Rick eventually finds a Nazi-free wasp world and makes it back to his dimension, meeting up with his hologram and asking if he became sentient. "That is some AI, racist, accusatory, Isaac Asimov bullshit right there," the hologram retorts. Together they find Morty at full power, sucking the lifeblood of a Venom-esque symbiotic tree and waiting out his days till death. Rick cuts Morty out, dislodging the crystal from his head, but the symbiote latches onto the hologram, giving it a giant physical form hellbent on destruction. Morty calls him out for his hypocrisy: "I thought you were proud of being a hologram." "That's because I had to fucking be one!" the hologram says, again toeing the line between subversively progressive commentary and shadow-placating Bad Fans.
Of course, Rick and Morty prevail in battle against the hologram and return to the house. Morty takes responsibility for the events of the episode, but Jerry, with a newfound confidence, spits out, "I don't want to see any more a-ni-me stuff happening to my son, buster." Rick acquiesces before brushing Jerry off so the duo can celebrate their new lease on life, their ability to go on some classic Rick and Morty adventures, or mix it up, or do nothing, or just, you know, experiment. (For the record, Jessica reveals that she wants to go into hospice for a career, holding lonely people as they die, repeating "I love you" and whatever name is on the dying's name tag.)
That banter -- mirroring the premiere endings of every other season of Rick & Morty -- serves as a hard reset for the rest of the season, if not the remainder of the 70-episode order the series has gotten. Rick, though notoriously self-loathing, is acknowledged as the "epitome of bloated flesh privilege" by his own hologram, a blatant plea from Roiland and his co-creator Dan Harmon (Community) to fans to avoid championing the character as a cartoon icon. He's a bad person, and so is Morty, and, hell, so is the entire Smith family, from whom no one should take life advice. The staff working on Rick & Morty know it, and they're imploring the show's fans to figure it out, too.