Eleanor considers Michael's belief that he is the neighborhood's problem and thus should abandon his experiment of an architect living in a neighborhood he designed (effectively meaning he would leave the neighborhood forever) as a win-win situation as Michael will get the retirement he so rightly deserves and needs and she will no longer feel the stress of getting caught by him as a fraud and the true cause of the neighborhood's problems. Chidi, on the other hand, disagrees, as Eleanor's reasoning is built on a lie. Eleanor concedes that she has to reconsider Michael's move after they all learn what retirement for a being like Michael means, it called the eternal shriek. Eleanor comes up with another solution to the resulting problem which would require a sacrifice. Chidi is conflicted by Eleanor's solution as he vowed to help her, but still feels the sacrifice is morally wrong despite it not hurting "anyone". Through the process, Chidi remembers back to a lie he said on Earth, one ...
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In S01E01, Eleanor tells Chidi his "English is amazing", then Chidi says he is actually speaking French, and that The Good Place translates his speech into English for Eleanor. This strongly implies that he did not speak English while alive, or at least not as fluently. In S01E07, a flashback to his life on Earth shows him speaking fluent English, without an accent, to an Australian man. The fact that the other man speaks with a non-American accent implies that they are not being "translated" like in The Good Place. See more
There is an old Chinese proverb: Lies are like tigers, they are bad.
It's more poetic in Mandarin.
References Weekend at Bernie's