‘Rick and Morty’: Has Summer’s Boyfriend Ethan Been on the Show Before?

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Summer was incredibly upset when her boyfriend Ethan dumped her on Season 3 Episode 5 of Rick and Morty. Has Ethan ever been on the show before?

The answer is yes. He actually has an interesting history on the show.

This post has spoilers all the way through The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy. 

Ethan’s first appearance on the show was in Anatomy Park, Season 1 Episode 3. So he’s been around for a long time. He was part of the B plot, barging into the home and wondering why Summer was ignoring his texts when the entire family was forced to give up their electronic gadgets. At that point in time, he was very attached to Summer.

In the after credits scene, we learn that Ethan is going to be the home to Rick’s new Anatomy Park. We’re left to assume that this Ethan was mutated or died with everyone else in dimension C-137.

But he seems to still be around in the new dimension. Ethan’s next appearance was on Get Schwifty, Episode 5 of Season 2. He and Summer convert to the Head religion and he helps Summer save her family from being sacrificed.

It seemed like they were broken up in Big Trouble in Little Sanchez, since Summer talked about a new love interest. But now in Whirly Dirly Conspiracy, he’s still around and has dumped Summer, leaving her devastated. Morty mutates him in revenge.

Ethan seems to have a dark fate awaiting him no matter where he turns.