This week in Superstore: All-Nighter, a party breaks out when Glenn the store manager has a major meltdown after “corporate” locks all the Cloud 9 employee in while they are putting up the new signs. After the varying degrees of reactions by all, only Glenn maintains his usual demeanor until a “gripe session” run by Jonah.
The episode opens with a customer who refuses to leave the store, despite it being past closing time. Everyone attempts to get the “d*ck” to leave and only Mateo manages to push the man out with a floor mop.
Just as the obstinate customer is shoved out, Glenn comes in to announce that they all need to stay late to replace the old Cloud 9 signs with new ones. As the disgruntled associates and supervisors begin reluctantly replacing the signs, the lights go off and the exit doors all lock.
Glenn explains that all the store’s lights and exits are controlled by “corporate.” Amy is panicking because she has to study for a mid-term, Cheyenne needs to attend her senior dance recital and everyone is annoyed. Ben tries to make the best of the situation and taking a leaf from “Madagascar” suggests that all the trapped employees join him in the “fun zone” where they can do what they want.
Later Ben starts an “encounter” session where they can all talk about what they regret. When it is Glenn’s turn, he starts out denying that he regrets anything and then loses his usual calm.
After the store manager begins talking about life before Cloud 9 he suffers a meltdown where he reveals how he really feels about the store chain. While spouting angrily about everything he hates, Glenn rips off his tie and shirt before running off. The employees are bemused:
Amy: “What just happened?”
Garrett: “I think we broke Glenn.”
The store manager “damages” a number of liquor bottles and starts a party. As the drinks flow, games commence; one of which is “Never Have I Ever.” Later, while searching for the codes that will unlock the store, Dina learns that supervisors are no longer “not allowed” to date subordinates, just “strongly discouraged” from doing so.
The associates all party down, staging competitions, using the children’s toy section merchandise, and put on a fashion show.
After Dina discovers this relaxing of rules, the lovesick supervisor firmly sets her sights on seducing Ben in the “bang room,” aka the Photo Lab, and gets Mateo to help her with a makeover. Meanwhile Cheyenne performs an interpretive dance as Dina makes her move on Jonah.
This episode manages to address the Dina crush on Jonah and the tantalizing relationship between “Amy” and Jonah as well. It also lets Glenn show his true feelings behind his iron-clad control of “Mr Nice Guy.”
Glenn, and the entire store, trusting a stranger to bring them the code card from the manager’s locked car. The man, after learning where the key is hidden, steals the car instead.
Cheyenne’s recital performance starting with “True Colors” and then, as her co-workers express admiration for her beautiful movements, segways into “Baby Got Back” aka “I Like Big Butts.”
Mateo clearly implying that he has eaten human flesh in the “Never Have I Ever” game.
The entire Dina and Jonah moment in the Photo Lab wins the award for most cringeworthy moment in a TV show since The Office.
The fashion show and Amy’s spot on announcements, particularly the one for Glenn’s doggy outfit:
“…and now we have Glenn, rocking the ‘Don’t Let Him Near Your Children Collection.’ Oh, shake what the good lord gave you, Glenn…”
Myrtle and her hysterectomy story preamble, “It was 1953…” and the bicycle tire entrance during the fashion show.
Glenn’s line to Dina after she requests to be demoted and leaves the store while still wearing her Jonah seduction outfit:
“Why are you dressed like my mother?”
Superstore still manages to entertain almost effortlessly. America Ferrara, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Mark McKinney,Colton Dunn and Nichole Bloom all deliver every week, with Linda Porter (as Myrtle) stepping up to join Nico Santos and Kaliko Kauahi as another “regular” Cloud 9 associate.
This series airs Mondays on NBC. Tune in and enjoy the awkwardness and the hilarity of Superstore.