Film Theory: Did Rick CLONE Beth – SOLVED! (Rick and Morty)


Hello, Internet! Welcome to film theory the show officially tolerated by Dan Harmon sure Rick and Morty season 3’s finale may have Just aired, but today my sights are set on the episode that came before – the ABCs of Beth. Which had one of the most ambiguous endings in the history of the series And had the potential to forever change Everything we thought we knew about a member of the show’s main cast now at this point you all know that where there’s ambiguity in A show there are theories to be had and I think that I have this one pretty well Solved you can pull the wool over everyone else’s eyes there Dan But not this guy after last week’s collab were like totally soul bonded now Or at least I like to think so you Understand how serious Krutabulon soul bonding is? The character in question is Beth the unfulfilled mother of the Smith family who gets a chance To revisit Fruppy Land, her imaginary childhood world with the single dumbest name possible You know if you’re so great at naming things Why don’t you do it from now on? Well there Beth is horrified to learn that Froopyland is now ruled over her childhood friend Tommy who she may or may not have tried to kill out of jealousy as a kid “You wanna see the honey swamp?” “Yes!” “Well I wanna see you dead.” “Huh well that’s interesting fake news.” in order to survive in this fantasy world Tommy has had to resort to an endless cycle of incest and Cannibalism it’s basically the most disturbing version of Jumanji ever. “I’m an overweight middle-aged man. Wait a second where’s my phone?” Okay second most disturbing version of Jumanji ever. fast-forward to the end of the episode Beth tries to bring Tommy back to reality in order To reunite him with his family and save his father’s life his father who happens to be on death row was supposedly guilty for Tommy’s disappearance Tommy though refuses to leave his incest Kingdom and Beth has no choice but to gruesomely finish the job that she started back when she was like seven Rick suggests that they solve the dead Tommy problem by Creating a clone of Tommy with the finger that he’s so happily donated to Beth during her murderous Rampage thereby acquitting Tommy’s father of the child murder charges. They do so in with an innocent man Freed a family reunited and the day saved Beth spirals into some existential angst “Dad I’m out of excuses to not be Who I am so Who am I what do I do?” Rick then drops a bombshell? Saying that the same process that they used to create the clone of Tommy it could also be used to create a clone of Beth Allowing Beth to go off on whatever Soul-searching journeys that she wants while the clone takes care of the kids back at home after Staring at some photos of her family Beth comes to a decision And then the show immediately cuts away without us ever knowing what that decision is the next time that we see her and Rick though They’re behaving very differently very affectionate even dropping the dreaded L word. “I love you dad” “Love you, too, sweetie” the episode ends and leaves us with one question are three boobs truly better than two sorry That’s the B storyline leaves us with one question Did Beth choose to stay or did she replace herself with a clone it may seem like the creators of the show have made it Impossible for us to know for sure if the show actually gives us all the information that we need to figure it out definitively throughout this episode clocks and references to exact units of time are Everywhere first we get a glimpse of the clock in the execution chamber when Beth and Rick prevent Tommy’s father from being lethally injected It reads 1:56 and this gives us our starting point we can assume that shortly after that Rick and Beth start to head home We know that they drive home and don’t use the portal gun because we see them actually walk through the front door this also makes Sense since they were transporting Tommy who needed to stay unaware of Rick’s crazy Scientific schemes so we know for a fact that they were at the execution chamber around 2:00 p.m. And it would take some time for them to return from the execution site back to their home where Rick eventually makes his cloning But how long would that take well we can calculate the distance between the two locations we know for a fact Thanks to Justin roiland Twitter account that the Smith residence is canonically located in the suburbs outside of Seattle, Washington This is a weird factoid that I never really thought about but makes a lot of sense now that I’m researching it It’s not like every city has their own execution chamber just waiting to be used in fact There is only one execution chamber in the entire state of Washington and it’s located at the State Penitentiary in Walla, Walla, Washington A four and a half hour drive away from the Seattle area that means that even if Beth were in a rush to get home After the 2:00 p.m.. Execution these soonest that she would be arriving back at the Smith residence would be around 6:30 p.m. mark it down because it’s the crucial point in our timeline when they get back to the house Beth indicates that she’s Exhausted and ready to call it a day It’s only After this point that Rick gives best the talk and reveals that he has the ability to replace her with a clone we know from Earlier in the episode with Tommy that the process of growing a clone takes around three hours also worth pointing out It’s an oddly suspicious detail for the writers to include their rights almost like they wanted us to know this information For some reason anyway regardless this means that the absolute Soonest that Rick could possibly have a clone ready to replace her with would be around 9:30 p.m. provided everything goes perfectly But waits freeze frame the clip of the kids coming home at the end of the episode look out the window It’s broad daylight does that look like 9:30 p.m. Anywhere in the world to you even at Seattle’s northern latitude? Which does give it longer days during the summer. The longest day of the year has it sunset at around nine o’clock p.m. Even then the longest day of Seattle’s year by 9:45, it would already be dark outside Which means that the final scene we see of the Smith family has to happen at around 8:30 p.m. At the latest it’s certainly enough time for best to get back from the Washington State Penitentiary But definitely not enough time for Rick to have created a clone to replace her in that final scene Ergo the Beth that we see in this final scene must be the real deal She is a hundred percent authentic Beth Smith it turns out she decided to stay at home and be a mother to her children rather than head out on some whacky Fantastical soul-searching adventure the adventure she chose for herself in that moment was motherhood Okay, so now let’s deal with some challenges that I’m sure I’m gonna hear in the comments first Maybe all this is happening on a separate day But we can prove for a fact that it’s not at the beginning of the episode we hear that the kids are late for their Custody weekend with Jerry aren’t you guys supposed to be at your father’s for custody weekend? And we hear on the TV that the execution is happening quote tomorrow So we know that the episode is starting on a Saturday and execution is happening on a Sunday We see Saturday night midway through the episode so we know that everything around the clones is happening on Sunday the day of Tommy’s father’s Execution we also know that the kids are headed back home Sunday evening and not Monday morning because the pizza place Renaldo’s is closed because it’s too late I think Renaldo’s is closed and lastly we know that this show doesn’t cheat time dimension-hopping yes But messing around with time is a big no-no on Rick and Morty just take it from my buddy dan time travel is a real Shark jumper Plus Rick even reminds us at the end of the episode that there are no time-travel shenanigans to be had by the way that wasn’t Time-travel which means that all evidence considered we can definitively say that Beth is real It was like the show’s creators were drawing our attention to these details To ask us to solve the mystery on our own Just like I’m drawing your attention to the subscribe button right now so that you can solve the mystery of Subscribing on your own that way you can be notified of more Rick and Morty theories in the future click it and while you’re down There next to the comments. Let me know in three seconds Whether you think at the end of the episode was Beth real, or was she a clone just one worth real or clone Here’s how many of you I was able to convince now I know that some fans have been picking apart that scene trying to figure out whether the Beth we see at the end is a Clone based on her behavior debating about whether she’s acting more affectionate than the real Beth would, but in this episode We don’t need to psychoanalyze anyone to come up with the truth the solution was right there waiting to come out It was all just a matter of time, but hey that’s just a theory a film theory and cut and by the way special Thanks to Reddit user deaths coming 23 who got me to look into this theory on the game theorist subreddit You’re a suggestion to look at the clocks was awesome and also just as a reminder I don’t talk about it all that much But if you guys have a theory request or just a theory of your own the best way for me to see it is actually On the game theorist or film theorist subreddit. Yes some loyal theorists actually created one for film theory too I’m trolling around there pretty frequently to see what you guys are excited to see covered And if you have any great theory starters of your own so check them out if you haven’t and hey if you missed my collaboration with Rick and Morty creator himself Dan Harmon picking apart the science of pickle Rick well that video link is on your left to the right is something that YouTube has Algorithmically determined that you’ll want to watch next let’s see how good of a job. It does. See you next week for something That’s a little bit more emotive

