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Film Theory: Pickle Rick ACTUALLY WORKS! (Rick and Morty, Feat. DAN HARMON!)

October 14, 2019

Boy, that ‘Tales of the Citadel’ episode sure had a lot of Easter eggs in it, huh? Return of evil Morty and all that… Lots of theory fodder in there. Am I right? Don’t worry. I’ll get to that one soon enough. But there was one detail that I wanted to point out that isn’t enough for a full episode and one that all the next day Analysis overlook that I wanted to talk about, specifically this chart. See how reverse Rick outrage is at the end of the chart, But still has a 15 percent approval rating which is higher than the rent is too damn high Rick? Well, it’s an incredibly smart jab at one of the most subtle ways news media can and does bias what it’s showing you. Looking at the Graphic, most people would think that reverse Rick outrage’s at dead last… But he’s not and that’s even if they see him at all! They buried him in the back. It’s an easy way to discredit a candidate, a technique that was famously used during the 2012 presidential Election to undermine the strong poll results and growing popularity of Republican candidate Ron Paul. Long story short, the reason I’m pointing this out is to not only draw attention to an underappreciated Rick and Morty Easter egg, but also to tell you just be aware. Sometimes the data doesn’t lie, but the way it’s presented does Hello Internet! Welcome to Film Theory, the show where we take your favorite series, let them marinate in our salty mind brines, and pop out crunchy DILLicious! (nice) Theories just a short time later! And with that as the opening sentence of this episode, two things should be made immediately clear. #1- We’re talking about pickle Rick today. “I’M PICKLE RICK!!!” And #2- I’ve got pickle puns for days Picking him up wasn’t even that cumbersome, or should I say: cucumber some? Nope, I really Really shouldn’t. Sure, season 3 of Rick and Morty may have taken a little bit longer than expected to arrive, But honestly this was nothing compared to the way we’ve got coming for season eight and Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming. Now It’s here.” Now, We just gotta wait like two more years. When it comes to Rick and Morty, the wait was Totally worth it. Season three has delivered on both the lore side and the science side. Now in the past, I focused mainly on the lore bits. Click the link in the corner of the screen if you’re behind on those. But I’ve never actually spent any time getting into the nitty-gritty of what makes a Rick and Morty not only the funniest show on TV But also the smartest. Parallel universes, Reality simulations, memory altering-parasites — the list of things to explore are as endless as the channels on an Intergalactic cable box. But as someone who appreciates Memes as much as science, no analysis of season three would be complete without a look into the science of Pickle Rick. Not exactly whether Rick could realistically turn himself into a pickle; He can’t. But instead, how possible Rick’s alien-esque Cockroach and rat mech suits would be. A quick recap in case you missed this episode: Rick turns himself into a pickle to escape family therapy “I turned myself into a pickle, Morty.” As a pickle, he gets washed down into the sewer drain where he’s surrounded by Cockroaches. He bites the head off of one, but then manipulates its brain with his tongue to make it walk the next we see him He’s fashioned a suit of cockroach armor to kill rats. He dismembers one, Fuses its limbs to his pickle body, connects his brain to the rats, and then goes on a good old John Wick Style pickle murder rampage. You know, a classic Rick adventure, or should I say, “A Vlasic Rick adventure?” “Uh, no you really shouldn’t say that.” Cynical Hypothetical Viewer. You’re sounding a bit older and more grizzled than usual. “Yeah, 30 years of vodka will do that to you. I’m Dan Harmon, I’m the co-creator of Rick and Morty!” Ho- Wow Welcome to the show. Wait did you just come on the show to tell me to stop making puns…? “Well, not just to tell you to stop making puns. I just wanted to save you the trouble of making this episode. Pickle Rick is something we just made up. We thought, ‘Hey, What’s a funny vegetable we can turn Rick into?’ and we land it on a pickle.” Uh sorry, but you’re wrong. “What do you mean, pickles are hilarious!” No, obviously a pickle is hilarious! What I mean to say is, and I hate to correct you But it’s not technically a veggie. A pickle is a fruit because they have seeds. Pickles are technically a fruit of the vine. It’s decided by the US Supreme Court,. “But it’s made from a cucumber…” Yeah, fruit too. I mean, if you want to get really specific, Cucumbers are a pepo, which is a type of berry, and a pickle technically fell under the classification of condiment? But don’t worry, people will debate it out in the comments. “Well, whatever it is We just thought making Pickle Rick would be funny. We do a lot of scientific research for the show, but this wasn’t one of those times. Pickle Rick is not rooted in actual science.” Yeah, I hate to be the “but actually” guy, but uh, actually- “the existence of this channel tells me that’s not true.” Okay, so maybe I really love correcting my favorite creators, just not to their faces. But regardless, I wouldn’t be too sure of that one either, Dan. Tell you what, stick around for the rest of this episode and if you’re still not convinced by the end, I’ll give you 25 smeckles. “You know we made those up too, right?” Fine, lunch if I don’t convince you. I’ll buy you lunch. “Hmm, well I have watched all the episodes of Hoarders on my DVR, so I guess I’ve got some time on my hands. Let’s do it.” Awesome! We’ll investigate this together!

