[The Good Place] S01E12: Mindy St. Claire and S01E13: Michael’s Gambit

Watch Date: 19 May 2020

Watched on: Netflix

IMDb link: Mindy St. Claire

Netflix Summary:

Eleanor flees to the Medium Place with Jason and Janet, where they meet a former lawyer who lives there alone. Meanwhile, Eleanor’s trial proceeds.

IMDb link: Michael’s Gambit

Netflix Summary:

Eleanor, Jason, Chidi, and Tahani argue about which two of them should go to the Bad Place. Eleanor has a shocking realization about the Good Place.


  • These episodes really, really dialed up the message that intent matters in the afterlife and consequences don’t; especially with the way they called out Tahani.
  • On the other hand, Chidi’s punishment – and the guilt he feels – seems all out of proportion to his sins on earth – which were mostly without bad intent. So… what’s up with that?
  • The whole idea of a hell where people torture each other is:
    • very “hell is other people”
    • A little too similar to life on earth, where its individual desires running in different directions that lead to interpersonal suffering
    • Utterly devious writing and a brilliant plot twist
  • Michael dropping the Arthur Weasley act and spilling the beans was one of the most brilliantly executed face-heel-turns I’ve ever seen.
  • It’s called Michael’s Gambit, but Eleanor outgambitted him like anything.
  • Mindy St. Claire actually managed to make past Eleanor seem sympathetic. Wow.
  • Janet is amazing. That is all.



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