Rick and Morty: Season 3 Episode 5

‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’

With this episode, we have finally reached the half-way point of Season Three! Taking a much different route than previous episodes, we get to see Rick spending some time with son-in-law Jerry, but why?

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Well, Rick goes to give Jerry a good day to help him get over his divorce with Beth…because Morty asked him. You don’t think he would honestly grow a conscience and help on his own accord? Never! Jerry has been absent for a few weeks, and he still wants to look at getting rid of his father-in-law to try and get his family back. While on a world that can make people invincible, an opportunity comes to finally kill the scientist.

Meanwhile, Summer is upset when she sees ex-boyfriend Ethan with another girl and puts it down to be the fact she has bigger boobs than her! While using a device to enlarge them, she ends up turning herself into a giant. Beth is determined to help her daughter get back to normal, and actually makes things worse. Morty tries to do what’s best and is constantly knocked back by Beth as she at first makes summer really tall and then turns her inside out. Also, the three beings who could help are accidently released by herself!

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So it looks like Rick’s enemy list continues as we have another alien hell-bent on killing him, and on a planet where the only place you are vulnerable is on the rollercoaster known as the “Whirly Dirly”. Then on earth, we have Morty and Beth hunting down the giant Summer as she goes on her rampage.

Same as usual, there are plenty of influences that come into play. Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman with an Attack on Titan reference is well noted here, and this feels like a Rick and Morty episode from Season 1 or 2 where the whole family is involved. Plus the trippy sequence with Rick, Jerry and the alien is well made and too funky for words.

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As usual, it is difficult to not give away too much of the episode. There is a lot of development in this edition, to see the friction that the family has gone through is hard to ignore. Whether or not the Smith family reunite, we have seen a huge step forward for the characters and we may see Jerry do something heroic later in the series (remember, we have Phoenix Person in the background).

I would usually try and specify one character who I thought stood out more than the rest, but all 5 main characters are given a great role to play in the episode. We get themes of insecurity, revenge and pity which I am sure we normally only see one on a usual basis. All the characters can be seen exhibiting these themes in the runtime and they pull it off so well. Spencer Grammer, please push for a Summer Spin-Off!

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With all the action, upsets and deaths in the last few weeks, Rick and Morty need a vacation! How will ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ help the animated duo take a break from their usual adventures?

Final rating: 9/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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