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Good Place 1.13

Episode  13 – Michael’s Gambit

Michael at work

Judge Shawn decides that they can choose any two of the four to go to the Bad Place.

Many arguments are made for who should go and who should stay, with Real Eleanor deciding to take one place. As arguments become more heated and frustrating, Eleanor has an epiphany: the four of them have been torturing each other not by accident but by design, meaning they’ve been in the Bad Place all along.

Jason: Let’s look at this ethnically.
Chidi: For what I hope is the last time, it is ethically.
Jason: You guys helped me and Eleanor, right? But we’re bad. So you helping us was bad. It’s basic consequentialism: The morality of an action is soley judged on its consequences.
Chidi: Great. The one time you actually remember something from class.

Jason: Oh yeah. Didn’t you raise like a thousand dollars for charity or whatever?
Tahani: Uh. Sixty billion, actually, so.


Good Place 1.12

Episode 12 – Mindy St. Claire

Eleanor and Mindy St Claire


Eleanor, Jason, and Janet escape to a “Medium Place” inhabited by Mindy St. Claire (Maribeth Monroe), an 80’s attorney who generally led a selfish life, but whose actions just prior to her death led to a massive global charity being formed.

Cashier: So! Big plans this weekend?
Eleanor: Yep. I’m gonna sit alone in my house, watching wedding fails on YouTube, drinking margaritas through a Twizzler straw until I pass out on top of my vibrator.

Janet: Jason taught me about sexy things.
Eleanor: Oh yeah? What things did he say are sexy.
Janet: Lamborghinis, cool snakes, spinning rims, [Eleanor looks baffled] twenty thousand followers on Instagram, girls with pigtails eating lollipops, [Eleanor turns to glare at Jason, who makes a hand gesture] latex pants, Carl’s Jr. Ads, and sex.

Bad Janet: [chimes and appears on the opposite side of the desk from where Shawn is looking] What up, ding-dongs. Yeah, so basically, um, the fake Eleanor’s a dirtbag, and these jabroonis are gonna try and claim she’s less of a dirtbag now, but she just stole your train and she still sucks bad and she belongs with us. Oh, also, check this out. [farts] Nailed it.

Janet: Ooh, I’ve never had to walk before! This is fun! [three seconds of walking pass] Now I’m bored. Walking is dumb.

Jason: You guys have fun. This is me and Janet’s honeymoon, so we’re gonna go try and figure out how to have sex.

Good Place 1.11

Chapter 11 – What’s My Motivation

Tahani suggests that Eleanor be allowed to accrue points in the Good Place; starting at -4,000, she must exceed 1,200,000. She performs good deeds and recreates Tahani’s welcoming party, winning over her neighbors with humor, but her score only increases when she advises Chidi to respond favorably to Real Eleanor’s declaration of love.

Eleanor learns that, since her motivation is self-preservation, her actions won’t increase her score.

It turns out that Chidi is mute when it comes to declarations of love. Eleanor’s redemption turns out to be an example of self-motivated giving. At the end, it looks like She is leaving ‘The Good Place’.

Tahani: Eleanor! Everyone hates you!
Eleanor: [cheerfully] Well fork you too!

Janet: I’m sorry, I’ve never kissed anyone before. Is one tongue okay? I can add more tongues.

Jason: I know what we gotta do. We’re gonna rob this restaurant.
Pillboi: Great idea! But what if we get caught?
Jason: We’ll just get married so that no-one can testify against us.

Jason: Hey, we thought of everything. Except for an alibi and an escape route, but we’ll figure it out as we go. You don’t wanna overthink these things.

Officer Prawnmandler: So the “plan” was to pretend to install a safe with your friend hiding inside it, he pops out, steals the money from the restaurant, gets back in the safe, then you come back in and uninstall it.
Pillboi: I refuse to discuss my fifth amendment rights until I concur with your attorney.
Prawnmandler: Sure. Look, we found your buddy’s plans, we know he was the… “brains”. You were just an accomplice. If you get lucky, you might get probation.
Pillboi: Jason going to jail?
Prawnmandler: No, man. Jason’s dead. He suffocated in that safe. There were no air holes. Pus he did a bunch of whippits while he was in there, which couldn’t have helped.


Space Clans

Space Police: Attack of the Mammary Clans
(Space Police #1)
by David Blake (2018)

Detective Inspector Capstan wakes up in the 25th century to find that he’s been in a state of suspended animation for over four hundred years.

As he’s forced to adjust to life he finds himself reinstated as a policeman, and together with the great great great great grandson of his former subordinate, Sergeant Dewbush, he’s put on the case of a missing cow.

