"Lawnmower Dog" is the second episode of the first season of Rick and Morty. It is the second episode of the series overall. It premiered on December 9, 2013. It was written by Ryan Ridley and directed by John Rice.
Jerry complains that the family dog, Snuffles, is stupid so Rick gives Jerry a device that enhances the dog's intelligence. He and Morty then go into the dreams of Morty's math teacher to persuade him to give Morty an "A" in class so Morty can be assigned less homework. They go from Morty's math teacher's dreams to the dreams of a strong black female TV character named Mrs. Pancakes, to a centaur's dreams, and so on. This results in Rick and Morty eventually encountering Scary Terry (a parody of Freddy Krueger, the villain in A Nightmare on Elm Street). Scary Terry begins chasing the two of them through multiple dreams, causing Rick to become unhinged.
At one point the two come across a dream of a post-apocalyptic city where they decide to hide from Scary Terry until he gets tired. When Scary Terry eventually sleeps, Rick and Morty enter his dreams and quickly persuade him to help the duo complete their mission. Meanwhile, after watching several exaggerated infomercials on dogs, Snuffles builds an advanced mechanical suit with a translator to speak to humans. He assembles a robot dog army and proceeds to take over the human race. Rick finds Morty and gives him pills which will make his kidneys shut down.
Morty is later seen lying down on a hospital bed in critical state with Snuffles by his side trying to keep him alive. Snuffles awakens (the aforementioned scenario is revealed to be a dream) and realizes that colonizing earth isn't the answer and that dog-kind must not fall to the fate of humankind with its heartbreak and cruelty. Snuffles and Morty have a tearful goodbye as Snuffles leaves for another planet for intelligent dogs where compassion is exercised and "pet insurance is mandatory."
After the credits, Rick and Scary Terry are shown in Scary Class, now being taught by Scary Mr. Johnson, who asks to be called Scary Glen. Instead of Fundamentals of Fear, Scary Glen tells his students they first need to learn "how to chill."
- Scary Brandon
- Mrs. Pancakes
- Creepy Little Girl
- Scary Mr. Johnson
- Bill (The Dog)
- Creepy Little Girl (In her dream)
- Centaur (In his dream)
- Mrs. Pancakes (In her dream)
- Mr. Goldenfold (In his dream)
- The title of this episode is a reference to the movie The Lawnmower Man in which a scientist gives a mentally handicapped gardener super intelligence.
- The side-plot about Rick and Morty traveling into Mr. Goldenfold's dreams, and later, the dreams of people within those dreams, is a reference to the movie Inception.
- Mrs. Pancake's erotic dream about an erotic party, full of people wearing masks is a reference to the movie Eyes Wide Shut.
- One scene in the movie, featured dogs playing poker, which is a reference to the famous painting of the same name.
- The mechanical helmet that have Snuffles the ably to speak is a reference to the voice collars from the Pixar movie Up
- The Dog universe and Rick's dialogue at the end is a reference/explanation for the universe in Justin Roiland's pilot Dog World. Rick's dialogue implies that Roiland may still have a desire to adapt it for a show at some point.
- Rick also mistook Snuffles' name for Ruffles, which was going to be the main character of Dog World.
- Snuffle's rise to power may be a reference to Caesar in Rise of the Planet of The Apes. They were both given heightened intelligence by a human, take over the world, and both Caesar and Snuffles still harbour soft feelings for a human.
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