In S03E05, around 5min mark Jerry tells a story that doesn't seem to impress Rick, then proceeds to go take a leak. As he gets up, Rick's unfazed faze changes to a smile, as his head follows Jerry. What is the reason behind it?

What I could come up with:

  1. Rick is happy to be able to spend some time without Jerry.
  2. Rick actually liked the story.
  3. The whole episode actually is a fake adventure that Rick tricked Jerry into, as referred to in the beginning of the episode and Rick is glad to see that Jerry is following the script.

Rick smiling as Jerry goes to take a leak

  • Another option to consider (out of universe) - maybe that was either an idle animation or an expression that wasn't updated.
    – Brian R
    Jul 29, 2019 at 18:28

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I'd say he's just content and relaxed. As shown in the previous scene (and the rest of the episode), Rick is just enjoying his time in an immortality resort where he's perfectly safe, can catch up with some old friends, have a drink or two and go on a ride. While he's unimpressed with Jerry's story (script idea\dream?), when Jerry says they'll put a pin in it, Rick reverts back to his relaxed state.

Rick is kind of putting a pin of his own at that moment in his resentment for Jerry (although it does resurface later on when Jerry tries to have him killed and the vacation is ruined). He mainly does it to please Morty, but he doesn't mind to put his cosmic misadventures on hold from time to time for a fun day in Blips & Chitz, or a place so cozy that even Jerry won't freak out.

I also think Rick kind of likes being around an unassertive man like Jerry at that exact moment and, even though he says later that fishing for pity is pretty much Jerry's signature move, Rick can't help but feel a little sorry for him. Although Rick is often depicted as a nihilistic abusive genius, there are some genuine glimpses of humanity from time to time, and this smile (as well as the smile and nod he gives Jerry near the end of the episode after Jerry grows a little) seems like one of them.

  • Um, it feels like you're talking about the opposite of no. 1. Aug 24, 2017 at 1:22
  • Oh, whoops... I read that as 'with Jerry'. :/ Fixed.
    – Walt
    Aug 30, 2017 at 10:20
  • To extend your answer, Rick's initial dislike of having to hang out with Jerry quickly dissipates when Jerry manages to make Rick genuinely laugh. Notice how Rick's mood immediately swings the other way.
    – Flater
    Oct 26, 2017 at 13:10

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