Rick and Morty: The Wedding Squanchers
October 5, 2015 10:51 AM - Season 2, Episode 10 - Subscribe

When Rick gets invited to Bird Person's wedding, he initially turns it down, but the family convinces him to go, and they join him for all the hijinks! [Season finale]
posted by filthy light thief (54 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
When Nine Inch Nails' Hurt is used to wrap up an episode, you know it's going to be dark (and I think it was used well).
posted by filthy light thief at 10:56 AM on October 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


And don't worry, season 3 is coming (Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland interviewed with The Hollywood Report).
posted by filthy light thief at 10:58 AM on October 5, 2015


One thing I really appreciate about the show is how they're able hint at and reveal a much deeper universe than the one that we get a glimpse of.
posted by Carillon at 11:12 AM on October 5, 2015 [6 favorites]


And to clarify, I think this episode does a great job at it.
posted by Carillon at 11:18 AM on October 5, 2015


Neat stuff here.

What initially seems like silly different culture stuff - till you die, till I die in the ceremony - is actually foreshadowing.

Rick is shitty to the family about coming to the wedding but if Tammy was undercover then they have known where Rick was for a while. It's not obvious they would have done any better if the Federation had come to snatch them up back on Earth.

The hint that Jerry is going to like life under the Federation just fine (or thinks he will) is darkly amusing.
posted by phearlez at 12:18 PM on October 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


Given past threads noting the importance of song choice in this series, it floored me when I realized what the song was/was going to be. "Oh. This is really serious. They're running with this."

Does anyone know if it was a cover or the original?
posted by CrystalDave at 12:27 PM on October 5, 2015


What initially seems like silly different culture stuff - till you die, till I die in the ceremony - is actually foreshadowing.

Damn, I missed that, just as I missed "a wedding is just a funeral with cake" also being foreshadowing. Still, I would like my funeral to include cake (perhaps even a cake in the shape of me, because that would be funny, as long as the me-cake was actually delicious).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:27 PM on October 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


CrystalDave: Does anyone know if it was a cover or the original?

Comparing someone's rip from the episode and this (original/studio/album?) version, they sound pretty similar, down to the ambient noise and echoing background vocals. The rip sounds a bit noisier, but that could come from compression or effects from the show.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:42 PM on October 5, 2015


Gotta give the show credit: I never thought I'd care what happened to Squanchy or Bird Person, nor did I ever expect Earth to end up with aliens everywhere. That was well played. (I also saw Tammy's betrayal coming as soon as Rick let his guard down, but I didn't imagine it would get *that* dark.)

It's not obvious they would have done any better if the Federation had come to snatch them up back on Earth.

Agreed. It seems like that could have easily gone worse, at least for the rest of the family.
posted by mordax at 1:03 PM on October 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


This season of Rick and Morty has been very strong, and I liked the finale. But I felt like they are trying to pull a Venture Brothers and swerve strongly from the ludicrous to the serious. This episode reminded me very strongly of "Powerless In The Face Of Death".
posted by vibrotronica at 1:05 PM on October 5, 2015


So I'm curious: we've seen space travel and time travel (with the testicle monsters from S2E1*) but have we seen anyone other than Rick and the Smiths travel through dimensions?

I'm wondering if the Federation is a multidimensional entity and if so, how it interacts with the Council of Ricks. Many people on the show seemed familiar with portal guns, but I'm wondering if they're unaware that they can travel through dimensions.

*as opposed to the many other beings that could adequately be described as "testicle monsters" throughout the show's run

Great finale.
posted by elr at 1:16 PM on October 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


mordax: It seems like that could have easily gone worse, at least for the rest of the family.

They just arrived on Federation-managed (or controlled?) Earth, and less than 10 minutes after clearing customs, Jerry owes the government money and is enslaved given a job to pay back that money. We haven't seen that job, and we don't know where they can live. Their home may have been (nearly) demolished while looking for information on Rick, or it might just be kept in storage as evidence for his many crimes against the Federation.

In other words, it's going to get worse for them, really fast. Any goodness will only be superficial, like the time Summer was a good and obedient teenage daughter because she was in deep with that cult.

At least they're alive, and not (yet) maimed, so there's that.
posted by filthy light thief at 1:21 PM on October 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


If the Federation is multidimensional, I wonder if Eyepatch Morty was ultimately targeting them rather than the Ricks. Maybe they killed his Rick. Or the show is going timey wimey on us and Eyepatch Morty is just Morty. He has shown a real dark side at times this season. Probably none of the above, but I expect to see that Morty again one way or the other.

