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The Onion A/V Club Reviews: Rick and Morty: “Ricksy Business”

On 15, Apr 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

Here were are the end of season one, with an episode that sits firmly in the show’s comfort zone; nothing remarkable, nothing really envelope pushing, but consistently inventive, funny, and just the right amount of sweetness to set off the sour. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, that’s probably inevitable. After a season that hit the sort of strange wonderful heights this one did, a relatively straightforward finale might seem like a comedown. And yet it serves as a solid and satisfying capper to the show’s initial run of episodes, centering on the relationships between the central characters in ways that confirm and underline that these people really are a family, as clumsy and strange and psychotic as they might occasionally seem.

After last week’s batshit vision of Rick-topia, “Ricksy Business” sticks to a (for this show) technically conventional plot. While Jerry and Beth go off to enjoy a Titanic-themed getaway, Rick is left to babysit Summer and Morty, with strict instructions not to get up to any shenanigans. Beth tells Rick that if anything goes wrong, Rick and Morty won’t ever get to go on adventures together again, and because Beth said it, you know it’s true. (Jerry: “What?”) Things start to go wrong almost immediately, with Summer deciding to throw a wild house party to get in with the cool kids crowd, and Rick deciding to throw his own wild house party, in order to temporarily distract him from the pain of being alive. (It’s subtext.) Morty spends all his time freaking out at both of them. Meanwhile, Jerry and Beth try and enjoy their vacation, although Jerry is way more into it than Beth, so Beth passes him off to an employee named Lucy who is just as much a Titanic fan as Jerry, and is also, ha ha, crazy.

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