Rick and Morty: Lawnmower Dog
May 26, 2015 11:20 AM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Morty needs an A in math class and Rick's solution is to 'inception' into his teacher's brain to plant the suggestion. Unsurprisingly, nothing goes as planned. Outside of dream world, Morty's father, Jerry, demands Rick upgrade the IQ of the family dog to make his life easier. Enter the reign of Snowball.

Rick and Morty are now available on Hulu Plus, in addition to Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network!
posted by Atreides (11 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
I loved this episode SO MUCH.
posted by bq at 11:38 AM on May 26, 2015 [2 favorites]


Has any other show ever been as absurdist as this one, as crass, as utterly without sentimentalism, and still managed to pull off the "let's make the audience cry about pets!" trick? Not that I can think of.
posted by Ipsifendus at 11:45 AM on May 26, 2015 [4 favorites]


For any other show, doing either an Inception parody or a Planet of the Apes parody would easily take up a whole episode. This show does both, because why should it have to choose?
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:23 PM on May 26, 2015


I love the Scary Terry resolution, especially Morty's attempt at casual coolness. "Hey, yo, Scary T, don't even trip about your pants, dog!"

Has any other show ever been as absurdist as this one, as crass, as utterly without sentimentalism, and still managed to pull off the "let's make the audience cry about pets!" trick? Not that I can think of.

Futurama comes close, beating it on the crying but coming up a little short on everything else. Family Guy tried and failed miserably.
posted by Sys Rq at 12:36 PM on May 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oddly, I liked this episode a tad more than the first because there was less drool and stuff spilling from Rick's mouth.

Am I right in thinking the teacher in Terry's nightmare was a play on the character Professor Charles Kingsfield, from the movie The Paper Chase?

Was Rick's reference to the possibility of the Dog Planet being the perfect platform for 11 minute episode tv show a play on something specific?


Shop Talk

FYI, if we resume the once a week per episode watching schedule as planned in the FanFare Talk discussion for the rewatch (which I forgot to mark for this one), it'll lead us right up to the Season 2 premier on July 26th. Okay, so the last episode will fall a couple days after the new episode premiers. So...if it's cool, we'll just double up for the last week of July 20, and smoothly transition into Season 2.
posted by Atreides at 1:09 PM on May 26, 2015 [1 favorite]


"You avoid getting shot in real life all the time, Morty, just do the same thing here."

(thanks for taking on the postings, Atreides)
posted by phearlez at 7:29 PM on May 26, 2015 [3 favorites]


Was Rick's reference to the possibility of the Dog Planet being the perfect platform for 11 minute episode tv show a play on something specific?

Justin Roiland actually pitched a show called Dog World but got turned down by the networks; the rough draft of the pilot is up on YouTube. Fun fact: this is where the theme music for R&M originally came from.
posted by Rhaomi at 1:16 AM on May 27, 2015 [5 favorites]


This is hands-down the best episode of this show so far.
posted by robcorr at 9:51 PM on June 2, 2015


Where are my testicles, Summer?
posted by Pronoiac at 10:04 PM on June 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


Am I right in thinking the teacher in Terry's nightmare was a play on the character Professor Charles Kingsfield, from the movie The Paper Chase?

I got a Pink Floyd The Wall vibe from him.
posted by Pendragon at 10:28 AM on June 11, 2015


Has any other show ever been as absurdist as this one, as crass, as utterly without sentimentalism, and still managed to pull off the "let's make the audience cry about pets!" trick? Not that I can think of.

"I thought the whole point of having a dog was to feel superior, Jerry. If I were you I wouldn't pull on that thread."

(I just got around to starting to watch this series and this is the episode that really sucked me in, the pilot was pretty dark.)

I liked how Snuffles, er Snowball, started off with a crude speak 'n' spell voice and then moved up to an autotuned one, with no one mentioning it.
posted by A dead Quaker at 8:09 PM on December 14, 2015


« Older Podcast: You Must Remember Thi...   |  Podcast: My Brother, My Brothe... Newer »

You are not logged in, either login or create an account to post comments