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Rick & Morty's Heartbreaking Family Therapy in 'Pickle Rick' | The Mary Sue
"Being a human is hard work, and but so often the work only feels valid when it feels hard. Therapy, self-analysis, all the minutiae—all of this is usually met with resistance, and it can be easy to write it off as unimportant when it’s not exciting. But that can also be an excuse to avoid looking too closely at ourselves.

The moment when Beth lights up after Rick suggests they get a drink (presumably for the first time ever) is beautiful. It’s truly a breakthrough for them. But as big of a first step as it is, it’s only that. Their relationship isn’t fixed. Without the work, the boring tooth-brushing metaphor work, it’s not going to change anything. And it never would have happened in the first place if these two hadn’t taken just the briefest of glances inward."

“Rick, the only connection between your unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family, you included, use intelligence to justify sickness. You seem to alternate between viewing your own mind as an unstoppable force and as an inescapable curse, and I think it’s because the only truly unapproachable concept for you is that it’s your mind within your control. You chose to come here, you chose to talk, to belittle my vocation, just as you chose to become a pickle. You are the master of your universe, and yet you are dripping with rat blood and feces, your enormous mind literally vegetating by your own hand. I have no doubt that you would be bored senseless by therapy, the same way I’m bored when I brush my teeth and wipe my ass. Because the thing about repairing, maintaining, and cleaning is it’s not an adventure. There’s no way to do it so wrong you might die. It’s just work. And the bottom line is some people are okay going to work, and some people, well, some people would rather die. Each of us gets to choose.”
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june 2018 by earth2marsh

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