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The Biggest Question Fans Have After Rick And Morty Season 5 Episode 6

"Rick and Morty" is one of the most bizarre shows on TV. However, the season 5 episode "Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular" is up there in terms of strangeness. The episode has Rick and Morty (both voiced by Justin Roiland) turn into turkeys in order for Rick to be pardoned by the president (Keith David) during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation, apparently something Rick has done multiple times.

Of course, things don't go according to plan, as the president also turns himself into a turkey to deal with Rick and Morty, but accidentally loses his tracking chip, which is swallowed by a real turkey. This turkey transforms into a mutated human president and assumes power, buying off Congress and aiming to have turkeys take over the country and world before they're stopped by the real president, working alongside Rick and Morty.

There are various points in the episode that raise multiple questions, often for comedic effect. However, with "Rick and Morty," you can never truly know what's just a throwaway gag and what will have future implications for the series. With that being said, here's one of the biggest questions fans are asking about the recent episode and what it might mean for the show going forward.

What happened to the giant robot assassin hidden in the Statue of Liberty?

In the episode's cold open, Rick and Morty attempt to steal the Declaration of Independence, only for Morty to accidentally fire a laser not only through the historic document, but through the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty as well — an impressive feat, by the way, given that all three artifacts are in different states. Instead of exploding, though, the statue's green cover falls off, revealing a giant robot with a sword where the torch previously was, which then marches toward New York City. Chastising Morty, Rick explains that there was a "giant assassin" hidden inside the whole time, saying, "It was a Trojan horse, Morty. Never trust the French."

This appears to suggest that when the France gifted the statue to the United States in 1886, they secretly built a giant robot assassin inside it to be activated later. As the robot never appears later in the episode, this has raised questions from fans of the show, with Reddit user ChebWhiskey asking, "What the f*** happened to the Statue of Liberty robot!?"

They were not the only ones left wondering this. One user, Coolbeanz7, suggested their theory that the cold opens of many such episodes display alternate universes, pointing out other such strange instances. In this case, though, user Pankyrain argued that the giant death machine is mentioned throughout the episode. 

It's worth noting, in any case, that through an act of the turkey president, the United States sells New York to France, meaning that the assassin robot is now the problem of the country that made it. As vehino states, "How turns the wheel now, french betrayers?!"

"Rick and Morty" airs Sundays at 11pm on Adult Swim.