Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! Rick and Morty spoilers are ahead!
It's no secret that Rick and Morty, the beloved Adult Swim series from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, knows how to make us laugh. True fans of the series will also tell you that the show is even better at making you feel. In the midst of its toilet humor and clever gags, Rick and Morty always finds an intelligent way to depress its audience. Whether through tragic characters clinging to false hopes about their futures or simply by showing us how small we are in such a huge universe, there's often no light at the end of this interdimensional tunnel.
So while we anxiously await the Season 3 release date (which is still unannounced), let's put on our spoiler hats and look back at seven times that Rick and Morty got a bit too real for comfort.
7. 'Keep Summer Safe'
Season 2, Episode 6: "The Ricks Must Be Crazy"
When Rick and Morty set out an an adventure to repair a microverse battery, Summer is left alone in Rick's spaceship, a powerful machine that has been given specific instructions to "keep Summer safe." When various parties approach the vehicle, the ship's AI takes drastic precautions to keep them at bay, including both physical and psychological harm. The episode raises important questions about the unwavering obedience and lethal implications of artificial intelligence, and it gives us one of the most squanched up moments to ever come out of the series.
6. Mr. Jellybean
Season 1, Episode 5: "Meeseeks and Destroy"
Morty is feeling down in the dumps over his recent adventure with Rick when a kind stranger approaches him in the bathroom. Mr. Jellybean gives some sage advice, lifting Morty's spirits and giving him a fresh outlook in terms of going with the flow. Things quickly turn sour, however, as Mr. Jellybean shoves Morty into a bathroom stall and forces himself on top of him. Morty is fortunately able to escape, but it leaves a dark tone on an otherwise quirky episode. We also learn more details about Mr. Jellybean himself towards the end of the episode, dark information that suggests a more complex, sinister past for the character.
5. Mr. Poopybutthole Takes A Hit
Season 2, Episode 4: "Total Rickall"
Throughout this episode, alien parasites have disguised themselves as friends of the Smith family and have implanted false memories to justify their existence. By the episode's conclusion, you're fairly certain that every parasite has been exterminated, except one. As a brand new character to Rick and Morty, you may be thinking that Mr. Poopybutthole is just another parasite scum. Morty's mom, Beth, certainly wondered the same thing when she grabbed a laser gun fired at Mr. Poopybutthole. What seemed like a triumphant moment soon yields to heartbreak as you discover that this new character was no alien creature, only a kindhearted friend.
4. 'I'll Be In The Garage'
Season 2, Episode 3: "Auto Erotic Assimilation"
Rick was having a depressing day when he wandered into the garage for some alone time. Coping with rejection by a woman he loved, feeling destructive and harmful towards his family, and overwhelmed by his cosmic insignificance in the vast universe around him, Rick decides to take his own life. He tests out his death ray on a slimey little creature and then sticks his own head beneath the laser. Only by passing out drunkenly at the last second is his life spared. With one of the most powerful uses of music in the show's history, this makes for a truly depressing scene to finish off an already disturbing episode.
3. Rick Imprisoned
Season 2, Episode 10: "The Wedding Squanchers"
It's not just the jail time for Grandpa Rick that has fans of the series bummed out, it's the events that led up to his confession and imprisonment. After ruining the lives of his family and fleeing to a new, comically sized planet, Rick overhears a conversation in which he appears unwanted — a nuisance to his entire family. Morty warns Rick that leaving will break his daughter's heart, but he does so anyway, resigning himself to imprisonment. Whether or not the Smith family will plan an escape for their patriarch is still unknown, but it could definitely remedy some of the pain that the finale caused for both Rick and the show's audience.
2. Morty Buries Himself
Season 1, Episode 6: "Rick Potion #9"
When an experimental love potion goes horribly wrong, Rick and Morty find their world infected by a horrific virus that turns all humans into Cronenberg-like creatures. The only solution is to leave their dimension behind and find a new one, specifically a dimension in which Rick and Morty have died. When our heroes are forced to bury their own corpses in the backyard, slipping into new lives in a replacement dimension, it takes a serious toll on Morty. Several episodes later, he ends up telling Summer, "Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody's gonna die. Come watch TV."
1. Mr. Poopybutthole's Season 3 Teaser
Season 2, Episode 10: "The Wedding Squanchers"
It was with great relief that Rick and Morty fans got to see their dear friend Mr. Poopybutthole one last time before the season finally ended. This relief soon turned to frustration, however, as we were told that Season 3 wouldn't be arriving for at least another year and a half. While the characters on the show have faced serious hardship, this moment was perhaps the most devastating for us, the viewers. Leave it to Roiland and Harmon to tease the much anticipated third season with one of the wackiest moments from the show's history. Well played.
While Rick and Morty may break our spirits and leave us cynical like Grandpa Rick, it's important to take note of the good things in the world, like this awesome 8-bit intro for the show that Adult Swim released last week. Or, the fact that Rick and Morty Season 3 comes out this year, with speculation for a surprise release in the next few months. Until then, keep getting schwifty, folks — there's a lot more sci-fi goodness to come!
What was your favorite moment from Seasons 1 and 2 of Rick and Morty?