Rick and Morty – Pickle Rick

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2017

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Rick and Morty - Pickle Rick television review

After turning himself into a pickle to avoid family therapy, Rick (Justin Roiland) has one hell of a day. What starts out as a cute, if bizarre, premise of Rick rolling around the garage bench celebrating his pickleness soon turns dark for the pickle man who gets washed into the sewer. One of the bloodiest episodes of the series, “Pickle Rick” showcases Rick murdering dozens of rats for their body parts in order to construct an exoskeleton and make it out of the sewer. Climbing out of the toilet of a foreign embassy full of gun-totting fools, Rick’s day of murder (involving knives, lasers, explosives, and Home Alone-style murder traps) has just begun.

While far less bloody, the other plotline involving Beth (Sarah Chalke), Summer (Spencer Grammer), and Morty (Roiland) in a school-enforced family therapy session with a psychologist who normally treats those who eat their own poop delves into the family’s dysfunction, beginning with Beth’s inability to see her father’s limitations. Given Beth’s behavior in the doctor’s office, and Rick’s diatribe about therapy to a trained killer named Jaguar (Danny Trejo), it’s hard to tell exactly where the show comes down on therapy. Reunited, Beth and her father seem to have a stronger connection after their hard days, but the entire process doesn’t seem to have helped either Morty or Summer at all. But those pickle murders? Priceless.

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