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  • Reply LoNeBaR September 6, 2019 at 5:28 pm


  • Reply Maximilian L September 6, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    13:10, did you just use overwatch as a salt measurement?
    id like to defend the game since its made a quantum leap and is better than ever….
    BUT I agree even as a hardcore fan

  • Reply Frank ESM September 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Film theory … strawberry isn’t a berry

  • Reply the adventures of donut cat September 6, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I wish Scott could do this for Fnaf, anyone else?

  • Reply Molchanoff people September 7, 2019 at 1:26 am

    How do you make these videos MatPat? I'm really wanting to know…

  • Reply DJDEmooN B0Ss September 7, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Tip: don't based on just study
    And rules
    Spread ur imagenation

  • Reply Neighborhood of Memes September 8, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Me at 11pm: I’ll go to sleep now

    Me at 3am: how to turn yourself into a pickle

  • Reply Morty Smith September 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Well I know it works,I was the one who SAW him on the counter..Just a week ago me summer and hunger games summer went out cause rick was too wasted to get off the couch. It was fun 🙂 we got icecream and we went back to the post apocalyptic world so we could enjoy this life 🙂

  • Reply SubversiveCitizen September 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm


  • Reply Disguised man September 8, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    A pickle is a banana or potato

  • Reply BrennyBoi9152 9 September 8, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    What's so funny about pickles?

  • Reply Michigan audit news September 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    So all this time rick was learning all about the brain idolize since the start why he did that inception to Mr golden fold and did cloning to so he has a copy to see what would happen when the time comes to take the citadel down

  • Reply GOATED JK 3000 lol September 9, 2019 at 2:37 am

    I turned myself into an avocado Morty I'm AVACADO RICK!!!!

  • Reply Emily Parker September 9, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Amazing knowledge in the intro imo.

  • Reply DaylaDoodles September 10, 2019 at 3:01 am

    guys, pickles are peepos qwq

  • Reply Chafik youssef September 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Pikel fruit

  • Reply caleb williams September 10, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    The way this data is presented feels lazy.

  • Reply tabby cat September 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm


  • Reply PinHeadLarry September 12, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    So did we forget that rick may have used other planet’s resources to make him into a pickle?

  • Reply Moses Sandoval September 13, 2019 at 1:09 am


  • Reply pider man September 13, 2019 at 2:08 am


  • Reply Péter Andó September 13, 2019 at 10:29 am

    were you feeling PICKLELY today for these cucumbersome puns?

  • Reply KiM bOman September 13, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    plosibul ??? its possible

  • Reply Fish Head September 14, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Im eating pickles right now

  • Reply PxndaCakes September 14, 2019 at 2:29 am

    When you tell the creater of a character that they're wrong.

  • Reply Yeet_Gaming GG September 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Why am I awake at 2:00 in the morning? 💤

  • Reply Dank Toker September 16, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    So are we… are we the insects..??

  • Reply Frank Mullis September 16, 2019 at 10:59 pm


  • Reply John Ratliff September 17, 2019 at 11:44 am

    i think rick's brain power can make him suvive for a day he even admit he's about to die at the end of the epasoide

  • Reply Pharaoh XP September 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    He got Dan Harmon here for a Rick and Morty episode

    But still hasn't got Scott Cawthon for fnaf

  • Reply Dawnpelt Was right September 19, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Rats are incredibly smart

  • Reply Isaiah The LEGO Kid September 19, 2019 at 11:55 pm


  • Reply Lea-Maude. Rosse. Nicolas, levesque. September 21, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    OMG …😲😶

  • Reply AMJ Studios September 22, 2019 at 12:04 am


  • Reply XxxBo-bo lo-loxxX September 22, 2019 at 4:01 am

    A pickle…is just a pickle….duh

  • Reply happynuggets459 ___ September 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    “Subscribe and do the bell thing”

  • Reply Nova Kitty September 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Matpat frickin roasted Overwatch

  • Reply YouTube keeps freezing September 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    See I wasn't going to sub but creater of Rick and Morty told me to

  • Reply HaecEsneLegas September 23, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I wish there was like a superlike button. A like so powerful you get like 1 a week or something. That's what I'd give this video.

