The Good Place, episode ten

Now that they are on the train is on its way to the bad place, Chidi is having second thoughts. Michael goes over the plan. He gives them disguises. They go over their secret identities and Chidi is falling further and further into the rabbit hole. Eleanor gives him a pep talk while Tahani and Michael try to teach Janet to be a Bad Janet.

They get to hell and Michael has to get pins for the others so they can get through the portal to see the judge. He leaves them in the museum of human misery because he figures they won’t have to interact with anyone. It doesn’t work though because there is actually a party at the museum.

Michael goes to see his boss and tries to get the pins but it’s no use. His boss is up to something. At the party, the gang splits up. Chidi and Jason run into some guys that think they know Chidi and want help with some torture. Eleanor and Tahani send Janet to find out how long this event is lasting.

So Michael’s boss Sean sent an extraction team to get the humans from the medium place. They hope it goes fast so they can get to the museum. They are unveiling a new exhibit, about Michael’s neighborhood.

Eleanor coaches Chidi on how to make a new moral compass for the situation so that they can make it through. Janet finds out what the event is. The extraction operation is a go. Sean, Michael and a few others listen in and find that the humans are not there. Michael makes a run for it.

He gets away but Sean sends everyone out to look for him. Chidi gives torture advice. If it’s a dude that loves to party, give him books. Janet pulls him and Jason away just as the unveiling begins.

It’s animatronic┬áversions of the humans. Michael comes running in with pins, still attached to laundry. He tells them they have to go just as they get recognized. Jason saves the day by doing what he does best, lighting a molotov cocktail. They get away and get to the portal.

As the authorities close in, it becomes apparent that they don’t have enough pins. Michael sacrifices himself to ensure all four of them get through. He tells Eleanor to take care of the others.

This was a great episode. I love Michael though so I’m interested to see what they will do without him. I liked that it was Mr. Kristen Bell as one of the demons and that he hit on her too. That amused me.


The Good Place, episode nine

Eleanor is ready to ditch the neighborhood but Michael has to build a special vehicle. He wants a few days but the others tell him that it’s go time. He and Janet magic up a hot air balloon.

While they learn the controls, the others discuss what their real good place would be. Beaches and big houses and food and all sorts of great things. Chidi also wants to believe in soulmates. That harshes Eleanor’s buzz a bit. It’s time to board the balloon.

The only hitch in the plan is that they will be judged and need to be the best version of themselves to be allowed to board. Eleanor, Tahani and Jason have no problems. Chidi does though. Eleanor gives him a pep talk and it works. He can board but now Eleanor can’t.

She starts trying to figure out what version of her is her best self and comes up with the one where she loved Chidi. She has a moment and then gets an all clear but now Tahani can’t board. She thinks the scale is busted and fights with Janet who actually busts the scale. That’s when Michael admits he has not actual idea how to get to the good place.

He admits that he never knew and has been using the reboots to stall and find a way in. It’s too late though. They are out of time now. Eleanor decides that the best way to deal is to get drunk. They drink and have serious talks.

Tahani breaks up with Jason. Eleanor tells Chidi that she has feelings for him and then they give toasts. To one another, to Janet, to Michael and they name him an honorary human.

They keep drinking and dancing until a message from Michael’s boss. He will be there soon to torture the humans. That puts a damper on the party but Tahani remembers something. There is a judge that deals with disputes between where human belong. They can go see him.

That’s what they will do. They just have to journey through the bad place to a portal to find him. They all get a good night’s sleep before getting up and saying goodbye to the neighborhood and heading out.

I really like this show. I’m curious to see how this will be able to continue though. They neighborhood was like another character so without that it will be interesting.

The Good Place, episode eight

Michael has fooled his boss. He thinks the neighborhood project is a success. He promotes Michael to the high council. As such, the neighborhood will be destroyed and the group will be taken to the real bad place to be studied and tortured.

Chidi, Jason and Tahani are upset and want to come up with an escape plan. Eleanor thinks that they should take a leap of faith and trust Michael. The others are reluctant to agree.

