As prophesied by Mr Poopybutthole at the end of “Rick and Morty” season two, the wait for season three has been a long one. Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, “Rick and Morty” follows the animated adventures of drunken mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his not-so bright grandson, Morty Smith. The show has gained a dedicated (and very patient) fan following who love its irreverent humour and subversive sci-fi shenanigans.
Unfortunately, at the time of this list’s writing, there is still no release date for the series’ elusive third season, meaning fans are going to have to keep waiting in order to get their fix of drunken burps, dimension hopping and “Wubba Lubba Dub Dubs.” But fear not, CBR is here to help you wait it out in the only way we can, by speculating on all the wonderful weirdness we hope to see next.
SPOILER WARNING: The following list contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” seasons one and two
15. RICK BREAKS OUT OF JAIL
Unless “Rick and Morty” season three is just a sad montage of Rick eating prison food and taking communal showers, this one is pretty much a given. Season two ended with Rick locked up in maximum security space prison for breaking pretty much every law the Galactic Federation has. The heartbreaking finale saw Rick turn himself into to the Galactic Federation in order to protect his family, an uncharacteristically selfless act from the narcissistic super-genius.
Although it is still unclear what motivated Rick’s surrender — whether it was purely altruistic or part of his cycle of self-destruction that permeated all of season two — it is unlikely he will be imprisoned for long. To be honest, the real question here isn’t if Rick will escape, but rather how. Will Rick assemble a crack team of alien convicts to aid in his escape? Will Morty and the family come to his rescue? Will we find out that an alternative Rick was imprisoned and Rick of earth C-137 was free the whole time? However Rick makes his dash to freedom, it will no doubt be soaked in a gooey coating of snark and cynical humour.
14. INTERDIMENSIONAL CABLE THREE
In the season one episode “Rixty minutes,” Rick gives the Smith family’s television an upgrade when he installs a cable box capable of receiving channels from infinite dimensions. What follows on from this ingenious premise are largely improvised bits from series co-creator, Justin Roiland, in which he babbles and rants his way through a sequence of made up adds and movie trailers. Justin’s ramblings brought us such highlights as “Ants-in-my-eyes Johnson,” ‘Turbulent juice” and of course, “Ball Fondlers.”
Repeating the premise in the season two episode “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting fate,” Roiland showed he wasn’t out of ideas when he delivered another golden batch of interdimensional goodies. Among them were highlights such as “Jan Quadrant Vincent,” “Man verses car” and “Eyeholes.” Given that interdimensional cable is now a two season strong tradition, as well as “Rick and Morty” Co-Creator Dan Harmon’s love for sequels (as any “Community” fan can attest), we can’t wait to see what strange and disturbing interdimensional shows Roiland comes up with when season three finally drops later on in 2017.
As well as its titular Grandpa and Grandson pair, “Rick and Morty” is known for its subversive and cynical take on sci-fi, horror and television norms. Episodes such as “Something Ricked this way comes,” “Lawnmower Dog” and “Total Rickall” all playfully tore apart such existing tropes. Although we will no doubt see more hilarious take-downs of such tropes in season three, there is one horror staple in particular we would love to see “Rick and Morty” take on: H.P Lovecraft’s Cthulhu.
“Rick and Morty” taking on Lovecraft’s elder god may not be as much a pipe dream as it sounds. An angry monster resembling Cthulhu appears in both the season one and two opening sequences, chasing Rick’s spaceship through the rugged landscape of a dying planet. In the short sequence, Summer Smith, Rick’s granddaughter, sits next to Rick in his ship, holding the creature’s baby. Not only does this brief sequence hint at the horrific cosmic entity, it also hints at a potential plot for the episode.
As well as having almost enough Jan Micheal Vincents for each quadrant, “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate” brought us the humble plumbus. This household item is circular and pink with clumpy nodules on the top and dark pink plumage coming from its center. We could explain in detail what the plumbus does but that would be a waste of time since everyone already knows its many essential uses and functions.
Designed to look like a cross between a toilet scrubbing brush and various adult implements, the plumbus is just the sort of weird looking alien utensil we have come to expect from “Rick and Morty.” Sure, the Plumbus doesn’t deserve its own episode; after all, we got an in-depth look at how they are made in the “How do they do it” segment of “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate,” but it would be nice to see a few more of them in the world in the form of background dressing.
11. AN INTRO FROM POOPYBUTTHOLE
The breakout star of the season two episode “Total Rickall,” Mr Poopybutthole won our hearts with his upbeat attitude and over-use of the expression “oooooooeeeeeeeee.” Ironically, the only real character in a sea of memory-altering parasites infesting the Smith house, Mr Poopybutthole is a top hat wearing, cartoon stereotype. Although he only made a brief initial appearance in “Total Rickall,” Mr Poopybutthole was back at the end of the season two finale, “The Wedding Squanchers,” to ease us through the season’s emotional ending.
