Can Michael convince the council of The Good Place that their system is broken? Here’s a recap!
Eleanor, Michael, and the gang are in The Good Place. They can’t use foul language and can only smell what they would consider pleasant things, like a cloud of raging teen hormones at a pool, Blake Bortles winning the Super Bowl, or even a warm pretzel.
It is there that they meet Gwendolyn, who plays along with Michael’s story about how they got to this spot of The Good Place. During their time she tells them that The Good Place is right out the door, but they can’t open it. Michael asks if he could talk with the council, but she tells him meeting with them would be breaking the rules. He had broken them and tries to explain that The Bad Place has tampered with the system. It didn’t go the way he had hoped. After hearing about a waiting period just to invsstigate it Michael had one more way to get this fix to see the judge.
Meanwhile, Chidi helps to calm Eleanor down as she’s freaked out for being that close to The Good Place. Being only four Oreos away from heaven, Chidi becomes a complete opposite of what he had been. He calms her down with a dinner date and even dresses up as a mailman. Afterward, Eleanor and Chidi have sex in a closet.
Elsewhere Tahani tries to help with Jason and Janet but winds up causing more problems. It ends up blowing their whole cover story after Tahani makes Janet cry.
We go back to Michael, who confesses to Gwendolyn. A portal opens with the doorman telling him that the judge wants to see them at IHOP, which stands for Interdimensional Hole of Pancakes. Michael, Eleanor and the gang move into the portal to meet the judge.
“The Book of Dougs” was as good as it could have ever been. The episode really depicts the American Government well. In the moments from The Good Place council taking so long to investigate Michael’s claims, to Jason asking what place would turn down refugees. Nicole Byer, who played Gwendolyn, really stole the episode with her performance. William Jackson Harper and Ted Danson were amazing as well. Strong character development and strong writing for this episode. Overall, I give this episode a 9/10.
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You can catch The Good Place Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.