The wait for season 3 is going to be a long one.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 1:35 PM on October 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Oh, this is not a good situation for anyone on Earth I think. (Though it might be a little more gutsy if it was, a la the takeover thing that happens in Angel) But I just meant that Rick lashes out about going to the wedding when they might very well have showed up at the Sanchez compound and taken him unawares. It's a bloodbath but it's a bloodbath he escapes from and which didn't show up while he was asleep, for example.
posted by phearlez at 2:01 PM on October 5, 2015


One more for my Cartoon Superscientist Singularity kookery: We've just witnessed, in one quick sequence, the complete transformation of regular Earth into Futurama Earth.

Does anyone know if it was a cover or the original?

That's the original, yep. You can tell 'cause it sounds like the CD's defective. One of my favorite music videos.

(Best use of Nine Inch Nails in a TV show since Carol made a casserole.)
posted by Sys Rq at 3:35 PM on October 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'd heard it was another emotional ending and damn. Mr. Poopy Butthole taunting me at the end didn't help. :(

Guns Are'nt Fun.
posted by sparkletone at 5:53 PM on October 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


The funny thing is I said 'hooey' in the same singsong like 5 seconds before Mr. Poopy Butthole did.
posted by signal at 7:06 PM on October 5, 2015


Tammy's parents were voiced by Gaius Baltar and Number Six.
posted by The Nutmeg of Consolation at 7:28 PM on October 5, 2015 [13 favorites]


So apparently Adult Swim just lets you stream these on their website? Which I have been very much appreciating for the last few hours.

I was seriously wondering who the hell Tricia Helfer played when I saw the closing credits.
posted by figurant at 7:35 PM on October 5, 2015


Now in Rick Potion No. 9, when they jump universes at the end... wouldn't Rick then have two portal guns?
posted by Catblack at 8:04 PM on October 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


I turned to my husband when the first commercial break began and said, "Well, that was one hell of a first act." I loved the rest of the episode too, as much as one can love an episode with sooo much bad news, but it felt to me like the pacing didn't know how to recover once the first act was over.

Last season's finale was probably my least favorite of the season, and my feelings on Community's finales were often sort of mixed, so I went into this one with low expectations. But they had a lot of hard-hitting moments and a lot of shit went down and it will definitely be super hard to wait for next season, so I think this episode was a success. Bird Person was one of my favorite minor characters on the show. I will miss him.

I predict Jerry will thrive under the new Earth regime.
posted by town of cats at 8:05 PM on October 5, 2015


The downer ending felt more earned here than in other episodes, maybe just because it's a bummer the season is done. Great finale. The team deserves, at the very least, some technical Emmies for the animation. Episode after episode, what a gorgeous show.
posted by Lorin at 9:11 PM on October 5, 2015


Rick freaking out about the planet where everything is on a cob is maybe the best joke the show has done.
posted by painquale at 12:22 PM on October 6, 2015 [16 favorites]


Just rewatched it and when Rick puts his portal gun on overload, the countdown is like the Predator's countdown before the nuke goes off. Nice touch.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 1:37 PM on October 6, 2015 [7 favorites]


Rick freaking out about the planet where everything is on a cob is maybe the best joke the show has done.

Oh, that joke only gets weirder when you plug the coordinates from DNA-on-the-cob screenshot into satellite mapping and zoom in to ground level.
posted by Doktor Zed at 1:47 PM on October 6, 2015 [15 favorites]


Rick freaking out about the planet where everything is on a cob is maybe the best joke the show has done.

I missed the connection for this. Could you explain the joke?
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:59 PM on October 6, 2015


urbanwhaleshark, I thought the joke was that Rick found it so inexplicably terrifying. I mean, Rick is nonchalant about all kinds of terrifying shit (last week he opted to stay and spectate for a purge for kicks, ffs) but for some reason he gets to "on a cob" planet and nopes out like a toddler being asked to try an unfamiliar vegetable.

But I would be thrilled to learn there was more to it than that!
posted by town of cats at 8:46 PM on October 6, 2015 [5 favorites]


Well, the Cul-de-Sac in Doktor Zed's link does resemble a Hangman's noose.
Or a tear. Or even a testicle. So there's that.
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:36 AM on October 7, 2015


I missed the connection for this. Could you explain the joke?

There's no connection or reference that you're missing. It is what it is.

Oh, that joke only gets weirder when you plug the coordinates from DNA-on-the-cob screenshot into satellite mapping and zoom in to ground level.

