'Rick and Morty' Season 4 episode titles, plot, air dates, part 2, and more
Rick and Morty Season 4 is in full swing on Adult Swim after a monumental November 10 premiere episode in which Morty almost destroyed the world and Rick (temporarily) died! There’s a lot going on in the new season, so it’s a good thing we’re here to provide all the crucial information you should know.
Adult Swim has already released the titles for the first five episodes, along with a Twitter thread revealing the silly episode synopses for each, and the back-half of Season 4 should air in early 2020. Season 4 has crazy Morty, some space snakes, and even a dragon!
Here’s every detail we could find about Rick and Morty Season 4, including several teasers and hints from the trailer and other videos, all enhanced with some secrets acquired from across various timelines in the multiverse (but mostly just from the central finite curve):
When does each episode in Rick and Morty Season 4 air?
We’ve known since the debut of the Season 4 trailer in October that Rick and Morty Season 4 would begin airing November 10, but beyond that we have no way of knowing for sure when each of the first five episodes would air weekly. We now know for sure that’s not the case.
Here’s when each episode in the first half of Season 4 either has aired or is expected to air.
- Episode 1: November 10
- Episode 2: November 17
- Episode 3: November 24
- Episode 4: December 8 (confirmed)
- Episode 5: December 15 (unconfirmed)
Will there be another two-week break in between Episodes 4 and 5? We’ll see as it gets closer. But more importantly, when does the back half of Season 4 air?
When doesRick and Morty Season 4, Part 2 air?
During the Season 4 trailer, we learned that only the first five episodes would air starting in November. What about the remaining five?
“Five all-new episodes start Sunday, November 10 at 11:30,” the trailer narration says. “Half the season you deserve — all the season we could handle.” While this news might frustrate a swath of Rick and Morty fans, it really isn’t cause for concern. At least we know that there’s a second half coming … eventually.
Many TV series take a break over the holidays from December into January. (This happened in Rick and Morty Season 1.) Here’s more info about why this is the case for Season 4.
Rick and Morty is skipping the weekend after Thanksgiving in the United States, and we know for sure that Episode 4 will air December 8 at 11:30 p.m. Eastern. Then, Episode 5 is expected to air the following weekend on December 15, but that remains to be seen.
We don’t have any information about when the five remaining Season 4 episodes might air, but they could start as early as January 5 or 12 in 2020 and then proceed uninterrupted until the Season 4 finale airs on February 2 or 9. The wait could be longer, but we probably won’t know either way until sometime in December. It feels all but certain that Adult Swim will announce some kind of premiere date for the second half of Season 4 when the first half finishes airing.
Jerry stands up to Rick in this Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere image
IGN revealed a new image from Season 4 on November 1, and it shows Jerry confronting Rick about the disastrous events of the Season 4 premiere where Morty became addicted to the visions he received from a Death Crystal and almost destroyed the world. “Getting kicked out of their house and moving back in, there’s definitely going to be a power dynamic shift happening,” Spencer Grammer, who voices Summer Smith, told IGN.
This has played out in intriguing ways in Season 4. Things are more streamlined overall, but Beth and Jerry have established rules for Rick and Morty’s adventures: Rick has to be nice to Morty and ask for his help! This scene was essentially just Jerry trying to enforce those rules.
What are the Rick and Morty Season 4 episode titles?
Adult Swim released a video October 21 revealing each episode title for the first five episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4, poking fun at the way Netflix reveals the Stranger Things episode titles. Here they are:
- Episode 1: “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat”
- Episode 2: “The Old Man and the Seat”
- Episode 3: “One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty”
- Episode 4: “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty”
- Episode 5: “Rattlestar Ricklactica”
For a more exhaustive look of these titles and the shows/books/movies they reference, check out our initial in-depth analysis.
What are the first fiveRick and Morty Season 4 episodes about?
Just two days after the first five episode titles were revealed, Adult Swim published short episode descriptions in a Twitter thread. Rick and Morty has done this with every episode in the history of the series. They often make little to no sense, but we do get a few clues about what’s going on.
- “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat” — Morty goes nuts this time dawg. Rick does stuff. Season 4 premiere broh.
- “The Old Man And The Seat” — We all have one thing in common broh. I don’t know broh. Watch this one.
- “One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty” — Lots of twists and turns this time Broh. Wear your helmets.
- “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktims Morty” — Morty gets a dragon in this one broh. It’s a wild ride broh.
- “Rattlestar Ricklactica” — Lots of things in space broh. Snakes and sharp stuff. Watch this broh.
