Superstore returns in the somber aftermath of Mateo’s detention, but keeps its sense of humor as the gang battles their new robot co-worker.
When they lose one of their own, the Cloud 9 crew rallies. Sometimes it’s questionable candlelight vigils, but sometimes it’s serious actions to protect their staff. Superstore picks up right after Mateo was taken by ICE and finds his friends still in an emotional state of disbelief. If you’re Dina, you handle the situation with humorous tunnel vision, but if you’re Cheyenne, you practice avoidance.
Meanwhile, as promised ahead of Season 5, Superstore introduces a new character: a robot named Glen. They can’t help but notice corporate’s attempts to pinch every penny and push out their actual employees. With so much in flux at Cloud 9, the crew bands together to make a bold statement and crack a few funny jokes. Here’s the five best from the Season 5 premiere.
1. “This isn’t a tailgate party, it’s a candlelight vigil.”
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Following Mateo’s detention by ICE, the Cloud 9 gang plans a candlelight vigil and protest outside of the detention center. But they aren’t sure what to do at a candlelight vigil. Being so, Marcus shows up with a grill, and asks if anyone brought burgers, buns, or charcoal. Garrett snaps back that supporting their friend isn’t a tailgate party. Instead, the group decides to sing a song they all know, but not Taylor Swift. (Mateo’s not a Swiftie at the moment.) Somehow they land on the Bagel Bites jingle.
2. “It means cool, like Tosh.0.”
While the staff undergoes changes without Mateo, corporate implements its own changes in the store. First up, a new advertisement with a cloud in a jetpack to accompany Cloud 9’s very own robot (named Glen!) in a campaign dubbed “Cloud 9.0.” Naturally, the staff roasts the name, especially the lazily added “point-oh.” As they soon learn, their new robotic co-worker isn’t as cool as Tosh, which Glenn learns firsthand when Glen the Robot tries to push him off a ladder.
3. “He only likes letting birds out of cages, not people.”
Dina still hasn’t let two things go: Not finding Mateo a way out of the store when ICE raided Cloud 9 and Garrett freeing/killing her beloved birds. She and Marcus plot, with a Lego representation of the detention center, how to break Mateo out, which Garrett criticizes and earns him Dina’s pointed barb. Garrett joins the effort, but when wading in rotten Manhattan chowder and expired dog food becomes part of the heist’s preparation, he bows out and convinces Dina it’s futile. However, she now deems Garrett responsible for distracting her and getting Mateo detained.
4. “Get him, Cheyenne! He’s after my wife!”
Amy quickly notices that Cheyenne has been avoiding her feelings about Mateo. When Glen the Robot knocks over the endcap display Mateo worked on before getting detained, Cheyenne tackles the robot to the ground. From across the store, Glenn cheers her on because he fears that the robot could take his job, take his wife… The robot’s already taken his name and tried to kill him. Of course it would be Glenn to be personally victimized by what Jonah calls a “giant Roomba.”
5. “Justine wore her ‘rosé all day shirt twice in a row.” “Jesus, and I’m the one who’s locked up?”
Finally, Amy convinces Cheyenne to visit Mateo, and it only took a fake story about an incorrect shrimp shipment. Once she moves past her memories of visiting her mom in jail, Cheyenne chats with Mateo and shares the log of bad outfits she’s been saving for him. Mateo also explains how horrible he’s been treated, which lights a fire under Amy to fight back. Although she’d opted to keep the union talk under wraps until the perfect sneak-attack moment, she and the rest of the gang push the robot off the roof and stage it as an accident. Unfortunately, Glen doesn’t break.
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Superstore airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.