Breaking the fourth wall to tell the audience how dramatic the ending was and how long it would be until the show returned, remarking, “Tune into ‘Rick and Morty’ season three in like a year and a half…or longer,” Mr Poopybutthole made season two’s bitter ending and the impending wait that much easier to swallow. It only seems fair that Mr. Poopybutthole should appear at the beginning of season three to apologize for the incredibly long wait and usher us into the new batch of episodes.
10. JERRY GIVES BIRTH
In addition to the Cthulhu scene, hidden among the montage of clips in the “Rick and Morty” season one opening is another snippet worthy of its own episode. We are of course talking about the brief vignette in which Jerry Smith gives birth.
In the scene, Jerry Smith — Morty’s dad, Rick’s son-in law — is splayed out on the kitchen table with a pained look on his face in what we can only assume is the process of child birth. This simple idea involving Jerry playing host to the miracle of life could easily be expanded into an “A” or “B” plot line by exploring how Jerry got pregnant and what on earth he is pregnant with. Knowing the show like we do, it will no doubt be some sort of weird extra-terrestrial. Given Jerry’s designation as the show’s dedicated comic relief, this story would be a perfect way of facilitating more Jerry-based comedy while delving a bit deeper into the character.
9. MORE TERRIBLE CATCHPHRASES
In true animated fashion, “Rick and Morty” star Rick Sanchez is equipped with an arsenal of truly terrible, not to mention nonsensical catch phrases. Highlights include the so-bad-it’s-good “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” from season one, which is later revealed to mean “I am in great pain, please help me.” Then there is season two’s “Get Schwifty.” Turns out, Rick’s catchphrases are so lame and deliberately forced, series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland poked fun at them with a catchphrase montage in the season two episode “Total Rickall.”
The 30-second montage brought us a barrage of weird and deliberately made up-sounding catchphrases such as “Ricky-ticky-taffy beaach,” “That’s the way the news goes,” “Hit the sack jack,” “Shum shum schlipty dop” and “No jumping in the sewer.” Call us suckers for punishment, but we would be sorely disappointed if “Rick and Morty” season three didn’t bring us more of these abominations to the English language.
8. THE RETURN OF UNITY
With the notable exception of the season two finale, the season two episode “Auto Erotic Assimilation” was one of the most emotionally affecting episodes “Rick and Morty” has had to offer. In the episode, Rick runs into his old girlfriend, Unity, who just happens to be part of an assimilating hive mind. Although the episode is an irreverent exploration of free will and the price we are willing to pay for peace and order, it took Rick’s character arc in a much darker direction.
The more Rick and Unity reconnected, the more it became clear that they brought out the worst in each other. Rick’s penchant for excess finally got the better of him when Unity left him, seeking the protection of another hive mind that happens to resemble “Star Trek’s” The Borg. The episode ends with an emotional gut-punch when Rick tries to take his own life, but fortunately, he fails. Maybe it’s too optimistic, but we would give anything to see Unity and Rick reconcile in this latest season of “Rick and Morty.”
7. POCKET MORTYS
In 2016, we were treated to a fresh helping of “Rick and Morty” in the form of the mobile game, “Pocket Mortys.” “Pocket Mortys” is, for all intents and purposes, a Pokemon game, only with simplified mechanics and enough changes to keep Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland from getting the pants sued off them by Nintendo. Not surprisingly, in “Pocket Mortys” you played Rick and used the pokeball-like (but totally different) “Morty manipulator chips” to enslave Mortys to fight for you.
The different creatures available for you to capture consisted of different types of Mortys, which, more often than not, were just Morty wearing different clothes or sporting facial hair. “Pocket Mortys” proved to be so popular that in late 2016, Oni Press announced a comic miniseries, “Pocket Like You Stole It,” which was based on the game. With that in mind, would it be too much to ask for a quick cameo from “Hobo Morty” or “Turbulent Juice Morty” in season three?
6. RICK: THE UNAPOLOGETIC JERK
In the last episode of “Rick and Morty” season one, it is revealed that Rick’s catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” is actually a cry for help. This revelation was the first hint that beneath Rick’s jerk exterior was a broken person in extreme emotional pain. This was expanded upon in season two, particularly in the episodes “Auto Erotic Assimilation” and “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez,” which both pushed the idea that Rick is a man plagued by inner sadness.
