Ever since they were recruited to save the world from being destroyed by giant heads as part of an intergalactic reality show, Rick and Morty have been the go-to guys whenever The President of the United States needed supernatural or alien menaces to be dealt with quickly and quietly.
For the most part, Rick and Morty have been happy to help – not out of any sense of patriotism, mind you, but because it was easier to just do what needs doing and get it over with than trying to pick a fight with the whole government over their right to say no. Of course that was before Rick discovered Minecraft…
Suddenly, Rick resents being treated like a Ghostbuster and being asked to drop everything he’s doing every single time there’s something strange in the neighborhood.
Who ya gonna call? Not Rick Sanchez! Not anymore! Get someone else to flush alien vermin out of the secret Kennedy Sex Tunnels! It’s not Rick’s problem!
No, Rick’s problem is a decidedly insecure President who answers disobedience with drone strikes…
Meanwhile, Beth is still coping with Rick’s offer to give her the means to abandon her provincial life and wander the universe like him, with a clone to replace her so nobody notices that she’s gone. Did he already do that for another Beth in another reality? Is Beth a clone of the real Beth? Is Rick going to kill her now that she’s aware of what she really is? And perhaps most importantly, will we get an answer to these questions before Season Four?
It would have been all but impossible for Rick and Morty to top the cliff-hanger at the end of Season Two. Wisely, writer and co-creator Dan Harmon doesn’t even try, delivering a surprisingly understated Season Finale that does more to resolve the on-going story-lines than it does to set-up the next big thing for Season Four. Behold the shocking twist ending – there is no shocking twist ending!
This muted approach ultimately works out to the episode’s benefit. The best episodes of Rick and Morty have always existed independent of the series’ overall continuity. While dealing with Beth’s revelation from last week, the focus here is on the increasingly insane feud between Rick and The President, who is once again hilariously voiced by Keith David. This keeps the overall tone largely light, with the ludicrous sight-gags balancing the dark comedy of Beth’s B-story.
What awaits us in Season Four? Only Mr. Poppybutthole may know for sure. And he isn’t talking. Not to us, at least. The only thing that we can say for sure about Season Four of Rick and Morty is that it will be as unpredictable as the first three seasons. That and whenever it comes out will not be soon enough.