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Rick joins in on some hijinks by transferring his consciousness into teenage "Tiny Rick". Beth and Jerry sort out their relationship with couples counselling.


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  • 100% Adoration Rating: TINY RICK!
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Averted; Rick is the one that points that obviously the wounds on the lunch lady who died were caused by a vampire, and finds it obvious for vampires to exist because centuries of lore came from somewhere.
  • Cloning Blues: Rick's true personality is in the teenage body, but the teenage mind doesn't want to go back and intends to kill the original body.
  • Continuity Nod: In The Teaser, Morty is eating Strawberry Smiggles.
  • Demonization: Part of the point of the alien couples counseling. They use a machine to bring to life a spouse's worst perception of their partner as part of the therapy. Beth is portrayed as a vicious, egotistical monster, while Jerry is a subservient slug.
    Doctor: I think we all see what you both mean.
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  • Ejection Seat: Rick has a button that says "Passenger Purge" that he hovers his finger over while Beth and Jerry are fighting in the backseat. He waits until they are close enough and then presses the button, probably because Beth is his daughter and he doesn't want to harm her.
  • Escaped from the Lab: The hostile projections of Jerry and Beth escape and wreak havoc at the facility.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: The perception of Jerry briefly takes on this role.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Rick's true self keeps trying to reach Morty, Summer, and others throughout the episode. Only Summer picks up on it immediately; everyone else thinks he's just coming up with songs or such.
    "Let me out. Let me out. This is not a dance. I'm begging for help. I'm screaming for help."
  • From Bad to Worse: The versions of Beth and Jerry breaking out of their cell is bad enough, but then the doctor realizes they're co-dependent.
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  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: This experience has taught Rick that the teenage mind is its own worst enemy.
  • Louis Cypher: Coach Feratu. The master vampire in The Stinger points out how stupid this is.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Rick disposes of his remaining clones by chopping them into little, very bloody pieces.
    "Grandpa's back, baby!"
  • Lyrical Dissonance: Tiny Rick's guitar song features very down-beat lyrics to an up-beat tune.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The off-screen vampire called himself Coach Feratu, though no one apparently suspected him of anything. The vampire lord later demands an end to "this clever name bullshit" and that vampires pretending to be humans just use generic names.
  • Non-Indicative Title: Tiny Rick notes that the show title Knight Rider makes no sense as nobody was riding Michael Knight.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Subverted. The last escape ship only has room for one more passenger. The doctor tells Beth and Jerry that he'll go talk to the crew, only to immediately tell the pilot to take off.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Morty, Summer, and Tiny Rick find and stake the vampire.
  • Overly Long Gag: Morty telling Summer to get her shit together.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Summer screams at Rick to put some pants on as he chops up his clones in the nude. He never does.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The evil perception of Beth abducts her to create an army of subservient Jerrys. When Beth asks why she doesn't just create an army of her "own badass selves," she gets hit with this:
    "There can never be more than one of me. I'm the strongest, smartest being alive because Jerry thinks you're that much stronger and smarter than you are."
  • Relationship-Salvaging Disaster: Once again does the struggle survival tie Jerry and Beth together.
  • Shout-Out:
    • After Jerry's perception of Beth manifests itself, viewers can spot an image of Bill Cipher on the view screen behind Jerry and Glexo. note 
    • Coach Nosferatu.
    • The episode title spoofs Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Skewed Priorities: "PANTS!" note 
  • Smart Ball: Jerry figures out the way to beat his perception of Beth is with his ideal self's ideal version of Beth. Beth lampshades this.
  • The Stinger: The vampire lord being informed of Coach Feratu's death and reacting to it.
  • Team Hand-Stack: When Morty, Tiny Rick and Summer decide to team up for the vampire hunt.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The vampire lord says as much of the now dead Coach Feratu.
    "Why the fuck would he name himself after a famous vampire movie?"
  • Weirdness Censor: Vampires are common place in this universe.
  • Wham Line: "Oh no... THEY'RE CO-DEPENDANT!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tiny Rick greatly improved Morty's chances with Jessica, which is why Morty resisted having him go away. In the end, Rick notes that Morty was quite willing to sell out his existence "for some trim."

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