While meeting with his boss, Michael gets an interruption. Vicky is there and she wants credit. He tells her that he will work something out if she spreads the word to keep the reboots quiet. She agrees.

In true bad place fashion. Michael hosts a roast of the humans. He gets nasty but Eleanor thinks that he is just putting on a show. By the end she starts to rethink that though.

As the demons rip the neighborhood apart, the humans brainstorm a plan as they talk about the roast. As Jason vents, Eleanor gets an idea. Vicky is still mad at Michael and tries to get the security bracelets off of Janet. The next morning she talks to the boss and ends up in a cocoon.

Bad Janet scans for humans but there are none in the neighborhood. The demons take off following a train bound for the medium place. As the demon train leaves, it is revealed the humans are hiding under the train on the tracks.

The clues were in the roast. He wanted them to stay and use Janet’s Derek to drive a decoy train. The demons are en route to the medium place and they are free. They might actually make it to the good place after all, Tahani says. Michael seems to grimace at that.

They are never actually getting to the good place. Let’s be real. There’s no show if they actually get a happily ever after. I”m glad that Eleanor trusted Michael and that they all worked together.

The Good Place, episode seven

Janet has made herself a boyfriend named Derek (Jason Mantzoukas). Michael needs them to go to the void and stay there while he handles this. He sends Jason and Tahani on a camping getaway. Eleanor is home alone watching herself a Chidi in bed from one of the other reboots. Chidi comes in and she hides the tape.

Michael stops by to get some ethical advice on the Janet situation but Chidi has no suggestions. The three of them talk it out. Michael wants to break Jason and Tahani up to save himself trouble. Chidi doesn’t think it’s a good plan.

Jason and Tahani talk and get to know each other. He proposes. Eleanor, Michael and Chidi come up with a plan. They will just make Derek stay in the void. They call Janet and Derek turns up too because they are fighting. He decides to go somewhere that isn’t the void.

Tahani talks through it and agrees to marry him. They want to do it that day and call Janet to arrange it. She seems upset. Eleanor, Michael and Chidi find Derek up a tree. They are trying to get him down when Janet turns up to invite them to the wedding. They decide they need to break the happy couple up immediately.

The wedding is in full swing when Eleanor, Michael and Chidi come and interrupt. They explain where Janet is at and what Derek is. Janet is frustrated and Eleanor realizes that she has real feelings and that a rebound isn’t enough. She needs to talk to Jason to resolve things. Janet agrees and gets rid of Derek.

With things settled, Janet takes Derek back to the void. Jason and Tahani are glad they aren’t married. They need to get to know each other still. Eleanor tells Chidi that in one reboot they were in love. He tells her he doesn’t have those feelings now.

She says that she is on the same page but she seems to be lying. Michael comes in to chat. They talk about ethics and that’s all. She says that it’s very human of him and he goes back to his office in a good mood. He gets there and finds his boss.

So Eleanor was lying right? She’s into Chidi and at some point that is just going to make this all super awkward. I feel bad for her. I’m glad they didn’t keep Derek long. That was annoying.

The Good Place, episode six

Michael sneaks into a middle zone and steals a Janet from the Good Place. That’s the one that’s been in the neighborhood and now that she’s glitching the entire neighborhood is in jeopardy. He has to read her instruction manual.

Vicky comes in to complain and finds out what is up. He distracts her and tells her to torture Chidi instead. Michael runs a diagnostic check and it might be because he lied. He admits that he’s been lying to her all along and she points out that there would have been glitches all along in that case.

Jason and Tahani come in looking for Janet. They need jalapeno poppers. When they admit they are together, another glitch happens. Michael thinks there is a correlation and sends them home. Janet explains that she knew that. It seems to be when she lies.

They dig deeper though. Michael realizes that it’s when Janet lies that a glitch occurs. She still has feelings for Jason and they intensify during each reboot. He has to get rid of her permanently to set things right. He isn’t too keen on it though.

Chidi comes in. He’s full of needles and wants to know if he should expect any other Vicky torture. Michael kicks him out. He’s having a lot of trouble destructing Janet. He flashes back to creating the universe with her. He still won’t do it.

