Jerry Smith (April 20th, 1982) is one of the five main characters of Rick and Morty. Jerry is the husband of Beth Smith, the father of Summer Smith and Morty Smith, and the son-in-law of Rick Sanchez. The first six episodes of season 1 featured Jerry C-137, while the current Jerry was born in and inhabits the Replacement dimension.
Jerry is often noted as somewhat of a loser. He constantly attempts to find a career to no avail, leaving his wife Beth to be the breadwinner of the family. Jerry's marriage to Beth is often rocky and unstable, resulting in the two finally getting a divorce in the Season 3 premiere. Jerry would spend most of the season living alone and depressed in a small apartment, until he and Beth reconcile in the Season 3 finale, although it's currently unknown if the Beth he re-married is a clone or the original Beth.
Jerry also has an adversarial relationship with his father-in-law, Rick and he often competes with the latter for the admiration of his family. However, that hasn't stopped Jerry from becoming more involved in Rick's space adventures. Currently, Jerry has also taken up beekeeping and produces his own honey.
Jerry is the husband of Beth Smith, the father of Summer Smith and Morty Smith, and the son-in-law of Rick Sanchez and Mrs. Sanchez/Diane Sanchez. He is also the son of Leonard Smith and Joyce Smith and the nephew of the Unnamed Uncle. He currently acts as the father and the son-in-law of the Morty Smith and Rick Sanchez from Dimension C-137, respectively. It is assumed that he shares the same history as his C-137 counterpart until the Cronenberg disaster, where it was averted in his dimension.
Jerry always tries to think of the best interest of the family, but his attempt to be the patriarch of the family can often be misguided by his self-centered nature. This causes him a great deal of conflict with Rick, as his father-in-law clearly has no respect for him whatsoever.
Jerry has scruffy, dirty brown hair, with slight curls. He has dimples and wears a dark green shirt, with a brown and beige stripe in the middle. He also wears light blue long pants and black shoes. Notably, he shares the exact same head shape with his daughter, Summer.
Jerry is a loyal family-man, but can be insecure and misguided. He frequently battles with bouts of insecurity, as he is constantly reminded that his marriage is on rocky terms, and he feels that Rick threatens his position as the family's patriarch. Even though his relationship with his wife - Beth - is strained, he still loves her no matter what, and doesn't abandon her. This in turn, is seemingly also why Beth always choose Jerry in the end, despite the obvious fact that they are polar opposites. His meagre intelligence is both his greatest weakness (on paper), however, it also provides him with a far more happy life than the all-knowing Rick. The oblivious Jerry focuses on things that Rick sees as inferior, relationships and attachments.
Jerry tends to be meek, misguided, and sometimes cowardly in the face of most situations. He also has a habit of quitting when things get too difficult. Jerry's nature to give up in the face of adversity became problematic when he tasked a Mr. Meeseeks with helping him to improve his golf game - and upon realizing that he was bad at golf, he quit trying to pursue his goals. In the episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes," Jerry's insecurities lead to helping his son Morty on a science project, to which he stubbornly refuses to concede that Pluto is no longer a planet. This results in him and Morty being abducted to Pluto. Once on Pluto they are greeted by King Flippy Nips and other Plutonians who hail Jerry as a 'confirmation-bias' scientist. At the end of the day, he tells them that Pluto is not a planet, after realizing his relationship to his son is more important than being "right." Despite Jerry's character flaws, he always values his family above everything else.
Despite being generally passive and weak most of the time, Jerry has the ability to channel the inner-strength to face his fears, such as directly confronting the army of Mr. Meeseeks, destroying his and Beth's Mythologs, and eradicating a bunch of Cronenbergs in Rick Potion #9 when he and his wife were being ambushed by them. Near the end of "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Jerry took a stand against Rick's toxic and controlling behavior towards the family, namely his apparent manipulation of Beth's father issues in order to live rent-free and his frequently putting his children in danger. Even still - Beth wound up defending Rick due to her abandonment issues, in hopes that he wouldn't leave her again, and filed a divorce with Jerry. They later got back together.
Jerry also appears to be fond for pop culture, as shown in episodes like "Ricksy Business" where he goes on a Titanic-themed honeymoon with Beth (much to her chagrin), and in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind" where he collects a secret stash of R2D2 themed coins.