I think the point of that imgur page is to show that there's nothing special there when you zoom into ground level, so the person who made the page went and put a corncob there himself. (Note the vertical framing of the cob picture. It was taken on a phone.)
posted by painquale at 6:27 AM on October 7, 2015


yeah that corn is definitely planted for the photo
posted by numaner at 9:50 AM on October 7, 2015 [3 favorites]


This was one of those finales that makes you just want the next season here now. I love when shows just push the story through a transformation and stick with it, instead of returning to the status quo to keep a section of fans happy and sedated (which is why I tell everyone to watch Eureka), so after turning their dimension into the cronenberg one and permanently vacate to a new one, I love this show even more. I hope the new Earth as part of the federation gets to move along with the story and not just returned to normal.
posted by numaner at 9:54 AM on October 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


There's no connection or reference that you're missing. It is what it is.
painquale

Sorry for being dense, but what is it? Could you explain? I really don't get what the joke is. Is it what town of cats said? I thought it was going to be brought up later in the episode and explained, but I guess not.
posted by Sangermaine at 1:58 PM on October 7, 2015


Oh, and:

Rick is shitty to the family about coming to the wedding but if Tammy was undercover then they have known where Rick was for a while. It's not obvious they would have done any better if the Federation had come to snatch them up back on Earth.
phearlez

It's a little weird, but maybe the Federation was setting up a bigger sting. Bird Person said that 17 of the Federation's most wanted criminals were at his wedding. Maybe the Federation planted Tammy to get close to Rick and Bird Person so that they could arrange this event and net a bunch of their criminals in one action.
posted by Sangermaine at 2:01 PM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sorry for being dense, but what is it? Could you explain? I really don't get what the joke is. Is it what town of cats said?

Yeah, that's pretty much it. The joke is that there's absolutely no reason why an on-the-cob planet should be terrifying, and yet that's the most scared we've ever seen Rick. It's just a lovely moment of nonsense.
posted by Itaxpica at 7:24 PM on October 7, 2015


Mr. Poopy Butthole is real. Because now I have a bad memory of him... Ooh-wee...

*rolls on floor*

Ooh-wee...
posted by SansPoint at 7:44 PM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


> have we seen anyone other than Rick and the Smiths travel through dimensions

I'm kinda hoping that the portal gun is Rick's "thing" — the superpower that makes him one of the universe's most dangerous creatures. Nobody else has really figured it out.
posted by archagon at 11:12 PM on October 7, 2015


holy crap, that ending. Hurt is a really powerful song, and they was it was interlaced with the action was amazing.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:37 AM on October 8, 2015


Sorry for being dense, but what is it? Could you explain?

Yeah, like Itaxpica said: we have no reason to think that a planet where everything is on the cob should be that scary. So Rick's unexplained terror is hilarious.
posted by painquale at 5:57 AM on October 8, 2015


painquale I dunno... the birds on the cob, and the ants on the cob were both pretty darn freaky. At a certain point, enough stuff on the cob would make me nope out too.
posted by SansPoint at 8:50 AM on October 8, 2015


I took it as "If we stay here, we'll become on-a-cob"
posted by CrystalDave at 9:38 AM on October 8, 2015 [5 favorites]


  1. Unless I'm mistaken, there is at least one portal gun remaining on earth, likely still in Rick's lab. This is because (as others have observed) the Rick that got killed immediately before Rick and Morty jumped away from the Cronenberg'ed universe had a portal gun.
  2. The reason why I don't find "interdimensional travel is incredibly rare and Rick is the only one who knows how to do it" satisfying is that if portal guns are so spectacularly difficult to make, every Rick would presumably want to have as many backup portal guns as possible
  3. In practical terms, this means that any number of Ricks will be spending their spare time on the lookout for dimensions where a Rick just got killed, so that they can go take that Rick's gun and keep it as a spare
  4. Oh but wait, Ricks are totally willing to dick each other over for their own benefit without hesitation. Therefore, no Rick with a backup portal gun would ever leave it anywhere where another Rick might portal in and steal it.
  5. As such, either Rick has a second portal gun on or in his body somewhere, such that not even the Federation's jailers could find it, and for some reason allowed himself to get arrested, or it's otherwise stored in a thoroughly Rickproof fashion, or portal guns aren't rare.
tl;dr: Either Rick has an unnecessarily complicated plan, or portal guns aren't rare, or the multiverse of this show isn't as well thought out as I'd like it to be.

My preferred solution: this Rick fucked up. He's in space jail forever. The family is okay, though, because next season they're going to take up with a different Rick and carry on like nothing's changed. After all, we're already on our second Beth and Summer and our third Jerry. Why not switch Ricks, too?
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:21 PM on October 8, 2015


Ugh, switched Ricks. Why does that possibility bother me so much?
posted by Mister Cheese at 1:14 AM on October 9, 2015


Because we are simply incapable as modern people of accepting the idea that one person - who we're emotionally invested in - is so cosmically irrelevant and easily replaceable. Rick's "don't think about it!" isn't advice we can take. Additionally, it fundamentally breaks storytelling rules (because we can't cope with it) by having all these things that happened before amount up to absolutely nothing. The R&M universe is a return to the world a thousand years ago where life was meaningless because it was brutish and short and it offends our sensibilities so much we - Morty - just can't accept it, no matter how much evidence piles up

Hell, Rick can't accept it either as far as the nature of self-identity. When he's dropped into a young body it's not a copy of his consciousness, which would just be redundant with all the other Ricks out there. There's some gadget that moves him and he has to use it to move back. Why? Because the younger meat computer he's running that brain on changes him in a way he can't accept, even if it's benign by every measurement we'd consider. So he destroys all the bits of project lazarus because even that small tweak in himself is unacceptable. It's not enough that everyone still sees him as Rick and he still sees himself, mostly, as Rick. That small little bit which we can accept as personal growth is too much.

