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S03E05-Staff in costumes

"Sal's Dead"
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Season: Three — Episode: 5
Director: Geeta V. Patel — Writer: Gabe Miller — Aired: October 26, 2017 — Viewers (millions): 4.61
Summary: A dead body is discovered in the store on Halloween, throwing Glenn and Dina into a panic and confusing the shoppers. Meanwhile, Amy and Garrett get into big trouble using a dating app on Jonah's phone, Mateo is transformed in more ways than one by Cheyenne.

Cast

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Also see Season Three minor employees.

Plot

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When he looked at you, it felt like he was grabbing you.
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— Cheyenne
The staff are gathered in Housewares and looking at the face of a corpse that a construction worker found behind the drywall when effecting repairs to the store due to the tornado. In the Break Room, Glenn announces that the body was that of Sal, a creepy employee who hasn't been seen in a year. Glenn says Sal was drilling a hole in the drywall by the women's bathroom when his foot became caught in a cross-beam and he starved to death. Glenn tells the staff to not disturb the body until the coroner arrives. Dougie and Roger spray room deodorizer by Sal's corpse. (♫ Bobby "Boris" Pickett - Monster Mash ♫)



S03E05-Sal corpse headshot
Even dead he's creepy.
At Customer Service, Jonah is looking at a dating app on his phone with Garrett. When Jonah finds a woman he's interested in, Amy grabs his phone and starts criticizing the women on the app. Glenn arrives and demands Jonah's help so he leaves his phone with Amy. Cheyenne is offering face painting for children and is frustrated when a Mom only wants a simple cat face for her daughter instead of some of the scarier designs. Mateo informs her that one of his cousins is getting married in the Philippines and he's frustrated he can't go due to his undocumented status. Jonah and Dina are hanging a sheet over the hole in the drywall where Sal's face can be seen. Glenn tugs at the sheet which results in Sal's body tearing the drywall and sticking out further. A man standing still in a clown costume scares a customer. (♫ Kevin Rudolf - Let It Rock ♫)



S03E05-Clown scares customer
Aaargh!
Amy discovers that Kelly has a profile on the dating app and she accidentally matches her with Jonah. Garrett encourages Amy to tell Kelly what happened but Amy wants to "sneak up like a ninja" and steal Kelly's phone and cancel the notification. At the staff bathrooms, a ninja figure is seen trailing Kelly but this turns out to be Robin who Amy tells to get out of her way. In the bathroom, Amy asks to borrow Kelly's phone but as Kelly is typing in the passcode, she gets a notification that she tells Amy is good news. A group of customers is looking at Sal's corpse which they think is a dummy. Glenn tells them it is a real dead body but they don't believe him. Dina tells Glenn that the coroner is delayed as a gas main blew at Shoeland. A concerned Jodi asks Dina which Shoeland, as her husband Frank works at the store, but Dina doesn't have time for her.



S03E05-Amy Kelly bathroom
The deceit continues.
In the Break Room, Kelly sits with Jonah expectantly but is interrupted by Amy. In order to prevent Kelly from connecting with Jonah, Amy tells Kelly to end her lunch and work a cash register. Amy won't give Jonah his phone back and leaves. A boy fills a shopping cart with candy. (♫ Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party ♫) Glenn has put signs around Sal indicating it's a real dead body. He announces on the P.A. system that customers should stay away as it is extremely disturbing but this attracts more customers who believe it is a Halloween display. In the Break Room, Dina opens Sal's locker while Cheyenne watches. They find numerous creepy items but Cheyenne's eyes widen when she sees his passport. Cheyenne approaches Mateo with the passport and convinces him that she'll make him up to look like Sal so he can go to the wedding in the Philippines.



S03E05-Jonah Glenn on PA
The Housewares section is not a haunted house!
Elias is made up as Dame Edna (Cheyenne forced him to dress this way) and is stocking a shelf. (♫ Fleetwood Mac – Say You Love Me ♫) Kelly sends Jonah a wink on the dating app which Amy sees as she still has Jonah's phone. She texts Kelly that she's great but he shouldn't be dating right now. Garrett sarcastically points out that this will only prevent them from dating if they never see each other in the store. Cheyenne makes up Mateo to look like Sal while quizzing him on Sal's personal facts. A man standing still in a clown costume scares a customer but this time the customer punches him. (♫ Kevin Rudolf - Let It Rock ♫) Amy shows Garrett Jonah's phone - she's made the situation much worse by continually responding to Kelly's texts and finally saying that Jonah is very ill.



