I don’t know a more inventive show on television. I really, really don’t.
Dance Dance Revolution burns through plot at an incredible pace. In fact, I have a lot of respect for creator Michael Schur and his clever little writing team. They could have spent the entire season cycling through Michael’s various reboots, but instead, we get over 800 of them in one episode and a complete gamechanger of an ending to bookend the hour.
I am of course referring to Michael proposing that he and Team Eleanor join forces. It’s such an effective bombshell, and it makes perfect sense after Vicky blackmails him and assumes control. I honestly have no idea what the rest of the season looks like, and that’s such a thrilling prospect.
This hour is also notable for featuring the return of Mindy St. Claire. Played to perfection by Maribeth Monroe, the character is an absolute hoot. Everything from her cocaine addition to making a sex tape of Chidi & Eleanor is priceless, and it’s obvious that the show recognizes what a gem of a character they have here.
Bits & Places
– Love how Eleanor’s “mean giraffe” comment comes to life.
– Eleanor refers to Janet as “Robot slave lady”. Appropriate!
– Hilarious bit: Eleanor figuring everything out when she overhears Michael through the open door.
– Watching Janet plead with someone not to kill her (by pressing that button) never gets old. Especially loved her telling Michael she’s pregnant.
– In the soulmate montage, notice that one of them is Tahani, and one of them is a dog.
– Mindy has all of Chidi and Eleanor’s failed plots glued behind one of her paintings.
– How great were all the restaurant puns? Did you spot them all? Check out this list.
Michael: This is the one. And after I pull this off, they’re gonna hang my picture in the Bad Place Hall of Fame right next to the guy who invented bees with teeth.
Tahani: Sorry, I must ask, why are you wearing a sash that says “best person” on it?
Eleanor: Apparently, I am the number one points-getter in the entire neighborhood.
Tahani: Is that so? I always have to have my sashes custom-made due to my height and bosom size. Also, apparently, sashes are out this season. The diagonal line really draws one’s eye to the chin bloat.
Eleanor: Go fork yourself, you mean giraffe.
Jason: I can’t go. I’m too young to die and too old to eat off the kids’ menu.
What a stupid age I am.
Jason: I know this sounds crazy, but I think we’re in the Bad Place.
Michael: Jason figured it out? Jason? This is a real low point. Yeah, this one hurts. Ow.
Vicky: But that’s just my demand; all 318 of us have something we want to do differently. Some people want bigger houses. Gayle wants a different backstory where she was an MMA fighter? Gunnar wants to bite and/or nibble on humans while they sleep.
Demon 1: The regular Bad Place was fine. If the four-headed flying bears ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.
Demon 2: What was wrong with impaling? I loved impaling.
Eleanor: This is the Bad Place. I forking knew it! And clam chowder is disgusting. It’s just hot ocean milk with dead animal croutons.
Michael: Now, if you all can just stick with my plan and we pull it off, we’ll be heroes. You could write your own ticket. You might even land the Jared from Subway account.
Mindy: But you know what? No matter what the combo is, I always ask you guys to bring me cocaine next time, and you never do. Do you have anything I can snort, like a crushed-up aspirin or some eye shadow or cocaine?
Eleanor: I’ve only ever said “I love you” to two men my entire life, Stone Cold Steve Austin and a guy in a dark club who I mistook for Stone Cold Steve Austin.
A supremely inventive and unpredictable hour from The Good Place.