Rick and Morty Season 6, Episode 3: After last week’s backstory-heavy Season 6 premiere, “Rick and Morty” Season 6, Episode 2 keeps it contained to the space arcade Blips and Chitz. This episode features a high-concept “Die Hard” riff. This is the “Die Hard” parody that the creators of the show have been teasing in trailers.
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A group of teenage boys are seen waiting outside a convenience store. A boy approaches them and offers to rally the group with flyers. “Did your grandpa really want to get your attention?” He asks. He dismisses his question, claiming that he is a cultist. They worship Roy, a psycho who claims he is everyone’s grandpa. It’s obvious that everyone sounds like Morty by this point. However, the rally explains everything so we don’t get too confused.
Rick and Morty (Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer), are at Blips & Chitz, the arcade that was first introduced in Season 2, “Mortynight Run.” It turns out that Morty was playing “Roy” a video game in which you live a full life as Roy. After the game rebooted, Morty was left in the game. His personality was split among five billion characters from other players. Summer fights the terrorists, while Rick plays the game, using Roy’s avatar to gather all the Morty NPCs and get Morty back into reality. They’ll need to create spaceships, fly all of the Morty NPCs across the map, and then return home to their home planet. Everyone is on the same page. We’re doing a “Die Hard”!
Rick and Morty Season 6 Episode 2 Recap & Review
Doing a die-hard
In reality, Blips has been attacked by alien terrorists. Rick tells Chitz Summer must buy him time to get Morty out of the Roy console. He can’t help but play the videogame instead of helping her fight, since every second in real life is a month in the virtual world. He says, “Just do a “Die Hard”.” Summer argues that she is only 17 years old and hasn’t seen “Die Hard” yet, but Rick expects her a solution.
The terrorist leader is still searching for the safe. Summer quickly captures one terrorist, and then takes his Furby-esque walkie chatie-talkie. As a Hans Gruber analog, the terrorist leader Peter Dinklage explains that every civilization invents the story about “Die Hard”, though they each call it something else.
Last week’s episode showed us how Rick has grown to trust Summer. He might be on the road with Morty, but his granddaughter has all the necessary emergency procedures at his disposal. He’s now entrusting his granddaughter with his life, even while he is playing. This is a far cry of “Keep Summer safe,” and Summer seems to be the Smith child Rick has absorbed the most.
The “Die Hard” parody keeps the B-plot simple and in line with the complex events within the game of Roy. Scott Marder, the showrunner, explained to Inverse that the idea was originally created to fill the episode’s B plot. He said, “We ended-up tackling a really complicated story for the episode’s A-plot.” Dan Harmon was like, “What’s left?” We have a kind of hostage thing. ‘Just give me a ‘Die Hard’!”
War on the planet of Morties
Rick, back in “Roy”, has found Marta, a dedicated servant in an NPC. He has convinced 92% of five billion parts to Morty to accompany him on a fleet spaceship to the real world. Rick is upset that the movement is viewed as a religion by many. He fumes, “While I have a message from a universe beyond this one, I don’t need any songs about it, but I do have a message to share with the whole world.
Marta and Rick meet The United States President in-game to reach the remaining 8% of Morty NPCs. Rick is not able to believe his words, and he reveals that he does not want to share the truth. He believes Rick doesn’t care about Morty if he beats the arcade terrorists. He points out that Rick is a “Roy” player for over 50 years and has never said “I love you” to any Morty NPC.
Rick decides that he will leave behind eight percent of Morty at an international meeting before launching. Marta refuses to leave Morty, and Rick dismisses her. One of the Morty NPCs gives Rick an ultimatum. He will not allow his country to join the mission if Rick does not tell him “I love you.” Rick stops for too long and the meeting degenerates into chaos. Leaders from multiple countries declare a “holy warfare.”
World War Morty
Rick’s inability show affection for the people he loves has been a problem before. This time it causes a worldwide war. After negotiations to bring all of Morty’s parts back to the real world fail, the world of Roy becomes a global conflict with Rick’s devotees fighting Marta’s Morties faction who want to remain in the videogame. Rick pleads with Marta to stop the fight. He says that he doesn’t love his grandson and wouldn’t try so hard to save him. Marta refuses her offer of acquiescence, but she appears shaken and asks another Morty NPC whether he believes she “jinxed Summer”.
Marta, despite only being there for a few moments, is now an old lady and leads her rebellion. Her own daughter eventually defected to Rick’s side, and her father died of illness. She begs for her to reconsider. Marta and Rick’s last talk is yet another example of Rick’s recent work to improve himself. He explained that the time dilation in video games has allowed him to reflect upon his behaviour. Marta is shocked that he was willing stay to save Morty. Morty, I’m proud. Marta informs Morty, “Morty, I’m proud.” The episode ends with the details. First, you need to “Die Hard” before you can finish.
Yippee-ki Roy is mother Ricker
Blips and Chitz are back at Blips, where the terrorist leader discovers Rick and Morty connected to the “Roy” machine and use them to take Summer out of hiding. He also tells Summer over the intercom that he is “a genuine McClane.” Summer, unbeknownst to him has been studying the plot of “Die Hard” in the bathroom. When he asks her if she has a gun behind her back, she continues to deny it.
In “Roy”, the Morty NPCs launch ships that will take them out. Summer grabs her gun and the ships launch, prompting Rick and Morty’s wake-up call. Rick quickly eliminates the terrorists while Summer grabs her gun and pulls on the leader, who eventually surrenders. Summer has picked up many of Rick’s personality traits over time, and her level improvisation is not just “Classic Tower Man,” Rick says, but also the type of on-the fly thinking Rick frequently uses.
Morty’s behavior is a little strange, however. Rick is now sycophantic and he tells him “I trust you implicitly.” A Blips and Chitz employee took the “Roy,” broken machine to storage as Morty left with Rick and Summer. His colleague explains to him that Rick paid for the game to be kept running, with the theme of “some old lady leading a full and happy life.” Marta, along with all the Morty NPCs, escaped the game while Rick and the rest of the Morty NPCs did the same. Marta was the Morty NPC that didn’t trust Rick. This explains Morty’s newfound trust in his grandpa.
Next week’s episode will reveal whether this change is permanent or temporary.
When will Season 6, Episode 3, air on Rick and Morty
Adult Swim will air Episode 3 of “Rick and Morty”, September 18, 2022At 11:59 p.m. a title like this suggests that we are most excited about an episode about Beth (Sarah Chalke) and her clone. This clone was first created in Season 3 of “The ABCs of Beth”. Although it is not clear which one of the two is the Clone, the first Beth (Sarah Chalke) remained as the family’s mother while the second went on her own outer space adventures.
Last week, we last saw Beth’s Season 6 premiere. They had already reconciled their differences and decided that they would spend more quality time together to prepare for next weeks. The official description of “Bethic Instinct,” which reads “Gotta Love Yourself or No One Else Will, Broh”, is likely to refer to both versions of Beth.
This season has been about Rick’s family dynamics as they accept his bizarre, sci-fi lifestyle. These characters have made huge strides since the beginning of the series. Summer has become Rick’s voice of conscience and Morty as Rick’s voice. Beth is their emotional glue. Even Jerry (Chris Parnell), has rediscovered his inner Jerry. An exciting episode centered on Beth is a must, considering how emotionally charged “The ABCs of Beth” was.