Close to the works of Simon Haynes, it’s absurdist comedic science fiction. It’s a good combination of witty dialog, silly script and just enough science to make it into the genres.

A fun read, will probably read the three upcoming sequels and the previous four novels.


Good Place 1.10

Episode 10 – Chidi’s Choice

Chidi about to get killed

While working together on Eleanor’s defense case, Real Eleanor makes Eleanor realize she loves Chidi. Tahani confronts Jason and learns Chidi inspired his kind gestures.

Chidi panics when Eleanor and Tahani both tell him they love him. Michael successfully encourages Chidi to make a decision.

An Oxford book store is celebrating the success of The Good Place by selling the moral philosophy and ethics books referenced by Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper) in the series – and its efforts are going viral.

Here are just some of the books on offer at ‘Chidi’s Choice’ in Broad Street Blackwell’s, Oxford:
– What We Owe to Each Other – TM Scanlon
– Groundwork of the Metaphysical of Morals – Emmanuel Kant
– The essential works of Foucault 1954-1984 – Michel Foucault
– Concluding Unscientific Postscript – Søren Kierkegaard
– Reasons and Persons – Derek Parfit
– Utilitarianism and Other Essays – John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham
– Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy – Bernard Williams

Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, England

Michael: That’s the spirit! Don’t even think about the fact that our slightest misstep could cause Fake Eleanor to suffer for eternity.
Chidi: ‘s all I’m thinking about now!
Michael: Yep! Shouldn’t’ve said that. Regretted it immediately.

Michael: Listen, I don’t need the Chidi who once had a panic attack during rock-paper-scissors because there were, and I quote, “just too many variables”. I need the Chidi who stormed in here and told me to stop Eleanor’s train without thinking of consequences

Chidi: It would be easier to sort out the issue of dry-erase versus paper if I could write down the pros and cons of each, but, of course, I would have to use one of them to write down the pros and cons for them, which is problematic.

Michael: If you can’t make a choice, this whole neighborhood could fall apart!

Chidi: I need to step outside. For some air. And… I will not be back… for many days.

Janet: Does anybody here object to this marriage?
Eleanor: [simultaneously] Of course we do! How could we not object?
Tahani: [simultaneously] Yes, this is a terrible idea.
Janet: Overruled.



Good Place 1.9

Episode 9 Someone Like Me as a Member

As negotiations begin to determine the fates of the Eleanors, Michael uses Tahani’s house as a meeting place only for the Bad Place demons to turn the event into a party where they walk all over Michael, much to Tahani’s dismay.

Meanwhile, Chidi and the real Eleanor bond over dinner with Eleanor and Trevor.

I assume the title is a reference to the Groucho Marx quote:


The demons  come over and misbehave. The ‘Bad Place’ looks to be more fun (apart from the torture).

Michael: The real Eleanor was attending a conference on the death penalty and you stopped by to pick up food for a local homeless shelter. And fake Eleanor was there buying margarita mix and a magazine called “Celebrity Baby Plastic Surgery Disasters”.

Michael: I mean, what do you get somebody who wants to eat a unicorn? A unicorn bib! Yes! No! No! Unicorn holders, you know, like, like corn holders, but for unicorns?
Tahani: Perhaps it would be better if we just move away from the unicorn thing altogether.

Chidi: Wait, what was your house like?
Real Eleanor: Well, I was living in what I assume is Eleanor’s worst nightmare. Every day was basically one endless baby shower for a woman I didn’t know, but also somehow I had to organize it? And if I didn’t remember everyone’s name, I got a very strong electric shock.

Real Eleanor: And then at night it was pretty classic torture. Uh, flying piranhas, lava monsters, college improv, and there was always jazz music playing.
Eleanor: Ugh, I hate jazz. Every jazz song is like forty minutes long. It’s like, “We get it, you can blow on a trumpet. Wrap it up, Elton John.”
Chidi: Famously a piano player.

Trevor: Can’t believe you thought you could pretend to be real Eleanor. She’s like a perfect ball of light, and you’re like a… wet pile of mulch. Someone made a person out of wet mulch and leaves and, like, dead slugs, and that’s you.

Dana: This sucks. How do you guys eat without listening to hardcore porn?

Trevor: I mean, honestly, you’ll be happier in the Bad Place. I mean don’t get me wrong, you’ll be miserable. We willtorture you. But you’ll also be happier, because you won’t have to keep trying to fit in somewhere you just don’t belong.

