DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Rick and Morty episode “Amortycan Grickfitti” is rife with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, skin demons and Bruce Chutbacks! Rick and Morty delivered an episode that’s not nearly as gross as last week’s outing. Unless you find Jerry-oke and new kids who don’t change pants to be absolutely nauseating. “Amortycan Grickfitti” is a play on the 1973 flick American Graffiti. Considering that most of the plot consisted of Summer and Morty driving Bruce Chutback around through space, this tracks.
I wouldn’t say this episode knocked my socks off for its brilliance or poignancy. If anything, “Mortyplicity” is the best episode of the season thus far. That being said, it’s typical Rick and Morty fare — fun and weird.
Ready to delve into “Amortycan Grickfitti”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke) asking Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) to stay with the kids for the night. She has to head into the horse hospital for an emergency birth. However, Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) reveals that he’s going to “Guys Night” with Jerry. Sorry, Beth, no dice! Beth urges Morty (voiced by Roiland) and Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer) to behave themselves while the adults are away. No parties or jumping through portals and sh*t.
Meanwhile, Rick and Jerry summon some skin demons via Hell Cube. Jerry eagerly discloses his grand plan for the night’s festivities: Jerry-oke! Bruce Chutback (voiced by Darren Criss) arrives at the Smith residence. Morty and Summer ingratiate themselves with Bruce because, duh, he’s Bruce Chutback. Morty flips on Interdimensional Cable, for starters. Summer procures the sofa wine.
But that’s not what arrests the new kid’s attention. He spots Rick’s spaceship and wants to go for a joyride. Rick’s spaceship denies them access. Morty and Summer fabricate a story about Rick being in danger, so now they have to go “save” him. Finally, the ship relaxes her defenses.
Next, the teen trio embarks on a series of space escapades complemented by Jerry’s fine karaoke stylings of that Day-Bow-Bow song. I know, I know, it’s called “Oh Yeah” by Yello. I will forever associate this song with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so “Day-Bow-Bow” it is.
Now, Beth drops by at Jerry-oke after delivering seven horses. She knows that the skin demons are poking fun at her husband, as is Rick. Rick urges her not to blow his cover. He owes these demons for something. Meanwhile, Rick’s spaceship is well aware that the kiddies attempted to hoodwink her into going on a space adventure against the adults’ wishes.
However, she won’t tell on them as long as she gets to do what she wants — cause absolute chaos. After the ship scares the sh*t out of the trio, she pulls into what looks like a diner. Bruce solemnly tells Morty and Summer that this evening does not “cut the Chut.” A lone Changeformer flirts with Rick’s ship. He’s heading to Chet’s party at Space Tahoe, which is gonna be all the rage, brah. She’s not a Changeformer, but she wants to impress this dude. She wants to lose her vehicular virginity.
Later, after imbibing on Hell booze, Beth regales the skin demons with tales of Jerry’s antics. Jerry moseys on over to the bathroom and overhears two demons diss him for his “cringe.” Jerry discovers that the demons only hang out with him for their own sick amusement.
Then, Rick’s ship gets all dolled up for the Changeformer. She even installs fake “body parts” to make it appear that she’s “Changeformed.” Unfortunately, her crush and the Space Tahoe partygoers see right through her ruse. She exacts revenge on them by setting the whole party ablaze.
Meanwhile, Jerry has angered the skin demons. They derive pleasure from pain, and it’s painful spending time with Jerry. But it hurts so good! In retaliation, they kidnap Jerry and take him to Hell. Beth and Rick are hot on their heels. Our fave father/daughter duo dons costumes that befit a pair of BDSM enthusiasts. Especially with the addition of Rick’s marlin.
Next, they find Jerry, who looks worse for the wear. The skin demons reveal that Jerry wasn’t the target — he was simply the bait. They wanted to lure in Rick and Beth. Cringe cannot exist in a vacuum, and their behavior is significantly worse. So, the demons bind Beth and Rick as well. Rick admits that he loves Jerry. Gross.
Thankfully, the trio is able to break free. Back in space, Morty, Summer and Bruce are arrested for a plethora of crimes, including the massacre at Space Tahoe. Their lawyer, “Alyson Hannigan,” enters the scene. She believes they should pin it all on Bruce. But that doesn’t cut the Chut.
Suddenly, Rick’s spaceship bursts forth. She was clearly doing some Weekend at Bernie’s voodoo with Alyson Hannigan. In Hell, Rick invents a device utilizing one of the skin demons that converts their pleasure from pain into actual pain. All suffering, baby, and not in a fun way. He blasts every demon they encounter with real, tangible pain. Then, Rick tells the leader that they’re now even.
Meanwhile, Rick’s ship takes the kids home. She “showers” prior to the adults’ arrival. Apparently, her owner can “smell” adventure. Rick, Beth and Jerry find the trio of teens innocently watching TV. Bruce departs, and informs Morty and Summer that he needs 24 hours to process this outing. If he wants to be pals, he’ll be in touch. After he leaves, Summer and Morty dig into the sofa wine. The Chut is all cringe.
Then, in the end-credit scene, Bruce is made fun of at school for wearing the same pants for two consecutive days. Thus, his social standing in the school hierarchy is tarnished. He’s also beaten by Mailboxians. It happens to the best of us.
Overall, “Amortycan Grickfitti”‘s fun is in its simplicity. Both the adults and teens get to have their own respective adventures. A spaceship tries to lose her virginity. Changeformers are like the Cali surfer dudes of Space Tahoe. It’s kooky, mindless entertainment. And that’s that, broh.
Rick and Morty airs Sundays at 11 pm on your Adult Swim affiliate.