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Happy National Sandwich Day! Check Out 7 Sub-lime Sandwich-Themed TV Episodes

Tina Fey eating a sandwich in 30 Rock
In honor of National Sandwich Day on Nov. 3, check out Us Weekly's picks for the seven best sandwich-themed TV episodes of shows including Glee, Sex and the City, 30 Rock, Friends, and more

We here at Us Weekly love a good sandwich: classic PBJ, grilled cheese, turkey and provolone, pastrami…you name it! We also love TV — so in honor of National Sandwich Day, Nov. 3, we’ve come up with a list of the seven best sandwich-themed TV episodes from shows including Glee, 30 Rock, Friends, Sex and the City, and more. Check them out below, and add your favorites in the comments.

30 Rock: Sandwich Day

Season 2, Episode 14

Hell hath no fury like a hungry Liz Lemon. In “Sandwich Day,” Liz (Tina Fey) and the rest of the TGS writers anxiously anticipate the arrival of the Teamsters’ “secret” sandwiches, which come but once a year from an unknown deli in Brooklyn. Due to factors out of her control, however, Liz ends up being too busy to eat, so the writers steal her sandwich — and then have to scramble to get a new one when she goes into a hangry rage.

After a drinking contest against the Teamsters, they score a second sub — but Liz almost misses out on its deliciousness again when she heads to the airport to chase after her ex-boyfriend Floyd (Jason Sudeikis). Told she can’t take the sandwich through security, she scarfs it down near the metal detectors, sauce dripping down her chin with each incredible bite.

Friends: The One With Ross’s Sandwich

Season 5, Episode 9

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Season five is a rough one for Ross (David Schwimmer), what with his divorce from Emily, his eviction, and his sister Monica’s secret relationship with his BFF Chandler. The one thing he has going for him is a sandwich made of Monica’s Thanksgiving leftovers, with a piece of gravy-soaked bread in the middle. (He calls it the moist-maker.) Unfortunately for Ross, the sandwich looks so good that his boss steals it out of the office fridge — and then throws half of it away because it’s so filling. Upon hearing this, Ross flies into a rage and is put on sabbatical for anger-management issues.

(Honorable mention: “The One With the Ride-Along,” during which Joey, Ross, and Chandler accompany Phoebe’s cop boyfriend Gary on a ride-along, and Joey “protects” his meatball sub from what he thinks is a gunshot.)

Seinfeld: The Strike

Season 9, Episode 10

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During “The Strike,” Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) accidentally gives away her nearly full punch card from a local sandwich shop, thus ruining her goal of becoming a “Submarine Captain” and getting a free sandwich. (She only needed one more punch!) She spends the rest of the episode trying to track down the guy she gave the card to, which is made difficult by the fact that she gave him a fake number so she wouldn’t have to talk to him. 

Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Larry David Sandwich

Season 5, Episode 1

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True to its title, “The Larry David Sandwich” is about Larry’s experience of having a sandwich named after him following a near-death experience. The Larry David contains white fish, sabel, capers, onions, and cream cheese — a combination so disgusting that it actually sends his dad to the hospital.

Chuck: Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami

Season 1, Episode 9

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Subway was one of Chuck‘s biggest sponsors, so characters on the show frequently chowed down on footlong sandwiches from the chain. For a few episodes in season one, though, Zachary Levi‘s nerdy CIA asset got his fix from a different deli — one owned by love interest Lou (played by Rachel Bilson). In “Chuck Versus the Imported Hard Salami,” Chuck realizes that Lou’s ex-boyfriend is part of a wanted smuggling ring, so he uses her to take them down. She’s understandably angry, but they make up in the end when he goes to her deli and sweeps her off her feet with his out-of-the-box sandwich requests.

Sex and the City: Running With Scissors

Season 3, Episode 11

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In “Running With Scissors,” Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) finds herself unable to stop thinking about a man in a sandwich costume who sexually harasses her outside a deli. After several odd and infuriating encounters, she realizes she’s kind of attracted to the mystery guy — but only when he’s in costume. “I can’t have sex with a sandwich,” she tells BFF Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker). “Can I?”

Glee: Grilled Cheesus

Season 2, Episode 3 

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In this episode from the second season of Glee, Cory Monteith‘s character Finn sees the face of Jesus in his grilled cheese sandwich. Believing it to be some kind of a sign from God, he makes three wishes — and when they start coming true, he decides to honor his newfound religious spirit in song. (He later eats the sandwich.)

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