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Supernatural's Significant Sandwiches - gifspam & meta 
17th-Jan-2015 10:38 pm
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It seems the simple sandwich plays quite a significant role in Supernatural. We already know how important food is to Dean - we know he loves pie and burgers (extra onion), and we know Sam loves his salads, but sandwiches also feature rather a lot. I thought I'd gather together all the moments sandwiches are used and take a light hearted look at their significance (gif heavy).





The Best Things in Life Are Free Sandwich
aka: Look how I can eat and talk at the same time Sammy!

By this episode it's been established how much Dean loves his food. Our first glimpse is in Nightmare (1.14), where he eagerly grabs the tiny sausages offered. We then see him chowing down on - what looks like fries - on Sam's bed in Tall Tales and then later literally stuffing his face with sweets in the same episode. The running gag is continued in this episode. Dean loves his food and we can see how the simple joy it brings him.

Even though these look like little rolls (they'd be called rolls where I'm from ;D) , Dean refers to them as "miniature Philly cheesesteak sandwiches", so I'm going to include them here. Also, he looks so cute when he eats it. :)


2.18 Dean-eat-mini-sand2.18 chews
2.18 Hollywood Babylon



The Orgasmic Sandwich
aka: Dean's been eating take-out for far too long

This is the first time we see Dean eat a homemade sandwich. It looks like it's the best thing he's eaten in a long long time. It's a great reminder of the kind of lives they have and how something like the simple sandwich can taste so good, especially with the added ingredient of a mother's love.


2.20 Orgasmic-Sandwich12.20 Orgasmic-Sandwich2
2.20 What is and What Should Never Be




The He Eats Just Like Me Sandwich
aka: Crap! He eats just like me…

Ben has a variety of traits that leads Dean to thinking he could be his son. It's great that we get a shot of Ben scoffing down a sandwich. He loves his food, just like Dean.

3.02-Mini-Dean-eats3.02-Dean-works-it-out
3.02 The Kids Are Alright




The Too Good to be True Sandwich
aka: Be careful what you wish for

Of all the wishes Dean could have he chose food. Of course! :) Poor boy...


4.08 Bad-luck-Sandwich4.08 Dean-throws-up
4.08 Wishful Thinking



The Porked Up Sandwich
aka: Can't let good food go to waste.

I'm sure Jensen regrets the day he made Dean a food lover! Though Dean's love of food works so well for the character. I wrote meta a while ago about how food was probably scarce for the boys when they were growing up. Dean's an opportunist when it comes to eating (snagging whatever free food he can when it is on offer) and here we can see that he clearly doesn't like to see food go to waste. Especially something as tasty as cooked ham!

5.06 Pork-Sandwich-eats
5.06 Pork-Sandwich-chews
5.06 I Believe that Children Are Our Future



The You're Going to Need a Bigger Mouth Sandwich
aka: Now you're just being silly…

My favourite sandwich! The fact that a giant sandwich is included in the sitcom version of the boys' lives highlights the way food - particularly homemade food - is used to comment on the kind of lives they lead. Rarely food is of the homemade variety (until after the bunker is introduced that is).

5.08 Dean-sees-sandwich5.08 bigger-mouth
5.08 Changing Channels




The Heavenly Sandwich
aka: Just go ahead and break my heart why don't you.

This is the second time we've seen Mary involved in preparing a sandwich for Dean (also 2.20). Both moments remind us of what Dean (and Sam) have lost and how much Dean misses this kind of nurturing *sniff*

5.16 Mary-cuts-sandwich 5.16 Mom-smiles
5.16 Dark Side of the Moon




The Starving Soulful!Sam Sandwich (Sammywich?)
aka: Damn it's good to have you back.


Food and eating after death has become a recurring theme in the SPN world. When Sam first returned from the dead in 2.22 the boys shared pizza. Here, Sam scoffs down a sandwich (probably made by Dean), showing us something that was missing from Sam when he was soulless - hunger. Later, after Dean recovers from his demonhood, Sam comments that he's going out to get Dean food. It's healing sustenance, but it also shows care and love.

6.12 I'm-starving6.12 Sam-eats-sandwich
6.12 Like a Virgin




The What Lies Beneath Sandwich
aka: Ewwwwwwwwwww


Dean's love of food is used against him when he becomes addicted (and high!) from the, er, delicious Turducken Sandwich. In the context of food being a source of joy and comfort for Dean this really acknowledges how screwed up things have become. And if we really want to draw out the analogy, we can see it has the darkness that lurks under all potentially innocent things. *nods*

7.09  Dean-eats-TDK7.09 TDK-grey-goo
7.09 How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters



The Wriggling Sandwich
aka: Double eeewwwwwwwwwww


Seriously! You had to go there didn't you! Ewwwwww. Poor Sam. Can't sleep, can't eat. He can't even enjoy the simple comfort or nourishment of a sandwich.

