SUPERSTORE injects a little bit of fun into this godawful presidential campaign, centering an episode around Election Day as Cloud Nine becomes a polling place, allowing for all kinds of hilarious shenanigans. From the moment Dina and Glenn argue over who gets to officially open the doors, resulting in the alarm locking itself and forcing the line outside to wait for five more minutes, I knew it was going to be a great episode and a great showcase for the comedic talents of Lauren Ash and Mark McKinney, and it didn’t disappoint.
Glenn and Dina’s power struggle results in Glenn spilling coffee all over a ballot box. They take the box to the office and hang the ballots to dry, where we learn that Glenn wrote himself in for attorney general. Although he insists it could have been anyone. Dina muses about how they could be changing history. 50 ballots could change the tide of the election and they live in Missouri, a swing state. Her predictions of them being responsible for World War III, the colonization of Mars, and billions of lives lost freaks Glenn out, so he brings out a giant fan to speed up the drying process.
Of course, this results in the ballots being blown out the open window. They race outside, but it’s too late. The ballots are gone. The only possible witness to their very serious crime of tampering with an election is Cheyenne and Dina’s interrogation of her, where she declares herself her best friend and wants a “girlfriend gab fest” about people doing illegal activities, can’t determine whether she’s playing dumb or just dumb. They ask the poll worker, Sid, about the punishment for voter fraud. Turns out it’s five years in prison. Prison with an “n.” Not “prism”, like Glen wishes he’s heard.
It’s serious enough for Glenn to consult with Marcus, the only person he’s known who’s gone to prison. He wasn’t there long— “just long enough to make lifelong friends”. He tells Glenn that he’d be popular in prison, which isn’t a good thing. He suggests that Glenn get his coconspirator to confess on tape and use it for leverage to get a reduced sentence, as that’s what his mom did. Marcus hasn’t been in a lot of scenes, but he’s amazing in all of them. He reminds me so much of his brother Ike’s role of Morgan on The Mindy Project, down to the fact that both have gone to prison. Maybe the characters are related? We established in last season of The Mindy Project that Cloud Nine stores exist in that universe.
Ok, enough digression. Dina goes to talk to Marcus as well and gets the same advice, culminating in a hilarious scene where the two sit down for a “casual conversation”, with both trying to get the other to say something incriminating. They aren’t the only two worried about legal repercussions. Mateo is worried that if he doesn’t vote, Dina will piece together the fact that he’s undocumented and get him fired and/or deported. Cheyenne tells him he doesn’t need to actually vote. He just needs the sticker. He spends the episode trying to steal one, but ends up just buying one from Garrett, who couldn’t care less why Mateo needs it.
Meanwhile, Amy and Jonah team up to counteract Cloud Nine’s strategy of getting the workers to vote against their own interests by stuffing their lockers with pamphlets promoting anti-union candidates. They decide to make their own pamphlets, an activity that provides for both civic engagement and flirty conversations. Their chemistry is touching and hilarious, like the scene where they talk to each other in 1950’s Brooklyn accents. But we also learn this episode that Jonah has a girlfriend, Naomi! She visits Jonah at the store. Amy’s upset and jealous, although she knows she has no right to be. She likes him! She really really likes him! I’m normally not too interested in will-they-or-won’t-they scenarios, but I’m rooting for these two.
Season 2, Episode 8 (S02E08)
Superstore airs Thursday at 8 PM on NBC
Jennifer Trofa | Contributor