And just like that, Rick and Morty season three is over. The darkest season of the show yet has culminated with beef between Rick and The President, some last minute soul searching from a possibly cloned Beth, and an awkward status quo reset that somehow involves Rick being afraid of pirates. But what about Rick and Morty's season finale was really worth remembering?
The President wants Rick and Morty to investigate aliens in the White House, but the duo would really rather veg out and play Minecraft. The President (let's just call him Keith David from now on) take offense and follows the duo to Brazil, where Rick and Morty beat him to negotiating peace with a small alien colony in the Amazon.
Keith David declares war on Rick and Morty and following a kickass but anticlimactic fight scene, Rick tricks David into a truce by disguising himself as Fly Fishing Rick from another dimension. "Commander-in-queef" indeed.
Last episode lifted the veil on Beth's cognitive dissonance about her father's actions and contemplating ditching the whole family and letting a clone take her place. After Summer ackowledges how much better she is to be around after their talk, Beth beings having doubt about whether or not she's really Beth. Rick gives some life-shattering advice ("When smart people get happy, they stop recognizing themselves") before sort of confirming that Beth is maybe possibly not a clone. The scream she lets out right after is blood-curdling.
She visits Jerry shortly after, who reminds her of a date to an Alan Silvestri concert that Beth hated in the moment but loves in hindsight. Beth loves Jerry's simplicity and decides to get back together with him. This leads Morty to take the whole family to the cabin in the woods from last season to hide out while Rick and Keith David fight their way through the White House.
Rick thrives off of control, and when this episode ends with him admitting defeat to Jerry's "dumb mediocre vacuous roots" and with the family more or less "like season 1, only more streamlined," he's back to being at the bottom of the family food chain almost instantly. Earlier, he proclaimed that "I'm Dr. Who in this motherfucker" as a dick-swinging tactic against Keith David and the Secret Service, but even that won't do you much good when you've tipped your family toward nihilism.
It feels strange to see the family in such good standing considering all of the psychological unpacking they've done this season. Can we really expect things to stay exactly as they are? Will Evil Morty somehow move The Citadel's attention toward Rick and Morty C-137? Will Morty and Summer grown up to be well-adjusted? Will Jerry keep that bathrobe forever?
After a coouple brief appearances this season, Mr. Poopybutthole addressed us head-on for the first time since the end of season 2. He's got a wife and son, got his GEED, (yes, with an extra E) and has fully recovered from being shot by Beth last season. He might be a tease, but this is a good tease. Bring on season 4.