  • Reply Azzawozza 30 September 23, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Mat pat wth why did you not say annnd that's the way the news goeees

  • Reply Kaylin Pope September 23, 2019 at 8:12 pm


  • Reply Dagalaxygrl .Sharky September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Frickidy Frick pickle rick

  • Reply matthew knight September 24, 2019 at 12:20 am

    kill the puns (like the comment if you agree )

  • Reply Ernesto Benitez September 24, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    #sixseasonsandamovie imagine if that actually happend matpat and mr.i created a immature series

  • Reply J Schroeder September 25, 2019 at 5:03 am

    This is a weird question is. Is pickle Rick dill or sweet pickles

  • Reply DJ Cykes September 25, 2019 at 9:53 am

    he's a pickle in the streets but a Rick in the sheets if you catch my drift (the awkward music in the background and the quote woke up my little sister and i got scolded by my parents because they thought i was watching an SPG with an S theme)

  • Reply Josephine Osei September 26, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Pickle Rick was one of my favourite episodes

  • Reply Sarpy Barpy TV September 26, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Electric Avocado Website: T H E R A P E O F N A N K I N G

  • Reply Tony Watson September 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Flip the pickle Morty, flip the pickle! I've turned myself into a pickleeee, IM PICKLE RICK!!!!

  • Reply Supreme Leader Snoke September 28, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Cu cum ber

  • Reply IRBB team September 28, 2019 at 4:22 am

    welcome to the comment section, it consists of " cancer, hate, cuss words, 8 year old's wanting to date, threats, fake love comments cause they want a shoutout and kermit jokes" oh shiii… and uhhh "caution, side effects of reading these may give you, depression, anger, P.T.S.D, adhd, suicidal thoughts, cancer and small cock syndrom" so… yeah… you have been warned

  • Reply Leeann hell yeah man September 28, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Wait what the hell Dan Hartman made community they took that show from regular TV backpack where you actually talking to Dan Hartman could you please tell him to bring Community back to regular TV I can't afford cable I can't

  • Reply Soren54241 September 29, 2019 at 12:20 am

    I love all your puns MatPat! Please never stop them

  • Reply Dreams love September 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Wait it this a real think.

  • Reply Solar Booper October 1, 2019 at 12:34 am

    It’s Pickle Riiiiiick! I loved the part when he just frickin destroys the rats he’s a savage and he pins down the rats with nails

  • Reply Enrico Pucci October 1, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I really want to watch this problem is I have a phobia of cockroaches

  • Reply 123 can you see me? October 1, 2019 at 3:23 am

    My phone called can you actually teleport to other dimensions

  • Reply Devon Capel October 2, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    IM PICKLE RIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Devon Capel October 2, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I TURNED MYSELF INTO A PICKLE MORTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Reply Devon Capel October 2, 2019 at 9:15 pm


  • Reply pigsnake productions October 2, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Shoneys is a real restraint in the south east

  • Reply Man in the Park October 4, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I had a strong feeling that Ron Paul was undermined by the media or some other entity up there. How did you find the actual data that you were referring to?

  • Reply Man in the Park October 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I had a strong feeling that Ron Paul was undermined by the media or some other entity up there. How did you find the actual data that you were referring to?

  • Reply Man in the Park October 4, 2019 at 5:13 pm


  • Reply Vinicius Machado October 4, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Dan Harmon MUST invite Mat Pat for HARMONQUEST. it will be hilarious!!!!

  • Reply Rocco Dolce October 5, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Yo matpat you didnt have to pay him because there is one thing that you forgot its pressure when you BITE a pickle then you feel the brine so then it would tecnically be possible but you just can't get hurt sure there are some on outside BUT THE NERO SYSTEM IS ON THE INSIDE so its basically the one hit challenge (get hit die)

  • Reply Hiro Davidson October 6, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Wait but he is a pickle. On the episode he also mentions he needs the needle to live

  • Reply Kion3x October 7, 2019 at 11:30 pm


  • Reply The Mickeydabi October 8, 2019 at 1:49 am


  • Reply Ranger Playz October 8, 2019 at 2:46 am

    I’m eating pickles while watching

  • Reply Snoop Catt October 8, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Justin Roiland is better than Harmon

  • Reply Catstarplaz YouTube October 8, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Make the show theriosts

  • Reply 1stupidfish October 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I'm a little late to this conversation. The salt content would definitely kill him. Rick even admitted in the show. Unless I'm mistaken, he told Beth he was dying when he asked for the syringe. I'm just saying, I think matpat might have one this.

