Rick and Morty: Why is Summer Also Such a Rick?

Rick and Morty: Why is Summer Also Such a Rick?


At first glance, Summer Smith seems like
a stereotypical teen girl. [I’m not giving you my phone.] [Put it in the stocking, Summer, or I’m joining Facebook.] She’s obsessed with her phone, her body, and her
reputation at school. [This is my chance to gain some footing with the cool kids.] But while some fans hope Morty will turn out to be a genius like Rick, so far
it’s the elder grandchild who shows an unexpected connection to the person who
claims he can’t stand girls like her. [I’m ready when you are.] [Bitch, I was ready yesterday.] Summer and Rick both have oft-repeated catchphrases, and the scientist and his granddaughter have a lot more in common than first meets
the eye. There’s a long-standing joke that Morty is most useful because he’s
an idiot. [You’re a perfect impenetrable suit of
human armor Morty because you’re as dumb as I am smart.] And this is the perfect foil for Summer’s aptitude. [What kind of monster are you?] [A competent one.] Summer is capable, and she’s the one who earns the exceedingly rare shows of respect
from her grandpa. [You figured it out…Well, Summer did.] Like Rick, Summer is able to assess a
situation and slip into the role that best suits the need. [I think I look like this.] [Wanna piss on him?] [Get out of my head.] On her very first interdimensional adventure to the
female-led Gazorpazorp, the role needed is mastered, and with only slight
hesitation she fits right in. [You speak when you’re spoken to ding-a-ling.] By the time she visits the Mad Max inspired hyper-violent dimension in Rickmancing the Stone, Summer immediately understands the rules of this world and takes charge. [Kill me, please.] [Okay but not because you told me too.] It’s Summer whom Rick trusts to help
him when he needs to escape the purge, and Summer is completely unfazed in
Morty’s Mind Blowers when she has to save Rick and Morty from killing themselves. Rick’s appreciation for his
granddaughter’s talents might have something to do with the fact that she
even outperforms the scientist in some of her storylines. She helps the devil
succeed even as Rick tries to take him down; she figures out how to save Rick
from the teenage angsty hell of tiny Rick’s mind; [You put your mind into this body’s young brain it did what young brains do — it shoved the bad thoughts into the back. But those bad thoughts are the real Rick.] And Summer saves them both with an impromptu last-minute plea before their
impending doom [And if you think my top is cute, you cannot execute.] Even though Rick might say he doesn’t adventure with
girls, [Are you sure it doesn’t make you reevaluate your policy about taking girls on
adventures?] [No.] There’s good reason for Rick to keep taking her along. Even
without access to Rick’s fancy gadgets and tools, Summer proves that — just like
Rick — she can get it done. [Are you the ruler of this Earth?] [How did you know?] [The quality of your top.] [Do you love it?] [I love it.] Summer and Rick are both
pretty mean. [It’s not a conversation you’re holding me verbally hostage.] [You’re both equally mercurial, overly sensitive, clingy, hysterical, birdbrain
homunculi.] And she can match Rick’s harsh criticisms when it comes to Morty. When it comes to would-be-friends: [Don’t tell me you’re friends with her.] [Are you kidding me? I don’t even know what she’s doing here.] [You’ve got to look out for number one.] [Number one is me asshole.] And especially when it comes to
Jerry: [I don’t give a F*** what you think Jerry.] [That’s you — you’re a baby and an idiot.] But despite her sarcasm and sass, she desperately wants to be loved on a grand scale — just
like Rick. They both seek validation from the greater world around them, and Summer
has a deep desire to be able to command a room like Rick can. Summer wants the
affection of her peers [I want to be popular at school.] And with all of his catchphrases and fourth-wall breaking calls for our return, Rick seems to want
us to love him. So despite pushing people away, both secretly crave deeper
connections. Summer can loathe her parents in one moment, [My God, my parents are so loud I want to die.] and then feel great relief to have them nearby in the next.
Rick never admits how much he longed to stay with Unity, but we know how badly
she hurt him. Rick and Summer both have it in them to tear people down. [You’re a fu**ng moron, Morty.] [Morety, you fu**ing idiot.] But this is self-defeating
behavior. They deeply want the love from the people that they so often try to
keep at arm’s length. [My daughter’s going through a divorce
and I am NOT dealing with it in a healthy way at all.] We’ve seen both characters hurt. Summer when she discovers that her parents might have
preferred a life without her in it. [It’s a real treat to be raised by parents
that force themselves to be together instead of being happy.] But both Summer
