Last night’s episode of The Good Place was one that was expertly written, perfectly fitting into the universe and advancing the plot just enough to keep the premise of the second season alive and fresh. Half of the episode focuses on Eleanor, Chidi, & Michael while the other half focuses on Tahani & Jason’s relationship.
We start off with everyone together in the classroom, learning about the famous Trolley Problem. The ethical dilemma is, you’re on a trolley and the breaks don’t work, you can charge ahead and kill 5 people, or switch lanes and only kill one. The students have an easy enough time with this one, but as it gets more complicated (you know one of the people, you’re a doctor having to kill one patient to save 5, etc) the gang can’t decide what the proper course of action would be. Michael for instance, thinks the best thing to do would be to kill all 6 people because who needs humans.
Chidi breaks off with him to make him understand, and Tahani & Jason go home for some extracurricular activities. By which I mean sex. I am loving this relationship, especially since Jason is being very sweet and much wiser than he looks. He suggests that Tahani talk to a friend about why she doesn’t want anyone to know about them – not grasping that telling someone would tell someone. She decides to take his advice and talk to Janet, who reads everything ever written about psychoanalysis and starts giving Tahani therapy. She then provides Jason with the same therapy and ultimately it turns into couples therapy for the both of them. Genuinely it seems like the therapy is really working for them, helping them work through their issues and become better together. However, using her powers in this way is causing Janet to glitch…hard…her thumb flies away, she vomits a frog, etc.
While all this is happening, Chidi is trying to get Michael to understand ethics and getting nowhere. Out of the blue, Michael decides that he needs a more hands on experience and throws them all into a simulation. Turns out, when faced with the real possibility of killing people, Chidi cannot make a decision to save his life. This is when I was like oh damn this must be torture for Chidi AND THEN LIKE DUH Michael is up to his old nonsense! After many simulations and 5 dead William Shakespeares, Eleanor figures out that Michael is being a demon and trying to torture Chidi, that he doesn’t really care about learning.
She recognizes this behaviour because it’s classic Shellstrop and confronts Michael about his bullshirt. It finally hits home for Michael so he apologizes to all of them by getting them “opposite tortures” aka presents. He gives Tahani the biggest diamond ever, making her life. Jason gets a pikachu ballon that also makes his life, despite the fact that he bursts it immediately, Eleanor gets an endless shrimp vending machine, which seems like the greatest thing ever invented, and Chidi gets a rare Kant notebook, but he throws it in the garbage and settles for an apology from Michael that I’m not sure was totally sincere.
A month later, when Michael is really advancing in his lessons and Tahani & Jason are doing great, Janet has a glitch so huge it makes the entire neighbourhood shake. She hurriedly teleports to Michael’s office and says the entire neighbourhood might collapse at any instant due to her crazy out of control glitches – so that’s a fun new twist.
The Good Place airs Thursdays on NBC