First order of business this week: get into the “good place.”
But that isn’t as easy as it sounds. According to Michael, building a vehicle to get them there will take a few days and as we learned in last week’s episode, they only have roughly 24-hours before Michael is to destroy the neighborhood.
Michael looks for an alternative mode of transportation: a gold balloon.
As he tries to figure out how to get it to work, the humans enjoy frozen-yogurt for one last time.
Eleanor dreams up her ideal “good place” and it involves a beach, mai tais, and a phone. Basically, her idea of total happiness proves that she doesn’t belong in the actual good place at all. But since they’ve all had the ability to progress and become better people, they don’t necessarily deserve eternal suffering either.
That’s neither here nor there because their ride is here.
Tahani is very impressed with it even though it doesn’t have business class but there’s a catch to it all — the balloon will only transport those who have attained self-realization.
To find out if you’ll be able to board, one must on the scale, your soul will be weighed and if you are the best version of yourself, you will board. Otherwise, passage will be declined.
Once again, it sounds easy enough but for a group of individuals who have literally been eight-hundred different versions of themselves and lousy human beings while on Earth, this is a tall order.
Jason, Tahani, and Eleanor all get green lights but unfortunately, Chidi is served with a red.
And he knows exactly why — he questions whether or not he’s actually the best version of himself. How will he ever know?
Everyone de-boards because they run as a pack. After some soul-searching, Eleanor is able to convince Chidi but then she’s served with a red light.
“Chidi got in my head,” she tells the group.
Once again, every de-boards but Tahani is so eager to gain passage, she turns into the worst version of herself, offering to leave behind the people who have yet to “figure it out.”
Eventually, Michaels confesses that none of this matters because he lied: he has NO IDEA how to get into the good place. If he was still simply a demon, he wouldn’t feel bad about lying but since he now encompasses human emotion, he feels guilty about lying.
He thought he’d be able to buy more time to find a solution but now, he’s out of ideas.
Eleanor has one that’s always worked for her on Earth — ignore their problems and drink heavily.
So they do. They throw themselves a proper party, which rivals the party thrown by the demons on their last day in the neighborhood.
There’s something so pure about these humans, who may have done questionable things while on Earth, celebrating their final moments together after learning so much about themselves.
If you’re going to get sent to your own personal hell — mine would be filled with spiders — you better enjoy yourself before you go!
In her drunk-induced state, Eleanor and team forgive Michael and make him an honorary human.
Sure he lied, but he made an effort and in the end, that’s all that really matters.
It’s hilarious that Michael thought all he ever wanted was to torture these humans but then secretly became friends with them. He became one of them. Maybe the whole reason he even wanted to create this “neighborhood” wasn’t to become the best but to experience human interaction, which he’s always been fascinated with.
He finally reveals that there is one very futile and insane plan that they could try: talking to the judge.
In order to get to the judge, they have to walk through the bad place without getting caught, pass through the portal and then convince the judge to hear them out, even after they didn’t go through the proper channels.
With nothing left to lose, drunk Eleanor decides that they should attempt it, regardless of the outcome.
So even in their death, they still do the most human thing possible — make a careless decision with absolutely no guarantee that it’ll be successful.
First thing tomorrow (next week’s episode), they’re heading to the bad place!
Best line of the week goes to Jason: “Maybe I should have realized this wasn’t the good place cause of all the diarrhea.”