and Rick cope by going out of their way to avoid facing the problem. [I’m gonna move to the southwest and…I don’t know do something with turquoise.] Rick is used to getting what he thinks he wants, like separating Beth and Jerry, or throwing a
successful house party. But then he gets out of dealing with the ramifications of
his actions by resorting to outrageous solutions, like transforming himself into
a PICKLE RICK, or freezing time for a few months. And we can see that Summer is learning to follow and Rick’s footsteps by taking
extreme over-the-top measures to avoid the real issues that are bothering her.
When her boyfriend starts dating someone new, she augments her body. She claims
that she wants her parents to get divorced [Whose idea was this stupid
custody weekend thing? I want to be abandoned.] But then when this actually
comes to pass, she’d rather stay in a different dimension married to a warlord
then deal with the fact that her parents split up. [Losers look stuff up, while the
rest of us are Carpen all them diems.] [Listen to your sister Morty.] In some ways, Summer also thinks like Rick, and sees the world as he does. Just like her
grandpa, Summer understands how to win an argument by throwing out traditional
ethics and assumptions. [You work for the devil!] [So what?] [So what?1?] [At least the devil has a job. At least he’s active in the community. What do you
do?] Like Rick, she understands relativity,
and knows that people parse the world through their own frames of reference. [If the machine was made by spider people, normal would mean eight legs.] So while Jerry, of course, needs a lesson in fancy alien truckstops [You have no frame of
reference. You’re in a universe beyond your imagining.] Summer calls Christmas a human holiday [Happy human holiday, Dad.] Yet for all their similarities, Summer is
also different from Rick in a couple of key ways. [Isn’t it interesting Summer, that after all that stuff we just did nothing really mattered and there was no
point to it? Kind of makes you wonder huh?] Summer represents a more optimistic side of the Smith family. She’s as yet unconvinced by
Rick’s worldview that nothing matters. Whether it’s because she’s a young,
potentially naive teenage girl, or because she understands something Rick
doesn’t, Summer still has high hopes for the good in the world. She holds strong opinions about right and wrong, and takes a stand for what she believes in. [Morty, open your eyes. There is no they.
These poor people’s bodies are being used. They’re a planet of puppets.] [Yeah I can hear you.] [Uhhh.] She also shows empathy. Despite
traveling inter-dimensionally a bit more frequently now, and knowing that she’s
one of an infinite number of possible Summers, Rick’s granddaughter maintains
appreciation and respect for life. [No. no! Don’t hurt anybody!] She shows genuine concern for her neighbor
across the street [God I feel terrible.] [Yep, it really makes you appreciate how
fickle the universe can be.] First Snuffles the dog, [You can’t, like, endow a
creature with sentience and then rip it away.] and especially for her grandpa [Because I love you and I’m trying to save your life.] Summer freely expresses her love and admiration for Rick, always calling him
grandpa Rick unlike Morty. [Grandpa Rick.] [A city of grandpas?] [My grandpa was my hero.] [Grandpa Rick must have gotten shitfaced.] [Shut up Summer.] It’s obvious how much she
admires his brain [Oldest Rick trick in the book.] [Fake gun. Shoot me in stand off. Brilliant!] Summer also attends family therapy and
appreciates the benefits of self awareness and self-analysis. Rick can
sometimes show signs of caring, but it’s Summer who proves capable of harnessing
emotions that Rick would dismiss. [Listen to it Tiny Rick. Listen to Elliott Smith. Feel what he’s feeling.] Her efforts in Big Trouble in Little Sanchez prove just
how much she cares. While Morty would have preferred to stay
with Tiny Rick, it’s Summer who employs empathy to realize Rick’s pain. And then
sacrifices her new popularity at school to save the old man. As we see more and
more how much Rick there is in Summer, it becomes clear that she’s far more than
just a teen girl with boy troubles. The show may use her sparingly, and sometimes
as a damsel in distress or an extended metaphor for teen angst,
but when we start to view Summer as we view Rick, it’s easy to see all the
potential that Tiny Rick admits is in her. [Don’t short sell yourself Summer. You
got everything it takes.] So, it’s interesting that the show has yet to
explore many other versions of Summer as it’s done with Rick and Morty, because it
would make sense that there’s at least one Summer out there who could prove an
even better nemesis than Evil Morty. And there’s definitely a dimension with a
different title for this show — Rick and Summer. [Uh-huh. Totally let’s do it.] If you can’t get enough Rick and Morty content, then be sure to check out our friends at
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100 thoughts on “Rick and Morty: Why is Summer Also Such a Rick?

