This is not bullshirt. Michael is really helping Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason get into the real Good Place.
TooFab spoke to Manny Jacinto, who plays Jason, ahead of Thursday night's midseason premiere of "The Good Place" to see why he thinks Michael, the demon played by Ted Danson, switched sides and passed up the chance to retire.
"Friendship," Jacinto told TooFab. "I think just being around humans. He's really starting to take in these human qualities and emotions and how we're so effected by each other now and how we need each other and I think he's not really exposed to that interconnectedness, if you want to call it, but at the end of the day, I think it's just friendship."
The drama started when Michael's boss Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) loved his idea of psychologically torturing humans instead of the physical torture that is typical in the Bad Place (aka Hell). Michael ended up getting promoted and Shawn wanted to redevelop the neighborhood concept into other communities.
Although Michael was ecstatic that he was promoted, that also meant that Shawn would end up telling Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Jacinto) where they really were and the horrible things that will happen to them once they are sent to the official Bad Place.
So Michael staged a farewell party that left several clues for the four humans to figure out how they could avoid the real Bad Place.
"He wants to be a part of something," he added. "He wants to belong somewhere so I think that's the reason why he helped the four."
And if this situation were to occur in real life, Jacinto told TooFab that out of all of his co-stars, he would help Bell get to the Good Place because she's perfect.
"Just because she's like super mom, super lady," Jacinto said. "I mean you heard about how she entertained and tried to keep everyone safe in Florida during the storm. She definitely has the most Good Place points out of all of us."
"The Good Place" airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.