Thursday, November 1, 2018

REVIEW: 'Superstore' - Amy and Dina Go Into Labor and Have Vastly Different Experiences in 'Delivery Day'

NBC's Superstore - Episode 4.05 "Delivery Day"

Amy and Dina are both in labor! While Glenn's manager status gets Dina the royal treatment at the fancy hospital, Amy and Jonah have a far different experience at a nearby (and cheaper) clinic. At Cloud 9, Garrett struggles to express his best wishes for the new parents.

In 2018, it has become very difficult to keep up with every television show out there. It's even more difficult to provide adequate coverage on this site about the episodes that air every week. Not every show can get full coverage because of my busy and hectic viewing schedule. As such, some reviews will now be condensed to give only some summary thoughts. But it also affords a space for me to jot down my thoughts on the various episodes. And so, here are my thoughts on this week's episode of NBC's Superstore.

"Delivery Day" was written by Gabe Miller and directed by Daniella Eisman

It's crazy to think that Amy and Dina are naturally giving birth on the same day. Their pregnancy storylines occurred at vastly different times last season. This season has even pointed out that Dina is more pregnant than Amy even though Amy is the one dealing with more of the complications from the third trimester. And now, there even is a throwaway line about Dina being a week past her due date and needing to be induced while Amy's water breaks three weeks early - with no one at Cloud 9 thinking to clean it up afterwards either. It shows that not everyone follows the same schedule. Every pregnancy is different. Even though these children share the same birthday, they will grow up to be very different human beings. Moreover, Dina and Amy are both envious of what the other has during their experiences in the hospital. Amy and Jonah are horrified that they are turned away from the hospital Glenn takes them to simply because managers have a different insurance policy at Cloud 9 than employees. Amy is just as important to the store as Glenn is. And yet, she gets the short stick here because she has to keep going back to the clinic down the street. It is not sanitary in the slightest. This isn't the place where she wanted to give birth. But it's the only place where she can go without bankrupting her entire life. This baby will already require a lot of money. She shouldn't have to accept these poor conditions. She deserves better. However, her delivery also happens very smoothly. The biggest problem is trying to figure out what her relationship with Jonah actually is. They would both say that they are dating. But they don't know if Jonah belongs in the room or not. Everyone is confused and believes that he is the father. He's not but Adam doesn't make it to the clinic until the last push. He still gets the honor of cutting the umbilical cord. He is allowed to stay after the delivery. Amy and Adam can reminisce about the ways their new son is different than Emma. They have a past experience to compare all of this to. Moreover, Amy is thankful to Jonah for being there. But it still remains pretty awkward as well. Meanwhile, Dina has the star treatment thanks to Glenn and Jerusha. She is able to flirt with the active team of doctors working on her. That makes her more comfortable. And yet, she has to be pulled in to deliver via a C-section. It's not the way that she wanted to give birth. It's not as easy as she was expecting it to be. This is the biggest complication for her so far. Even though she constantly makes fun of Glenn, she wants him and Jerusha in the operating room with her. It will be comforting to be around the people she knows. Sure, it's hilarious to watch as Glenn is trapped and forced to witness every bloody detail of this procedure. He throws up and it slowly leaks out of his mouth. That's absolutely hilarious. But it's also so grounded and moving when Dina takes some time with her daughter to pass along every kind of advice she can before handing her over to Glenn and Jerusha. She hopes that she gave her a strong first nine months of life. That's so sweet and moving. It's so unexpected from Dina. However, the series has shown across its run that Dina really does genuinely care about the world around her. This is a celebration even though she is left with the scars while everyone else gets a baby. She finished her role and is very proud of everything that she did despite this now seeming like the end.