The Good Place has completed its journey and is ready to go.
No crazy twist. No insane change of status quo. No dressing.
“Whenever You’re Ready” is the final chapter of The Good Place, and evokes the power and emotion that it does precisely because it doesn’t go wild.
The episode focuses in on each character, providing us a glimpse at what was important to them in their lives and what is important to them in their afterlife. From a narrative perspective, this approach allows the show to dive into the characters one last time to give us a perspective on what’s important to them and allows us to feel – just as they feel – when and why they are ready to leave the Good Place.
Jason has his time with Janet, completes the perfect game of Madden with his dad cheering him on, and throws a final party with his dance crew and EDM before heading off.
Tahani creates a positive relationship with her parents and her sister, then throws one final gathering of which she personally created every aspect of, including the furniture and food. A wonderful moment, as instead of tasking others with her every party need, she finally assumes the role of all those smaller jobs she at one point considered below her. Afterwards, Tahani finds a new calling in her afterlife and decides to become an architect.
Chidi witnesses his mother share her love with Eleanor and Eleanor’s mother treat her like a daughter. Yet he decides to stay a little while longer to allow Eleanor all the time with him that she needed.
Each of these stories is told from the focused character’s perspective, instead of as a unit. What gives the episode its sense of cohesion is that all these characters cross paths with each other through choice – Jason brings his friends to his party, Tahani meets up for a final gathering, and Chidi intertwines himself with Eleanor. The episode never feels disjointed despite having a distinct vignette structure.
However, alongside providing us perspective on these characters, this approach also provides perspective on what our lives are like (according to The Good Place). Asides from the dressing of these events being incredible (such as playing Madden on the jumbotron in a football stadium or walking through magic doors to go to Athens), each of these moments are small.
Tahani plays croquet with her family. Chidi walks around his old neighborhood. Jason tries to make Janet dinner.
These are the moments that make our own lives worth living. The connections and reflections we create are what we hold on to, and the ability to experience these moments is a gift. These simple moments are what allow each of these characters to move on from their lives because these are the moments that give them a sense of completeness.
These are the moments that Michael has been aching to experience his entire demon life.
Michael and Eleanor are the last two members of the squad remaining in The Good Place (Janet, of course, is still with them, but she will not be crossing through the doorway at any point, or so it seems). I am thrilled that these two are left together.
Michael and Eleanor are the reasons that everything on The Good Place happened. Eleanor and Chidi may have been the couple, but Eleanor and Michael were the team. Michael obviously started the series with his experiment, and Eleanor pushed it forward by constantly figuring it out.
The two are cut from the same cloth and Michael started his journey to the light side because of his ability to relate to Eleanor. Narratively, these two needed to be our ushers out of the story.
In a beautiful role reversal, Eleanor requests to Judge Gen that Michael be allowed to go to Earth to live out the rest of his life as a human, just as he had pleaded to Gen way back in Season 2’s “Somewhere Else.” Eleanor knows that Michael needs to experience human life to feel that he is complete, as he’s lost his way in the afterlife after running out of problems to solve.
Michael’s desire to be human has been present throughout the series, and the way he laughs at dropping a microwave dinner that is too hot reminds us how lucky we are to just be alive. Life is so full of stupid moments that not only do we take for granted, but ignore or actively get annoyed by.
This can’t be helped, and there are plenty of legitimately annoying occurrences in the world (why do people leave DVD’s in the DVD player?????), but it’s nice to be reminded to take a moment to appreciate those moments because by experiencing these moments, we are alive.
And being alive is special.
Outside of taking a stark stance on how to conduct ourselves as human, The Good Place’s biggest statement is that being alive is special, and being human is special. The series solidifies this point of view in its final episodes by making the claim that death is precisely what makes it special.
“Whenever You’re Ready” does a phenomenal job of showing us exactly why this is. We visibly see the joy drain from Chidi as he opens a menu in Paris and sees that the meal can be literally whatever he wants.
He’s bored. The perfect nature of his extended life has ceased to mean anything more to him. I can feel him wishing that the menu was set and that what he wants isn’t on it.
The restaurant not having what you want to eat is another very human moment, but it can lead to something exciting – a new dish and a new discovery.
When you have eternity, though, that doesn’t matter. There is nothing more to discover because you will eventually discover it all.
This is why death makes living special.
Unfortunately, in real life, we don’t exactly get to choose when we move on. Instead, we’re forced into making the best we can out of a seemingly random amount of time. We also don’t get to create our perfect experiences to fill that time with. We don’t know what happens when we die.