The premiere included “Akira-type situation” from the trailer where Morty attacks some of his fellow students, and his addiction to Death Crystal visions almost lead him to destroy the world. Episode 2 grappled with Rick being a shy pooper while Morty and Jerry dealt with a dangerous new app. “One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty” is a series of unpredictable twists and turns that poke fun at the ridiculousness of heist movies like Ocean’s 11 and Now You See Me. The “Claw and Hoarder” story about Morty getting a dragon was directly teased in the trailer and could include other fantasy elements. (There’s a scene where Rick raves about “magic” while running along with Summer dressed in a high fantasy Ranger-type outfit.)
The “Rattlestar Ricklactica” description confirms that this will be the episode where Morty is bitten by a space snake. We also know that this episode takes place during Christmas, and it’ll air sometime in December as the mid-season finale. It may even feel like a Christmas special in some sense.
Is there a trailer for Rick and Morty Season 4?
Yes! Adult Swim released the official Season 4 trailer October 6 in the middle of the night (depending on your time zone, it might have technically been October 7). The footage showcases plenty of exciting new gadgets, characters, and worlds.
It also confirms that the first batch of Season 4 episodes will include the first five episodes. Read more.
First Season 4 scene has Taika Waititi’s Glootie and Jerry’s failed app
During a San Diego Comic-Con panel for Rick and Morty in July 2019, Adult Swim showed a scene from Season 4 in which a tech-loving alien named Glootie (voiced by Taika Waititi) helped Jerry launch a dating app. Except Rick tattooed “DO NOT DEVELOP MY APP” on Glootie’s forehead because he knew that Glootie’s species, the Monogotrons, would use the app to enslave all of mankind so they could steal Earth’s water supply.
Waititi was joined by another high-profile actor who’ll voice a character of the same alien species. Read more to learn who.
All of this happened in Season 4, Episode 2, “The Old Man And The Seat,” while Rick was off protecting his beloved toilet.
Mr. Meeseeks will return in Season 4
When asked about recurring tropes or ideas for Season 4 during an interview with Entertainment Weekly published July 17, Dan Harmon confirmed that Mr. Meeseeks will return several times in the new season. They featured prominently in the Season 4 premiere as Death Crystal Morty used Meeseeks Boxes to fight armed military, but also in a fascist reality. Could there be even more?
“There’s going to be a couple Meeseeks popping up here and there,” Harmon said, a confirmation he echoed later that week during the SDCC 2019 panel. We see several violent Meeseeks in the official Season 4 trailer with an almost apocalyptic vibe.
The eager-to-please Mr. Meeseeks exists solely to complete a task assigned to it by a master before disappearing in a puff of smoke, and any number of them can exist. They emerge from a Meeseeks Box that functions almost like magic but is never explained. The Season 1 episode “Meeseeks and Destroy” introduced the concept in one of the series’ all-time greatest episodes. The character later returned in a brief cameo during Season 2’s “Mortynight Run.”
First Season 4 images show Rick Sanchez alone … and some dinobots
Entertainment Weekly revealed the first two official photos for Season 4 on July 16, and Rick Sanchez stands alone in both. Like the more recent photo of Jerry yelling at Rick, this reinforces how isolated grandpa Rick might feel at the start of the new season.
We later learned when the episode aired that both of these moments happen in “The Old Man and the Seat.” The first happens when Rick travels to the serene alien planet where he keeps a special toilet he uses for pooping. When he discovers that someone else has used his beloved toilet, he spends a lot of time and energy tracking the person down, and that leads him to a war between cyborg lizards and autonomous robots.
Rick and Morty Season 4 will probably include Interdimensional Cable 3
In a February 2019 Instagram post, Justin Roiland (who voices both Rick and Morty) shared an image from inside a recording studio, and his caption offers a Season 4 clue: “Idc3 (maybe) @rickandmorty,” he writes.
“I-D-C-3” must stand for Interdimensional Cable 3 (sometimes stylized as “Inter-Dimensional Cable,” hence the IDC).
In the Season 1 episode “Rixty Minutes,” Rick hacked into the family’s cable box so it would get channels from across the multiverse. The anthological episode structure is chaotic, random, and mostly improvisational. “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate” in Season 2 also dabbled in this format. This happened in Episode 8 of each season. (Episode 8 of Season 3 instead went to “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” a similar but different episode style.)
Not only does this post imply that Season 4 will include Interdimensional Cable 3, but it’s also a strong indication that Roiland may have been recording Episode 8 at that point in time.
Who’s Working on Rick and Morty Season 4?
