Superstore: Cecily Strong, McKayla Maroney, Tara Lipinski appear in Olympics episode
McKayla Maroney, Tara Lipinski, and Apolo Anton Ohno are among the Olympian guest stars
Why settle for bargain sales when you can aim for Olympic gold?
Timed to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, NBC will air an Olympics-themed episode of Superstore, which sees Amy (America Ferrera) achieve both a personal and career highlight when a Cloud 9 Olympics promotion offers her the chance to meet her idol, gold medal gymnast Missy Jones (played by SNL’s Cecily Strong). Talk about the opportunity to score a perfect 10, right?
Check out a first look at that meeting in the exclusive photo above, and be sure to note Missy Jones’ ponytail, track suit, and magically cheesy book title, Believe It Achieve It.
But the super-sized guest star wattage doesn’t end with Strong, as EW can exclusively reveal some real-life Olympians who have been tapped to make their Superstore debut: Apolo Anton Ohno, Tara Lipinski, and McKayla Maroney are also slated to appear in the episode.
And of course, jumping through Olympic rings – er, hoops – isn’t something just left for the professionals. The episode will see Glenn (Mark McKinney) struggle with his over-the-top pride for Team America, while Dina’s (Lauren Ash) plan to create a one-of-a-kind closing ceremony for her colleagues might not be the stuff gold medal dreams are made of. Plus, Jonah (Ben Feldman) is back, and learns a secret about Mateo’s (Nico Santos) past that might change his future. And fans, don’t worry: series regulars Colton Dunn and Nichole Bloom are back too.
The Olympics-themed episode of Superstore airs Friday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 p.m. on NBC. The second season officially returns Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.
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