Welp, Rick and Morty Season 4 is officially on hiatus. The fifth episode, titled “Rattlestar Ricklactica,” leaves fans with a wild adventure featuring snakes and time travel. And although most midseason finales typically end on a cliffhanger, the Dec. 15 episode didn’t hint at what’s coming when the final five episodes are released next year. However, Rick and Morty Season 4 did include a short scene that sparked more Beth-is-a-clone theories, two years after the topic was first introduced in the third season.
[Spoilers for Rick and Morty Season 4 ahead!]
What happened to Beth in ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 4 Episode 5?
In season 3’s “The ABC’s of Beth,” Rick and Morty suggests Beth could be a clone. Rick offers to create an exact copy of Beth so that she is able to go off on adventures of her own. But in return, Beth must abandon her life and family.
At the end of the episode, Rick and Morty fans aren’t exactly sure whether or not Beth is a clone. And now, five episodes into the fourth season, we still don’t know the truth. Thus far, it feels like character development for Beth hasn’t seen much progress. So there hasn’t been much indication either way.
Then in “Rattlestar Ricklactica,” Beth and Rick attempt to find Jerry, who previously flew off into the sky after Rick made Jerry “floaty” to hang up Christmas lights. Beth calls her husband on the phone and asks where he floated off to. And when Jerry won’t admit his location due to pride, Rick pauses Beth with a remote.
“Jerry, I paused Beth with a device Christopher Walken gave me after a record session,” Rick says. “Real talk, buddy.”
Of course, Jerry still doesn’t accept Rick’s help and hangs up. Meanwhile, Rick clones Jerry’s head and connects it to the now-unpaused Beth’s phone to ensure his daughter that everything is fine. And after hanging up, Rick destroys the Jerry clone. The scene also revealed Rick has mini backups for Summer, the pizza guy, and Cop 7.
‘Rick and Morty’ fans theorize Beth is a clone
Following the Rick and Morty Season 4 midseason finale, many fans revisited the idea of Beth being a clone, especially since Rick was able to pause his daughter specifically, as opposed to pausing time for everyone — like in the second season.
“We see Rick use a remote to ‘pause’ Beth,” a fan on Reddit wrote. “Could this be a confirmation that Beth was actually cloned. It makes sense if Rick put a chip in the clone to pause it at will, but how would he pause like a real Beth.”
In response, Rick and Morty viewers pointed out the scene was just a bit. As Rick mentioned Walken, it’s clear he referenced Adam Sandler’s Click, which allowed the protagonist to alter time however he wanted.
However, some fans wondered if Rick used to Click reference to cover for Beth. “Rick tells Jerry it’s a device Christopher Walken gave him, but we know Rick sometimes distorts the truth, and this would be in line with keeping Beth’s clone secret,” a fan wrote.
But viewers also refuted this claim, as pausing Beth indicates Rick cares for the clone, which seems unlikely.
“No, it’s just a reference to the movie Click,” a Redditor wrote in response to the theory. “If anything it proves the opposite, because Rick wouldn’t lift a finger to spare a clone’s feelings.”
What the ‘Rick and Morty’ creators said about Beth in before the season 4 premiere
At this point, Rick and Morty fans just have to wait and see what creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have planned for Beth moving forward. But regardless, it seems the Adult Swim series likes that ambiguity.
“We don’t know at the end of the episode what path Beth chose,” Roiland said after “The ABC’s of Beth” aired in 2017. “It’s pretty ambiguous and I personally like it that way.”
Then before the Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere, Harmon’s closing remarks during an interview with Variety caused a few gears to turn.
“Beth’s a clone!” he said as Roiland burst out laughing.
But trolling aside, it looks like Beth will receive a bigger storyline in the fourth season finale. Still speaking with Variety, Roiland claimed the Rick and Morty Season 4 finale will be “really good,” as they canonical.
Then Spencer Grammer, who voices Summer, revealed something will happen with Sarah Chalke’s Beth.
“She has some great character stuff,” Grammer said, hitting Chalke’s leg.
“Hey, easy there,” Roiland responded. “You’ve said too much.”