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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The InUniverse MemeticMutation of "Dress Bitch" deeply hurt Madison... but since she caused the dry cleaner to go bankrupt with her [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate]] and [[MisplacedRetribution misplaced]] retribution, it's hard to feel all that sorry for her.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The InUniverse MemeticMutation of "Dress Bitch" deeply hurt Madison... but since she caused the dry cleaner to go bankrupt with her [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate]] and [[MisplacedRetribution misplaced]] retribution, retribution without showing a hint of remorse, it's hard to feel all that sorry for her.


* ChekhovsGag: The assistants from the Bad Place wear the infamous "Dress Bitch" t-shirts.

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* ChekhovsGag: The assistants from the Bad Place wear Trevor'S lackeys are wearing the infamous "Dress Bitch" t-shirts.


* OverlyLongGag: Janet mistaking things for a cactus goes on for longer than needed.

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* OverlyLongGag: Janet mistaking things for a cactus goes on for longer than needed.necessary.


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* AfterlifeExpress: The vehicle taking people to the Good or Bad place is a train.


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* ChekhovsGag: The assistants from the Bad Place wear the infamous "Dress Bitch" t-shirts.


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* LieDetector: Michael has one to probe Eleanor and Jason.
* OverlyLongGag: Janet mistaking things for a cactus goes on for longer than needed.


** After Chidi confesses to Michael about killing Janet and the ethics lessons, they both agree that Eleanor's CharacterDevelopment needs to be taken into account. So Michael says they're keeping Eleanor in the Good Place until they figure out the mix-up. Trevor then says if Michael does that, they're keeping the "real" Eleanor Shellstrop, the woman who was supposed to be in The Good Place.

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** After Chidi confesses to Michael about killing Janet and the ethics lessons, they both agree that Eleanor's CharacterDevelopment needs to be taken into account. So Michael says they're keeping Eleanor in the Good Place until they figure out the mix-up. Trevor then says if Michael does that, they're keeping the "real" Eleanor Shellstrop, the woman who was supposed to be in The the Good Place.



* MistakenForProfound: When Jason pricks himself with a cactus, Michael concludes that he is comparing it to Eleanor.
--> ''Oh, of course. A cactus, on its own, intends no harm - it's only when we interfere that it becomes dangerous. I need to remember my own agency here.''



* SeeminglyProfoundFool: When Jason pricks himself with a cactus, Michael concludes that he is comparing it to Eleanor.
--> ''Oh, of course. A cactus, on its own, intends no harm - it's only when we interfere that it becomes dangerous. I need to remember my own agency here.''



* WasItAllALie: Tahani starts questioning if Eleanor pretended to be her friend, if Eleanor isn't supposed to be in The Good Place. She realizes that Eleanor wasn't pretending when the latter gives her a farewell hug and thanks her for being her friend.
* WhamEpisode: Eleanor is almost sent to The Bad Place, but Michael decides to keep her in The Good Place at the last second to try and determine how the system failed. In response, Bad Place architect Trevor reveals that if that's the case, then he gets to keep the good Eleanor Shellstrop.

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* WasItAllALie: Tahani starts questioning if Eleanor pretended to be her friend, if Eleanor isn't supposed to be in The the Good Place. She realizes that Eleanor wasn't pretending when the latter gives her a farewell hug and thanks her for being her friend.
* WhamEpisode: Eleanor is almost sent to The Bad Place, but Michael decides to keep her in The the Good Place at the last second to try and determine how the system failed. In response, Bad Place architect Trevor reveals that if that's the case, then he gets to keep the good Eleanor Shellstrop.


** Even Eleanor HERSELF questioned the morality of the t-shirt incident when she was alive. She only went with it when her other roommate showed her how much money they had made from pre-orders for the t-shirts.

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** Even Eleanor HERSELF herself questioned the morality of the t-shirt incident when she was alive. She only went with it when her other roommate showed her how much money they had made from pre-orders for the t-shirts.


* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drove them to bankruptcy, all of which got recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to add insult to injury, Eleanor also secretly made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.

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* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drove them to bankruptcy, all of which got recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to add insult to injury, Eleanor and her other roommate also secretly made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.


** Even Eleanor HERSELF questioned the morality of the incident when she was alive. She only went with it when her other roommate showed her how much money they had made from pre-orders for the t-shirts.

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** Even Eleanor HERSELF questioned the morality of the t-shirt incident when she was alive. She only went with it when her other roommate showed her how much money they had made from pre-orders for the t-shirts.

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** Even Eleanor HERSELF questioned the morality of the incident when she was alive. She only went with it when her other roommate showed her how much money they had made from pre-orders for the t-shirts.

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* PetTheDog: In one of Eleanor's very few humanizing moments when she was alive, she took it on herself to cheer up her cousin's daughter when said cousin couldn't get her life on track. Eleanor would take the daughter to the mall and buy her "churro dogs".


* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drove them to bankruptcy, all of which Eleanor recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to add insult to injury, Eleanor also secretly made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.

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* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drove them to bankruptcy, all of which Eleanor got recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to add insult to injury, Eleanor also secretly made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.

