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* TheAntiNihilist: Chidi uses this philosophy to snap Simone out of her solipsistic funk (in a possible call-back to Eleanor's realization in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS3E04JeremyBearimy]]). He acknowledges that it's impossible to prove that anything that's happening is real, but it's the reality she's stuck with either way, so why not enjoy it and try to be as good a person as possible? Whether the other people there are real or not, they feel real to her, so being kind and engaging with them is still better than cutting herself off and living like nothing matters.


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** Chidi's argument to Simone. Even if he can't convince her that she's not in a DyingDream, she'd be happier being kind to the other residents, rather than treating them like hallucinations.


* IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Of a sort. While Eleanor is reluctant to let Chidi get together with Simone because of their previous dating history, she eventually does so, both because it's needed for the good of the experiment and that they might actually be soul mates.


Eleanor and Michael decide the best way to get through to Brent would be to kick off a chaos sequence based on things in his life, such as runaway SUVs driving all over the neighborhood, giant golf balls rolling through the streets, a gigantic Princeton mascot knocking over buildings like Godzilla, and having everyone dressed in tacky suits with the Princeton colors, much like how Michael tried to torture Eleanor during his experiment. However, Brent doesn't get the point and believes that this means he belongs in a better place than the Good Place.

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Eleanor and Michael decide the best way to get through to Brent would be to kick off a chaos sequence based on things in his life, such as runaway SUVs [=SUVs=] driving all over the neighborhood, giant golf balls rolling through the streets, a gigantic Princeton mascot knocking over buildings like Godzilla, and having everyone dressed in tacky suits with the Princeton colors, much like how Michael tried to torture Eleanor during his experiment. However, Brent doesn't get the point and believes that this means he belongs in a better place than the Good Place.


After much tribulation, the gang manages to set Brent and Simone on the right path to redemption... sort of. Meanwhile, Janet has decided it is best to put her relationship with Jason on hold for the sake of the experiment, leading Jason to genuinely question whether his impulsive behavior is really the best approach to take in life.

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After much tribulation, With Chris sent back to the gang manages Bad Place, the Soul Squad get down to set business to figure out how to get John, Brent and Simone on the right path to redemption... sort of. redemption. Brent is arrogant and generally sees no flaws in himself while Simone is still convinced the afterlife isn't real. Tahani meanwhile decides she'll take care of John by reaching out to him.

Eleanor and Michael decide the best way to get through to Brent would be to kick off a chaos sequence based on things in his life, such as runaway SUVs driving all over the neighborhood, giant golf balls rolling through the streets, a gigantic Princeton mascot knocking over buildings like Godzilla, and having everyone dressed in tacky suits with the Princeton colors, much like how Michael tried to torture Eleanor during his experiment. However, Brent doesn't get the point and believes that this means he belongs in a better place than the Good Place.

The Soul Squad regroup, feeling like they're stuck at a dead end. No one is sure if Eleanor has what it takes to lead this high-stakes experiment and wonder if they should change leaders. Eleanor overhears them talking behind her back and is hurt and angry, storming off after telling them she quits. Michael goes after her to give her a pep talk. Eleanor is terrified that she'll fail, as she fears she'll doom all of humanity and has never dealt with having this kind of weight resting on her shoulders. Michael reassures Eleanor that she's tougher and smarter than she gives herself credit for and the job of posing as the Architect of the experiment is best suited for a human, because she knows humans better than he himself does. Her spirits lifted up and her resolve renewed, Eleanor declares they're going to succeed.

The next day, Michael and Eleanor, figuring that Brent is too conceited to see any flaws in himself, decide to play along and tell him that there is indeed a "Best Place" and he can get there by doing more good deeds than anyone else in the neighborhood. While they are aware that he won't earn any points at present because his motive is just to benefit himself, they hope that like with Eleanor when she first arrived in the neighborhood, the good deeds he does will become a habit and he will start doing them out of genuine kindness.

