Rick and Morty on Depression
Rick and Morty is a popular Adult Swim television show about an alcoholic scientist and his grandson that go on crazy adventures that have dark backgrounds. In Season 1 Episode 11 “Ricksy Business”, Rick throws a party and invites intergalactic friends while his daughter and her husband are out of town. This episode highlights Rick’s desire to get “wrigity wrigity wrecked” as a way to cover up his depression. This is mostly shown in this dialogue between Birdperson and Rick’s grandson, Morty.
Birdperson: “Morty, do you know what “wubba lubba dub dub” means?”
Morty: “Uh that’s just Rick’s stupid nonsense catchphrase.”
Birdperson: “It’s not nonsense at all. In my people’s tongue, it means I am in great pain, please help”
Morty: “Well I got news for you, He’s saying that ironically.”
Birdperson: “No Morty, your grandfather is indeed in very deep pain”
This dialogue is when Morty realizes that his grandfather’s crazy party tactics is a way to escape from his crippling depression. In today’s society that’s an issue that is overlooked with depression. The media usually shows that people with depression tend to coward away and obviously show it. When in reality, most people with depression tend to hide it through alcoholism and other forms of addiction. It’s a way to hide from their love ones that they are not okay. They try to hide that they’re depressed because society looks down upon depression as if it’s taboo to have when in reality, a lot of people have it.