'Rick and Morty' Co-Creator Receives a Bottle of McDonald's Szechuan Sauce

Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 1:34PM
Rick and Morty
Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 1:34PM
'Rick and Morty' Co-Creator Receives a Bottle of McDonald's Szechuan Sauce
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Rick and Morty returns in full force tonight, after the first episode of the long delayed season three premiered back in April.

If you managed to catch that first episode, "The Rickshank Rickdemption," you might remember its now-beloved running joke which saw Rick go on multiple rants about McDonald's Szechaun sauce, a promotional dipping sauce released alongside Mulan back in 1998, which then disappeared despite being supposedly delicious.

Now, co-creator and lead voice actor Justin Roiland just posted several pictures of a gift he'd been sent from McDonald's, a crate supposedly from "Dimension C-1998M" containing half a gallon of Rick Sanchez's precious Mulan Szechuan McNugget sauce:

Without a doubt, the fast food giant's gift was timed to coincide with tonight's premiere. But corporate marketing aside, this closes out a long character arc for Rick, one which we'd never heard about before that episode but which Rick promised was now his defining character trait. We're sure his quest for Szechuan will never come up again in-show because that's Rick and Morty's style. But some closure here is nice, especially after all the fans' attempts to resurrect Szechuan McNugget sauce on their own, through petitions or recipe recreations

Also, McDonald's PR team has a decent sense of humor themselves - or at least, their PR guy watches the show. They promised that the sauce came from a dimension where it's always 1998 (they got the show's dimensional notation correct), and apologized that they could only get 64 oz of the stuff. Here's the description on the Szechaun sauce bottle:

Opening quote
"For use in McDonald's restaurants (C-1998M) during limited promotional window, and then maybe again twenty years later. DO NOT SERVE to mad scientists traveling with their teenage grandson; potential non-scientist versions of mad scientists from an alternate dimension; and/or Jerry."
Closing quote

In one last bit of cross-promotion, the McDonald's note hinted that "a few lucky fans" will get to taste the sauce, suggesting it might return in a limited run. But it won't be the Mulan McNugget sauce any longer. This is Rick and Morty McNugget sauce now.

Rick and Morty returns tonight on Adult Swim.

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