implications of his actions. Moreover, he intentionally tries to speed along this development so Zeep's civilization will start powering his car battery faster.
  • Deus ex Machina:
    • Subverted and Played for Laughs with Rick and Morty when chasing Zeep. Rick suddenly demands that Morty turn himself into a car, explaining that, long ago, he implanted him with the means to turn into a car at will when he concentrates. Morty is naturally freaked out at being put on the spot like this, but as he starts to try to concentrate on doing so, Rick then tells him to forget it, as he just grabbed them a taxi instead.
    • Also, the police who are planning to shoot at Rick's car (with Summer locked inside of it) suddenly standing down due to the car apparently being instrumental in brokering peace between humans and spider-aliens.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The car's idea of "Keep Summer safe" includes things such as; reducing a man to chunks with precision lasers, zapping another man in the spine in just the right way to cripple him for life, and forcing a police officer to watch a facsimile of his deceased son die again right in front of him. Instead of, you know, locking itself or putting up a shield.
  • Dramatic Thunder: Rolls at the start of Zeep and Rick's final confrontation.
  • Driven to Suicide: Upon realizing that his own universe was a fabrication of an already fabricated universe, the scientist of the Miniverse drives his ship into a mountainside.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: As Zeep chastises the Miniverse scientist for his experiment, he echoes what Rick had said to him earlier. Once Zeep gets to the "slavery with extra steps" line, though, he realizes that Rick created his own universe.
  • Exact Words: Rick tells his ship to "Keep Summer safe", so if it means; dicing up a person with lasers, paralyzing someone with the same laser, causing mental trauma to a SWAT officer and his team, and making a peace agreement with the spider people and humans of this dimension then it will follow those rules. Summer's inability to verbalize the exact commands to keep people safe is what causes so much harm the first few times the ship attempts to protect people.
  • Extradimensional Power Source: The microverse, miniverse, and teenyverse, which the scientists exploit for energy.
  • Eye Scream: During their last fight, Zeep sticks his thumbs in Rick's eyes.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Morty forces Zeep and Rick to team up and find a solution together, causing them to bond in the process. It lasts about as long as it takes them to get out of Zeep's miniverse.
  • Flipping the Bird: As a greeting gesture.
    Rick: You've gotta flip them off, Morty, I told them it means "peace among worlds"!
  • Food End: At the Ice Cream parlor. It's not entirely a Happy Ending though.
  • Giant Spider: The dimension the group went to see a movie is said to have these. We see one of them towards the end, with the peace deal stipulating that they will no longer use mental tricks to lure humans into their webs for consumption.
  • Going Native: Subverted. Although Morty appears to have adopted the ways of the tribal people in the Miniverse and tries to humble the scientists Rick and Zeep via lessons on nature, Morty immediately demands they try and fix the technology needed to send them home since he misses his advanced life on Earth, as primitive life sucks.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Rick calls Morty out for creating lame word combinations like "quantum carburator" which is a sci-fi word and a car word together. He then proceeds to mention his own invention... the "microverse battery".
    • Rick calling Zeep "psychotic".
    • Rick openly condemns Zeep's plan to use people in a smaller universe as a source of power despite that being exactly what he's been doing. Morty lampshades this, as Rick says to Zeep what Morty said to him earlier. Taken even farther when Zeep objects to how a scientist in the universe he created intends to do the exact same thing. As Zeep uses the words that Rick used, it dawns on him what's going on.
  • Insistent Terminology: Rick and Zeep argue over the proper term: Microverse and Miniverse, respectively. The scientist in Zeep's Miniverse also suggests Teenyverse.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: The AI in Rick's ship calls Summer out for speaking like that.
    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.
  • Mundane Solution: During their pursuit of Zeep, Rick wants Morty to turn into a car but then calls the stunt off as a cab arrives.
  • Mundane Utility: Rick created an entire universe and manipulated the population of a world within that universe for the express purpose of making a battery for his car. Zeep is rather dismayed by how callous this is. While Zeep did much the same thing, he at least did it to benefit his entire world.
  • The Needs of the Many: After Rick's ship negotiates a peace deal between the humans and giant spiders, someone asks the President about whether or not to leave the ship alone. The President notes that the ship killing one guy and paralyzing another is well-worth having peace with the spiders.
  • Never My Fault: At the end of the episode, once ice cream now has flies as a mandatory ingredient, Rick immediately blames Summer and Summer shoots back that it was Rick's ship fault. Rick says his ship only does what it is told to do. Both are guilty to an extent because all Rick told his ship was "keep Summer safe" with no other orders or instructions and once the ship started killing people and harming them in brutal ways Summer kept trying to add restrictions to make it stop.
  • Noble Savage: Subverted. The forest tribal people in the Miniverse appear to be this at first, but Morty points out they do sadistic things like eating every third baby.
  • Not So Different: Rick and Zeep, down to repeating quite a bit of the same dialogue. Morty is the first to pick up on this, but Rick gets the realization later as well.
  • Pocket Dimension: The microverse, miniverse and teenyverse.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Rick's battery is powered by millions of inhabitants of a Microverse working their treadmills.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Satirized. Rick and Morty wear fake antennae, and Zeep a full-body costume, intending to fool their creations into thinking them aliens... despite none of the characters looking anything like the people inhabiting their batteries anyway.
  • Sadistic Choice: Rick knew that Zeep would have two options when he and Morty left the microverse, either Rick would have to change the battery (resulting in the destruction of Zeep's universe), or it wouldn't be broken. It's shown that Zeep, reluctantly, chose the latter.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Summer's experiences in Rick's ship leave her on the verge of a breakdown by the time Rick and Morty come back.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slippery Skid: Zeep uses little stones to make Rick's minimecha trip.
  • Spiteful Spit: Rick spits on Zeep after defeating him.
  • The Stinger: As a Brick Joke to the Deus ex Machina scene, Morty, while half-asleep in math class, hears a car horn and unintentionally transforms into a car.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Rick and Zeep use the expression "somebody's gonna get laid in college" as a means of humiliation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sick of Rick and Zeep being more interested in undermining each other, Morty leaves to live with the Forest People. Morty ends up becoming a skilled warrior that the tribesmen are willing to defer to.
  • Tribal Face Paint: Morty sports this as part of his new lifestyle as a Noble Savage.
  • Wacky Wayside Tribe: The Forest People. Morty becomes a member of the tribe for months of Miniverse-time.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Several months pass for Rick, Morty, and Zeep while they're in the Miniverse. Less so for the Microverse, as one of the aliens there had merely cooked a meal for them while they were gone, and it was probably an hour at most that passed for Summer outside in the real world. Time is explicitly dilated to allow the development of a planet capable of supporting intelligent life.
  • You Are Already Dead: When the ship's laser cuts some random fellow into pieces.


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