“Look, Morty. It’s The *burp* Plum List and they are writing about us, Morty! About all the things we say. Remember that? The things we always say on our adventures, Morty? Oh, it’s good, Morty, it’s mostly me and that’s why it’s good, Morty. Summer is also there, Morty. And that stupid dog of hers. He nearly destroyed us, that dog! Remember that? Remember how we nearly *burp* died, Morty. We nearly died!”
Roughly two years ago, on 10 May, Adult Swim renewed Rick and Morty for an additional 70 episodes. If you’re only now discovering the series for the first time, you need to listen to the best advice I can give you: Don’t binge this series.
I know we’re in lockdown and you’re spending more time online, but choose something different to binge. You can check out these 30+ binge-worthy box sets to stream online in South Africa.
Treat Rick & Morty as if it is the only bottle of whiskey that you bought before lockdown and the alcohol ban kicked off in South Africa. Here’s why: it’s a dry country out there, people.
Unlike other animated shows, with a few months between season releases, the creators of Rick & Morty make us wait for two years at a time. Not only that, but they also split the seasons and only give us five episodes at a time, roughly half a year apart. Savages!
Do you know what waiting for a Rick & Morty season does to a fan’s psyche during lockdown?
In my case it made me put on a Rick hoodie and a Morty hoodie and play tennis as Rick and Morty against myself on the lawn. Wait, I will show you:
At the beginning of May, and still under COVID-19 lockdown, we finally arrived at the second half of season four.
I asked some of my friends and fellow fanboys and fangirls to list some of the most irreverent, shocking, cynical and hilarious rapid-fire one-liners.
- Morty should just change his name to Morbid: “Don’t run. Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.”
- Snuffles (Summer’s dog) gets highly philosophical. Also, we suck as humans: “Tell me, Summer, if a human was born with stumpy legs, would they breed it with another deformed human and put their children on display like the dachshund?”
- “Where are my testicles, Summer?” is another laugh out loud memorable moment, also delivered by Summer’s dog, Snuffles. It’s a laugh with a tear though, again making us reflect on our relationship with domesticated animals and our needs versus theirs.
- Rick Sanchez doesn’t beat around the bush. Here is his harsh take on what love is: “Listen, Morty, I hate to break it to you, but what people call “love” is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed.”
- “You need to research his drool and drinking habits. Something weird is going on there!”
Okay, this isn’t actually a quote but a request from one of my friends. He is, of course, referring to Rick’s constant drinking and burping. Here is the short answer: it isn’t alcoholism. Rick drinks some sort of an extract that keeps him super-intelligent and you frequently see empty bottles falling out of his spaceship whenever he and Morty land in some weird destination or parallel universe.
- Summer being a typical millennial high school teenager: “All I have are pictures of me and my friends from school. What? What teenage girl has pictures of her family? It’s not like we’re Mormon or dying.”
- This perspective on love from the Monogatron warlord who wants to take over Earth for its water supply in episode 2, “Your love’s value is defined by scarcity. You are highly trained to seek it and you have no idea how to maintain it. If you have bothered to master love, you would have known it is as abundant as water. You know what isn’t? Water. That shit runs out!”
- Rick giving Morty’s dad, Jerry, proper homeschooling on the concept of schooling: “I’ll tell you how I feel about school, Jerry: it’s a waste of time. Bunch of people runnin’ around bumpin’ into each other. Got a guy up front who says, ‘2 + 2’ and the people in the back say ‘4’. Then the bell rings and they give you a carton of milk and a piece of paper that says you can go take a dump or somethin’. I mean, it’s not a place for smart people, Jerry. I know that’s not a popular opinion, but that’s my two cents on the issue.”
- A very morbid and hilarious Rick on weddings: “Weddings are basically just funerals with cake. If I wanted to watch someone throw their life away *burp* I would hang out with Jerry all day!”
- This is just plain laugh out loud stuff. I was watching this in bed with headphones on but got into trouble for waking up my wife because the scene just came out of nowhere: “Morty, get their weapons quick! I only had one of those things. I’m holding a carton of Tic-Tacs right now!”
- In episode 6 of season 4, Morty talks about buying a new train. I feel like Rick’s angry response needs a bit of an explanation. You will see why: “Buy another one, Morty! Consume, Morty! Nobody out there shopping with this fucking virus!”
See what I mean?! You will be totally forgiven for thinking that Rick is referring to the coronavirus. It would be very topical but that is not the case.
According to Rick and Morty co-creator, Dan Harmon, this storyline was originally intended for Community, another comedy series that he worked on. Harmon referenced the second episode of season four of Rick and Morty and explained that the plot of Rick’s private toilet being used by someone else was inspired by a planned plot for Jeff Winger, one of the characters from Community:
“There was one concept that was always floating in the air which was the idea of doing an episode about Jeff Winger being a shy pooper. I ended up grafting that over to Rick & Morty.”
- And finally, a simple two-worded quote that is deserving of its very own music video, Rick and Morty style: “Get schwifty!”