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  2. the only reason morty doesn’t receive any recognition from rick is because rick is an asshole and doesn’t accept morty despite the fact that he’s obviously smarter than a lot of people anywhere just by virtue of being born his grandson

  3. this narrator seems to be projecting their own unscrupulous self-worth and values on to parts of episodes to be better able to understand their own undesired world that they live in after the election of the God-King Emperor Donald J. "Winning" Trump.

  4. She is really a good person with the mind of Rick. Something still worries me, how come she help her dad how to catch up with society? Or better yet teach him how to act like a the smartest person in the room who just needs to keep his mouth shut for once.

  5. 6:11 Summer only called Christmas a human holiday, because that's what Jerry called it a few minutes prior, and she was mocking him.

  6. summer has her parents best traits, she's really brave like beth but knows how to persuade people into making them do whatever she wants them to do like jerry, so morty has the worst traits, he's an idiot like jerry but is a sociopath deep down like beth

  7. I love Rick and Summer Adventures… Morty is just gonna kill rick in the end and i hate how morty is becoming more self aware and always argues with Rick

  8. Because they're both dysfunctional jerk sometimes. This is co-created by the same guy that made Community, remember?

  9. Summer is so much better than Morty. Yeah, she has her brain fixated on typical "girl stuff" but at least she didn't destroy an earth because she wanted to date rape a guy into loving her and only her forever without any concern of the possible repercussions of them having a cold while doing so during flu season (guess who didn't go to the dance to avoid getting sick)

  10. That might be sexist…but since Summer literally has Jerries face…does that mean she is supposed to look very maskuline or even ugly? With her level of confidence and skill…that would explain why she isn't popular. If R&M ever get a graphic update….I hope they make her look more different from her father.

  11. Summer has a lot of Jerry's traits, she just way more confident. Also I think its funny how she's basically drawn as the female version of Jerry

  12. Rick need a sidekick that is why he choose morty to go on an adventures. Because Morty is not smart and rude enough. There cannot be 2 same people. Rick meeds a moral and ethical person beside him.

  13. Summer didn’t call Christmas a human holiday because of the human holiday summer called it a human holiday because they’re not using electronics

  14. 6:10 I take issue with this point. Summer isn't calling Christmas a 'human holiday'. She's sarcastically referencing Jerry's sentiment that the holiday is 'about humanity' to rationalize taking their phones. The ensuing conversation, which may not have happened if everyone had their focus on their phones, lead to him learning a lot of uncomfortable truths about his parents.

    Otherwise, video seems pretty good. Also I just realized this video is 2 years old at this point.

  15. there's a "Rick and Morty VS Dungeons and Dragons" comic, and at the end Rick is kinda lonely bc everyone else left, but Summer asks him to play a round of old-fashioned DnD with her. it's so fucking wholesome….