Michael’s time on Earth wouldn’t be human if he knew how the afterlife worked, so Eleanor’s clarification that the system may be different by the time he returns doubles down on death creating value in life. Michael is glad he doesn’t know what will happen because that makes him more human than anything.
A beautiful message, despite its sadness, and a message befitting of The Good Place at its end.
I cannot say I feel the finale was perfect, however (though obviously I think it is amazing).
Eleanor walked through the final door too quickly. I just needed that camera to follow her a little more slowly. It might be a nitpick but I wish I had more time to fully take in the moment that this is it, this is the final time we will see Eleanor Shellstrop.
I also wish there could have been more of a goodbye between Eleanor and Michael, as they did have such a solid connection.
Outside of those gripes – excellent. So many callbacks for the series, incredible expressions of the show’s themes through both show and character, and many wonderful character moments with our six heroes.
Janet was everyone’s ambassador to the original “Good Place,” so her also leading them to their final moments is excellent. Throughout the series, Janet’s growth into almost human made her relatable and someone to care about, but she always remained tethered to the afterlife with her amazing knowledge and powers.
As far as I can tell, she will remain in the Good Place for many Bearimy’s to come, but her time with the humans and Michael will always remain with her. She gets genuinely choked up when her friends leave, so seeing her in their final moments only emphasizes how human she has become. However, Janet is seemingly left in a narrative limbo – we aren’t given clear evidence of exactly what Janet will be doing in the Good Place moving forward, nor what that means to her, which is a missed character beat I wish they hit.
But Jason waiting for her to return, essentially becoming a monk – great writing. An amazing callback with relevance, as Jason only truly became ready to walk through that door when he finally took time to check his impulses and appreciate the world around him.
The Good Place is an amazing series. I stand by my feelings that we should have had an extra episode in the Good Place to build up towards a stronger revelation regarding the exit door, and I definitely feel Season 3’s Earth saga halted the tempo of the series a bit; but overall, The Good Place may just be an all-timer.
I’ve become a better person by watching this series, and I have a better appreciation of life because of it. The finale pointed out moments from the show and moments from my life and said, “Hey! Remember this? Appreciate it.”
I’m guessing I’m not the only person who feels this way after watching this show, and I know I won’t be the last.
The twist at the end of season one is what truly hooked me into this show and will forever be its most famous moment, and that twist blasted open the doors to the complexity of humanity and existence.
The show never repeated a move like that, and it didn’t need to. The strength of the story, messages, and characters, as well as the hilarious writing, is what makes it an all-time great series.
“Whenever You’re Ready” is a fantastic end to a fantastic series. The Good Place leaves our screens now, but the ideals it pushed forward will continue to have meaning in our everyday lives, and I’m grateful for the laughs and lessons.
Goodbye, Good Place. Take it sleazy.
- Another aspect of the Good Place that encourages residents to feel complete is that everyone there is kind to one another. This is another subtle narrative parallel to the messages that being good and trying to be good brings value to other’s lives.
- Loved John’s cameo. Wish we could have seen Brent make it to the Good Place to prove that even someone like him could improve. It felt as though he had regressed a bit since his final revelation with Chidi in “Help is Other People,” though I suppose that’s likely from his memory wipe?
- Michael replaced Doug Forcett’s photo with Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason.
- The narrative memory of this show is great. Eleanor telling Mindy that she knows she cares for people because Mindy once said, “I’m rooting for you guys” is great continuity and a fantastic character detail that deepens Mindy.
- When The Good Place announced it was ending after four seasons a lot of people were bummed out, but no good story lasts forever! Four seasons is perfect for this show. It allowed the series to essentially follow a typical three-act structure that makes it feel complete, with season two, three, and four acting as the three main parts with season one as a prologue. Thank you for ending with season four!
And that’s the end of The Good Place.
Ghosts Review – Ghost Hunter (213)
Who ya gonna call?
Ghosts Season 2 Episode 13 delivered an exceptional episode yet again, this time bringing Sam, Jay, and the ghosts even closer together.
While Freddie initially seemed like a great addition to the B&B, it’s been a bit of a rough road for the three of them, and when he brought in a ghost trap inside the manor, it was the final straw.
Freddie took action after noticing some weird things around the manor, including the video of the keys pressing in all on their own. He knew the place was haunted, but Sam and Jay simply laughed off his concerns and made him feel crazy. As Trevor explained, it was the only way.
