(If you would, I’d be very grateful. I’m just going to go ahead and publish this one, though…)
One of the first steps of the Science Bros’ Scientific Food Method is breaking something he CAN eat into its component parts, which takes a bit of time. The first thing they try (as in, the easiest to acquire) is a spoonful of the monosaccharide glucose in syrup form.
Tron makes a terrible face at it, and completely mystifies the pair of them for a solid week.
After seeing Bruce and Tony’s lack of success, Clint hands Tron a bowl of unflavored popcorn, juice from a habanero chile, black licorice, salted cod, arugula salad, a sour cherry pastry, almond butter, and as a joke because of something Sam Flynn mentioned in passing, a pint of motor oil. Sure, Clint wasn’t a genius or anything, but he was pretty good at spotting patterns, so tried to hit as many major flavor types as possible (salty, sweet, sour, bitter, hot, nutty, anise-y) and a couple different grains (corn and wheat).
Tron had had to physically remove himself from the almond butter, even before he could taste it, and Clint had to remove himself when Tron tried - and seemed to like, or at least not dislike or completely avoid - the habanero juice and motor oil, and then mixed them together.
Everyone who heard about it became equally traumatized, so they all agreed that those ones didn’t count.
At this point the Science Bros try again, this time with esters. They fail, unfortunately, but are treated to the strange sight of Tron’s eyes ‘watering’ as he flees the lab, leaking two thin trails of liquid energy, which still noticeably glowed, even in their bright surroundings.
Steve’s success is sort of an accident; he’d heard about the bad reaction Tron had had to the last attempt, and came by to apologize for the Science Bros and make sure the program was okay. Tron said he would be fine, but Steve offered to help him wash the remaining esters out of his eyes with the sprayer attached to the kitchen sink.
Steve helps Tron get situated at the sink - even though the water occasionally makes an odd sizzle noise if it splatters onto a circuit - and resumes making lunch while watching over him. There isn’t a whole lot to do while rinsing out one’s eyes, so Tron ends up asking about the peculiar but pleasant smell in the kitchen.
And so, after Tron’s eyes have been thoroughly cleaned out, he tries his first bite of an old Irish stew that’s probably about half cabbage, with a bit of barley, potato, and tallow.
When Sam Wilson comes by to accompany Steve to a meeting in a couple hours, he finds the two of them talking over soup about Steve’s mother making something delicious out of nothing like a human SHIVA laser analogue, in a room that practically reeks of cooked cabbage.
"Man, you weren’t kidding about the ‘boiling everything’ bit, were you?"
Steve just smiles and offers Sam a bowl; Sam pretends to make a fuss for a moment, but joins them with a smile.