In Star Trek: Lower Decks S3E9 "Trusted Sources", there are repeated and frequent references to a pie eating contest about to be held. Mariner is covered in blueberry pie filling and keeps talking about preparing for the contest. This seemed to me to be a direct reference to a scene in Breaking Bad where Badger explains to Skinny Pete about his own idea for a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode.

Was the pie eating contest a reference to the Breaking Bad scene?

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“That was inspired by the story of the pie-eating contest from Stand By Me,” he says. “Which Jerry O’Connell and Wil Wheaton, were both in. Also, it was partly from Breaking Bad when one of the characters pitches his Star Trek episode – and it’s about a pie-eating contest.”

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