“Total Rickall” is a good but not great episode. In this we see just how dysfunctional the Smith family is and it actually ends up being an advantage in regards to saving the world for the most part it. We also get another “Mr. Meeseeks” type character who is a lot of fun.
The episode involves parasites sneaking in on one of the adventures and the Smith family dealing with the threat as the parasites grow by creating happy memories of themselves in the minds of the hosts as they try to get Rick to open the doors so they can go out and conquer the world.
The Pros: Mr. Poopybutthole – Is the nice family friend who no one remembers but has been on countless adventures with the family. Because there are no negative memories with him (the parasites create positive memories) leads to Beth shooting him. He survives but he leaves the family after that.
The Smith Family – The Smith family dysfunction saves them from the parasites as they only have negative memories of one another for the most part. It’s nice subversion of the friendship trope as it is the negative aspects that save them in the end.
Beth and Jerry – Sleepy Gary is both of their lover and they care about him to the degree that their relationship is healthier showing they should have never gotten married in the first place. After Sleepy Gary is killed it takes them time to get through the first happy relationship either of them really had romantically.
Rick and Morty – Rick and Morty get overwhelmed by all the parasites and things come to a head when Rick has a Morty holding a gun against his head and he threatens Morty to kill him which leads to Morty realizing that the parasites do not prey of pain they prey off of joy.
The Cons: Lack of Focus – This was an episode that felt chaotic at times and that really brought it down. It was like every imagined character was supposed to be a gag and not all the gags were good so it just went on for a long time.
This was a good but not great episode. “Auto Erotic Assimilation” was better but this one is still good and I would recommend it, even though the randomness detracts a bit from the story. The Smith family dysfunction is on display and it ends up being what saves them.
Final Score: 8 / 10