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The Incredible Ability Most Rick And Morty Fans Forget Morty Can Access

When you're an alcoholic, super-genius mad scientist who has made a bunch of enemies across the multiverse (including a bunch of different versions of yourself), it's always nice to have a few hidden talents up your sleeve to get you out of the tight spots you'll inevitably find yourself in.

Rick's (voiced by Justin Roiland) beleaguered grandson Morty (also voiced by Roiland), who started off the series as a wide-eyed, immature observer, has over the course of four seasons transformed into a seasoned participant in his grandfather's "adventures." He's helped Rick write a song that saved the Earth, proven adept at Thunderdome-style dueling, and disarmed too many of Rick's neutrino bombs to even count. But as many fans may have forgotten, he has another special ability — albeit one which probably won't be getting him out of any tight spots, unless we're talking about parking spots.

In the season 2 Rick and Morty episode "The Ricks Must Be Crazy," Rick, Morty, and Morty's sister Summer (Spencer Grammer) are all leaving a movie on an alternate Earth when they discover that the battery has died in Rick's flying car. Rick and Morty head off to fix it — inside the battery, where Rick has created a "microverse" populated by tiny aliens who generate electricity by stomping on "Gooble boxes." Unfortunately, one of the microverse's scientists (the awesomely-named Zeep Xanflorp [Stephen Colbert]) has replicated this technology, creating a "miniverse"-powered battery that renders Gooble boxes obsolete. Of course, it turns out that a miniverse scientist has also created a version of the tech, and when Rick, Morty, and Zeep are trapped in this "teenyverse," Rick and Zeep engage in a brawl over the use of the technology. It's during this brawl that Rick gives Morty an odd instruction to assist in their escape.

Transfor-Morty: more than meets the eye

As Zeep is chasing the pair down, Rick barks, "Quick, Morty, you've got to turn into a car!" Morty is understandably confused, so Rick hurriedly elaborates. "A long time ago, I implanted you with a subdermal chip that could call upon dormant nanobots in your bloodstream to restructure your anatomy and turn you into a car," he says. "Concentrate, Morty! Concentrate and turn into a car!"

Morty gives it a shot, but is unable to transform; luckily, he and Rick happen upon a taxi at that very moment. It's one of those things that seems like it's probably just a random, throwaway gag ... until we get to the episode's post-credits scene. In it, Morty is sitting in class, bored out of his mind as his teacher Mr. Goldenfold silently scribbles on the chalkboard. Morty starts to nod off — but then, we hear the sound of a car alarm activating, Morty's eyes pop wide open (like, really wide), and he suddenly and violently turns into a red fastback coupe, squashing the poor girl in front of him. Mortymobile looks rather embarrassed as his alarm blares, his headlights blink, and the entire class freaks out.

Now, it's not clear what happened after this; we're thinking that Rick must have arrived to do some damage control, restoring Morty and quite possibly doing some Men in Black-style brainalyzing to cover his tracks. It's also unclear whether Morty retains this ability, because we haven't seen him do it since. Did Rick remove the nanobots after Morty's unfortunate accident? Why the heck would he? Pretty much wherever Rick goes, Morty goes — and one never knows when one is going to need a getaway car. Rick and Morty is a series that is absolutely unafraid to break out obscure callbacks to past episodes, and if we were to see Transfor-Morty again at some point in the future, it would surprise us not at all.