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- "The Eternal Shriek": Eleanor getting up and finally confessing to Michael that she's what's causing the problems in the Good Place. It's an awesome moment of her conquering her fears and helping Chidi out with the stress he's feeling. It also counts as a retroactive moment because by stepping up to the plate and confessing, this was the moment when Michael's plans began to fall apart. That look of shock he has isn't one of his acts, it's genuine!
- Chidi standing up to Michael to get him to stop Eleanor from being sent to the Bad Place.
- "What's My Motivation": Even though it wasn't intentional, Jason screws Michael's plans up even further by falling in love with Janet.
- "Someone Like Me As A Member": Michael angrily telling Trevor and the other demons to "get the fork out" of the Good Place. After a day of letting these jerks step all over him, it's cool seeing him stand up to them. Obviously, after the reveal this moment becomes slightly less awesome, but it is still cool to see how far he'd take the act.
- "Chidi's Choice": Eleanor declaring that she and Tahani were absolutely not going to do the thing of two women fighting over a guy (in this case Chidi) and instead, manages to bond with her enough that both of them realize they were both projecting feelings towards him because of the turmoil they were going through.
- In "Mindy St. Claire", Eleanor gets through to Jason and Janet to go back to the "Good Place" in order to save Chidi and Tahani from ending up in the Bad Place.
- The reveal in the Season 1 finale that we've been seeing the Bad Place all along, with the entire thing arranged purely so that Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason would drive each other nuts for eternity, with occasional prodding from various demons posing as Good Place residents. And despite the group having their memories erased and getting split up, Eleanor manages to hide a note to herself inside Janet's mouth to find Chidi, setting herself up to ask questions.
- In "Everything is Great," after Eleanor's trick with the note, it takes her one day to put the pieces together after having her memory erased. When Eleanor originally figured out what the "Good Place" really was, it took several adventures, personally getting to know Chidi, Tahani and Jason, days of hiding her secrets, days of learning ethics, and opening up to the others for her to realize what was truly going on. Here, Eleanor doesn't go through any of that, doesn't go through the change in personality she did before, and barely knows any of the others, and yet, she was still able to figure every single thing out in a single day because of one note.
- "Dance Dance Resolution", where Michael is forced to go through over 800 iterations for his Good Place simulation, because no matter what he does (even without any prearranged clues), Eleanor eventually figures it out every single time. note Finally, Michael is forced to ask them to team up against his superiors as it's the only way any of them can win. Then the next episode reveals it never once took her even a year to do it, with Word of God stating that it was usually just around four months.
- In "The Trolley Problem", Eleanor's ability to figure out when she's being tortured strikes again when she realizes Michael is using the Trolley Problem as an excuse to torture Chidi. Also, Chidi's refusal to let Michael squirm out of facing consequences for causing trouble again. First by kicking Michael out of the class, followed by throwing his present in the trash, calling it out as bribery so he can avoid apologizing.
- In "Leap to Faith", Michael quickly comes up with a way to keep the team safe when Shawn arrives to shut the neighborhood down, and leaves thousands of clues under the nose of every demon there in the hopes that the humans will at least be able to pick up a few. He even manages to get Vicky out of the way in the process.
- "Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent": Michael solves the Trolley Problem. The answer is to sacrifice yourself. He gives Eleanor his pin to allow her to visit the Judge. And he does this all within the view of a hundred demons.
- Chidi is able to masquerade as Trent, a master torturer, and informs his supposed colleague to really torture a guy by giving him ethics books. He seals the deal with a Groin Attack and briefly becomes a Large Ham.
- Shortly before that, Jason gives the group an opening to escape from the demons when he fashions a Molotov cocktail out of a nearby bottle of liquor, lighter, and his own pocket square.
- "The Burrito"
- As Michael is about to be put into his eternal punishment, the Bad Janet who's been following them around reveals herself to actually be the good Janet, who's gotten a lot better at her acting. She then lifts Shawn off the ground with one arm, and sends him flying into the wall with a single kick, twice.
- The group are all given tests to see if they've overcome their fatal sins enough to get into the Good Place. Eleanor is the only one who passes, and then even claims she also failed just so the others won't feel bad. In the same episode, Tahani finally works up the courage to call her parents out for treating her as The Un-Favourite, even if she did fail the test in the process.
- Even if they failed, they all did show incredible growth. Chidi did make a choice, even if he dithered and agonized over it... which is understandable, considering it was a choice given far more weight than it deserved. Tahani skipped over all the superficial trappings of her life, walking past them all; it was only the one opportunity where she could have had her parents actually acknowledge her where she faltered, and even in faltering, she got precious closure that she desperately needed. And while Jason failed the hardest, even he ultimately did what the Judge told him was always an option - not play. To find him in the room, trying to meditate, is a moment of growth in itself. Eleanor may have shown the most growth, but they all did prove how far they came.
- "Somewhere Else":
- Despite her being an all-powerful, omniscient being that is way more powerful than him or even Shawn, Michael stands up to Gen and tells her he doesn't care if the system says the main four belong in the Bad Place—they're good people, and they deserve to go the Good Place. He then goes on to say that if the system was wrong about these four, it was certainly wrong about others, too, and that millions of people have probably gotten tortured without deserving it. Eleanor's been saying from the start that the system is totally forked-up, and it's really satisfying to hear someone else agree with her.
- Michael giving the group a push in the right direction by going to Earth and saving them all from their deaths. When he sees Eleanor's faltering in her self-improvement, he gives her a little nudge so she finds Chidi, starting the process of getting them all to meet each other. Despite orders to not interfere. Janet goes along with the deception.