Sam and Jay didn’t want to lose Freddie as he was a huge help around the B&B, but after he almost killed three of the ghosts—I guess they are already dead so he would’ve just eviscerated them which is somehow worse—the ghosts couldn’t allow him to stick around since he was a liability.
And honestly, I don’t blame them.
Freddie brought a handful of gadgets into the manor with the sole intention of getting rid of them! He wasn’t open-minded about the possibility of there being cool ghosts in the house, nope, he went all Ghostbusters on them. Freddie was enemy number one, especially when the Latvian Ghost Trap 2000 worked.
No one actually expected any of the tools to work since the first two were total busts and didn’t even detect the ghosts sitting right next to Freddie. Oh, if he only knew.
Freddie wasn’t just passively hunting the ghosts—he was diabolical in his plan, placing a cookie on the trap as bait, which kind of worked. He may not know a whole lot about ghosts, but he sure knew that no one could resist a cookie, even if they were just coming for the smells.
The ghosts were aware that this could be their demise, so they decided to test if the machine was dangerous. Pete was too afraid to touch the ghost trap despite being the chosen one (the first time, it wasn’t fair, but the second time, the dice rolled on him so it was kind of his duty!), and when he challenged Thor’s manhood, the Viking took the chance… and got sucked right in. It’s better than being sucked off, right?
Naturally, all the ghosts went into panic mode, and the creative forces behind the episode really nailed the juxtaposition between the ghost world and Jay just grabbing the cookie and eating it peacefully without a care in the world because he can’t see them.
The moment Sam was alerted to what happened, she looped Jay in, and they began to brainstorm a plan of action.
With Thor’s life hanging in the balance, Sam had no choice but to turn to Freddie and find out how they would, hypothetically, get a ghost out of the trap.
Things then intensified when Flower forgot what happened, touched the ghost trap, and got sucked in shortly after forgetting what happened.
The whole episode was an absolute hoot, but Flower managed to steal the show by consistently forgetting what was going on and shockingly exclaiming: “Thor is stuck in a ghost trap.” Poor Flower. It’s so funny to us, but it must be such a trip to die while you’re tripping to spend eternity on a loop.
During her moments of lucidity, the ghost trap was a vessel to propel Flower and Thor’s relationship forward. When they thought they were going to die, Thor and Flower decided to seize the moment, which was then interrupted by their “third,” Pete. It always boils down to a third, it seems.
Pete was given a shot at redeeming himself after wimping out earlier. He spent all of his living life running away, but now, when it mattered, he did the right thing and finally faced his fears, volunteering as tribute when they realized that the “2 and under” inscription on the ghost trap wasn’t a warning for kids but rather a disclaimer that the trap could only hold two ghost energies at a time. Once they overloaded it with ghosts, the hope was that they would all be set free, which is where Pete’s sacrifice came into play.
When Pete faced his fears, he inspired Flower to face hers, and she agreed to go on a one-on-one date with Thor. I’m really just so excited about this pairing!
Thankfully, no ghosts were hurt in the making of this episode, and they were all back to watching TV and roaming around in no time.
Jay was able to get in on the action, but it wasn’t without a fight. When Sam explained that the “ghost stuff” was kind of her thing, it was a little disheartening considering how invested Jay has always been despite not being able to see the ghosts. And he is the guy in the Atari shirt, after all—he knows a thing or two and should be considered when there’s a whole “save Thor and Flower” plan in motion. He may not have a physical relationship with the ghosts, but he still loves them and would never let any harm come their way, and he made that very clear. I genuinely love how supportive Jay is throughout all of this.
Freddie decided to quit because he didn’t feel comfortable working somewhere with ghosts, and Alberta’s final humming set him over the edge. I know that ghosts are always portrayed as evil and vengeful on television, but Freddie is missing out on getting to know a truly eclectic and fun bunch. But when the ghosts decide you’re no longer a good fit, there’s not much else that can be done.
Sass managed to stay away from all the house shenanigans as he spent time with Jessica, the car ghost, who was now permanently living outside of the Woodstone Manor after Sam forced Jay to purchase the car after Freddie sold it. We all saw this storyline coming, but I was surprised by how quickly they wrapped it up.
