Episode 22 – Leap to Faith
Michael’s falsified progress reports have earned them both promotions and the new torture plan will be widely implemented. Michael “reveals” to Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason that they are in the Bad Place, and announces the demons will destroy and abandon the neighborhood while the humans will be remanded to traditional torture the next day.
The four consider exposing Michael to Shawn or fleeing to Mindy St. Clair’s house, but Eleanor realizes Michael mentioned Kierkegaard as a cue for them to take a leap of faith on him, and his cruel roast of them encoded a plan.
Mindy is delighted when a sexually willing Derek arrives at her house with cocaine.
Shawn: When you proposed this new form of torture, we all laughed behind your back. Some people called you names, like “the Thomas Edison of Incompetence”, or “That Dick”.
Shawn: Hello, imbeciles. We need to study everything that happened here. There was a first version that collapsed, but the second has been a huge success. We’ll be shutting this place down. The four of you will be brought to the real Bad Place, where your brains will be removed, studied, and batted about a stadium like beach balls. Your arms will be peeled like bananas; that part’s just for fun.
Michael: [laughing] Right.
Shawn: And then you will be tortured for, you know. Ever.
Tahani: No, sorry, and no offense, Jason, but the stakes here are too high to let someone with your limited intellectual processing capacity weigh in.
Jason: I was gonna agree with you.
Tahani: Oh, great, well that’s two votes for my plan.
Jason: I never thought I’d be the one to say it, but this is getting outta hand. I think we gotta go to the cops.
Eleanor: What cops? Where do you think we are!?
Michael: “Humans… make a lot of mistakes when they’re horny.”
Michael: Eleanor and I have a lot in common. Now here’s how you can tell us apart: One of us is a manipulative demon who’s an expert at making other people miserable, and then the other one is me!
Tahani: Oh, Michael, we never doubted you for a moment.
Michael: Thank you, Tahani. You’re lying, though, right?
Tahani: Yes, I am. I doubted you very strongly.