DISCLAIMER: This recap of The Good Place episode “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” contains more spoilers than the number of tentacles on Michael’s true demon form. He is one tentacle-y motherforker. You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution.
Welcome back, messy benches! The Good Place blessed us with the mother of all plot twists this week. Shawn’s lackey Glenn paid our protagonists a visit from the Bad Place. He delivered news of great urgency – that Michael is actually Vicky in a skin suit. However, Jason unmasked Bad Janet, who was masquerading as our Good Janet. Apparently, our Janet was marbleized and taken captive back to the Bad Place. Now, Jason and Michael are planning to infiltrate the Bad Place and rescue our not-a-girl.
Alright, ready to delve into “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy?” Just be sure to never threaten Tahani with an asymmetrical haircut. It’s blasphemous against actually stylish hairdos.
We open with our gang playing a game of Magical Pictionary with the new residents in the neighborhood. Tahani (Jameela Jamil), John (Brandon Scott Jones) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) are on one team. Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Simone (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and Brent (Ben Koldyke) make up the opposing team. Tahani draws a butterfly that comes to life. Meanwhile, Chidi sketches a malformed horse-giraffe that terrorizes the neighborhood. Just in time for Halloween!
Later, our Soul Squad retires to Mindy’s house for a brainstorming session. Eleanor (Kristen Bell) is exasperated and trying to figure out why all of their experiments are ending in disaster. Michael (Ted Danson) suggests they all host a slumber party and unwind a bit.
Suddenly, they receive an alert that an unidentified train has arrived. The squad runs to receive the new visitor. We see it’s Glenn (Josh Siegal) from the Bad Place. He reveals some vital intel – that Michael is not the real Michael. In fact, he’s Vicky donning a Michael suit. Plot twist!
Now, Michael proclaims his innocence to Eleanor. She believes him but, in order to elicit more information from Glenn, she must pretend to not trust Michael in the interim. That’s when shirt begins to hit the fan.
Next, Michael reveals that he told a white lie to our gang. He received a phone call from Shawn, wherein the demon revealed that the Bad Place created a new Michael. Now we know that it was Vicky in a Michael suit. However, Michael told the crew that he hadn’t interacted with Shawn in private. Now, Eleanor’s trust in him is beginning to crumble.
Then, Michael also confesses to lying about having a nervous breakdown prior to embarking on the experiment. Really, he was trying to motivate Eleanor to lead the charge. Eleanor decides to place Michael and Glenn in separate rooms until they can sort this mess out.
Oh, and Derek (Jason Mantzoukas) makes a brief appearance. Mostly to talk about his wind chimes sex diaper and his various other sex toys. Everyone handles the wind chimes diaper unwittingly followed by instant regret.
Now, Eleanor, Tahani and Jason attempt to persuade Michael to take off his skin. Janet (D’Arcy Carden) tells them that one cannot remove a demon’s skin – said demon must do it of their own accord. Michael reveals that his true form is ghastly – a grotesque fire squid with a shirtload of tentacles, teeth and boasting a height of 6,000 feet. He fears that our crew will never look at him the same way again.
Next, they pay Glenn a visit in his room. We see a flashback with Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) and Vicky (Tiya Sircar). We see the Michael skin suit taking form. Glenn also reveals that the Linda bit was a tactic meant to throw off our heroes. When Chris (who was pretending to be Linda) returned to the Bad Place, Glenn witnessed him sharing drinks with Shawn. The perceived “foiling” of their Linda plan was meant to fail.
Later, Janet creates a special lie detector that’s meant to pinpoint exactly when a demon fibs. Red means a lie, green signifies the truth. Janet points it at Glenn, but unfortunately the demon explodes, transforming into blue goo. Like a Smurf imploding. Michael reveals that Glenn will eventually reform after a series of evolutionary stages. They contain his goo inside a fish tank.
Then, Eleanor decides to go for a walk. She runs into Chidi, who’s feverishly sketching horse-giraffes to find out what went wrong during that lethal game of Magical Pictionary. Eleanor urges him to not wrack his brain over something so inconsequential. They share nachos and debate over whether nachos are a better human invention than the Sistine Chapel. Nachos take the crown. I hope this scene acts as a catalyst for Chidi’s growing feelings for Eleanor. Their chemistry is too good to be swept under the rug.
Now, Michael realizes the only way to keep the experiment on track is to kill himself. Otherwise, the Judge will be called in to sort the situation and it will inevitably end in a reboot of said experiment. A wiping of everyone’s memories. Eleanor doesn’t trust him, and no amount of verbal persuasion will convince her otherwise. He points Janet’s now lethal lie detector gun toward himself. Thankfully, our gang steps in to stop him. Well, Jason brings forth none other than Bad Janet, who was masquerading as our Janet all along. Plot twist to the max!
So, we discovered that while Chris was boarding the train back to the Bad Place, Bad Janet marbleized Good Janet while aboard the train. Then, another Bad Janet took our Janet’s place in the neighborhood. The gang recounts the minor disturbances and situations stirred up by Bad Janet, realizing that an impostor was ruffling feathers right under their collective nose. Now, Michael finds this difficult to believe, since Bad Janets cannot impersonate Good Janets without their heads exploding. However, Shawn has rebooted this Bad Janet so many times that she’s impervious to head explosions.
Now, the question remains: what’s Team Cockroach’s next move? Jason proposes they infiltrate the Bad Place to save our Janet. Everyone emphatically agrees. Next, we see Jason and Michael disguised as Bad Place demons with Glenn’s goo alongside them. They board the gooey demon’s mode of transport and depart on a rescue mission of epic proportions.
Now, this episode was chock full of plot twists: everything from Glenn to the return of Vicky to Bad Janet infiltrating the neighborhood. I’m so stoked for the Jason/Michael rescue duo, and I hope this gleans plenty of wonderful Jason moments next week. My favorite line this week was from Jason: “If you’re the Devil, why aren’t you wearing Prada?” A timely question if there ever was one.
Do you think our boys will save Janet next week? Will we see Vicky in her Michael suit? Will Chidi ever be able to draw an animal that doesn’t terrorize the neighborhood? Join me next week as I recap The Good Place, here on Geek Girl Authority.
The Good Place airs Thursdays at 9pm on your NBC affiliate.
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