Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Rickdependence Spray


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

Final week’s episode of Rick and Morty might have retreaded some outdated floor, but it surely additionally offered a brand new facet of Morty Smith we hadn’t seen earlier than, the weak teenager who can nonetheless get his coronary heart damaged by a lady regardless of seeing horrible issues on the common. Properly, any emotional progress teased final week was completed for and forgotten, as a result of Rickdependence Spray is again to caring solely about attractive jokes at Morty’s expense.

The episode opens at Beth’s horse hospital, the place Morty discovers a breeding shed used to “acquire reproductive materials” from the horses. Morty then volunteers to work on the hospital for… causes, and spends the following week having intercourse with the machine. In fact, simply as Morty is getting snug with this new association, Rick makes use of a vat stuffed with what he thinks is 100% horse semen to artistic a bio-weapon in opposition to his newest enemy, a race of underground-dwelling cannibal horse individuals, or CHUDs (the primary of many references to the 1984 cult movie). Provided that the vat additionally incorporates Morty’s DNA, Rick by chance creates a military of big sentient sperm hellbent on destroying all the things and everybody.


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It feels bizarre to say {that a} present with solely 45 episodes underneath its belt is already repeating the identical story beats, however that is Rickdependence Spray‘s largest problem. We now have already seen episode after episode play out Morty’s horniness and blowing it out of proportion for comedic functions earlier than, going all the way in which again to that point he knocked up a intercourse robotic and have become a father in season one, however we’ve not seen the present surpass this since then. Episode author Nick Rutherford does attempt to present some commentary about America’s bizarre aversion in the direction of intercourse and the lengths they will go to keep away from mentioning it — as seen right here by the more and more ridiculous excuses Morty and even Rick go to confess what actually created the enormous killing sperm. At one level Rick, who believes he is the one chargeable for the sperm, tells the president (a returning Keith David) that the sperm got here from house, and are merely the actual factor behind many myths, monsters and legends just like the chupacabra, yeti, Stonehenge and historic Rome.

The issue is that the try at commentary will get buried underneath a ton of crude and low-hanging jokes which might be neither sensible nor humorous. Not that Rick and Morty was a very sensible present that required a excessive IQ to be understood, however this episode, particularly, is filled with jokes that you just’d count on from a Seth McFarlane cartoon, fairly than from the present that has given us bleak and emotional moments like Morty’s “come watch TV” speech or the good madness of the clone episode. Even when Rick and Morty has resorted to gross humor, it is all the time been for some bigger function, largely for an ending joke the place Rick reveals it is all been a trick to show Morty one thing, however not right here. Rick by no means discovers that it was all Morty’s fault till he comes out and says it, and there’s no intelligent comeback, no final hurrah, only a joke a few big incest child, that is it.

Not less than Beth and Summer time’s subplot has a bit extra substance, as they’re caught having to witness the president and his males’s stupidity and stubbornness over ignoring any concepts that come from a lady, with the president going so far as eager to nominate a man for a Nobel Prize for an concept Summer time had stated 10 seconds earlier. Certain, this is not new floor for TV and even for this present, but it surely’s higher than the handfuls of drained jokes about sentient semen. Plus, this subplot provides us the one good joke of the episode, the place the president refuses to kill an enormous incest child as a result of it is an election yr.


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After 5 seasons, you’ll be able to’t blame Rick and Morty for the occasional lazy episode or unhealthy jokes, however with practically 30 episodes left to go earlier than the present’s order is up, one thing like Rickdependence Spray would not encourage a lot confidence for the way forward for Grownup Swim’s largest hit.

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  • This week’s huge cultural reference goes to C.H.U.D. however there is a fairly first rate Battle of Helm’s Deep homage in there too.
  • To date, the weekly political jokes have felt a bit compelled and out of nowhere, however the one about pro-life politics was golden. Extra Keith Davis, please!

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