Monday, October 22, 2018

The Good Place - Jeremy Bearimy

Ever since The Good Place made its shocking First Season finale revelation the show has continued to make unexpected twists and turns to continually reboot the situation of four humans and reestablish the question about where they should spend the afterlife. Despite all his meddling, Michael's (Ted Danson) plan to help Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) falls apart once more as he's forced to come clean about the truth (after trying to sell an improbable lie and briefly considering killing them all). Faced with the truth about their mortality, and where they are headed after the die, each member reacts to the news differently. Some react better than others.

In Eleanor's initial reaction to throw all caution to the wind and revert to old habits we see the character from the show's "Pilot," but despite her complaining, she goes to ridiculous lengths to do a nice thing for a complete stranger. At this point in the show one could argue she has become the group's moral center. Chidi's complete meltdown (spurred further on by discovering time exists in the afterlife in an unusual non-linear fashion which gives the episode its name), including a shirtless trip to the grocery store and cooking the least appetizing version of chili ever concocted in front of his students, offers a humorous and cathartic release for the group's most buttoned-down member. While Tahani and Jason's attempts to give away her money aren't as entertaining, they do offer one hell of a punchline in her forgetting (and making me even forget) the oh so forgettable Larry Hemsworth (Ben Lawson). Poor Larry.

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