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‘The Good Place’ recap: 4×11 “Mondays, Am I Right?”

The Good Place recap: Season 4, Episode 11, “Mondays, Am I Right?” Aired Jan. 16, 2020

As if getting Shawn on board with the new system wasn’t hard enough, now the team has to teach all the architects the new way of the afterlife and test their new system. And while teaching the Bad Place architects and searching for their first test subjects are the bases for this episode, there are far more complex issues that show themselves through these missions. 

“(Simply) The Test”

The Bad Place architects are less than thrilled to learn the new afterlife system. Michael, Janet, and Tahani try very hard to motivate the demons to get on board. The demons don’t want to listen to Michael because they consider him a traitor. Plus, they like the current system; they want to continue torturing humans. When they do try to come up with tests for their test subject, Tahani, they just aren’t getting it. That is, until… 

That’s a wrap on Vicky

…Vicky interrupts the meeting, as she decides she wants to be the first one to develop a test for the new system. Michael is skeptical. I’m skeptical. Something’s got to be up with Vicky. 

Despite the skepticism, she does a great job designing a test for Tahani. Even more, the demons listen to her and she’s skilled at teaching them. Vicky stayed away from chainsaw bears, and Michael still fired her anyway.

Turns out Michael is insecure because Vicky just walked in and succeeded, and the demons respect her. Michael feels he has no purpose now, especially if Vicky handles the demons, but he has to suck it up and get her back for the good of the new system. 

In order to get Vicky back, Michael will hand over the entire project to her, though the two make it look like she takes control from him so that the demons won’t think she’s Michael’s puppet. At the end of the episode, it looks like she’s doing a decent job, but I’m still not sure if I trust her.

Never ever, ever read my file

Chidi, Eleanor, and Jason are tasked with going through the files of humans in the Bad Place to find the first 1,000 people to take their tests. And since they started off in the Bad Place themselves, their files are all there, too. Eleanor forces Chidi to read her file while they’re still in the honeymoon phase of their relationship. If he’s good with what he reads, she figures they can spend eternity together in peace.

The Good Place 4x11 William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
(Colleen Hayes/NBC)

After reading Eleanor’s file, Chidi decides he’s not good enough for her. She was dealt a bad hand in life and raised herself into someone pretty amazing. Chidi feels he’s done nothing with his life and that Eleanor will get bored of him in eternity, especially as it dawns on him how different they really are. 

Chidi admits his fears to Jason, who gets worried when Chidi also points out Jason’s relationship with Janet is even more opposite than his and Eleanor’s. With Jason upset, Chidi heads after him to apologize, saying that being different than somebody isn’t necessarily going to drive you apart, to which Jason tells Chidi to listen to his own advice. Turns out Jason faked the whole thing. I have to admit that was clever. Way to go, Jason! 

The Good Place 4x11 recap Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza and William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye
(Colleen Hayes/NBC)

At the end of the episode, Team Cockroach gets into the Good Place without having to take the test. Everyone agreed saving all of humanity was worth enough points. The episode leaves us with the four humans and Michael in the hot air balloon on their way to the Good Place, but with two weeks left, something has got to go awry. We’ll probably find out what next week, so see you forkers then!

 

What did you think of “Mondays, Am I Right?” Let us know at @PureFandom on Twitter!

The Good Place airs Thursday nights on NBC at 9:00/8:00c.

(Image: Colleen Hayes/NBC)

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Jordan Alperstein

Jordy has a degree in English literature and communication studies. When she isn't attending concerts, she's watching way too much TV for her own good and fangirling over Captain Swan. Jordy is a self-proclaimed optimist and bookworm, and she's a sucker for fantasy, superheroes, and good old-fashioned villains.

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