No one worships useless, pointless nonsense like the Rick and Morty fanbase. And I say that with all the love in my plumbus.
Season 3’s surprise April Fools premiere ended with Rick’s crazed, psychopathic rant about how his “9 Season character arc” would revolve around getting McDonald’s discontinued Szechuan sauce back.
It was the lunatic ravings of a madman, and Rick and Morty fans took up the creed as a religion.
McDonald’s responded to their petitions in kind when the second episode released several months later. They not only sent co-creator Justin Roiland his beloved sauce, but also gave away three more 64oz bottles to randomly selected fans.
One such fan was Robert Workman, a writer on Comicbook.com who hit 90’s Mulan movie tie-in sauce jackpot. He retweeted the McDonald’s contest with the simple phrase “NINE MORE SEASONS.”
But rather than tear into it right away, Workman polled the internet for suggestions on what to do with it, ranging from bathing in the sauce to selling it. Selling won by only a small margin. And one Ebay listing later, Workman was up a cool $15,000 Schmeckles.
The bidding hit peak internet when Deadmau5 tweeted about trying to clinch the auction himself. When the price started reaching into the tens of thousands, Workman chose to give a percentage of the proceeds to Able Gamers, Extra Life, Take This, the Ronald McDonald House and other charities.
Unfortunately, Workman has yet to hear back from the ultimate winner, but he’s got plans for a 2nd place winner in case of fraud.
am i really in the middle of a bidding war over a 64oz bottle of Szechuan Sauce? yes. i am.
— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) August 6, 2017
Throughout Workman’s Szechuan sauce journey, he not only made friends with Deadmau5, but also McDonald’s famed Chef Mike Haracz himself.
When I asked how tempted he was to crack open the bottle of teriyaki-like sauce gold himself, Workman explained that he’d already had a taste of the stuff back in ’98. “But, man, I won’t lie. I was tempted to open this bad boy and jet down to McDonald’s for some nuggets.”
All in all, while the attention his harrowing journey has received proved, “overwhelming,” Workman said that ultimately, “It’s been a fun ride.”