'Rick and Morty' Season 5 Episode 6 Preview: Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular

Rick and Morty set out on a perilous but familiar journey in the next episode on Adult Swim.

We're more than halfway through Season 5 of Rick and Morty now in a season that has seen the Smith family fight "a horny ocean man," Morty's killer sperm and sadomasochistic demon people.

The upcoming episode "Rick and Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular" looks to be a much more toned down adventure but anything can, and more than likely will, happen in the sci-fi animated series Rick and Morty.

What Happens in 'Rick and Morty' Season 5 Episode 6?

For the first time this season, the episode title of a Rick and Morty episode is dropping the blatant pop culture references. Usually each edition of the show is a film or TV title with Rick and Morty's names shoehorned in but that doesn't appear to be the case with Season 5 Episode 6 "Rick and Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular."

It could be a reference to previous Thanksgiving spectacular episodes that are common on television, mixed with the Blaxploitation genre seen in movies.

The first promo for this episode sees Rick and Morty breaking into a museum with their portal gun. The creators, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, appear to be parodying the plot from the movie National Treasure starring Nicolas Cage, as our characters declare they're there for the Constitution of the United States of America that has a treasure map on it.

Still from Rick and Morty Season 5
Rick launches a beacon in a still from season 5 episode 2 of "Rick and Morty." Adult Swim

Rick is far more glib about the value of the document, suggesting that other than the treasure map, it's worthless because all of its contents on "how to run a country" is available online anyway.

The pair enter the museum equipped with their gadgets, including a menacing-looking ray gun which breaks them into the vault. While holding it, Morty accidentally blasts the gun through the Constitution and the walls. It eventually hits the Statue of Liberty which then transforms into a giant killer robot.

Annoyed but not surprised, Rick reveals that the robot has been activated and has been sat sentient for years as a Trojan horse—"Never trust the French, Morty."

The robot steps down off the platform where the Statue of Liberty used to stand and is last seen heading for New York City.

What Else Happens in 'Rick and Morty' Season 5?

There's only five more episodes left in Season 5 of Rick and Morty with last week's "Amortycan Grickfitti" marking the halfway point.

The story lines and guest voice actors have been kept a secret for future episodes but we do know the episode titles for the rest of the season. The pop culture reference used within the title often contains a clue as to the subject matter of each episode. Here are the remaining titles and the reference point they're inspired by:

  • "Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion"—the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • "Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort"—the 2004 movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • "Forgetting Sarick Mortshall"—the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • "Rickmurai Jack"—the animated show Samurai Jack.

Rick and Morty airs at 11 p.m. on Sunday nights on Adult Swim.

Ricka nd Morty still from season 5
Promotional still from season 5 of "Rick and Morty" airing Sundays at 11 p.m. on Adult Swim Adult Swim

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