Rick and Morty (season 3)

Last updated on 25 September 2017

The third season of the animated television series Rick and Morty originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. It premiered with "The Rickshank Rickdemption," which aired unannounced on April 1, 2017 and was replayed every half hour from 8pm to 12am ET, as part of Adult Swim's annual April Fools' prank. The episode was also simulcast as a looping live stream on Adult Swim's site.[1] The remaining episodes began airing on July 30, 2017. The season will feature a total of 10 episodes.[2]

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Cast and characters

The actors and actresses listed below lend their voices to the corresponding animated characters.

Main cast

  • Justin Roiland as Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, the two main characters of the show; Rick is an eccentric mad scientist and Morty is his kind but easily distressed grandson.[3]
  • Chris Parnell as Jerry Smith, Rick's son-in-law and Morty's father; a simple-minded and insecure person, who disapproves of Rick's influence over his family.[3]
  • Spencer Grammer as Summer Smith, Rick's granddaughter and Morty's sister; a conventional teenager who worries about improving her status among her peers.[3]
  • Sarah Chalke as Beth Smith, Rick's daughter and Morty's mother; a generally level-headed person, who is dissatisfied with her marriage.[3]

Guest cast

Other cast members

Other cast members of the season, who each have voiced one or more characters, include: Dan Harmon, Brandon Johnson, Tom Kenny, Maurice LaMarche, Nolan North, Cassie Steele, Kari Wahlgren, Laura Bailey, John DiMaggio, Ryan Ridley, Scott Chernoff, Dan Benson, Clancy Brown, Echo Kellum, Melique Berger, William Holmes, Tara Strong, Jeff B. Davis, Jonas Briedis, Phil Hendrie, Rob Paulsen, Alex Jayne Go, Jennifer Hale and Mariana Wise.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
22 1 "The Rickshank Rickdemption" Juan Meza-León Mike McMahan April 1, 2017 (2017-04-01) 0.68[9][b]

Rick is interrogated via a mind-computer link, inside a galactic federal prison. Summer and Morty attempt to rescue him, but they are captured by SEAL Team Ricks, who take them to the Citadel of Ricks and decide to assassinate Rick. Back at the prison, Rick tricks both the federal agents and his aspiring assassins by switching bodies with them. He then teleports the entire Citadel into the federal prison, prompting a massive battle. Amid the confusion, Rick rescues Morty and Summer and uses the Galactic Federation's mainframe to make their currency worthless. The Federation falls into chaos and collapses as a result, with the aliens leaving Earth. Back at home, Jerry asks Beth to choose between him and Rick, but she chooses Rick. After the new status quo is established, Rick reveals to Morty that his ulterior motive was to become his de facto male influence. This escalates into a nonsensical angry rant, centered around Rick's desire to find more of the discontinued McDonald's Szechuan sauce, a promotional product for the 1998 film Mulan.


Post-credit scene: Tammy observes Bird Person's resurrection as a cyborg dubbed "Phoenix Person".
23 2 "Rickmancing the Stone" Dominic Polcino Jane Becker July 30, 2017 (2017-07-30) 2.86[10]

Rick takes Morty and Summer to a Mad Max-esque version of Earth, where they are chased by a group of scavengers, known as Death Stalkers. Rick notices that the group is carrying a valuable rock of Isotope 322, so he and the kids join them in hope of stealing it. Summer falls in love with the Death Stalkers' leader, while Morty is given the strength of a giant arm, which takes him in search of its killer. Rick leaves and replaces the kids with androids to fool Beth. When he returns, he helps the Death Stalkers use the Isotope to power a more advanced civilization. Summer doesn't like how the change softens the Death Stalkers, and she decides to follow Rick and Morty back home. Before leaving, Rick steals the Isotope. The experience helps the kids overcome their parents' divorce. Summer reconciles with Jerry, and Morty realizes he must live his own life.


