Since in mostly all of previous reviews of this season, I have gone on and blabbered about underwhelming, regular, standard, benchmark, and mind blowing being roughly the categories for pitting an episode into, and what they mean in the ‘Rick and Morty’ dictionary, ‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’ is an episode that mostly sticks to those, and is definitely one of the better ones of this season. Sure, it is not a standout episode by any means, but in certain terms, it is the most typical ‘Rick and Morty’ episode this season.
As I add another word to my list of words that I use to describe this season’s RnM episodes, “typical” here would mean that it ticks off everything that you love about ‘Rick and Morty’, and throws it in together for a fun ride. Read on to find what that ride was about, or you can go back to reading my review/recap of the previous episode.
The episode begins with a lonesome Jerry living a dejected life, drowning in sadness and missing his family, and that is brought out using (obviously) the most self-parodying tone one could expect from this show, when suddenly Rick barges him and drags him naked for a space adventure. He later reveals that he only agreed to take Jerry since Morty appealed to him for being afraid that the isolation might make Jerry kill himself, figuring he’d need a win to make himself feel better about himself. A misunderstanding joke surfaces as Jerry thought it was an execution midway through the conversation, and even the dark nature of this conversation is insanely funny, which is what makes me love this show so much. The two visit a resort in another galaxy that is covered with an immortality field, thus negating the chance for someone as “fragile” as Jerry to be hurt or worse, killed during the adventure. Contrary to what one might have thought, the two enjoy drinks and open up about the failure of Beth and Jerry’s marriage.
Back on Earth, Summer feels insecure about herself after her boyfriend Ethan dumps her for a girl with bigger breasts, and Beth dismisses it as “typical teenage girl drama”. In a hapless fit, she uses one of Rick’s devices to enlarge her breasts, and since through no conceivable means even in Rick and Morty world could THAT go correctly, she ends up horribly disfiguring herself. When Beth and Morty come to her aid, Beth refuses to ask Rick for help, stating they couldn’t rely on him for everything, actually arrogantly trying to prove her self-worth to her children and to herself. Since THAT too couldn’t have gone down too well, she ends up turning an oversized Summer ‘inside out’ in an attempt to ‘reverse’ what had happened. To add to that, in a laugh out loud scene, she even frees up the customer care executives she seeks help from regarding the machine, who were trapped in the machine itself.