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Dan Harmon breaks down Rick and Morty's greatest hits including Pickle Rick's origin story

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Jun 6, 2018

Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is currently peaking in popularity, even though it’s anyone’s guess when the next season will arrive. Co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland recently scored a 70-episode order from the network, and we’re very eager to see what’s next for the show. In the meantime, Harmon recently filmed the lengthy video below for GQ, exploring many of Rick and Morty’s most memorable moments in and out of the show. Except for the Szechuan sauce debacle; Harmon had no interest in talking about that.

However, Season 3’s Pickle Rick was at the top of Harmon’s agenda, as he shared the origin behind the one of the show’s biggest memes. Harmon and the other writers realized that the “dumb” idea needed to have a complex reason behind it. 

According to Harmon, he took inspiration from Breaking Bad when crafting the Pickle Rick episode to unravel more aspects of Rick’s character and why he went through the trouble of transforming himself. Harmon added that he feels like a “fraud” because they cheated by showing Pickle Rick at Comic-Con nearly a year before it debuted. 

Interestingly, one of the show’s highlights was never a part of the series. The off-the-wall transcript from the State of Georgia v. Denver Fenton Allen captured the imagination of the writer’s room before it was translated into an animatic voice by Roiland. 

Harmon also found the Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s commercial was unintentionally hilarious because the company didn’t want its anthropomorphic burgers to say anything funny. Additionally, Harmon shared the genesis of the words “schwifty” and “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub,” as well as his vocal impression of Ice-T for the show. For the record, Harmon still wants Ice-T to come on the show as any character, even “Water-T.” 

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