The Good Place (2016– )
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Chidi's Choice 

Michael tasks Chidi with making an important decision, while Eleanor makes a personal discovery and Jianyu makes a big announcement.

Director:

Linda Mendoza

Writers:

Michael Schur (created by), Demi Adejuyigbe
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Keston John ... Uzo
Jonno Roberts ... Gawlff
Tiya Sircar ... The Real Eleanor
Bambadjan Bamba ... Bambadjan
Jonathan Bray ... Zach
Dallas Young ... Young Uzo (as Dallas Dupree Young)
Jayne Entwistle ... Dierdre
A.J. Hudson ... Young Chidi (as AJ Hudson)
Abigail Marlowe ... Margaret
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Storyline

Now that Michael has decided to do whatever he needs to keep Fake Eleanor in the good place, he has to be prepared for whenever Shawn will make an unexpected visit so that the collective they can defend the decision. Good Eleanor and Bambadjan are to act as her legal counsel. In preparing that defense, they question Fake Eleanor about her life, both on Earth and in the good place. In the process of that questioning, Fake Eleanor comes to believe someone in the good place is indeed her soul mate. In discovering that Jianyu is also a fake, Tahani believes she has also discovered who is really her soul mate in the good place. Simpleminded Jason, who has felt lost in the unfamiliar surroundings ever since arriving mistakenly in the good place, also believes he has fallen in his brand of love with someone in the good place, the one person who has shown him unconditional acceptance. And Chidi, who has always had problems with indecision in his mortal life until the end which has carried on ... Written by Huggo

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tahani's (Jameela Jamil) favourite British sitcom, Deidre and Maragret, supposedly ran for 16 years on the BBC and "did nearly 30 episodes." See more »

Goofs

(Around 2 minutes in) Eleanor starts to pull her top together but when the shot changes her hands have changed position. See more »

Quotes

Young Uzo: Come on, Chidi, pick someone.
Young Chidi: Don't pressure me, Uzo. I have to consider all the factors. Athletic strategies, the fragile egos of my classmates, and gender politics. Should I pick a girl as a gesture towards women's equality, or... or is that pandering? Or do I think it's pandering because of my limited male point of view? I'm vexed, Uzo, vexed.
Young Uzo: You're always vexed. Just pick.
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Connections

References Fast Five (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
Performed by Etta James
played while Janet and Jianyu dance
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too many variables..
15 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Good Place

Michael Schur, the creator, of this PG-13 hellish facade, has a similar concept to those yogurt shops that his world is surrounded by, a bit questionable and a whole lot of fun. The bumpy ride of this train has had its ups and downs, but its potential always outweighs the inadequacies with a soothing mellow tone. The writing is not consistently of A grade quality. Especially, when it has to stroll its viewers for few laughs or tears. The storytelling, that is, the arc or the trajectory of these characters that they are following so hastily is clearly impressive. And the credit goes to the creator whose vision has always stood by him.

Despite the precarious detours, cliched emotional conflicts and seen-this-seen-that flips and turns, the storytelling is thoroughly engaging and catchy. So what is it that makes this under-funded (looking at the production set pieces and visual effects) cheesy teaching-to-the-choir philosophy lectures entertaining? It is the bold decisions that those same writers keeps making. Bold as in, not that they aren't aware of where this might go but it certainly is jaw-dropping, but bold as in, they are challenging themselves immensely.

While as far as the locations are concerned, all they have done smartly is kept the options finite and boundaries shorter in order to break them further as they advance in the series. The challenge is to actually weave out a profound piece of ethical note from the day-to-day conflicts of these characters. Which is how they usually showcase the human-ness of them, no matter how spooky the situation is, or whether they are at The Good Place or the bad place, they would always fight for better sprinkles in their yogurts.

Chidi's Choice

The flashback are getting handy now. Almost as if these things are supposed to be explanatory just by stating it. Plus, D'Arcy Carden's character is getting more juicy enough to rely upon her, on her own, while Danson as always is controlling precariously.


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