Itâ€™s all come to this. Everything theyâ€™ve been through has all happened so they could be here, together, as the very best version of themselves to solve the ultimate problem in the nick of time. â€œYouâ€™ve Changed, Manâ€ may be the most important episode in the history of The Good Place.
That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s the best (that honour still goes to the longest question: Can you make the afterlife a better place? Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Michael (Ted Danson), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), and the others finally completed the showâ€™s greatest task. They fixed Heaven.
While the Judge (Maya Rudolph) was busy searching through all the Janetsâ€™ voidsâ€”including a visit to a Bad Janetâ€™s void, which hilariously featured a billboard for Elon Muskâ€™s Cybertruckâ€”the team had just a few minutes to try and change the entire afterlife. Thatâ€™s no easy task, especially when your greatest ethical mind is known for his indecisiveness. At least, he used to be. Apparently having 800 different lives hurled into your head at the same time is exactly what you need to find your inner centre…and get really horny, as Eleanor and Chidi keep getting turned on by each otherâ€™s knowledge of philosophy and ethics. It was really cute, and confident Chidi is hot as heaven.
The problem with the Good Place system is that the punishment doesnâ€™t fit the crime. The cruelty of being tortured for eternity with no chance at redemption isnâ€™t a fitting end for someone who, letâ€™s say, couldnâ€™t pull off the Mod look. They first come up with an idea for giving the people â€œin betweenâ€ a Medium Place, but the problem with that is thereâ€™s still no opportunity for the people inside it to grow or change. Plus Shawn rejects it because heâ€™s a tool, even after our heroes offer to surrender themselves to the Bad Place in exchange.
So, they decide to come up with a new planâ€”something we shouldâ€™ve seen coming all this time. Their solution to making the Good Place is, basically, to make The Good Place. They want to create an afterlife that recreates what Eleanor and the others went through in the first place. Building personal scenarios that are designed to test people, making them easier or harder depending on the â€œscoreâ€ they received on Earth. If they pass, they get into the Good Place. If they fail, theyâ€™re rebooted with a little â€œvoice in the headâ€ that helps remind them of what they need to learn. The Bad Place still gets to torture people, but in a way that may end up making them better.
Thanks to some a great presentation, aided by guest star Timothy Olyphant as his sexy Justified cowboy, the Judge agrees to their proposal. But Shawnâ€™s still not on board: Not because he doesnâ€™t like the plan, but because heâ€™s stuck in a loop of thinking that making Michael miserable will make him happy. The moment Michael calls him out on it, Shawn relents. Torturing Michael has made him the happiest heâ€™s been in a long time, and Michael reminds him that if they have to work together…itâ€™s gonna torture him for eternity.
There you have it: The Good Place has finally solved its greatest puzzle! It may have felt a little underwhelming, especially considering we have three more episodes (including a double-sized finale) before the series is actually over. Where will they go from here? Presumably, weâ€™ll see the plan come to fruition but surely there will be a few more bumps for the Soul Squad along the way. That said, it feels refreshing to see people come together to make things better. If only every problem could be solved the same way. Alas.
The Good Place airs Thursdays on NBC.