S03E05-Amy Garrett phone
Things have gone very wrong.
A man dressed as a baby, pushes a small boy in a suit to a cash register. (♫ Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters ♫) Cheyenne finishes making up Mateo and he is thrilled with how good a job she's done. A customer dressed as a coroner is mistaken by Dina for the real thing and she grabs him to dispose of Sal's body. Kelly sees Jonah setting up a display and is concerned for his well-being. She calls him strong and brave much to his puzzlement. As Cheyenne talks to Mateo, he makes an inappropriate remark to a customer. Cheyenne postulates that Mateo is starting to act like Sal since he is dressed and looks like him. Mateo doesn't agree but then makes a creepy remark. Dina and the coroner customer are carrying Sal's body when his wife arrives. The reality of the situation dawns on everyone and Dina yells for the customer to drop the body which ends up in a Halloween display.



S03E05-Cheyenne Mateo in mirror
One ticket to Manila please.
Amy tells Garrett that she might have figured out shift assignments that would keep Amy and Jonah apart while Garrett is sick on candy corn. They hear Kelly yelling and find her confronting Jonah. She accuses him of playing mind games with her which Jonah denies. Kelly grabs a knife and threatens Jonah which results in Amy confessing to perpetrating the situation. Jonah asks Kelly to put down the knife which enrages her and she stabs Jonah. Amy and Garrett scream but then realize it's a ruse. Brett is dressed in lederhosen and is hanging up dresses. (♫ Santana - Smooth ♫)



S03E05-Jonah Kelly after stabbing
Gotcha!
As Mateo is helping an older woman try on shoes, he rubs her foot against his face. He realizes Cheyenne was right about him becoming like Sal and returns Sal's passport to her. He plans to wash the makeup off before he becomes Sal. In the Break Room, Amy, Jonah and Kelly are laughing and Jonah compliments Kelly's acting skills and leaves. Amy thanks Kelly for being understanding while Kelly thanks Amy for breaking the ice for her with Jonah. In the store, Dina escorts the real coroner into the store who finds Sal's body in a Halloween display. He asks her accusingly if she touched the body which she denies.



S03E05-Sal in display
Hey buddy, want some ribs?

Running Gags

  • Amy's name tag: Amy wears a different name tag in every episode. For this one it's "Selena".
  • Crazy Customers and music: For all customer interludes and music see Sal's Dead (music).
  • Glenn's tie: Glenn doesn't wear a tie, instead he's in a lion costume.
  • The foot: Jonah postulates that the foot found in the parking lot after the tornado is Sal's but Dina says Sal's corpse has both feet.

Cultural References

  • A construction worker asks what Amy's costume is, she replies she is Selena who she says was Beyoncé before Beyoncé. Kelly thought Amy's costume was J.Lo.
  • Garrett's costume is Eddie Murphy's character Prince Akeem Joffer in Coming to America.
  • Amy says she wouldn't use an app to find a date and is still afraid of PayPal.
  • One of the women that Amy sees on the dating app is using Margot Robbie as her photo.
  • One of the makeup choices Cheyenne offers a little girl is bride of Babadook.
  • Mateo wants to fly to the Philippines and take an Instagram photo of the wing of the plane.
  • Garrett messes with Amy by saying he knows a guy at the NSA that can hack into Jonah's phone.
  • In order to fix the situation Amy created by using Jonah's phone, Garrett advises her to make a Freaky Friday scenario.
  • Cheyenne makes up Elias to look like Dame Edna.
  • Amy mentions that she and Emma are reading the novel The Fault in Our Stars.
  • Dina blames budget cuts on Missouri Governor Greitens.
  • Kelly attributes her acting skills to watching a lot of Lifetime Movies.

Trivia

  • Stratus makes an appearance.
  • Sal's full name is Salvatore Kazlauskas, he was born in South Dakota and visits Thailand annually.
  • In a deleted scene, Jodi's husband Frank is revealed to have survived the explosion at Shoeland.
  • Goof 1: Sarah is seen in several scenes in an orange goldfish costume but in one scene at a cash register where a man is dressed as a baby, she is in her turtle outfit from "Halloween Theft". This is most likely an out-take which has been re-purposed.
  • Goof 2: Dina's "Office Naughty" costume is worn with thigh-high, laced boots which are difficult to put on and take off. She is seen in these boots at the beginning of the episode but when she and Jonah climb ladders to put a tarp over the drywall hole where Sal head is visible, she is wearing running shoes. The next scene, she is back in the boots. One could argue she might have changed.

