If you’re a fan of Rick and Morty then you’re aware of just how sad Morty’s dad, Jerry, can be. It’s almost like the show’s creators truly hate Jerry and want to see him cry within the first 60 seconds of every episode. There’s an unending amount of sad Rick and Morty Jerry moments, but these are some of the most downright pathetic Jerry moments on Rick and Morty.
Jerry is a pathetic, sorry excuse for a dad. He's essentially half-man, half-worthles-garbage-person. He’s the kind of pasty guy that you want to punch in the face before he even speaks one word. Over the course of series, Jerry has become increasingly involved in the titular duo’s shenanigans, but that doesn’t mean that he’s gotten any cooler.
The audience has even been treated to the idea that the one thing it would take to turn Jerry from a sniveling caricature of a man into an actual father is an all out Cronenberg mutant apocalypse. It shouldn’t take that kind of thing to be a good dad or an okay husband! As it stands, Jerry is kind of a waste of space, and these are his most pathetic moments.
While the rest of the family gets to go on an adventure at Morty's high school involving vampires and the importance of growing up or something, Beth and Jerry have to go to couples counseling... in space.
At the off-world counseling session, the first thing that the couple does it put on a helmet that displays their perception of each other. While Jerry sees Beth as a spider-like, screaming she-beast, Beth sees Jerry as a pathetic worm of a man who's afraid of everything. When Beth's right, she's right.
In what may be the greatest indignity that Jerry has ever suffered, during the episode "Mortynight Run" he's forced to sit out a super fun adventure in an unregistered, cross-temporal daycare designed specifically for Jerries. Jerrys? Jerri?
Anyway, it's a place for multiple versions of the character Jerry across a variety of dimensions. While Rick and Morty sell a gun and go play videogames, Jerry hangs out with his kind (who are all total tools) and is placated by a giant doll of his wife, Beth. It's pretty insanely patronizing, but he still loves it. That just makes it even more pathetic.
In a passing conversation during "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate," the audience is clued in to how badly Jerry needs to feel like he's winning. Beth reveals that Jerry once left a comment on a YouTube video, and when someone called him a "dumbass" he replied that it "takes one to know one," and then he stayed up all night waiting for them to reply while hitting refresh on his browser. Then he fell asleep crying, because of course he did.
In the episode "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate" Jerry is in the hospital for some reason. Probably because he's such a wimp (actually it's a weird alien virus, but who cares). When he's offered the chance to have his penis amputated to save "hundreds of billions" of life forms, he says no, then yes, then no again.
When he tries to get Beth to get him out of his predicament, it turns out that she's totally on board with Jerry getting a new wang. Bummer. Anyway, he flip flops so much that he becomes convinced that he needs to persuade everyone that he's a good person by making them remove his penis. Then he gets shot 57 times. It's not a good day for Jerry.