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.