Rick & Morty: Why Sticky Has 2 Tails (and One Eye)


Sticky had two tails in Rick & Morty season 5, episode 4; this is why the mutated human sperm looked different from the others.

WARNING: The following contains SPOILERS for Rick and morty Season 5, Episode 4, “Rickdependence Spray”.

Sticky saved the day in Rick and morty episode “Rickdependence Spray”, but the animated series never explained why the mutated sperm had two tails (not to mention one eye). Rick and morty Season 5 episode 4 followed action-packed repercussions for the main characters’ dishonesty, particularly teenage Morty’s reluctance to admit that he admitted to misusing his mother’s vet equipment. This culminated in an exciting (albeit absurd) “climax” that resulted in Sticky impregnating a giant egg, but does not address lingering questions about Sticky’s unique morphology.

In “Rickdependence Spray,” Rick’s science experiment goes terribly wrong, as it often does, because the genetic material he used was tainted – Morty had experimented with the rearing horse mount earlier in the episode meant that of course his own Reproductive genetic material was mixed with that of the equestrian genre. Morty comes face to face with his own shame when his sperm (singular is “sperm”) take a gigantic shape and mutate into vicious, man-eating monsters.

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Quickly turning into a pastiche, the Rick and morty The episode parodies action movies as too masculine, through the satirical lens of semen, literally the essence of man, that threatens the planet. Ironically, Sticky stands out from the rest of his species due to his abnormality, both in terms of his behavior and his form. Less aggressive and fearsome than his peers, Sticky befriends Morty, allowing the abnormal sperm to emerge victorious in the end, infiltrating in the final moments to fulfill its genetic purpose. Physically, Sticky is also obviously different: he has two flagella, or tails, as well as a large eye, a more pinkish hue, and a generally less healthy (and less intimidating) appearance.

Sticky is an example of abnormal sperm morphology, which, according to Mayo Clinic – is actually very common. In fact, Mayo Clinic suggests that “only about 4% to 10% of the sperm in a semen sample are normal.“Typical defects include double-tailed, like Sticky, as well as having two heads, a crooked tail, or just being deformed in general. Healthier sperm are much more likely to fertilize an egg, while sperm are not believed to Healthy people have a higher chance of birth defects or other complications.In Sticky’s case, his genetic abnormalities were likely exaggerated due to the experiment, causing him to form his large friendly eye in addition to the mouths and teeth that others developed.

Narratively, Sticky’s design in the Rick and morty The season 5 episode serves a dual purpose: it makes Morty’s “tame” version of the mutated sperm instantly identifiable among others, while also parodying the trope of an abandoned, disfigured, or disabled character who switches sides due to a kind act (probably the best associated with the Sloth bow in The goonies). It also increases the likelihood that “giant incest baby“Shown in the post-credit scene with birth defects. It is possible that Sticky was the most social and intelligent version of the mutated sperm (aside from the ‘queen’, of course), so he was the father of the baby who was seen in the post-credits scene could prove beneficial in the future. One thing’s for sure: “Rickdependence Spray” will be remembered as one of the strangest Rick and morty episodes ever made.

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