In the infinite multiverse of Rick and Morty, it’s a statistical certainty that there’s a universe in which Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty Smith are badass wizards, but because Season 4 is delayed indefinitely, we’re cursed to witness versions of the characters from the My Little Pony universe.
In the April 14 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Pony Rick and Pony Morty ponied their way into a line for the “Wild Blue Yonder” roller coaster at the amusement park in Las Pegasus. The episode, called “Grannies Gone Wild,” features Rainbow Dash serving as a chaperone to the Ponyverse’s equivalent of the Golden Girls as they go to the park for their annual trip. There, waiting in line to get on the roller coaster are Pony Rick and Pony Morty.
This cameo almost makes sense considering how often My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic alludes to other fictional properties, but then you remember how fucked up Rick and Morty is and it gets real weird.
Remember that one time Rick Sanchez blacked out from binge-drinking and set a bunch of traps that later killed several superheroes all before falling asleep in a pile of his own diarrhea? Because we definitely remember. Yet here he is fueling a very niche fetish involving pony people.
Maybe none of that matters because Pony Rick went to the School of Friendship and learned how to be a nice person instead of an abusive raging alcoholic. Maybe all Pony Rick wants — like Rainbow Dash — is to ride that sweet coaster.
Rainbow Dash spends her time in this episode fussing over the old ponies and whining about wanting to go on the coaster. Eventually, the cool old ladies use their awesome VIP connections to skip the line and score Dash that roller coaster ride she wanted.
The whole story serves as a poignant lesson regarding the difficulties of dealing with old people in theme parks. Dash specifically learns that if you complain to them for long enough, then they might wind up giving you exactly what you wanted with no consequences whatsoever. In some ways, Friendship Is Magic can be even more fucked-up than Rick and Morty.
This is a bizarre crossover that Rick Sanchez himself would probably delight in, mainly because Rick and Morty could take this to some seriously dark but funny places.
The real hero in this whole fiasco is the savage redditor Fanatical_Idiot who delivered an amazing own to Roxopenguim, who first noticed the cameo and complained about it on the Rick and Morty subreddit right after the episode aired:
“I’m not sure you can be the kind of person who complains about something appearing in MLP while simultaneously being up-to-date enough to post something from an episode that apparently only aired today.”
No Rick and Morty simply must go to the Ponyverse next season to meet their alternate reality selves.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic airs Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Discovery Family, so be sure to tune in while we endure the never-ending wait before Rick and Morty Season 4.