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Rick and Morty season 6, review, recap and analysis of episode 5: ‘Final DeSmithation’

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Warning: this rick and morty season 6 Episode 5 review is full of spoilers. If you haven’t seen the episode, stop reading now – you don’t want to make Mr. Poopybutthole sad, do you?

It turns out there’s more to fortune cookies than meets the eye in an entertaining but disposable story that has a lot of fun exploring the concept of luck. “Final DeSmithation” is also the last episode of Rick and Morty to explore the possibility of Smith family incest being a plot (also see “Rickdependence Spray’s Giant Incest Baby”), but if you’re still with the show in the middle of season six, chances are you don’t see that as a problem. (We still don’t know if Beth is falling for her clone in ‘Bethic Twinstinct falls under the same medium, but that was definitely weird.)

A dinner at the Panda Express takes the usual turn for the weird when the family tuck into their usual cookies. While Beth and Morty are given bland platitudes (“family time is time well spent”), Jerry’s message silences everyone in a restaurant: “You’ll sleep with your mom.” yuck!

While most people would take the fortune as a harmless joke, Jerry takes it to heart, deliberately throwing the cookie away, taping his groin, and refusing to answer his mother’s calls to make sure it doesn’t happen. His paranoia isn’t helped by the fact that Summer and Morty see his insecurities as an opportunity to pull a string of pranks, stick their grandmother’s face in erotic photos, or trap their dad in a closet with a weird mom doll. Jerry even gets to the point of dressing in Morty’s clothes, as Morty’s mother being his wife would keep the fortune from being problematic. In any other show, this logic would seem weird…

Jerry finds unlikely support from a man who calls him “the dumbest human I’ve ever met”, mainly because – using a device that looks suspiciously like a PKE meter from Ghostbusters – Rick noticed that there was something with his son – the probability field of the law. Not only is this an excuse for Rick and Jerry to spend some rare quality time together – and for Jerry to show up with his fuzzy genitals on numerous occasions – it is also the beginning of a journey in a conspiracy that reaches to the top of American society.

After an experiment involving boxes and holes that forces Jerry to go places no human should ever go, Rick deduces that the best place to start is the Panda Express that distributed the offending fortune. In one of the weirdest product placements we’ve ever seen (presumably Panda Express signed him?), Rick launches into Inspector Gadget in a beautifully choreographed epic fight sequence themed around the sitcom of the 70s/80s Taxi – the only track on Rick’s playlist thanks to an earlier Summer and Morty practical joke.

Rick in Rick and Morty season 6

(Image credit: Adult Swim/Channel 4)

Turns out the bust is a bust, though, and the Panda Express staff only pulled out the big guns because they thought Rick was a DEA agent trying to shut down their meth ring inside. city ​​scale. It’s a shame about the sliced ​​and diced bodies on the kitchen floor but, as one of the gang members calmly points out, “it comes with the territory.”

Rick and Jerry’s only lead is a Fortune 500 delivery truck that takes them back to the sprawling, secret underground factory that corners the fortune cookie market. Jerry isn’t in the mood for Rick’s Cookie Monster jokes, but he accepts the reusable Sailor Moon-style transformation sequence that gives him a convenient disguise, while saving the show money.

It turns out that the company is cornering the destiny market, and if you invest enough money in the company, you can literally control your own destiny. Rick also discovers that Jerry’s (as yet) unresolved fortune effectively makes him immortal – there’s no way he’s using his son-in-law as a human shield otherwise, is there? Right?

Then it’s time for the big sci-fi idea, one of those semi-regular examples of Rick and Morty technobabble that requires several rewatches before you really get into it. At the heart of Fortune 500 is a creature that usually eats chaos, but has developed a digestive disorder that causes it to eliminate the randomness of spacetime. As a result, he leaves behind super-dense pockets of energy that “bend entropy toward definable results”. According to Rick, this is how fate works – much like gravity but “instead of pulling the small to the big, it pulls the unknown to the known”. Of course, understanding all of this isn’t nearly as important as realizing that everyone who’s ever eaten a fortune cookie was actually eating alien poo.

