For those who don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of the Die Hard franchise, Regydnald VelJohnson plays Sgt. Al Powell of the Los Angeles Police Department. In the films, John McClain (Bruce Willis) talks to Powell on the radio while McClain reveals Hans Gruber’s (Alan Rickman) plans. The role of VelJohnson in Die Hard was so popular that he soon landed a spot on the comedy show Family Matters, where he plays family patriarch Carl Winslow.
However, in Rick and Morty Season 6 Episode 2, Hans Gruber’s character is an alien named Chance (Peter Dinklage) and has a retinue of compatriots who are doing their best to apprehend Summer. About six minutes into the episode, Summer manages to kill one of the terrorists and starts talking to Chance about “doing Die Hard” via a communication device (creature). At this point, one of Chance’s henchmen goes berserk and Chance tells this character named Winslow to calm down.
Now, if you connect the carefully placed dots, the map of this highlight will become clear. This is a reference to VelJohnson in Die Hard, but instead of just naming the character directly after him, they decided to name him after one of the other VelJohnson characters on screen.
It’s a great way to continue paying tribute to Die Hard and VelJohnson while paying homage to one of the most iconic characters in the franchise that gave us Yippee Ki-Yay, and like the best Rick and Morty jokes, it’s smart. and multifaceted.