The Good Place (2016–2020)
0 user 8 critic

The Eternal Shriek 

Eleanor and Chidi find that the only way to save Michael from going to "The Eternal Shriek" ( part of the Bad Place) is to deactivate Janet. Since she is programmed to answer any question, Janet tells them exactly how to do it.


Trent O'Donnell


Michael Schur (created by), Megan Amram





Episode complete credited cast:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Steve Berg ... Gunnar
Dominic Burgess ... Henry
Jorge Diaz ... Antonio
Tiana Okoye ... Allesandra (as Tianna Okoye)
Josh Siegal Josh Siegal ... Glenn


Eleanor considers Michael's belief that he is the neighborhood's problem and thus should abandon his experiment of an architect living in a neighborhood he designed (effectively meaning he would leave the neighborhood forever) as a win-win situation as Michael will get the retirement he so rightly deserves and needs and she will no longer feel the stress of getting caught by him as a fraud and the true cause of the neighborhood's problems. Chidi, on the other hand, disagrees, as Eleanor's reasoning is built on a lie. Eleanor concedes that she has to reconsider Michael's move after they all learn what retirement for a being like Michael means, it called the eternal shriek. Eleanor comes up with another solution to the resulting problem which would require a sacrifice. Chidi is conflicted by Eleanor's solution as he vowed to help her, but still feels the sacrifice is morally wrong despite it not hurting "anyone". Through the process, Chidi remembers back to a lie he said on Earth, one ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

20 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This episode attracted 3.79 million viewers when it first aired. See more »


In S01E01, Eleanor tells Chidi his "English is amazing", then Chidi says he is actually speaking French, and that The Good Place translates his speech into English for Eleanor. This strongly implies that he did not speak English while alive, or at least not as fluently. In S01E07, a flashback to his life on Earth shows him speaking fluent English, without an accent, to an Australian man. The fact that the other man speaks with a non-American accent implies that they are not being "translated" like in The Good Place. See more »


Chidi Anagonye: There is an old Chinese proverb: Lies are like tigers, they are bad.
Eleanor Shellstrop: That's it?
Chidi Anagonye: It's more poetic in Mandarin.
See more »


References Weekend at Bernie's (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed