is all about pushing boundaries and the final episode of Season 6 – Bethic Twinstinct – has safely delivered on the brief. Space Beth and Beth are spending quality time together, focusing on the idea of self-exploration. The rest of the family ? They are preoccupied with the idea of avoidance.
It all happens in a truly unexpected way, before Rick proves once again that he’s still one step ahead of everyone. Let’s discuss the final moment and the fate of a certain wine decanter in the spoiler-filled section below.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
What does Rick do with Venusian wine?
After Space Beth, Beth, and Jerry resolve their issues in a surprisingly loving way, Space Beth hops into her spaceship and drives away. Jerry said, “Well, looks like we all learned a little lesson this weekend. At least I know I did.”
Rick’s answer? “Me too, Jerry. Me too.”
We then cut to Rick retrieving Venus’ (Venus’) fancy red wine carafe from the kitchen sink. He unwraps a remote control and clicks on it to reveal a secret alien cabinet hidden inside the window. It’s filled with various items, including what looks like a large vial containing a miniature Morty. Rick places the jug inside and closes the cabinet, before tossing the remote into the sink’s garbage disposal and grinding it up.
Why did Rick destroy the hidden cabinet remote?
Space Beth and Beth shared Venusian wine before they fell in love. Venus is a Roman goddess who was “identified by the Romans with the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Potentially, Venusian wine is a love potion. Rick destroying the remote and thus removing access to the wine implies that Rick believed it was the wine that amplified Space Beth and Beth’s affection for each other, leading to them falling in love.
Rick says he also learned a lesson. That lesson seems to be that he shouldn’t let Venusian wine fall into anyone’s hands anymore, especially on Thanksgiving.
It’s time to speculate on who originally owned the wine and why it was offered at the Smith’s Thanksgiving.
At the start of the episode, Morty installs a GamePod XL game console on the family television. The “most realistic video game console ever” was a gift from Space Beth. Potentially Space Beth also brought the Venusian wine as a gift. She certainly seems to know at least a little about it.
Like Beth, Space Beth says she gets “uncertain trying to pronounce that shit too,” referring to the pronunciation of “Venusian.” She already has a solution: a device inserted into the neck that allows the user to speak French — or Venusian, according to Space Beth. In a nutshell, it seems Space Beth is familiar with Venus and potentially her wine as well.
This implies that she is aware of the effects of wine. Space Beth, Beth, Jerry, and Rick are all drinking red wine at the start of the episode. Jerry gives an unexpected speech warning that he would kill himself if Beth ever cheated on him. A dark reading of this is that Space Beth attempted to kill Jerry by seducing Beth with the wine, which would drive Jerry to suicide.
On the other hand, the wine could also have been intended as a way to bring the family together for Thanksgiving. Maybe Rick provided it, not knowing what a potent love drug it would be. He seems to accept Beth and Space Beth’s relationship, but warns Beth not to spill too many secrets about it.
The lesson Rick could have learned: Wine is far too dangerous a love drug and could disrupt the relationship between his son-in-law, his daughter, and his space daughter.
He might also have learned that he needed to destroy access to Venusian wine so that Space Beth couldn’t get hold of it.
Mind fried enough?
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