he ninth episode of the show, The ABCs of Beth is one of the darker episodes this season, possibly crossing lines South Park hasn’t even crossed. It starts off with Beth, Morty and Summer watching the news and Rick in the kitchen, with Beth lamenting over the execution of her best friend’s father, since he is accused of eating his own son.
When Beth speaks about how she thought she interpreted this as him being lost in her imaginary world of her own, Rick reacts by dropping a glass and getting the kids to visit Jerry, since the imaginary world is actually a creation of Rick to keep her daughter busy and not to harm people in the neighbourhood
Rick shows that it’s effectively impossible to kill yourself in this world, with the land softening every fall and that even the water is breathable, they later theorise that Tommy has been keeping himself alive by reproducing with the creatures inside the world, then eating them and that the ones he hasn’t ate worship him and formed a tribe, which is pretty disturbing.
When they escape from being killed when they realise she’s Beth and she’s the one who trapped Tommy here, Rick shows her all of the tools she had him make when she was a kid, including tracking devices, murder weapons and general psychopathic tools.
The subplot of Jerry and the kids is also interesting, with Jerry dating a telekinetic alien warrior, which he only is dating him based on lies and when he tries to breakup with her, she tries to kill the kids because he places the blame on them and not on himself trying to get back at Beth, it is also revealed that she’s dating Jerry to get back at someone else too, which gives them a free way out of a sticky situation.
Beth fully arms herself returns to Tommy to try to bring him back so she can save his father, but ends up or at least implied that she killed tommy and everyone else there. She asks Rick to clone Tommy, but is disappointed in herself, but Rick asks her to help him, the episode ends with Tommy’s father being saved from a death sentence.
In my opinion this episode is alright, the humour is good but not great like most season one and two and there wasn’t any real character development, because we already knew that Beth was sort of psychopathic and that Jerry was a pathetic loser, they just make it more blatant if not even saying it outright.