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14 Really Interesting Facts About “The Good Place's” “Janet(s)” Episode

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!

BuzzFeed spoke with the show’s creator, Mike Schur, and actress D’Arcy Carden (Janet) about this week’s episode of The Good Place, and here are all the juicy facts they spilled!

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This episode took one year of planning to come to fruition.


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Michael Schur and company have had the idea since back in Season 2, but it wasn’t executed until now.

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D’Arcy found it challenging to play Chidi, Eleanor, Jason, and Tahani because she didn’t want to be over the top.


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The entire cast filmed their scenes so D’Arcy could study their mannerisms in order to become them more accurately.

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The multiple Janets were partially inspired by Orphan Black, a series that features a bunch of clones.

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D’Arcy felt Tahani and Jason were easier to play, but Eleanor was a challenge because she’s “so subtle.” Will Harper (Chidi) was also hard because he has “a very distinct voice.”


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Ted Danson gave D’Arcy advice during different bits she had to do of Jason, Tahani, Eleanor, and Chidi.

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Mike Schur knew they wanted Stephen Merchant early on for the role of Neil in this episode.


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Schur spent 45 minutes explaining the role to Merchant on the phone and he was sold.

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There’s a reference to Michael Scott’s “World’s Best Boss” mug from The Office.


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Schur said the way the mug was held when filming hid the text, so “Existence’s Best Boss” had to be added digitally.

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The accounting office that seemed to go on forever was filmed in what Michael Schur called “a ghost building” in Simi Valley.

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D’Arcy also recorded the table read of the episode and listened to it over and over for a month to get into each character. “I lost my mind,” she said.


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Although D’Arcy said the episode was stressful to film, she also stated it was the best week of her life.

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Mike said the show had to pay “around fifty grand” to use a brief snippet of “Believe” by Cher.

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The cast wasn’t on set that much during the shooting of this episode but they were on call in case D’Arcy needed them.

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For this episode, and others, the show’s writers consult with two philosophy advisors (Todd May and Pamela Hieronymi), who try to break things down in a digestible way for the audience.


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One of the philosophy advisors would get an early draft of the episode and “grade it,” which means sending back small tweaks and changes.

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The kiss moment was filmed on a “kissing rig,” which D’Arcy described as a “pole with lips on a Lazy Susan.”


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She had to kiss Kristen Bell and Kristen had to kiss Will Harper, but the challenging part with that was getting everything to match identically so it could come together in edits.

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The Chidi/Janet/Eleanor speech was so heartfelt that D’Arcy teared up while performing it.

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As for what we can expect to come in future episodes, Mike Schur said, “Michael has more information now than he’s ever had before. And they’ve finally made it to the REAL Good Place, so we’ll see where that leads us.”

Alessia Cara Played With Puppies And Talked About Music, Taylor Swift, And Brendon Urie

We were first introduced to Alessia Cara back in 2014, with her massive hit “Here” — which has now been streamed hundreds of millions of times. Since then, Alessia has put out many more bops. From “Scars to Your Beautiful” to “Stay,” she’s climbed up the charts — all while staying true to herself and the values that made her famous in the first place.

Alessia, whose new album The Pains of Growing is out now, sat down and answered fan questions while playing with puppies. Check out our interview to hear her talk about her best/worst celeb encounter, how she keeps her hair so perfect, and what it was like hangin’ with Taylor Swift:

21 Reasons You Should Never Visit Colombia

1.

Some people think Colombia is beautiful.


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Location: Cartagena

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I have no idea what they’re talking about.


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Location: Tayrona Park

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Their churches? Mediocre.


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Location: Sanctuary Las Lajas

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Their UNDERGROUND churches? Even more mediocre.


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Location: Catedral de Sal in Zipaquirá

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The graffiti looks like a 5th grader drew it.


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Location: Medellín

6.

I mean, I could definitely do this with my eyes closed.


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Location: Comuna 13 in Medellín

7.

Their waterfalls? Overrated.


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Location: Tequendama Falls near Bogota, Colombia

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Their beaches? Who cares?


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Location: Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

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Don’t even get me started on their colorful rivers.


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Location: Caño Cristales in Serrania de la Macarena

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The El Peñón rock isn’t even that impressive.


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Location: Guatapé

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And the view from the top is nothing special.


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Location: Guatapé

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The town of Guatapé is kind of colorful, but not really.


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Location: Guatapé

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Who even enjoys color?


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Location: Guatapé

14.

Jericó isn’t charming in the least.


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Location: Jericó

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And the view of the town from the top of the hill is just OK.


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Location: Jericó

16.

Who cares if Colombia is known for the “best” coffee in the world?


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Location: Hija Mija in Medellín

17.

And what is so appetizing about arepas con queso?


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Location: Colombia

18.

Jardín? Meh.


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Location: Jardín

19.

The Lost City? Not interesting at all.


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Location: Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), Sierra Nevada

20.

Bogotá is just another episode of Narcos.


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Location: Bogotá

21.

And so is Medellín.


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Location: Medellín

Why would you ever visit Colombia?


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Arielle Calderon is a writer temporarily based in Latin America participating in Remote Year. If you have any tips on cool places, events, or things to eat in Mexico City, email her at arielle.calderon@buzzfeed.com or DM her on Instagram.