It was probably for the better that Sass and Jessica figured out that they progressed things too quickly. The relationship was doomed from the start because of its constraints. Sass had a whole life inside the manor, while Jessica thrived being out on the road. Once Jay and Sam purchased the car, she was limited in her experiences which was, well, boring. No relationship could survive that, especially since Jessica was such a free spirit.
Hopefully, wherever her new metalhead driver takes her, she meets some fun ghosts along the way.
The breakup was so permanent because Sass and Jessica can never see each other again, nor can they communicate. It was goodbye forever, and that’s a heavy thing to take on. At least Sass has some friends to lean on during the breakup but Jessica is all alone. And yet, something tells me she’ll be just fine. Who can even think with the music that loud?
As for the best line of the night? Aside from Flower’s shock at Thor being trapped, it definitely had to be Hetty’s comment about giving children a stuffed raven and lead-based rattle to calm them down. Man, I’m glad parenting has evolved.
The upcoming episode of Ghosts will feature a guest appearance from Trevor’s crush, Tara Reid!
La Brea Midseason Premiere Review – Stampede and Murder (209/210)
La Brea returned from its two-month-long hiatus with two back-to-back episodes—and the wait was definitely worth it.
Both La Brea Season 2 Episode 9 and Episode 10 delivered action-packed episodes that picked up as if no time had passed—though that’s technically not true since the core group did return to 10K B.C. from 1988— and tapped into the momentum of “we have to shut this whole thing down.” The mission at hand centered on uploading the virus to shut down the portal and prevent any future catastrophes, including the sinkhole gearing up to open at the Santa Monica pier.
What I found most promising is that for possibly the first time, I’m no longer doubting the series. The writers clearly have a plan, there’s direction, and there are plenty more stories left to tell. When La Brea first premiered, many questioned how a series about sinkholes dropping people in the prehistoric ages could/would sustain itself, but this episode has proven that there’s a roadmap built out to keep us all very entertained and knee-deep in the suspense.
Much of the first episode, “Stampede,” focused on the 1988 group attempting to go through with their plan at all costs only for it to fall apart in the final moments.
You had one job, Gavin. Everyone put their faith in him, and yet, he somehow allowed his father to talk him into aborting the virus upload by tapping into his weakness—Eve.
I agree with Eve’s theory that James is using Gavin’s biggest fear—the possibility of losing his wife—to manipulate him into getting what he wants, but the good thing is that Gavin also seems aware. He’s not naive about the man his father is, so he’s making the decisions that are best for his family.
And it’s that glimmer of hope that maybe they can have their cake and eat it, too, that convinced him to push the button. Gavin wielded a lot of power at that moment, and it was not an easy call to make, but in his mind, if there was even the slightest chance that they can recalibrate the machine and find a way back home (while saving Eve in the process), he owes it to himself and everyone else stranded in the prehistoric ages to give it a try. Neither decision came with a guarantee, so he just trusted his gut.
It would’ve been better if James hadn’t known about Gavin’s vision of Eve dying as I would’ve loved to see what he would’ve said to convince his son. Without that intel, James wouldn’t have had an upper hand in the situation, and we may have been able to judge him a bit more fairly. Instead, he came off as self-serving in his pleas, no matter how many times he promised to save Gavin’s wife.
Then again, in this situation, where uploading the virus made things so final and permanent, I don’t think anyone actually needed much convincing. The moment they heard that there might be another way, everyone was eager to learn more and hope that James was telling the truth.
No one actually wants to be stuck in 10K B.C. for the rest of their lives—they were all simply willing to make the sacrifice for the greater good. If they remained selfish, more sinkholes would open up, which would kill more innocent people, destroy timelines, and rip apart countless other families. They had no choice.
And it’s an incredibly difficult reality to accept, which is why I found myself having so much empathy for Sam. He knew what he was doing was wrong as he even admitted later on that he cracked and went down a dark path, but he couldn’t fathom the idea of never seeing his wife and son again. It’s uncharted territory for everyone and no matter how wrong it is, you can’t blame someone for having a human reaction.
Eve and Gavin are lucky in that their whole family—grandparents and great-grandparents (they didn’t know existed)—all exist in the same timeline now, but that’s not the case for everyone else. They may not have the luxuries of the modern world, but they have each other, so sealing their fate in this era was a much easier decision for them.
It would be incredibly upsetting if James was lying to Gavin, but I also don’t understand why he would be. Everyone benefits if they work out the life-threatening kinks.
