Chidi (William Jackson Harper) continued his ethics lessons with new neighbors, which is a callback to his many classes teaching Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Jason (Manny Jacinto) and the rest of the gang.
Even though QB Blake Bortles didn’t stay with the Jaguars, Jason’s love for both never waned. His epic stadium session of Madden alongside his dad was a nice nod to his passion for football.
The soul squad returned to the original faux Good Place neighborhood when Jason shared his decision to walk through the door. Needless to say, out nostalgia levels were through the roof.
Jason’s Dance Crew
Dance Dance Resolution made a cameo, calling back to one of Jason’s timelines on Earth.
The character who came closest to guessing what the afterlife was like in the ’70s made an appearance. Although he was played by Michael McKean in previous episodes, Noah Garfinkel took over as a younger version, bringing to life the picture from Michael’s office wall.
When Jason described how he knew he was ready to pass on, he used a jalapeño popper analogy, which was fitting considering his obsession with the finger food throughout the series.
The Doorman’s Frogs
Mike O’Malley’s Doorman was once bribed with frog souvenirs, and his finale scenes acknowledged this as people gifted him various frog-related items.
Parks and Rec Connection
Whether Nick Offerman was playing himself or a version of Ron Swanson remains unclear, but it definitely hints at that previously presumed shared universe of Parks and Recreation and The Good Place.
Tahani’s (Jameela Jamil) sister Kamilah (Rebecca Hazlewood), mom (Anna Khaja) and dad (Ajay Mehta) reunited but unlike the past, things were good between the improved individuals.
When Tahani thinks she’s ready to leave the afterlife, she invites her friends over and throws a party. However, unlike the one she threw at the beginning of the series, this one was more intimate but it was still no less extravagant.
Tahani Shoots Her Shot
Throughout the series, Eleanor has often commented on Tahani’s beauty and, to an extent, hit on her. But in the finale, Tahani turned the table when she told Eleanor she had a “rockin’ bod.”
Eleanor finished reading T.M. Scanlon’s What We Owe to Each Other — one of the books Chidi gave her — and it marked a milestone. Despite Eleanor’s initial qualms with learning ethics, she followed through with a promise she made Chidi.
The friends from Eleanor and Chidi’s time on Earth returned (now in the afterlife themselves) for a group dinner that was completely surreal.
Vicky’s Dedication to Acting
During a council meeting, Vicky (Tiya Sircar) complained that they needed more actors for the new system, but that none of the newbies were up to the task. Her continued dedication to the ruse was just as prominent when we met her.
Instead of Doug Forcett’s picture, Michael’s (Ted Danson) office features Tahani, Chidi, Jason and Eleanor. This means they’re now the people who came closest to figuring out the universe and afterlife — a spot previously held by Doug.
Chidi’s Perfect Day
When Eleanor and Chidi were getting to know each other, she made an attempt to give him the perfect day. This was mirrored in the finale when she tried to convince him to stay in the afterlife with her by visiting Greece — the hotbed of philosophy.
Chidi’s Hunky Calendar
When Eleanor wakes up after Chidi leaves for good, she finds that he gifted her a calendar featuring him in various sexy poses, one of which features a mailman look — a favorite getup from earlier in the series.
Derek & Mindy
Fans got to visit Mindy St. Claire (Maribeth Monroe) and Derek (Jason Mantzoukas) one last time in the Medium Place. Derek’s altered state from multiple reboots included his signature martini glass sans olives.
The Earth Door
We returned to Earth when Michael walked through the door with Janet (D’Arcy Carden) looking on.
One Last Margarita
Eleanor and Janet have margaritas before parting ways, and it’s a nod to Eleanor’s death on Earth. As fans will recall from the premiere, she was hit by runaway grocery carts when she dropped her margarita mix in the parking lot.
“Take It Sleazy”
The show’s final line was one Michael used earlier in the series, leaving fans with one final callback and effectively tying the story up.
[Warning: This gallery contains MAJOR spoilers for the series finale of The Good Place.]
The Good Place bid a final farewell in Thursday's bittersweet finale and there were so many series callbacks that we're still trying to catch them all.
From returning characters to character quirks introduced in the beginning of the show, there was plenty for fans to feel nostalgic about. In the gallery above, we're rounding up some of the finale's best callbacks among which include Eleanor's (Kristen Bell) love for margaritas, a Parks and Recreation connection, that hunky Chidi calendar, and more.