[WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS.]
Super Scientist Rick Sanchez has turned himself into a pickle.
Literally. He is now a pickle. Pickle Rick!
Why do men climb mountains?
Why do birds fly?
Because it’s there.
Because he could!
And it certainly wasn’t part of a convoluted scheme to get out of attending a counseling session with the rest of his family!
Shame on you for even thinking it!
Unfortunately, Rick’s current state quickly leads to him being in a pickle as well as being a pickle. A series of unfortunate events (and not the kind with a charming narrator and poorly disguised villains) puts Rick in the middle of a sewer and leads him into the middle of an action movie.
Meanwhile, Beth, Summer and Morty must contend with a therapist who is far too calm about the news that the absent Rick has turned himself into a pickle and is reluctant to take Beth’s assertions as to why their family is falling apart at face value. This is saying something coming from a woman who humors coprophagiacs for a living.
Pickle Rick takes its time building past its one-joke premise. At about the halfway point, however, this episode becomes a dramatically different beast. There is an element of anti-humor here, with the therapy sessions being played painfully straight so as to set up a big punchline at the end. Conversely, the sequences with Pickle Rick playing John McClane in an office building full of Russians are played in a gloriously over-the-top fashion even before they bring in a mysterious badass called The Jaguar. Full credit for this episode’s success must be paid to the episode guest stars, which include Danny Trejo as The Jaguar and Susan Sarandon (of all people) as the therapist.