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"Janet(s)" is the tenth episode of the third season of The Good Place. Written by Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan and directed by Morgan Sackett, it originally aired on NBC on December 6, 2018. The episode sees Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason accidentally transformed into versions of Janet, all played by D'Arcy Carden (pictured). Meanwhile, Michael (Ted Danson) and the real Janet (Carden) investigate if the afterlife system that sorts good and bad acts has been manipulated. Rehearsals for the episode began earlier than usual so Carden could learn to play the other characters. The episode required more visual effects than previous episodes. "Janet(s)" was watched by 2.58 million Americans in its original broadcast and was well received by critics; Carden's performance was widely praised. Themes covered include the meaning of the self, which the writers had studied in preparation. It was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for writing and won a Hugo Award. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that despite little formal education, Earnest Andersson (pictured) was a successful inventor, businessman, amateur athlete, race car driver, pilot, photographer, radio operator, pro golfer, and composer?
- ... that 32 former members of the city council of Bogor, Indonesia, were convicted of corruption in 2010, including 3 who were still serving?
- ... that Lincoln Fitzgerald survived a 1949 murder attempt and went on to run three Nevada casinos?
- ... that by digging a trench through Hisarlik, Heinrich Schliemann destroyed parts of the ruins of Troy?
- ... that the International Fire Marshals Association is partly responsible for the ban on fireworks in some U.S. states?
- ... that Trần Lập was involved in Vietnam's first internet copyright lawsuit?
- ... that the 1982 book Bitter Legacy by historian Richard C. Lukas describes how in the early Cold War years America lost influence over Poland, which became a part of the Soviet empire?
- ... that Andrea Carla Michaels, who has written more than 80 crosswords for The New York Times, is known as the "Pizza Lady" in San Francisco?
In the news
- Mount Marapi erupts (pictured) on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, killing 23 hikers.
- Former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger dies at the age of 100.
- All 41 workers trapped in a road tunnel collapse in Uttarakhand, India, are rescued after 17 days underground.
- In motorcycle racing, Francesco Bagnaia wins the MotoGP World Championship.
- The novel Prophet Song by Paul Lynch wins the Booker Prize.
On this day
- 1060 – Béla I (bust pictured) was crowned King of Hungary in Székesfehérvár.
- 1846 – Mexican–American War: American and Mexican forces clashed at the Battle of San Pasqual, a series of skirmishes near San Diego, California.
- 1912 – The Nefertiti Bust, listed among the "Top 10 Plundered Artifacts" by Time, was found in Amarna, Egypt, before being taken to Germany.
- 1956 – At the Melbourne Olympics, 14-year-old swimmer Sandra Morgan became the youngest Australian to win an Olympic gold medal.
- 1988 – Self-government was granted to the Australian Capital Territory.
Today's featured picture
Keke Rosberg (born 6 December 1948) is a Finnish former racing driver and the winner of the 1982 Formula One World Championship. He was the first Formula One driver from Finland to win the championship. Rosberg began his Formula One career in 1978 and he drove for a number of different teams before signing for Williams in 1982. After four seasons there, he spent his final season with McLaren before retiring in 1986. Rosberg's son Nico won the 2016 Formula One World Championship. This photograph, from the archives of the Dutch photograph press agency Anefo, shows Rosberg at the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix.
Photograph credit: Hans van Dijk; restored by Adam Cuerden