The Timeline of Rick and Morty

“M. Night Shyam-aliens!” (Season 1, Episode 4)

• The universe within the Zygirion simulation.

• The universe within the simulation within the simulation.

• The universe within the simulation within the simulation within the simulation.


9. The Old Man and the Seat (season four, episode two)

On one hand, it’s an episode about a selfish old man wanting to take a shit in peace and creating an entire planet to do so. On the other, it’s a portrait of sadness and a comment on mankind’s lifelong face-off with impending loneliness. And it’s got Ted Danson from Cheers in it. What more do you want?

Nerdiest nugget: Oh, here’s a doozy. The QR code on Rick’s hat is a real QR code. It takes you to the official Rick and Morty online shop, where you can buy the actual funnel hat that Rick wears!

“Mortynight Run” (Season 2, Episode 2)

• The universe inside Roy.

• An interdimensional asteroid that houses Jerryboree.

• The Promethean Nebula (the dimension “Fart” is from).

• A universe where Beth remarries a man named Paul Fleischman, who doesn’t overstep his bounds as Morty’s stepfather.

Ricks power struggles

While all that was happening with Evil Morty, Rick was dealing with a more domestic issue.

In the final episode of season three, his propensity to see past traditional labels and power dynamics puts Rick right in the crosshairs of the president of the United States. Always one for an adventure, Rick routinely takes calls from the “most powerful” man in the world because he feels like Morty is enamored with the idea of helping his country. However, when even Morty realizes that they’ve basically become the president’s intergalactic exterminators, they simply bail on a mission from the commander-in-chief in favor of playing Minecraft.

This raises serious questions about the limits to Rick’s “power.” Can he live in a world that he will neither govern nor be governed by? It may sound like a deep question, but Rick and Morty is nothing if not a series of deep questions delivered by way of fart jokes. 

Anyway, the president is desperate to prove that he doesn’t need Rick and Morty, but he keeps coming up short and becomes increasingly erratic as he constantly loses to Rick. Things devolve into a literal fist fight with POTUS that ends in a draw when Rick has family issues arise. Realizing that staying with his C-137 family on Earth means he can’t be a threat to national security, Rick tricks the president into thinking things are good between them.

However, the question of whether Rick’s limitless potential will make him a villain to Earth one day remains to be seen.

Why every Rick needs a Morty

In each alternate reality, Rick Sanchez is usually the smartest man in the universe. And in episode ten, it’s explained that enough Ricks found themselves across the multiverse and developed a dimension-spanning society made up entirely of Ricks from other universes and their Mortys. Together, they live on a floating space citadel. However, the Rick that viewers follow in the show (Rick from universe C-137) hates the idea of joining a group and would prefer being his own unique version of himself.

The Council of Ricks is introduced when it’s revealed that a Rick from another dimension has framed C-137 Rick for the murder of 27 alternate dimension Ricks. C-137 is arrested by the Council for the crimes and subsequently escapes. That’s where Morty learns that Rick’s genius gives off a very distinct brainwave pattern that makes it easy for his various enemies to track him. But one way to stop that from happening is to stand near someone with, as Rick puts it, “complimentary brainwaves” that he calls “Morty waves.” This reveals that traveling with Morty is a selfish necessity for Rick.

Soon after, the super-genius finds an evil version of himself has framed him and been using Rick-less Mortys as torture-fueled camouflage for terrorist activity. C-137 Morty stages a Morty rebellion, and Evil Rick is killed. However, the Council learns that Evil Rick’s Evil Morty was controlling the situation the whole time. Unfortunately, C-137 Rick and Morty aren’t privy to that information, and the episode ends with Evil Morty vanishing into the crowd at the Citadel.

Has there been a backlash against the show?

Of course. “Rick and Morty” fans have developed a reputation for their obnoxious self-regard. This has spawned a legion of memes that mock their egos.

1. Pickle Rick (season three, episode three)

The best Rick and Morty episodes – and that, in truth, is a crowded field – are the ones that you think are about one thing, but really are about something else. In this case, it’s an episode about Rick turning himself into a pickle – but it’s really a mediation on mental health, male fragility, fatherhood and family. Some men will literally turn themselves into a pickle to avoid going to therapy.

Nerdiest nugget: Dan Harmon has said that the Emmy Award-winning episode was largely inspired by the Breaking Bad episode ‘4 Days Out’.


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