The Good Place- 3×02 “The Brainy Bunch”
Streaming Service: Netflix, nbc.com
Release Date: October 4, 2018
The Good Place is one of the best shows on television. From its well thought out characters, ethics lessons, and twists and turns that keep viewers on their toes, you need to be watching this show. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix, and the second episode of season 3 aired this week. Here is my episode recap/review.
FULL SPOLIERS BELOW
Trevor has infiltrated the cockroach squad and is already annoying Eleanor. Michael confronts Trevor, but there is nothing Michael can do to stop him because they’ve all already seen him. Chidi is too busy with his thesis and teaching to help Eleanor one-on-one, which disappoints her immensely. The gang goes out to an American themed restaurant, called the Cowboy Skyscraper Buffet, and Janet shows up as their waitress. Trevor gets Chidi to question his ethics, annoys Eleanor so much she leaves the table, and gets Jason and Tahani so drunk and ready to hook up. The next day, we see the two of them never hooked up, but Chidi is still trying to figure out how to deal with this dilemma. Eleanor hasn’t shown up to the study, so Chidi goes to get her because she’s so important to this team. After some contemplation and convincing from her friend Chidi, Eleanor decides to come back to the squad. The doorman summons Michael, Janet, and Trevor because of the Judge, she kicks Trevor into the void and before she can punish Janet and Michael, Janet’s powers come back online and everything she tried to summon on Earth starts appearing. This creates a barrier between the two, and the doorman helps Janet and Michael escape back to earth.
Reaction: Trevor brings out the worst in Jason. Jason is such a sweet boy, but he is really quite dumb and clueless in most social interactions. Around his squad he is better because they are better, but Trevor brings Jason down to his level. Michael was really never fully integrated in the Bad Place because he can barely come up with any insults! Either that or our human crew really got to him or he’s been spending too much time with Good Janet. Logan Paul being mentioned in this week’s episode is so topical with Shane Dawson’s “The Mind of Jake Paul” currently airing on YouTube. The Paul’s are being heavily scrutinized and talked about, so it was perfect timing that this episode aired while this was happening!
My current favorite thing is that Tahani is now on Instagram! You can follow her @tahanigram and it’s quite brilliant so far. This summer when Meghan Markle and Prince Harry said a mutual friend introduced them, all fans of the show suggested it was Tahani who set them up! And of course, whoever is running Tahani’s Instagram did not disappoint in confirming that theory! Also, fans are doing an excellent job of playing along, commenting about Kamilah, just like they would in the world of the Good Place. I would highly recommend checking it out.
Predictions: I think the end of this episode means that Trevor is gone now which is good for our four humans but I’m going miss his terrible jokes and his dumb nicknames for Michael. I read a theory online that was quite interesting and it was that Australia is the Bad Place- again. This show has constantly given us twists and turns but this would be a fascinating one. It was pointed out by an Australian fan that all of the accents are TERRIBLE (I don’t have an opinion on this because I’m not Australian, but Chidi’s friend with the red boots always had a pretty bad accent in my opinion). Maybe they just didn’t want to cast Australian actors, but this could be a scheme that the judge has turned to the dark side and used this to further torture our humans. Chidi is facing a lot of agony with the group dynamic Trevor brought up, and Eleanor was ready to leave. But it seems that Jason and Tahani are doing much better, so we’ll see if this theory goes anywhere.
“It’s so nice to hear someone say, “Eleanor, you’re the reason this is all happening” who isn’t a judge in small claims court”- Eleanor to Trevor
“What if one’s brassiere is very thing, but also very pure gold?”- Tahani, asking Eleanor about what she can and can’t wear in an MRI machine
“You haven’t responded to any of the dank memes I’ve sent”- Trevor, making sure he has Eleanor correct phone number (and me wondering if my friends like my memes)
“Do you think taking a spider in an MRI machine will give u superpowers”- Eleanor, when Jason is trying to become Spiderman
“Now I’m taking tai chi with a bunch of farting housewives”- Eleanor about her new study companions
Everything about the Cowboy Skyscraper Buffet-
“Can we get the Florida table? They absolutely nail the swamp stench.”
“If you purchase our Manifest Destiny package for $30, you can have anyone you want forcibly removed from the table.”
“When your table’s ready, this gun’ll go off” “I think this is real”
Mount Rushmore with David Hasselhoff, Paris Hilton, Judge Judy, and Hulk Hogan
“The closest thing I could find to an herbal tea was a root beer I had them throw in the microwave.”
“We could play pranks on each other for my vlog!”- Trevor, trying to convince everyone to get a house together”
“Did he finish it? I don’t know and it’s making me crazy!”- Janet, being disappointed in her lack of powers on Earth
“I once played a drinking game with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively at their macrobiotic farm with a particularly robust batch of homemade kombucha”- do I even need to say who said this?
“It’s trivia night! The first round questions are all about Logan Paul and you know I’m Logang for life.”- Trevor being a trash human
Chidi being so sleep deprived he wrote PALTO on the board
Eleanor reading an AUS Weekly titled “Hems-worthless: Meet Larry, the Hemsworth brother they don’t want you to know about”
“Do you know how much weird stuff has happened because of your little experiment? England left Europe. That Hugh Jackman musical about P.T. Barnum? It made, like, $400 million. Also, the Jacksonville Jaguars are good now.”- The Judge, telling Michael and Janet about the ripple effect of their Earth visits
Take a look at the items Janet has summoned- my favorite is the giant sign that says “Trevor Sucks”