Rick and Morty S3 #09 — Hymen Cholo

September 25th, 2017


Humper and consumer of mortality.


I wasn't really looking forward to a Beth-Rick episode much, and it turns out my expectations were probably still a little too high. Some of the pieces were there in the scenarios for both the A and B plots, but the character beats were either nonsense or reptition. Beth's always been one of the least charismatic, and this week decided to double down on all the half-assed "she's the exact same as Rick" stuff it randomly throws out. It's generally been limited to how they're both indifferent jackasses, but apparently we're supposed to believe that she's a super genius too. Because she can stab deformed muppets, apparently. And has been a high functioning psychopath her entire life. This is all just flat out explained to the screen, so it's not exactly convincing. Perhaps some of that should've been spent on the crazy-ass world instead of the stupid info-dump on it just so they could make the anti-joke of how they figured it all out already while explaining it again.

And then there's the B plot. It was probably a little bit better, but it fell back on doing the same thing with Jerry as every single episode with him this season has. Everything had to be about every character telling him how worthless he is, and he has to admit how worthless he is. Even while he's getting his home and life back in order, going on hunts and killing dozens of… whatever they were… we must have no less than three speeches about how he's fundamentally a sack of crap and that is the only thing the universe allows him to be. They could've done more HUNT stuff, made some jokes about the soul-bonding (which was left totally unexplained as to why it's any different from a handshake), or all manner of things, but they chose repetition instead. Great.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Sp33 says:

    Your complete glossing over of the “twist” that Beth may or may not be a clone is rather telling. Maybe introducing something of no actual purpose other than mental masturbation doesn’t lead to memorable storytelling after all!

    • Aroduc says:

      There’s debate over whether or not she futzed away to parts unknown?

      • Sp33 says:

        Ohhhh yeah. Even though the only thing it really affects is that there’s a built in out if they want to murder her for shock value.

        • Aroduc says:

          They had that anyway. 

          I guess I do see how maybe it could’ve been ambiguous, but I just assumed it was the same thing they’ve been railing on all season, and if they wanted it to be a kind of uplifting “Beth finds joy in HER life and HER family that is (quasi) uniquely HERS,” they would’ve called attention to that. It does kind of not mesh well with cloning Whose-It to save that guy’s life though.

  • steve galaxy says:

    the writer of this piece has such issue with beating up jerry because jerry is the character they most identify with

  • jgoi says:

    Don’t remember any point when Jerry was a “beta male sexist”, just a wimp. Wish they would cut the feminism crap with summer. I want to like her without resorting to R34 all the time but their need to make her a 3rdwave bitch isn’t appealing at all.

  • Opulent Rag says:

    I thought it was the best episode of the season, top 10 of the series. The whole “Beth was a childhood mike myers” was a good scene, really wished they explored that angle more. That “sentient switchblade” alone would’ve been great.

    I did like the “””mystery””” of Beth’s fate at the end, but odds are – like the mr. poopybuthole yarn – it’s more fan theory material for the diehards to wank themselves with.