Rick and Morty season 6 spoilers follow.
After watching five seasons of Rick and Morty across the past nine years, it might feel like you’ve suddenly slipped into an alternate reality for season six where canon actually matters now and mysteries finally end up getting solved.
You’re not imagining it though. There’s been a lot of trolling up to this point — see here, here, and here — but season five delved into Rick’s backstory like never before with the truth behind Diane’s death while also revealing the fate of his beloved Beth.
Now, with the start of season six, Rick and Morty piles on even more canon with the reveal that Weird Rick, the Rick who killed our Rick’s Diane, is actually our Morty’s original Rick. It’s a lot to take in, a seriously squanch amount, so we’ll forgive fans who might have missed the answer to another big mystery that was casually solved in the premiere too.
Remember back in season two’s ‘Mortynight Run’ when Jerry was dropped off at a daycare centre for Jerrys? Rick was given a collection ticket so he’d know which Jerry was his, but later on, some confusion over the tickets led fans to think that the Jerry he picks up at the end wasn’t his original Jerry from season one.
An easy mistake to make, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Now, seven years on, we finally have an answer that confirms the Jerry we’ve known since then is indeed different to the one who was dropped off at the daycare in season two.
Long story short, there’s a moment in the season six premiere where Rick sends everyone back to their original home dimension. Rick ends up in the place where his wife and daughter were killed, and Morty is thrown back into the Cronenberg world he abandoned in season one, but surprisingly enough, Jerry pops up in a separate universe to the rest of his family.
“Why do I have a reality of origin?” Jerry shouts before vanishing — and the reason is that he wasn’t originally part of the family we’ve come to know now in this universe.
We don’t spend long in this Jerry’s home dimension, except to see the rest of the family berate him like usual. However, our Jerry’s been through a lot since he first joined the show in season two, so he stands up for himself by declaring “I’m a goddamn inter-dimensional traveller now, and all of you can kiss my sci-fi ass!”
So how do we know that the Jerry switch happened specifically in that old daycare episode? Well, there’s a joke at one point which suggests that this home dimension Jerry ends up in is giving off “real season two vibes,” and that, of course, is a direct reference to the ‘Mortynight Run’ mixup. Our newer Jerry last left his home universe in season two, so it’s no wonder that his return here would remind him of those days.
Back before this mystery was finally cleared up now in season six, Digital Spy asked the voice behind Jerry, Chris Parnell, what he thought about the daycare mixup. Was C-137’s Rick reunited with a different Jerry than the one he started out with?
Chris told us that it was “entirely possible” at the time, admitting that: “I’m never completely clear, personally, on which particular family we’re with.”
“I’m not sure it’s the same family we started with,” Parnell continued. “I mean, I don’t know if these are clones of clones, or… I really can’t keep up with all of that. And whether or not it’s the right Jerry? Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll find out.”Parnell’s right. We did find out! And Chris was also right to think that a mixup was indeed possible in the first place.
So now, with all this, who’s to say that another old Jerry mystery can’t be solved too?
During this same chat, Parnell also hinted at what was seen in the mind of the Talking Cat so maybe this could be the next mystery on the agenda for season six.
Rick and Morty season 4 airs Sundays on Adult Swim in the US, and airs in the UK on E4 and All 4 at 4am every Monday.