100 thoughts on “Film Theory: Did Rick CLONE Beth – SOLVED! (Rick and Morty)”

  1. I cut this out of the episode, but I'm seeing this question show up in the comments, so let me clarify:

    – The clock in the garage is ALWAYS stuck at that time in every scene you see it, at least in this episode. So the time it reads can't be used as a part of putting together an accurate timeline of events. Good job looking out for it, though!

  2. 3 things.

    1. Usually kids go to there other parents house on friday.
    2. This could be a reality where there is more than 1 execution chamber or where the sun goes down at 10pm. You never know with rick and morty.
    3. There are infinite realities so id imagine beths decision is different depending on which reality you jump through.

  3. I don’t watch this show a lot but I think Beth is a clone, maybe Rick made her before time or went to another dimension to get another Beth! Idk

  4. the beth at the end is the real beth. she’s extra affectionate with her kids because its her last meal with them for presumably a long time. i think she went through with the choice of cloning herself, but it just hasn’t happened yet.

    When people plan a suicide they go around doing grand acts of kindness, or they just put on this really happy and loving persona because they know theyre about to take themselves away from people that love them. Beth is essentially doing the same before its time go on her adventures.

    Anyway, this is just my theory.

  5. The time travel box… What if rick cloned beth and sent her real self back in time, back around 20 years where he was fighting in the war… What if he need her bc of her potential

  6. But isn't it possible that Rick already has a clone of everyone in the family? Or that Beth was getting cloned at the time they were eating, and that's why she's so emotional?

