The Good Place Season 1 Summary
Eleanor Shellstrop died and ended up in the good place but there has been a mistake – she wasn’t the lawyer who helped innocent people in death row. She knows that she’s not meant to be in the good place but she’s terrified of the bad place. The good place experienced flying giant bugs, shrimps and giraffes because Eleanor was horrible at the people during a party.
Eleanor’s soulmate in the good place, Chidi Anagonye, decided to help her on how to be good. Today it rained trash because Eleanor ditched the trash so she could go flying – but she got guilty at night and made some effort to clean. Eleanor received a note in her home saying ‘you don’t belong here‘
Eleanor tried to bond with Tahani Al-Jamil and stole her diary because she seemed so perfect – but Eleanor didn’t find any flaw. She got another note telling her to meet someone at Town Square – she met Jianyu – Tahani’s soulmate who was a monk and took a vow of silence. It turns out, Jianyu was like Eleanor. Jianyu has no idea why he’s in the good place.
Jianyu revealed himself – his real name is Jason Mendoza, a DJ and used to sell fake drugs to students. Jason decided to be himself instead of pretending to be a monk but Eleanor thinks it’s a bad idea. Before Jason could speak up, Eleanor destroyed a cake which created a sinkhole. Eleanor also invited Jason to Chidi’s class to learn about ethics.
The sinkhole has gotten worse and Michael (the neighborhood’s architect) advised everyone not to go outside. Chidi thinks teaching Eleanor is a tiring job and they had an argument. The next day, Eleanor decided to let Chidi relax by the river. The sinkhole was magically fixed.
Jason started talking but still struggles to talk to Tahani. Eleanor, as she was previously hired as Michael’s assistant, tried helping him solve what caused the chaos. Eleanor thought she’s busted but Michael announced that he thinks the problem is his self.
Michael planned on retiring but retirement for architects like him meant torture. Since Janet (the programmed guide) was the only one who can take Michael to retirement, Eleanor decides to kill her. Chidi accidentally pushed the button and killed Janet , and he got so guilty. Janet came back but had all her knowledge erased. Eleanor got guilty about how Chidi felt so she finally confessed that she’s in the good place by mistake.
Michael looked at Eleanor’s file and was able to decide that she belongs at the bad place. When the train from the bad place came to pick her up, Chidi talked to Michael and convinced him that Eleanor should stay because she is improving. Trevor from the bad place agreed to letting Eleanor stay at the good place, but they had to keep the other Eleanor (the real lawyer).
Michael negotiated with Trevor from the bad place and it took him quite some time to stand up for himself but in the end, the people from the bad place went away and Eleanor got to stay. Back when the people from the bad place had a party at Tahani’s house, she noticed that Jason knows how to tap a keg. She discovered what his meditation den really looked like.
They started looking for excuses / reasons for Eleanor to stay in the good place. Eleanor thought she loved Chidi, so she confessed. Tahani found out that Jason is fake and she thought Chidi loved her. In the end, Jason ended up marrying Janet. Eleanor realized that she doesn’t really love Chidi in a romantic way. Tahani also realized that she only said those things because of finding out about Jason.
Eleanor tried to gain more points so she could be good enough to be in the good place. She had enough points when she decided to leave the good place along with Janet and Jason. They used Shawn’s (the judge) train.
Michael found out that Jason is a fake (after finding out that Jason married Janet). Jason’s cause of death was due to being suffocated inside a safe while trying to rob a restaurant.
Eleanor, Janet and Jason arrived at the medium place and met Mindy – but Shawn sent them a message. If Jason and Eleanor don’t return, it will be Chidi and Tahani that will have to go to the bad place. Jason and Eleanor returned but they were late. Since they missed the deadline, Shawn let them decide who of the four of them will go to the bad place.
Eleanor, Jason, Tahani and Chidi argued about who would be going to the bad place but Eleanor realized something. She realized that they are already in the bad place and what they are going through is already torture. Everyone else in the community is just like Michael, and only the four of them are real souls. Since they figured it out, Michael erased all their memories. Before their memories got erased, Eleanor left a note in Janet’s mouth. After her memory got erased, it’s a new start. Eleanor’s soulmate is a hot mailman. Janet approached her and gave her the note from her mouth – it says ‘find Chidi’
The End of The Good Place Season 1.