It also sets the backdrop for a wonderfully inventive battle royale, in which Go-Go Gadget Rick takes on a legion of Fortune 500 goons and makes the scrap of Panda Express look like a playground tiff. Meanwhile, Jerry does everything he can to avoid the inevitable with his very confused mother, who has been brought in by the company’s power-hungry CEO to take Jerry’s dangerously unresolved fortune out of the equation.

There are definite echoes of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’s boundless improbability drive and Red Dwarf’s lucky virus in the way the episode treats chance as a tangible commodity. Soldiers are armed with fortunes that give them the ability to control fire and water, or stick to walls, but in classic Rick and Morty style, they’re turned into weaknesses rather than strengths – like the guy who can’t die finds out the hard way when he’s left in severe pain by a chest full of bullets.

Rick wins by making the CEO the most successful woman in the world, thus solving his own unresolved fortune and making it deadly. She still has time to become Akira as a weird blobby monster, but she’s no match for the chaos-eating creature.

Rick also does the decent thing and saves Jerry from an extremely close encounter with his mother, when they are both nearly sucked into a vortex. We’re guessing Rick’s hastily created ‘Jerry no sex mom’ fortune negates the original prediction, but there’s a chance Jerry has some pent-up immortality to carry him through the season – which would be downright kicks in for Rick, who loses the invulnerability granted by his own unresolved “you’ll make a new friend” fortune when Jerry gets too nice, and invokes his stepfather’s wrath.

So while Jerry may have managed to avoid the unspeakable with his mother, Rick and Morty will always find a way to make sure he doesn’t end up on top.

A little information about Death…

  • The title “Final DeSmithation” refers to the long-running horror series Final Destination.
  • For the benefit of anyone born after the mid-80s, Taxi was a sitcom about a group of New York taxi drivers that ran from 1978 to 1983. It is famous for launching the careers of Andy Kaufman , Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.
  • When Jerry tells Beth that Sleepy Gary ruined her gag reflex, he’s referring to a fictional lover created by an alien parasite in the brilliant Season 2 episode “Total Rickall.”
  • Over Beth’s shoulder, we briefly see a photo of Snuffles, the family dog ​​given intelligence thanks to one of Rick’s inventions in the Season 1 episode “Lawnmower Dog.” Snuffles then left Earth to find smarter pooches.
  • Rick enlists the Eye of Thundera to help transform him into an intelligent suit. The Eye of Thundera is found in the hilt of Lion-O’s Omens Sword in ThunderCats.
  • Jerry’s effect-laden costume change is based on the Japanese manga/anime Sailor Moon, the story of a schoolgirl who transforms into the eponymous hero via a characteristic and economical animated sequence.
  • Besides being the corporation that controls the fate of Rick and Morty, the Fortune 500 is also Fortune magazine’s list of the 500 largest corporations in the United States.
  • Jerry’s mom previously appeared in the Season 1 episode “Anatomy Park.”
  • Rick mentions that Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Prime Ministers and Billy Zane are all present at the Fortune 500 CEO presentation. Billy Zane clearly operates in high power circles – he was also present during Derek and Hansel’s walk at Zoolander.
  • Fate’s poop creature looks like a giant tardigrade. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery also featured a giant tardigrade, powering the ship’s prototype spore reader.
  • When the keeper of the creature – the one who wants to marry the beast – mentions Margaret Howe and a dolphin, he is referring a scientist who took part in a controversial NASA-sponsored experiment in the 1960s.
  • When the family visits the zoo in the post-credits sequence, Morty is disappointed to discover that humans are the exhibits of the zoo. As his reaction suggests, this is a rather overused trope in science fiction, most notably used in The Twilight Zone episode “People Look Alike Everywhere.”

New episodes of Rick and Morty debut Sunday night/Monday morning, respectively, on Adult Swim in the US and E4 in the UK. Here’s the full Rick and Morty Season 6 release schedule for more information.