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 teenagers are seen waiting outside a convenience shop. A boy approaches them with flyers and offers to rally them. “Did your grandpa really want to get your attention?” He asks. He dismisses the question, saying that he is a cult person. 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. Morty was stuck in the game after it rebooted. His personality was split between five billion characters from non-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 will need to build spaceships, fly all the Morty NPCs around the map and then return to their home planet. Okay, everyone is on the same page. We’re doing a “Die Hard”!
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Doing a die-hard
In reality, Blips is under attack by alien terrorists. Rick tells Chitz that Summer must buy time to help him extract Morty from 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 leader of the terrorists is still looking for the safe. Summer quickly catches one terrorist and takes his Furby-esque walkie talkie-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. While he might be traveling with Morty on his adventures, his granddaughter has access to all the emergency protocols. 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 the Morties
Rick, back in “Roy”, has found Marta, a dedicated servant in an NPC. He has convinced 92 per cent of the five billion parts that Morty to travel with him to the real world aboard a fleet spaceship. Rick is annoyed by the fact that many people view the movement as a religion. 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 President of The United States in-game to reach the remaining 8 percent of Morty NPCs. He reveals that he knows the truth, but refuses help to Rick. President he believes that Rick only cares about Morty as long as he can beat 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 to leave behind the eight percent remaining of Morty during an international meeting prior to launching. He dismisses Marta when she refuses to leave the rest of Morty. Rick is given an ultimatum by one of the Morty NPCs. 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. It causes a global war this time. 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. Marta is begged by Rick to stop her 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”.
Although it has only been a few minutes, Marta becomes an old lady while leading her rebellion. Her own daughter eventually defected to Rick’s side, and her father died of illness. She begs her to reconsider. Marta and Rick’s last talk is yet another example of Rick’s recent work to improve himself. He said that the time dilation in the video game has allowed him to reflect on his behaviour. Marta is astonished that he was willing to stay to save Morty. Morty, I’m proud. Marta informs Morty that the Morty NPCs remaining will be returning home on one condition. The details are revealed in the last moments of the episode. First, you need to “Die Hard” before you can finish.
Yippee-ki Roy, 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. She continues to pretend ignorance when he asks if she has a gun taped behind her back.
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 takes out the terrorists, while Summer 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, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. A title like that suggests we are most looking forward to 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 they decided to spend more quality time together, which was likely a way to prepare for next week. 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. Since the beginning of the series, these characters have made great strides. Summer has become Rick’s voice of conscience and Morty as Rick’s voice. Beth is the emotional glue that holds them all together. Even Jerry (Chris Parnell), has learned to be less of an Jerry. An exciting episode centered on Beth is a must, considering how emotionally charged “The ABCs of Beth” was.