  7. Could be,Rick said that in season 3 episode 1 “The day i made the portal gun is the day i lost her”
    But we already know that is was just fiction to trick the Galactic Federation,
    But what if is WAS real?

  8. Ok ok I like the theory but could rock just use his portal gun to get there faster because we already know that Rick improves most thing couldn't he just modified th e car or just use portal gun to get there faster also because I just like that th e current Beth is a clone 😜

  9. I'm not sure if if she was at that time, but I do believe she was clone in the season 3 finale. My reason for that is.
    1… Rick has been the only one to break the 4th wall and Beth breaks the 4th wall for the first time and in the episode Meseeks and Destroy Rick breaks the 4th wall and Beth reacts by saying "I don't get it."
    2… we know Rick was never going to kill Jerry because of multiple reasons. Why would he save him from his alien girlfriend's ex boyfriend in The ABC's of Beth for no apparent reason? His death is going to "impede his work" in The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy. And he wouldn't have made Jerryboree to unless he wanted Jerry to stay alive and/or to prevent him from dying in Mortynight Run.

    Also if she has agreed to be cloned all you did was prove she hasn't been cloned yet.

  10. What if they took a taxi/bus to wala wala and used the portal back?
    Wouldn't that give them enough time to have a clone ready by 5-5:30 ISH?

  11. How does Beth not remember saying no if she said yes it makes sense to make her forget so she wouldn't worry about being a fake like she did later in the episode but if she said no it doesn't make sense to make her forget choosing mother instead of adventurer so wouldn't that make her a clone?

  12. She's not a clone. That's not even his original daughter. Rick's daughter lives in a world Rick destroyed with a love potion that eventually turned everyone into mutant sentient praying mantises. While Beth and Jerry and summer turned into barbarians.

  13. I'm not sure if anyone made this observation, but seeing as how Rick cloned Tommy to not know anything that happened all these years.
    If Beth WAS a clone, why would Rick allow the clone to have the knowledge that she Could be a clone.
    If Beth was a clone it would be smarter if the clone had no knowledge of the deal Rick made.

  14. Matpat, keep this in mind. When Beth is talking to Rick about being cloning herself, there is a clock BEHIND the cloning machine. The clock shows 1:50? Meaning that it makes sense why its Noon. It could go either way..

  15. It was Monday when Jerry pull them out of school. The kids left Saturday and at the table Jerry says TOMORROW can go to the water park and the Blue girl says no we celerbrate with a hunt. Its Sunday when they hunt and it's raining at the end of the day. The next day Monday Jerry brakes up with her, pulls them out of school and they go home that evening. ……so she could be a clone

  16. I've only thought about it now but it may not have been the dimension c137 Rick is living in, could have even been another dimension

  17. Hey MatPat so the clone could have been in the process so she finished the clone and after the season and she was a clone in season 4

  18. Why beth be cloned… When there is infinite version of beth too in universe.. Also 1st season show us rick and morty jumped from another universe..

  19. Beth is real, otherwise why would Rick implanted a memory about the conversation they had about cloning process? Rick might be a crazy erratic gramp, but he is definitely not stupid

  20. Fail:: They mess with time in episode 1 Rick travels to a "future dimension" to get broken leg repair for Morty and spends so much time there that his portal gun runs out of juice, but he had only left Morty for a few moments.

  21. I am a huge fallout fan could you do a new theory on it? Here I can get you started. In fallout. There are fanmie like in the Bible in the book of revelations. Poisoned (irradiated) water like in the book of revelations. All the bad events happen after the rapture. Even the downloadable content points to this.

  22. What if during that final scene, Beth and Rick were cloning her, but she’s still “marinating” in the big clone tube? The scene from the Tommy Clone montage was definitely a timelapse, so Beth and Rick could have started later, let the clone develop a little while having dinner with the kids, and Beth leaves that night.

  23. The real question is "why would it even matter?"
    Rick hopped form so many dimensions he barely even knows anymore where he is, and most of the things that happened in his past likely never happened in his current dimension.
    EVERYTHING he knows is likely false in the current dimension he resides in.
    It does not matter to his family that he is not the real Rick from that dimension, so why should it matter in reverse?

    It would have been funny to have Beth return later on in the series to help out Rick and Morty in a sticky situation as she is jumping around dimensions with a portal gun, revealing that she did in fact clone herself and went on adventures on her own later on.

  24. The theory seem to hinge on Beth and Rick driving to and from Walla Walla. In multiple episodes we see, however, that Rick's portal can make portals to different locations in the same dimension that he is currently in. He also has a space ship — why would they drive there? It is a good theory, but it lacks the last couple pieces.

  25. Waight what if she just wanted a last meal with her family therefore describing the change In her attitude and then she leaves after the meal

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