Here’s a look at some of the behind-the-scenes people working on Season 4:
Writers: Series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland play significant roles in the Rick and Morty writers’ room, as does producer Mike McMahan. Dan Guterman, Ryan Ridley, Tom Kauffman, and Eric Acosta are all also longtime contributors to the show. Sarah Carbiener should also return as a writer/producer. Jessica Gao, who wrote the Emmy award-winning “Pickle Rick,” left the show to work on a currently untitled series for ABC.
Sketch comedian and College Humor regular Siobhan Thompson announced she’d joined the Rick and Morty writing team in July 2019. Other new writers include Caitie Delaney, Anne Lane, Jeff Loveness, and Dave Horwitz.
Directors: Juan Meza-León, Dominic Polcino, Anthony Chun, and Bryan Newton are all expected to return in Season 4 as directors. Former storyboard artist Erica Hayes was promoted to director for Season 4 as well.
What’s the Plot of Rick and Morty Season 4?
Justin Roiland said the new season maintains a serialized overarching plot after the Season 3 finale restored the status quo.
“We have serialized stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes,” Roiland said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”
Despite a “Simpsons-esque” procedural storytelling structure in the sense that “characters … don’t really age” and the show can keep going forever, Season 4 will supposedly have a season-long arc, similar to how Season 3 explored Beth and Jerry’s separation. So far, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case, unless you count Rick’s ongoing contempt for Morty and Beth’s newly established rules about respecting each other.
During San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Harmon and Roiland also confirmed that Season 4 will address time travel in some fashion, namely how Rick’s portal gun allows him to travel forward (or potentially backward) in time. This’ll likely factor into one episode as a key plot device.
One unfinished animatic shown at SDCC took place during Christmastime, when Jerry tries to hang Christmas lights but falls off a ladder. Rick saves him using some kind of contraption before he and Morty head off to space. In an interview with IMDb at SDCC, Roiland referred to this as “the space snakes episode on account of the space snake that bites Morty. Read more.
Here’s a closer look at some of our reviews and analysis for Season 4 episodes:
- “Rick and Morty “Elon Tusk” finally explains a mysterious Elon Musk tweet”
- “Rick and Morty Season 4’s toilet episode reveals a softer side to Rick”
- “Review: Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 1 is the most mind-bending yet”
What Is the Rick and Morty Season 4 Release Date?
Adult Swim announced on May 15 that Rick and Morty would return November 2019, but it wasn’t until October 6 with the release of the Season 4 trailer that we got a confirmed premiere date of November 10.
The late 2019 launch lines up with our previous suspicions. After all, Mr. Poopybutthole said Season 4 wouldn’t be out for “a really long time” in the Season 3 post-credits scene. The last time the character delivered a scene like this at the end of Season 2, fans had to wait almost two years for Season 3. By the time Season 4 begins, it will have been more than 25 months since the Season 3 finale.
Rick and Morty wasn’t officially renewed for Season 4 until May 2018, so even if the co-creators and writers had ideas for the new season ready to go, they weren’t working on it at all until late last spring at the earliest — so that accounts for the long delays, which should never be the case again.
How many episodes are in Rick and Morty Season 4?
In the July 17 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Justin Roiland confirmed that Season 4 will be 10 episodes long. That was confirmed when the Season 4 trailer called the first five episodes “half the season.”
14 episodes was once the ambition for Season 3, but some kind of creative conflict between Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland caused production delays that eventually compelled them to shorten the season to 10 episodes. Now that Adult Swim has ordered 70 episodes, the series will likely never face extensive production delays again — but the even number probably means that the next seven seasons will each be only 10 episodes long.
Who are the Rick and Morty Season 4 guest stars?
Each season usually offers a handful of recognizable guest stars. Season 3 alone had 12 different guest stars such as Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Thomas Middleditch, to name a few. Who will lend their voice to Season 4?
In May 2019, Harmon and Roiland confirmed that Paul Giamatti had a role in a Season 4. This was confirmed again in a July 17 EW interview, but they also added that Sam Neill, Taika Waititi, and Kathleen Turner were in Season 4. During a separate SDCC interview, Roiland also confirmed actor Matthew Broderick for Season 4. (Could he be voicing Chachi, the poor cat alien who dies in the Season 4 trailer?)
For a look at even more guest stars that have appeared, read this: “Here’s Who Every Confirmed Rick and Morty Season 4 Guest Star Could Play”
Justin Roiland has also said he’d love to bring the intelligent white dog Snuffles back to the show, which would probably require voice actor Rob Paulsen, but there’s still no indication that it will happen in Season 4.
Catch up on the first three seasons of Rick and Morty on Hulu.