I have no qualms in admitting that ‘The Rickchurian Mortydate’ is the weakest of the three season finales, and it fell short on several counts. The primary reason for that, in my opinion, is the lack of a consequential and conclusive, not to forget mind blowing premise. Not that ‘Rick and Morty’ has in actuality adhered to any set template when it comes to finales or pre-finales, since its best episodes are this season’s third and seventh ones respectively, the previous two finales ‘The Wedding Squanchers’ and ‘Ricksy Business’ were pretty explosive entries, and compared to even them, leave alone the entirety of the series, this episode has something remarkably missing.
The episode begins with a janitor in the secret tunnels beneath the White House being attacked by an unseen alien monster, upon which the President summons Rick and Morty to help with the situation. The two arrive in the tunnels via a portal gun and quickly dispose of the monster, lamenting that they had to deal with trivial stuff after all that they had done. The two return home and play Minecraft, while the President and his Office spy on them using satellite and thermal imaging, revealing that they were lying. The President confronts them after calling their bluff, and the three get into an argument, especially Rick and the President, regarding each side claiming how each should be obliged to the other, with the President claiming that they had pardoned Rick and Morty breaking a dozen federal laws every day based on that understanding, with Rick refuting with his claims of saving the world and the current continuity time and again. The two break off in a spat, and the President is visibly heartbroken about that.
Meanwhile, Summer notices Beth to be unusually happy and supporting of her clothing choices when the two go out shopping and commends her moving away from her old toxic and negative self. While Summer is genuinely appreciative, Beth goes into a paranoia induced frenzy soon after thinking herself to be a clone as her father promised in ‘The ABCs of Beth’, and wonders if the actual Beth was out in the cosmos discovering life, while she was just being a good mother and sticking to the choices “Beth” made. She quickly spirals and the thought drives her mad.
To add to that, when a miniature civilization is discovered in the rainforests of Amazon, Rick and Morty travel there only to find the US Government and President already there claiming it to be under their jurisdiction. The two have a verbal spat, after which the President has the two of them arrested, himself shrinking down with a tablet and going inside the civilization for negotiating. Upon finally being there, the presidentress of the civilization reveals to have already agreed to a ceasefire owing to “ambassadors from Earth” Rick and Morty already having been there. Back in the rainforests, Rick and Morty easily escape confinement, and while the President grows back to normal, he grows even more upset learning that they had also negotiated a permanent ceasefire treaty between Israel and Palestine, while letting the President have all the credit. Enraged at all this, he declares war on Rick and Morty.