The Good Place season 3, episode 5 recap: Chapter 31

THE GOOD PLACE -- "The Snowplow" Episode 304 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jameela Jamil as Tahani, Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza, William Jackson Harper as Chidi -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)
THE GOOD PLACE -- "The Snowplow" Episode 304 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jameela Jamil as Tahani, Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza, William Jackson Harper as Chidi -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC) /

This week’s The Good Place gave us the aftermath of the Brainy Bunch seeing the magic door. And it moved the show in yet another direction.

Last week’s episode of The Good Place ended with our favorite four humans catching Michael and Janet about to go through the door to the afterlife. This week’s episode picked up right where we left off.  Not only has the group seen the door, they have overheard Michael and Janet talking about them and the point system. This causes Michael and Janet to go into panic mode, and Michael decides to come up with a crazy cover story.

So, Michael and Janet become FBI Special Agents Rick Justice and Frenchie Fuqua, paranormal investigators, there to protect them from ghouls. And the four humans are persons of interest in the investigation! Eleanor, who worked somewhere that was raided by the FBI frequently, sees through their charade pretty quickly.

So, Michael starts spitballing that maybe they should just kill the humans, grab them before they hit the Bad Place, and start over. Janet says since they already know about the door and the points, it’s all over.

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Michael tells them everything. And since they know about the afterlife, they can’t earn points anymore, no matter how good they are. So, no matter what, they’re going to end up in The Bad Place. Tahani questions how long they were in the afterlife and Michael says they were there for 300 years. And then explains that because of “Jeremy Bearimy” they didn’t have to travel back in time to save them since time moves differently. He then proceeds to explain Jeremy Bearimy, which is what the timeline looks like in cursive English, and proceeds to break poor Chidi when trying to explain the dot over the “I” (it’s Tuesday, July and never).

Understandably, the group has lost hope. They’ve resigned themselves to their fates since there’s nothing they can do to prevent their afterlife destination. Eleanor wishes everyone farewell, telling them she’ll see them in Hell, literally. Tahani and Jason leave together, and Chidi leaves alone.

Eleanor ends up in a bar called Drinking Nemo, scamming the bartender for a free drink, even though it’s not her birthday. Tahani and Jason end up at the Sydney Opera House so Tahani can donate $2 Million anonymously before Jason has a brilliant idea to go around the city and just give money to random strangers.

Chidi ends up in a park where he scares a drug dealer with Nietzche’s “God is dead” quote before getting soaked by a sprinkler and becoming shirtless. Back in their borrowed classroom, Michael and Janet begin writing a manifesto with the hopes that someone else can learn from their mistakes and do a better job in the future.

Back at the bar, Eleanor finds a missing wallet and finds that she has actually grown a conscience and can’t steal it, so she goes in search of the owner. Chidi is now wandering a supermarket, shirtless, buying everything. At the register, he just leaves his credit card and his keys to his car. And Tahani listens to Jason talk about how he could have really used the money, so she takes him to a bank to give him all her money, but the bank will not let her do that.

THE GOOD PLACE — “Jeremy Bearimy” — Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC — Acquired via NBC Media Village
THE GOOD PLACE — “Jeremy Bearimy” — Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC — Acquired via NBC Media Village /

Eleanor finally finds the owner of the wallet and returns it (and a bunch of stuff of his she had acquired). The man opens up the wallet and is relieved to see that the picture his daughter had drawn for him is still there. He tells Eleanor she’s a good person and he hopes that his daughter grows up to be like her. This makes Eleanor cry.

Meanwhile, Chidi is making Peeps and M&M chili in front of one of his ethics classes. He has truly gone off the deep end. His students want to know if he’s going to teach them anything. So he decides to teach them the meaning of life.

He gives a speech about the three theories of living an ethical life: virtue, consequentialism, and deontology, before declaring them all “cat dooky.” The true meaning of life is nihilism. The world is empty, there is no point to anything, you’re “just going to die.” And then he kicks out his class.

Eleanor is there. She compliments his lecture, notices that he’s falling apart, and then tells him she has a plan.

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Michael and Janet have finished their manifesto and are going to make the most of their time on Earth before they head back to the afterlife to be retired. Just as they’re deciding what to do, Eleanor and Chidi show up, followed closely by Jason and Tahani – who have gotten married, so Tahani can easily give Jason half her money.

Since they’re all there, Eleanor tells everyone that she’s come up with a plan. Even though the six of them are doomed, it doesn’t mean they can’t try to do good. They can try to help others get into The Good Place. So, the “Soul Squad” is born in order to save souls.

Tahani Name Drops – Her friend Kevin Costner was in the movie The Bodyguard.  Her friend James Cameron gave her the heart of the ocean necklace from Titanic

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The Good Place airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC