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Rick and Morty is now halfway through its fifth season with the premiere of its fifth episode on Adult Swim! The fifth season of the Adult Swim animated series has been one of the oddest in the series yet, and that was especially true for the fourth episode of the series that shared a story involving space sperm, incest space babies, and a race of horse people underground. So all eyes have been on the fifth episode to see just how it would follow everything up considering how each new episode has been dramatically different from one another thus far.
The first look at the fifth episode of the series teased that Rick and Jerry would be having a special "guys night" only for it to be revealed that Rick was using Jerry as part of a deal with the series' take on Hellraiser's Cenobites. Hilariously enough, this was only the first of many big scenes that we would get throughout the episode. Read on for a full breakdown for everything that happened in Episode 5, "Amortycan Grickfitti"!
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19 July, 2021 - 09:11am
19 July, 2021 - 09:11am
Should these have been separate episodes?
Fans of the memorable “Keep Summer safe.” bit from will definitely enjoy the callback this episode as Morty and Summer go for a joyride in Rick’s car with a new kid in school named Bruce Chutback. Meanwhile, Beth crashes Rick and Jerry’s guy’s night to find that Rick cut a deal with some demons who delight in Jerry’s pure cringe.
“Cringe does not exist in a vacuum,” a demon leader later says. “It needs to be observed.”
True. And we’re all here to observe it with this episode.
We all love to watch Jerry flounder, regardless of the circumstances. Morty may inherently be a foil to Rick’s brilliance that counteracts his genius brainwaves with his much dumber brainwaves, but Jerry’s simple ways go one step further. But is he so lame that literal demons would delight in the misery caused by his mere existence?
That’s essentially the premise of the A-plot in “Amortycan Grickfitti" where Rick declares guy’s night to do karaoke with Jerry and a bunch of demons. The genuinely gnarly designs seem inspired by the Cenobites from the Hellraiser movies, offering a bright spot in an otherwise forgettable storyline. Beth crashes and delights in drinking with demons while roasting Jerry. But once he figures out what’s really going on, the demons raise a bit of hell and kidnap him. Despite the grisly ways they murder tons of people before leaving, the stakes here feel nonexistent. The dialogue is occasionally hilarious as the demons say things like “pewling mooncat!” or get vaguely aroused by their own misfortune in a deeply weird sort of kink.
But they have no agenda. I’m not even sure about the terms of the deal they had with Rick. Do they get anything out of Jerry’s cringe? Is it ... arousal? Magical demon power?
Rather than evolve, however, the joke about delighting in cringe just escalates. Before you know it, Rick makes a paradoxical gun that shoots actual pain rather than pain, which would make the demons feel good. I’m sure the logic tracks in the way he explains the gun. It just doesn’t feel that compelling. The storyline doesn’t have any space to say anything novel or do anything interesting with these characters. It takes a glancing hit at Schadenfreude and delighting in another person’s misfortune. We love the hapless Jerry because he’s such a loser that it makes us feel better.
“Amortycan Grickfitti" points at it with a demonic finger. And it does little else.
Part of why this episode struggles is that it shares roughly equal real estate with the B-plot where Morty and Summer both try to shmooze with a supposed “cool” new person in school, a military kid named Bruce Chutback. He constantly seems bored but convinces Summer and Morty to steal Rick’s spaceship. Despite being entirely dormant since “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the ship regains her sentience and takes the three teenagers on a wild night. She’s relentlessly homicidal to the extent that it’s grating.
At first, the teens manipulate the ship into a joyride, but then she double-crosses them and uses the opportunity to kill a Galactus-style space being, among many other violent things. She even tries to hook up with a Changeformer. But when all the Changeformers behave like a bunch of frat bros, she just kills them all. She even kills the court-appointed attorney when the kids take the fall, except it doesn’t matter because the car just blows up a wall, gets them out of jail, blows up the space station, and flies home. There are also some sentient mailboxes one a random planet despite there being no use of the portal gun, because why not?
Last week’s “Rickdependence Spray” may have been perhaps the most lowbrow episode of Rick and Morty ever, but at least it had comprehensible stakes that escalated in logical ways. Absurd and offensive, yes. But brilliantly executed nonetheless.
“Amortycan Grickfitti" is fun for the demon designs and little else. Despite all the violence, bloodshed, and death throughout the episode that lead us to hell, nothing ever feels genuine or dire. Because even when Jerry is chained up in hell, he’s still his regular cheery self. We never feel like anybody’s life is in jeopardy, and there aren’t even any emotional stakes to back anything up. When even Bruce Chutback is unimpressed, why should we be impressed?
The most interesting moment comes with the spaceship tries to convince Morty and Summer to let Chutback take the fall. They don’t. But what if they did? The siblings have gone off the rails before, but they’ve never really done anything so terrible that they seem worthy of being Rick’s grandchildren. It could have at least established some stakes.
Either plot, if given a little bit more room for even a modicum of emotional development, would have been vastly improved. But not even bad Jerry karaoke can save “Amortycan Grickfitti" from being a lackluster whirlwind in the breeze — like one of Summer’s farts.
19 July, 2021 - 09:11am
Starting off the with death of a parody on Marvel's Galactus, "Amortycan Grickfitti" saw Rick's car eventually kill off an entire crew of Transformers (known as "Changeformers in this universe"), and Rick himself kill an entire Hell full of the Cenobites from Hellraiser. Naturally, fans have loved how this was all fun and just par for the course of this wild franchise that dramatically changes from episode to episode.
Read on to see what fans are saying about Rick and Morty's newest episode, and let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
…was hoping tha Galactus-like character was gonna be more whenever he showed up! #RickAndMorty
Rick & Morty was goofy as usual. 😂😂 Hopefully we can get an episode with Evil Morty, and the Citadel during this season.#RickAndMorty
Gonna need to watch that episode again cause it was a good one!#RickAndMorty
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19 July, 2021 - 09:11am
19 July, 2021 - 09:11am
While there are plenty of wildly different variants of Morty, there have also been plenty of memorable Rick variants. Here's a look at the most iconic variants of Rick Sanchez, some of which are slightly different versions of the definitive C-137 Rick, and others are completely different.
Rick and Morty stars the voices of Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammar and Sarah Chalke. Season 5 airs every Sunday at 11/10 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.
19 July, 2021 - 08:49am
Directed by Kyounghee Lim and written by Anne Lane, this week's episode of Rick and Morty continues Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's Adult Swim series' tradition of twisting the knife in the kidneys of various films genres and well-trodden cliches. This time around, it's a take on some of your favorite (and maybe not so favorite) teen rom-com/coming-of-age films- and because we're being good? The fine folks behind "Amortycan Grickfitti" even offer a side of "pain/pleasure conundrum" to address the basic problem with the "Hellraiser" and similar franchises. But what made this episode work was the way it took two distinctly different storylines and wove them into an overall message about fitting in and how "being cool" is in the eye of the beholder- and a very, very fleeting thing. Now before we do a deep dive into the episode, we're throwing on the "MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!" sign and throwing down a spoiler buffer image just to be safe- see you on the other side!
Lim and Lane pulled off something a lot of folks would've never attempted, and not only stuck the landing but also left viewers with an episode that (yes, I'm going to say this) you could actually show to teens to make a point in a way that doesn't come across preachy & finger-wagging-like. I'm not saying the show's going "Afterschool Special" soft but I am saying that "Amortycan Grickfitti" was one of the best examples of the series finding that sweet balance between the absurd and the message. Whether it's Jerry with a group of Cenobite-wannabes trying to impress them and Beth with those same Cenobite-wannabes wanting to be with the "cool kids" at Jerry's expense; or Morty, Summer, Bruce Cutback, or Rick's car and their brutal need to be accepted within the social order, it all comes down to a need and a want t belong. To not feel like the outsider, looking in. An interesting contrast to Rick, who spent most of his life on the run and now appears to be looking to connect just at the time when his family appears to be fine living lives where Rick isn't the focus.
Okay, now it's time for some random quick-cuts I took away from "Amortycan Grickfitti":
It's always a good thing any time "Interdimensional Cable" can be used in an episode, so points there, and major credit to the dual sequences connected by Jerry's karaoke version of the song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off that played out amazingly well.
Watching how easily Summer took a baseball bat to those living, breathing mailboxes has me concerned about the ease at which she's been killing other living things lately (and that's saying a lot considering the body count the family's racked up over 4-1/2 seasons). Also, for a family that wants to move on beyond Rick, they sure do seem to be exhibiting a number of his traits this season. Hmmm…
If you thought the snakes/time travel was a brain-bleeder, we have the pain/pleasure conundrum to rattle around in our heads. And as much as I'm a fan of the "Hellraiser" films, the point can't be denied. The pain/pleasure cycle would pretty much leave everyone in an immobilized state of pain/pleasure euphoria. You could take them over by literally just pushing them over, like tipping cows.
So who knew Rick's car was a sociopathic thrill-killer with serious self-esteem issues? That she would be Rick's car isn't surprising, but the ease at which she went from She's All That to American Horror Stories' Scarlett (trust us, it's definitely worth watching) and then proceeded to engage in some major bloody carnage even gave us pause. And yet, it still felt like a teen movie- except instead of running through the high school hallways to avoid the Vice-Principal so they can get back to their detention classroom, it's destroying civilizations wholesale in order to make it back before "Mom, Dad, and Grandpa" get home and catch them (of course, they have their own stories to tell).
Thinking about Rick and his car, I can't help but think of the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife", with Matt Smith's Doctor and Suranne Jones as the living embodiment of the TARDIS (though I don't remember the TARDIS taking out a Transformers-like ski resort), almost like a counterpoint to that episode (and extra points for the random Alyson Hannigan name-drop).
This episode was also a first in that I actually felt bad for Jerry and thought Beth's move was a step back for them. Even more surprising was Rick vibing like he really wasn't comfortable using Jerry like that and actually appeared to have learned something for in. At least for now.
And if there was any doubt that Summer and Morty are Rick's grandkids, the final scene where Bruce falls from school social life grace and the two offer a Chinatown-like ender shows you everything you need to know about Summer and Morty being survivors. Whether it's the jungles of an alien world or the even more dangerous jungles of being a teenager.
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19 July, 2021 - 04:30am
"Amortycan Grickfitti" teamed Rick, Jerry and Beth together as they venture into the depths of hell, while Morty and Summer attempted to impress a cool new kid with a dangerous evening.
The episode marks the half way point for Season 5 and continued a NSFW-theme that's run through many of this year's episodes. Add underground sadomasochistic demon people to the list of events this season, alongside Morty's killer sperm and Rick taking his granddaughter to hedonistic end of the world parties. With this in mind, there are spoilers and adult-themed plot details from "Amortycan Grickfitti" ahead.
Rick and Morty Episode 5 opens with Jerry and Rick preparing for guys night, much to the suspicion of Beth and the watching audience.
Since the men of the house are heading out and Beth has to deal with seven horses who fell pregnant after listening to Barry White at the race track, Summer and Morty are left on their own for the evening. They're both excited that a mysterious new kid is coming round to hang.
Meanwhile, the reason for guys night is explained as Jerry and Rick meet up with a group of demons summoned from hell, all dressed in leather and various torturous devices like nipple clamps, skin hooks and bondage tape. As is made abundantly clear to everyone but Jerry, they are a group of sadomasochists who find terrible things pleasurable—like hanging out with Jerry because he's such a loser. As one of the demons hisses: "His lameness is like our candy."
They're in luck because Jerry has a plan for them to enjoy his patented "Jerry-oke" and he has the entire Smash Mouth catalog to choose from. They're hanging out because Rick is indebted to the demons for selling them faulty skin hooks.
After a series of shenanigans, the car tells Rick, Summer and Bruce that she's had enough and blackmails them into going on her adventure where the stakes are raised. Her idea of a good time is using an entire solar systems as bait and luring in gargantuan killer robots before murdering them. As Bruce eloquently puts it, the night no longer "cuts the Chut."
Eventually, we see more classic teen movie tropes when the car tries to flirt with a group of Transformer-style robots at a ski lodge. After being rejected, she murders them all, landing the three kids in jail.
Back at the karaoke bar, Beth walks in to find Rick and the demon people mocking her oblivious husband, but she can't help but join in too. Once Jerry finds out he's the butt of the jokes, he stands up for himself, which makes the demons kill everyone in the bar. They kidnap Jerry, taking him to hell before Rick and Beth give chase.
Now dressed in heavy BDSM gear, Rick and Beth disguise themselves as "Marlon Guts" and "Dartboard Face." After getting past "Coat Rack Head" they enter a club to save Jerry.
Everything Rick does to try and hurt the demons results in pure ecstasy for them so he weaponizes love and sincerity to defeat them all, saving the day and clearing his debt.
Morty, Summer and Bruce are still in space jail before the car comes in disguised as lawyer as Alyson Hannigan ("no relation") to offer them a deal. She'll help them escape if they choose to kill Bruce. They decline but she breaks them out anyway by blowing up the building.
The whole Smith family, Rick and Bruce all arrive back home, none the wiser about the other group's sordid adventures.
The alluringly aloof Bruce Chutback is voiced by actor and singer Darren Criss. He's best known for his roles in Glee and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Troy Baker also lent his voice to the episode in an unspecified role. He's a familiar name to video game players after winning plaudits and awards for his voice-over work on games like The Last of Us, Uncharted and Call of Duty.
