Pickle Rick: The Therapy

The third season of Rick and Morty has been airing recently and it hit a strange peak on its third episode. As we were expecting the darkest year of Rick and Morty‘s adventures, “Pickle Rick” which was an anticipated concept for this season tuned out to be quite philosophic. The episode starts with Rick’s announcement that he has turned himself into a pickle. We quickly understand that Rick has done this to avoid family therapy session. Morty reveals Rick’s plan pretty accurately and Beth takes away the anti-pickle syringe in order to stop Rick from turning himself back to a human when they’re gone.

[Spoilers ahead] Rick is challenged to survive while the family is gone but he seems really prepared for such situation. The rest of Rick’s storyline is a predictable Rick-type adventure which is really interesting by the way, probably the best stuff that this show has to offer. But the main story happens in the therapy room where Dr. Wong analysis Smith family’s condition. She starts by asking about the recent incident of Rick’s transition. She uses this incident to enter the very basic relationship issues between Beth, Rick, Summer, and Morty. As always Rick is the main subject, and the key to enter into this family’s life. Dr. Wong reveals that Beth admires Rick for not only his intelligence but for being independent and in control. The point that becomes more obvious in the ending when Rick chooses to come to the therapy, despite all the things he’s been through.

In this scene, we are facing an interesting adequate description of Rick by Dr. Wong. Rick can’t simply argue with her because she can see through him better than anyone else:

Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family, you included, use intelligence to justify sickness. You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force, and as an inescapable curse. And I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control. You chose to come here. You chose to talk, to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your own universe. And yet you are dripping with rat blood and feces. Your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand. I have no doubt you would be bored senseless by therapy. The same way i’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining, and cleaning is: it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work. And the bottom line is: some people are okay going to work and some people… well, some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.

– Dr. Wong

Dr. Wong and Rick - S3-E03: Pickle Rick / Rick and Morty / Courtesy of Adult Swim

Dr. Wong and Rick – S3-E03: Pickle Rick / Rick and Morty / Courtesy of Adult Swim

Rick and Beth feel insecure about this transparency so they try to get away from it using humor, and this is the factor that brings them closer and sorta repairs their relationship in the car scene. The Father/Daughter relationship is a recurring theme of the episode which also represents in Jaguar/Katarina. The Rick’s answer to Jaguar about telling her daughter he loves her is quite fascinating despite he chooses to go to his daughter right after that conversation. Rick is not the simple character that Dr. Wong describes simply. He has hidden layers (the very same he asks Morty not to look for) in which he can also express his emotion while he is controlling it.

I don’t know about you but Dr. Wong (Susan Sarandon) reminds me of the closer from L.A Gazette in Bojack Horseman. She calmly manages and analyses her opponent. She is unmistakably right and no one can beat her, not even the smartest person in the universe.

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