And we mean that in the best way possible — creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, along with a crackshot team of writers and voice actors, continue to explore the outer limits (pun not intended) of what we consider to be the gold standards for science fiction and fantasy. They take those expectations and subvert them in ways we might never or could not imagine.
They also can't keep it together in the recording booth. In a new video released by Adult Swim, you can see an animated version of the outtakes from "Pickle Rick." Set at the start of the episode, Morty (Roiland), Summer (Sarah Chalke), and Beth (Spencer Grammer) are on their way to family therapy when they discover that Rick has turned himself into a gherkin, so as to avoid talking about his feelings.
Rick denies that this is the real reason for his transformation and admits that he has steered Morty, his grandson, wrong before. However, Roiland (who also voices Rick) can't get the lines out, cracking up every time he tries to read from the script.
Watch the briney video below:
It's good to know that the makers of the show have just as much fun creating it as fans do watching it. Indeed, the creators of Game of Thrones, one of the biggest shows on television right now, called the episode, "the best writing of 2017."
Those in high places took notice and "Pickle Rick" ended up winning the award for Outstanding Animated Program at the Creative Emmys. The eponymous main characters also made a surprise virtual appearance at the Primetime Emmys.
A lot more of those weird hijinks are the on the way, as Harmon closed a deal in May to produce 70 more episodes of Rick and Morty for Adult Swim. With each of the last three seasons averaging around 10 episodes each, we're possibly in for seven additional seasons of the adult-oriented cartoon.