Rick and Morty are preparing for an adventure to Atlantis to search for some “mermaid puss”. Before they embark, they are interrupted by a Rick and Morty acting as representatives for the Citadel of Ricks. The Rick and Morty from the citadel are asking for donations towards a redevelopment fund, only to find out they are asking the Rick and Morty who were responsible for the citadel’s destruction. The Citadel of Ricks is explored and we get a real-life look into every day of the life of Rick and Mortys on the Citadel of Ricks.
Rick K-22: “Hello, I’m Rick K-22. This is my Morty. We’re going from reality to reality asking Ricks to contribute to the Citadel of Ricks Redevelopment Fund.”
Rick C-137: “What are you, stupid? We’re done with the Citadel of Ricks. I was [burps] never on board with it in the first place. That’s why I murdered everyone in charge and left it to rot.”
Rick K-22: “Oh that was you.”
Morty: “They tried to murder him first.”
Sam Elliot (voiced by Jeff B. Davis): “60 iterations off the central finite curve, there’s a Rick that works more with wood than polarity plating. His name is Simple Rick but he’s no dummy. He realized long ago that the greatest thing ever create was his daughter. We captured that moment — We run it on a loop through Simple Rick’s mind — And the chemical it makes his brain secrete goes into every Simple Rick’s “Simple Wafers” Wafer Cookie. Come home to the impossible flavor of your own completion. Come home to Simple Rick’s.”
Adjudicator Rick: ” Candidate Morty, the number of displaced Mortys is soaring while Rick satisfaction levels are plummeting, and the divide between the two groups has never been wider. Solve that one real quick.”
Candidate Morty: “The division I see is between the Ricks and Mortys that like the Citadel divided…and the rest of us. I see it everywhere I go. I see it in our schools where they teach Mortys we’re all the same because they’re threatened by what makes us unique. I see it in our streets where they give guns to Mortys, so we’re too busy fighting each other to fight real injustice. I see it in our factories where Ricks work for a fraction of their boss’ salary even though they’re identical
and have the same IQ. The Citadel’s problem isn’t homeless Mortys or outraged Ricks. The Citadel’s problem is the Ricks and Mortys feeding on the Citadel’s death…But I’ve got a message for them, from the Ricks and Mortys keeping it alive, a message from the Ricks and Mortys that believe in this Citadel to the Ricks and Mortys that don’t. You’re outnumbered.
- The song played during the transition into the Citadel of Ricks scene is In the City by The Eagles, sung by Justin Roland.
- Teacher Rick resembles Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series
- The four Mortys are a callback to The Body by Stephen King and its film adaptation, Stand by Me.
- Candidate Morty’s assassination attempt and resulting election victory resembles Bob Roberts
- Hard Rick Cafe refers to the national restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe
- This episode is almost entirely voiced by Justin Roland minus the Simple Rick’s commercial (voiced by Jeff B. Davis)
- The music playing in the police car is the title track from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- In the Creepy Morty scene, a Morty resembles one of the show’s creator’s Justin Roland.
- The Latin on the classroom board of Morty School states “MOTTO AUTEM DIEM: ACTA NON VERBA,” which translates to “MOTTO OF THE DAY: ACTIONS NOT WORDS”
- There is a poster in the classroom of Morty School which says the word “Recycle” and show the recycle triangle symbol. Interestingly, in the center of that triangle is the face of a Morty.