"Big Trouble in Little Sanchez" is the seventh episode of the second season of Rick and Morty. It is the eighteenth episode of the series overall. It premiered on September 13, 2015. It was written by Alex Rubens and directed by Bryan Newton.
While eating breakfast, Jerry asks to his children Summer and Morty if anything interesting is happening at school. Morty responds, after thinking for a moment, that one of the lunch ladies was found dead, her body drained of blood and marked by two holes in her neck. Beth's horror, as she has no idea how such a horrible thing could happen, is quickly quenched by a nonchalant Rick, who reveals that vampires are real; the revelation horrifies Summer, but Rick casually tells her that humanity has known of their existence for hundreds of years. Terrified of the possibility of being killed by a vampire, Summer desperately asks to grandpa Rick if he could go to their school by transferring his consciousness into the body of a teenager, to which Rick responds with anger, telling Summer that she should be ashamed of her "oddly specific" suggestion.
Beth tries ask to her husband Jerry to support their daughter Summer, but Jerry, distracted by his tablet, mumbles absentmindedly that she should do as Rick says; this infuriates Beth. The conflict quickly escalates into a full-blown argument between the spouses, but an aggravated Rick interrupts them, asking, "Will you fix your marriage or get a divorce already?" They fall silent for a moment, and Jerry tells to his father-in-law Rick that they tried therapy, but Rick simply says that they have used "Earth therapy", which is infantile compared to an off-planet therapy retreat with which he is familiar. When Beth says that they do want to make their marriage work, Rick yells "Then it's settled!" and drags them from their seats into the garage. Suddenly alone, Morty asks Summer if she thinks their parents will actually divorce; Summer disregards the idea and leaves to make some wooden stakes.
Rick then drives his daughter and son-in-law to the off-planet therapy. Jerry then states "He's ready to try whatever it takes," with Beth responding that it clearly implies she's not. They both begin to argue further, with Rick holding his finger slightly above the passenger purge button. Once the three arrive to the therapy retreat, Rick immediately ejects Jerry and Beth out of his vehicle stating he'll see them Thursday. Jerry calls Rick a jerk as he flies into the distance. Beth then tells Jerry to stop insulting him since he's the reason their children are only half-stupid. Beth and Jerry are greeted by Glexo Slim Slom, who then tells Jerry to take a seat and put on a helmet. The helmet then creates Jerry's perception of Beth, a monstrous creature. Beth is immediately offended by this, telling Jerry to take it back. Beth then puts on the helmet, creating a weak, worm version of Jerry. Jerry is also upset by Beth's perception of him.
Morty and Summer are seen at school, discussing the school's vampire issue. Rick then appears in a younger clone of himself, quoting himself as "Tiny Rick."
Glexo Slim Slom then begins to take the other visitors of the therapy retreat on a tour of the other couples's perceptions, stating that the perceptions are not like the real marriages of the visitors and that the visitors are safe from their perceptions. The screen then pans to Jerry and Beth's Mytholog. Beth's Mytholog signals Jerry's Mytholog to cross the gate separating them. Once Jerry's mytholog crosses the gate, Beth's mytholog spreads some of her blood across his face, then gives an evil grin.
Rick, Morty, and Summer then return home after killing Coach Feratu, who was a vampire. Rick's older body is seen floating in a vat, and Tiny Rick then begins to start transferring his mind back into older Rick. Summer suddenly gets a text from Toby Matthews asking if they could have a party at the Smith house, but wants to have Tiny Rick there as well. Tiny Rick decides to stay in his younger body to let Morty and Summer have a party.
At the therapy retreat, Glexo Slim Slom directs the visitors to Jerry and Beth's perceptions. Glexo notices that neither of them are in the cell. A guard is sent in the cell to search, when Jerry's Mytholog, smeared with Beth's mytholog's dark blood shrinks, revealing Beth's mytholog behind him. Beth's Mytholog immediately smacks the guard into the electric gate, shocking him to a crisp, leaving his skeleton behind. The other guards are told to secure the cell, but it was too late, allowing Beth and Jerry's mythologs to escape and rampage across the retreat, killing several guards and visitors.
