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.
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.