30 Days of Thanks 2020: ‘Superstore’
Our 30 Days of Thanks 2020 series continues with one of the best sitcoms airing on TV right now: Superstore
NBC’ Superstore is an unconventional show. It addresses social and political issues with a biting and zany sense of humor. But most importantly, it is like that eccentric friend who lives to throw their unpopular opinions out there.
Thanksgiving gets the same treatment as the episode puts aside the heart-warming and convivial aspects of the holiday to delve into the darkest abyss of the heavy capitalist, brutally consumerist day that follows: Black Friday.
A chaotic atmosphere
The episode starts with the Cloud 9 staff unenthusiastically sharing a meal before the big Black Friday sale opening. The team is sleepy, blasé and grumpy (apart from Jonah and full-time-life-enthusiast Glenn) — nothing much different from any other working day. But their notorious rock-bottom enthusiasm is put through the mill when a severe case of food poisoning spreads throughout the employees. Can it sink any lower? The answer may surprise you.
Mind you, the erratic behavior of compulsive shoppers is like switching up the game level to “hard”. Customers pillage through the store aisles while the staff takes over the lavatories.
The whole episode is as chaotic as it is hilarious. And it gives us some of the funniest dialogues in the show (“Can you please puke less loudly? I have a terrible headache”).
A full-on crisis
In the meantime, Cheyenne and Mateo takes advantage of this apocalyptic consumerism to build an entire underground business in which the highest bid (pronounced “bribe”) becomes the superior currency.
For the Simmosa shippers, this episode marks a turning point in their relationship. Amy, the first affected with food poisoning, suspects a new pregnancy she fears her marriage is not ready for. She and Jonah end up having a heart-to-heart conversation in the men’s lavatory. It may not sound like it, but it’s quite cute.
And you, what do you like about this Thanksgiving Superstore episode?