Although it’s great that Harmon and Roiland are developing and growing the character of Rick, it’s important that he doesn’t grow or mature too much. The whole hook of the show relies on Rick being a terrible egomaniac to fuel the tension and comedy. In short, it’s a narrative necessity that Rick remain self-centered. Sure, Rick will no doubt continue to evolve in season three, but hopefully at his core he will remain an unapologetic jerk.
5. JABS AT THE FOURTH WALL
A big part of the charm of “Rick and Morty” is the way in which it turns conventional television and sci-tropes on their heads. The show has a habit of poking holes in even the most accepted genre norms to create something new. This subversion of audience expectation usually occurs by breaking the fourth wall and directly presenting a challenge to the audience’s intelligence. A great example of this is the season one episode “Lawnmower Dog,” which features a deliberately confusing rip-off of “Inception”.
After relaying the convoluted rules of incepting to Morty, Rick remarks,”It’s like Inception, Morty, so if it’s confusing and stupid, then so is everyone’s favorite movie.” Sure, it’s a tad insulting, but there’s something oh-so-tantalizing about a show willing to go out of its way to address the audience. This is especially true when it uses such an opportunity to insult and question the viewer’s tastes in film! Naturally, we would love to see more similar fourth wall shattering moments in “Rick and Morty’s” long-awaited third season.
Given Dan Harmon’s knack of repeating what works, it wouldn’t be too outrageous to hope for a return of Mr. Meeseeks in “Rick and Morty” season three. Appearing in the season one episode “Meeseeks and Destroy,” Mr. Meeseeks is an ostensibly friendly blue creature who exists only to serve. In fact, the otherwise unkillable creature dedicates every fiber of its being to completing one task and one task only, after which it is allowed to slip this mortal coil. Summoned using a device creatively tilted a “Meeseeks Box,” Mr. Meeseeks will only disappear into a puff of smoke after completing its aforementioned task… but it’s not all fun and games.
In a very dark twist, although they may look happy and upbeat, every-second of existence is pain for a Mr. Meeseeks, leaving them craving the sweet release of non-existence. Although another Mr. Meeseeks episode may be asking too much, at the very least it would be great to have a Mr. Meeseeks cameo. Oh, how we long to hear “I’m Mr Meeseeks, look at me!” once again.
3. THE COUNCIL OF RICKS
The season one episode “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” introduced us to “The Council of Ricks,” an interdimensional coalition of Ricks from different realities. The governing body for all Ricks across all realities, the council was formed to help protect Ricks from their many, many enemies. Not surprisingly, our Rick — that being the Rick of Earth c-137 — doesn’t get along too well with the council, seeing them as another gang of bureaucrats trying to dictate what he can and can’t do.
Although Rick and the council don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, ultimately they are all on the same side. This raises questions about what the council thinks of Rick’s imprisonment at the end of “Rick and Morty” season two. Will the council intervene to rescue Rick from a life of imprisonment, or will they let him rot in his cell as penance for his loose-cannon ways? Either way, we would love to see the council return to the small screen in season three.
2. BETH AND JERRY
Underneath all the high concept sci-fi shenanigans, at its core “Rick and Morty” is a show about family. Mimicking aspects of other animated sitcoms, namely “The Simpsons,” it is not uncommon for “Rick and Morty” to begin with the Smith family sharing a meal around the dinner table. A lynch pin of this family dynamic is Jerry and Beth Smith’s rocky marriage.
Despite their many attempts to work on their relationship, Jerry and Beth’s marriage is continually hanging by a thread. Whether it be caused by Jerry’s stupidity, a dying deer or a weird alien Rick has imprisoned under the house, Jerry and Beth are always fighting. Ironically, the only time Jerry and Beth were able to have their happily ever after was when the world became overrun with hideous Cronenberg-esque creatures in season one’s “RickPpotion #9.” With that in mind, we think it’s safe to say we can expect plenty more marital tension from the Smith’s in season three.
With his fate uncertain after the season two finale, “The Wedding Squanchers,” we sincerely hope Squanchy returns for “Rick and Morty” season three. Made to look and act like a throwaway cartoon character from the ’90s, Squanchy shares Rick’s love of hard liquor and terrible catchphrases. This extra-terrestrial feline litters his sentences with the word “squanch,” a word that can mean everything and anything, not unlike the Smurfs or the Thundercats’ Snarf.
After it is revealed that Birdperson’s wedding is actually a sting by the Galactic Federation, Squanchy holds off the hordes of Galactic Federation agents so Rick and his family can escape. Going out in a blaze of glory, Squanchy ingests a green serum that transforms him into a hulking, super strong monster. Although it would be a hero’s death, hopefully the wedding isn’t the end for ol’ Squanchy. What we mean to say is it would be a real squanch if he came back for season three. You squanch?
What are you most looking forward to in Rick and Morty’s third season? Let us squanch in the comments!
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