Everything Is Fine (The Good Place)

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Everything Is Fine (The Good Place)
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Series: The Good Place
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 1
Air Date: September 19, 2016
Writer: Michael Schur
Director: Drew Goddard
Run Time 24 minutes
Next episode: Flying


"Everything Is Fine" is the pilot episode of the American fantasy-comedy television series The Good Place. It was written by series creator Michael Schur and directed by executive producer Drew Goddard. It aired on NBC in the United States on September 19, 2016, airing back-to-back with the second episode "Flying".

Plot

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself in a waiting room, with the words "Welcome! Everything Is Fine." written on the wall. She then enters a room where a man named Michael (Ted Danson) awaits her. He informs her that she is dead, killed after a line of shopping carts in the parking lot of a supermarket pushed her into the oncoming path of a truck which was advertising erectile dysfunction pills, and the space they are in is a Heaven-like utopia called "The Good Place."

Michael gives her a tour throughout the Good Place before getting her to meet with newcomers and watch an informational video. In the video, Michael explains that every action humans make in their life gives them either positive or negative points depending of their choices. After a person dies, their total points are tallied and only people with very high points are allowed into The Good Place. Eleanor earned her spot for saving lives as a lawyer that defended people on death row. Also, every person in the Good Place has a soulmate, a person with whom to spend their eternal life together.

After presenting Eleanor with a house designed specifically for her preferences, Michael introduces her to her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), a Senegalese ethics professor. When Michael leaves, Eleanor reveals to Chidi that everything Michael said about her life is wrong and she's not the person he says she is. Eleanor made a living by knowingly selling a worthless supplement to the sick and elderly and was crass and uncaring, not recalling any good action she's ever done. Michael then introduces Eleanor and Chidi to Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil) and her soulmate Jianyu Li (Manny Jacinto), their neighbors. Tahani is a wealthy philanthropist while Jianyu is a Buddhist monk who has decided to keep his vow of silence.

While on a party hosted by Tahani and Jianyu at their mansion, Chidi begins to question whether to help Eleanor or not. The next morning, Eleanor wakes up to discover that many things that represent her crass comments about her life and her insults to Tahani at the party are wreaking havoc on the Good Place. Chidi tells her that remaining in the Good Place is cause for the incident and her actions are affecting it. Eleanor then asks Chidi to help her become a better person just as Michael knocks on the door to inform them of an emergency meeting.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea for an episode, was the good place.
  2. This opening scene was waiting room, with the words "Welcome! Everything Is Fine."
  3. Hilarious jokes.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. This scene of the sound chainsaw was the bear had 2 mouth.

Reception

Overall, the episode received generally positive reviews from critics. In a review from an advance screening at San Diego Comic-Con, Matt Fowler of IGN gave the episode a 7.2 out of 10. He described the show as "a whimsically bureaucratic look at the afterlife" that could "stand on its own as a slice of unique, fun TV." He noted that Bell and Danson "delight" but "the rest of the ensemble needs work." Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club gave the pilot and the following episode, "Flying", an A-. He praised Schur's version of the afterlife, remarking that "the good place's rules and eccentricities [are] fairly bursting with comic ingenuity and fiddly little bits of weirdness that promise a renewable supply of laughs and interest." He also called Bell "the perfect choice for Eleanor, as her innate brightness keeps us rooting for Eleanor to brazen her way through her mistaken admittance to paradise." In another review of the first two episodes, Noel Murray of Vulture gave 4 out of 5 stars, calling the show "clever, funny, and pleasantly familiar." He remarked, "Teasing a few mysteries is always a strong way to launch a series, though The Good Place doesn’t dwell on them at the expense of telling good jokes."