Chapter 20: Janet and Michael is the 7th episode of Season 2 of The Good Place.

Synopsis Edit

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE STAND BY — When the Neighborhood experiences a small glitch, Michael (Ted Danson) has to resolve the issue with Janet (D'Arcy Carden) before it gets out of control.


Before beginning his experiment, Michael steals Janet from a warehouse and claims to be a Good Place architect; they build the neighborhood together. Now, Michael troubleshoots Janet while Vicky is distracted by torturing Chidi with needles.

Janet's manual suggests the glitches are caused by falsehoods; Michael blames himself for lying about the neighborhood's nature.

But when a glitch occurs while Janet talks to Tahani and Jason about their relationship, he realizes the problem is Janet's own subconscious lies; she isn't really happy for the couple, because she retains her second incarnation's love for Jason.

Janet advises Michael to activate her self-destruct mechanism; he makes excuses and ultimately refuses because Janet is his friend.

Instead, they solicit Eleanor's advice; Eleanor successfully talks Janet through processing her human emotions. Acting on Eleanor's recommendation of a rebound relationship, Janet creates a boyfriend, Derek, whose mental state is infantile, excitable and has low concentration.


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

Recurring Cast

Marc Evan Jackson as Shawn
Tiya Sircar as Vicky

Guest Starring

Jason Mantzoukas as Derek
Jama Williamson as Val

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