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This article is about the character Tahani Al-Jamil. For the episode of that title, see Chapter 3: Tahani Al-Jamil.

"Every penny was accounted for. And as I raised nearly 60,000,000,000 it was quite a lot of pennies. "
— Tahani to Eleanor

Tahani Al-Jamil is a character in The Good Place, played by Jameela Jamil.

HistoryEdit

Tahani Al-Jamil is Pakistani-English. She was raised in high society England and consequently was very well educated. In her life and afterlife, she is regarded as highly intelligent, a brilliant conversationalist, and a wonderful hostess. One of her most impressive achievements was raising sixty billion dollars for a non-profit organization. She claims to have attended an English finishing school, the Hertfordshire School for Expressionless Girls, before studying at Oxford University and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. In The Good Place, she is seen as an overly good person which makes Eleanor Shellstrop insecure.

[1] In her life she did many good things, but the anguish of being overlooked by her parents and overshadowed by her younger sister Kamilah resulted in a lifelong bitter jealousy. Although her actions were mostly good, her motivations were corrupt which resulted in her being sent to the bad place.

She frequently name-drops celebrities by first name only, as in: “I haven’t been this upset since my good friend Taylor was rudely upstaged by my other friend Kanye, who was defending my best friend, Beyoncé.”

Season 1 Edit

Tahani appears in Michael's neighborhood. Her soulmate is Jianyu, and she lives next to Eleanor, whose soulmate is Chidi. On her first day in the neighborhood, she hosts a party. The next day, when Eleanor causes disaster, she offers to help clean up the neighborhood.

One day, she brings Eleanor a plant. It is no ordinary plant, either; whenever her relationship with Eleanor decreases, the health of the plant will deteriorate. Later, Eleanor criticizes Tahani and steals her diary, making the plant's health decrease. But one day, Tahani is crying on a couch and is comforted by Eleanor. The plant then grows healthy again.

Trivia Edit

  • At one point during her life, Tahani was Baz Luhrmann's muse.
  • It's possible that she may have unknowingly crossed paths with Chidi Anagonye while studying at the Sorbonne, as Chidi was a tutor there for a time.
  • In the original casting announcement, the character was named Tessa.
  • She is self-conscious of how tall she is.
  • Because all of her good deeds were done out of selfish desire (one-upping her sister and attempting to make her parents proud,) and not of selflessness, her actions did not count towards her final score in life, which lead her to her placement in the bad place created by Michael.
  • Her first name means Congratulations and her last name means Beautiful
  • She died by being crushed to death by a statue of her sister Kamilah.
  • She was on the cover of a magazine that was next to one Eleanor was reading before her (Eleanor’s) death scene

Gallery Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Deadline: The Good Place
2. The Good Place: Tahani Al-Jamil (Episode 3, Season 1)

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