Okay, so my apologies for being ridiculously late on this post. My excuses will probably only get me into The Bad Place, but y'all, I've been swamped with school and work and theatre and everything in between (sleep, sleep is in between all of those things). But I'm here now and ready to recap LAST week's episode of The Good Place. This week's episode recap will be up in a few days too, so do not fret.
SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS THE PART OF THE BLOG WHERE I WARN YOU NOT TO READ IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED, BUT I'M PRETTY SURE YOU ALL HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH "A GIRL FROM ARIZONA: PART 2" BY NOW. SO, CARRY ON.
Eleanor is feeling down and out because these new residents are proving to be pieces of WORK. Brent is a grade-A ashhole, Tahani's nimesis is annoying, and Simone and Chidi need to bond in order for this whole experiment to go smoothly. She breaks down to Michael, says that she's just (you guessed it) a girl from Arizona. She can't save the world. She can't make awful humans better people. It's a heartbreaking and convincing monologue from KBell that would even make Shawn feel things.
Michael listens intently (he's getting better at understanding humans!), but then tells Eleanor to get her shirt together. She has good ideas. She just needs to think outside the box and not be so afraid of failure. Tahani and Jason, who were previously championing for a new leader, also offer up words of encouragement.
Eleanor's first plan of action is to get Brent to realize, just as she did, that he doesn't belong in The Good Place (because, ya know, he's a horrible, horrible man). She hosts a panel asking people to share all of their great Earth stories (one woman, Judy, saved literally all of the ducks) and even interviews Chidi about his time as a moral philosophy professor. Brent doesn't get it, so Eleanor brings out the big guns. The big guns being the exact same situation she was in three seasons ago.
Havoc ensues across the neighborhood as everyone is dressed in Princeton's colors and Perrier is raining down on the streets. Brent realizes something is up. Yes, a breakthrough! Only it's not the good kind of breakthrough. Instead he insists that he isn't meant for The Good Place. He's meant for The Best Place. I mean, where are all of his best friends? No wonder he isn't happy here! Eleanor and Michael first panic, but then realize the best way to get Brent to improve is to make him believe that he's right. He begins to slowly but surely make better, nicer decisions in hopes of going to the fictional Best Place. It's not the best motivation, but it'll do for now. Girl from Arizona: 1 Ashhole who loves Perrier: 0
So while the Brent issue may be solved for now, Eleanor has bigger problems ahead of her. Bigger problems named her ex-soulmate, Chidi. She has to make possibly the hardest decision ever and tell him that he needs to help guide Simone because they are...soulmates. Chidi is awestruck, and insanely excited to share moral philosophy with his forever person. Eleanor watches them bond over frozen yogurt as Simone finally begins to make a breakthrough (realizing this isn't all happening in her brain). I miss Cheleanor!!!
Jason finally has a chat with Janet, his favorite not a girl, not a robot. She tells him that until this experiment is over, they shouldn't be together. Jason is heartbroken, but he's even more heartbroken when Janet informs him that Blake Bortles has been cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Earth. Oh God, y'all. I want to hug this sad, sad man.
In a random observation that I have: Eleanor asks Michael if he faked his meltdown on purpose so that she would become the architect, and Michael says yes, but not in a convincing way. It's more like a "Hahaha, you caught me!" way that makes me think there's more to the story. We'll seeeeeee.
Alright Soul Squad. What did y'all think? How much do you wanna punch Brent in the face? How's our girl from Arizona doing? Is that the most disappointed you've ever seen Jason Mendoza? Talk to me!