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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Michael's description of the various convoluted torments he will undergo if he "retires" is played as a comic moment.

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Michael's description of the various convoluted torments he will undergo if he "retires" expects to face is played as a darkly comic moment.

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Michael's description of the various convoluted torments he will undergo if he "retires" is played as a comic moment.

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* IHaveAFamily: Janet tries to dissuade Eleanor from pressing the killswitch by producing a photograph of her children and asking who will take care of them if she's gone. It's just another part of the failsafe, the photo is actually of random children at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, but Eleanor is still unsettled enough to back away from the button.


* MidSeasonTwist: The episode ends with Eleanor confessing that she doesn't belong. Only seven episodes in, and her big secret is already out. (We find out later that [[spoiler: this is the moment when Michael's plan began to fall apart.]])

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* MidSeasonTwist: The episode ends with Eleanor confessing that she doesn't belong. Only seven episodes in, and her big secret is already out. (We find out later that [[spoiler: this is belong in the moment when Michael's plan began to fall apart.]])Good Place.

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* MidSeasonTwist: The episode ends with Eleanor confessing that she doesn't belong. Only seven episodes in, and her big secret is already out. (We find out later that [[spoiler: this is the moment when Michael's plan began to fall apart.]])

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* SarcasmFailure: Eleanor tells Chidi they should go help Tahani with Michael's goodbye party.
-->'''Chidi''': Sure. That will more than make up for all the pain and misery and lying.\\
'''Eleanor''': Yes! Now you're getting it.


Michael announces that he will be "retiring", which will consist of eternal torture. Rather than tell the truth, Eleanor decides to "kill" Janet because only she can initiate Michael's retirement. She and Chidi argue over activating Janet's killswitch and Chidi ends up pushing the button while trying to stop Jason from doing so. Chidi agrees to keep their secret, even though it will make him miserable. Meanwhile, Tahani plans a somber retirement party for Michael; Michael then blames Tahani for distracting him from Janet but soon apologizes. Janet is rebooted with no memories and operates at diminished capacity. Michael announces he will remain in the neighborhood to investigate Janet's murder, which he says means there is a problem beyond himself. Eleanor tells Chidi she loves him, then admits to everyone that she is the problem because she was brought to the Good Place by mistake. In flashbacks, Chidi fibs that he likes a coworker's unattractive boots; he obsessed over the lie for three years and finally confessed after the coworker survives a difficult surgery.

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Michael announces that he will be "retiring", which will consist of eternal torture. Rather than tell the truth, Eleanor decides to "kill" Janet because only she can initiate Michael's retirement. She and Chidi argue over activating Janet's killswitch and Chidi ends up pushing the button while trying to stop Jason from doing so. Chidi agrees to keep their secret, even though it will make him miserable. Meanwhile, Tahani plans a somber retirement party for Michael; Michael then blames Tahani for distracting him from Janet but soon apologizes. Janet is rebooted with no memories and operates at diminished capacity. Michael announces he will remain in the neighborhood to investigate Janet's murder, which he says means there is a problem beyond himself. Eleanor tells Chidi she loves him, then admits to everyone that she is the problem because she was brought to the Good Place by mistake.

In flashbacks, Chidi fibs that he likes a coworker's unattractive boots; he obsessed over the lie for three years and finally confessed after the coworker survives a difficult surgery.
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* DivingSave: Subverted. Chidi pushes Jason out of the way to avoid the latter pushing the button and killing Janet, but pushes the button in the process.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Discussed; Eleanor's for killing Janet because Janet isn't human and doesn't operate on any moral principles.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Discussed; Eleanor's for killing Janet because Janet isn't human and doesn't operate on any moral principles.


''"Well, Janet's been murdered. That's a nice capper to this wonderful day. I don't really know what happens now because Janet has never been murdered before... only today, here on my watch, while I was distracted with a party that Tahani was throwing for me, which I didn't want."''

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''"Well, ->''"Well, Janet's been murdered. That's a nice capper to this wonderful day. I don't really know what happens now because Janet has never been murdered before... only today, here on my watch, while I was distracted with a party that Tahani was throwing for me, which I didn't want."''

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[[caption-width-right:350: "Again, I am not human. I can't die. I am simply an anthropomorphized vessel of knowledge built to make your life easier."]]

''"Well, Janet's been murdered. That's a nice capper to this wonderful day. I don't really know what happens now because Janet has never been murdered before... only today, here on my watch, while I was distracted with a party that Tahani was throwing for me, which I didn't want."''
-->-- '''Michael'''

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* RunningGag: People telling Chidi, "This is why everyone hates moral philosophy professors" when confronted with his boot obsession.

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* SkewedPriorities: Chidi's reaction after telling a minor white lie to his colleague about the colleague's boots is a dramatic "MyGodWhatHaveIDone"


* BigRedButton: Janet's killswitch is a big red button; [[ManChild Jason]] is tempted to press it.



* CharacterDevelopment: Eleanor's comes to a head here, when she ultimately steps up to the plate and confesses that she doesn't belong in the Good Place.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Eleanor's comes to a head here, when she ultimately steps up to the plate and confesses that she doesn't belong in the Good Place.Place.
* LyingToProtectYourFeelings: When a coworker asks Chidi if he likes his boots, Chidi tells a white lie and says they're great as to not hurt his coworker's feelings. He proceeds to obsess over it for years afterwards.
* MyGodYouAreSerious: When Chidi says he's going to confess, Eleanor laughs in his face then says a FlatWhat.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Discussed; Eleanor's for killing Janet because Janet isn't human and doesn't operate on any moral principles.

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Michael announces that he will be "retiring", which will consist of eternal torture. Rather than tell the truth, Eleanor decides to "kill" Janet because only she can initiate Michael's retirement. She and Chidi argue over activating Janet's killswitch and Chidi ends up pushing the button while trying to stop Jason from doing so. Chidi agrees to keep their secret, even though it will make him miserable. Meanwhile, Tahani plans a somber retirement party for Michael; Michael then blames Tahani for distracting him from Janet but soon apologizes. Janet is rebooted with no memories and operates at diminished capacity. Michael announces he will remain in the neighborhood to investigate Janet's murder, which he says means there is a problem beyond himself. Eleanor tells Chidi she loves him, then admits to everyone that she is the problem because she was brought to the Good Place by mistake. In flashbacks, Chidi fibs that he likes a coworker's unattractive boots; he obsessed over the lie for three years and finally confessed after the coworker survives a difficult surgery.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Janet gets pretty glitchy after her reboot.
* BrutalHonesty: When Michael announces he's leaving the Good Place, Janet bluntly says it will not affect her in any way. Which is true, since she's an anthropomorphized construct with no real emotions.
* CannotTellALie: Chidi ''can'' tell a lie, but he'll obsess over it for a long time.
* CharacterDevelopment: Eleanor's comes to a head here, when she ultimately steps up to the plate and confesses that she doesn't belong in the Good Place.

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