‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: The Show Is Smarter Than This



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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Rick and Morty, Season 5, Episode 4, “Rickdependence Spray.”]

Last week’s episode of Rick and morty It may have reclaimed some old ground, but it also provided a new side to Morty Smith that we hadn’t seen before, the vulnerable teenager whose heart can still be broken by a girl despite seeing horrible things regularly. Well, any emotional growth sparked last week was forgotten, because Dependency Spray Rick has returned to worrying only about hot pranks at Morty’s expense.

The episode begins at Beth’s horse hospital, where Morty discovers a breeding shed used to “collect reproductive material” from horses. Morty then volunteers to work at the hospital for… reasons, and spends the next week having sex with the machine. Of course, just as Morty is getting comfortable with this new arrangement, Rick uses a tub filled with what he believes to be 100% horse semen to create a bioweapon against his latest enemy, a breed of cannibalistic horses that live under. earth, or CHUDs (the first of many references to the 1984 cult film). Since the tub also contains Morty’s DNA, Rick accidentally creates an army of giant intelligent sperm bent on destroying everything and everyone.

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It feels strange to say that a show with only 45 episodes under its belt is already repeating the same rhythms from history, but that’s Dependency Spray Rickis the biggest problem. We’ve seen episode after episode showing Morty’s arousal and exaggerating it for comedic purposes before, going back to the time when he got a sex robot pregnant and became a father in season one, but we haven’t seen it. the show has surpassed this ever since. Episode writer Nick Rutherford tries to provide some comments on America’s strange dislike of sex and the extremes they will go to to avoid mentioning it, as seen here by the increasingly ridiculous excuses that Morty and even Rick are going to admit to what actually created the giant killer sperm . At one point, Rick, who believes that he is responsible for the sperm, tells the president (a return Keith david) that sperm come from space, and are simply the real thing behind many myths, monsters, and legends such as the chupacabra, yeti, Stonehenge, and ancient Rome.

The problem is, the attempt to comment gets buried under a ton of rude and simple jokes that are neither clever nor funny. Not that Rick and Morty was a particularly clever show that required a high IQ to be understood, but this episode, in particular, is full of jokes you’d expect from a Seth McFarlane cartoons, instead of the show that has given us dark and emotional moments like “come watch TV” from Morty speech or the brilliant madness of the clone episode. Even when Rick and morty has resorted to disgusting humor, it has always been for a larger purpose, mainly for a final joke in which Rick reveals that it has all been a trick to teach Morty something, but not here. Rick never finds out that it was all Morty’s fault until he comes out and says so, and there’s no clever answer, not one last hooray, just a giant incest baby joke, that’s all.

At least Beth and Summer’s subplot has a bit more substance, as they are stuck having to witness the stupidity and stupidity of the President and his men for ignoring any ideas that come from a woman, and the President goes as far as to want to nominate a man for a Nobel Prize for an idea that Summer had said ten seconds earlier. Sure, this isn’t new terrain for television or even this show, but it’s better than dozens of tired jokes about sensitive semen. Also, this subplot gives us the only good joke of the episode, where the president refuses to kill a giant incestuous baby because it’s an election year.

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After five seasons, you can’t blame Rick and morty for the occasional lazy episode or bad jokes, but with almost 30 episodes remaining before the show order ends, something like Dependency Spray Rick doesn’t inspire much confidence for the future of Adult Swim’s biggest hit.

Interdimensional Lost and Found

  • This week’s big culture reference is for CHUD, but there’s also a pretty decent homage from Battle of Helm’s Deep.

  • So far, the weekly political jokes have felt a bit forced and out of nowhere, but the one about pro-life politics was golden. More Keith Davis, please!

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