DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Rick and Morty season finale episode “Rickmurai Jack” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril. 

Welcome back, Ricks and Mortys! We’ve reached season finale territory for Rick and Morty. In addition, a brief resurgence of the Citadel. Admittedly, its revival feels unnecessary, especially since it’s destroyed again — this time, by an Evil Morty. 

While the Rick and Two Crows Show is immensely short-lived, Rick and Morty’s friction doesn’t end there. Thankfully, the show continues to address their abusive relationship. 

“Rickmurai Jack” is heavy-handed with the exposition, notably with our titular duo’s origin stories. Is it needed? Probably not, but the ending leaves some loose threads for Season Six. 

Ready to delve into “Rickmurai Jack”? Let’s get to it. 

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We open with Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) wreaking havoc as Crow Rick, complete with a Crow Horse and his trusty crow sidekicks. Morty (voiced by Roiland) follows him to an owl planet. He’s hoping that Rick will drop the crow schtick and return home with him. 

Next, we get a kickass anime-inspired theme song. Clearly a red herring, in hindsight. 

Later, Rick reunites with Morty while in search of his archnemesis, Crow Scare. Morty is now 40 years old, having aged while waiting for Rick. 

Then, Rick tracks down Crow Scare only to find his crows have sided with the enemy. Actually, they initially belonged to Crow Scare. Their allegiance to Rick was merely a ploy to win back the affection of Crow Scare. So, there’s that. 

Rick returns home to Morty, Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke), Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) and Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer). We learn that Morty purchased an aging serum to lure Rick back. Beth urges Rick to reverse the effects of the serum. 

So, our eponymous pair returns to the Citadel, which has been rebuilt in the time since we last saw it. Morty is restored to his normal 14-year-old state. 

Meanwhile, one Morty, now president of the Citadel, invites Rick and Morty to dinner. Of course, he has a nefarious, underhanded scheme up his sleeve. 

He captures our duo and scans Rick’s memories for vital information. Side note: a Stan Lee-inspired Rick pops up here to give us “Rick Heads,” a fun fact. 

Photo from Rick and Morty episode "Rickmurai Jack."

40-year-old Morty is incredibly cantankerous.

Next, Evil Morty injects Morty with a device that gives the latter some backstory. Mortys were always bred for servitude. They were made to service their Ricks. And our Rick helped construct the Citadel itself. We always knew Rick and Morty’s relationship was parasitic in nature, but not to this degree. 

After they escape, our duo sees the Citadel is on the brink of destruction … again. Evil Morty hacks the city’s portal supply, so now nobody can flee. Rick and Morty descend to the city’s bowels in the hopes of hijacking the portal fluid at its source. 

Later, Morty refuses to go a step further unless Rick divulges the whole truth. One hundred percent transparency from here on out. Morty gets a glimpse of Rick’s origins. Essentially, Rick spent years of his life seeking vengeance on the Rick that killed his wife. A “crybaby” backstory, indeed. Morty feels better.

However, Evil Morty arrives to quash that feeling of content. He explains that all Ricks feel they’re the underdogs of their respective stories. But, in reality, they’re responsible for the cruel torture and death of countless Mortys. 

We learn that Evil Morty wanted to know about the Central Finite Curve from Rick, hence the fancy dinner. But after scanning his brain, EM now knows everything.

Apparently, the Central Finite Curve was constructed by Ricks — a wall to separate the infinite universes “from all the infinite universes where he’s the smartest man alive.” Mortys have spent their lives stuck in perpetuity because of this curve. 

So, Evil Morty is leaving. He’s breaking the cycle. He offers Morty a seat on his spaceship, but Morty declines.

Photo from Rick and Morty episode "Rickmurai Jack."

A feast for Rick Crows!

After EM departs, we see the Citadel continue to crumble. Ricks and Mortys are perishing left and right. Our titular pair escapes to Mortyburg with a cadre of Mortys. Mortyburg is nestled within a spacecraft, which is detachable. Together, they fly the Mortyburg ship away from the exploding Citadel. 

Then, EM appears to break through the Central Finite Curve. He jumps through a portal and … end credits! 

The end-credit scene brings back Mr. Poopybutthole, who just finished watching the Rick and Morty season finale. He imparts sage wisdom regarding love and how we tend to turn away those willing to love us and our eccentricities. It’s a profound (and weird) way to wrap up the season. 

Oowee!

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“Rickmurai Jack” manages to return to basics amid the heavy exposition. The “basics” being our pair’s unhealthy need for each other. As Evil Morty aptly puts it, Rick’s inherent “weakness” and Morty’s innate “forgiveness.” They’ll be forever stuck in an endless cycle of abuse. 

However, the ending appears to show our duo accepting each other for who they are, warts and all. Now that everything’s on the table, there’s nothing to hide. 

Plus, the Mortyburg ship detachment could lead to interesting storylines for next season. What did Evil Morty find on the other side of the Central Finite Curve? Will this ever be addressed or promptly brushed under the rug like Rick’s arrest courtesy of Nimbus in the season premiere? It’s Rick and Morty. Who knows? 

Side note: Welcome back, Mr. Poopybutthole! 

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