Rick will wait nine seasons — or 97 years, whichever comes first — if he has to in order to get McDonald’s Mulan Szechuan sauce. But there’s a good chance he won’t have to. The surprise first episode of Season 3 of Rick and Morty lit a fire underneath McNugget lovers everywhere as they were immediately reminded of just how much they loved that Szechuan plum sauce from back in the day. And while Rick ends the first episode swearing up and down that he’ll do whatever it takes to get the sauce back, he might not have to work that hard after all.
“I’ll go out and I’ll find some more of that Mulan Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce, Morty,” Rick blathers on at the end of the episode, with Morty quickly becoming more and more uncomfortable. “Because that’s what this is all about, Morty. 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 McNugget sauce, Morty. That’s my series arc. If it takes nine seasons, I want my McNugget dipping sauce — Szechuan sauce, Morty.”
Rick and Morty fans everywhere clearly agreed with Rick’s sudden — burp — manic obsession with Szechuan sauce, which was originally an advertising ploy for Disney’s 1998 Mulan. There’s a Change.org petition that currently has over 20,000 signatures and demands the sauce be brought back. And the demand online became so large that Mike Haracz, a corporate chef at McDonald’s, tweeted that he’ll “see what I can do” about bringing the sauce back.
It’s also probably worthwhile to mention that Disney’s live-action Mulan is expected to hit theaters in November 2018, 20 years after the original animated version. Bringing back Szechuan sauce would not only be timely but totally necessary to keep everyone from going full-on Galactic Federation and overtaking McDonald’s to ensure the return of Szechuan sauce.
Your move, McDonald’s. Your move.