IT'S DEJA VU IN THE GOOD PLACE IN THE SEASON TWO PREMIERE — Having had their memories erased by ambitious master architect Michael (Ted Danson), Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) again settle into the Good Place, unaware of what has previously transpired...except that Eleanor discovers the one clue she had left for herself and attempts to piece things together.
(This episode often goes over the same scenes multiple times, from different points of view, and has lots of time jumps forward and backward.)
Michael gets a call from Shawn as the reboot is about to begin, Michael is all gung-ho with the small changes he's made, but Shawn is sure it will fail and Michael will be "retired" and tortured forever.
Michael heads a neighborhood meeting again, but this time it's before the reboot, so it's just Michael's minions, and none of the four humans. The four won't be paired up, their "soul mates" will be minions, and the minions will have to set up individual torments for a start. Some are uncertain about their new characters, we saw them in Season 1 and they'll be a little different now, but Michael is sure they'll all do their best. And for the first night, the goal is to get Eleanor drunk, so they can use the bad things she does as the keys for the next-day chaos.
Eleanor has received the paper saying "Find Chidi" from Janet, but didn't remember Janet's name. She wanders the neighborhood, meeting people (people we now realize are all minions, and some we remember from Season 1), looking for "Chidi". She does run into Jason, again being the silent "Jianyu", who silently hands her some bracelet thing. Michael invites her to the opening party, and confides in her: everyone here was remarkable, but of all of them, Eleanor was the best, so she'll have a "Best Person" sash and a crown for the party, and she'll give a speech at the party.
Eleanor and her soul mate Chris are entering the party, as Chris recounts the organs he donated to various needy people. She's about to share something, soul mate to soul mate, but he (again) takes his shirt off and goes to the gym. The hostess comes and offers her a large goblet of wine, but Eleanor declines.
Eleanor is talking with another couple about her life (the "good person" life, that is), and she gets out of answering much; one of them offers to get her something from the bar, but again she declines. They and other minions discuss it, Eleanor's not drinking.
Eleanor is hanging around the bar with bottles, and thinks maybe a few quick shots, and looks over at the table of shrimps; echoes of her previous experience. She pours 4 shots, and Michael smiles. But just as she is about to drink, she hears someone in the room speak to "Chidi", and she sees him, a few feet away. She pushes the 4 shots to someone else and goes to meet him, and says, "My name is Eleanor Shellstrop, we need to talk."
We go back in time to when Chidi woke up in Michael's waiting room, and is told he's in the Good Place, Michael says the system found two soul mates for him, Angelique and Pevita, and one is Chidi's soul mate, and one is the soul mate of Pedro, and Chidi will have to choose who is who. Chidi knows making decisions is a problem, but Michael says he has to: "I would never place you in a painful situation."
Vicky is now Denise who runs a pizza place, and Chidi and Angelique go there for pizza. (We notice Denise is rather dismissive of Angelique.) Angelique's background seems frankly identical to Chidi's, she's another ethics professor. Next we see Chidi in the same place, this time with Pevita, and it's hard for him to get anything out of her, they seem to have nothing in common. With them both together, with Pedro, Chidi summarizes his feelings, and is almost ready to say that Angelique is maybe perhaps his soul mate... when Michael barges in and says they made a mistake, Angelique is definitely the soul mate of Pedro, and Chidi's soul mate is Pevita, so there's no need for a choice. So everyone laughs.
At the first-night party, Chidi is there with Pevita, and he's trying to play up how nice this all is; when Pedro and Angelique meet them, Chidi is ready to compliment Angelique extensively. Chidi and Angelique seem to be continuing to bond, even though they aren't "supposed" to be soul mates, and they both know it, even as Denise tries to get something going with Chidi. It's at this point that Eleanor gets his attention and drags him away.
Away from the others, Eleanor knows she needs to talk to Chidi, and also that very quickly someone will notice them and stop them. She shows him the note that Janet gave her, and it's her handwriting, so somehow, sometime, she put that note in Janet's mouth. And she's been noticing, everyone here at the party has been trying to get her drunk. She has the bracelet that "Jianyu" gave her, and says, something strange is going on around her. So she asks him, what's up with him? Chidi says none of this makes sense, and he has his own problems, and can't help her. He walks away, as Michael calls everyone together for Eleanor's speech.
We go back to when Tahani woke up in Michael's waiting room, and gets the "Good Place" speech. Michael introduces her to her soul mate, Tomas, a doctor, their apparent link is that the money she raised went to his mission. But he is disappointingly short, and the house they are given is not the mansion of season 1, but perhaps a one-room cottage, and Tahani is hard-put not to criticize it; further, Tomas says they don't need all that space, and Michael vanishes the second floor, leaving Tahani further stunned. And Tomas seems to have no fashion sense, ready to wear a T-shirt to the party.
Tomas and Tahani arrive at the party, and she's wearing cargo pants and a denim jacket, though she says she's not used to dressing like a plumber. As Tomas gets drinks, Tahani insists to Michael she's having a splendid time... though there are things that aren't right, but she can't really complain, it's just not what she's used to. Michael says everyone else is very happy, so if there's anything Tahani needs, she should just ask. As Michael walks away, it looks like Tahani is trying not to cry.
Tahani is near the bar when Eleanor notices Chidi, and it's Tahani to whom Eleanor pushes the 4 shots she had poured. As Tahani reacts, another neighbor notices her cargo pants and exults about them being twins, he has cargo pants too, maybe they have a lot in common, he was a garbage man... At this point, Tahani takes the shots Eleanor gave her and starts drinking, all of them.
Michael calls everyone together for a speech by the top point-getter, the "Best Person", Eleanor, who is not at all drunk. But after her first word, Tahani, now thoroughly drunk, pushes her aside and addresses the neighborhood, thanking them for coming, with their non-cargo-pants clothes, their regular-size soul mates, in this massive house. Eleanor tries to pull Tahani aside to sober up, but Tahani tears the "Best Person" sash off Eleanor, stumbling onto a table, turning it over and starting a fire.
- Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop
- William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
- Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil
- D'Arcy Carden as Janet
- Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza
- Ted Danson as Michael
- Marc Evan Jackson as Shawn
- Tiya Sircar as Vicky/Denise
- Luke Guldan as Chris Baker
- Steve Berg as Chuck/Gunnar
- Paulina Bugembe as Angelique
- Susan Park as Pevita
- Marques Ray as Tomas
- Amy Okuda as Gayle
- John Hartmann as Ed/Bart
- Monnae Michaell as Nina
- Hayden Szeto as Luang
- 5.28 million viewers