At the Smith House, Tiny Rick plays a song, which happens to sound like Rick's older mind wanting to escape out of his younger body, but nobody notices except Summer, who seems suspicious of something happening.
Back at the therapy retreat, Beth and Jerry's mythologs continue to wreak havoc. Glexo, Jerry, and Beth hide in a room, with Glexo questioning why the two are married and why they're still together, with Beth saying that this is just bad couples therapy. The three begin to run amongst all of the chaos occuring to a ship at the end of a hallway. Glexo Slim Slom then escapes after hearing there's only room for one person on board, leaving Beth and Jerry stranded at the retreat. Jerry finds a crawlspace behind a small hatch, asking Beth to find one so both of them could survive the rampage of their mythologs. Beth states Jerry might survive staying there, but she'll look for a way out. Suddenly, Beth is taken by her Mytholog and Jerry is chased by his Mytholog.
Back at school, Mr. Goldenfold tells the students they'll look back at being in high school with Tiny Rick and Morty, then dismisses class. Summer walks into the classroom and asks Tiny Rick if he'll transfer into his older body today. Tiny Rick says no since it's the big dance, and Morty's bringing Jessica. Summer again questions Tiny Rick when he'll return to his older body, and he responds saying he'll do it whenever he feels like it. Morty reminds Summer that Tiny Rick was her idea, and now she's trying to stop him. Summer shows the two a drawing of Doc from Doc And Mharti captioned "Help me Morty and Summer!" Tiny Rick says that it's the title of the drawing, while Summer tries to explain what Tiny Rick is actually doing, with Tiny Rick then leaving the classroom and Morty telling Summer to "Get your shit together."
At the retreat, Jerry's mytholog chases Jerry up to a dead end. Cornered, Jerry gets into a fighting stance and yells at his mytholog to "get back". The mytholog scoots back in fear, leaving Jerry confused. Jerry then feigns an attack the mytholog, making it flinch. He's immediately angered because this is how Beth sees him, and orders his mytholog to take him to Beth's location. Meanwhile, Beth is held hostage by her mytholog, which wants Jerries. Beth's mytholog straps the helmet on to Beth to create more Jerry mythologs to eventually dominate the universe. Beth asks her mytholog why she doesn't strap Jerry into the chair to make more of her, and the mytholog explains it's because there can't be more than one of her, since she's the smartest being alive since that's how much stronger and smarter Jerry thinks Beth is than him. Many Jerry mythologs are then produced out of the machine.
At the dance party, Tiny Rick sings a song similar to his first one while dancing, with the last line being "I'm dying in a vat in the garage." Morty then realizes something odd as well, saying Summer may have been on to something. Morty and Jessica then begin to slow dance as Gene Vagina calls Tiny Rick outside. Gene pulls out a bag of wooden stakes, saying they were found in his locker, then expels Tiny Rick. Rick is automatically angry, goes back into the gym and spills Summer's drink on her top, telling everyone that Summer got him expelled, then marches out. Everyone begins to boo Summer, including Toby Matthews presumably ending their relationship. Summer runs out, crying while everyone tosses soda cans at her.
Back at the retreat, dozens of Jerry mythologs have been produced, when Jerry shows up with a gun and begins to shoot the mythologs. Beth then begins thinking of Jerry stronger than before, causing normal Jerries to appear out of the machine. As Jerry kills more mythologs, muscular Jerries are produced and begin to kill more mythologs as well. Jerry then begins to say he'll save Beth, which causes her to produce narcissistic Jerries ("Hi I'm Jerry Smith").
Rick's older body is seen in the garage, while Tiny Rick sneaks up, wielding an axe. Right before attacking, Morty tackles Tiny Rick while Summer kicks away the axe. Tiny Rick then tries to get Morty to back away from him, until Morty again tackles Tiny Rick, knocking him into a shelf, causing the two to get into a fight. Tiny Rick tosses a camera at Morty and misses, and is then pinned down by him. Summer then puts earbuds into Tiny Ricks ears and turns on a song by Elliot Smith. Tiny Rick tears up, questioning life and realizing he's old, not young. Tiny Rick then gets the two to transfer his mind into his older body.
