Chapter 18: Existential Crisis is the fifth episode of Season 2 of NBC’s The Good Place.

Synopsis Edit

TAHANI TRIES TO SHINE AND MICHAEL HAS A REVELATION — Tahani (Jameela Jamil) throws a dinner party to impress. Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) both have to lend a hand when things don't go as planned.


Eleanor and Chidi must help Michael overcome a Existential Crisis, which causes him to learn how to act human, but at the same time has to make sure he doesn’t go overboard. Vicky, who is now in charge of the Good Place and rearranging everything to her satisfaction to Michael’s dismay, plots to upstage Tahani by hosting a event as a way to torture Tahani after she plans one, and unfortunately the plan succeeds, leaving Tahani unhappy until Jason consoles her.

During the event Michael brings Janet along as a smokin’ hot blonde he refers to as “Jeanette.”

As Eleanor, Chidi, and Michael get together for Ethics class, they’re unaware that Tahani and Jason slept together, and appears that Tahani might have feelings for Jason but he is obviously clueless after he gets up to make cereal.

In Eleanor’s past, her family life and environment are displayed during her childhood and adulthood as to how she dealt with a alcoholic mother with a sexual addiction, and a father with a criminal history (who had passed away) who was never there for them.

Eleanor soon realize years later that she wished she had a true family that could love her.


Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden as Janet
Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson as Michael

Recurring Cast

Tiya Sircar as Vicky

Guest Starring

Leslie Grossman as Donna Shellstrop
Steve Berg as Gunnar
Marques Tay as Quinston Timeclock


Noelle E. Parker as Young Eleanor
Drew Brooks as Samuel
Doc Farrow as Greg
Tom Beyer as Doug Shellstrop

Trivia Edit

Michaels scream

Ted Danson, a real work of art.

  • 4.05 Million viewers
  • At one point, Michael puts on an expression very similar to the figure in Edvard Munch's painting The Scream. This is probably deliberate on the part of Ted Danson and the creative team.
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