Michael admits that he can’t do it because they are friends. She is his oldest truest friend. He thinks that he needs someone who knows about human emotion. Eleanor is brought in for a heartbreak pep talk. Janet thinks it works. She makes herself a rebound boyfriend. Michael thinks it’s a bad idea.

Janet is still a little in love with Jason. That’s spectacular. Also, Eleanor’s pep talk was great. This was interesting because this show is usually such an ensemble. I’m not sure if I liked it this way or not.

The Good Place, episode four

Chidi is holding his next ethics lesson. It seems that Eleanor and Tahani have a handle on it. Michael not so much. Class ends and Eleanor wants to hang out but Tahani and Jason make excuses and leave. They sleep together. Tahani doesn’t want anyone to know but Jason doesn’t get why.

Eleanor gives Chidi a pep talk. It seems to work. Tahani finds someone to talk to. Janet. Therapy is in session. Jason wanders in and gets some therapy too. Chidi calls Michael in for a special lesson. He has issue with the theoretical. He makes the trolley lesson more concrete, and zaps them onto a trolley. This is him trying.

Chidi and Michael go through more scenarios until Eleanor figures out that Michael was just doing this to torture Chidi. It’s the final straw. Chidi can’t deal and kicks Michael out of ethics class. Eleanor talks to Chidi. He thinks a tiger can’t change it’s stripes and that this was Michael’s plan all along. Eleanor thinks that she might have another idea.

Couples therapy is going well. They’ve realized that Eleanor takes Jason for granted and she is going to try and work on that. Eleanor confronts Michael about what he was doing to Chidi. He’s lashing out because he feels inferior.

Michael comes back to class and gives everyone gifts. Chidi calls it what it is. A bribe. He doesn’t want anything but an apology. Michael provides one and Chidi calls class to order. Therapy has been working well for Tahani and Jason but Janet is glitching and can’t fix it.

I like that Eleanor is getting the hang of things and wants to see Chidi happy. I also very much like Tahani and Jason together. This was good but felt kind of like filler.

The Good Place, episode four

Michael has his torture ideas all ready. He submits them to Vicky because she thinks she is running the neighborhood. It’s too long for her though and she has another idea. Throw a party at the same time as Tahani’s so that she feels like crap. Michael tells Tahani and Jason about it.

Chidi starts the first ethics lesson. Michael isn’t all that interested. Tahani and Jason are setting up for the loser party. She knows it will be the lesser attended function but decides to go big so that Vicky feels bad that she missed it. She summons Janet for help. Eleanorr and Chidi discuss how to get through to Michael. Chidi realizes that they need to show him that there are consequences.

He asks Michael to explain what would happen if he got caught defecting to their side. That causes a breakthrough. Chidi and Eleanor have to cheer Michael up. They bring him to Tahani’s and then all head to Vicky’s party together. The torture is working. Tahani is miserable. Michael has shoved his feelings down and is spending time with Janet.

Eleanor thinks that this is a step up, a mere mid-life crisis. Chidi tells her it is much worse. When he crashes it will be big time. Vicky gives a speech about Tahani’s party but she tells them this party is better. Michael gives a speech too but it’s mostly rambling and Vicky is none the wiser after.

Tahani admits she is miserable and leaves. Jason only realizes why after she walks away. Chidi and Eleanor try to snap Michael out of it. Chidi doesn’t think it can be solved with a book or a lesson though. Eleanor tells Michael that he is learning to be human and has to realize that they are a little bit sad all the time.

Jason goes to see Tahani. She realizes that she is really shallow and he cheers her up. He tells her that she is good at everything and shouldn’t be so hard on herself.

The next day Chidi reads the report that Michael gives to Vicky. He makes it sounds like their neighborhood is really working in the report but thanks Eleanor for her help. They notice Tahani and Jason aren’t there and wonder what’s keeping them. Jason and Tahani are still in bed after spending the night together.

I think Jason is so sweet to Tahani. I feel bad for her that her party was still a bust but she was never going to win. I like it better when Chidi and Eleanor just interact instead of them working together to deal with Michael.