‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 1 Recap & Plot Explained

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The fabled brainchild of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland (and their top of the notch crew) have finally released the highly anticipated Rick and Morty Season 5 and it is exhilarating and even a bit nostalgic to see the character arcs of Jerry, Beth, and Morty have a swift transformation, allowing the show to evade the possibilities of being monotonous.

The last episode of the Rick and Morty Season 4 ‘Star Mort Rick Turn OF The Jerri’ created very dramatic emotional paradigms for everyone which opened many more avenues for the writers to allocate all the prerequisites of a Rick and Morty episode with an essence of how the human psyche is ever-changing. 


The Price of Being a Genius

In the aforementioned episode of season 04, the cloning of Beth was revealed which made her have a dynamic change of behavior and opinion regarding everything, and most importantly Rick. Whilst Rick realizes that randomizing the daughters so that he doesn’t know which is the real one made him ponder over his paternal responsibilities. In addition to that Summer and Morty are growing up and the adventures are becoming too cumbersome and hinder their personal lives.


‘Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 1’ Explained

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Now as we have set up the premise for the psychological states of the characters’ let’s begin! Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 1 ‘Mort Dinner Rick Andre’, is poetically incepted, as Morty is saving Rick this time and successfully does that with a slight problem, he touched the ocean where the arch-nemesis (as Rick calls him) Mr. Nimbus appears from the sea. Rick once signed a treaty of not touching the ocean to make sure that Nimbus is away but to satiate Nimbus he calls him up for a dinner, whilst Morty has finally found time with Jessica and is not even slightly interested in arduous adventures. Rick being Rick, knows that and made Summer do the job.

Things get tricky with the aging of wine as Morty goes through a portal so that the aging process of the wine is slowed but ends up messing up the timeline he visited. Morty, in awe of Jessica’s urge for wine, goes back in time and like a domino effect, messes up their civilization. Whilst all of this, Mr.Nimbus gives a reality check speech to Rick and they have a hilarious but emotional back-and-forth. The chaos enhances with Jessica being sucked into the portal and Rick and Morty go for the climactic boss-fight but to their surprise, they mess up with a civilization that hates them through eternity. At the end of it all when it seemed bleak, Mr.Nimbus appears to save the day only to realize later that Rick is the epitome of narcissism and Nimbus beats the shit of Rick for our hilarity-ridden, jaw aching laughter. The episode ends with Jessica being a literal ‘Time-God’ after her return from the portal and Morty is friend-zoned, again!


Satirical Magnificence

Jeff Loveness wrote the first episode with sublime nuances of satire and the editorial work beautified the product even more. The way the show tosses around pouches regarding the portal being something like “Narnia”, Hoovy played by Jim Gaffigan, had a tussle with Morty which incited years of the war-like situation and how the real enemy was not even really a foe, this provides us with a perspective that isn’t the whole world history like that? It takes it a notch further by showing feudalism’s craving for blood and AI’s take on the same notion. 

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The title itself is a referential ode to “The Eric Andre Show” and whilst the world is running after money, the episode was also uploaded on Youtube.

Brace yourselves people, it’s just getting started.


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Rick and Morty is an Adult Animated Sci-Fi Television Series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Season 5 is developed by Adult Swim.

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Shreshtha Shukla
"Thou art the suffering from which unwarranted melancholia emerges" Shreshtha Shukla is a writer, teacher, and a film enthusiast.

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