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Rick and Morty plot hole: Whirly Dirly blunder exposed | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Adult Swim’s irreverent science fiction animated series wrapped up its fourth season this year with an impressive finale. Before five new episodes of Rick and Morty drop on Netflix, some eagle-eyed animation fans noticed a strange continuity mistake with the Whirly Dirly during Rick and Jerry’s theme park adventure.

Rick and Morty (both played by Justin Roiland) have kept fans entertained during the coronavirus lockdown with a new series of twisted sci-fi escapades.

Back in 2017, co-creators Roiland and Dan Harmon took audiences on one of Rick’s darkest adventures yet in the season three episode, The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy.

Following the brief separation of Rick’s daughter Beth (Sarah Chalke) from husband Jerry (Chris Parnell), Rick decides to treat his newly single and despondent son-in-law with a trip to a theme park in space.

In signature Rick and Morty fashion, this particular resort isn’t quite as it seems as the whole park is surrounded by an Immortality Field, preventing the death of its guests.

READ MORE: Rick and Morty theories: Season three reveals both Beths are clones

Despite their temporary invulnerability, Rick still manages to run afoul of an old enemy who is out for blood and concocting a complicated assassination attempt.

Jerry comes across Risotto Groupon (Clancy Brown), an alien who holds a grudge against Rick for selling weapons to the enemies of his people, who were then enslaved.

Groupon explains a tiny section of the Whirly Dirly rollercoaster travels outside the Immortality Field, a perfect window of opportunity to assassinate the unhinged inventor.

Thankfully, Jerry declines to help, but their peaceful holiday takes a turn for the worse when Groupon sends his hitmen onto the ride to take Rick out themselves.

The coaster car appears to be flung off the track in what can be assumed to be a ‘Whirly’, but the number of ‘Dirlys’ is harder to determine.

Plus, their ride may have been interrupted before the third ‘Dirly’, as Rick uses his exploding jacket to fend off oncoming assassins, causing the coaster to derail.

Rick and Morty is infamous for its frequent use of bizarre, made-up languages and names, often improvised on the fly by creator and voice actor Justin Roiland.

It may simply be that the writers came up with an amusing name for the fictional rollercoaster, without putting too much thought in making sure the action scene lined up with Groupon’s exact plan.

Luckily, this particular continuity error flew over the heads of most fans, and the episode is still considered a high benchmark for Rick and Morty’s patented style of dark humour.

Plus, the animation quality has only improved with each season, so viewers shouldn’t expect as many continuity blunders when the fifth instalment is finally released.

Despite restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Roiland and Harmon have already gotten stuck into season five, which is hoped to be released within the next year.

Rick and Morty Season 4 Part 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

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