Rick and Morty - Episode 14: Auto Erotic Assimilation

Rick and Morty  - Episode 14: Auto Erotic Assimilation

Ep #: 14
Air date: Aug 9th, 2015
Synopsis: Rick runs into an old lover of his: a hive mind named Unity. Meanwhile Jerry and Beth get into an argument when they discover Rick's secret underground base.

A normal space faring day with Rick, Morty, and Summer turns horrifying when they receive a nearby distress call. For Rick, it's an opportunity to score free loot in a presumably abandoned alien spaceship. He's surprised and annoyed to find survivors instead. The aliens beg for their help, stating an unknown entity has assimilated their people, unifying them under one large mind. Unfortunately for them, the entity has been aboard the ship the entire time and it quickly takes over the reminder of the species. Before it can snare Rick and his grandkids, the entity introduce themselves as Unity, Rick's old flame.

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Unity leads Rick and the kids to the alien homeworld they've assimilated. Despite possessing every resident, the place has never been more peaceful. Unity treats Morty and Summer as guests, free to be themselves and explore the joint while they catch up with Rick.

Back on Earth, Jerry is rummaging through Rick's stuff, looking for his weed whacker. Beth catches him in the act and tells him under no circumstances is he allowed in her father's garage. The two bicker until a shrill, alien cry interrupts them. Jerry discovers a hatch on the garage floor. Realizing Rick had built an underground base without their permission, Jerry wants to go in despite Beth's objection.

Rick and Unity catch up, the latter explaining their current goal to make this planet a part of the Galactic Federation. That way, Unity will have access to more worlds for which to assimilate. Once Unity has possessed the entire universe, they can be a God. Unity has changed since they broke up with Rick; no longer the reckless multi-being who'd get into trouble with their equally rambunctious boyfriend. Rick admits he's grown, too, having reconnected with his family and all. Either way, this trudges up old feelings between the two and they rekindle their romance.

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While Rick and Unity have their fun, Morty and Summer are pampered by other unwilling hosts on the planet. Morty takes to the treatment easily, but Summer is bothered. She thinks it's unethical for Unity to take over an entire planet and strip them off their free will. She attempts to get through to the civilians, but Unity explains it's better they took over. Before they came, this world was depraved and hopeless. They've since transformed everyone into upstanding citizens and achieved world peace. This planet is a paradise, why would Summer get rid of that? Morty elaborates, saying it's not that the world wouldn't be perfect without Unity, but they'd still be individuals. Unity tries to justify themselves, but loses concentration, causing several people to “barf out" a piece of the hive mind that held them in place.

Unity and Rick's romp is interrupted by the arrival of another hive mind, Beta 7. The two multi-beings have formed an alliance, but it's clear Beta 7 wants more from Unity. They're not getting any while Rick's in town. Beta 7 jealously leaves as Rick pressures Unity to resume their old days of drugs and parties.

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More people are vomiting out Unity, causing them to regain their free will again. Unfortunately this reignites a problem the planet had before Unity came: a race war between those who possess flat, swirly nipples and those with cone nipples. The two sides immediately duke it. Summer got what she wanted, but at what cost? Unity rescues the two and Summer apologizes for her intrusion. Unity forgives her, saying they're having too much fun with Rick to care. It's why she lost control of a small portion of the population. This does not go unnoticed by Morty and Summer.

Jerry and Beth explores Rick's secret underground lair. There they find the source of the shrill noise: an alien prisoner. Jerry is not pleased, particularly rubbing it in Beth's nose. They get into a fierce argument: Jerry thinks Rick may be harboring aliens to collect their organs or at the least the creature may be a killer. Beth thinks he might be trying to cure it from space AIDS or something. Either way, it boils down to Beth yet again defending her father in spite of the evidence and Jerry chewing her out for it.

Their squabbling gets to be too much for the alien. He breaks free from his chains and grabs a translator. The alien introduces himself as Blim-Blam and clarifies that yes, he is a murderer, but he only eats babies. And yes, he does have a deadly disease that Rick was trying to cure, but only so he could patent and sell it. But what really gets up his craw is the Smiths' ridiculous marriage. Bringing Rick into their awful lives is laughable to him. Blim-Blam is so annoyed that he straight up leaves Earth, never to come back.

Summer and Morty tries to convince Unity to break up with Rick, realizing how bad of an influence their grandfather is on them. When Unity first broke up with Rick, it gave the hive mind time to rethink their priorities and get their life in order. Unity had responsibilities until Rick plucked it away again. The grandkids beg Rick to come home with them, but when he refuses, they leave without him.

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Rick and Unity lounge around in boredom afterwards. The latter feels guilty for letting Rick toss his grandkids away like that. Rick doesn't care and leaves to take a bathroom break. When he returns, he finds a Dear John letter from Unity. They realize Rick is never going to change and while that's alright with them, it isn't for Unity because it means they'll keep spiraling down the hole Rick often brings out in people. So Unity breaks up with him for their own good.

Rick dejectedly warps back home. Beth nervously confronts her father and politely tells him not to keep anymore alien prisoners and to consult them the next time he makes a subterranean lair. Fearful Rick will walk out, Beth awaits the inevitable. Instead Rick sorrowfully tells his daughter that it's her house and her rules. As he walks to the garage, Summer asks about Unity. Rick tells them it didn't work out and walks off.

The next scene is an infamous one, opening up a side of Rick that has only been hinted until now. A sad Rick tinkers with one of his machines, testing it on a small alien as it vaporizes to dust. He then turns the machine on himself in an attempt to end his misery. Too upset over the break up, he stumbles head first onto his desk just as the thing goes off, unintentionally saving himself. He mopes while the world keeps turning. If "Ricksy Business" had Birdperson hint of Rick's depression, then “Auto Erotic Assimilation” confirms it. When he's unable to runaway from his issues like he did prior and told that he can't change, Rick mopes. He's a broken man with a mountain of problems he can't easily fix. He's been criticized about his behavior before, largely from his family. Whether it's because he takes the Smiths for granted or because they, too, haven't changed, Rick never took them seriously. It had to take an old love for him to see the ugliness festering inside. This won't be a magical cure-all for his woes and Rick resumes his usual self in the next episode. But it opens up Rick's character and will play a large role at the end.

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The after credits has Rick desperately trying to contact Unity, only for Beta 7 to butt in and tell him to go away. He only does so because Morty (in the same spaceship with his grandpa) keeps complaining.

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Updated 08/1/2017 By neoyi in the fan site Rick and Morty

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