Post-credit scene: As Jerry receives his unemployment check, a growling wolf appears and bullies him into handing it over. The wolf eats the check and regurgitates it, thus further ruining Jerry's new life.
24 3 "Pickle Rick" Anthony Chun Jessica Gao August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06) 2.31[11]

Rick turns himself into a pickle to get out of attending school-ordered family therapy, but Beth takes Rick's serum which would revert the transformation. Left alone, Rick eventually rolls down into an open sewer drain, where he manages to manipulate the nervous systems of dead roaches and rats to build himself a mobile exoskeleton, with added weapons such as razors and drills. He unwittingly escapes into a foreign government agency. The guards try to kill Rick, under orders from the agency director, but Rick kills them all. In the process, Rick battles and ultimately befriends a prisoner named Jaguar. Rick changes his mind and decides to attend the therapy session, arriving towards the end. Dr. Wong gives her diagnosis, observing that Rick crafts relationships that punish emotions and vulnerability. On their way home, Rick apologizes to Beth for deceiving her and uses the serum to turn human again. Morty and Summer wish to continue seeing Dr. Wong, but Rick and Beth ignore them.


Post-credit scene: Jaguar saves Rick and Morty from being killed in an elaborate piano death machine by a villain named "Concerto".
25 4 "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender" Bryan Newton Sarah Carbiener & Erica Rosbe August 13, 2017 (2017-08-13) 2.66[12]

At Morty's insistence, Rick agrees to join the Vindicators, a group of intergalactic superheroes, to fight their arch-nemesis, Worldender. Rick cannot hide his disdain for the superheroes, while Morty is thrilled. The next morning, the Vindicators enter Worldender's base, only to find that the previous night a drunk Rick had killed him and set up a variety of puzzles that the Vindicators must solve to survive. They start arguing and kill one another, while Morty solves all the puzzles, as he knows what Rick had in mind when he put them up. After all puzzles are solved, the only ones left alive are Rick, Morty and Supernova, a member of the Vindicators. Supernova tries to kill Rick and Morty, but before she can do so, the three of them are transported to a party, where she gets away.


Post-credit scene: Gearhead tries to use a Vindicators vest to pick up some young girls, but when an alien terrorist attack strikes, he runs away eventually tripping and falling, breaking into pieces.
26 5 "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy" Juan Meza-León Ryan Ridley August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20) 2.29[13]

To bolster Jerry's self-esteem, Rick takes him on an adventure at Morty's request. They visit an otherworldly resort within an immortality field so Jerry won't be harmed while away. Jerry encounters Risotto Groupon, an alien who blames Rick for his kingdom being usurped. Risotto enlists Jerry in a plot to kill Rick, but Jerry backs out after Rick apologizes for ruining his marriage. Meanwhile, Summer deals with self-esteem issues as well. Her boyfriend, Ethan, leaves her for a larger-breasted girlfriend, and Summer attempts to enlarge her own breasts using one of Rick's devices. Her aim is off, and she grows to freakish proportions. Morty wants to call Rick for assistance, but Beth refuses. Arrogantly trying to prove her own self-worth, Beth repeatedly fails to fix the problem and is tricked into releasing three tiny technical support workers that were trapped inside the machine. Once Morty figures out how the machine works, he restores Summer's size and spitefully uses it to deform Ethan as an act of vengeance.


Post-credit scene: The three tiny workers are enjoying their retirement next to a river. As an extremely deformed Ethan walks by, one of them is snatched by an eagle.
27 6 "Rest and Ricklaxation" Anthony Chun Tom Kauffman August 27, 2017 (2017-08-27) 2.47[14]

After a six-day outer space adventure that leaves them on the verge of psychological collapse, Rick and Morty decide to spend some time at an alien spa. There, they use a machine that extracts a person's negative personality traits. However, without Rick and Morty knowing, those traits are transposed into toxic physical counterparts, characterized by Rick's arrogance and Morty's self-loathing. On the other hand, the true Rick becomes more considerate, and Morty's confidence soars, which allows him to start dating girls. Toxic Rick uses a moonlight tower to remake the whole Earth in his own image, but the true Rick reverts the situation by merging back with him. Morty avoids merging back with his toxic counterpart and goes on to live a The Wolf of Wall Street type scenario. Rick tracks him down with the help of Jessica, Morty's classmate, and restores order by re-injecting the negative personality traits into him.