I also don’t really understand how the Santa Monica pier sinkhole stopped opening up since they never finished uploading the virus. Maybe enough uploaded to interfere? All we know is that Caroline was definitely not lying about the dangers of the machine if the salt water rain and fish falling from the sky are any indications.
It’s hard to trust James with his whole Bond-villain vibe. He has all of these luxuries at his disposal, and yet, he’s allowing all these “sky people” to just live out in the Clearing and fend for themselves. It feels like some twisted version of Hunger Games. While all these innocent people are foraging for mushrooms and rejoicing about a fishy doomsday moment, the dude is eating a prime steak and sipping wine. How could we trust him?
But he’s not wrong when he underscores that he and his team of scientists had years to work on the machine since Caroline left for 1988. That being said, I don’t fully trust Caroline either. She gives off the impression that she’s on the right side of things, but she’s been gone for so long, so how could she know what the present-day situation looks like?
After James convinced Gavin to abort the virus, he informed him that they needed Dr. Howard Moore’s research to fix the machine, and since Caroline was good friends with him, he tasked Gavin with convincing her to find it. At this point, everyone is just manipulating each other as Gavin played the “you weren’t there for me as a kid, but you can be there for me now” card to get Caroline to agree.
And while she seemed eager to make amends, she wasn’t exactly forthcoming with the research once she and Riley found it in Moore’s cave bunker (the poor guy was a skeleton when they finally located him). What’s worse is that Caroline asked Riley to lie to Gavin and Josh about their findings, and while I actually think Caroline is being smart about withholding the research until she can verify that James’ intentions are genuine, I don’t like that she dragged Riley into it. Her loyalty is already being pulled in so many directions as earlier in the episode, she had to fight her father and beg him not to be reckless at the expense of the greater good. Riley is tired—leave her out of this.
The reality is that there’s what James said, what Caroline said, and then the truth, and until everyone starts being completely transparent, we’re never going to have a full picture of the situation. And honestly, what about Silas? Why don’t they track him down? He was involved with Project Lazarus from the get-go, so I’d love to hear his input. Surely, he knows a thing or two about what’s been going on.
The people in the Clearing were upset with the 1988 group for lying to them and not being upfront about the decision to seal their fate, which is completely understandable. They don’t have any control over what happens to them while Gavin and his family are practically 10K B.C. royalty. Heck, they even gave them flack for “relaxing in 1988” as if they weren’t all going above and beyond to find ways to save humanity.
Truthfully, it wouldn’t make sense to get everyone involved when time was of the essence. The 1988 group chose to ask for forgiveness rather than permission since it was the only option that made sense in the grand scheme of things, especially since things at the Clearing are so heated already. You can’t expect people who are that desperate to do the right thing when the stakes are so high—once again, Sam was a prime example.
The residents of the Clearing had a lot to deal with, namely a stampede of buffalo who knew something was not right in the natural order of things followed by a murder! As if they didn’t have enough to deal with already, now one of their own is turning on them!
One of the highlights of the episode was getting to see Lucas step up to the plate as a leader as he’s been wanting to change his life around and become the kind of guy that his mother, and Veronica, would be proud of. With Gavin, Sam, Levi, and Eve gone, this was Lucas’ chance to shine. And it was cool to see Scott put his education and knowledge to good use when figuring out a solution to save the home that they built in the Clearing from the stampede. Those two make a great team—they work well together, inspire each other, and have so much to bring to the table.
I wish Sam didn’t dismiss Lucas’ theory that Virgil was Wyatt’s killer so quickly. Lucas may not have had all the answers, but he checked off enough boxes to take Virgil in for questioning, which could’ve easily provided a motive once they broke him. Of course, once Scott confided in Sam about what happened with Tamet, Sam figured that the killer targeting members of the Clearing was surely someone from the Exiles. Lucas cut Virgil loose and apologized to him, but it was premature. Both things could be true—Virgil likely was the murderer, and he was doing it for Tamet/the Exiles. We saw him throw a handkerchief into the fire that featured the same symbol they found carved on the murder weapon and in the dirt next to Wyatt’s body. I hope Lucas still keeps tabs on Virgil despite “clearing” his name. What do we really know about Virgil aside from what he told them when they found him as a prisoner of the Exiles? He could easily be working for them. There could be a much bigger plan at play here and the truth is, they cannot just blindly trust anyone anymore.
