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Rickdependence Spray (Rick and Morty)

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Rickdependence Spray
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Just when you thought Rick and Morty couldn't sink this low...
Series: Rick and Morty
Part of Season: 5
Episode Number: 4
Air Date: July 11, 2021
Writer: Nick Rutherford
Director: Erica Hayes
Previous episode: A Rickconvenient Mort
Next episode: Amortycan Grickfitti

Rickdependence Spray is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Rick and Morty. It is the 45th episode overall.


A failed experiment by Rick inadvertently creates monsters that threaten the whole country.

Why It's Gross

  1. The plot of this episode is very ludicrous and disgusting as it features Morty masturbating with a breeding mount at the horse hospital his mother works in, which brings disastrous consequences in the form of sentient sperm attempting to take over the world.
  2. Overuse of jokes concerning sex, masturbation, and incest, and that’s to the point where it has way too much gross-out humor. Somehow, this episode got away with a TV-14 rating when a TV-MA rating would've been far more appropriate.
  3. The episode is a rehash of “Raising Gazorpazorp” as it again features Morty’s sexual habits wreaking havoc and a focus on sexism. It’s also a rehash of the South Park episode “ Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow”, where both of one of the main characters (Stan and Morty) do something crazy with one of the other characters that causes a part of the world to be in a hugely chaotic disaster. They both feel guilty about it and tries to hide it from the other characters, but they confess it to them and they decide to save the day with them
  4. Morty is very unlikable and out of character in this episode because he takes advantage of an internship at the place his mother works in so he could inappropriately misuse the breeding mount for his own pleasure. He then lies about it to Rick and falsely blames him for the sperm invasion. Judging from this and the fact that Morty went through a situation like this before in “Raising Gazorpazorp”, this shows that he did not learn his lesson at all from that episode. So it would be best for the viewers to root against him in the episode.
  5. The episode itself makes the show come across as trying way too hard to be like Big Mouth, or modern Family Guy. But since this episode is the 4th episode of the fifth season, this episode here almost doomed the season’s reputation already.
  6. The title of the episode is somewhat misleading as the title is a parody of the film Independence Day, which is about an alien invasion but the episode does not feature an alien invasion as it instead features an invasion by sentient sperm that came from a human body.
  7. Most of the jokes made in the episode are very lame and unfunny, ranging from a ninja wearing women’s underwear to Rick pressing a Staples easy button.
  8. There is the very disgusting and infamous scene where the C.H.U.D. princess, Poñeta, who kisses Rick, gives birth his child in the public. How awful is that?
  9. The ending of the episode feels very forced and just placed in for shock value as it features a sperm from Morty fertilizing a mutated egg cell from Summer, therefore birthing a giant baby, right before the egg is shot off into space.
  10. Morty does not get any comeuppance for abusing the work materials in his mother’s workplace for his own pleasure and for indirectly putting Earth in danger.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The cold open in this episode is really good, and this concept could have worked if it was a short or part of a "Morty's Mind Blowers" like episode.
  2. The episode covers some ground on modern PC culture and gender dynamics, even if it was poorly executed.
  3. The voice acting is good as always, especially from Keith David who reprises his role as the president of the United States in this episode.
  4. Rick, Summer, Beth, The President and Jerry (surprisingly) are likable in this episode.
  5. Great animation as always, which is animated by Bardel Entertainment, which has helped animated the show


  • The episode was panned by critics, audiences and fans of the show alike, and is considered the worst episode of the show. This episode is is the lowest scoring episode on IMDb, as it has a score of 5.6 out of 10.


  • Dan Harmon, the co-creator of Rick and Morty admitted on YouTube and several online interviews that he regretted making the episode.



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