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* MistakenForProfound: When Jason pricks himself with a cactus, Michael concludes that he is comparing it to Eleanor.
--> ''Oh, of course. A cactus, on its own, intends no harm - it's only when we interfere that it becomes dangerous. I need to remember my own agency here.''

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* EveryoneHasStandards:
** Even when Tahani is angrily accusing Eleanor of pretending to be her friend, she won't outright condemn her to the Bad Place. She also looks touched when Eleanor hugs her and sincerely says she was a good friend.
** Michael doesn't even have to tell off Eleanor for the "Dress Bitch" incident. His expression of horror says it all.
* HopeSpot:
** Michael says he's looking for a reason to keep Eleanor because, despite her not belonging, she's his friend and has helped him. He fails to find a reason during his examination of Eleanor's moral character and calls a train to pick her up.
** Due to Janet being down and unable to find Eleanor's file, Eleanor answers a questionnaire where it seems she'll pass. Then Janet finds the file, and Eleanor is forced to admit she doesn't belong in the Good Place after reviewing her past transgressions.
** After Chidi confesses to Michael about killing Janet and the ethics lessons, they both agree that Eleanor's CharacterDevelopment needs to be taken into account. So Michael says they're keeping Eleanor in the Good Place until they figure out the mix-up. Trevor then says if Michael does that, they're keeping the "real" Eleanor Shellstrop, the woman who was supposed to be in The Good Place.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Downplayed, but Trevor has this attitude towards both Eleanors.


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* WasItAllALie: Tahani starts questioning if Eleanor pretended to be her friend, if Eleanor isn't supposed to be in The Good Place. She realizes that Eleanor wasn't pretending when the latter gives her a farewell hug and thanks her for being her friend.


* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drive them to bankruptcy, all of which Eleanor recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to rub it in harder, Eleanor also made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.

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* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners and drive drove them to bankruptcy, all of which Eleanor recorded and posted on the Internet, earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to rub it in harder, add insult to injury, Eleanor also secretly made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.


Michael interviews Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason about Eleanor and Janet's death. After finally getting Eleanor's file from Janet (who is still re-learning things and had been only producing different types of cacti beforehand), he learns that Eleanor ruined a roommate's dress, leading to a lawsuit that bankrupted the innocent dry cleaners, public humiliation of the roommate, and Eleanor's personal profit via t-shirts insulting said roommate. This leads to Michael calling the Bad Place to come pick up Eleanor. A train from the Bad Place arrives, bringing Trevor, a cruel and sleazy demon, to take Eleanor. After Chidi confesses that he killed Janet and that Eleanor is learning to be a better person, Michael and the others arrive at the train station to prevent Trevor from taking Eleanor. Trevor agrees to let the matter be discussed if he can continue to keep the other Eleanor Shellstrop, who was meant for the Good Place and is then led off the train.

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Michael interviews Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason about Eleanor and Janet's death. After finally getting Eleanor's file from Janet (who is still re-learning things and had been only producing different types of cacti beforehand), he learns that Eleanor ruined a roommate's dress, dress that belonged to her roommate Madison and lied about who was responsible, leading to a lawsuit that bankrupted the an innocent dry cleaners, cleaner owner, public humiliation of the roommate, Madison, and Eleanor's personal profit via t-shirts insulting said roommate.Madison. This leads to Michael calling the Bad Place to come pick up Eleanor. A train from the Bad Place arrives, bringing Trevor, a cruel and sleazy demon, to take Eleanor. After Chidi confesses that he killed Janet and that Eleanor is learning to be a better person, Michael and the others arrive at the train station to prevent Trevor from taking Eleanor. Trevor agrees to let the matter be discussed if he can continue to keep the other Eleanor Shellstrop, who was meant for the Good Place and is then led off the train.



* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners, all of which Eleanor recorded and posted on the Internet, which earned Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to rub it in harder, Eleanor also made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The InUniverse MemeticMutation of "Dress Bitch" deeply hurt Madison... but since she caused the dry cleaner to go bankrupt with her DisproportionateRetribution, it's hard to feel sorry for her.

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* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube: The flashback of this episode shows Eleanor exploited this. She "borrowed" her roommate Madison's dress and broke the back zipper, and rather than own up to it, she lied that the dry cleaners did it. Madison flipped out and sued the dry cleaners, cleaners and drive them to bankruptcy, all of which Eleanor recorded and posted on the Internet, which earned earning Madison the unflattering nickname "Dress Bitch". And to rub it in harder, Eleanor also made and sold shirts with Madison's face and the "Dress Bitch" nickname pasted on them.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The InUniverse MemeticMutation of "Dress Bitch" deeply hurt Madison... but since she caused the dry cleaner to go bankrupt with her DisproportionateRetribution, [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate]] and [[MisplacedRetribution misplaced]] retribution, it's hard to feel all that sorry for her.


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* ToxicFriendInfluence: Granted, Eleanor by herself was hardly a saint pre-character development, but her friends from her life on Earth were definitely this, as they all enabled each other's worst impulses.

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