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Recap / The Good Place The Selection Part 5 "The Talk"

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In a demon-to-demon chat with Glenn, Shawn is inspired to rethink the way he forks with Michael's new neighborhood.

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  • Call-Back: Back in "Team Cockroach", Eleanor and Chidi find out about the reality of their neighborhood when they smell Glenn smoking a cigar. Here, when Shawn offers him a "goose turd" cigar, he declines, revealing that he's on the patch.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Shawn realizes a solution to their overwhelming candidate problem when Glenn mentions Chidi's ex-Simone just died and is now in their custody.
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  • Irony: The key part of Michael's Heel–Face Turn is when he was forced to have an Existential Crisis. Here, Shawn is hell-bent on making sure that the status quo is maintained because he might have to face a similar crisis if the experiment succeeds.
    Shawn: It we don't prove that humans are terrible, all of this could go away. The poking and the tearing and the slicing and the twisting. Who are we without twisting?
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": Shawn tells Glenn to shut up when he knocks on the door, calling it a "preemptive strike."


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