Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind   Rewatch 
July 21, 2015 11:53 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

A renegade alternate dimension Rick and Morty are on a killing spree and a pan-alternate universe council of Ricks point the finger at Rick, leading him and Morty on an escape for Rick's life and a hunt for the true culprit of the Rickacides. In the course of the adventure, Morty learns the secret to his companionship with Rick and Jerry meets a Rick he can love.

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Notice: Due to the premiere of Season 2 this coming weekend, the final episode of Season 1 will be posted on Friday!
posted by Atreides (15 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
you know he eats shit right.

I like that profoundly slow rick is still much smarter than Jerry.
posted by French Fry at 12:53 PM on July 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


One of the great things about the R&M DVD/Blu-Ray set is that it comes with an actual copy of "The Good Morty" comics tract that shows up in this episode. It's unsettlingly faithful to the Jack Chick style.
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:25 PM on July 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Did anyone else have a moment of suspecting Slow Rick as the hidden mastermind?
posted by Paragon at 4:30 PM on July 21, 2015 [5 favorites]


The super-casual Morty abuse, right down to the "Free Replacement Morty" coupon, is the most interesting thing about this episode. Rick Prime, if you will, seems to be one of the few Ricks who actually cares about Morty.
posted by ob1quixote at 6:32 PM on July 21, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love how there's a shot of the council of Ricks and it looks like the council from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
posted by Catblack at 6:32 PM on July 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


I like the small details in this episode such as the cowboy versions of Rick & Morty and the Scientist Formerly Known as Rick. This was also the episode with the Gravity Falls tie-in. Also that Blonde Redhead song at the ending.
posted by cazoo at 12:02 PM on July 22, 2015


The super-casual Morty abuse, right down to the "Free Replacement Morty" coupon, is the most interesting thing about this episode. Rick Prime, if you will, seems to be one of the few Ricks who actually cares about Morty.

I don't have time to rewatch this right now but this made me wonder about how long Rick Prime has been with Morty... and if he's his first. Was the post Love Potion universe jump his first? Was there a prior Morty? It doesn't feel, as an audience member, like Rick Prime and Morty have been together all that long in comparison to the way the other R&Ms act like they have.
posted by phearlez at 12:47 PM on July 22, 2015


Speaking of post-Love Potion universe, did you notice Cronenberg Rick and Morty in the background? Cowboy Rich and Morty HAD to be from the alternate dimension on the other side of the galaxy that Fry see's in Futurama when they take a field trip to the edge of the galaxy.

I loved the conclusion with Evil Morty hiding his mind control device and just slipping away into the masses of Mortys being shipped home to their respective universes. The music and the imagery was just spot on, and of course, the significance of the twist given that the episode had harped throughout that Morty's were special because their relatively dumb/less smart brainwaves were useful to Ricks.

The Ricks also raised the question of the Ricks in uniform and stuff. Did they rotate through the positions like the National Guard? Were there simply Ricks who wanted to be the enforcers for the Rick Alliance instead of hanging out at their daughter's house inventing things?

Props for the wonderful multi-dimensional hopping chase. It feels weird to admit it, but I felt bad for the Ricks and Mortys who appeared to get grabbed by nasty monsters and stuff. I don't know why. I thought, "I kind of care about our Rick and Morty, and those guys aren't that different and..."
posted by Atreides at 1:11 PM on July 22, 2015


The multi-dimensional nature of this show is addressed a little in the second episode of next season. It makes a great bookend to this one, though it won't air for almost two weeks.

But come to think of it, Rick's dimension hopping reminds me of Matt Howarth's Ron and Russel Post, two brothers who can shift between reality levels at will, subjects of the rather obscure (but highly recommended comic) "Those Annoying Post Brothers". There's a whole arc devoted to one of the characters having to kill other dimensional versions of himself.
posted by Catblack at 4:18 PM on July 22, 2015


There's an interesting theory going around that Rick Prime is not really Morty's Rick. When Rick's memories are being probed, we see an image of Morty as a baby. This couldn't be possible because early in the season it is mentioned that Rick had been away from the family for the past 20 years and Morty is only 14. Did Rick sneak back to take a look at baby Morty? Or is that a different Morty? Perhaps it could even be Evil Morty?
posted by cazoo at 5:30 PM on July 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


There's an interesting theory going around that Rick Prime is not really Morty's Rick.


In this scene Rick references '50s rock and roll singer "Tiny Rogers", and no one else seems to recognize the name. I always read this as a hint that Rick isn't originally from the universe the series starts in (where, presumably, the singer was known as "Little Richard")
posted by DiscountDeity at 7:08 AM on July 24, 2015 [4 favorites]


This couldn't be possible because early in the season it is mentioned that Rick had been away from the family for the past 20 years and Morty is only 14.

it could be possible if a wizard did it
posted by Hoopo at 10:29 AM on July 24, 2015


The variations of people/chairs/phones/pizzas ordering delivery is one of those things I'd like to use to rope in new viewers but I don't think the scene really stands on it's own and me describing it definitely wouldn't do it justice. But it's SO PERFECT!
posted by elr at 10:47 AM on July 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


I believe is the episode where they (YouTube) cross over with gravity falls
posted by gryftir at 3:23 AM on July 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


The variations of people/chairs/phones/pizzas ordering delivery

I like they go all-in and have them sitting on people in the chair-dimension, being served phone-food.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:10 PM on December 1, 2015


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