Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Good Place (Penultimate Episode)

The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 12 “Patty” (B+)

I can’t help but think that the content of this episode could have filled up an entire season if this show wasn’t ending, but maybe it’s better that it didn’t since, like the last couple episodes, it was extremely satisfying to see so much happen. Chidi’s excitement about meeting Hypatia was bound to prove disappointing for some reason or another, and while I wasn’t sure initially about the casting of Lisa Kudrow, her efforts to remember what math was called confirmed that it was indeed the right choice. Michael had no clue that the team in charge of the good place were trying to run away and put him in charge instead, and I’ll certainly miss the soothing, authoritative tone of Michael’s voice that Ted Danson does so well. The fact that they all came in to the party together was both sweet and smart, and the weird amalgam of all of their innermost desires helped them to realize that, if they stuck together, they might be able to avoid the brain mush that befell Patty. I guess we don’t need the judge to create a door to permanent death, but it’s possible that we’ll see her one last time in the finale. Aside from the whole what-happens-next question, things are mostly resolved for our characters right now, which is interesting. I’m honestly not sure what the 90-minute series ender, which airs this Thursday, will bring, but it’s been a fantastic run, and I’m so eager to see how it all ends

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