Love is in the air, and feces is a whole other story. This episode of Rick and Morty Season 4 is directed by Jacob Hair and written by Michael Waldron (Loki).
If you haven’t caught up with the show, do so now or read at your own peril. Minor spoilers ahead!
“The Old Man and the Seat” is one of the new episodes of the season that has been teased. Back in July, New Zealand filmmaker Taika announced he would have a guest role on the Adult Swim show as a character named Glootie. Other legendary voice actors portraying characters from Glootie’s species include Sam Neill, Kathleen Turner, and Jeffrey Wright.
The extraterrestrial character is initially Rick Sanchez’s syrup intern with “Do not develop my app” stamped on his forehead, but as usual, Jerry Smith manages to mess this up.
Jerry and Glootie launch a dating app that links possible soulmates together. This portion of the episode hyperbolizes the technological use of matchmaking.
By the end of the episode, Jerry learns that love isn’t what humanity makes it out to be. A high-authority Glootie tells him, “If you’ve learned to master love, you would’ve learned by now it’s as abundant as water. Do you know what isn’t? Water! That sh-t runs out.” The moral of this story is that no one truly knows how to master love. It is just an act we seem to know how to do. Soulmates don’t quite exist, and for people such as Jerry and Glootie, not everyone will end up with a soulmate.
From a different lens, Summer Smith is under control of the dating app, and her mother Beth is trying to stop this chaos. Technology (as shown in the media time and time again) is the new root of all evil. Sometimes, we should just put down our phones, computers, and other devices and learn to converse and socialize with those around us.
Meanwhile, elderly scientist Rick goes on a “solo adventure,” one that isn’t directed by Ron Howard, according to him. The grandfather of interdimensional space travel goes off to defecate in a sacred toilet but discovers a Goldilocks-type figure gone into his territory. The scientist ventures on a journey to find the suspect who has been using his toilet, then going as far as showing his suspect a “perfectly realized toilet-filled simulation of Heaven.”
Irked once or twice more by Tony, Rick realizes that it isn’t that serious and it’s alright to share something as small as a toilet seat.
“The Old Man and the Seat” shows us a twisted side to love while teaching those with hubris that they need not be so prideful or greedy of what they own. ‘Tis an interesting way of looking at things, but like always, Jerry continues to not mind his own business.
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Rick and Morty Season 4 is out on Adult Swim now!