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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.

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.


Good Place 1.5

Episode 5 – Category 55 Doomsday Crisis

Eleanor meets a new couple

Eleanor is pleased that she is learning to be considerate of others and learning about John Stuart Mill‘s Utilitarianism, but Chidi is dissatisfied with spending all of his time teaching Eleanor.

Michael protects the neighborhood from the sinkhole by quarantining all of the residents. He insists that Eleanor and Chidi host a couple who live near the sinkhole; the observant couple concludes that Chidi is hiding something.

A new couple is introduced that threaten to find the big secret. And the sinkhole magically disappears. Is Michael a fraud ?

Michael: Tahani, dear, could you show us to a private room where no-one could see or hear us even if I yelled very loudly out of fear?

Michael: Aah! It got bigger? Ah! Well! That, that’s so, so normal! Uh, this is the reaction I have when things are incredibly mundane and expected, I’m gonna leave now, at my regular pace, as I do in most scenarios. [Takes off running]

Chidi: I am not going to have sex with someone to get them to stop talking to me!
Eleanor: Really? You and I are very different.


Good Place 1.4

Episode 4 – Jason Mendoza

Jianyu (above) tells Eleanor he is really Jason Mendoza, a Filipino American drug dealer and amateur DJ from Jacksonville, Florida who has gone along with the fiction of being a monk because the supposed vow of silence enables him to avoid detection.

Jason decides to express his true identity, while Eleanor and a stunned Chidi try to convince him to stay hidden, fearing Eleanor will also be exposed.

Eleanor is no longer alone as the single ‘fake’. Now she looks like the ethical one and the conspiracy expands.

Michael: Any place or thing in the universe can be up to 104% perfect. That’s how you got Beyoncé.

Eleanor: But Tahani said that you helped Michael by putting your hand on his chest and doing some sort of healing magic.
Jason: Yeah, a nurse did that to calm me down once when I crashed my jet-ski into a manatee.
Eleanor: You crashed your jet-ski into a manatee?
Jason: Yeah. I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. It happens a lot.

Eleanor: Ahhh, knowing yourself. Is he talking about what I think he’s talking about? [flashes eyebrows suggestively]
Chidi: No, Eleanor, once again, none of these philosophers is ever talking about masturbation.

Michael: I will do everything in my power to encourage him. Well, not everything. I won’t give him a second mouth. Unless that would be helpful. No. Better not risk it.

Jason: Oh! I got a plan. We hack into Michael’s phone, download all his nudes, and then blackmail him.
Eleanor: …No. What are you t- no!
Jason: Yo, you should listen to me! I came up with hundreds of plans in my life and only one of them got me killed.

Chidi: You broke… the world.
[Eleanor smiles]
Chidi: That’s not a compliment.

Tahani: The launch was a disaster, poor Jianyu was so terrified that I fear he may never speak again, my hair is barely cascading down my shoulders…

Jason: I am here to learn about ethnics.
Chidi: Wow! That’s great, man! Um, I mean, it’s ethics, but that’s great!
Jason: [To Eleanor] Pretty sure it’s ethnics.
Eleanor: Hey, buddy, I’m proud of you. This is your first step towards not sucking.
Jason: Cool. I just have two questions: When are football tryouts, and does this school have a prom.
Chidi: Ohhhh nooo.
Eleanor: Oh wow. For the first time ever, I’m the smartest kid in class.

Good Place 1.3

Episode 3 – Tahani Al-Jamil

Eleanor suspects Tahani of writing the note but ultimately accepts that Tahani is genuinely good and begins to form a real friendship with her, comforting her over her dissatisfaction with Jianyu’s vow of silence.

Michael tries to get Chidi to take up a hobby, but Chidi only wants to work on his ethics manuscript.

In which we get a course on ethics from Chidi (above)  and confirm the  suspicion that philosophers are crap at writing concise prose.

Eleanor: It’s like, who died and left Aristotle in charge of ethics?
Chidi Plato.

Janet: Fun fact! Columbus is in the Bad Place because of all the raping, slave trade, and genocide!

Chidi: This equipment is very scary!
Janet: Don’t be a baby. It can’t hurt you. Watch, I’ll blowtorch your face off.


Good Place 1.2

Introducing Immanuel Kant’s Metaphysics of Morals, Chidi considers teaching Eleanor to be a good person. Tahani organizes a clean up day, but anyone who volunteers will miss out on the opportunity to fly. Chidi suggests Eleanor volunteer in order to prove that she has the capacity for selflessness. She does, but she hides the trash to go flying after all, causing a trash storm to occur.

Chidi, on helping Eleanor: “Well, I’ve narrowed it down to two possibilities: Yes and no.”

Eleanor: I’m just saying, I’m not the only one with flaws. So how can we be sure this is my fault?
Chidi: You hogged all the shrimp and now there are shrimp flying around. You called Tahani a giraffe, and now there are giraffes everywhere.


Good Place 1.1

Time for something lighter.

The Good Place

Ted Danson is a long time favorite, and Kristen Bell a top comedic actor. Put them together, what could go wrong ?

Well, she could die, which is the premise of the show. “The Good Place” as a Heaven-like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. She soon realizes that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect behavior and try to become a better person.

This is bright any breezy, reminding me in tone of Pushing Daisies, a show I loved. It’s available on Netflix.

In episode one we get the setup and the first problem to arise (gigantic insects ?)


Laketop 1.3

Robin has dinner at Al’s ultramodern, immaculate, lakeside house. Robin tells Al she thinks Tui’s note, that said “No One”, meant there were multiple rapists. Al counsels Robin she is getting too involved in Tui’s case, likely because of Robin’s own history of having been gang raped, at age 15.

Just when I thought things were going to get interesting, with a police procedural crime series, things take a downwards turn.

Robin has dark secrets, with the rape revelation. And everyone is obsessed with sex. I can see things are going down a dark, depressing hole. After three episodes, this has become dull, time to bail.