  16. With infinite numbers of summer, in dimension ,C-137 ,there probably is an evil summer out there, just as there is a evil Morty, and evil Rick.

  17. Rick has reasons to be sad and depressed and somtimes evil

    Summer is just a bitch who takes pleasure from killing things

  18. Morty has become more independent and daring as the show progresses though. Hes still morty, but hes not as quick to freak out because of all the Rick and Morty adventures

  19. You can also see why Rick hangs out with Morty more. If Summer is already on track to be like Rick, then devote more of your influence on Morty so he too can be more like Rick and less like Jerry.

  20. I think Morty will become more like Rick in his own way since I don't think Summer can become like Rick when she is already so alike to hm and as such their is no point in cultivating her when Morty is changing and learning not to trust the universe and that he has to know how it works and how to use it when Summer is just the same as rick but without all the knowledge, Summer is just like this but Rick became like this because of what he knows.

  21. This is why it's great to be a gemini and have too sides. U can be a Rick when u need think and forget ab personal biases or emotions or a Morty when u need to feel/empathize or jus relax and have fun

  22. Summer ISN'T one of infinite Summers. Unlike most characters, its strongly implied in Season 1 Episode 8 "Rixty Minutes" that in most dimensions, there is no Summer. She has to try over and over again to find an alternate dimension version of herself, and when she does it is practically the same as her. If the number of Ricks in the Citadel gives us an idea of how many dimensions there are within The Central Finite Curve, then that number coupled with what small percentage of dimensions have a Summer, could explain why Rick said, about abandoning Earth C-137, in Season 1 Episode 9 Rick Potion #9, "Its not like we can do this every week. We get three or four more of these tops." Because there are only 3 or 4 more dimensions in The Central Finite Curve with a Summer.

  23. If she’s smart, then that’s the reason she isn’t ricks main side kick. Since Rick uses morty as a “dumb person” shield and she can’t fill the role.

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  25. Morty is an idiot but at least he’s mature and has some awareness. Morty is a “better” Jerry, Summer is a “better” more self aware Beth, Beth is Rick faking she isn’t. The only reason Morty has ever lost his shit is because of the influences and experiences with Rick. He’s nothing like Rick at his core, he’s close to the opposite but not really because there are some of Beth’s traits. Jerry is the opposite archetype of Rick I guess.

  26. summer is an emotionally intelligent person which is why she sometimes is able to control a situation unlike rick who has no social aptitude whatsoever. she's also super manipulative and added with the fact she's a teenager still developing her empathy there is a real possibility she will become a scary powerful force in her own right. esp if she keeps hanging out with her grandpa!

  27. This goes great with Matpat’s latest theory about how Rick actually likes summer the most and just keeps on pushing her away

  28. Rick is the "smartest man in the universe". Why does the entitlement have a gender specific limitation in it? Why not smartest human, or creature? And if there is a woman equivalent of this title, why doesn't she has influence on the world? For example the Cronenberg universe, or the one with the squirrels?
    I think Summer could grow into the same genius as Rick, but Rick keeps her from growing into one, so she doesn't become the same lonely outcast as him, because he doesn't wish her the same sufferable existence.

  29. 1:25 not true, in that episode most of what summer does is a response from either the questioning of the others or a obvious confusion displayed by the female gazorpians.

  30. Taking into accounts of genetics, it makes sense Rick, who likely married a “dumb girl” and having Beth as his daughter, it makes sense that Beth would one, fall for a dumb guy (Jerry) and her genetics, which is closer to Ricks, would have Summer take more after her genetic line, and Morty take more after Jerry’s.

  31. I know it's just a show, but why does Jerry, who's not really a bad guy, put up with all the shit that they throw at him? In real life he would leave his family and just start another one. He's only like 35. That's why the subplot of this show sucks. They shit on this okay, normal guy, and attempt to intimate that he's weak, but I don't know anyone in real life that would put up with that level of disrespect forever, which is what he would be looking at – a life sentence around a bunch of ungrateful assholes. No one responding to this comment would tolerate it either.

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