The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4 Review: Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy

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The cloaked figure wasn't the only revalation on The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Glenn, a demon from the Bad Place, came bearing the news that Michael wasn't the real Michael at all, but Vicky in disguise.

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With Eleanor questioning her closest ally and Team Cockroach unsure of who to trust, the gang put their heads together to uncover the truth.

Pictionary? - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Given that nothing too exciting happened, The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4 felt like filler. 

There was a rather big reveal at the end, so the slow pacing of the story built up to something, but everything could have been summed up in five minutes rather than taking the full episode. 

Television episodes with a wide variety of settings are usually more entertaining than those spent with a group of characters not moving from a confined space. 

Sitting around the house all night and going back and forth from room to room to get Glenn and Michael's opposing sides of the story got boring quick. 

Glenn appeared genuine, and it was difficult not taking what he said to heart. After all, demons can be good, and Michael is direct proof of that. 

They said everyone in the Bad Place was evil and beyond repair. I don't know if I believe that anymore.

Glenn

I have to admit I doubted Michael for the entirety of The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4 and questioned whether or not Glenn was lying.

Interrogation  - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

I didn't believe "Michael" was going to follow through on his threat to blow himself up as it seemed more like a last-ditch effort from Vicky. 

If Michael proved he would go so far as killing himself to earn his friends' trust, it could be assumed that they would stop him at the last minute in response to his sacrificial act. 

It's more than that. You guys will never look at me the same way again. I won't just be Michael. I'll be some disgusting mess of burning tentacles.

Michael

Jason figuring out the truth shouldn't have come as a huge surprise at this point, yet it was still shocking. 

Brainstorming - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Jason will either be the person with the least to contribute or the one who figures out everything and saves the day at the last minute. To say that he's an enigma of a character is an understatement. 

Michael said there's nothing he could say that would make you realize he's really him, but Janet does have a thing she can say that does make me realize she is really not her.

Jason

But if there was ever any doubt about it, no one knows Janet like Jason does, and the two are destined for each other. 

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It was simultaneously dispairing and touching to realize that the real Janet didn't things with Jason. 

While it was understandable why Janet broke up with him on The Good Place Season 4 Episode 2, it felt a bit out of character. 

Not a Girl - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Janet spent the entirety of The Good Place Season 2 and The Good Place Season 3 head over heels in love with Jason and pining for him behind the scenes.

Upon a rewatch, Janet's breakup with Jason was inherently suspicious, and it should have gotten more attention. 

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Janet has also been rather impatient and less smiley than usual, which didn't go unnoticed but also didn't raise any red flags. 

To put it plainly, it makes perfect sense for Janet to be a Bad Janet, but there were so many other things going on that I just took her characterization as lazy writing. 

Trust - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

I was wrong, and I should have had more faith in The Good Place than I did. The change in Janet was a clue from which viewers could have reached the same conclusion as Jason if they were paying more attention to her. 

We don't want anything bad to happen to Janet, but Michael and Jason's trip to the Bad Place could be a good opportunity to shake things up.

Eleanor: So to recap: You found out the Bad Place made a Michael suit, freaked out, didn't tell us why, and then later you lied to me about why you freaked out?

The gang hasn't been in the Bad Place since The Good Place Season 2, and it should be fun seeing Jason and Michael working together saving their friend. 

Scheming  - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Everyone in Team Cockroach loves Janet, but Michael and Janet are the closest to her. It's only logical for them to go on the rescue mission. 

Now that the group is split and Eleanor and Tahani are left running the neighborhood on their own, what's next?

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How long will Michael and Jason be gone? Will they be able to save Janet?

And will the judge reboot the experiment if she discovers the Bad Place's deception?

Only time will tell. 

Taking Action - The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4

Stray Thoughts:

  • It was unclear whether Chidi will get his memories back once the experiment is over. One would hope that anything is possible once they reach the Good Place, but if Chidi's memories of Eleanor are gone for good again, it'll be downright tiring. 
  • Does anyone else want to see Michael's true form? Or just Jason and me?
  • The best scene was Jason pulling out his "solved" word search with everything in the word box circled. He was working smart, not hard.  
  • Does the Bad Place have anyone else hidden in the neighborhood? Or has Team Cockroach finally eliminated all possible threats to the experiment?

It's your turn, TGP fans! What did you think of The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4?

Drop a comment down below, and let us know! 

And don't forget that if you missed the episode, you can watch The Good Place online right here at TV Fanatic!

The Good Place airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC. 

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The Good Place Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

They said everyone in the Bad Place was evil and beyond repair. I don't know if I believe that anymore.

Glenn

Eleanor: So to recap: You found out the Bad Place made a Michael suit, freaked out, didn't tell us why, and then later you lied to me about why you freaked out?