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The Ballad of Donkey Doug 

Jason visits with some people from his past while Chidi gets help in resolving a problem.


Rebecca Asher


Michael Schur (created by), Matt Murray | 5 more credits »

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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
Kirby Howell-Baptiste ... Simone Garnett
Mitch Narito ... Donkey Doug
Eugene Cordero ... Pillboi
Flula Borg ... Helmut Deutschermann
Emily O'Meara ... Jolivia Oowton-Nohn
Fumi Fumi ... Judy


Michael and Tahani have accompanied Jason back home to Jacksonville to help him with his first good deed to save the soul of a loved one, the person Jason has chosen being his father, which Tahani finds odd as Jason has never mentioned his father before - or has he? What Jason wants to do is to get his father on a path of economic stability while not having to resort to any scam or crime as he has usually done, that economic stability in the form of he completing his electrician's licensing which he was once close to completing. This task may be more difficult than they anticipate. Meanwhile, Chidi has decided that in his deep feelings for Simone, he can't risk the possibility of letting slip to her what he and the others are going through, which would doom her to the Bad Place in her afterlife. As such, Eleanor convinces him that his only option is to break up with her. But as a person who can't lie, Chidi may have problem trying to accomplish this task. Janet believes she has a tool... Written by Huggo

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25 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


As revealed in The Good Place Podcast by Mike Schur, the ad on top of the Jacksonville Airport cab (which is crushed by the monster truck) is for The Mindy St Claire Rescue Alliance. See more »


When Michael and Tahani are introducing themselves at the front door of Donkey Doug's apartment, a guy carrying a brown paper shopping bag is seen walking in the background on the second floor twice; once when Michael says he's not a cop, and again when Tahani waves when introduced as Jason's wife. See more »


[last lines]
Michael: So the thing is, one of your parents is not technically actually dead.
Eleanor Shellstrop: What are you talking about?
Michael: Your mother's alive. She faked her own death.
Eleanor Shellstrop: I'm sorry, Tahani, I don't think I'll be able to stay with you here in Budapest. Turns out my mom isn't dead, so I need to fly back to America to murder her.
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References Shark Tank (2009) See more »

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don't, it's embarrassing..
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.

The Ballad Of Donkey Doug

It has a lot of heart but that is all they have. But still what hurts the most is that we can now see where this is going and the ride is clearly long and painful, not to forget a lot dull and low on humor than this season has been.

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