Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jianyu literally made a deal with the devil on this week’s The Good Place.
For the first time in weeks, the series didn’t venture between realities and hop timelines. There was no groundhog day, no one even pressed the reset button.
Instead, Michael confessed everything to the foursome that he vowed to torture and torment for the rest of their lives. There’s a moment where I truly think he’s actually warmed up to the humans and wants to befriend them. They clearly aren’t as stupid as he thought since they’ve continuously figured it out. Plus, he’s always had a penchant for all things human so I’d like to get his backstory and see his motives for building a world with humans. Did he really want to torture them or did he want to be around the foul-smelling creatures because of a secret liking to them?
Then posed the question – will they join his side in the fight against Vicki, the Clam Chowder shop owner threating to out Michael and all of his failed attempts.
Without them, Michael is doomed. But he also knows that they don’t really have a choice; either they pretend to be clueless while keeping their memories or they all burn in hell, literally.
Throughout the episode, Eleanor keeps insisting that they cannot trust Michael because he’s a liar, he’s meticulously planned their demise and reset them 802. Plus as a liar herself, she knows there’s no way he’ll keep his word.
But the viewers know that if Eleanor and team don’t agree, there is no show. So we go through the motions of seeing them grapple with this decision before finally agreeing, on their terms of course. They agree to pretend to believe they’re in the Bad Place only if Michael agrees to join Chidi’s ethics classes.
The hope – if they all learn to become be good people, maybe they can somehow weasel their way into the good plus. This thinking proves that they don’t actually belong in The Good Place and never have but it’s also human nature to attempt anything to save yourself from eternal damnation.
The best moment of the episode is hands down when Tahani, sure that she actually belongs in the Good Places, asks Michael how she died. On Earth, she was a self-centered and insecure person who only did good deeds for the recognition and self-fulfillment. But she could never live up to her sister Kamilah, who everyone simply worshipped. One night, she snuck into Kamilah’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame party and was crushed by an ice sculpture of her sister after she tried to tear it down. fed up with seeing her always in the spotlight, tried to take down an ice sculpture of her.
Literally, she was crushed by her sister in death. It’s kind of poetic. The realization motivates her to be a better Tahani.
The episode served as a sort of buffer for what’s to come. Living in Vicki’s world will be a test on them all. Will they be believable? Will Chidi and Eleanor’s relationship, which we know will definitely blossom, give them away? Will Jianyu aka Jason spill the beans because really, he’s the one I’d be the most skeptical about. And can Michael really keep his promise? Or will he turn on them the minute he gets the credit for building a successful torture world?