Rick and Morty: “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez” Season 2 Episode 7 Review

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This week’s episode took a familiar formula for the show and switched the focus. It’s pretty normal for a Rick and Morty episode to have its A-story feature Rick and the kids and for that to be the best part of the entry, while Beth and Jerry are left with a B-story that doesn’t quite measure up. But “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez” had the best Beth and Jerry story to date, while Rick being trapped in his younger clone’s body didn’t quite measure up.

Rick drops the destructive couple at an intergalactic couple’s therapy retreat. The process starts with a device scanning their brains to create one lover’s impression of the other and vice versa. With Beth, we end up with a raging, xenomorph-esque monster. With Jerry, we get a timid, fat worm. As we see other couple’s impressions, it’s hard not to see this as a pretty astute and refreshing way to take on failing marriages. Rick and Morty continues to excel at taking things many TV shows try and cover and pushing them beyond their limits to create ridiculous, yet still poignant examinations of these topics.

There’s no denying that it was pretty endearing when Jerry finally seemed heroic and Beth created an army of her new impression of him to defeat his impression of her. Jerry rarely gets to redeem himself on this show, and the episode didn’t go too far to strip the comedy of how pathetic he is from the formula, but it was definitely rewarding to see him pull together and save his wife.

Now, back on Earth, there’s a vampire at the kids’ high school (Coach Feratu). Rick enters the body of a younger clone of himself. It was smart to avoid the vampire story all together and go for the almost-cliche older-person-back-in-high-school gag. This story had its moments, the best being Rick’s matter-of-fact calls for help while Tiny Rick would sing and dance. But it definitely didn’t hold a candle to the Beth and Jerry story, making for a more uneven episode than we’re used to.

Still, the story off-world was so good that it barely mattered. I just hope that there’s a little less focus on Beth and Jerry’s marriage now that it has at least been resolved until Morty graduates from high school. Grade: B+

 

 

Some Other Notes:

– Jim Rash was perfect as the lead counselor at the couple’s therapy retreat.

– Summer tells us right from the beginning how the Beth and Jerry story is going to end, but that didn’t make it any less fun to watch.

– The vampire tag at the end being the only vampires we see in the whole episode was actually perfect.

– Poor Jerry can’t even win one trying to connect the two very different stories from tonight’s episode. Things may be different, but not too different.

 

By Matt Dougherty

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