‘Analyze Piss’ is one of Rick and Morty’s Heaviest Episodes Ever
Rick and Morty Season 6, Episode 8 Review
The moment this flashed on our screens last night, I wondered what Rick and Morty would do this time. They’re no stranger to tackling dark subjects. They’ve covered things that could traumatize someone in real life several times now but through the lens of black comedy. However, ‘Analyze Piss’ hits differently. Not only does it handle suicide with all the gravity it should get, but shows Rick trying to do the right thing for the sake of it. It’s the best episode of the season since the season premiere…and it revolves around something gross like piss.
Rick Goes to Therapy of His Own Free Will
Following another battle with Mr. Nimbus, Rick gets fed up with all the random D-list supervillains popping up trying to fight him. After talking it over with Dr. Wong, Rick challenges himself to ignore the villains for a week and see what happens.
Firstly, we should talk about the fact that Rick willingly went to therapy, something he adamantly opposed in the past. He turned himself into a pickle to get out of it! If anything, this decision hammers home Rick’s character growth since the season premiere. He’s slowly accepting that there are people he cares about and that he doesn’t want to lose them, which he risks if he keeps giving in to these haters and trolls, who these weird villains serve as stand-ins for.
Jerry Keeps Getting W’s this Season
In an even stranger twist, it’s Jerry who ends up taking the spotlight. When the Piss Master, a villain whose whole gimmick revolves around piss, makes a lewd comment about Summer, Jerry manages to beat the piss out of him! The next thing he knows, he’s invited to join a group of Green Lantern expy’s and using a mech suit to blow up a planet of Hitlers. No, I’m not joking. He blows up a planet of aliens who are all space Hitlers.
This whole season’s been filled with W’s for Jerry, honestly. First, he decides to stay with his Smith family of choice. Then, he scores with both Beth and Space Beth. Now, he’s managing to be an actual hero. Given how much of a punching bag he can be, good for Jerry. Too bad that “Analyze Piss” takes a dark and heavy turn.
‘Analyze Piss’ is a Heavy Look on Suicide
Despite promising to stay out of things, Rick takes pity on Piss Master after hearing how many people have railed on him online and decides to visit him. However, he’s shocked to discover that Piss Master committed suicide in his bathtub, all from being humiliated and ridiculed, thanks to Jerry. This was dark, and played for almost zero laughs. Piss Master was a man who wanted to prove everyone that he wasn’t a failure, only to die alone and miserable. It’s genuinely heartbreaking to watch.
What happens next, though, is both touching and disgusting to watch. Out of genuine kindness, Rick decides to disguise himself as Piss Master and embark on a spree of disgusting heroism so everyone will remember him as a hero. Dr. Wong even approves, saying it’s a good outlet, even when Rick admits he plans to fake his death so no one knows the truth.
Inevitably, things go awry when Jerry gets involved, ruining his own reputation and getting him kicked out. All Rick had to do was keep his mouth shut and let everyone think he was Piss Master, but he ends up blabbing to Morty, who tells everyone else. At least Piss Master won’t be remembered as a loser, though.
Overall, as gross as this episode was, I think it was the best episode of the season since the premiere. Rick’s really making the effort to be a better person, and it shows. Next time, though, just don’t have it involve piss. I can’t stand that kind of humor.
I Give “Analyze Piss” a 5/5
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