Superstore express lane: The 5 best jokes in Season 5, Episode 10

SUPERSTORE -- "Negotiations" Episode 510 -- Pictured: (l-r) America Ferrera as Amy, Ben Feldman as Jonah -- (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC)
SUPERSTORE -- "Negotiations" Episode 510 -- Pictured: (l-r) America Ferrera as Amy, Ben Feldman as Jonah -- (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /

In the middle of the holiday rush, Superstore enters negotiations for Cloud 9’s union contract. But will Amy tell Jonah the truth about corporate?

Nothing says the holidays at Cloud 9 quite like chopping down trees and taking on corporate head-to-head over union contract negotiations. Superstore gets in the Christmas spirit with a clearance competition and a power outage, but it holds onto a major cliffhanger for the new year.

While Jonah and Sandra represent the store in negotiations for their union contract, the store devolves into its typical chaos, except with a dash of holiday cheer. Amy’s stress about the negotiations and the store’s dismal decorations lead her, Dina, and Cheyenne to chop down their own tree. But how do the negotiations fare, and will the store get what they want?

Let’s recap the midseason finale of Superstore with the five best jokes from the episode.

1. “When I bought my Corolla, I hid in the bathroom for hours.”

As Jonah and Sandra prepare to head out to represent the store at the union contract negotiations with corporate, Justine offers some sage negotiating advice. But somehow, it’s unlikely that telling Jonah and Sandra to ghost corporate during the meeting will quiet their nerves. Also not helping, Amy’s deeply in her head about the meeting and exuding panic over her inability to handle the matter herself. Grasping at straws, she gives Jonah an oversized candy cane for good luck.

2. “Helping people see?” “I know, a dog can do it.”

Naturally, Mateo has grown bored of working in the vision center and misses the adrenaline of working on the sales floor. While musing about the lack of thrills in helping people see with Garrett and Glenn near the clearance section, the three decide to spice things up. Picking three of the most unsellable items from the aisle of misfit merchandise, they bet that they can’t sell a microwaveable sweater, a Tony Danza popcorn machine, or a pig-shaped gravy boat with a future of taking over trash duty on the line.

SUPERSTORE — “Negotiations” Episode 510 — Pictured: America Ferrera as Amy — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC)
SUPERSTORE — “Negotiations” Episode 510 — Pictured: America Ferrera as Amy — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /

3. “Seems like some raccoons definitely had sex in it… or with it.”

While Amy winds up bombarded with questions from employees about the status of Jonah and Sandra’s meeting, Cheyenne attempts to decorate the store for Christmas. However, raccoons clearly had their way with the holiday decor, with their store Christmas tree looking even sadder than Charlie Brown’s. Reaching her stress limit, Amy resolves to take a break and procure a new tree, with Dina and Cheyenne hopping aboard the festive field trip.

4. “Angle it down, like you’re dealing cards to a baby.”

Before the trio even hits the road to find a Christmas tree lot, Cheyenne notices a beautiful evergreen tree across the street from the store. Dina locates the ax in the back of her truck, because of course Dina doesn’t travel without an ax, and they embark on their mission to chop down a tree. Initially, Amy protests at the idea, but once she takes one whack with the ax, she thoroughly enjoys blowing off steam. Unfortunately, the tree falls on a transformer and causes the power to go out in Cloud 9. You win some, you lose some.

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5. “And if you follow the news, you know microwaveable sweaters are the leading cause of nipple cancer.”

Just before the power went out in Cloud 9, the competition between Mateo, Garrett, and Glenn got fierce. But as expected, they failed to sell their unsellable items to a customer. Mateo came close to selling the microwaveable sweater to Glenn because Glenn always has to be Glenn.

During Jonah and Sandra’s meeting, their appointed union rep has a bagel-induced emergency and rushes to the ER. Left to their own devices, Jonah steps up and advocates for himself and his coworkers against corporate and walks away with the promise of a deal. Little does he know, Amy hears from Maya that Cloud 9 was bought out by a tech company, nulling all deals made prior to the acquisition. Seeing Jonah’s excitement, she keeps the bad news to herself… for now.

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Superstore airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.