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The Worst Possible Use of Free Will 

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Eleanor recalls some forgotten events from her past.


Claire Scanlon


Michael Schur (created by), Cord Jefferson | 5 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
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
Marc Evan Jackson ... Shawn
Tiya Sircar ... Vicky
Bambadjan Bamba ... Bambadjan
Jama Williamson ... Val
Josh Siegal Josh Siegal ... Glenn
Todd Aaron Brotze ... Scott Fupple
Lynette DuPree ... Laverne


While Eleanor and Michael wait for the others to return to Arizona, Eleanor is eventually able to convince Michael to provide some remembrance of her afterlife, especially with regard to what Michael told her about she being capable of love as she and Chidi had professed their love for each other. Michael has his own reasons for not wanting to provide Eleanor this insight, he being selective in what he does show her, but he does try to convince her that she does love Chidi, that despite what she feels she learned from her parents about being incapable of loving. Eleanor takes something entirely differently from what Michael shows her, without realizing how much of an influence Chidi truly has been in her life and afterlife. Written by Huggo

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Michael states that picking up friends from the airport as the "worst possible use of free will" (which is also the title of the episode). See more »


A lizard climbs onto Eleanor's head, but for one brief shot when the Tahani centaur walks in, it is no longer on her head. Then in the next shot, it's back on her head. See more »


Michael: I tried to script your whole afterlife. And I devised a 15 million-point plan to torture you. You made choices I never saw coming. I call that free will.
Eleanor Shellstrop: What if all YOUR choices are predetermined?
Michael: Oh, you've got to be kidding me.
Eleanor Shellstrop: What? We don't know. Maybe there's a mega-demon who built a torture chamber for demons, and this whole thing is just him torturing you. And maybe all the mega-demons are just fulfilling a destiny laid out by a bunch of super intelligent tarantula-squids, who are ...
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References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

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Outstanding Episode, one of the best of the season
13 January 2019 | by dalanwhitakerSee all my reviews

The character development for Eleanor is excellent in this one. They tapped into the depth of her issues in the previous episode and did an alley-oop for this one. Plus the fact that they worked in determinism and free will was great.

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8 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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