La Brea is such a far-fetched show, you have to go into it with an open mind and suspend disbelief, but even I couldn’t shake a few things about this episode, including how the buffalo just diverted from the Clearing’s path at such a sharp turn the moment they heard all the noise. It looked silly. Also, how did the bear not attack and kill Eve? And we’re just going to believe he casually moved the ginormous rock that entrapped her. How convenient! This whole scene was rather ridiculous, but I’ll get to that in a moment.
But mostly, I couldn’t get over how Project Lazarus was able to get everything to build, furnish, and run the glass building in a time where there are no power grids or electricity. And how do they still have all this food and wine if they’ve been here for years? Wouldn’t getting all these materials here alone cause too many sinkholes to keep track of? I know this isn’t the point of the show, but I had to get that off my chest.
Anyway, back to Eve, who chose to remain ignorant and pretend like nothing was wrong, which led to her near-brush with death in the cave. It was evident that this wasn’t the “moment” from Gavin’s vision as she was wearing a completely different outfit, but it was enough to scare her into confronting the real issues at hand. I was actually quite shocked that no one went looking for her despite knowing that she went missing, but it did make sense since there were more pressing matters. And as mentioned previously, it was frustrating that she was able to get out of a pretty bad jam so easily and without any assistance. Eve should be counting her blessings because she was almost a bear snack. Also, are we to believe Virgil pushed her into the cave? And why? I just have so many questions about this scene. I know it was supposed to be a wake-up call for her, but I wish they found another way to get her character to this point because this was bizarre.
The red flowers that are part of Gavin’s vision are intriguing. Izzy noticed them at Lazarus, Eve saw them when she was trapped in the cave, and Lily/Ella and Veronica noticed them while exploring caves looking for an amethyst. Lily recalled drawing them at the request of their kidnapper, Aaron, which seemed to indicate that their arrival in 10K B.C. wasn’t random. She also recalled Aaron said that the flowers grew in his home, but James confirmed that the plant does not exist or grow outside of this timeline. Does this mean Aaron was here before? How does any of this factor in with Lily and Veronica?
Is everyone from the Clearing here for a reason? Maybe Virgil isn’t even a random “sky person” but someone sent to infiltrate the group from day one. No one would have been the wiser. Maybe Aaron was also?
I’ve enjoyed watching Lily and Veronica evolve as characters, but this is definitely a twist I didn’t see coming. As for the flowers and how they relate to Eve’s death, I somehow think they are an omen warning them of James. I think he’s going to be responsible for her death. And if he is connected to Virgil and Aaron in any way, well, I think that tells us everything we need to know.
And lastly, Ty’s cancer progression was heartbreaking. The terminal brain tumor caused more complications, including a scary collapse. I truly thought this was the end for Ty, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. He tried to push himself as best he could to help his friends because he’s a genuinely good guy, but in the end, he realized that he was growing far too weak. Instead of returning to Paara’s village, he trekked over to Lazarus to see James and strike a deal with him—he wanted access to his hospital facilities in exchange for being James’ therapist.
Izzy warned him not to trust anyone in that building because they are “dangerous,” but it was a pretty naive and privileged comment considering she was talking to a man with a terminal illness. He would do anything to get better. And while working for the “bad” guy doesn’t exactly strike me as Ty’s MO, who could say no to the man who has the cure for cancer? James literally holds Ty’s life in his hands. And while I know there’s such a thing as patient/doctor confidentiality, does it really hold up in 10K B.C.? What if Ty finds out something that can help his friends?
As for the cure, I hope James isn’t lying because it would be a huge shame to lose Ty—he’s become one of the best and most loved characters in the series. I’m holding out for a Ty and Paara wedding once Lily makes the amethyst wedding ring.
Do you think Ty is doing the right thing? Who do you think killed Wyatt? Was it Virgil? Or was his shady glance at the end purposefully misleading?
Did Gavin make the right choice by trusting his father and aborting the virus upload? Will they have another shot at getting back home? What does the key lead to that they found on Moore’s skeleton?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
How I Met Your Father Review – Midwife Crisis (202)
How I Met Your Mother Season 2 Episode 2 was pleasantly enjoyable, and sometimes, that’s all you really need from a sitcom.
The storylines were wacky and the jokes kept flowing, but that’s what we’ve come to expect. And through it, we also got some character development—we watched Sophie spiral out of control even further, this time tapping into her compulsive lying tendencies whenever she felt insecure (which was pretty much all the time), while Sid struggled with accepting Meredith back in Jesse’s life.
When you peel back the layers of sarcasm, however, there are some very real issues at play.
