The Good Place (2016–2020)
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Team Cockroach 

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Michael looks at things from a different angle as Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason try to make a collective decision.


Morgan Sackett


Michael Schur (created by), Daniel Schofield (as Dan Schofield) | 4 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
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
Tiya Sircar ... Vicky
Rebecca Hazlewood ... Kamilah Al-Jamil
Joanna Sotomura ... Véronique


One week into the eight hundred second iteration of the experiment and Eleanor having figured out that they are in the Bad Place yet again, Michael proposes to the four humans that they join forces leading into the next iteration. Michael's stated reason for doing so is that he is being blackmailed by Vicky who wants to run the next iteration, and if Michael will not allow her to do so, she will tell Shawn which would lead to the four humans and Michael being tortured in the traditional sense for eternity. Michael's offer is only valid if all four agree. The four humans have to decide what to do weighing the pros and the cons, the biggest and most obvious con being that Michael is the devil who cannot be trusted. They can only decide what to do based on the answers Michael has to some of their fundamental questions. If they don't agree, Michael, for his own survival, has to sweeten the pot to entice them. But their inherent beings - Tahani who only truly learns hers by Michael finally... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

5 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Michael: How do I explain this? I'm basically an exterminator and you're cockroaches. My job was to squish you and poison you and yet, somehow, my very survival now depends on you, the cockroaches, agreeing to help me. That's funny.
Eleanor Shellstrop: We're cockroaches to you?
Michael: Yeah. Or dung beetles. I don't know. Something small and gross that creeps on the ground in its own filth. Just being honest.
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I Will Survive
Written by Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris
Performed by Tiya Sircar
[Vicky sings the song as her "Best Person" speech]
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Poor episode
30 May 2018 | by prizm4See all my reviews

Eleanor can't decide whether to team up with her colleagues or not. That's it. They all just stand around in Eleanor's house arguing about this decision for basically the ENTIRE EPISODE. They stretched an argument that should've been 5 minutes maximum screentime, and made it the excruciating length of a whole episode. Now I feel like I'M in the Bad Place. I get that you have to have basic episodes to save money for the effects-heavy ones, but some clever writing will always make up for a lack of budget.

Skip this one.

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