"The Ricks Must Be Crazy" is the sixth episode of the second season of Rick and Morty. It is the seventeenth episode of the series overall. It premiered on August 30, 2015. It was written by Dan Guterman and directed by Dominic Polcino.
Rick, Morty, and Summer exit out a theater showcasing a Ball Fondlers movie. They go towards the ship while Rick explains the pros and cons in the universe. When Rick attempts to start the engine, he realizes the car battery is dead. He and Morty travel to the microverse while Summer stays in the ship.
As a tough looking man in a white shirt approaches Summer, she becomes uncomfortable. After becoming hostile (and showing he has a short temper), the man is then violently cut into many pieces by the ship's arm and laser. Immediately after, a skinnier man appears in shock. He is then picked up by another arm, but is spared from any death as Summer pleas for the ship to not murder him. He is then shot in the back by a weaker laser which paralyses him from the waist down.
Rick and Morty then warp to their cube ship. Rick explains to Morty how the microverse was created. After Rick and Morty have a conversation about the concept of the microverse, they land to be greeted by the microverse's inhabitants. Rick flips the inhabitants off, then explains to Morty that the gesture's meaning is "peace amongst worlds". Rick and Morty then encounter President Chris who tells them that Zeep Zanflorp invented a new technology that makes the Gooble Boxes obsolete, much to Rick's displeasement. The President then says "F'ck you" that makes Rick momentarily upset until he clarifies that Rick said that "f'ck you" meant "much obliged". Rick, Morty and the President then make their way to Zeep Tower where they meet Zeep. Zeep then introduces the trio to the miniverse that Rick instantly dislikes and is much like the microverse. Rick, Morty and Zeep then enter the miniverse that was created almost exactly like how the microverse was. After Zeep explains the story of his invention, Rick criticizes him similar to how Morty criticised Rick. After Morty and Rick have a conversation, the three travellers then land to meet the miniverse's inhabitants.
When Zeep is giving a speech to the miniverse's inhabitants, Rick then asks the President about scientists working on projects similar to the microverse. This then introduces Kyle to the story. Kyle explains the concept behind his project that is similar to the microverse and the miniverse's. After this, Rick and Zeep begin to fight each other. On the side lines, Kyle begins to realize that Rick created Zeep's universe who created Kyle's universe which then reminds Kyle about how he couldn't make it to his father's funeral due to him working too much on his project, causing Kyle to commit suicide by flying his cube ship into a nearby rock formation. The surviving three then live in two separate cave like dents in mountains with Rick and Morty living in one and Zeep alone in the other. The two scientists then start to have a feud, forcing Morty to leave Rick and join the tree people.
Months later in the teenyverse, Rick and Zeep both have advanced technology and continue their feud. As Rick and Zeep have an equally match battle destroying both of their technologies, the tree people surround them with Morty as their leader. Morty then guides the two rivals to Kuala (or the spirit tree), but then tells Rick that he's been driven to near madness and begs to have him and Zeep create the technology to get them home. The two succeed and warp them out of the teenyverse. Rick and Zeep have a great race to Rick's ship. After one final fight between Rick and Zeep, Rick and Morty exit the battery and go out for ice cream with a majorly traumatized Summer. Upon getting the ice cream, however, Rick discovers that the ice cream made in the world now has flies put into it for the spiders due to the treaty, which leads to an argument between Rick and Summer.
Summer cowers in fear as the police approach her and the ship. The ship then calls out an artillery of weapons, but as Summer commands the ship to cause no one any harm, the ship calls of its weapons and conceals them. An armed officer nears the ship with two other armed officers. The ship then sends out a capsule that rolls towards the squadron. It opens to reveal a child named Hunter, the late son of the center officer, who died at the age of only 7 years old after being drowned in a swimming pool. The center officer then approaches his late son and commands the squadron to cease fire as he talks with his late son. Hunter then asks his father to leave Summer alone shortly before dissipating into a pinkish liquid. The ship makes a final threat that then wards off the officers, traumatizing Summer further.
Military backup is then summoned to the site of Summer and the ship. The ship notifies Summer about how it is clearly capable of repelling the military but Summer authorizes it to prevent any harm. The General begins a countdown for Summer to leave the vehicle or else she will face open fire, but as a final stand, the ship creates a peace treaty between the giant spiders and humanity.
In the post-credit scene, Morty begins falling asleep in class, but he accidentally activates his ability to transform into a car and crushes a girl in front of him.
- The President of the Miniverse
- Hunter's Dad
- Giant Telepathic Spiders
- Mr. Goldenfold (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- Jessica (Non-Speaking Cameo)
- Jessica's Friend (Cameo)
- Tree People
- 2 unnamed men
- Hunter (Confirmed Fate)
- Hunter's clone
- All known Tree People (Extinction)
- The President of the Miniverse
- All people in Miniverse (Extinction)
- The title is a reference to the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy.
- When Rick questions Zeep for not going to school, he argues back, raving about how school is worthless and that it's not a good environment for people to learn in and that he's more destined to do important things in life by himself in his laboratory. This was a callback to the Pilot episode when Rick said the same thing at the breakfast table to Jerry. Rick felt very stupid about this and Morty mocked him for it.
- Rick says "Go, Go, Sanchez ski shoes" to activate a hidden mechanism in his shoes. This is a reference to Inspector Gadget.
- The bit where Rick implores Morty to use the tech he implanted in his body to "concentrate and turn into a car" is a reference in timing and dialogue to a similar scene featuring the Autobot Blurr and Daniel, the human child, in the 1986 animated cult classic Transformers: The Movie.
- The scenery in the Miniverse bears an uncanny resemblance to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in terms of architectural principle.
- Jerry and Beth are not seen or mentioned anywhere throughout the entire episode.
- This is also the only episode where Beth did not appear or was mentioned.
- Two posters appear outside Egan Cinema including a movie titled '3 Brothers' a reference to Two Brothers and 'French Toast' starring Piece of Toast, both referring to scenes shown on interdimensional cable from Rixty Minutes.
- Rick asks Zeep to give them a magical tour of wonder in Zeep's miniature universe. Zeep then says to Rick, "This isn't a chocolate factory", a reference to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Based on the rules of the episode (with each miniverse having its own "Rick") this implies that Kyle may have missed his father's funeral, which caused him great inner turmoil.
- This episode seems to be very similar to the movie, The Thirteenth Floor.
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