"Childrick of Mort" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of Rick and Morty, and the 40th episode of the series overall. It premiered on May 24, 2020. It was written by James Siciliano and directed by Kyounghee Lim.
The Smith family vacation takes a sharp turn when they visit a planet Rick thinks he impregnated. Rick and Beth help raise the planet's children while Jerry teaches a tribe of them how to camp.
The family has a vacation and Jerry tries to force Morty and Summer, who are more interested in the devices in their hands, to enjoy the basics of camping with him. During the drive, Rick gets a call from an ex telling him he is the father of her children. Beth, determined that Rick will do for his new child what he never did for her, forces him to go to his ex and be a good dad. However it turns out that Rick's ex, Gaia, is an entire planet about to give birth to her first sentient species. Beth wants Rick to help the kids develop, and Rick agrees so the two of them set to work developing the Ricklets and helping them fly into space.
Morty, Summer and Jerry go camping, but Morty and Summer make it clear they have no intention of going along with Jerry's back to basics crap. After Summer verbally blasts Jerry, he leaves forlorn and accidentally is thrown into a group of Rick's new society's rejects. With their basic brains, they love the idea of camping, so Jerry becomes their new leader. Morty and Summer go looking for him after a few days, only to find a crashed alien ship. Boarding it, Morty believes the controls are identical to his video game while Summer thinks the vapor the ship emits will grant her knowledge of how the controls and begins inhaling it. Soon both are high, and Morty tries to fly the ship despite not knowing what the hell he is doing. Meanwhile, a god-like being named Reggie arrives claiming he is the father of the Ricklets, and Gaia admits to Rick she made a mistake and doesn't know who the father is. Rick and Reggie both want to lay claim to the offspring, and quickly get into a fight. After a long brawl, Reggie gets the upper hand and tells Rick he has no intention of raising his kids but simply wants to strike the fear of god (who, as far as he is concerned, is himself) into them. However before Reggie can kill Rick, Morty and Summer dispatch him by accidentally driving the spaceship through his brain. Boarding, Rick finds Morty and Summer high and close to tears and thanks them for saving his life telling them that video games and drugs are the best although also points out Summer was only inhaling brake fluid.
While all this is going on, Beth's advanced Ricklets and Jerry's tribal Ricklets have gone to war with each other. However before the battle can go too far, Reggie's body falls on the city destroying it and killing many of the residents. Beth is sent flying over a cliff, and its left to Jerry to save her. He manages it, however the smell he now emits quickly quells any thought of thanking him for the rescue. Gaia is furious that her fuck buddy has been killed and forms an erupting volcano, the resulting lava killing most of the surviving society. Rick, Morty and Summer pick up Beth, Jerry and the last few survivors and fly off. The family finally leaves in their car, and gives the ship to the Ricklets (which Rick placing a tracer and a bomb on board, planning to blow it up if they come near Earth seeking revenge).
As the family flies off, Jerry reveals that he has learned a lesson from the experience and tells the kids they were right about him, as he admits that he wanted to feel important, something that left Summer and Morty shocked. Jerry says there sometimes teenagers do have a point even if they are cruel, leaving the kids to feel guilty. After Rick insults Jerry, Beth takes his defense by voicing how Jerry saved her life, while criticizing Rick. These words bring a smile to Jerry's face. Seeing the smug look, Rick tells Jerry and Beth they need to work on their parenting skills as Morty and Summer got high, went joyriding and killed Reggie.
In the post-credits scene, Summer catches Rick looking a dating website for planets. Although Rick claims he's only looking at it for the comedic potential, he's clearly aroused by what he sees.
- Gaia and Reggie's children
- Mike Triscuit (image only)
- Various "Planets Only" planets
- Several of Gaia and Reggie's children
- Morty and Summer appear to finally acknowledge their unfairness to Jerry, who likewise sees that he was wrong to force his desires on his children.
- In celebration of Season 4, Pocket Mortys' weekly updates will coincide with new episodes, including new avatars for players to collect. With the release of this episode came: Ricklet King Jerry as an avatar, plus Brake Fluid Morty and Drone Morty to catch.
- This is one of only two episodes without any devices that tell time; the other is "Promortyus".
- Because of video games, Morty has bad relationships, such as with his girlfriend in the previous episode. In this episode, Morty is depicted as being addicted to video games.
- The episode title is a reference to the science fiction film Children of Men, which is about the last pregnant woman on the planet.
- When Squeeb said "Use the s'mores, Jerry.", it is a reference to the famous line "Use the force, Luke.", from the movie Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
- Rick mentions The Ring when he complains about Summer smoking the Brake Fluid
- Gaia may be a reference to a literal living planet of the same name in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series
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