Sophie’s insecurity, for instance, is relatable for millennials and Gen Z alike, and especially for struggling artists who want to make it and feel like they have to prove themselves. She just went through a breakup, and even though she and Jesse have only been together for like a minute, those feelings are very real and raw. She’s feeling like a failure as a photographer while Jesse is back together with his ex, a pop star who is booking late-night shows left and right and truly succeeding in her career. It’s not surprising that Sophie feels inadequate and wants to come off as if she’s doing better than she really is.
Unfortunately, the lying catches up to her quickly, as telling a lie usually does. Sophie learns that lesson the hard way when she’s thrust into a midwife situation after promising her neighbor, Ramona (oh, hey Meghan Trainor) to take her live birth pictures. It’s one thing to lie about taking such photos as I’m sure any skilled photographer could wing it, but Sophie took the lie to the next level and suggested that she’s done so many of these, she could deliver a baby on her own.
And in true sitcom format—she had to. Thankfully, Valentina was there to lend a helping hand, and by some miracle, they were able to successfully deliver the baby in a shrimp-filled pool. That live birth was anything but peaceful!
The funny thing about this storyline is that Hilary Duff is actually an expert at live births as she’s had two of them herself, so this must have been a trip to film. As for Trainor, she just revealed that she’s pregnant, and while I don’t know if that was the case when they shot this episode, overall, it must have been exciting for everyone involved. And she got to flex her acting chops! Hopefully, her home birth doesn’t go this way!
Valentina and Sophie were riding high off of the live birth adrenaline, but what mattered most was that the whole situation prompted Sophie to come clean about all the fibs she’s told, starting with apologizing to Ramona and eventually, telling Meredith that she did not, in fact, sell her painting in a bidding war that included the sisters of Sister, Sister.
And just when she cleared the slate, she got the call she’d been waiting for notifying her that her first piece of art was sold. “In your face,” seemed like an immature thing to say to Meredith, but Sophie was simply got caught up in the moment. And honestly, Meredith seems so chill about everything that she either doesn’t know about Jesse and Sophie’s little tryst or she doesn’t actually love Jesse… which brings me to the next plot point.
Sid refused to forgive Meredith and accept that she was back in Jesse’s life, and while his behavior was a little childish, we needed to get to the root of his distaste. I don’t want to say hatred because I don’t think he hates Meredith, I just think Sid is looking out for his best friend and realizes that her intentions might not be pure. Jesse is the kind of person that wants to bottle up his feelings instead of confronting any issues, but the truth is that there are issues. And there were before they got back together, which is why Meredith publicly rejected his proposal and they broke up.
That’s my long-winded way of saying that Sid has a point, especially when we eventually realize that the “burrito incident” goes so much deeper than someone stealing another person’s burrito (which is also rude). When Sid followed the trail of pinto beans, he overheard Meredith on the phone confessing that she faked sick so that she could get out of attending Jesse’s concert because she thought it was a waste of time and didn’t feel like making the trip out to see a bunch of middle schoolers sing.
This coming from a woman who is supposed to love this man and be supportive of him. She knew how much it meant to him, and yet she didn’t care. Meanwhile, Sid got his buddy flowers to celebrate the big occasion. It’s touching. It’s telling.
Sadly, Sid didn’t want to be the person to ruin Jesse’s happiness, so when Meredith asked him not to say anything, he agreed and buried it just like Jesse suggested previously.
I’m sure this is going to come up again further down the lines. I also don’t think Meredith and Jesse will last simply because of her hectic schedule. Her career is about to take off and she won’t have time for Jesse’s small life. It already seems like she doesn’t fit into it—why would a rising pop star still hang out at a neighborhood bar with a bunch of twenty-somethings just trying to figure things out day by day?
There was also a minor plot including Charlie and Ellen, which was loads of fun. It’s always fun to see the whole cast getting some screen time, even when they aren’t all in the same place. As Ellen tried to get Rachel’s attention, the duo accidentally threw a building party, which honestly looked like a lot of fun. I didn’t think they could cramp that many people into such a tiny apartment, but New Yorkers are resourceful.
The whole storyline ended up being a lesson in miscommunication, namely how easy it is to misunderstand a situation. Ellen wanted to look cool and entice Rachel to come over, but Rachel, who was in her head about what to text Ellen, assumed she was the only one from the building not invited and took offense to it. Thankfully, they were able to sort it out face-to-face and went on their first date!
What did you think of the episode?
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