Rick Sanchez has traveled to other planets and even dimensions with his grandson, Morty, and granddaughter, Summer, but he always carries his trusty flask with him. That’s the easiest way to get riggity riggity wrecked, son. But what exactly is he drinking? It’s a question that’s stumped even the most schwifty of Rick & Morty fans. The discussion kicked off in 2014, during season one, when co-creator Justin Roiland revealed in a Reddit AMA that “we’re not ready to discuss the contents of Rick’s flask yet.” (He did, however, admit that in the pilot episode, “he was supping on some HENNY XO BITCH!”)
That non-answer inspired viewers to come up with their own theories, including “it’s some form of Megaseed extract,” “Rick screwed himself during one of his experiments and now needs to drink a specialty quantum-concoction to keep him from phasing out of the current dimension,” and, in a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.”
The flask came up again at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. “I think he’s just a connoisseur of all good liqueur,” Roiland said. “So, from day to day, it could be a nice Ketel One, maybe some Grey Goose, little bit of Hennessy X-O. He’ll go to a dimension where Hennessy is like a dollar for a 750 ml. bottle. Which, that’s certainly not this reality, right guys?” Dan Harmon added, “He might be drinking the coolant droplets from the movie Event Horizon.”
The Community creator and Harmontown host offered another theory during a Reddit AMA yesterday to support season two of Seeso’s HarmonQuest. “I tend to assume vodka,” he wrote, “and I know it seems unlikely that Rick wouldn’t use sci-fi tech to somehow augment whatever he drinks but I think in Rick’s mind part of the ‘addiction’ to the flask of good old fashioned booze is that it anchors his identity, and I think he knows that if he augmented the booze or the flask, then why not just whip up a very rudimentary nanobiotic alcohol dispenser in his body or inject himself with a plasma component that just amounts to always having a certain blood alcohol level, and I think the reason he doesn’t do that is because he’s a little afraid he’ll lose sight of who he is.”
Whatever’s in there, hopefully there’s enough left over for my Glip-Glops.