Tv Review: The Good Place Season 4 Episode 8

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First off – Disco Janet! Oh dear god, I didn’t know I needed such a thing in my life, but I clearly, truly do. And though I’m sure it’s a throwaway gag, lordy I hope they throw it away at least one more time. Ahem. Right, now I’ve got that out of my system, after last week’s episode ended on an enormous cliffhanger it was always pretty obvious that we weren’t going to the Judge’s decision on the fate of humanity straight away, and that did prove to be the case, but thankfully the episode wasn’t too withholding and we only had to wait fifteen minutes.

There was always going to be a twist though whatever the outcome was, it wouldn’t be The Good Place without such a thing, and though I presumed that Eleanor and co had failed in the experiment (at least when it came to Brent’s all round twattiness), and that sort of was briefly the case, thanks to Michael being on fantastic form he soon won the judge around and persuaded her that the points system in Heaven was flawed and needed to change. Whether you predicted that or not though, I’m pretty sure no one could have guessed that her choice as to how to change it would involve the death of every single human being on the planet.

Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but as The Good Place twists go it’s the biggest yet, and kind of unlikely to happen. So far all of the twists have pretty much revolved around the central core cast, but this time the fate of the world is at stake, and so I imagine Chidi will save the day in the end, even if it may not be quite as simple as that. Whatever happens I think the above proves that the episode clearly delivered on the plot front, but what about the humour? Well fortunately this was also the show at it’s funniest, not only because of Disco Janet, but also thanks to yet another appearance from the ever useless denizens of The Good Place, while Shawn may have summed up humanity in the best way yet as he described us as “Mobile Turd Factories”.

The show was also on a real high with it’s subplot where Eleanor, Janet, Tahani, Jason and a Weekend At Bernies-esque Chidi gave each other funerals, it could have been painfully saccharine material but instead the heartfelt tributes they gave each other were not only incredibly affecting but also beautifully funny, with the show also finally explaining why Chidi is “so jacked” (he heard exercise was a cure for anxiety) and Jason making a cancer joke which was absurdly dark but still funny and oddly touching. I have a feeling the show’s ending may not give us a lot of time to spend with the characters in their new location, wherever it may be, so it was a great way for them to show just how much the time they’ve spent together has meant to them.

This really was the show at it’s very best with some of it’s most hilarious pop culture references yet (with Michael claiming all of the Friends bar Phoebe would go to hell, and the Judge’s Ally McBeal obsession being two of the funniest) while having one of the strongest storylines ever. With only six episodes to go I have no doubt there’ll be the odd upset along the way before we get our happy ending, but the only thing which would shock me is if it wasn’t beautifully funny each and every time before that.

★★★★ 1/2

Alex Finch.
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Related Links:
Our review of The Good Place Season 4 Episode 1
Our review of The Good Place Season 3 Episode 12.
Our review of The Good Place Season 3 Episode 5.

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