The Ricks Must Be Crazy
|"The Ricks Must Be Crazy"|
|Rick and Morty episode|
Zeep explaining the function of his miniverse to Rick and Morty
|Episode no.||Season 2|
|Directed by||Dominic Polcino|
|Written by||Dan Guterman|
|Original air date||August 30, 2015|
|Running time||23 minutes|
"The Ricks Must Be Crazy" is the sixth episode in the second season of the American animated television sitcom Rick and Morty, and the seventeenth overall episode in the series. Written by Dan Guterman and directed by Dominic Polcino, the episode first aired on Adult Swim in the United States on August 30, 2015. The title of the episode is a reference to the 1980 film The Gods Must Be Crazy.
In the episode, Rick and Morty go inside Rick's microverse car battery, an entire planet that generates electricity to power Rick's car, unbeknown to the citizens of the microverse. Zeep Xanflorp, a scientist in the microverse, creates his own microverse, thus stopping the flow of energy to Rick's car. The episode largely takes place in Zeep's microverse, with Rick, Morty and Zeep attempting to escape it.
After viewing "Ball Fondlers: The Movie" in an alternate dimension, Rick, Morty and Summer get into Rick's car in order to get what Rick dubs 'the best ice cream in the multiverse', but cannot as the car does not start. Upon further investigation, he finds that his car battery is malfunctioning. Rick takes Morty inside the car battery to repair it and leaves Summer waiting in the car after giving it the instruction "Keep Summer safe." Morty discovers that the car battery is actually a 'microverse battery', a device that contains an entire universe which Rick has purposed as his car battery. The microverse battery gets its energy through the citizens of the planet using a device Rick invented called a 'gooble box'. The citizens use the gooble boxes in order to generate power for themselves, but unbeknownst to the citizens, Rick takes a majority of said generated power. This leads Morty to question Rick's ethics.
The reason no power is being generated is because a scientist and microverse citizen named Zeep Xanflorp (Stephen Colbert) has also discovered microverse technology, making his own microverse, in which he calls a 'miniverse', which renders gooble boxes obsolete. Rick, Morty and Zeep enter Zeep's miniverse, and discover that Kyle, a scientist from that planet, is also working on his own microverse, the 'teenyverse', which Morty and the three scientists enter. Once both Zeep and Kyle discover that they are slaves born to make electricity, Zeep attacks Rick in a rage. During the struggle, Kyle commits suicide using his spaceship, leaving Rick, Morty and Zeep stranded in the teenyverse.
Following Morty's demand (and several months trapped in the primordial teenyverse), Rick and Zeep put aside their strong differences and create a way to get back to Zeep's world. However, when they get back, Zeep attempts to kill Rick and Morty by destroying his miniverse while they are still inside, but fails, after a brawl with Rick that ultimately defeats him. After Rick and Morty safely make their way back to their universe, Zeep realises he must stop his experimentation with miniverse technology or Rick would "toss a broken battery" and in doing so destroy his entire universe.
Back in the parking lot, Rick's car uses extreme defensive tactics, including dicing up a person, paralysation and psychological torture, to keep Summer safe from various assailants. While a horrified Summer attempts to stop the car from hurting anyone, an escalating standoff ensues between the parked car and the police and military. Upon Summer's continued demand, Rick's car forgoes physical and psychological violence and instead escapes the situation by engineering a peace treaty between the planet's two warring factions, humans and giant spiders, in return for guaranteed safety. As a result, and much to Rick's displeasure, they find that the multiverse's greatest ice cream is now wrought with Fruit Flies, a development the three fight over as the camera cuts to credits.
"The Ricks Must Be Crazy" has received generally positive reviews. Joe Matar of Den of Geek gave the episode a 5/5 rating, saying that "This is a fantastic episode that takes Rick and Morty’s established tropes and plays with them in really fun ways." Stacey Taylor of Geek Syndicate gave the episode a 4/5 rating, saying that "The Ricks Must Be Crazy is an almost perfect episode, with the laughs coming thick and fast but serving not to downplay the death, or the dark and disturbing sequences, but more to compliment them." Jesse Schedeen of IGN gave the episode an 8.8 out of 10 rating, saying that "This week's episode didn't quite reach the heights this show is capable of, but it was an all-around entertaining installment." Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club gave the episode an A- rating, noting that "What makes Rick such a fascinating anti-hero is that the more we see of the realities of this show, the less he seems like an “anti-hero” at all."
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- Matar, Joe (August 31, 2015). "Rick and Morty: The Ricks Must Be Crazy Review". Den of Geek. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- Taylor, Stacey (September 15, 2015). "TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty S2 E6 'The Ricks Must Be Crazy' – Geek Syndicate". Geek Syndicate. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- Schedeen, Jesse (August 31, 2015). "Rick and Morty: "The Ricks Must Be Crazy" Review". IGN. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
- Handlen, Zack (August 30, 2015). "Rick And Morty: "The Ricks Must Be Crazy"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 1, 2017.