DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Rick and Morty episode “Mortyplicity” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned, broh. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, squids and decoys! Well, squids and decoys are apparently one and the same according to “Mortyplicity.” While we didn’t get to see Nimbus inexplicably control the police again, we did get to see a sh*t ton of Ricks, Mortys, Beths, Summers and Jerrys kill each other. Relentlessly, I might add. With some intermittent sci-fi references for good measure.
So, do we ever learn who’s real and who’s a decoy? Did Rick and Morty kill God? Why does Mr. Always Wants To Be Hunted need to be hunted? Let’s delve into “Mortyplicity” and find out.
Now, we open with our core family sitting around the dinner table. Because of the multiverse aspect of Rick and Morty, this show seldom operates linearly, so it’s no surprise that we didn’t pick up after Rick was arrested last week. Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) and Morty (voiced by Roiland) reveal their desire to kill The Almighty.
Naturally, Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) are shocked. Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer) is indifferent. Suddenly, a horde of squid soldiers bursts into the room and subsequently slaughters them.
Next, we see Rick and co. chasing after a little fella named Mr. Always Wants To Be Hunted. Rick orders his family not to “hunt him to completion.” He gets an alert that a decoy family has been murdered, and they must get the hell out of dodge. Mr. Always Wants To Be Hunted can never replace Mr. Poopybutthole!
Then, Rick discloses that he created multiple decoys of them and scattered them across the US. He’s a wanted man, so why not try to protect himself and his family? Jerry’s mind can’t compute the high stakes of this situation. He’s probably thinking about lemon bars.
Meanwhile, there’s a Smith/Sanchez family in Italy on holiday. Rick receives a notification regarding the squids decimating a decoy family. Time to pack it up! Unfortunately, the said squids arrive prior to their departure and murder them.
Later, we see yet another Smith/Sanchez clan dinner. Rick’s alerted to the decoy scenario. He urges Morty to look for the failsafe code that’s nestled in his left ass cheek. Of course, this leads to a good ole fashioned fart. That seems like a grandpa thing to do. Jerry’s got those lemon bars.
Next, our crew bursts into another Smith/Sanchez residence. Rick learns that this particular Rick was creating decoys. A decoy creating decoys? Insert sci-fi reference here! He hears another Rick entering the premises. This Rick is announcing an Analysis Code. It’s “eight-equal-sign-equal-sign-capital-D.” For all you gross people with the humor of a seventh-grade boy, you know what that equates to.
Essentially, all of these Ricks are discovering that squids are slaughtering decoy families. Thus, they set out to also kill the decoys, to ensure that they themselves aren’t decoys. It’s a lot.
Then, we’re privy to a Clash of Smiths and Sanchezes. However, this battle is cut short when another Smith/Sanchez clan blows up the house, incinerating all within. So, there’s that. This Rick is flabbergasted that nobody has watched the 1986 classic flick Highlander. There can only be one.
Next, Rick and co. don squid costumes in an effort to throw the squids off their scent. That fails spectacularly. By “spectacularly,” I mean, “they all die.” Now, a montage plays out of all the Smiths and Sanchezes learning that decoys are dying, endeavoring to murder decoys, then kicking the bucket at the hands of decoys themselves. Just … decoy mayhem.
Suddenly, one Rick-led crew decides to live in the woods “like Libertarians.” They’re instantly captured by a forked-up-looking Rick whose self-awareness is overabundant. He knows they’re all decoys. Oh, and he’s pulling a Jeffrey Dahmer by skinning the Smiths and Sanchezes he kidnaps. Yummy. This Rick clan is saved by some weird puppet family that looks like them, but they’re, well, puppets. We’ve branched out from human decoys now.
So, we learn that the squids are also Smith/Sanchez decoys. I can’t make this sh*t up. More decoy Ricks, Mortys, Beths, Summers and Jerrys die. It’s the circle of life. Sci-fi reference!
Then, one Rick sends a beacon to all the decoys out there. He lures them to his house for one final showdown. Just to speed up this bloodbath. At the White House, the President is notified about the Sanchez massacre in the Southwest. He’s unphased by it all.
After a slew of Ricks killing Ricks, Mortys killing Mortys, etc., we see some Sesame Street-looking Smiths and Sanchezes observing the bloodshed from afar. They think their clever disguises will save them from the inevitable — their deaths.
But when they arrive at that fated house, they too bite it … thanks to Mr. Always Wants To Be Hunted! You didn’t think he’d be relevant to this story, did you? This is what happens when you don’t hunt him to completion! He hunts you!
Later, we see Rick and co. are traveling through space. They just embarked on a nice family adventure, as families are wont to do. Space Beth also joins in on the fun! Maybe that’ll happen more often. Suddenly, Rick gets an alert that a decoy family has been slaughtered. It’s an ouroboros of madness, y’all.
Now, the end-credit scene depicts a puppet Jerry falling into a river and being captured by beavers. The said beavers carve out a hole in his torso because beavers love that wood. Centuries later, Jerry’s wooden carcass is discovered by lizard travelers. Next, he’s propped up as a display in a cowboy alien bar.
This follows an inexplicable journey to the distant future on Earth, wherein the culture has reinvented Christianity. Puppet Jerry is being utilized as a part of the cross on which a “Christ” figure is crucified. Jerry just can’t seem to die!
Overall, “Mortyplicity” is f*cked up in the best way possible. There’s really no beginning, no middle or no end. Everything seems to happen on the same plane with the same level of intensity. It’s the Rick and Morty way, and I’m just along for the ride.
Are we all as perplexed as we were while watching Inception in 2010? Most likely, but at least “Mortyplicity” is entertaining. I can appreciate the fact that Rick and Morty just wants to confuse the hell out of us for no reason, whereas Christopher Nolan does this because he thinks he’s a genius.
Rick and Morty airs Sundays at 11 pm on your Adult Swim affiliate. Broh.
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