Post-credit scene: A tour of the same moonlight tower releases Stacy, one of the girls Morty dated in the episode, who had been inadvertently trapped inside the toxin machine.
28 7 "The Ricklantis Mixup"
"Tales from the Citadel"
Dominic Polcino Dan Guterman & Ryan Ridley September 10, 2017 (2017-09-10) 2.38[15]

As Rick and Morty adventure to Atlantis, the episode shifts focus towards the Ricks and Mortys living at the Citadel. A group of Mortys journey to a portal to have their wishes granted. A rookie cop Rick starts working with an experienced Morty to take down drug dealers. A Rick working at Simple Rick's wafer factory, where the key ingredient comes from said Simple Rick hooked up to a machine to re-experience his best memories, holds Simple Rick hostage after he doesn't get a promotion. An election is held for the new president of the Citadel. Despite being the underdog, the Morty Party candidate manages to secure the presidency thanks to his views on Ricks and Mortys. His former campaign manager fails to assassinate him after discovering that the new president is actually Evil Morty from "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind".


Post-credit scene: Rick and Morty come back from Atlantis satisfied with their trip. Morty wonders what happened on the Citadel, but Rick tells him it'll likely have no effect on their lives.
29 8 "Morty's Mind Blowers" Bryan Newton Mike McMahan, James Siciliano, Ryan Ridley,
Dan Guterman, Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon
September 17, 2017 (2017-09-17) 2.51[16]

After Morty requests to have a traumatic memory deleted, Rick reveals a room where he has been storing a number of memories he has removed from Morty. However, as it turns out, besides the memories that Morty didn't want to keep from their adventures, the room also contains memories of moments where Rick was made to look foolish and had them forcibly removed. This revelation prompts a fight, during which Rick and Morty have their memories accidentally erased. Morty scours the memories to replace the ones he lost, but is displeased with the truth he finds, and convinces Rick to both kill themselves. Summer enters the room moments before they commit suicide. At this point, it is revealed that Rick has a contingency plan should this happen. Summer, following written instructions, tranquilizes Rick and Morty, restores their memories and drags them to the living room. Rick and Morty wake up on the couch, believing that they slept through an entire "Interdimensional Cable" episode.


Post-credit scene: Jerry shows up in Rick's garage and discovers a box containing "Jerry's Mind Blowers" where, in a twisted homage to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, he discovers he accidentally left an alien to die in his car.
30 9 "The ABC's of Beth" Juan Meza-León Mike McMahan September 24, 2017 (2017-09-24) TBD

After learning that a father of one her childhood friends is set to be executed for the murder of said friend, Beth learns that Rick created an imaginary universe to store Beth in. Beth, believing her friend Tommy is still in there due to a childhood fantasy, enters the realm with Rick. Upon finding Tommy, they learn he has become de facto leader and commits incest and cannibalism of his children in order to stay alive. Refusing to return, Rick and Beth create a clone of Tommy as an adult in order to save his father from execution. Pondering her life and finally confronting Rick, Beth discovers she has two options: leave the family while Rick replaces her with a clone while she travels the world, or stay with the family and be content with the life she has chosen. Her decision is not revealed. Meanwhile, Jerry begins dating Kiara, an alien highly invested in hunting, much to Morty and Summer's dismay. While trying to kill Morty and Summer for separating her and Jerry, she breaks up with Jerry after it is revealed she is using him as a rebound to get over a previous ex, much like Jerry was with her.