7.17 Sam-bite-into-sand7.17maggot-sandwich
7.17 Born Again Identity



The Sandwich of Solidarity
aka: Cas may be cray cray but he knows how to woo the Winchesters

Ah Cas. He knows food matters to the boys and here he has gone to a lot of trouble to make sure that what they see is what they get. A healthy, unadulterated sandwich. It's interesting, and rather telling, that after everything Sam and Dean have been through, they are suspicious of this offer.

7.23 Cas-offers-D-a-Sand7.23 Cas-offers-S-a-Sand
7.23 Survival of the Fittest



The Meaning of Life Sandwich
aka: Molecules are not as tasty as PB and J.

This could also be called the philosophical sandwich. Cas sums up his human experience with the taste of a sandwich - noting that it's the simple things that he'll miss. It also strengthens the significance of sandwiches in the SPN 'verse because we know Sam and Dean rely on life's simplicities to help them through it (yeah, pretty deep I know…;D)


9.11 Cas-eats-a-sandwich9.11 Cas-licks-finger
9.11 First Born



The PS: I Love You Sandwich
aka: I'm so happy you're not a demon any more but I'm shit scared about that mark of your arm sandwich. Oh and damn I love you.

Sandwich as comfort. Sandwich to show care and love. It's great when they use something like this, something that has been used time and time again to show us how significant the humble sandwich is to the boys, to demonstrate their love and concern rather than to voice it.


10.09 Cheesie10.09 Cheese-toastie-gets-eaten
10.09-Dean-eats10.09-Dean-chews
10.09 The Things We Left Behind



Done! Now wipe your mouth Dean...

7.09 wipes mouth
Comments 
17th-Jan-2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
Hee! I love that one little aspect of Dean the big kid is still around...at least they have left him his love of a good nosh.

A very satisfying sandwich of a post!
18th-Jan-2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes! It's good to see him enjoying his food again! :D
17th-Jan-2015 04:07 pm (UTC)
Another fabulous meta! (But what about that delicious-looking burger that nesting!Dean made for Sam in "Trial and Error"?) :)

18th-Jan-2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Ahhh, see, I consider that a burger not a sandwich. I was really torn about this one (and other "burger/sandwiches"). I ended up drawing the line with burgers because then I would have to include a whole heap more! I was really confused with what's considered a sandwich in the US - what we call rolls (and even wraps) seem to be called sandwiches…

That said! I do love that moment when Dean makes Sam's the burger because it's when we first see homemade food in the bunker. It links nicely with Dean's flashbacks to having "real" food when he was little. :)
xx

OOh, and can I pinch you icon?? I was looking for a sandwich eating one!
17th-Jan-2015 04:42 pm (UTC)
Firstly, I love your meta posts! Seriously, one of the best things in this fandom. Secondly, when sam gets stabbed and dean makes the deal to save him, doesn't sam eat fried chicken? Or has the outtake of Jared spitting 'ligament' out now implanted itself permenantly in my head?! Thirdly, another food related question. What the hell is a pig in a poke? Is it like a sausage roll?
18th-Jan-2015 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Secondly, when sam gets stabbed and dean makes the deal to save him, doesn't sam eat fried chicken?

Oh, I thought it was pizza? I'd have to go and have another look. I know Bobby offer Dean chicken while he's mourning over Sam's body.

What the hell is a pig in a poke? Is it like a sausage roll?

Good question! Not being from the US I'm not 100% sure. I think it's a sausage wrapped in pasty. I also know them as Pigs in Blankets. My hubby makes a dish with sausages in yorkshire pudding. YUM!
17th-Jan-2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
A sandwich post!! :DDD

*approves*

*eats*

;D
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18th-Jan-2015 04:39 am (UTC)
Heehee…NOM NOM! <333
17th-Jan-2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
Now I want a sandwich!!! Nom Nom :)

This was a really interesting meta post. I've noticed that food plays a significant part in the show, but I don't think I've noticed how many sandwiches we've seen.

I think for me the ones that stand out are the ones that are made out of love; Mary making one for her son, Dean making one for Sam, and then Sam returning the favour. We don't hear the Winchester's say those three words but when they offer food to each other, in my head and my heart, that's what they're saying.

A lovely post; it made me smile, it made me laugh, and it made me giggle! Thanks for sharing :)

18th-Jan-2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
but I don't think I've noticed how many sandwiches we've seen.

Me neither until I did this!! I thought there might have been about 5 or 6 times…

We don't hear the Winchester's say those three words but when they offer food to each other, in my head and my heart, that's what they're saying.