So for us to know that there's still a Rick whose adventures we watched out there, rotting in a prison, even if we have a functionally identical one? No go. It makes us confront an irrelevance we can't stomach.
posted by phearlez at 7:01 AM on October 9, 2015 [11 favorites]


Well, that, and also it's been established that this Rick is the most Rick one.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:04 PM on October 9, 2015 [5 favorites]


The reason why I don't find "interdimensional travel is incredibly rare and Rick is the only one who knows how to do it" satisfying is that if portal guns are so spectacularly difficult to make, every Rick would presumably want to have as many backup portal guns as possible

Maybe it's relatively easy for Rick to make a new one, but it's not easy for anyone else because they don't have the knowledge. So they are super rare, but Rick doesn't feel the need to stockpile backups.

Anyway, even if there are no portal guns left in this dimension, a different-dimension Rick from the council of Ricks could Rick into our dimension and Rick our Rick out of Rick jail.
posted by painquale at 1:39 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Holy hell. Tammy Gueterman (bride of Birdperson) is the daughter of Pat and Donna Gueterman, voiced by James Callis and Tricia Helfer. And if that isn't a Harmon/Roiland TV injoke, I don't know what is.
posted by figurant at 11:14 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


Opening scene: there is one box of Strawberry Smiggles. Rick's bowl is completely marshmallows, everyone else's is just cereal. Obviously because he took them all, selfish bastard.

As far as plot from here, a few ideas:

1. The Council of Ricks exfiltrates him. A few of the council members even attended his party in the last episode of season 1.
2. An agent of the Galactic Federation secretly transfers him to a development lab oriented to developing antimatter weaponry capable of defeating Fart's civilization.
3. In some dimension, the Ball Fondlers are real, and Squanchy, who survived the Red Wedding, hires the B-team to break him out.
4. Unity successfully integrates the Federation, as hinted at in Auto Erotic Assimilation, and frees Rick after confronting him about the series of crimes he committed.

Finally, I imagine Jerry's new 'function' will be related to the juvenile last bit of Rick's informant call declaring his love of all things testicular.
posted by pwnguin at 12:41 AM on October 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


aaaaAAAAAaaaaAAAA
posted by GenericUser at 9:24 AM on October 10, 2015 [6 favorites]


The screaming reflection in the water slayed me. I have to make sure everybody I know watch R&M and that video now
posted by numaner at 9:27 PM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


So for us to know that there's still a Rick whose adventures we watched out there, rotting in a prison, even if we have a functionally identical one? No go. It makes us confront an irrelevance we can't stomach.

Wait isn't that what this series is about though?
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 11:03 PM on October 11, 2015 [1 favorite]


If Rick is replaced (which I could see working for one episode), I hope it's by Jerry's friend Doofus Rick.
posted by knuckle tattoos at 12:28 AM on October 16, 2015 [6 favorites]


Yesterday I realized that you can fit Rick and Morty in to SNL's Weekend Update Stefon character pretty easily:
Seth: So, Stefon, what are some good shows on television right now?

Stefon: Well, Seth, television's hottest show is “Rick and Morty.” From the minds of cartoon pervert Justin Roiland and alcoholic Dungeons and Dragons player Dan Harmon comes this emotionally harrowing animated science fiction sitcom. This show has EVERYTHING: Interdimensional cable star Gazorpazorpfield, Testicle Aliens, Herzogs, Bird Person, Schleem, Cronenburgs…

Seth: ...Wait, what's a Cronenburg?

Stefon: You know, it's like that thing where you get your science genius grandpa to make you a love potion but everyone has the flu and they turn into mantis people so then he tries to fix it and instead turns everybody into fleshy nightmare Cronenburg monsters so you have to escape to another dimension where you just DIED.
posted by arcolz at 11:07 AM on October 19, 2015 [4 favorites]


Because I am a huge nerd, I immediately recognised this robot in the high-security prison as this Star Wars assassin droid concept art.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:51 PM on December 30, 2015 [3 favorites]


UH, hi, everybody.
I'm Rick. You know,
when I first met
Birdperson, he was
(trail off)
(crumple up notes)
(Ad-lib)

posted by A dead Quaker at 8:09 PM on December 31, 2015 [3 favorites]


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