'Rick and Morty' Clip Shows the Family Struggling to Accept 'Pickle Rick'
Now that Rick and Morty's third season is finally here and in full swing, it's the perfect time for Rick to turn himself into a pickle.
Because "Rick turns himself into a pickle" is indeed the focus of the next episode, called "Pickle Rick," and most of the promos for it involve pickles in some shape or form (check their Twitter for examples of that). But Rick's new pickle body is apparently divisive, because Adult Swim released a short, minute-long clip from the episode showing Morty, Summer, and Beth's trip to family therapy to help them cope with a family member who just ran off to become a pickle.
Check out the clip below, featuring Susan Sarandon as Dr. Wong, a family therapist and "coprophagia recovery" specialist. For those curious, coprophagia means "chronic poop eating" and the waiting room contains a double-sided motivational poster for both issues:
The scene opens with a dig at Rick when Beth fawns over her father's advanced "intergalactic sci-fi" experiments, only for Morty to cut her off with "He turned himself into a pickle." Keeping with the usual cliches from "family therapy" episodes in sitcoms, things devolve into arguing pretty quickly, despite Sarandon's forcefully non-threatening questions.
It's also good to see that "Pickle Rick" will keep exploring how everyone's faring mentally after Beth and Jerry's divorce, and while Rick's hedonistic/nihilistic philosophy looms over the household. One of the show's strengths is how deep it'll delve into the characters' psyches, treating Rick and Morty's dysfunctional family as mostly funny, but still fairly tragic - see last episode's Mad Max inspired craziness, which featured kids coping with their parents' divorce in a world full of BDSM-dressed mutants.
Of course, the show's bigger strength is how it can combine all that stuff with jokes about Rick turning himself into a pickle, and a trip to a legit therapist/feces-eating recovery specialist seems pretty on-brand for Rick and Morty.
The clip ends with Sarandon's character raising a good question: "Why do we think Grandpa turned himself into a pickle?" We'll find out soon.
The next episode of Rick and Morty, "Pickle Rick," airs August 5, 2017 on Adult Swim.