The Good Place (2016– )
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Dance Dance Resolution 

Michael continues working out the kinks in his plan and Eleanor discovers a secret.

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Drew Goddard

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Michael Schur (created by), Megan Amram | 4 more credits »
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Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Tiya Sircar ... Vicky
Luke Guldan ... Chris Baker
Maribeth Monroe ... Mindy St. Claire
Bambadjan Bamba ... Bambadjan
Josh Siegal Josh Siegal ... Glenn
Aisha Kabia Aisha Kabia ... Kamaria
Jess Rowland Jess Rowland ... Sebastian
Joe Mande ... Toddrick Hemple
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Michael reboots and reboots and reboots the experiment, each time tweaking it to learn about what went wrong the previous times, and Eleanor always seems to find out that they are in the bad place. Michael knows he hits an all time low when something a little different ends one of those reboots. But the problem for Eleanor, and by association Chidi, Tahani and Jason, is that they always lose their memory of what happened on every reboot, meaning that they can't learn from any of the previous trials. Eleanor may finally learn a way to keep some of those memories, with the help of someone she occasionally encounters. Meanwhile, Michael has kept from Shawn that they are no longer on experiment #2, Shawn finding out the truth which would be the end of Michael. In addition, Michael faces strikes and threats of blackmail by those in the know. Frustrated, Michael turns to someone just for an ear, but walks away with an idea to get out of his mess. Written by Huggo

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USA

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English

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20 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The previous plans for defeating Michael (Ted Danson) are: "physically attack Michael", "stab with small knife", "find Michael's boys, blackmail, drug him", "seduce Michael", "throw Tahani under the bus", "stab with large knife", "make Michael think he's the one in TBP", "indecent proposal him", "Shawshank our way out", "try to stuff Michael back in his magic lamp", "find Ray Donovan but an angel", "catch that magic panda, use her powers", "Eleanor turn self in", and "find Doug Forcett". See more »

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At the beginning of the episode, Michael presses the record button on the tape recorder and there is a close-up on the reels as they begin to turn. In a following shot the reels are turning more slowly, indicating that the speed on the recorder has been changed between takes. See more »

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Michael: Vicky, let's look at the big picture here. Now, if you all can just stick with my plan and we pull it off, we'll be heroes. You could write your own ticket. You might even land the Jared from Subway account.
Vicky: Yeah. But I don't think you can pull it off. You can't even pull off those bowties.
Michael: [covering his bowtie protectively] That was very mean.
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References La La Land (2016) See more »

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he knows, she knows..
15 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Good Place

Michael Schur, the creator, of this PG-13 hellish facade, has a similar concept to those yogurt shops that his world is surrounded by, a bit questionable and a whole lot of fun. The bumpy ride of this train has had its ups and downs, but its potential always outweighs the inadequacies with a soothing mellow tone. The writing is not consistently of A grade quality. Especially, when it has to stroll its viewers for few laughs or tears. The storytelling, that is, the arc or the trajectory of these characters that they are following so hastily is clearly impressive. And the credit goes to the creator whose vision has always stood by him.

Despite the precarious detours, cliched emotional conflicts and seen-this-seen-that flips and turns, the storytelling is thoroughly engaging and catchy. So what is it that makes this under-funded (looking at the production set pieces and visual effects) cheesy teaching-to-the-choir philosophy lectures entertaining? It is the bold decisions that those same writers keeps making. Bold as in, not that they aren't aware of where this might go but it certainly is jaw-dropping, but bold as in, they are challenging themselves immensely.

While as far as the locations are concerned, all they have done smartly is kept the options finite and boundaries shorter in order to break them further as they advance in the series. The challenge is to actually weave out a profound piece of ethical note from the day-to-day conflicts of these characters. Which is how they usually showcase the human-ness of them, no matter how spooky the situation is, or whether they are at The Good Place or the bad place, they would always fight for better sprinkles in their yogurts.

Dance Dance Resolution

It is a dance for sure. What was more engaging is now exhilarating. If you think the previously was a fast forward version of the previous season, this one is basically skipping and highlighting the best of the events, it is bonkers.


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