Rick and Morty: S1E6 “Rick Potion #9”

8.7 Overall Score
References: 10/10
Humor: 7/10
Writting: 9/10

Quotable | Great References |Unpredictable

Slow Start

The more I watch Rick and Morty the more I’ve come to realize how similar it is to the movie Bedazzled.

For anyone not familiar with the movie who is currently picturing themselves in a bedazzled jean jacket, it’s about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 7 wishes. If you are still scratching your head, let me explain. In the movie, no matter what Brendan Fraser wished for, everything would turn horribly wrong. When he wished for money and power, the devil made him in charge of a drug cartel and when he wished for athletic abilities, he became a famous basketball player but with a “teeny-weeny winkie”.Awme6wLCMAETrVz

Rick is the devil. Not actually the devil, but for the sake of my comparison he is. Every time the family or Morty need a problem to be solved, Rick gives them a solution that actually makes things much worse. In the previous episode the family had tasks that needed to be done and so Rick gave them the Meeseeks, who were helpful at first but by the end of the episode were holding hostages in a restaurant. This episode was no different. Young Mortimer has an innocent crush and asks Rick for some help. Instead of offering some sort of wise old advice on the subject of conquest, he gives him a love potion that when rubbed onto anyone, will make them instantly fall in love with Morty. Sounds like a fool proof plan, but tell that to King Midas. 

In this episode we see Morty, who has a picture of his crush Jessica in his locker, ask Rick to concoct a love potion for him. If Morty kept that picture in a locket and asked a gipsy for a love potion instead of his grandfather, it would have been the same premise behind the episode “Helga’s Love Potion” from Hey Arnold. Only I can’t recall the love potion being referred to as a “roofie juice syrum” on Hey Arnold..Helga's_Love_Potion

So of course Rick makes Morty the potion he desires. As a viewer I started guessing a typical ending where Jessica falls for Morty, but Rick reveals that the potion was water and the real potion was the confidence that was inside Morty all along! (Clearly I haven’t yet grasped what show I’m watching). That of course, does not happen. In typical Rick and Morty fashion, things escalate out of control absurdly fast. The potion can be spread through the air, and since it’s flu season, Morty suddenly becomes the bell of the ball. The fact that the dance was called the Flu Season Dance, and the band was even rapping about the flu after Rick revealed to himself that the potion would react poorly with the flu, only makes this episode funnier. The viewer starts thinking they can guess how everything will turn out because of how obvious they are making things.

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In order to correct what has happened, Rick creates an antidote that just ends up turning everyone in the world into giant horny praying mantises, because science. At the same time, Morty’s dad is slowly redeeming himself to his wife for once by rescuing her from her now transformed colleague. Rick tried to come up with an antidote for the second time, but again ends up transforming the entire world into weird mutated blobs of flesh. By this point in the episode, the show introduces countless parallels to the movie Mad Max through the setting, the vehicles, and the ways Morty’s dad kills the human blobs. I haven’t enjoyed watching this many Mad Max references since the episode “Rapture’s Delight” from American Dad.

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Now what makes this episode truly great is the ending, while it was very Deus ex machina, it was still satisfying. The entire episode is climbing into more and more absurd scenarios of humanity falling deeper into the end of times, and then it just stops. Everyone in the world is cured and Rick and Morty are back in their garage. It was so abrupt that I was once again caught off guard and thought to myself about how typical of a cartoon, to just magically have everything fixed in the end with no real explanation. But once again I was proven wrong… Rick and Morty blow up and die, and then Rick and Morty from the parallel universe we’ve been following come in and take their place. This premise is not unique in itself since both Futurama and Family Guy have encountered similar situations, but what made this so unique was what happened after they buried their own bodies.

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Morty has this very human look on his face once he realizes he’s now living in a parallel universe after abandoning the one they just destroyed. They destroyed their universe and just said screw it, move on to the next. Rick does reveal that the number of times they can do this is limited to maybe 4 or 5 tops. It really makes you think about how people treat the planet. We destroy land and just say screw it, there’s another green patch over there. But eventually you will run out of patches, and where will you go then? Where will we all go then?

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Author: David Roa View all posts by
University of Florida graduate. Worked for Google, NYSE, and run a music company embr.fm ORL / SEA / NYC

153 Comments on "Rick and Morty: S1E6 “Rick Potion #9”"

  1. Bill January 29, 2014 at 6:41 am - Reply

    I think the “It’s not like we can do this every week, we get 3 or 4 more tops” is more like the writers joking that they can’t end every episode like this.

    • Luke Gettingby January 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Think about it, the universe they escaped to had to be nearly identical for a smooth transition, meaning that the next time they escape to another universe, there will already be a dead Rick and Morty buried in the back yard, and if their alternate selves conveniently die so they can take their place, they will have to bury two more corpses.
      The REAL reason they can only do it 3 or 4 more times is that the back yard has a finite amount of space to bury dead bodies, but then I guess Rick can just build an incinerator.

  2. Laust July 15, 2014 at 4:31 am - Reply

    Whats the song at the ent of Rick Potion #9

    • David Roa August 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm - Reply

      Mazzy Star – Look On Down From The Bridge

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