In this episode we see Rick making a dog sentient and then rushing out with Morty to enter people’s dreams. he purposefully selected Morty’s math teacher for this experiment so that Morty is willing to go with him since he’s struggling with math. Plus, it’s a win for Rick too – if Morty gets an A in math, he’s free do go with him all the time.
With this episode, we start exploring the idea that the writers of Rick and Morty can do whatever they want. Which is fun for character development.
Episode 3 – Anatomy Park
The episode opens up with Jerry wanting to remove the phones and tablets and have fun with his family, but ends up with Rick’s pettiness completely revealed.
At Christmas time, Rick decides to see what’s going on with his Anatomy Park creation by pretending to help Ruben – a man he used to build an amusement park inside of. He’s especially proud of Pirates of the Pancreas, and he won’t let anyone touch his idea.
This character trait is often present, but rarely so openly. Rick becomes somewhat of a caricature showcase of pettiness, an extreme lacking of compromise as he openly becomes defensive and attacks anyone who even mentions his “baby” Pirates of the Pancreas.
Weirdly enough, he’s aware of his behavior but does nothing to change it. Why would he?
In this episode we also see the writers touch on the satire. While it’s raining blood outside for Christmas, the news says that they “should all be fine” as the whole family sighs with relief. Jerry then continues on to giving everyone their device back to “help them relax” while saying how they all learned something. Summer responds that they didn’t.
But Rick did – as he sends another group of people into Summer’s boyfriend Ethan, he learns that that group won’t continue with his Pirates of the Pancreas, yet they want to change it. Rick can’t do anything about it and it’s funny to see him being annoyed.
Exposing a character like Rick to situations like these is important as it can show us how he deals with stuff when he’s powerless. He gives up under the mask of annoyance.