Some of the best and most refreshing Rick and Morty episodes put Morty’s big sister Summer Smith in the spotlight. While Morty often repeats his worst mistakes over and over again, leading to somewhat redundant storylines, Summer is a more capable and grounded character who trusts Rick to do things like steal Mr. Nimbus’ magical shell or “a That hard‘to save the day. Far too often, Summer is sidelined or reduced to a smartphone-obsessed millennial, but Season 7, Episode 7, “Wet Kuat Amortican Summer,” delivers one of her best stories of all time. In addition, it also contains a bomb that is revealed, plucked from the darkest corners of Rick’s fractured psyche.
“Wet Kuat Amortican Summer” starts with Summer doing Rick’s chores so she can earn a new gadget. After feeding some monsters in the basement below the garage, searching Rick’s amulets, and throwing away dead aliens, Summer demands an attribute sliding cuff so she can wow her classmates at the “frolf mixer” teased in the post-credits scene of episode 6. It works fine at first, giving Summer the strength she needs to show off and the charisma to woo a handsome jock.
However, it doesn’t take long for Morty to become jealous, and just like in the season 4 finale when the siblings fought over an invisibility belt, they struggle just to drop the device into a pool. The genetic sequencer then mutates them into one creature with their spines intertwined. Morty turns into a gruesome Kuato, a disturbing reference to Total recall.
(In that classic Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi action film, Kuato is the name given to a psychic mutant that grows from a man’s stomach. Rick and Morty, it is a general term used for any type of mutant that grows from a person’s body. They all have a psychic bond with their hosts, and all they can say is “open your mind” in different tones, like some “I am Groot” nonsense.)
Of course, Summer ends up on an alien planet with a bunch of other Kuato hosts, only to be kidnapped into a human trafficking ring, or more accurately, a Kuato smuggling ring. It turns out that the Kuato leader wants to sell Kuato Morty to the highest bidder. Rick eventually tracks them down and teams up with Summer to fight a bunch of goons and save Morty. It’s in the middle of a gunfight that Rick drops this bombshell:
‘Morty is a dog! People have cats because their affection is earned. I treat you as an equal because I respect you. You remind me of your grandmother!”
Speaking of Summer’s grandmother, earlier in the episode, Rick’s AI analyzes security footage to track Summer and Morty, but puts it in black and white. “I didn’t design you for dramatic effect!” says Rik. The AI responds sharply: “You made me sound like your deaf wife.” This cleverly sets up Rick’s later comment that Summer looks like Diane.
After all, it was only two weeks ago that Rick finally got his revenge on Rick Prime, the Rick variant who used the Omega Device to erase Dianes from all realities after killing Rick’s original Diane and Beth with an explosive. Rick admitting and expressing why he respects Summer shows that he has made a lot of progress towards becoming a better person. Earlier this season, the episode “Air Force Wong” highlighted Rick’s dedication to therapy and its effect on him. He couldn’t let go of his vendetta against Rick Prime, but now that he’s gotten his revenge, he’s finally starting to move on and open up about Diane. We’ve come a long way.
Remember, we knew next to nothing about her until the Season 3 premiere, “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” when the Galactic Federation probed Rick’s memories so he conjured up “a completely fabricated origin story” in which Rick Prime killed Diane and Beth. It wasn’t until the season 5 finale that an extended flashback confirmed that this part of Rick’s past was actually true. When Rick is sent back to his home dimension in the season 6 premiere, he talks to an AI in his garage that looks exactly like Diane. Since then, that AI – or at least its voice – has become the default mode for Rick’s garage and space cruiser, even in his home dimension. But that wasn’t always the case!
Morty is just Morty, and that may never change. But every time the show explores Rick’s relationship with Summer or Beth, things get much more interesting.
“You look just like me,” Rick told Beth in Season 3, waxing philosophical about the meaninglessness of the multiverse and how smart people like her “get the chance to rise above” and “fool reality.” ” So he offers to make a clone of her, and thus Beth and Space Beth were created side by side. Why would he do this?
“I don’t know, maybe it matters so little to me that I like you, or maybe it matters to you,” Rick says. “Maybe I love you. Maybe something about your mother.”
This is the closest Rick has come to expressing a genuine feeling in years. Things are very different now. Rick not only recognizes that Beth is just as brilliant and powerful as he is, but he also recognizes that Summer is like Diane. That probably means that while Diane may not have been a super genius, she was an immensely capable spitfire with a lot of sass and good instincts who is endlessly reliable in an emergency – just like Summer.
We all love Morty, but the way Beth and Summer reflect aspects of Rick’s identity offers much more in terms of rich character development. If Morty has to be sidelined every now and then for that to happen, then Rick and Morty there’s a better show for it.
Where are we going here? This side of the Rick Prime saga, when Rick opens up about Diane, we’ll undoubtedly learn more about Morty and Summer’s grandmother. The Omega device would have destroyed every copy of Diane from the entire multiverse, but if there is a Morty smarter and more capable than Rick, then in an infinite universe there is at least one Diane who was (or still is) the smartest woman ). ever. Could such a woman have figured out a way to protect herself from the Omega device? If so, she’s probably looking for the villain who tried to wipe her from the multiverse. That would lead her straight to Rick. Wouldn’t that make for a great season 7 finale?