Obviously what happens in the couch gag isn’t canonical, but I can’t think of another time I’ve seen guest stars from another show actually kill the leads right off the bat.
Interesting and arguably unfortunate timing on the whole thing, as Rick’s reminder that there are around “a billion” supporting characters only drives home the fact that the man who does half of them is this close to killing off his own relationship with the show.
And as Kyle LeClair regularly puts it on the weekend thread: the better the couch gag, the more likely the episode will suck. So now you can skip the episode, because here’s the great couch gag…
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
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