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...Someone Like Me as a Member 

Michael's skills are put to the test when he attempts to sort out an unprecedented situation. Meanwhile, Chidi makes a connection elsewhere, much to the dismay of Eleanor, while Janet shows a different side of herself.

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Dean Holland

Writers:

Michael Schur (created by), Jen Statsky
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet / Bad Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jianyu Li
Ted Danson ... Michael
Adam Scott ... Trevor
Emily Arlook ... Dana
Sunita Mani ... Chad
Zeke Nicholson ... Troy
Tiya Sircar ... The Real Eleanor
Jackie Tohn ... Alexis
Jordan Diggs ... Todd
Kaleigh Krause ... Jessica
Michelle Matule Michelle Matule ... Casey's Friend
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Because of Chidi's plea on her behalf, Michael has decided to fight to keep Eleanor in the good place. As such, Trevor and his bad entourage are still in the good place for negotiations. Such negotiations are outside of Michael's mentality - he only knowing how to be good and give in to what others want - so he calls in backup in the form of Tahani. Regardless of what Tahani may or may not be able to teach him, it will still have to be Michael who carries out the actions. Meanwhile, the real Eleanor, Chidi, Eleanor, and Trevor go on a double date of sorts, for the real Eleanor to experience what it's going to be like, especially the food, in the good place after being in the bad place, and for Trevor to give Eleanor a taste of what it's going to be like for her with him in the bad place. Especially as the real Eleanor and Chidi are supposed to be soul mates, it also gives Eleanor an opportunity to see what Chidi's time in the good place is really supposed to be, while giving Chidi an ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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...Someone Like Me as a Member See more »

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Trivia

The title of this episode is similar to the famous Groucho Marx quote: "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member." See more »

Goofs

The karaoke of the Nixon Tapes is lip-syncing, not karaoke (where performers sing in their own voices). See more »

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Casey: Hey, a bunch of us are going to see Spider-Man 2 tonight, you wanna come?
Eleanor Shellstrop: They made a second Spider-Man? What is there left to say? Sure, whatever, I'm in.
Casey: Cool, well, I'll get tickets for the eight of us, and you can just pay me back in cash.
Eleanor Shellstrop: So you can get all the points on your credit card, and the rest us get screwed? No way.
Casey: No, it's just so we all get tickets before they sell out. Do you want to buy them?
Eleanor Shellstrop: So you can never pay me back and I'll be out like eighty bucks? Nice try!
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References Mean Girls (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Wonderful World
(uncredited)
Written by Bob Thiele & George David Weiss
Performed by Louis Armstrong
[The song is playing when Eleanor dreams about a happy place in her meeting with Michael and Trevor]
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40 minutes song..
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.

...Someone Like Me As A Member

I love how Adam Scott describes Kirsten Bell's character. Also the writers are well enough to push in the surprisingly and annoyingly soul mate equation. But, the last button who pushes is of course Ted Danson whose not only track but performance too elevates this chapter.


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