Pickle Rick, Rick and Morty’s 3rd episode of Season 3 resonates deeply with a core issue with the human condition. We often use our vastly evolved intelligence in stupid ways because we can’t handle facing our emotions and relationship issues.
Rick does so many amazing, impossible things in this episode. He solves unsolvable problems, and overcomes overwhelming odds to not only survive his grime circumstances, but become an killing machine badass straight from an 80s blockbuster. The irony of this is that the whole reason Rick went to through the effort of making himself into a pickle is to make himself seem to helpless to attend a therapy session. This avoidance behavior was also a highlight of last week’s episode where Rick decides to stay in a Mad Max world instead of returning home to face his daughter’s divorce.
Of course, he makes it to the therapy session anyway because his life-saving serum is in Beth’s purse. Once there the therapist slays them with her keen analysis of their core issues. “The only connection between our unquestionable intelligence and the sickness destroying your family is that everyone in your family – you included (talking to Rick) – use intelligence to justify sickness.”
Rick makes no bones about his disrespect for therapy and it boils down to the fact that with his vast intelligence and knowledge of the universe, he feels like he has a great deal of control over his life. “I invent, transform, create, and destroy for a living, and when I don’t like something about the world, I change it,” Rick says. Rick’s a scientist, but many people who are able to be creative with their work and/or their life feel this way to some degree. Solving practical problems, creating something beautiful, useful, insightful, or just being very productive in general can be a mechanism for escape.
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