Jerry met his future wife Beth in the high school and had unprotected sex on prom night, resulting in the pregnancy that produced their first and only daughter, Summer. Afterwards, the two got married and three years later, the couple had their second and only son, Morty. Their relationship is very rocky and strained, due to the fact that both of them missed out on fulfilling their dreams due to poor decision-making when they were teenagers. Their relationship is further strained by Beth's relationship with her father, Rick, and her willingness to let the family put up with his antics. Jerry seems to still love Beth quite a lot, (as shown in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy") and tries hard to keep their marriage together, but finds Rick's frequent insults about their relationship hard to ignore.
In "Rixty Minutes", Jerry and Beth both get to see an alternate version of themselves in a different reality, and find themselves unsatisfied with their current lives, eventually deciding that splitting up would be inevitable. However, the alternate Jerry and Beth eventually realize that they are miserable without one another, and get together after years apart. Seeing this renews Jerry and Beth's relationship and they opt not to split up.
Despite this revelation, the two of them continuously bicker with one another, to the point it got on Rick's nerves and he sent them to an outworld marriage consoling facility in "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez". It was stated by two different characters at the facility that they have "the single worst marriage" they have ever seen as the two hate each other and, yet, they still cooperate. However, once again, they managed to resolve their differences for the time being and pulled together to survive, including their marriage (which Beth afterward stated would last at least until Morty graduates high school). Still, after Jerry's bad decisions in "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate", he is mostly belittled by Beth throughout the season finale episode.
Jerry does not consider Beth's profession as a horse surgeon to be all that big a deal, but tries not to mention it, saying "Okay, let's not rehash that fight."
In "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Beth decides to divorce Jerry, wanting to have Rick close to her, instead of being married to someone who hates him. His reaction to this was never seen.
In "The Rickchurian Mortydate", Jerry is visited by his wife when the woman suffers from identity crisis and he reflects on a high school date they had and she ends up kissing him as thanks with them reconciling. They decide to get back together and hide from Rick who still tracks them down but begrudgingly accepts their choice. At the end, they are living together again with both being happier and Beth defended Jerry from Rick's insults while he is shown smiling at her new independence to her father.
In "Childrick of Mort", Jerry and his wife came to blows after she sided with Rick. Jerry ultimately saved his wife from a deadly fall, though she rejected his offer of having sex. Despite this, Jerry was pleased to hear Beth voice gratitude at him saving her life, while criticizing Rick.
Jerry constantly finds himself lacking compared to his father-in-law Rick's intelligence and resents him to a degree. Torn between wanting to disdain of Rick's adventures and join in and gain his father-in-law's approval. Jerry's life is frequently affected by Rick's shenanigans like the Meeseeks Box, the parallel reality goggles, and Rick's machine that can stop time.
Rick makes Jerry feel insecure about his intelligence and his marriage, causing Jerry to overcompensate in his efforts to prove he is better than Rick. Usually, in trying, his efforts don't prove to be successful.
One of Jerry's insecurities is that his children look at Rick more favorably than him. One such instance of this is in "Something Ricked This Way Comes", when he sees Morty asking Rick for help with his science project rather than him, and insists that science fairs are traditionally "a father-son thing". He becomes angrily defensive when he thinks Morty is going to ask Rick if Pluto is a planet.
Jerry puts up with Rick to a degree because he knows how much it means to Beth that Rick is in her life after being absent for so long, and Rick, despite being constantly condescending toward him, does the same for Beth's sake, telling Ricks from the Citadel to "unfreeze his daughter's idiot" in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind".
The most significant development between Rick and Jerry takes place during a "pity adventure" in "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy". Morty believes Jerry is suicidal after his divorce and forces Rick to take Jerry out, lest he kill himself. For the first time, Jerry actually seems to get along with Rick and the two begin to bond, laughing and drinking together at the bar. However, the conversation turns sour when Rick inadvertently suggests his presence in the house is what caused Jerry and Beth to begin experiencing problems in their marriage. Following this, Jerry decides to follow through with a plot to kill Rick arranged by Risotto Groupon, but before it can be carried out, Jerry has a change of heart after Rick apologises to him. Jerry saves Rick's life, but Rick quickly deducts Jerry had a hand in his attempted murder.
The two argue and Jerry blames Rick for taking his family. Rick tells him that he was the first one to take his family when he impregnated his daughter. He tells Jerry that Beth "lost options" because she felt sorry for Jerry. According to Rick, Jerry acts as prey but is a predator who uses other people for pity for him. Jerry seems to agree with Rick and take this into account, as he later attempts to be brave and save Rick's life, which works albeit not as intended. Later on, back home, Jerry tells Rick that making people sorry for him is no longer his "signature move" and Rick gives him a nod, implying the two have genuinely bonded even if their relationship remains somewhat strained. This is further demonstrated when Rick pettily refuses to let Jerry into the Smith Residence and get his bus pass and activates a security system to stop him from entering.
In "The ABC's of Beth", despite causing Jerry to leave the house, Rick still protects him from the alien hunter who was planning to kill him. This was either because of his grandchildren, Beth, or out of his own choice.
During the events of "The Rickchurian Mortydate", Jerry reconciles with Beth and moves back in with her and hides from Rick though he still finds them. Face to face with Jerry, Rick admits that he planned on killing Jerry. However, he states no matter what, Jerry still has ties with the family. Rick begrudgingly accepts Jerry back into the family and decides to stay with them but now must watch what he says to Jerry due to Beth changing her outlook on things.
During "Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim's Morty", Rick goes to pick up Jerry and his talking cat after they are lost in Florida. When Rick analysed the cat and looked through its history, he was horrified by what he saw. Jerry insisted he look too, despite the warnings of Rick and was left traumatised. Rick told Jerry he could help him forget, but the latter declared someone has to remember what the cat did. Rick agrees and makes the sacrifice by choosing to remember what they saw whilst erasing the memory from Jerry's mind. This seems to demonstrate great care for Jerry, as the memories were enough to make Rick suicidal yet he chose to retain them, despite them almost making Rick kill himself.
In "Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri", Rick saves Jerry and Beth from Tammy Guetermann. During this moment, it's confirmed Rick sees Jerry as family, as he quite literally refers to both Beth and Jerry as such.
Jerry keeps an eye out for Summer and proves to be rather approachable to her, like a father. In "Look Who's Purging Now", Jerry tries bonding with his daughter Summer as he attempts to create conversation, only to be dismissed by a moody Summer. Later, he succeeds and talks to her about how much he enjoyed raising her and is proud to be her father; later revealed to be a trick to get Summer to loan him money to get by, as he was still unemployed.
He does show some parental protectiveness being hurt when his daughter reveals she has had a boyfriend, Ethan, for some time and has not informed him of the relationship and then being upset as the two blatantly make out in front of him.
In "Childrick of Mort", Summer goes ballistic and scolds him for trying to bond with her in order to feel important, leaving him hurt. Later on, she and Morty realized Jerry was right about them not knowing everything. Jerry returned the sentiment by telling them they were right, something that left Summer shocked.
Jerry loves his son Morty and only wishes for his success, academically and romantically. Jerry is often shown jealous of the time Morty spends with Rick at one point even apologizing that he is not as smart as Rick.
While Morty seems aware of his father's faults, he loves Jerry in return. In "Something Ricked This Way Comes", Morty fully admits that while Jerry isn't as smart as Rick, he states that Jerry is genius at being his dad which causes Jerry to smile. During "The Rickshank Rickdemption", Morty was upset to hear that his parents were going to divorce.
As seen in "Raising Gazorpazorp", Jerry seems to be amused when Morty's parenting plans don't go his son's way, as when he watched Morty fail at parenting Morty Jr. In "The Old Man and the Seat", Morty reveals that he thinks Jerry is a loser but this was because he was upset that Jerry got him in a bad situation.
Despite this turbulent standing in "The Vat of Acid Episode", Morty can be seen happy to see Jerry in his montage. In Childrick of Mort, Morty was annoyed by Jerry hosting a camping trip but was stunned by Summer's ballistic shouting at Jerry and defended his father. Later on, Morty realized Jerry was right about them not knowing everything. Jerry returned the sentiment by telling them they were right, something that left Morty shocked.