Gallery

Superstore Season Three Episodes
Grand Re-OpeningBrett Is DeadPart-Time HiresWorkplace BullyingSal's DeadHealth FundChristmas EveViral VideoGolden Globes PartyHigh Volume StoreAngels and MermaidsGroundhog DayVideo Game ReleaseSafety TrainingAmnestyTargetDistrict ManagerLocal Vendors DayLotteryGender RevealAftermathTown Hall
Season OneSeason TwoSeason ThreeSeason Four
ve Mateo nametag Superstore Season Three Episodes
S03E01-Glenn Howie mic    "Grand Re-Opening" September 28, 2017
Directed by: Matt Sohn - Written by: Justin Spitzer

The staff scramble to prepare the store, hours before the re-opening. (Viewers: 4.60 million)

S03E02-Brett memorial service    "Brett Is Dead" October 5, 2017
Directed by: Ryan Case - Written by: Sierra Teller Ornelas

The staff hold a memorial service for Brett, Amy is worried that Dina is dealing with anxiety, Jonah tries to learn about Garrett's past. (Viewers: 4.45 million)

S03E03-Jonah Glenn Emma    "Part-Time Hires" October 12, 2017
Directed by: Todd Biermann - Written by: Josh Malmuth

Emma gets a job at the store and Amy asks Jonah for parenting advise. Garrett and Dina argue over who broke up with whom, a cute construction worker flirts with Mateo, Cheyenne and Carol for store perks; Kelly has a rough first day. (Viewers: 4.33 million)

S03E04-Dina Jonah wrestle3    "Workplace Bullying" October 19, 2017
Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu

After an attempted robbery, tensions arise between Dina and Jonah. Glenn has a tough time firing a store security guard and Amy discovers her coworkers have been hanging out without her. (Viewers: 4.20 million)

S03E05-Staff in costumes    "Sal's Dead" October 26, 2017
Directed by: Geeta V. Patel - Written by: Gabe Miller

A dead body is discovered in the store on Halloween, throwing Glenn and Dina into a panic and confusing the shoppers. Amy and Garrett get into big trouble using a dating app on Jonah's phone, Mateo is transformed in more ways than one by Cheyenne. (Viewers: 4.61 million)

S03E06-Amy Jonah Tate Isaac    "Health Fund" November 2, 2017
Directed by: Victor Nelli, Jr - Written by: Jackie Clarke

As Mateo turns to stranger and stranger home remedies for an ear infection, Amy and Jonah decide to offer an alternative to Cloud 9's terrible health insurance plan. Glenn enlists Dina to help him get medical attention for his own embarrassing condition. (Viewers: 3.54 million)

S03E07-Store Christmas lights    "Christmas Eve" December 5, 2017
Directed by: Todd Biermann - Written by: Eric Ledgin

Trying to prove how wild she can be, Amy turns a boring Christmas Eve at the store into a holiday adventure. Jonah and Garrett's roommate issues boil over and Glenn tries to prove to Mateo that Christmas is more than just fine. (Viewers: 4.41 million)

S03E08-Amy raps in kitchen    "Viral Video" January 4, 2018
Directed by: Ken Whittingham - Written by: Jonathan Green

After an employee posts a controversial video online, Dina enlists Cheyenne to help police the rest of the staff's social media accounts. Amy learns something about Jonah that drives her to desperately pursue Instagram views, and Glenn suspects Mateo of rewards card fraud. (Viewers: 3.90 million)

S03E09-Amy's house dining room    "Golden Globes Party" January 11, 2018
Directed by: Victor Nelli, Jr - Written by: Vanessa Ramos

When Amy throws a party to prove how great she's doing post-divorce, she's forced to enlist Dina and Jonah's help, and Dina ends up making the ultimate sacrifice. Glenn and his wife Jerusha are forced to conduct some personal business at Amy's home. (Viewers: 3.85 million)

S03E10-Dina-Jonah-Amy pizza chart    "High Volume Store" January 18, 2018
Directed by: Jay Hunter - Written by: Owen Ellickson

When Jeff announces that the store could be getting an upgrade, Amy, Jonah and Dina set out to discover the pros and cons. Cheyenne accidentally volunteers to be a surrogate mother for Glenn's baby and tries to get out of it. (Viewers: 3.71 million)

S03E11-Cheyenne and Brandi    "Angels and Mermaids" January 25, 2018
Directed by: Michael Spiller - Written by: Justin Shanes

Amy finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between Cheyenne and her ex-convict mom, Brandi. A personal agreement between Glenn and Dina gets heated when Glenn brings in a lawyer. When Jonah finds out that Kelly believes in angels, Garrett's perfect weekend plans of having the apartment to himself are threatened. (Viewers: 4.22 million)