Jerries are still beating up mythologs as narcissistic Jerries shake hands, while Beth's mytholog kills the muscular Jerries. Jerry and the muscular Jerries attempt to rescue Beth. Beth tells Jerry he can't bend metal, and Jerry tells her to make a Jerry that can. Beth's mytholog breaks free of the Jerries attacking her and goes towards Beth and Jerry. Jerry quickly puts the helmet on a muscular Jerry, creating a mytholog of Beth that is a deity. Goddess Beth in short order eliminates Beth's Mytholog and frees Beth. As all the respective Jerry mythologs kneel in awe at the Goddess Beth Mytholog, Beth and Jerry reconcile.
Rick's mind has been transferred to his older body, causing him to fall out of the vat, completely nude. He thanks Morty and Summer, then presses a button to lower them down into an underground lair, containing several other clones of Rick, including a slightly younger Rick, older teenage Rick, child Rick, and baby Rick. Tiny Rick, the clone Rick was in, sits unconscious on a chair. Rick then grabs an axe and brutally murders and slices the clones to pieces. He receives a call from Jerry and Beth and slices Tiny Rick's head one last time before picking the two up.
- Rick Sanchez
- Morty Smith
- Summer Smith
- Beth Smith
- Jerry Smith
- Tiny Rick
- Glexo Slim Slom
- Beth's Mytholog
- Jerry's Mytholog
- Toby Matthews
- Mr. Goldenfold
- Gene Vagina
- MC Haps (Non-Speaking)
- Jessica's Friend (Non-Speaking)
- Ideal Jerry
- Self-Congratulatory Jerry
- Goddess Beth
- Gar's Mytholog (Cameo)
- Zarbadar's Mytholog (Cameo)
- Coach Feratu (Mentioned)
- 1 lunch lady
- Gar's Mytholog
- Zarbadar's Mytholog
- Coach Feratu
- 1 unnamed Mytholog
- Many unnamed Nuptia 4 residents
- Many unnamed Aliens
- All Jerry Mythologs
- All Ideal Jerrys
- All Self-Congratulatory Jerrys
- Beth's Mytholog
- All of Rick's clones from Operation Phoenix
- Tiny Rick
- 1 unnamed woman
- The title of this episode is a reference to the moive Big Trouble in Little China.
- A box of Strawberry Smiggles appears on the breakfast table, a reference to "Rixty Minutes."
- When first introduced, Tiny Rick greets his grandchildren with "What up my helsings!" This is a reference to Abraham Van Helsing, the vampire hunter from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.
- The song that Summer plays to Tiny Rick is called "Between the Bars" by Elliott Smith.
- The character on Tiny Rick's drawing is actually Doc from Rick and Morty's original unaired pilot (which can be found on YouTube), "The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti", a parody of Back to the Future.
- One of the recurring background extras looks like Jane Lane from Daria, wearing a square pair of glasses.
- Bill Cipher, a character from Gravity Falls, appears on the scanner.
- Principal Vagina describes Tiny Rick as an 80-year-old man in a teenager's body, but given his daughter Beth's age, he is probably no older than 60.
- Jerry's perception of Beth greatly resembles the Xenomorph queen from the Alien franchise.
- This episode along with the following episode Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate has the fewest amount of burps for an episode with only one burp. This is likely because Tiny Rick is never seen drinking.
- The ankh on the vampire monks on the post-credits scene look similar to the ankh from the tabletop game Vampire: The Masquerade.
- The name "Coach Feratu" is a reference to the vampire movie Nosferatu.
- The helmets worn by the patients at the marriage counseling, including Beth and Jerry, greatly resemble the "energy dome" helmets worn by the band DEVO.
- The tanks with Rick's bodies are probably a reference to the film "The Prestige".
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