Longneck Lukowski's Cannery was a meat processing and packing plant that survived the Great War relatively unscathed. By 2287, the plant was rediscovered by Theodore Collins, who has managed to repair the Mister Handies within to, once again, work processing the meat. Theodore also taught himself how to operate the canning retorts and began working with various traders to bring him meat and sell his product. The traders were unable to bring him enough meat to keep up with demand, so he began mixing in meat from mole rats in the basement and hoping nobody would notice. Eventually one of the canning retorts exploded, causing the basement to become infested with feral ghouls. He then began mixing in the meat from the feral ghouls to keep up with demand, causing consumers to become ill.
When the Sole Survivor encounters the cannery, they find Theodore arguing with Trader Rylee about the quality of the meat. He claims that the meat was contaminated by mole rats and warns the Sole Survivor to stay out of the basement. When the Sole Survivor goes down to investigate, he locks the elevator to prevent them from telling anyone his secret.
Interactions with the player character
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Sells: Potted meat
- Mystery Meat: The Sole Survivor offers to investigate Theodore's mole rat problem by taking a look around the cannery.
Effects of player's actions
- Theodore attacks the player character when they return from the cannery basement, but attempts to surrender before he is killed and offers to split his profits in order to live. The player character then has a choice to kill him or spare him and receive between 12 and 100 caps from him every few days.
- Theodore is initially unarmed when first met by the player character. When confronted at the end of the Mystery Meat quest, he will be armed with a pipe rifle.
- Theodore will not fight the player character if his weapon is stolen while sneaking.
Theodore Collins appears only in Fallout 4.
Talking to Trader Rylee before Theodore will cause a dialogue bug that removes the option to ask him about people getting sick, resulting in Mystery Meat becoming unobtainable from him. You can still start the quest by going all the way up the inside of the cannery and going down the elevator in the southeast corner, or alternatively by loading an earlier save and speaking to Theodore first. However, sometimes this bug will occur regardless of trying to talk to Theodore first. [verified]