S03E12-Amy Tate kissing    "Groundhog Day" February 1, 2018
Directed by: Jaffar Mahmood - Written by: Sierra Teller Ornelas

Still fresh from her divorce, Amy doesn't feel ready to start dating again. But when Mateo tries to set her up with his loser cousin, she gets determined to show everyone she can do better and breaks some hearts in the process. Dina takes advantage of her pregnancy to scam Glenn into accommodating her every whim. (Viewers: 3.46 million)

S03E13-Glenn Sandra w gamers    "Video Game Release" March 1, 2018
Directed by: America Ferrera - Written by: Jackie Clarke

When gamers invade the store for the release of a hot new video game, Jonah tries to help Amy secure herself a copy of the game, which takes them on an unexpected adventure. Mateo helps Garrett make a good impression on one of his heroes. Glenn and Sandra try to stand up for themselves with customers and end up instigating a breastfeeding "nurse-in." (Viewers: 3.38 million)

S03E14-Staff mopping    "Safety Training" March 8, 2018
Directed by: Rebecca Asher - Written by: Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu

When Mateo gets injured, Jonah tries to help him avoid Cloud 9 compensation for fear of his immigration status being revealed. Meanwhile, Amy attempts to convince everyone that she likes Kelly. (Viewers: 3.37 million)

S03E15-a-ha kiss    "Amnesty" March 15, 2018
Directed by: Keith Powell - Written by: Eric Ledgin

Glenn and Dina offer amnesty to all the employees for any bad things they confess so Garrett and Cheyenne try to decide how to take advantage of it. Meanwhile, Jonah and Amy try to defuse an awkward situation that has the whole store gossiping. (Viewers: 3.93 million)

S03E16-Garrett Glenn Cheyenne target    "Target" March 22, 2018
Directed by: Daniella Eisman - Written by: Jonathan Green and Gabe Miller

When Jeff leaves Cloud 9 to work at Target, Garrett leads Glenn to believe that he's poaching other employees to go with him. In return Glenn tries to poach employees from Target. Amy goes on a double date with Dina and, Kelly and Jonah discuss moving in together. (Viewers: 3.85 million)

S03E17-Myrtle driving truck    "District Manager" March 29, 2018
Directed by: Alex Reid - Written by: John Kazlauskas

Laurie, the new district manager, visits the store and decides to make some cuts to save money by firing Myrtle. Amy and Jonah plead with her to not fire anyone and search for other ways to make up the money. Mateo struggles to prove his skills on the cash register. (Viewers: 2.94 million)

S03E18-Jerusha Dina stork    "Local Vendors Day" April 5, 2018
Directed by: Geeta V. Patel - Written by: Josh Malmuth

When local small businesses set up shop inside Cloud 9, Glenn tries to help his wife Jerusha sell her handmade needlepoint, despite Jonah's concerns that he's pressuring his employees. Meanwhile, Amy doesn't feel Latina enough when a guy flirts with her in Spanish, and Garrett tries to uncover the truth behind a beer vendor's product. (Viewers: 3.17 million)

S03E19-Amy Jonah golf cart    "Lottery" April 12, 2018
Directed by: Ben Feldman - Written by: Vanessa Ramos

As lottery mania sweeps the store, Dina incentivizes the employees to sell as many tickets as possible. Jonah helps Amy track down the new district manager to lobby for a raise. (Viewers: 3.08 million)

S03E20-Glenn Jerusha Dina at doctor    "Gender Reveal" April 19, 2018
Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Lauren Ash

The store hosts a gender reveal party for Glenn and his wife Jerusha, just as Dina is freaking out at the realities of having to deliver a baby. Amy receives some unsettling news. (Viewers: 2.76 million)

S03E21-Staff photo    "Aftermath" April 26, 2018
Directed by: Ryan Case - Written by: Justin Shanes and Owen Ellickson

Amy and Jonah deal with the consequences of their kiss. Glenn and Dina enlist Garrett's help to win the store a visit from Cloud 9's CEO. (Viewers: 2.85 million)

S03E22-CEO speaks    "Town Hall" May 3, 2018
Directed by: Matt Sohn - Written by: Justin Spitzer

As the store prepares to host a company-wide Town Hall meeting, Amy and Jonah are forced to put their conflicts aside and rally their co-workers to confront the CEO. Glenn struggles with the pressure of speaking to a global audience. (Viewers: 2.97 million)