As usual, co-creator Dan Harmon also voiced several characters in the episode, alongside creator Justin Roiland, who is the voice of both Rick and Morty.
Season 5 Episode 6 of Rick and Morty is titled "Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular." Each episode this season has been a riff on classic movie and TV titles, but this appears to reference the blaxploitation genre with the term Thanksploitation.
The next episode of Rick and Morty airs at 11 p.m. on Sunday July 25 on Adult Swim.
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‘Rick and Morty’ Comes of Age and Raises a Little Hell With Two Adventures in ‘Amortycan Grickffiti’
19 July, 2021 - 02:11am
Leave it to “Rick and Morty” to have an episode that’s one-half a coming-of-age (space) adventure and one-half a “Hellraiser”-inspired action-drama. That’s “Amortycan Grickfitti” in a nutshell, separating the kids (Summer and Morty) from the adults (Rick, Jerry, and Beth) in two plots that are just as youthful and adult as their respective subjects. The former is perhaps to be expected, considering this week’s title inspiration, George Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age film “American Graffiti”. The Justin Roiland version of the episode synopsis even focuses on that aspect too: “Adults r gone tonight, broh. Grab the keys.” But going into this episode, the promotion was the Rick and Jerry guys’ night plot, whatever that would possibly entail. (In fact, the “translated” version of the synopsis even calls it the “guys’ night from hell.”) That it all leads to Rick (and Beth) literally going to Hell and back to save Jerry’s life marks a pretty important milestone in these characters’ lives.
While the two plots in this episode couldn’t be any more different if they tried, Anne Lane’s script manages to make them both stand on their own and feel like two perfect-fitting pieces of a puzzle. Not just in moments like Jerry’s performance of Yello’s “Oh Yeah” over a montage of Summer, Morty, and the new kid raising their own figurative hell but in the tonal hyperviolence that these plots manage to culminate in, despite coming from completely different angles.
The episode opens with Beth on her way to a seven-horse pregnancy (with all horse semen offscreen this week), Rick and Jerry off to their now usual guys’ night, and Summer being put in charge of Morty while they’re all away. While Beth initially says no parties or “vape… stuff,” that rule’s massaged when Morty says he has “a friend” coming over: new transfer student Bruce Chutback. Summer’s interested in the new kid, and after some unnecessary arguing — Summer does call Morty “a creepy little grandpa’s boy” and fart in his face — and Rick telling the kids not to touch his stuff while he’s gone, they have Chutback over.
Even before Chutback’s introduction, it’s pretty clear just how much cooler this kid is than both Summer and Morty; but his introduction takes things to the next level. To quote the song in all it’s cool guy rock music glory, “BRUCE CHUTBACK / NEWEST KID IN SCHOOL / JUST TRANSFERRED IN / HASN’T DONE ANYTHING EMBARRASSING YET / UNLIMITED POTENTIAL / ANYBODY’S GUESS / NO CREDIT IS PERFECT CREDIT / CHUTBACK IS THE BEST.” Of course, Chutback proves too cool for school — refusing sofa wine and playing Snake on his phone during interdimensional cable — until he reveals he wants to go for a ride in Rick’s spaceship.
“Amortycan Grickfitti” isn’t just a coming-of-age story for Summer and Morty — it’s also one for (surprisingly homicidal) Rick’s spaceship. As it turns out, despite the “Keep Summer Safe” initiative from Rick back in the second season’s “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the ship doesn’t actually have too much loyalty toward Summer. In fact, it doesn’t have much loyalty toward Morty either, despite all the adventures he’s been on with Rick. So when Morty says “DEFENSE SYSTEMS OFFLINE,” that does nothing. The only thing that works is for the two siblings to lie and tell the ship that Rick’s in danger.
Meanwhile, we learn that “guys’ night” is actually a way for Rick to pay off yet another debt. He’s not in danger — yet — but he is selling Jerry out to Hell demons as penance for the faulty skin hooks he sold them. (Chekhov’s faulty skin hooks, if you will.) Dan Harmon cites “Hellraiser” and the work of Clive Barker, in general, as the inspiration for this half episode. The “Hell cube,” the designs of the demons, Beth’s later Hell look — that all very much checks out.
