Rick and Morty S6, Ep 4 Review
You know what one of the funniest things about Rick Sanchez is? The fact that he’s willing to go out of his way to be lazy. It doesn’t even matter if doing so means expending more effort than simply doing the thing he’s trying to avoid. He turned himself into a pickle to get out of therapy and went anyway after fighting out of a Russian facility! The point is Rick’s willingness to be lazy can bite him. Hard. And this time, the Smith Family gets caught up in his efforts to be lazy in this creepy, hilarious new episode.
Rick Finds the Ultimate Lazy Hack
In this week’s episode, Rick buys a machine called a Somnambulator. It lets anyone using it assign tasks for themselves to do in their sleep. Their Night self does all the work, and they reap the rewards. Thus, the rest of the Smith family is on board for the chance to be lazy and get benefits. Rick and Morty get a six-pack, Beth learns the trombone, Summer learns Spanish, and Jerry writes to himself. It feels like a good deal.
Except it isn’t. The Night Smiths become self-aware and don’t like doing their Day Selves chores. Their biggest gripe is the Smiths refusing to rinse the dirty dishes. When they reasonably ask their counterparts to rinse the dishes, Rick is too lazy to do so. Pretty soon, the Smiths are at war with themselves over who is in charge.
It’s not just the fact that Rick’s lazy in this case; he’s also prideful. He’ll refuse to admit defeat even when the Night Smiths hold him down and force-feed him the food from the unrinsed dishes. Unfortunately for him, Night Summer proves to be more than able to match him.
Night Summer Scares Me
It’s established that out of Rick’s grandkids, Summer takes the most after him. She’s become a badass as the show’s progressed, craving Rick’s approval while also resenting him for it. This manifests in Night Summer taking on the repressed anger towards Rick and becoming the leader of the Night Smiths, and trying to enslave the Day Smiths.
The Night Family’s Lazy, Too, Bruh
The entire premise behind this episode is both silly and terrifying. Terrifying in that the Smiths are fighting themselves; silly in that this leads to an epic, slapstick-filled car chase down the freeway. I laughed out loud when I saw a cop car cause a chain of explosions. Slapstick truly is hilarious.
Ironically, when the Night Smiths get the chance to assume the lives of their counterparts, they prove just as lazy as the Day Smiths, if not lazier. After blowing the Smith’s money and wrecking their house, they destroy the Somnambulator and commit suicide rather than deal with the problems. Thus, the Smiths deal with the fallout…and the fact that the Choco Taco’s been discontinued.
I actually looked that up. It really was discontinued by Klondike.
The moral of the story: don’t be lazy and just rinse the dishes. It’s not that hard!!
I Give “Night Family” a 4.4/5
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