Michael: You can summon every evil creature you have, every weapon in your arsenal, every four-headed flying bear – they have them down there. [Jason looks to Real Eleanor, shocked, for confirmation; she nods] But we are not giving up. I believe that Eleanor belongs in the Good Place. If I’m wrong you can take her to the Bad Place and punish her all you want, just really go to town on her-.

Good Place 1.8

Episode 8 Most Improved Player

Eleanor gets tested by Michael


Michael interviews Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason about Eleanor and Janet’s death. After finally getting Eleanor’s file from Janet (who is still re-learning things and had been only producing different types of cacti beforehand), he learns that Eleanor ruined a friend’s dress, leading to a lawsuit that bankrupted innocent dry cleaners, public humiliation of the friend, and Eleanor’s personal profit via t-shirts insulting her friend.

Eleanor finally confesses, and Michael plans to take her to ‘The Bad Place’. After not talking to Jainya, he changes his mind. Now there are two versions of Eleanor in the ‘Good Place’.

Michael: People who go to the Bad Place, Eleanor! That’s the point! And unless I can figure out a compelling reason to keep you here, you will spend eternity with murderers and arsonists and people who take off their shoes and socks on commercial airlines!

Trevor: This is the 3:18 to the Bad Place, making thousands of stops for literally no reason. Now, you’ll notice it’s very hot in here, and it will get one degree hotter every time you think about how hot it is. Oops! You just thought about it.

Chidi: You just casually cited Immanuel Kant. Yeah, I know we’re in a miserable bind here, but this might be the proudest day of my life.
Eleanor: No offense, but that’s a real bummer of a life.

Good Place 1.7

Episode 7 – The Eternal Shriek

Eleanor tries to press the button

Michael announces that his “retirement” will consist of eternal torture. Rather than tell the truth, Eleanor decides to “kill” Janet because only she can initiate Michael’s retirement.

She and Chidi argue over activating Janet’s killswitch and Chidi ends up pushing the button while trying to stop Jason from doing so.

Chidi may be the more interesting character as it seems he is the one who changes through the series. Eleanor has been the same, maybe a little less selfish.

Michael: My soul will be disintegrated, and each molecule will be placed on the surface of a different burning sun. And then my… my essence will be scooped out of my body with a flaming ladle and poured over hot diamonds.
Tahani: Oh, well the diamonds sound lovely.
Michael: They’re not.

Chidi: You cannot kill Janet! Killing is one of the most famous… moral… no-nos!

Eleanor claims that in her plan the ends justify the means.
Chidi: Do you know who said that?
Eleanor: Was it someone nice and great, like Oprah?
Chidi: It was Machiavelli. A very non-Oprah-like figure.

After killing Janet
Eleanor: We have fun, don’t we Chidi?
Chidi: I have never been more stressed out in my entire life.

Dead Inside

Dead Inside
(Dan Deadman Space Detective #2)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

Dan Deadman is having one of those days. After saving the grim and gritty alien city of Down Here from something big, mean and mind-bendingly horrible, Dan is looking forward to unwinding in the closest available bar. Annoyingly, the universe has other ideas.

Instead, Dan finds himself investigating a cheating husband, two horrible murders, and the potential enslavement of everyone in the galaxy. With his caseload stretching his woefully limited detective skills, his car in pieces, and the whole ‘being dead’ thing not doing him any favors, Dan has no choice but to ask his friends for help….

The second in the series seems to have lost some of the spark of the first. Where there was witty banter before, now it feels flat.

It’s not that it’s bad, just an average read.


Good Place 1.6

Episode 6 – What We Owe to Each Other

Eleanor is left with the dog

Eleanor distracts Michael from his investigation in order to avoid detection. He tells her that architects don’t normally live in neighborhoods; doing so was his own idea and will be discredited by his failure.

Meanwhile, Tahani tries to bond with Jianyu, forcing Chidi to go to great lengths to protect Jason’s secret.

Chidi and Tahani end up bonding, but Tahani ultimately accepts Jianyu as her soulmate after he gives her a gift that Chidi arranged.

Featuring one very fat dog. Was it CGI ? Bulked up for the part. We may never know.

Eleanor: Well, my first rule would be that no-one can veto my rules.
Chidi: Well that’s called tyranny, and it’s generally frowned upon.

Eleanor: I need to find a way to both help him and not help him at the same time.
Chidi: That’s literally not possible.
Eleanor: Oh really? I once posed as a hot prom date for my cousin, both helping him and, later, according to his therapist, not helping him.

Janet: Does not compute. Does not compute. I’m just kidding. I mean, it doesn’t compute, but I’m not gonna explode or anything.

Michael: There’s something so human about taking something great and ruining it a little so you can have more of it.
Eleanor: Huh! That is very human.