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Recap / Rick And Morty S 2 E 9 Look Whos Purging

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Rick and Morty arrive on an alien planet to fix their ship just as the day of the purge begins there, Jerry and Summer work on their father-daughter relationship, but his lack of employment keeps coming up.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: When Morty wants Rick to land and rescue Arthricia, the latter mentions the clause non-interference policy.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Rick enjoyed the locals' idea of a Purge, only to see how violent it actually was. And this was before he got stranded on the planet without weaponry.
  • Berserk Button: Morty is furious when the Old Man in the lighthouse calls him a terrible person and tries to kick him and Rick out—despite Morty not doing anything wrong, actually listening to his whole (terrible) screenplay, and attempting to be polite about it—just because Morty gave him some honest feedback on the screenplay that the Old Man specifically asked for. This results in Morty pushing him down the stairs and semi-unintentionally killing him, though he does feel bad about it moments later.
    Morty: Should we "flash back to three weeks earlier", when you were alive?!
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  • Brick Joke: Jerry going on about Taddy Mason during the space phone call. At the end of the episode it's revealed that Taddy Mason is a friendship phone line for $1.99 a minute, to the point where their phone bill is $700, clearly with Jerry spending several hours on the phone.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Morty to Rick.
    Morty: Screw you, Rick! I'll purge you, too, you old, rickety piece of crap! This has been a long time comin'! I'm gonna rip your fuckin' guts out and smear 'em all over your face!
    [Rick electrocutes Morty to knock him out]
  • Can't Take Criticism: The second Morty offers a critique on his screenplay, the Old Man (who practically begged for him to be honest about it) gets pissed off.
  • Chekhov's Gun: After Morty reflects on his actions, Rick assures him it was because the candy he ate contained Purgenol, and that his character is still intact. But then subverted when the label on the candy reveals that it's now Purgenol-free, meaning Morty's actions really were his own.
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  • The Dulcinea Effect: Morty tries to convince Rick to rescue Arthricia after seeing her surrounded by potential murderer/rapists.
  • Dynamic Entry: Rick smashing the door to the rich peoples' place open with his boot.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Rick is initially quite curious to see the aliens carry out the Festival. After a few moments, though, it proves so violent and disgusting that he wants to leave. Later, he is fine with killing people in the Purge at first, whether it was to protect Arthricia or just in self-defense, but then even he is disturbed when Morty goes crazy and starts killing people who weren't even attacking them. When Morty refuses to listen to Arthricia and wants to simply kill her, Rick says he is acting like a fucking lunatic and tells him to calm down.
  • Expressive Ears: Arthricia has them.
  • Generic Name: When talking about some of the worlds he's been to that have done a purge, Rick says one of them was simply called "Murder Night."
  • Gorn: Oh, yeah. It quickly gets to the point where even Rick is grossed out.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Early on when Rick comments on the massacre from his shuttle while blood splatter hits the windshield.
  • Here We Go Again!: After Rick and Morty leave, the aliens begin to argue over how their new society should work. One of the farmers suggests designating a period of time where they can get their rage out of their systems.
  • Hypocrite: Morty points out the writer practically dragged out of him the minor criticism he gave.
  • Inciting Incident: The bug hitting the ship's windshield. Had that not happened and caused a mess, Rick wouldn't have needed to stop to get wiper fluid.
  • Kill the Poor: One point of the Festival. Arthricia stole Rick's ship in order to slaughter the rich and later does so with the armor.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At the start of the episode, Rick and Morty note how this is the first adventure this season where it's only just the two of them.
  • Lighthouse Point: Rick and Morty find a lighthouse from where they can send a beacon.
  • Mook Horror Show: When Morty goes on his killing spree. Also Arthricia later at the rich peoples' place.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Rick is shot in the liver but it doesn't seem to bother him much.
  • Overly Long Gag: Arthricia telling Morty that she already has a boyfriend, then going on for nearly a minute apologizing and making it even more awkward.
  • Panspermia: Rick offhandedly implies that life on planets developed from bugs that came from space.
  • Powered Armor: What Rick gets Summer to send to the planet.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Morty struggles with his anger the entire episode, but while getting punched in the armor, he completely loses it and goes on a killing spree.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Arthricia, especially after Rick gives her Morty's power armor.
  • Rock Bottom: After the probe is launched, Jerry reveals he wanted was to ask Summer for a few hundred dollars to get him through the month. She turns him down and walks out, leaving Jerry reflecting on hitting rock bottom. A piece of the ceiling then hits him on the head.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Played for Laughs with Rick's suit of armor having a built-in stereo which blasts the upbeat New Jack Swing song "Feels Good" by Tony! Toni! Toné! as he and Arthricia slaughter people.
  • Staircase Tumble: The lighthouse owner breaks his neck tumbling down the stairs, courtesy of Morty pushing him.
  • The Stinger: Beth, in her only appearance in the episode, asks Jerry who Taddy Mason is and why their phone bill is $700 because of him. Cue a television add popping up revealing that Taddy has a friendship phone line that Jerry's clearly been calling. Beth, unamused, tells him to get a job.
  • Stylistic Suck: The lighthouse owner's screenplay is pretty terrible.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Morty when he succumbs to rage. It gets to the point where he slaughters people who were just trying to hide and even shoots corpses.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Morty looks at his hands after he caused the fatal Staircase Tumble.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Morty when he finally loses control.
  • We've Got Company: Said by Rick before we see him and Morty surrounded by townspeople.
  • Wham Shot: The label reading "Now Purgenol Free".
  • Whole Plot Reference: To The Purge. Rick says he's been to several planets that have done just this.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Jerry's attempts to talk to Summer and how she's growing up so fast are revealed to just be a way to point out how she has a job now and can loan him some money.


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