  • Reply Ostridge Fish October 9, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    dang it now im hungry

  • Reply Ostridge Fish October 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    um the smartest mammal hullo

  • Reply The Sundry Anorak October 10, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I can already see the droves of offended millennials swarming Chilies, sharpened sporks in hand.

  • Reply Hen Peckley October 10, 2019 at 8:26 am


  • Reply Hen Peckley October 10, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Trump is ron paul 2.0

  • Reply Tired Bro October 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    im one of the waiters at chili's.
    yes. yes they did…

  • Reply Sue Tandoc October 10, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Pickles are FRUIT

  • Reply Dylan Floden October 11, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Was Dan actually there,because Mat could of just edited his voice into the video.

  • Reply Shima Enaga October 11, 2019 at 1:07 am


  • Reply IrethEdelstein October 11, 2019 at 1:54 am

    dan: this show is gonna last 3 weeks!

  • Reply Shawn J October 11, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Hey there I might be the only one to ponder about this but there seems to be a lot of confusion about which reality/dimension/universe the characters come from, for example at the Jerry Jamboree, and the Atlantian Mixup, you’d think The Ricks would’ve included a scanner in the portal gun to figure out where they belong, it would be interesting for Our Rick as we know as C137, or maybe have it available only to the Federation, or the Citadel as an interrogation device, anyone else think about this???

  • Reply The EarthNinja October 11, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    6:37 look at the paycheck and it is from fnaf.

  • Reply Terry Jones October 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Shut up

  • Reply Cotton The Bunny October 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Wait u had another channel

  • Reply Lacoulas 555 October 12, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Yeahhh I am not gonna say that pickle is a CONDIMENT jeez man

  • Reply SpaceMan 6711 October 12, 2019 at 5:03 am

    But wait a minute, isn't the reason swelling your brain cells with water is a problem is because the brain is nice and snug in the skull and the cells don't have room to grow, increasing the pressure in the skull and causing the problems like seizure and death, but seeing as pickle rick has no skeleton, and no skull, his brain cells can grow and be fine, so PICKLE RICK WOULD LIVE

  • Reply Charlie Moore October 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I love Dan Harmon’s comedy

  • Reply Terraforged October 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    IM PICKLE RICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply MuffinManStreaming Lavenous gaming October 12, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Technically though it could work because just like in the first episode of season 3, Rick transferred his consciousness into an alien brain, so he could have created an alien like brain that could handle the amount of sodium and not die.

  • Reply MuffinManStreaming Lavenous gaming October 12, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Or at least when he turned himself into a pickle (however he could’ve done that) he could’ve altered the chemical composition of his brain to become more tolerant to things such as the sodium in a pickle (I mean Rick is a genius so he could’ve figured it out).

  • Reply Savage Gamer October 13, 2019 at 12:52 am

    Did anyone else catch the “ dungeon and dragons”

  • Reply NinjaNipple Dog October 13, 2019 at 1:55 am

    0:49 You're mentioning that the tactic of pushing someone to the bottom as used with candidate Ron Paul, but that left image is listing the numbers in ascending order, with the bottom text literally mentioning that he's at the top, with romney in last. Thats not "pushing Paul down" thats just how the graphic was made, unintuitive? Yeah. But since its CNN I dont think they did that because they wanted Romney (ew) as the top of their board. You could claim that Santorum was "pushed down" too, but really, it's just that the chart is in reverse ascending order.

    Thats pretty weak, matt.

  • Reply NinjaNipple Dog October 13, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Dan Harmon saying your biggest threat as an avacado would be a millenial scooping you onto their overpriced piece of toast- How can a piece of toast be overpriced? Like if you have particular tastes then getting something specific is just a special something for yourself and factors into food cost like everything else, it's hardly an expensive 'special something' either. I just get the cheapest what bread, but Im not gonna stare daggers at someone for 'being entitled' cause they grab one with the nice packahing.
    Is he really one of those guys that reduces people to a fuckin snack?

  • Reply Freaky Hecky October 13, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Did he just show a rats brain at 10:36

  • Reply Rodrigo Catuna October 13, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    9:33-that scared me for a moment
    (I was in a dark Room so…i jumped)

  • Reply Vaughnik October 14, 2019 at 9:27 am


  • Reply The smartest Idiot October 14, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s get something right. A pickle is a frog okay not a fruit or a vegetable a frog.

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