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Recap / The Good Place S 4 E 02 A Girl From Arizona Part 2

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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.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: Brent died because he got drunk with a helicopter pilot in an airplane lounge, and then the pilot offered to let him fly the helicopter.
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  • Batman Gambit: 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.
  • Brick Joke: Chidi tries to summon one of his books from home, but gives up after a few seconds. Moments after he's done talking to Eleanor for a while, a book flies into his head.
  • Call-Back:
    • 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 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 Real Eleanor's alleged alma mater.)
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    • Chidi again talks about how he spent his life in pursuit of fundamental truths about human nature, just as he did in the first episode.
    • When Eleanor and Michael convinces Brent that he can get into "The Best Place" by increasing his point-total, they compare it to when Eleanor did the same thing, even down to holding the door for people with no point increase due to his corrupt motivation.
  • Cheat Code: Michael installs one in the neighborhood where if he says Jason's name five times, his headache goes away.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Jason asks Michael what he can do after accidentally making Janet's job harder with chaotic and unpredictable antics, so he thinks that orchestrating a chaotic and unpredictable flash-mob will somehow make it up to her. Michael manages to talk him out of it.
    • When Eleanor and Michael orchestrate a chaos sequence centered around Brent, he runs to them and admits that he doesn't belong there in the Good Place... and instead he belongs in a better place than that; "The Best Place."
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    • Janet reminds Jason that she had asked for space, so Jason takes a step back from her.
  • For Happiness: Chidi manages to get through Simone's delusional behavior by pointing out that whether she's dreaming or not, there is no harm in being good anyway.
  • Good Feels Good: While still heartbroken over pushing Chidi and Simone together, Eleanor seems proud of their progress, comparing it to donating her old bras to Goodwill.
  • Heroic BSoD: Eleanor has one when she hears the gang expresses doubts about her competence as leader, and starts to believe that they're right.
  • High-Five Left Hanging: 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".
  • Humans Are Special: This is part of Michael's reasoning for why Eleanor 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 only one who can do this.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • 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.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: You know Eleanor must really been forking up with her duties as the head of the neighborhood when even Jason calls her out for it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Michael gives a gentle one to Jason after he proposes orchestrating a flashmob to make things up with Janet, saying that he always thinks impulsively and recklessly, which was the whole reason his torture in the original fake Good Place neighborhood was to have him be a silent Buddhist monk.
  • Right Behind Me: Tahani keeps talking about how they should replace Eleanor, oblivious to the fact that Eleanor just walked in the door.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That:
    • 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.
  • Title Drop: When Eleanor questions whether she should lead the experiment, she calls herself just "a girl from Arizona."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Simone, who is still convinced that this is all just a bizarre coma dream, doesn't even bat an eye at the chaos based on Brent's actions in the neighborhood.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Eleanor Rage Quits after overhearing everyone else discussing replacing her as leader, Michael cheers her up by pointing out that while Humans Are Flawed, they are also capable of great things, codifying her status as The Unchosen One despite just being a trashbag from Arizona.


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