EXACTLY! It's most definitely about love - words they can never say. :)

And thank you. I'm glad you had a smile and laugh! :D

17th-Jan-2015 08:23 pm (UTC)
What a great post!
I'm feeling kinda hungry now, breakfast time. :D
18th-Jan-2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
17th-Jan-2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
I saw your gifs on tumblr and thought...you need that Dagwood sandwich from Changing Channels....and sure enough. This is a cool post with the sandwiches all pulled together. I love your names for them and Dean's eyeroll in The Kids Are Alright. A couple of them are so gross.....

I think it's interesting that the show has Dean as the food opportunist and Sam as the pickier eater. I wonder if that might be because Dean was scrounging for the two of them and Sam ended up eating a lot of what Dean managed to get his hands on as a kid and being picky about food now is one way he gets control of one piece of his life and what's going on with his body.

Preparing food equates with love and caring on the show and it made me think of zombie!Karen baking all those pies for Bobby.
19th-Jan-2015 12:23 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I couldn't leave out that magnificent sandwich! :D

I wonder if that might be because Dean was scrounging for the two of them and Sam ended up eating a lot of what Dean managed to get his hands on as a kid and being picky about food now is one way he gets control of one piece of his life and what's going on with his body.

Oh yes yes. Indeed! The meta I wrote back in 2009 was somewhat about that. Dean was grateful for any food he could get and that still is true as an adult. I like the idea that Sam being picky gives him some control over his life…*nods*

and it made me think of zombie!Karen baking all those pies for Bobby.

Good connection! :)I love the way they use food to communication those emotions.
17th-Jan-2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! I love your metas/picspams! :)

(I still suspect Ben was Dean's, no matter what Lisa says. You don't come across such freaky kids every day... *g* )

I'm sure Jensen regrets the day he made Dean a food lover!
He does, of what I heard/read/saw in con materials. :) I remember reading somwehere Misha's tale how Jensen taught him the art of eating without swallowing too much.

Castiel's sandwiches (from a happy pig) was cute. ^^ And I was sorry for him when the food went molecul-ish...

Sam, seriously, if you bring Dean food, don't be weirded that he makes out with it. Didn't you intended to be good, anyway? :)

I think your older meta about food keeps proving true with time. Like in the season 8, when Dean makes food for Sam in the Bunker. Dean's caring streak is maybe my most favorite feature of his. It kinda contradicts his macho facade and I like to think it's also stronger.
19th-Jan-2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!

I love the seed that was planted about Ben being Dean's. I suspect he was also…;)

Dean's caring streak is maybe my most favorite feature of his.

Mine too! One of my favourite moments is when he made those burgers. He was soooo proud of himself! We know Dean made food for Sam when he was young, but I suspect it wasn't anything elaborate of necessarily "good". Dean just needs a nice kitchen and he's away! It's interesting to notice that he was making food when he was with Lisa also. He likes to nurture, that's for sure.
18th-Jan-2015 05:29 am (UTC)
Darlin,

This post was all kinds of wonderful wrapped up in-between two slices of .....

thanks for sharing :-)
19th-Jan-2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :D
18th-Jan-2015 07:10 am (UTC)
Ha! This is awesome. Hungry!Dean is one of my favorite incarnations of Dean *is mesmerized by the gifs*. I love it when someone shows so much gusto for FOOD. Yummy meta.
19th-Jan-2015 01:08 pm (UTC)
He's great isn't he?!
Thanks for reading! :D
18th-Jan-2015 10:51 am (UTC)
I always wondered if what they both lacked in parental/family units, they replaced in their lives with good old fashioned food! It;s something they can both enjoy, create for the other or just take comfort in!
19th-Jan-2015 01:13 pm (UTC)
*nods* absolutely! I think the simple things mean even more to them because their lives are so complex. They seem to get a lot of joy from food (especially Dean!)
18th-Jan-2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
I love your picspam metas! This one is awesome and entertaining, and yup, shows how often the theme of food subtly ties in to family and comfort.
19th-Jan-2015 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun! Glad you thought it was entertaining! I wanted it to be pretty light…:)
18th-Jan-2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
You are the most creative Ash. I love everything about this post. So interesting!
19th-Jan-2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much sweetie! <333
18th-Jan-2015 09:43 pm (UTC)
OMG, this collection of sandwiches is both awesome and made me hungry. :D Also, Dean totally looks like a little boy in the 5x16 gif!!

Food is such a simple thing to use to express emotions you don't want to voice and everyone knows how comforting a sandwich can really be. And I agree that the boys may have had to get by with little food at times. So sandwiches are kind of a perfect way to show what the characters are feeling.
19th-Jan-2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks so much hun! Dean is SO young and fragile looking in that 5.16 scene.

So sandwiches are kind of a perfect way to show what the characters are feeling.

Absolutely! I think they have to make a conscious decision when using food on the show because it must be a pain to have to work with - so I'd think they don't take it likely. It needs to communications something.
19th-Jan-2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
adorable
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