Here's hoping there's a lot more to Rick's series arc than just finding his way back into the warm and loving arms of McDonald's Mulan Szechuan Sauce; because if not, then Rick and Morty fans are going to need to find something else to do with their Sunday nights from now on.
— Chef Mike Haracz 🍔🍟🍕🥓🍪 (@Mike_Haracz) October 1, 2017
McDonald's is making the limited edition sauce available for one day (and one day only) on October 7 at local franchises nationwide. Supplies are limited; and once the sauce is gone, it's gone. but at least they responded to demand after the immense reception it received from Rick and Morty's Season Three premiere.
In the Season 3 opener, "The Rickshank Rickdemption," Rick is being interrogated by a member of the Galactic Federation (Nathan Fillion) to discover the secrets to Rick's portal gun, which allows Rick and Morty to travel to alternate realities. Rick fabricates a backstory to fool the Galactic Federation rep and plan his escape, and it's during that journey into Rick's "backstory" that the pair visit a McDonald's to try the sauce.
But by the end of the episode, it becomes painfully clear to Morty and the viewers that there was at least one thing that was real about Rick's "backstory":
"That's my one-armed man. I'm not driven by avenging my dead family Morty, that was FAKE! I'm driven by finding that, McNugget Sauce. I want that Mulan McNugget Sauce, Morty. That's my series arc Morty! If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget dipping Szechuan Sauce, Morty!"
A few months prior to the announcement of the limited-time national release, McDonald's gifted series co-creator Justin Roiland his very own 64-ounce container of the sauce from McDonald's chef Mike Haracz. Here's a look at Roiland's present, as well as the text of the letter from Haracz that accompanied the gift:
Holy shit. pic.twitter.com/vNEIfHTmNU
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017
We finally did it. It took months, but we've finally brought back some Szechuan Sauce.
We'll spare you the physics, but turns out, Dimension C-1998M is a dimension where it's always 1998. 1998 every day. No smartphones, no social media. It's a weird, scary place. But they've go Szechuan Sauce on the regular menu.
So here we are with some precious cargo—the Szechuan Sauce your remember and some sou-venirs from some of the dimensions we tried along the way.
We wish we could've brought more sauce through, but we couldn't risk keeping a portal like that open. Think about it, if you knew in 1998 that McDonald's would have All Day Breakfast in 2017, would you really want to stay in 1998? Of course not. If we left the portal open, we'd have puka shells, bucket hats and boy bands as far as the eye could see. It's too risky, even sauce as delicious as this.
A few lucky fans will also get to experience the glory, but the first bottle in this dimension is for you.
Originally debuting in Summer 1998 as a promotional tie-in for Disney's Mulan, a coordinated social media campaign by fans and supported by Roiland that started after the third season premiere prompted the fast-food chain to bring back the sauce.
Rick and Morty just wrapped Season 3, with the fourth season expected to premiere some time in 2018.