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Will "The Good Place" Finally Reveal Chidi's Plan to Fix the Universe?

After a long wait, Eleanor and company are finally back tonight—hopefully with some answers.

It's been seven weeks since "The Answer" aired and left us with precious few actual answers.

But the excruciatingly long wait is over, and tonight The Good Place is finally back with an episode entitled "You've Changed, Man." With any luck we will finally find out about Chidi's plan to save the universe, and what it means that "Eleanor is the Answer."

Kristen Bell posted an image to Instagram last night, reminding us of the cryptic note that Chidi retrieved from Janet at the end of the last episode. It has left us wondering—for nearly two months—in what way is Eleanor Shellstrop "the Answer."

The series has followed the self-described "Arizona trash bag" through four seasons of growth and personal development. She has been instrumental in uncovering centuries of secret torture and fighting for a just reform of the afterlife system, but now our favorite neurotic moral philosopher—with the benefit of perfect hindsight—has been tasked with a mission to reshape the structure of the universe for the rest of all bearimy. If he can't invent a more just system, then everyone and everything on Earth will be erased from existence, and the only hint we have so far is the note that insists "THERE IS NO 'Answer'/But Eleanor is the Answer."

Kristen Bell and William Jackson Harper

What could this mean? What does Eleanor mean to Chidi? The obvious answer is love. Chidi and Eleanor love each other and have rediscovered that love through multiple lifetimes. The concept of soulmates has been repeatedly teased and dismissed throughout the series, but the persistence of love between Chidi and Eleanor seems like strong evidence that there might be some truth to the idea. Perhaps Chidi has a plan in mind to pair each human with a particular kind of soulmate—someone who challenges our flaws and pushes us to grow. Maybe it's his contention that if everyone on Earth had someone who could do for them what Eleanor does for him, then the whole of humanity could begin the process of growing and improving enough to earn entry to The Good Place.

Manny Jacinto and Jameela Jamil Not soulmates

It's not quite clear how this would solve the problem of civilization's complexity and the unintended consequences that have been confounding the point system, but one of the things we love about The Good Place is its ability to deliver satisfying twists. More than once a sudden revelation has reshaped the whole show, so with only four episodes left—including the hour-long series finale—we should be prepared for anything.

Will the demons from The Bad Place interfere with Chidi's plan? Will Michael be "retired" to eternal torture on the surface of a sun? Most importantly, will Janet and Jason ever get around to making some weird, half-magic babies? Tune in to NBC tonight at 8:30 to find out.

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The Frozen 2 soundtrack features beloved acts such as Kacey Musgraves and Panic! at the Disco, but Weezer's version of "Lost in the Woods" is an unholy force of 80s power ballads and 90s nostalgia.

An icon of 90s alt rock, Weezer is emblematic of nerd rock for many millennials, but to the upcoming Generation Alpha (those born from 2010-2024) they may become Disney stars. In Weezer's music video, frontman River Cuomo re-enacts, scene for scene, Kristoff (Jonathan Graff)'s performance of the 80s-inspired power ballad (including Kristen Bell dressed in full Anna gear!). Frozen's Academy Award-winning songwriters, Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, say they took inspiration from Bryan Adams and their youth so they could tackle the big emotional questions addressed in the song (questioning whether or not an established relationship is still right for you) while also having fun.

Above all, seeing Cuomo, 49, and bandmates (ages 48 to 54 years old) standing in a knock-off Enchanted Forest in an homage to the most popular children's movie in the world is hilariously cringey. I want to watch this video first thing in the morning when I'm questioning why anyone bothers to get dressed and leave the house, while I'm on the train surrounded by screaming children and two businessmen aggressively bantering over my head, and after work while I'm too tired to believe there will be a future, and so maybe I won't have to do it all again tomorrow. Maybe it's the earnest yearning of the song matched by Cuomo's lost eyes. Maybe it's the purple backlighting on the sound stage. Maybe it's Frozen 2's not so hidden messaging about climate change and the fact that climate crisis is imminent.

We're all lost in the woods, motherf*ckers–and we're all creepy people wearing adult costumes, stalking around the wilderness, looking for connection that isn't there.

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