Pie is a recurring delicacy favored by Dean Winchester.


The first mention of Dean liking pie appeared in season 1 episode "Scarecrow", in which the townsfolk of Burkitsville, Indiana annually sacrifice young couples to a pagan god. The couples are fed pie before their sacrifice. As Dean is held captive and prepared for sacrifice, he exclaims : "I hope your apple pie is freakin' worth it!"

Since then, Dean has made numerous mentions about wanting pie, though a recurring gag is that he rarely ever does get his pie.

In season 5 episode "Dark Side of the Moon", it is implied that the origin of Dean's love for pie comes from Mary, who was shown in a memory making him pie. Dean also seems to associate pie with comfort, possibly because of his mother.

Mary finally serves Dean pie in season 12 episode "Mamma Mia", though she admits to buying it.

In season 12 episode "The One You've Been Waiting For", Dean refuses Sam's offer of a baked pie. He agrees to have one by the end of the episode, however.

After that, Dean is not shown eating pie again, even though pie does appear on numerous occasions. This maybe due to the fact that pie no longer offers him comfort now that he knows what kind of person his mother is, and because of her recent betrayal.

In Season 14's Optimism, Dean gets and eats pie at a diner with Jack while working a case together.


Pie is also used as a metaphor to mean "a normal, hunting-free life". This phrase first appeared in season 1 episode "Pilot", when Dean accuses Sam of running off to have an "apple-pie life".


The song "Cherry Pie" by Warrant also appeared in season 4 episode "Sex and Violence", season 5 episode "The Song Remains the Same" and season 10 episode "Reichenbach".



  • Pie has been shown or mentioned in every season except Season 6 and Season 11.
  • In a Season 7 interview, Andrew Dabb noted that he and his now-former partner, Daniel Loflin, wrote many episodes involving Dean's love for pie, such as Dark Side of the Moon, which introduced its origin. Dabb jokingly said that his entire career centered around "pie-writing" because of it.
  • When asked in that same interview about the cruelty of Dean not getting any pie in Season 7, Daniel said he was okay with torturing the lead cast, who by default could not be killed off.
    • Prior to this, Dean had lost The Impala and Bobby Singer, making the act even crueler.
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