Yeah, it’s a bummer there’s only one more episode of The Simpsons until fall. But if the couch gag sets the mood for the rest of the show, it’ll be a good one.
It all starts normal enough, but then Rick and Morty from the eponymous Adult Swim series crash their spaceship and scatter the whole Simpsons clan into yellow goo across the iconic living room. Rick, a drunken, twisted version of Back to the Future‘s Doc Brown ascribes all blame on the kid, and forces him to travel to another dimension to regenerate the family, throwing out meta barbs about the show (“You know how many characters there are in The Simpsons, Morty? There’s like a billion [burp] characters.”) It doesn’t turn out well for them or Chekhov’s snooping Flanders, who has to pop by. Stupid Flanders.
“We are honored and blown away to be a part of The Simpsons,” said Rick and Morty co-creator and executive producer Justin Roiland in a statement. “I simply can’t believe it. I think we might all be living in some kind of massive computer simulation to be honest. Look up simulation theory. That would explain how this happened.”
“This couch gag plays like a full-fledged mini-episode,” added The Simpsons creator and executive producer Matt Groening. “It’s going to be a real treat for fans of The Simpsons, fans of Rick and Morty and fans of animated belching.”
The Simpsons‘ 26th season ends Sunday on Fox at 8 p.m. ET, while Rick and Morty launches season 2 on July 26.