Meanwhile, Jason and Janet has decided it is best to put her relationship have a talk. Janet says that with her being busy running things and being worried that Jason on hold for the sake of the experiment, leading Jason to genuinely question whether his impulsive behavior is really the still too impulsive, she believes it's best approach that they break up with, saddening Jason.

Eleanor tells Chidi that he is Simone's soulmate, hoping that it'll get her
to take stop acting like an idiot and accept that she's indeed in life. the afterlife. Although she's hurt at the fact that she has to lead him into the arms of another woman, Eleanor is determined to make sure the experiment succeeds.


* BatmanGambit: After if becomes obvious to the gang that Brent is too conceited to accept the fact that he doesn't belong in the good place, but rather belongs in "the even better place", they decide to play along and tell him that he ''can'' get there by doing more good deeds than anyone else in the neighborhood. While they are aware that he won't earn any points at present, because his motive is just to benefit himself, they hope that like with Eleanor when she first arrived in the neighborhood, the good deeds he does will become a habit and he will start doing them out of genuine kindness.

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* BatmanGambit: After if it becomes obvious to the gang that Brent is too conceited to accept the fact that he doesn't belong see any flaws in the good place, but rather belongs in "the even better place", himself, they decide to play along and tell him that he ''can'' can get there to "the Best Place" by doing more good deeds than anyone else in the neighborhood. While they are aware that he won't earn any points at present, present because his motive is just to benefit himself, they hope that like with Eleanor when she first arrived in the neighborhood, the good deeds he does will become a habit and he will start doing them out of genuine kindness.


** Upon realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, Eleanor and Michael orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes. The college motif even comes in to play with orange and black for Princeton. (The original blue and yellow was for University of Michigan, which was the shirt Eleanor wore as pajamas.)

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** Upon realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, Eleanor and Michael orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes. The college motif even comes in to play with orange and black for Princeton. (The original blue and yellow was for University of Michigan, which was the shirt Eleanor wore as pajamas.Real Eleanor's alleged alma mater.)


* SureLetsGoWithThat: Brent becomes convinced that there is a "Best Place" where he really belongs. Eleanor and Michael decide to let him think he's right and convince him that he can go to said Best Place if he does lots of good deeds.
%%** Eleanor concludes that Michael's nervous breakdown from the last season's finale was actually all an act, in order for her to get herself together and become the leader of this project. Michael pretends she's right, as he's too ashamed to admit his breakdown was in fact real.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat: SureLetsGoWithThat:
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Brent becomes convinced that there is a "Best Place" where he really belongs. Eleanor and Michael decide to let him think he's right and convince him that he can go to said Best Place if he does lots of good deeds.
%%** ** Eleanor concludes that Michael's nervous breakdown from the last season's finale was actually all an act, in order for her to get herself together and become the leader of this project. Michael pretends she's right, as he's too ashamed to admit his breakdown was in fact real.


After much tribulation, the gang manages to set Brent and Simone on the right path to redemption...sort of. Meanwhile, Janet has decided it is best to put her relationship with Jason on hold for the sake of the experiment, leading Jason to genuinely question whether his impulsive behavior is really the best approach to take in life.

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After much tribulation, the gang manages to set Brent and Simone on the right path to redemption... sort of. Meanwhile, Janet has decided it is best to put her relationship with Jason on hold for the sake of the experiment, leading Jason to genuinely question whether his impulsive behavior is really the best approach to take in life.



** Realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, they orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes. The college motif even comes in to play with orange and black for Princeton. (The original blue and yellow was for University of Michigan, which was the shirt Eleanor wore as pajamas.)

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** Realizing Upon realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, they Eleanor and Michael orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes. The college motif even comes in to play with orange and black for Princeton. (The original blue and yellow was for University of Michigan, which was the shirt Eleanor wore as pajamas.)



* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: When Eleanor {{Rage Quit}}s after overhearing everyone else discusses replacing her as leader, Michael cheers her up by pointing out that while HumansAreFlawed, they are also capable of great things, codifying her status as TheUnchosenOne despite just being a trashbag from Arizona.

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* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: When Eleanor {{Rage Quit}}s after overhearing everyone else discusses discussing replacing her as leader, Michael cheers her up by pointing out that while HumansAreFlawed, they are also capable of great things, codifying her status as TheUnchosenOne despite just being a trashbag from Arizona.

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* HighFiveLeftHanging: When Eleanor declares that Chidi is at least missing out on "dat [ass]", she holds out her hand for a high-five. Jason is initially too upset over his breakup to do so, but eventually does high-five her back because it is "the code".


--> '''Michael:''' ...human beings, it turns out, are ''weird'', and I will never truly understand what it's like to be one. This is a job for a human. One who's tough, but also empathetic, and has a big heart... and a world-class bullshirt detector. You think you can't do this? Eleanor... you're the ''only'' one who can do this.

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--> '''Michael:''' ...human '''Michael:''' Human beings, it turns out, are ''weird'', and I will never truly understand what it's like to be one. This is a job for a human. One who's tough, but also empathetic, and has a big heart... and a world-class bullshirt detector. You think you can't do this? Eleanor... you're the ''only'' one who can do this.


* HumansAreSpecial: Michael got Eleanor to pretend to be the Architect because he felt she was amazing because of the progress she had made and needed to prove that people could indeed change.

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* HumansAreSpecial: Michael got This is part of Michael's reasoning for why Eleanor to pretend must continue playing the role of architect.
--> '''Michael:''' ...human beings, it turns out, are ''weird'', and I will never truly understand what it's like
to be one. This is a job for a human. One who's tough, but also empathetic, and has a big heart... and a world-class bullshirt detector. You think you can't do this? Eleanor... you're the Architect because he felt she was amazing because of the progress she had made and needed to prove that people could indeed change.''only'' one who can do this.


** Realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, they orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes.

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** Realizing how big of a nut to crack Brent is, they orchestrate a chaos sequence similar to the one meant for Eleanor in [[Recap/TheGoodPlaceS1E01EverythingIsFine the first episode]], including everyone's clothes developing jagged stripes. The college motif even comes in to play with orange and black for Princeton. (The original blue and yellow was for University of Michigan, which was the shirt Eleanor wore as pajamas.)


* SureLetsGoWithThat:
** Brent becomes convinced that there is a "Best Place" where he really belongs. Eleanor and Michael decide to let him think he's right and convince him that he can go to said Best Place if he does lots of good deeds.

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* SureLetsGoWithThat:
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SureLetsGoWithThat: Brent becomes convinced that there is a "Best Place" where he really belongs. Eleanor and Michael decide to let him think he's right and convince him that he can go to said Best Place if he does lots of good deeds.


* JerkassHasAPoint: While a little blunt about it, the gang's concerns about Eleanor's capabilities as the leader are not without merit. After all, her attempts to improve Brent thus far have only made matters worse, and she didn't want to pair Chidi up with Simone, a sure fire way to help convince her that this is not just a dream, simply because she didn't want her ex-boyfriend dating someone else.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
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While a little blunt about it, the gang's concerns about Eleanor's capabilities as the leader are not without merit. After all, her attempts to improve Brent thus far have only made matters worse, and she didn't want to pair Chidi up with Simone, a sure fire way to help convince her that this is not just a dream, simply because she didn't want her ex-boyfriend dating someone else.
** On the flipside, Eleanor is not wrong when she angrily points out that she never wanted nor asked for the job in the first place, and only got stuck with it because Michael had a breakdown.


* HumansAreSpecial: Michael got Eleanor to pretend to be the Architect because she was amazing and needed to prove that people could indeed change.

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* HumansAreSpecial: Michael got Eleanor to pretend to be the Architect because he felt she was amazing because of the progress she had made and needed to prove that people could indeed change.

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