‘How Poopy Got His Poop Back’: ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 7 Episode Title Reveals Shows a Return to Form
Rick and Morty has a new Rick and Morty, but they’ll never forget their Poopybutthole.
Against all odds, Rick and Morty Season Seven is set to premiere on October 15th, overcoming the pair of strikes that every TV show faces as well as its biggest scandal to date — after co-creator and star Justin Roiland was hit with domestic violence charges earlier this year, Adult Swim quickly cut ties with the caustic comedian amidst a dam-breaking of damaging stories showing how poorly behaved Roiland had been behind the scenes. The Dan Harmon project recast Roiland’s many roles with “soundalikes,” and, as we approach the first Roiland-free season in the show’s existence, Rick and Morty’s sense of humor sounds pretty pitch-perfect as well.
Yesterday afternoon, Adult Swim released the titles of each episode in the upcoming season, and they started with a banger — get ready to find out “How Poopy Got His Poop Back” this fall.
Presumably, “How Poopy Got His Poop Back” will be the season premiere, and Rick and Morty fans can feasibly assume that it will feature the fourth-wall-breaking, gunshot-wound-surviving fan favorite character Mr. Poopybutthole who has been relegated to bit roles since his most substantive appearance in the iconic Season Two episode “Total Rickall.” In the past couple of seasons, Mr. Poopybutthole has only appeared in the finale episode to close out the season with a direct address to the audience vaguely hinting at production times and plot threads for the next installment.
A Mr. Poopybutthole episode will be a welcome development for fans who fear that the tone of the show may change with the departure of such a significant figure as Roiland — however, they would do well to remember that, if the reports that came out of the writers’ room are to be believed, Roiland hasn’t been involved in the creative direction or story construction of the series since Season Three, having relegated himself solely to vocal performances recorded from his in-home studio. As the title “How Poopy Got His Poop Back” demonstrates, Roiland didn’t take Rick and Morty's sense of humor with him when he was shitcanned.