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Rick Potion #9 

After Rick gives Morty a Love-potion for prom, things quickly spiral out of control when the Serum splices with the Flu - causing it to spread. Rick and Morty scramble to cure the crisis, making matters worse in the process.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Smith (voice)
Summer Smith (voice)
Beth Smith (voice)
Jessica's Friend / Pregnant Girl on TV / Pregnant Girl on TV's Friend (voice) (as Reagan Gomez)
Mr. Goldenfold (voice)
Brad (voice)
Jessica / Newscaster (voice)


After Rick gives Morty a Love-potion for prom, things quickly spiral out of control when the Serum splices with the Flu - causing it to spread. Rick and Morty scramble to cure the crisis, making matters worse in the process.

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27 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Co-creator Dan Harmon can be heard voicing the Flu Hating Rapper in this episode. See more »


Near the beginning, Rick puts ice in his glass. Once he begins to pour in the orange drink, the ice is missing. See more »


Jessica: Do it, Morty, do it! Rip my clothes off and mate with me for life!
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Featured in Supernatural: Love Hurts (2016) See more »


Look on Down from the Bridge
Music by David Roback
Lyrics by Hope Sandoval
Performed by Mazzy Star
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WAKE UP! Rick and Morty's reputation as a show is at stake from this episode! This is the first truly downright bad episode of the series, and it hits really hard.
21 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely the worst Rick and Morty episode and it's not for you if you don't want to get off on the wrong foot with Rick and Morty. I always liked Rick and Morty, until this episode. I can't spoil what happens at the end, but I can say that it leaves a lot of disturbing implications behind on the rest of the episode and makes the rest of it worse, and there is a 99.99% chance that it would never work because anyone could have seen Rick and Morty and have them arrested for the horrible thing it would look like they did that I can not mention. There's also a lot of gratuitous violence and pedophilia/rape jokes that would never be funny on any show. This kind of episode is almost just as bad on Rick and Morty as it would be on other cartoons more kid-friendly than Rick and Morty, and I'm just lucky that they didn't get this episode, with the exception of Love Loaf from Breadwinners. Everyone in the world except for Morty's family wants to rape Morty and he's only a 14 year-old kid!

How is this "thought-provoking" exactly? I can think of 3 big reasons why this emergency solution ending would never work. 1st, I already mentioned above that it could have gotten Rick and Morty suspected of murder. 2nd, the writer of the Star vs. the Forces of Evil episode Mathemagic came up with the solution of "channeling other selves who were able to solve this" which Rick could have done because every episode since this one except Rixty Minutes and The Rickshank Rickdemption would be 100% the same otherwise. 3rd, if every Rick and Morty episode was like Rick Potion #9, it would kill the stakes in Lawnmower Dogs, Close Rick- Counters of the Rick Kind, A Rickle in Time, Mortynight Run, Get Schiwfty, The Wedding Squanchers, and The Rickshank Rickdemption. Maybe Justin Roiland shouldn't write and just stick with voice acting unless he can think of some better episodes that don't make other episodes' conflicts meaningless, because he totally ruined Morty's used-to-be-sympathetic character in Rick Potion #9 and later parts of the episode still expect us to feel sorry for Morty after he asked Rick for the love potion to get Jessica.

I don't care what kind of show Rick and Morty is, even this episode is past their limit! The plot is lined up with a lot of disturbing jokes and gross out that worked before because we had a decent story to fall back on. Very little of this episode's jokes were even funny to begin with. If you want Rick and Morty to be darker, fine. But I don't expect anyone to be this happy about it going this far again, broh. What makes you like this in early Rick and Morty here if you hated the worst of late The Simpsons, Family Guy and Spongebob before this came along, broh? This would make those seem tame in comparison. If you hated Family Guy for getting too dark, what's different about Rick and Morty when they're both adult cartoons?

I never expected such a great show to have such a monumental screw- up this early on in its run and have most people not see what a monumental screw-up that it is, broh. This is worse than anything I saw from The Simpsons, which may have been where I heard the term monumental- screw up. Raising Gazorpazorp is almost as terrible as this episode, broh! It is not the episode with the weakest plot like Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate. It is the most repulsive, shocking, grotesquely painful, and emotionally/morally harmful episode of the whole series to watch, but you don't know that until after the first 5 minutes. You would probably like this episode less if it was in Season 3 but everything that happened was 100% the same. I would actually prefer a stale Season 3 to episodes like this one that are thought-provoking in a negative way to make you value life less. Morty and Beth lose all likability in this episode and it will take a whole season to get it back.

Why do you like this episode, again? Do you actually like it because it makes you feel meaningless? That goes against Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind because there were consequences for Evil Rick killing Morty in all of the different universes. Do you like it because the bad way Morty acts in this and the next episode makes him deserving of all the bad stuff he gets coming to him? That ending was more disturbing than the nightmares Brian had in the Family Guy episode Seahorse Seashell Party. Speaking of Family Guy, even they knew in a later episode called Farmer Guy that you shouldn't ignore problems in your community, when Rick Potion #9 has the complete opposite message.

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