With Cloud 9 being acquired by California-based company Zephra, tensions are a bit high with the employees. With rampant speculation regarding layoffs, possible payouts and a whole store move to China, Amy just wants the crew to focus on their jobs at hand: loafing and poking fun at customers. The daily Cloud 9 vibe.
As the acquisition threw Jonah’s union plans into a state of flux, he goes on a quest to find his latest “fix-it.” From rescuing a dog that didn’t need rescuing (from its own backyard) to planning to tear up the Cloud 9 parking lot to plant trees, Jonah is adrift (and highly annoying to Amy).
Jonah overcompensates per usual and inadvertently steps into it with an overzealous group of dudes, led by Marcus. When a display of feminist-lite shirts gets Marcus, Dan, and Sayid up in arms, Jonah tries to take ownership and lead a dialogue about their actual fears and concerns. This, of course, devolves into chaos when Amy (doing her job as a store manager) takes a call from corporate during the meeting in the safe space “Octagon.”
In a fit of petulance, the dudebros of Cloud 9 set up a barbecue/hang out in the middle of the store and demand Amy appoint a man to lead them. After trying to make Glenn floor supervisor-with him reluctant to accept the promotion-Amy finds the perfect opportunity to symbolically back Glenn into a corner.
Superstore consistently shows the absurdity of fringe movements (like “men’s rights”) while maintaining its pulse on humor and laughter. The future of Cloud 9, a subsidiary of Zephra, is definitely in the hands of women…and most definitely up in the air.
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