Most science fiction shows have their mediocre filler episodes, but when it happens lớn Rick and Morty, it feels lượt thích a disaster. The creators behind trò chơi of Thrones might’ve dubbed Riông chồng và Morty “the best writing of 2017”, but baông xã in 2015, the writing behind an episode called “Get Schwifty” was some of the worst. The episode opts for sheer absurdity at every plot point rather than doing anything clever or interesting. Yet, when you learn exactly how the episode came lớn be, there’s at least some kind of an explanation for exactly how this bad episode came about. Are explanations the same as excuses? We’re about to lớn find out.

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The action of “Get Schwifty” kicks off when giant heads arrive sầu on Earth, causing all sorts of natural disasters, demanding in a monotone voice: “Show me what you got.” Earth is then forced into lớn a reality television show in which these moon-sized heads — an alien race called the Cromulons — force entire planets to compete in a musical competition. Only one planet will become “Planet Music!”

The monotone voice of the Cromulons acts as a deliberate piece of dramatic irony because, despite their obsession with it, these aliens have terrible taste in music. They enjoy “Get Schwifty” the tuy nhiên, which is indisputably terrible. Morty và Riông xã sing the titular song off-the-cuff after the Cromulon’s cause an earthquake at the Grammy Awards, resulting in the death of every major musician. Rick is their only hope, & Earth’s savior comes up with this banger:

“Take off your pants and your panties. / Shit on the floor. / It’s time khổng lồ get schwifty in here.”

At the end of the episode, a new ditty called “Head Bent Over” almost wins the entire competition, và it’s perhaps even worse:

On some cấp độ “Get Schwifty” successfully pulls off a bl& satire on reality TV culture. But Doctor Who did it way better in 2005 with “Bad Wolf.” Making fun of reality TV, in general, feels a bit tired here in 2018.

If you think nature & structure of this episode just feels lượt thích a shrine built to lớn worship “Get Schwifty” the song, then you are correct. This weird plot was forcibly written so the creative team could put the tuy vậy on display.

In a May 30 interview with GQ, Richồng và Morty co-creator Dan Harmon reiterated a story about how the “Get Schwifty” tuy nhiên came long before the episode. Justin Roiland — who voices both title characters on the show — had recorded a few short tuy vậy demos for an interactive sầu Rick & Morty video clip game. Anecdotally, the show’s creative team latched onkhổng lồ “Get Schwifty” (the song) as a funny in-joke. Eventually, they constructed a music-focused episode just so they could include the song on the show. Season 2’s team of writers probably loved putting the tune on display, but we shouldn’t because it’s totally absurd and crass AF. And it’s plain bad. (Hey, maybe that’s the point.)

Sure, the “Get Schwifty” song made it onto Billboard’s Top 100 after the episode aired, but so did Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” So is that chart really an effective gauge of “good” music?


Everything about this episode, Cromulons included, is totally tone deaf. The plot aims for lunacy và idiocy all to worship Richồng & Morty at its most asinine.

Any potential character development for the show’s characters — even Morty, who learns that abandoning his grandpage authority is “considered a ‘diông xã move’ in Bird-culture” — gets lost in the painful haze of awful music.

The entire B-Plot is a single punchline strung along for perhaps ten minutes of screentime, as the rest of the Smith family & the surrounding community get swept up in a feeling of religious zealotry as a “Headism” cult emerges to lớn supplant all other organized religions.

Principal Gene Vagina paves the way and becomes the Pope, pledging himself lớn the “new god,” the heads in the sky that “control the fucking weather!”


At every new beat in the A-Plot, the ignorant masses in the B-Plot incorrectly attribute their worship or lachồng thereof to what’s behind cosmic events. Criticizing organized religion by portraying average people as hopelessly ignorant feels lượt thích yet another cheap, lazy shot at social commentary here, with the other in this episode being a generic satire of reality TV.

On both accounts, there are no layers of intelligent nuance or subversive context to lớn provoke more compelling thought. There are no great jokes or cool gadgets. There are just stupid people worshipping false idols, which themselves are equally as stupid talking heads — và then Riông xã inexplicably drops snakes out of his pants.

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Where is the symbolism and subtlety? Riông chồng and Morty’s strongest stories are always ridiculous và often offensive, but they tell stories in innovative sầu, smart ways. This is not Richồng and Morty at its best. This is Riông xã and Morty trolling you with its worst, daring you to lớn still love it.

If there’s a compelling analysis khổng lồ be found, it’s that the Cromulons are literal talking heads, demanding và consuming bl& entertainment with a monotonous voice, carelessly blasting entire planets inlớn oblivion when displeased. If we’re meant khổng lồ see this as a bình luận on truyền thông consumers or even critics, the episode doesn’t vì enough lớn get us there.

Scant pieces of dialogue throughout this episode are lightly funny, but lượt thích many early episodes, Summer & her parents just feel lượt thích puppets that hardly matter. They’re painfully oversimplified and the butt-end of the show’s jokes, which plagues the show’s worst episodes, including “Raising Gazorpazorp.”


One of the episode’s few strengths comes from the debut of Keith David’s President of the United States, an ally that inexplicably became a villain in the Season 3 finale và sort of ruined the character. But here, he’s a delight as one of the show’s all-time best guest stars.

Another highlight is a subplot revealing that Ice-T in this universe is actually an ageless wandering alien that’s literally made out of ice. Over time, this episode transforms a decent visual pun into a multilayered, evolving joke that effectively dramatizes how ridiculous it is that anytoàn thân calls themselves “Ice-T.” Here, the Ice-T parody is done with love sầu. (Dan Harmon is a big Ice-T người, and Harmon’s parody impression of Ice-T is funny enough to lớn warrant its own follow-up episode.)

Eventually, it’s Ice-T who nearly sacrifices himself to lớn save sầu Earth from being destroyed. The Cromulon’s giant laser beam get deflected by a giant talking ice cube wearing a gun necklace.

Taking a bad pun và transforming it inkhổng lồ both the episode’s objective sầu correlative sầu and its deus ex machina is funny, but taking cheap, juvenile shots at criticizing religion và reality TV are not. We’ve all seen Riông chồng và Morty bởi so much better, like in this episode’s post-credits scene that takes the whole “Ice-T” alien letter pun joke lớn new heights:

Ultimately, the episode itself serves as a great way to lớn underst& how Riông chồng and Morty gets made: several people sit around, spitballing silly ideas (some of them totally dumb), and sometimes, the bad ideas get made. Statistically, in an infinite universe of infinite variation, plenty of Richồng & Morty episodes should be bad, right?

There’s nowhere to go but up from here.’s new Rick & Morty Retrospective sầu series takes a critical look baông chồng at every episode ever working backward from the worst episodes khổng lồ the best. Join us as we search for finite meaning in an inherently meaningless infinite universe.