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* NoFameNoWealthNoService: Taken to its logical extreme. All of society is based on this principle.


* DisasterDominos: This seems in-built into the system, where small decreases to one's rating breed further decreases.

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* DisasterDominos: DisasterDominoes: This seems in-built into the system, where small decreases to one's rating breed further decreases.


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* [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Woman]]: Susan is blunt, but she's friendly, genuine, and thick-skinned enough to not care what other people think of her. She even gives Lacie some booze for courage.



* DisasterDominos: This seems in-built into the system, where small decreases to one's rating breed further decreases.
** Lacie's nosedive starts with causing someone minor inconvenience, dropping her rating down just enough to make her miss her flight and kicks everything off. On the other hand, Lacie's behavior in response to her setbacks, while human and understandable, don't exactly help her case.
** Lacie's coworker can be seen getting ganged-up upon by his ex's friends for dumping her, reducing his score to the point that he can't get into work. Presumably he will lose that job and see further drops to his score for being jobless or homeless.
** Another of Lacie's already-unpopular coworkers apparently has an argument with a more popular one, and everyone else plays politics and sides with the higher-rated friend, implying that the less-popular are always at risk of going even further down for the smallest infractions.



* SocialMediaIsBad: Lacey's entire society lives and dies on people "rating" their physical and virtual interactions with each other, Uber-style, on a fictional social network. Those with higher ratings get more perks. Unsurprisingly, this creates a society comprised entirely of plastic {{Stepford Smiler}}s.

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* SocialMediaIsBad: Lacey's Lacie's entire society lives and dies on people "rating" their physical and virtual interactions with each other, Uber-style, on a fictional social network. Those with higher ratings get more perks. Unsurprisingly, this creates a society comprised entirely of plastic {{Stepford Smiler}}s.


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* UnstableEquilibrium: Non video game example. It's repeatedly shown that while high ratings don't always lead to more 5-star ratings, they definitely help, while low ratings inevitably engender more low ratings. Some drivers even ding a hitchhiking Lacie ''just for having a low score'', putting her further into the pit.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: For all the fawning smiles and glowing five-star reviews, Lacie spits out the biscuit and the coffee is undrinkable. Much hay is also made of homemade tapenade, whose sole effect on her seems to be to stain her sweater.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: For all the fawning smiles and glowing five-star reviews, Lacie spits out the biscuit and the coffee is undrinkable. Much hay is also made of homemade tapenade, whose sole effect on her seems to be to ruin her dress.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: For all the fawning smiles and glowing five-star reviews, Lacie spits out the biscuit and the coffee is undrinkable. Much hay is also made of homemade tapenade, whose sole effect on her seems to be to ruin stain her dress.sweater.

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* TheAllegedCar: Lacie's rented I-Cruiser 2 is this, alongside having the look of a 2000s beater, it has the voice only in Czech and having no charger adapter.


* AtomicFBomb: The final line is Lacey and her prison mate yelling "Fuck you!" at each other.

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* AtomicFBomb: The final line is Lacey Lacie and her prison mate yelling "Fuck you!" at each other.

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* AtomicFBomb: The final line is Lacey and her prison mate yelling "Fuck you!" at each other.


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* VolleyingInsults: The episode ends with Lacie engaging in a snark duel with a fellow prisoner.


Directed by Creator/JoeWright, Written by [[Series/TheGoodPlace Mike]] [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Schur]] and Creator/RashidaJones, Starring Creator/BryceDallasHoward (Lacie), Creator/AliceEve (Naomi), and [[Film/{{Flatliners}} James Norton]] (Ryan).

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Directed by Creator/JoeWright, Written by [[Series/TheGoodPlace Mike]] [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Schur]] Creator/MichaelSchur and Creator/RashidaJones, Starring and starring Creator/BryceDallasHoward (Lacie), Creator/AliceEve (Naomi), and [[Film/{{Flatliners}} James Norton]] Creator/JamesNorton (Ryan).

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* SocialMediaIsBad: Lacey's entire society lives and dies on people "rating" their physical and virtual interactions with each other, Uber-style, on a fictional social network. Those with higher ratings get more perks. Unsurprisingly, this creates a society comprised entirely of plastic {{Stepford Smiler}}s.

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* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Invoked. Naomi helped Lacie make Mister Rags, which Lacie is genuinely attached to. However, bringing it with her to the wedding is clearly a tactical move.


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* GoodColoursEvilColours: Deconstructed. TheBeautifulElite wear colours that correspond to "good" or "preppy bitch" colours, demonstrating their allegiance both with social superiority and superficiality. The trucker who picks up Lacie, Susan, however, is genuinely good but wears black, in response to her pariah social status. Lacie's dropout brother also wears grey.


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* PinkMeansFeminine: Firmly invoked. The bridesmaid dresses are pink at Naomi's insistence. Lacie also wears a lot of pink and other similar colours (pale blue, lavender, mint green).


** The dour gas station attendant gives a robotic but pretty fair justification for dinking Lacie with a 2. Instead of sprinkling five stars on everyone he looks at and hoping for reciprocation, he's one of the few characters actually scoring people by a more sensible metric: the more meaningful the encounter, the higher the score.

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** The dour gas station attendant gives a robotic but pretty fair justification for dinking Lacie with a 2. Instead of sprinkling five stars on everyone he looks at and hoping for reciprocation, he's one of the few characters actually scoring people by a more sensible metric: the more meaningful the encounter, the higher the score. score; a minute-long conversation with a helpless customer oozing fake niceness is hardly a meaningful encounter.

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** Earlier, Lacie's brother gives some scathing commentary on the shallowness of the system and her frustrating, unfulfilling obsession with it. He also sneers at his sister's rediscovered fondness for Naomi, a former "friend" who mocked and bullied her (and apparently [[PrecisionFStrike fucked a guy she was into]]). He lays this on Lacie with the tenderness of a fist to the gut, but she knows it's true.
** The dour gas station attendant gives a robotic but pretty fair justification for dinking Lacie with a 2. Instead of sprinkling five stars on everyone he looks at and hoping for reciprocation, he's one of the few characters actually scoring people by a more sensible metric: the more meaningful the encounter, the higher the score.

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* TheBoardGame: An [[LicensedGame officially licensed]] smart phone enabled card game based on the social mechanics of the episode was released in November 2018.

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