Post-credit scene: Jerry's answering machine plays messages that detail Kiara warning Jerry that her new boyfriend is angry with him, the boyfriend calling and saying he's coming after Jerry, Rick saying he killed the alien and then one saying he had sex with Kiara.
31 10 "The Rickchurian Mortydate"[17] TBA TBA October 1, 2017 (2017-10-01) TBD

Production

On August 12, 2015, Adult Swim announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.[18] Roiland reportedly began writing on November 2, 2015.[19] Mike McMahan announced that the first episode was recorded on February 18, 2016.[20] On February 5, 2017, Dan Harmon, answering questions regarding the delayed release, announced on his podcast, "Harmontown", that the show was in the animation process, after a long period of writing.[21] On June 24, 2017, Harmon wrote a series of posts on Twitter, explaining that the writing process took that long to complete, because of his perfectionism.[22]

Reception

The season currently holds a 100% approval rating from review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews, with an average rating of 9.25 out of 10.[23]

Notes

  1. ^ Season 3 premiered unannounced on April 1, 2017 as part of Adult Swim's annual April Fools' prank.
  2. ^ "The Rickshank Rickdemption" premiered unannounced and re-ran for four hours straight with improving ratings. This is the viewership of only the first broadcast of the episode.

References

  1. ^ Matar, Joe (April 3, 2017). "Rick and Morty Season 3 Air Date Released, Episode Currently Streaming on Adult Swim". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on April 2, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (June 29, 2017). "Rick and Morty: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland Finally Reveal Season 3 Premiere Date". IGN. Archived from the original on June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Framke, Caroline (August 6, 2017). "In season 3, Rick and Morty is still one of TV’s most inventive shows". Vox. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Virtue, Graeme (April 3, 2017). "Rick and Morty: how the world's most ingenious animation punk'd its fans". The Guardian. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Greene, Steve (July 30, 2017). "‘Rick and Morty’ Review: Summer Takes Center Stage in a ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Therapy Session". IndieWire. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Starkey, Adam (July 19, 2017). "Rick And Morty: Susan Sarandon, Danny Trejo and more set to star in season 3". Metro. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d Greene, Steve (August 14, 2017). "‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Gets a Deadly Twist in ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’". IndieWire. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Greene, Steve (September 25, 2017). "‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘The ABCs of Beth’ is a Touching Father-Daughter Adventure Drenched in Plenty of Alien Blood". IndieWire. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (April 4, 2017). "Saturday cable ratings: Surprise ‘Rick & Morty’ premiere gets solid numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Porter, Rick (August 1, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Rick & Morty' returns strong, more highs for 'Insecure' and 'Ballers'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (August 8, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Sharknado 5' lacks bite, 'Game of Thrones' hits total-viewer high". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (August 15, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Game of Thrones’ scores another series high". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (August 22, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ premiere steady, ‘Game of Thrones’ down a little". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (August 29, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: VMAs hit all-time low opposite ‘Game of Thrones’ finale". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  15. ^ Porter, Rick (September 13, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Deuce' starts off on par with 'The Night Of'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (September 19, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Outlander’ and ‘The Deuce’ steady with second episodes". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "Shows A-Z - rick & morty on adult swim". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  18. ^ Denise Petski (August 12, 2015). "‘Rick And Morty’ Renewed For Season 3 By Adult Swim". Deadline. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Kazem Sedighzadeh (November 15, 2015). "‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland Starts Writing Work for Season 3 of TV Series!". Master Herald. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  20. ^ Mike McMahan [@MikeMcMahanTM] (February 18, 2016). "We're recording episode #301 today." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Rick and Morty Creators Give Season 3 Update: They're Drawing It". The Interrobang. February 7, 2017. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Cabin, Chris (June 24, 2017). "'Rick and Morty' Season 3: Dan Harmon Explains Delay". Collider. Archived from the original on August 3, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "Rick and Morty: Season 3". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on April 5, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.

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