"Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty" is the fourth episode of the fourth season of Rick and Morty. It is the 35th episode of the series overall. It premiered on December 8, 2019. It was written by Jeff Loveness and directed by Anthony Chun.
Morty gets a dragon in this one broh. It’s a wild ride broh.
Rick gives Morty a dragon after Morty kept asking for one since he agreed to help rick on an adventure to retrieve a "Purple cube" on a different planet. He than gets a dragon call Balthromaw which disobeys Morty's commands than later on starts hanging out with Rick. Rick and the Dragon do what is called a "Soul Bond" which connects the dragons soul to the person's with sexual feelings of pleasure. Rick feels everything the dragon feels including pain thanks to the soul bond. Rick, Morty, and Summer than go to the dragon world to save Balthromaw and break the soul bond of rick and the dragon. The B plot Jerry meets a talking cat. Jerry wonders why the cat can talk but the cat doesn't tell him he than request to go to Florida. Jerry ask for rick to pick him up and traps the talking cat in an energy box. Rick tells the confused cat that he will do a mind scan on it to discover why he can talk, despite the latter’s pleas and declaration of being from space. Rick calls the cat out on the lie and looks through his vision goggles to discover the history. Subsequently, Rick is horrified by what he sees and looks away in disgust. Seeing this display, Jerry decides to see for them self but Rick tells him that he doesn’t, Jerry looks anyway and ends the puking before moving away from the cat. The cat wants to amend things, but Rick releases it in the desert, as the latter tries to plea but Rick and Jerry mutually tell it to go away. It's unclear What they saw in those googles but the audio had people screaming and a child crying and jerry says he had pictures of his parents in his home and the cats was in his house so he could have seen the pictures making jerry screaming and crying. Rick erases Jerry's mind so he doesn't have to remember while Rick does.
Cast and characters
- The title is a pun on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, an America crime drama TV-show.
- To dragons, soul bonding equivalent to sex.
- In the trailer for Season 4, Rick says "And that's the end of the Morty gets a dragon experiment", while in the episode he substitutes the word "experiment" with "episode".
- The way Rick erases Jerry's memories is similar to how he does Morty’s, which was seen in Morty's Mind Blowers.
- Rick and Morty’s graves are seen in the backyard, they last appeared The Rickshank Rickdemption.
- The crack in the ground around the house from "Ricksy Business" is still visible.
- 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: Dragon Rider Summer as an avatar, plus Dragon Rider Morty and Wizard Morty to catch.
- The episode's titles is a dragon pun with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- When Summer describes the show she's watching, Ass, she says it's like the TV show Bones.
- The scene of the dragon lying on top a pile of treasure is inspired by the dragon Smaug and its lust for gold in the book The Hobbit.
- Rick magically bonding with the Dragons is similar to the film Dragonheart. Even the Dragon getting hurt which results in Rick getting hurt is similar to the film.
- The dragon hoarded memorabilia:
- One of the dragon's treasures is a Tesla car.
- "Hi-C Ecto Cooler" was a fruit drink released in 1989, in light of "Ghostbusters II".
- A Pop Vinyl Figure of Dan Harmon can be seen in the treasure pile.
- He had a "Duckman" lunchbox.
- A copy of "Action Comics #1", first appearance of "Superman".
- "Small Soldiers Spin Pops" was a line of lollipops released in 1998 with the film "Small Soldiers".
- The self-titled album "Future", by the rapper "Future", was picked up and mentioned by Rick.
- In the scene in Florida when a woman finds a cat poop in the sand, one of the men is wearing the hat worn by "Ash" in the original series of "Pokémon".
- The song playing to Rick and the dragon's montage is called "Mask Off" by "Future", from the self-titled album mentioned earlier.
- Rick sent Morty a gif of the artist "Taylor Swift".
- Summer threatens Rick to follow the dragon by saying she will tweet and he will be canceled, referring to "cancel culture" by tweeting about an artist or show.
- The backpack and gun Rick uses in the Dragon World looks like the Proton Pack from "Ghostbusters".
- Morty mentions "Dungeons & Dragons", a fantasy tabletop RPG.
- The talking alien cat is a reference to the 1978 film, The Cat from Outer Space.
- The Power of 12 Feet which the wizard uses might also be a reference to the cat from the film, The Cat from Outer Space having 12 feet.
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