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‘The Good Place’ Review: ‘Team Cockroach’ Somehow Finds Another Fascinating Way to Start Over

‘The Good Place’ Review: ‘Team Cockroach’ Somehow Finds Another Fascinating Way to Start Over

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Good Place” Season 2, Episode 4, “Team Cockroach.”]

Years from now, if NBC programming decisions and our ability to stave off nuclear annhiliation cooperate, there’s a chance that we could look back on “Team Cockroach” as the moment that things started to look up for the core group on “The Good Place.” Michael being cooperative with no obvious unspoken ulterior motive, Eleanor asserting herself to her companions and her nemesis, and Jason finding a nice comfy spot on the couch. Everything is as it should be. Of course, this is also a comedy where nothing is ever really as it seems.

The best parts of “Team Cockroach” play out in the bottle episode confines of Eleanor’s sensible nightmare clown foyer, with Michael and the tortured quartet deciding how best to move forward to spare all of their eternal souls. Each side of the truce argues that they have the upper hand, with the humans declaring that

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