As for Rick, it’s fascinating to see how directly this episode mirrors Season 3’s finale, “The Rickchurian Mortydate.” Once again, Rick is the big loser of the season. His grip on his family has loosened even further. He’s basically driven everyone away, to the point where his only companion is the disembodied remains of a very bloodthirsty Phoenix Person. He may not be in quite as low a place as he was back in “Auto Erotic Assimilation,” but he’s close. It’ll be very interesting to see how Season 5 picks up from this point. Will there even be room for traditional Rick/Morty adventures? Could Beth take Rick’s place in that regard? I could see this all building to the reveal that Evil Morty is manipulating events so that the multiverse’s most dangerous Rick is alone and isolated, but honestly, that’s a lot more boring than a status quo where Rick finally has to deal with the consequences of a life of crappy behavior.
Balancing out all this father/daughter drama is a welcome dose of wacky humor and spectacle. The Rick vs. Phoenix Person fight alone ranks among the show’s most epic and elaborately choreographed action sequences to date. It’s hilarious yet brutal in its intensity, in part because Rick is very clearly the bad guy here. It’s also a lot of fun watching Morty and Summer bond and help save the world with the combined power of invisibility and indestructible Wrangler jeans.However, it’s Jerry who tends to steal the show in each and every scene. He’s at his most delightfully pathetic in this episode and once again has the lion’s share of the best lines. You have to love the payoff to his little puppet fad and the way Jerry manages to bumble his way into saving the entire planet. That’s all capped off with a frankly incredible post-credits scene. We absolutely need an Invisible Garbage Truck Jerry spinoff series. Too bad he seems to have killed that franchise before it could even begin. Nice going, Jerry!