- In a small meta sense, the return of Sam Malone as Michael visits Earth to pose as a bartender to help Eleanor stay on the right path. Some fans have said they actually gasped out loud seeing the towel flip again.
- Chidi stops coming up with excuses and kisses Eleanor. One of the few decisions Chidi has made without overthinking it, and he nailed it.
- Chidi giving a talk on morals for three hours and it holds Eleanor's attention pre-Character Development. When he's not caught up in his own flaws, he's actually very well spoken.
- Michael tries to get Jason to Australia by offering him a street-dancing job. Jason turns him down, because he has been having a bad year and is trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Jason is being introspective. It's quite possible he would have eventually gotten his act together even if Michael hadn't intervened.
- The Bad Place's response to the new status quo? Hacking into a feed of Earth and sending Trevor to corrupt Team Cockroach back to the Bad Place.
- Gen refusing to put up with any of Trevor's shit, and sending him flying into the distance with a wave of her hand.
- Jeff the Doorman helping Michael and Janet escape was an incredibly gutsy move, considering that Gen isn't exactly the merciful type.The Doorman: [smugly] They escaped.Judge Gen: [bitter sarcasm] Yeah thanks, Jeff.
- After Tahani and Jason begin to drunkenly flirt, Trevor, who has infiltrated the group, calls a cab for them, assuming they'll hook up and that the resultant shame will send Tahani on the next plane home. Instead, Jason gets her back to her hotel room safely and spends the night sleeping in a dumpster (having forgotten where his own room is). Yet again the demons fail to calculate for the possibility of human decency.
- The group eventually learns the truth about the afterlife — and that, because they know, they will never be able to get to The Good Place. Do they give up? For a while, but then Eleanor convinces the group that even if they can't get into the Good Place, they can help others to get there.
- The entire final act of "Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By."
Jason: Jacksonville style, baby! Two thousand points!
- Rather than indulge Shawn's gloating, Janet immediately throat chops him and takes on the entire squad of demons. While largely depowered, she easily takes down Bambadjan, breaks Vicky's arm, and completely decimates one demon with a pool triangle. Then the demons try to shove her into a portal on their own... only for that to reactivate her powers and let her kick them across the room. Buffy the Vampire Slayer would have been proud.
- Michael using the afterlife button to tag-team with Janet and shove the demons out of their way. Even better, he sends them through the portal to the Judge. Given what she did to Trevor, we can only imagine what she'll do when she's suddenly met by a bunch of demons who have a lot of explaining to do.
- Tahani quickly makes use of a pool cue as a fencing sword to save Eleanor and Chidi from Chris.
- After copying Janet's Shawn throat punch, Jason manages to save her by weaponizing his version of pool against Val.
Shawn: And do you know what else I have a hunch about?
- Eleanor's casual Offhand Backhand of Vicky in the middle of her Love Confession to Chidi.
- And in the end, Michael disposing of Shawn.
Michael: No. [kicks him through the portal]
- After trying time and time again, Michael is forced to realize that no one is going to have the answers on how to fix the afterlife system and get everyone to the Good Place. Except, as Janet notes, one more person. Him. So he finds a way to do exactly that and breaks into the Good Place and steal the Book of Dougs within seconds.
- After Michael's pitch on the problems of the system doesn't faze Gen at all, Jason is the one who comes up with a way to get through to her. He tells the story of his friend, Big Noodle, who had to work so hard to support his family that he would never have had time to consider all of the ripple-effects that the points system now judges humans for. After hearing the story Michael even admits that Jason was right.Jason: The point is, you can't judge humans 'cause you don't know what we go through.
- Setting up and then hiding a truly massive dramatic Plot Twist—on what seemed to be a comedic sitcom—in this day and age. Many shows would have hinted too hard or lacked a build up or just leaked it early. They also made this one of the best examples of Rewatch Bonus in contemporary television. Everything—and we mean everything—that the viewer sees from start to finish can be called into question once The Reveal comes about in the season finale. One could fill pages on the dozens of giant, large, regular, and tiny plot points, characterizations and set designs that are suddenly either completely doubtful or totally different. That takes real creativity, scrupulous plotting and (as intimated above), serious patience to put together.
- A lot of the show's character development is pretty awesome, as, while it doesn't completely override the characters' original personalities from the beginning of the show, it does show growth. Eleanor, while still sarcastic and at times selfish, gains more compassion, acts more engaged in what's going on with others, and is willing to sacrifice herself to save the others. Chidi, while still indecisive and paranoid, becomes more self-confident and is willing to do what it takes to help the others. Tahani, while still egotistical, does bond with the others, try to help Eleanor stay in the Good Place, and is able to figure out the flaws that got her in the Bad Place before Chidi could. Jason, while still an idiotic, selfish fool, actually finds someone to care about - Janet, as weird as the romance is.
- The show won an AFI Awards for 2017. These are awards that "acknowledge the film and television productions deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image." All the other winners were shows like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, Stranger Things, and the like. Yup, our lovely little comedy show stands among an epic fantasy story, a serious and dark dystopian commentary on gender, and the like. The last time this happened was 2014 for Jane the Virgin and even then, the majority, if not the entirety, of the awards in any given years are dramatic pieces.
- D'Arcy Carden's astounding role as the entire human cast in "Janet(s)", flawlessly matching everyone else's mannerisms and tone to carry an entire episode. To the point of being able to impersonate members of the cast impersonating each other.