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Entry from June 22, 2019
“We finish each other’s sandwiches”

"We finish each other’s sentences” is something said by two people who are very close and know each other well. “We finish each other’s sandwiches” is a joke that has been printed on many images. The joke has been popular since at least 2005.

“We think alike, we act alike, we finish each other’s sandwiches” was said on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons on May 1, 2005.

“We’re already finishing each other’s..."/”...dinner!"/"...sentences" was said in the American horror comedy film Scary Movie 4 (2006).

“We’ve been dating so long, we finish each other’s sentences."/"Well, I was going to say sandwiches but whatever” was said on the American television period sitcom That ‘70s Show on February 9, 2006.

“It’s like we finish each other’s..."/"Sandwiches?" was said on the American television sitcom Arrested Development on February 10, 2006.

“And they’re always finishing each other’s…"/"Pie" was said on the American comedy television series Community on March 11, 2010.

“We finish each other’s–"/"Sandwiches!" was said in the American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film Frozen (2013).


28 April 2005, Knight Ridder Tribune Business News (Washington, DC), “Milestone for ‘The Simpsons’: Sitcom marks 350th episode Sunday on Fox” by Mike Kelly, pg. 1:
Meanwhile, Homer meets a guy in a bar named Ray Magini—voiced by Romano—who just happens to be a roofer. Homer hits it off with the guy so well that he later tells Marge that Ray could just be “the one”—his new best friend. “We think alike, we act alike, we finish each other’s sandwiches,” he says.
(The episode, “Don’t Fear the Roofer,” originally aired on May 1, 2005.—ed.)

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Quotes

Cindy Campbell: It looks like we have a lot in…
Tom Ryan: ...common.
Cindy Campbell: We’re already finishing each other’s…
Tom Ryan: ...dinner!
Cindy Campbell: ...sentences.

Springfield! Springfield!
That ‘70s Show s08e12 Episode Script
Killer Queen
(The “Killer Queen” episode originally aired on February 9, 2006.—ed.)
(...)
We’ve been dating so long, we finish each other’s sentences.
Well, I was going to say sandwiches but whatever.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Arrested Development (TV Series)
Family Ties (2006)
(Originally aired on February 10, 2006.—ed.)
Quotes
Michael: [about Nellie] It’s like we finish each other’s…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?
Michael: Sentences. Why would I say…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?

YARN
It’s like we finish each other’s… - Sandwiches?
Arrested Development - Family Ties [S03E11]
Source video - Top clips - Next line quiz
- It’s like we finish each other’s… - Sandwiches?

18 August 2009, The Guardian (London, UK), “Review: Top-notch nonsense from a pair of strange bedfellows: Edinburgh Theatre: The Pajama Men Assembly Rooms” by Brian Logan, pg. 36:
The plot, though, is so much intricate nonsense. The real pleasure here is in watching Chavez and Allen interact. They are two parts of the same machine, and it’s wired for laughter. ("We know each other so well, we sometimes finish each other’s . . .” “Sandwiches?")

Community TV Tropes
TV Trope: Finishing Each Other’s Sentences
Shirley: I’m so excited for everybody to meet my sons.
Abed: I hope they’re not twins. Twins freak me out. They always know what the other one is…
Troy: Thinking.
Abed: Yeah. And they’re always finishing each other’s…
Troy: Pie.
Abed: It’s creepy.
(1.18 Basic Genealogy) (Originally aired March 11, 2010.—ed.)

Reddit—Todayilearned
Posted by u/iammatto July 13, 2011
TIL Arrested Development’s line “Finish each other’s sandwiches” aired one day AFTER the same line appeared in That 70’s Show.
On February 9th, 2006 the That 70’s Show episode “Killer Queen” aired with these lines:

Christine: Well, I hope you two love birds are ready to tell us all about your relationship.
Fez: We sure are. We’ve been dating so long, we finish each other’s…
Jackie: ...Sentences.
Fez: Well, I was going to say sandwiches but whatever.

The following day (February 10th, 2006) the Arrested Development episode “Family Ties” aired with this conversation:

Michael: [about Nellie] It’s like we finish each other’s…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?
Michael: Sentences. Why would I say…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?

I have done some looking around and have been unable to find any actual connection between these episodes. At this point I chalk it up to an odd coincidence.

Both of these episodes are available on Netflix instant:

That 70’s Show: Season 8 Episode 12, 8:05
Arrested Development: Season 3 Episode 11, 13:40

Google Books
Redemption at Creekside
By Keith A. Nonemaker
Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press
2013
Pg. 75:
“Finish each other’s ...”

“Sandwiches. No, sentences.”

Amarel laughed. Hank had used a very old joke that he had seen on TV.

Entertainment Weekly
‘Frozen’ composers on influences, aping ‘Arrested Development’
By Hillary Busis November 27, 2013 at 03:59 PM EST
(...)
One exchange goes like this:

Hans: We finish each other’s–
Anna: Sandwiches!
Hans: That’s what I was gonna say!

“It was an unconscious callback to Arrested Development,” Lopez says with a laugh when asked if he meant to recall Michael and Lindsay Bluth. “I think we had seen [that] episode once, and we did the joke, and realized that we had kind of made an homage. And then we tried to rewrite it, but we kept it because we couldn’t come up with anything better. Because Arrested Development is amazing.”

His wife remembers things slightly differently. “I will say that I think I wrote that line and I hadn’t seen the show — but that sandwiches are a very big part of our writing experience…We were always eating bagels when I was writing these lyrics.” In fact, Anderson-Lopez jokes, “if I could have put more sandwiches in, I would have.”

YouTube
Love is an Open Door - Frozen HD 1080p
Elsa Gal
Published on Mar 29, 2014
Love is an Open Door is a romantic duet and Hans’ villain song for the film Frozen, sung by major characters Anna and Hans. Unlike most traditional Disney romantic love songs, this one has a strong percussion beat and is a bit goofier than most traditional Disney love songs. It is also considered a villain song in that Hans sings the song, and that it subtly gives hints about his true nature, which isn’t completely given away until the film’s third act.

Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez:
(...)
Both: Love is an open door…
Hans: I mean it’s crazy…
Anna: What?
Hans: We finish each other’s—
Anna: Sandwiches!
Hans: That’s what I was gonna say!

Reddit—Tipofmytongue
Posted by u/[deleted] August 24, 2014
“We finish each other’s—” “Sandwiches”. Is this line original to “Frozen”?
I have the feeling I’ve heard it before in something from Joss Whedon, or Veronica Mars maybe?
COMMENTS
SumOfChemicals
Arrested development, if not other places too

Posted by Barry Popik
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