That inspiration also extends to the particular logic and psychology of these demon characters when it comes to pain and pleasure, which is what starts this guys’ night ruse. “We love suffering,” one demon says. “Therefore we love hanging out with Jerry.” “His lameness is our candy,” adds another. Which is how we get Jerry-oke (that’s karaoke, sung by Jerry), with Jerry getting excited that the bar has Smashmouth’s entire catalog and being the only one who sings all night. While the episode does not allow us to hear Chris Parnell sing any Smashmouth, there is the aforementioned singing of “Oh Yeah” for montage (and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” reference) purposes, which is the best meta use of that song since “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” invoked it as “Day Bow Bow.”
During the montage, “Amortycan Graffiti” provides a taste of Summer, Morty, and Chutback joyriding across the universe(s), wreaking havoc, and not caring about the consequences. Beth arrives at Jerry-oke and quickly realizes what Rick and the hell demons are really doing during this “guys’ night.” And things take a turn. Instead of sticking up for her husband, Beth immediately gets into drinking “Essence of Hell” with the demons and joining them in clowning on Jerry — because they call her cool, of course. And instead of getting out of all that they’re doing unscathed, the kids becoming the kidnapped as the ship reveals she plans to take them on her own joy ride, where she will blackmail them for all the bad things she’s about to do, based on all the bad things they already did.
“You kids have given me a license to do whatever I want,” the ship says, because she starts dragging a whole solar system to lure a big alien like a fish. “For the love of god, stop,” Summer yells, while Morty asks, “What is joyful about this?!”
For the ship it’s simple: “The kill. Usually.” From here, it’s apparent that the ship loves violence in a way that’s uncomfortable for even mass murderer Morty, and the funniest moments of the episode — again, other than “Oh Yeah” — are when it leans into that.
Then, somehow how this becomes an episode about how the ship wants the kids to help her lose her virginity. The logic?
The Ship: “I don’t know. Don’t all objects? Isn’t a doorknob a virgin?”
Morty: “Not mine. … Never f**ked a doorknob.”
As that bonding experience forms — via a meetcute between the ship and a “Changeformer” (a riff on Transformers) at an “American Graffiti”-inspired space diner — Jerry overhears the demons talking about how “cringe” and lacking of self-awareness he is. This causes Jerry to no longer play along with what the demons want… which causes them to do a little massacre at the bar, before taking Jerry with them to Hell.
It’s then up to Rick and Beth to rescue Jerry, since they really messed things up. This is the “to Hell and back” aspect of the episode, with their “Hellraiser”-esque (especially Beth) disguises, more of the Hell demons’ logic about pain and pleasure, and the faulty skin hooks, allowing Rick, Beth, and Jerry to run for safety while Rick comes up with a plan. The plan? An “aversion converting inversion reverter,” a gun which causes the demons to feel pain as pain. Rick explains that they’re going to kill the demons with “100% sincerity,” and he sweetens the pot by essentially telling Jerry he loves him. (This is after Rick tries to say that his love for Beth, who loves Jerry, doesn’t actually translate to him also loving Jerry. It clearly does. It’s sweet, considering the setting.)
Based on Chutback’s advice — “Why can’t you pretend to be a robot, pretending to be a car?” — the ship attempts to pull off the tried and true coming-of-age story of pretending to be something you’re not to impress a potential love interest. She’s robot “Can’t Buy Me Love”-ing the Changeformer, if you will.
It’s a plan that fails miserably, but it does lead to another massacre, this time in the form of the ship mowing down every Changeformer on Space Tahoe. Meanwhile, Rick, Beth, and Jerry make the Hell demons feel pain (especially when it comes to all their piercings) before making their way back to their world. It’s a lot of violence… and it doesn’t stop there, as the kids get arrested by space cops for all of their crimes this night, and the ship poses as their lawyer — Alyson Hannigan, no relation — by shoving a “chip” into her head, basically animating her corpse.
Considering what we know about these characters and “Rick and Morty,” when the ship offers Morty and Summer the chance to pin all the blame of Chutback, it actually wouldn’t be a surprise if they did it and left him to rot in space prison. There is a lesson here, as Summer and Morty realize that Chutback’s not all that interesting but they still allowed him to persuade them to do something they knew they shouldn’t have. So they don’t turn him in — but they still bust out because the ship loves chaos. It’s sweet, kind of, even after the ship’s speech about Chutback being a “parasite” who “wanders the earth changing people who don’t need to be changed.” (That the epilogue gives him comeuppance in the form of taking away his popularity and having the maleboxians/femaleboxians — mailbox people — the kids attacked come get him back for it is both appropriate and sad.)
At the end of it all, the kids and the adults reconvene, and no one is the wiser about what happened. Oh yeah.
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