Warning: The following contains spoilers for Rick and Morty Season 5, Episode 5, “Amortycan Grickfitti”,” which aired Sunday on Adult Swim.
In Season 5 of Rick and Morty, the mad scientist continues to absolutely detest his son-in-law, Jerry. Rick’s never liked Jerry, and he’s made it extremely clear to Beth he’ll never approve of the dim-witted doofus. However, in “Amortycan Grickfitti,” it seems like Rick’s trying to make amends — at least until it turns out to be a joke that leads to a brutal insult. And sadly, given Jerry’s character, the show’s not wrong with how it paints Jerry.
Rick’s been using Jerry for karaoke nights, partying and drinking at a bar with a version of Hellraiser’s Cenobites. They love being around Jerry, but the truth is Rick owes them for providing faulty skin hooks, and nights with Jerry are the perfect payment because he creates pain and suffering for them to enjoy.
In reality, all of the strange things Jerry does generates an embarrassing aura where people around him suffer. It’s the ideal essence of pain for the monsters to soak in, which implies that Jerry is even more annoying than even his family thinks. And this situation turns into the ultimate insult when Beth figures out the ruse, only to let it continue so she can drink with the demons and take a break from life. Eventually, Jerry finds out, but when he lashes out, they take him to Hell to bask in his awful glory even more.
However, when Rick and Beth arrive, disguised like demon spawn, things change when the monsters admit they don’t think Rick is cool, either. He truly believes he’s above Jerry and the irony that his so-called “friends” don’t think the same makes him even more pathetic.
This revelation gets Rick to turn on the beings, transforming their pleasure into real pain. However, amidst the chaos, has a moment of self-realization, where he admits he does genuinely love Jerry and the idea of family. Still, Rick has a messed-up way of showing it, as he constantly harasses, bullies and leaves his son-in-law exposed.
When they get back after leaving the entities screaming and suffering, it appears as if Rick is seeking forgiveness and has a slight bit of respect for Jerry. But knowing Rick and Morty, he’ll go back to emasculating Jerry in no time because he, much like the demons, takes pleasure in his son-in-law’s angst.
Rick may not come around on Jerry, but his adventures with Morty continue on Rick and Morty every Sunday at 11/10 p.m. ET on Adult Swim.