100 thoughts on “The Mother Eleanor Never Had – The Good Place (Episode Highlight)

  1. "Come on Eleanor I've changed you've changed, why can't you just accept that your mom is living a good honest life? That she's attended partner and a good mom"

    "Because I wanted that mom! I wanted the mom that made me afternoon snacks instead of telling me to go look for loose fries in a McDonald's ball pit. Why does Patricia get that Mom? if Donna shellstrop has truly changed that means she was always capable of change, I just wasn't worth changing for"

  2. I truly cried at this coz i am going through this nd the only change is i wasnt ever worth that change for my dad

  3. Oh my God. This is the Barney Stinson situation all over again. 😭
    "If you're gonna be a lame suburban dad, why can't you be that for me?"

  4. Although they're very different this scene reminds me of the time when Barney tries to steal the basketbalk basket from his biological fathers house

  5. Out of all of the emotional rollercoaster sciences I’ve experienced in this show, this is the only one that makes me cry. And then cry laughing at the end.

  6. Wow…..anyone who grew up with dysfunctional or jerk parents can really understand what Eleanor is feeling. I know it was just short dialogue but this episode still makes me cry. I really wanna see her actually apologize to Eleanor and have an emotional mother-daughter reunion.

  7. i wouldn’t think it was the worthy or not issue tho

    sometimes it’s just timing. don take urself too important or too hard. it helps

  8. I feel so bad for Elenor her childhood was mess up because of her mom then she goes and mom changed for the better for different people and not her

  9. Hit me just as hard as “ coz if you’re gonna be some lame suburban dad, why couldn’t you have been that for me?”. Legends will know who said it 🤘

  10. #IWantedTheMomWhoMadeMeAfternoonSnacksInsteadOfJustTellingMeToLookForLooseFriesInTheMcDonaldsBallPit

  11. 1:04 Someone reply with a link to where you can buy his Apple Watch strap in the UK because I like it and nothing comes up on Google when you type in Apple Watch strap with spikes.

  12. when I need an emotional Roller-coaster i look this scene again…

    but isn´t it great that even when it is not obvious the show is philosophical. The question " do people change?" is also a moral philosophy question.

  13. This just emphasizes the difficulty of change IMO. Was it that Eleanor wasn't worth changing for or was it simply that Donna never got the time to change before Eleanor hit adulthood. Sometimes life and experience are the catalysts of change and it hurts that the timing may not be favorable for some people. Donna may not have been ready for kids when she had Eleanor but she was when she met Dave & Patricia. Maybe it was time, maybe it was her difficulty with Eleanor, maybe it was something else.

    I think a lot of us cling to the idea that people can't change (usually bad people) because the alternative hurts. It means that we are more consequential than we want to be. We'd rather cling to the idea that things are the way they are for no fault or reason of ours.

  14. My childhood my parents constantly fought and were abusive. Now my brother gets a perfect childhood with good parents, and I'm just stuck with emotional trauma and mental illnesses. Oh well.

  15. “𝘪𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦…𝘪 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳”

  16. Lmao the whole line “I wanted that mom…. that means I wasn’t worth changing for” could literally have also been said by Kristen Bells other character, Veronica Mars

  17. This is one of the only shows/movies I've seen that actually gives a voice to the child hurt by adult selfishness. In the end, even though her mom has become a better person, Eleanor still has the hurt. Much more honest than most of the stuff we get… For contrast, watch Ricky and the Flash and Danny Collins, both of which focus primarily on the irresponsible adult's redemption, acknowledging but then sweeping aside with pat endings how the selfishness of adults causes lasting wounds to the parents. They're boomer fantasies that other people picking up the pieces for their abandonment somehow means everyone's fine in the end. The Good Place is a hilarious show, but it's also really touching on some serious things with a deft hand. Eleanor's cri de coeur is one of those deep moments; I hope those of us in a position to affect children with our choices take heed.

  18. This reminded me a scene from HIMYM with Barney and his dad.
    -Why won’t you come down and talk to me?
    -Why? Why should I? You’re lame! You’re just some lame suburban dad!
    -Why does it make you so mad?!
    Cause if you were going to be some lame suburban dad why couldn’t you have been that to me?

    Breaks my heart

  19. This is how I feel about a bully at school. My friends and I tried every way to stop him and knew there was nothing we could do because he never got in trouble for anything he did. Now, after he says he's trying to be 'better' and people are just forgiving him. I can't accept that he's reforming and we have to just forget everything he did and is doing because he's not sorry and hasn't changed his actions toward us. Any advice?

  20. Tell me why i cried the moment she explained how she wanted her mom to be that mom when she was a kid 😭😭😭

  21. But for real though. As someone with two half siblings that my father never abused, you feel really upset like was it your own fault that that parent was awful to you but later on they become this leader or magically good parent. It messes you up. I love Eleanor.

  22. this show is so dynamic. its really just brilliant. at times i want to cry my eyes out and other times i laugh so hard i fall out of my chair. i also know who Immanuel Kant is now? and that humans suck but we try to be better even if it is with a corrupted reason or not entirely selfless. i have more faith in humanity now, and the acting and plot is flawless.

  23. Kudos to Kristen Bell! I really felt her dialogue “because I wanted that mom” and, really this is a great job done by her, and btw im kinda sad that the site im watching from skipped this episode and they dont have this episode :((

  24. when she said “i wanted a mom to make me afternoon snacks instead of just telling me to find loose fries in the Mcdonald’s ball pit”
    it really brings out how much of something was taken from her. she could’ve just said “i wanted a mom to love me and be there for me” but she only wanted to experience what having a good mother was like even if its something so small

  25. This hit me hard. I saw it on Netflix and even though ok it’s not real it is for some people idk why but when I saw this I felt bad for Kristen bell.

  26. This moment, this small little moment in an exceptional show, might be one of my favourite moments in any piece of media ever. It's very relatable to me, and the amount of heart and emotion that Kristen Bell puts into this scene is exceptional

  27. Lmao that hashtag, also we need the soundtrack for the show the sad song that plays during emotional songs is so good

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