Jerry becomes friends with Doofus Rick in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind". At first, Jerry thought he was like the other Ricks but after learning Doofus Rick is not as intelligent or sarcastic as the other Ricks, Jerry starts to like him. Jerry even encourages him after seeing his counterparts bully him. Doofus Rick genuinely enjoys spending time with Jerry. Doofus Rick, unlike most Ricks, values him. Because of this fondness, Jerry even goes as far as to suggest killing his version of Rick so that Doofus Rick could take his place. After Doofus Rick leaves, Jerry is distraught, and yearns for him to come back. Later on, Jerry goes to mope and stare out of the window in deep thought and spots Doofus Rick across the street. The two share an unspoken moment, before Jerry's regular Rick spots the two and laughs at their friendship.
In the episode, "Total Rickall", the Smith's house was infested by parasites that embedded memories into their heads so they can eat, sleep, and multiply in their homes. Sleepy Gary, one of the parasites, pretended to be Beth's husband, cheating on her with Jerry. Jerry and Gary were in a secret romantic relationship ever since their "cruise". Their relationship seems to imply the possibility that Jerry could be bisexual, or pansexual. That being said Sleepy Gary - and all his memories with the Smith Family - turned out to be fake, and the parasite pretending to be Sleepy Gary was killed. Jerry was so devastated by the loss of Sleepy Gary that he initially requested to be killed alongside him, claiming he wanted to be with Gary. However, not being a parasite, Jerry was spared. Jerry, alongside Beth, admitted he needed time to get over Sleepy Gary before becoming intimate with one another again.
Jerry once soul bonded with the Krootabulan warrior priestess Kiara, who gifted him telekinetic powers. Jerry was only dating Kiara as a rebound after his divorce with Beth and whilst he found her sexually satisfying, he was clearly afraid to stand up to her several times. Kiara repeatedly dragged Jerry, Summer and Morty out on hunts, much to their dismay. Also, when urged to dump her by Summer and Morty, Jerry couldn't bring himself to end things personally and instead blamed his children for their relationship coming to an end. Before she could kill them, Jerry finally stood up to Kiara, but quickly learned she was using Jerry as a rebound. This greatly annoyed Jerry, but decided to just take the loss after Summer pointed out he'd been given an ex-machina and could leave unharmed.
Note: This is a list of all the appearances of the current Jerry Smith from the Replacement dimension. The prominence of the original from Dimension C-137 is included on the page of Jerry Smith (C-137), although the two have an almost identical history regardless.
- Jerry majored in Civics in college.
- He has an "antique" coin collection that pictures R2-D2 instead of George Washington. He claims that Beth hates him for buying the coins in "Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind".
- In "Ricksy Business", it's implied that Jerry may have been in a rape or sexual assault situation in the past, as when Beth asks him what he thought a rapist would look like, he gets awfully descriptive.
- In "Big Trouble in Little Sanchez", Beth's perception of Jerry is a pathetic, small worm monster who presents its backside waiting to get raped or dominated.
- As a result of his relationship with Kiara in "The ABC's of Beth", Jerry was imbued with telekinetic powers.
- However, it is currently unknown if he has retained any of these powers after their breakup.
- Jerry is a big fan of the RMS Titanic (or at least the film of the same name), as he goes on a Titanic-themed romantic getaway with Beth in "Ricksy Business," and has a picture of the Titanic on his study wall in "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind".
- He appears to be left-handed, but draws with his right hand.
- Jerry's car is a green 1973 Ford LTD Country Squire station wagon.
- It is revealed in "Total Rickall" that Jerry is possibly bisexual, as he had fabricated a romantic experience with Sleepy Gary in a flashback.
- In "Mortynight Run", one of the Jerries whose Rick never came back wore the same outfit as Jerry in the season two finale "The Wedding Squanchers"
- One of Jerry's testicles is larger than the other. This is briefly mentioned at the beginning of "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate", when he is asked to donate his penis to function as a heart for Galactic Civil rights leader, Shrimply Pibbles.
- Jerry has appeared in every episode except "The Ricks Must Be Crazy", "Pickle Rick", "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender", "Rest and Ricklaxation", "Tales From the Citadel", and "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty".
- In "The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy", Jerry admits that he once wondered what it would be like to have a vagina.
- It is possible that, during the events of "Mortynight Run", a new Jerry has taken his place, as Rick's ticket was lost by Morty during the events of that episode. Rick and an alternate version of himself decided to wing it and swapped Jerries, not necessarily knowing if it was the Jerry from their own dimension.