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Superstore: Lauren Ash recaps season 2, episode 2

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Every week, the cast and crew of NBC’s megastore-comedy, Superstore, are taking EW readers behind the scenes of each episode. This week, actress Lauren Ash, who plays Dina, clues us in on what really went down in the second episode of season 2, “Back to Work.”

Annnnd we’re back in the store! After shooting last week’s “Strike” episode outside during a 105+ degree heatwave (that’s 40+ Celsius for my fellow Canucks), I could not have been more grateful to be back on our frigidly air conditioned sound stages to shoot “Back to Work.”  After a diagnosis of heat exhaustion caused me to be bedridden for the entire weekend after we wrapped “Strike” (which subsequently forced me to cancel a trip to Vegas to see a blink-182 concert), I’ve actually vowed to never ever complain about our stages being cold again. I could be blue-lipped and shivering between takes, and I wouldn’t say a word.

“Back to Work” was written by the impossibly funny Eric Ledgin, and was directed by comedy legend Michael McDonald. They’re basically a dream team. Like the 1992-93 Blue Jays World Series Champions. Which would make Michael McDonald our Cito Gaston… and I’m going to go ahead and stop this analogy right now, before you all lose interest and click on the latest Carpool Karaoke or “kitten and duck are unlikely BFFs” video.

“Strike” introduced our fantastic guest star Michael Bunin as Jeff Sutton. In this episode, I had an uncontrollable laughing fit when he improvised a bit about how his hotel flooded, but somehow only his room got wet. I completely ruined that take by laughing. Sorry about that again, Mike.

This episode also features the hilarious Jon Barinholtz as Marcus. You may remember him from last season when Dina unceremoniously rebounded from Jonah’s rejection by taking Marcus home for risotto and Hoosiers. Jon is a friend of mine — we met during my time performing at the Second City in Chicago, and I’m so excited he’s back for more episodes this season. Whether he has both of his thumbs or not…

I would also be remiss if I didn’t shout out Kaliko Kauahi, who plays the downtrodden Sandra. This woman endures take after take of me yelling horrifically mean things at her. She is as lovely as she is hilarious, and I am so glad she’s back this season for more of Dina’s abuse.

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Oh my gosh guys, I just checked and I’m dangerously close to my 400 word limit and I haven’t even gotten into the recap yet! I’m basically the Charles Dickens of EW episode recaps!  

Okay, so, to recap: I ate a lot of salt ‘n vinegar chips in the last scene of this episode, which were delicious. Also, prior to taping this episode, I had never seen an episode of Dog Whisperer. So, since Dina had to impersonate Cesar Millan’s training noises, I watched an episode of the show and immediately became hooked. To date, I’ve spent over $60 buying seasons of his shows on Amazon. I’ve never seen an episode of The Wire or Breaking Bad, but I’ve viewed over six seasons of Dog Whisperer. I’m a mess of a human. Like, the kind of person who would write a recap of an episode of a TV show that involved absolutely no recapping whatsoever…

Superstore airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.