dr. pickles

Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family, is that everyone in your family, you included, uses intelligence to justify sickness. You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and as an inescapable curse and I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control. You chose to come here, you chose to talk, to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your universe and yet, you are dripping with rat blood and faeces. Your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand. I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, the same way I’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining and cleaning is, it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just… Work. And the bottom line is some people are okay going to work and some people, *inhale* well some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.

Breakdown of the Voltamatron scene:

The deleted memory of Voltamatron Morty was particularly painful to watch. However, it is a perfect example of what Dr. Wong discussed during family therapy in the Pickle Rick episode.

What Dr. Wong says to Beth:
“I think it’s possible that you and your father have a very… specific dynamic. I don’t think it’s one that rewards emotions or vulnerability. I think it may punish them. I think it’s possible that dynamic eroded your marriage and is infecting your kids with the tendency to misdirect feelings.”
To which Beth responds, “Fuck you!”

So in this memory Morty ends up in a situation where only his family expressing emotions, in this case their love, will save him in his vulnerable state. Is it any wonder they can’t keep up that level of emotional vulnerability without resorting to cheap humor?

Not only that but without Jerry the only two adults in this situation are Rick and Beth. Meaning there is no one to mitigate their very specific dynamic.

Summer may be the first one to ask how long it will take for Morty to expel the worm, but Beth is the first to start joking. Which Rick immediately plays off of. Leading almost to an impromptu competition of who can give the least shits about the situation.

It further proves Dr. Wong right and reinforces just how badly this family needs therapy.

Dr. Wongs Monologue from the Pickle Rick Episode of Rick and Morty is every INTP’s wet dream:

“Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family, you included, use intelligence to justify sickness. You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force, and as an inescapable curse. And I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control. You chose to come here. You chose to talk, to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your own universe. And yet you are dripping with rat blood and feces. Your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand. I have no doubt you would be bored senseless by therapy. The same way i’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining, and cleaning is: it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work. And the bottom line is: some people are okay going to work and some people… well, some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.”

Morty’s Desk

Spoilers for “Pickle Rick” below.

I’ve seen several posts saying that Morty’s discipline case involved peeing his pants, but after watching the episode a few times, I don’t think this is the case. In the car scene, Rick says, “Morty peeing his pants and Summer snorting glue or whatever,” but his flippant delivery, and Beth’s need to correct him (with Summer’s case at least), shows that he doesn’t know the details as well as Beth does.

The incident is described by Beth as “desk wetting in history class” and “pee their desk.” If Morty was supposed to have peed his pants, it would be odd for Beth to specify the desk, because unless Morty was sitting on his desk, it would be his chair that he’d peed on. It would also be odd to consider this a “discipline case” (though we don’t know if the school described it as such, or if that was just Beth’s phrase).

It’s more likely that Morty, as an act of rebellion or vandalism, intentionally unbuttoned his pants and peed on his desk. This would be more in line with Dr. Wong’s suggestion that the kids have “a tendency to misdirect their feelings,” whereas pants wetting would be more of a subconscious side-effect of the family’s dysfunction.

DEAR DR:AE FANS

Stop what you’re doing and please imagine:

•mid- to upper-teen aged Warriors of Hope and Monokuma Kids
-Jatarou Kemuri is super tall
-Masaru Daimon has braces
-Kotoko Utsugi has multiple piercings
°a cuff on her ear, lips studs, eyebrow piercings, et cetra
-Nagisa Shingetsu grows out his hair a little bit
-a lot of the Monokuma Kids, who are no longer brainwashed, become good friends with Kotoko
-Everyone is being taught by Future Foundation and other adults (and also Nagisa) about what they would be learning in school
-Jatarou is told he isn’t hated and tries to attempt making friends, although he still mostly sticks with Nagisa
-Jatarou with a singular piercing on each ear, or one of those funky hole things
-multiple Monokuma Kids, of all genders, confessing to Jatarou
°Jatarou being extremely flustered and confused and running away to ask Nagisa for help
-Nagisa is eased into the mind that you don’t have to get perfect scores, but he still prefers to be in the top 5

Just
Imagine these things
I need them
And more
Please