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Searching For Hidden Jokes In A Straight-Ahead Episode Of 'The Good Place'!

By Dan Hamamura | TV | November 2, 2018 |

By Dan Hamamura | TV | November 2, 2018 |


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This was kind of a strange episode for my purposes, as A Fractured Inheritance was the most straight-ahead episode of The Good Place to date, which means not nearly as many fun hidden things for me to pause and obsess over.

In fact, the first semi-hidden visual gag doesn’t come until almost halfway into the episode, when Eleanor and Michael follow Donna Shellstrop Diana Trumaine to her PTA meeting at:

MGM Grand Luxury Resort And Casino Elementary School

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I mean, that motto.

Eleanor’s Snack Hoarding

She may have spent a year in this timeline becoming a better person, and they may not have shrimp, but that doesn’t mean Eleanor still isn’t gonna take advantage of a free spread:

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It’s a tiny, silly bit of joke continuity, but I love that you can see she took ALL of the cheese.

The True Meaning Of “Ya Basic!”

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While The Good Place: The Podcast may have revealed the real-world origins of “Ya Basic!”, here we get to see the true meaning (or at least, a positive usage) of the devastating insult, as Eleanor helps her mother realize that she really does love her new life as a suburban step-mom.

Oh, Stuff Happened In Budapest Also

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Look at this image of the rest of the main cast in a car together! Do you see the hidden message? The hidden message that definitely isn’t that I didn’t find any hidden messages in the B-story?

At Least We Have The Credits

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As always, the credits provide a last bit of relief, with one of the (I think) PTA moms being named Peaches McPlum, and a few other names that don’t seem to mean anything, unless you find yourself desperately digging for content and so you run the names through Google Translate…

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That’s weird. But then if you take out the hyphen…

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I have no idea if either of those is correct. But I guess I have a new thing to do every week from now on.

Last Looks

Before we go, a couple of random things that stuck out to me:

Eleanor saying: “How dare she steal the identity I stole.” cracked me up every time I watched it. It kind of reminded me of this classic:

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Andy Daly, as always, was a delight. His casual explanation that he likes that Eleanor’s mother is a “selfish lover” because he doesn’t know what he wants during sex was just right.

And of course, I am legally obligated to mention Eleanor’s write-in candidate for PTA Secretary: “Bofa Deeznuts”. So juvenile. So tonally perfect.

Next week, looks like the gang will finally be back together again!



Dan is a Staff Contributor. You can listen to him scream into the void on Twitter.



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