- ❝ I can't go! I'm too young to die and too old to eat off the kids menu! What a stupid age I am!! ❞
- —Jason, Attempt 3: Day 128
MICHAEL IS TESTED AND ELEANOR SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS — Michael (Ted Danson) continues to work out the kinks in his grand plan. Meanwhile, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) stumbles across a secret.
Michael is using a tape recorder, to record daily notes on his attempts at his neighborhood; he is on attempt #3, he's sure it will be the final version.
"Day 1": Michael welcomes Elanor to the afterlife, introduces her to her soulmate, Chris Baker. At the first-night party, Tahani asks Eleanor why she has a "Best Person" sash, and gently ridicules Eleanor about her shape and clothing styles; Eleanor makes a snide comment about Tahani being a mean giraffe, Michael and a minion smile, and the second-day chaos is based on mean giraffes.
"Day 128": Michael and the four humans are in a room, and Michael says one of them deserves to be in the Bad Place, so that one has to go or "they" will take all of them. As they argue, Eleanor again realizes that this is the Bad Place and Michael is torturing them.
Michael is on Attempt 11, and makes some progress notes on things the humans reliably dislike. Key events in another attempt flash by: Eleanor being introduced to Chidi, interrupting an ethics class for the others, having her new soul mate start to sing a three-hour opera to her...and she realizes that this is the Bad Place.
Another reboot, Michael comes to the button on the beach that reboots Janet. Attempt 32. Attempt 57. Attempt 99. Attempt 108. Attempt 109. Attempt 127. We're now seeing a series of soul mates set up for her. Attempt 146. Attempt 333. Now a series of clips of when Eleanor discovers that this is the Bad Place.
Michael is at another pre-reboot neighborhood meeting, and the minions are visibly and loudly upset. Attempt 484. Michael is now drinking and getting overweight. More scenes, now showing different possibilities for the shops in the town. Attempt 649, day 55, Jason is the first to realize that this is the Bad Place.
Attempt 802, day 7, Michael records that maybe this is the one. He goes outside to a neighborhood meeting, and nobody is there except Vicky, who says he's lost control of the experiment, and the minions are on strike. Vicky complains that the minions are sick of the project, they often can't remember what their jobs are, and she herself is still upset about the size of her part. But the minions have a list of demands, and Vicky says Michael will have to fit them into his system.
Eleanor and Chidi are in day 2 of their lessons, and Eleanor is already bored, so they go out for clam chowder from the clam chowder fountain, and they notice the streets are empty at mid-day. They follow a smell, and find two minions in an alley, one smoking a cigar, complaining that the regular Bad Place was fine, and they are met by Todd, who is an obviously non-human demon, a mass of animated, smoking, glowing rock, but they remind him, he's "supposed to keep his human suit on."
Eleanor and Chidi run away, realizing this is the Bad Place; they stop and summon Janet, and ask if they can leave the neighborhood. Next we seem them on the Train, and they're speculating on who else among the neighbors is a real human. They arrive at Mindy St. Claire's house, and start explaining things to her... and Mindy knows, they've been to her house fifteen times already, and did they bring her the cocaine yet?
Michael and Vicky are still in their meeting, and she doesn't think he can actually get this project to work, so she says she's taking over at the next reboot, she has been working on her own version. Michael is outraged, but Vicky has ammo: a report on all of Michael's mistakes, ready for his boss to see, though he thinks Michael is still in Attempt 2.
Mindy is explaining what usually happens, it's always Eleanor and Janet, usually also Chidi, sometimes Jason and Tahani. But she says, they always go back. Chidi says they need a plan, but everything he or Eleanor says, Mindy can repeat to them: they've done it before, she's written down all their plans.
Michael is standing on a bridge, and Jason comes calling for anyone, so Michael takes him aside to bounce ideas off of.
Chidi and Eleanor try again to plan something, but Chidi says it's pointless, they're trapped, and they lose their memories every time. Eleanor gets upset with him, and goes to complain about him to Mindy. Mindy is tired of her complaining, and says, look, you and Chidi love each other.
Eleanor denies this, but Mindy shows her some video she made, from the sixth time they were at Mindy's, showing Chidi and Eleanor in bed. Eleanor can't cope with this, in her mind they've known each other for two days, but Mindy says they've known each other for a really long time. Eleanor calls to the others, they're leaving, but she takes the tape.
Michael bounces options off of Jason, but he's trapped, Vicky's plan would be a failure, but otherwise she'd rat him out to Shawn. Jason has a dumb idea: once, he and a friend were in a dance team, and then they got into a fight, and his friend organized a rival dance team and challenged Jason's dance team to a dance-off, so Jason's team went there and slashed their tires. From something in there, Michael gets a good idea.
Michael gets to Eleanor's house, where she, Chidi and Tahini are, and Jason joins them; Eleanor says they keep figuring out the puzzle of the Good Place, so they're winning and he's losing. Michael says, actually, we're on the same page, he wants to team up with them.
- Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop
- William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
- Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil
- D'Arcy Carden as Janet/Bad Janet
- Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza
- and Ted Danson as Michael
- Bambadjan Bamba as Bambadjan
- Josh Siegal as Glenn
- Aisha Kabia as Kamaria
- Jess Rowland as Sebastian
- Joe Mande as Toddrick Hemple
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