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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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Justin Roiland (created by), Dan Harmon (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Justin Roiland ... Rick Sanchez / Morty Smith (voice)
Chris Parnell ... Jerry Smith (voice)
Spencer Grammer ... Summer Smith (voice)
Sarah Chalke ... Beth Smith (voice)
Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Jessica's Friend / Pregnant Girl on TV / Pregnant Girl on TV's Friend (voice) (as Reagan Gomez)
Dan Harmon ... Flu Hatin' Rapper (voice)
Phil Hendrie ... Principal Vagina / Newscaster / Davin (voice)
Brandon Johnson ... Mr. Goldenfold (voice)
Echo Kellum ... Brad (voice)
Kari Wahlgren ... Jessica / Newscaster (voice)
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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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USA

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English

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27 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The title of this episode is a play on 'Love Potion #9.' See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

TV Character1: TV Character1: "I had sex with Billy."
TV Character2: TV Character2: "But you were already pregnant!"
TV Character1: TV Character1: "Yeah, but what's the worst that could happen?"
Female Mantis Reporter: Female Mantis Reporter:
[Voice and news channel slogan appear]
Female Mantis Reporter: "We interrupt pregnant baby with breaking news."
Summer Smith: Summer: "Uh, come on!"
Female Mantis Reporter: Female Mantis Reporter:
[Two reporters that look like bizarre praying mantis people are behind a news desk]
Female Mantis Reporter: "This just in: Morty Smith's whereabouts are still unknown."
[...]
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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »

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Look on Down from the Bridge
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Music by David Roback
Lyrics by Hope Sandoval
Performed by Mazzy Star
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This is the first truly bad episode of Rick and Morty, and it hits really hard, broh. How could you hate these nightmares in Seahorse Seashell Party but love them here?
21 February 2017 | by adampkalbSee 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 spoil. There's also a lot of gratuitous violence and pedophilia/rape jokes that would never be funny on any show. Everyone in the world except for Morty's family wants to rape Morty and he's only a 14 year-old kid! You know love does not equal rape, right? If love is just a chemical reaction that causes us to mate, then what does that say about the pedophilic jellybean from Meeseeks and Destroy, huh? There are so many horrific reasons why this episode is this worst of Rick and Morty that almost no one talks about, and the first bad episode of the bunch. You only praise the horrible things this episode did to make up for the nightmares it gave you and to cover how hard it hit you.

The episode knows how immoral and creepy the love potion is, and it expects us to excuse the rest of the episode being 1.000 times more immoral and creepy because of that, but we're supposed to let it pass because some people think this made Rick and Morty better and defined them, which makes me hate their guts if that was really the case when cruel stuff like this was bad for Family Guy and Spongebob. I don't care what kind of show Rick and Morty is, even this episode is past their limit! And I don't have a high enough IQ to see how this can have a better reception on Rick and Morty. 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 made 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? Confronting an innocent kid with their own mortality and a lesson on how expendable and interchangeable they are in a multiverse as an excuse to kill your plot stakes isn't emotionally deep. It's just cruel, disgusting, wrong, and not cool! Saying that Rick and Morty is about existentialism doesn't excuse this because it's the worst first impression imaginable and not the comedy that Rick and Morty was in Lawnmower Dogs. I'm glad I never heard from anyone who said this was one of Rick and Morty's best episode or the best in spite of or because of how evil Rick was, because I would otherwise complain that they lied to me and Rick and Morty sucks almost as much as every other Adult Swim show if this is the awful kind of show it was meant to be. It's not meant to be cruel if Lawnmower Dogs is admirable.

I never expected such a great show to have such a monumental screw- up this early on in its run and have most people ignore how bad it is, broh. This is worse than anything I saw from The Simpsons. It is not the least good episode like Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate. It is the most bad 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 ruin your life. Morty and Beth lose all likability in this episode and it will take a whole season to get it back. Anyone who likes this episode specifically for the shocking twist ending doesn't realize that it would kill the plot stakes in other episodes like Close Rick Counters, A Rickle in Time, Mortynight Run, Get Schwifty, The Wedding Squanchers, and The Rickshank Rickdemption. Almost no one but me called this out on how much weight or stakes the ending takes away from the plots of other Rick and Morty episodes, or that Beth doesn't even miss her own son Morty at all. Was Morty really bad enough in this episode to deserve to be not missed? Because all of the cruelty towards him in this episode keeps piling up and it's 100 times worse than what he deserved.

Why do you like this episode, again? It 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? The ending was more disturbing than the Family Guy episode Seahorse Seashell Party, and it's really sick and hypocritical that you would hate that episode but love this episode to deny how hard it hits you that Rick and Morty did something worse than most late Family Guy episodes very early on, and this risk that you are proud of this episode for doing just...ends up being really pointless in the end. 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. Most of you like this for the wrong reasons, because if you say that it's because it shows us more about Rick by making him more unlikable and villainous, then that makes this episode even more disgusting and repulsive on another level. The point still stands: I despise Rick Potion #9 and I hate the guts of everyone who disagrees with me because no Rick and Morty episode has been more repulsively bad than this. If you like this episode because of the David Cronenberg homage, then I don't have a problem with that. If you like this episode because of the horrific ending to deny that this is one of Rick and Morty's most bad episodes, then earlier episodes don't support the point of this episode turning Rick into the villain of the series. This episode should NOT exist. What would change about the show Rick and Morty in general or any individual episodic stories if we didn't get this quip about how everyone in infinite universes is replaceable to Rick? Rick and Morty writers, stop trying to shock us with these cruel twists or suffer the fate of becoming just as bad as the rest of Adult Swim's shows! It's just another huge Life of Brian-type of mistake: A big surprise to prove you're not protected from danger by any kind of status quo, but fails to make any lasting change and costs you plenty of viewers turned off by the gore. I don't care what Morty learned from this in Rixty Minutes, because that doesn't make Rick Potion #9 any better and all it does is polish the turd.


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