Chapter 19: The Trolley Problem is the 5th episode of Season 2 of The Good Place.

Synopsis Edit

CHIDI TEACHES A PHILOSOPHICAL CLASSIC — Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden).


Chidi teaches the trolley problem thought experiment, but Michael's practical knowledge of the afterlife scoring system conflicts with Chidi's theoretical approach. Supposedly as a learning aid, Michael subjects Chidi to realistic simulations of the trolley problem and related ethical questions, then admits he is deliberately torturing Chidi.

Chidi expels Michael, who tries to placate the humans with extravagant personalized gifts that Chidi calls bribes. Chidi allows Michael to return after Michael offers an apology that consists of exact, seemingly sincere wording Chidi has pre-approved.

Tahani and Jason continue their relationship, but Tahani insists on secrecy while Jason wants to go public. Janet becomes their couples counselor; over the course of a month, their relationship improves. But Janet is performing beyond her specifications, causing worsening glitches; Janet tells Michael the neighborhood could collapse.


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

Guest Starring

Dominic Burgess as Henry


Emma Vivien Garcia as Birdie

Trivia Edit

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