Chidi let his freak flag fly— and fans were there for it!
The character of Chidi Adagonye on NBC‘s The Good Place is the sort of moral center of the show. As the resident moral philosophy professor, Chidi is the one who teaches the rest of the goofball losers the concepts of right and wrong, albeit through an often exhaustive expository process that includes quoting well-known philosophers and showing his deep disapproval for the rest of the cast’s shenanigans with a literal shake of his head.
Brought to life each week by actor William Jackson Harper, Chidi is nerdy, tortured, and perpetually uptight—which is why it comes as no surprise that he finally loses his “shirt” in an existential crisis on the show’s latest episode.
What was surprising, however, is that his loss (*the loss of his shirt) was OUR gain—Did you see THOSE abs?!
— The Good Place Is Back On Our Bullshirt (@nbcthegoodplace) October 20, 2018
And even though Jackson Harper had fretted about this moment beforehand, telling a reporter at The Undefeated, when asked about potentially becoming a sex symbol . . .
I did work out and I did diet, but that was only so I could keep my body as neutral as possible . . . But I was trying to make my body so there will be no comments whatsoever. Honestly, that frightens me a little bit. I hope it’s not like, ‘Oh, snap, what’s happening underneath that shirt is not right.’ That’s what I’m a little afraid of.
. . . when Chidi lost his shirt, the internet lit up in full appreciation:
I saw a spoiler but truly i was not prepared for chidi anagonye to look like he went thru the captain america machine. HElp
— the Hannting of Bard House (@hannahbardolph) October 22, 2018
when Chidi took off his shirt in s3e4 of the good place pic.twitter.com/ch6FzQMu6k
— lou (@louisawren) October 21, 2018
— Steve Yeocero [spooky pun] ⚖️ (@SJYeocero) October 20, 2018
Draw your own conclusions, I’m just saying that the very week that I started/finished binging The Good Place is the week that Chidi took his shirt off.
— Arthur ‘ ‘ Dent (@UntenableWhale) October 21, 2018
I must say, gratuitous shirtless Chidi is one of my favorite parts of The Good Place so far pic.twitter.com/NkzxwvtNcb
— Fran Concha-Ramírez (@franconchar) October 21, 2018
a shirtless Chidi is ~really~ the only The Good Place spoiler I don’t mind
— Mayelle (@mayellenisperos) October 21, 2018
But hardcore Stans of the show weren’t surprised—they knew it to be true all along:
I like how he’s been referred to as “surprisingly jacked” since episode 1 and they finally had excuse to get his shirt off.
— ghost fondler (@Kermitron) October 22, 2018
eleanor did say chidi was surprisingly ripped
— allison™ (@altothehill) October 22, 2018
I could’ve sworn that it was shown or implied earlier.
— Thomas Newman (@ThomasNewman) October 22, 2018
He was always hot.
— Bri (@BrianaMathew) October 22, 2018
Chidi was always hot. This just enhances it… a lot.
— (@aeirould) October 22, 2018
Finally! An episode where Chidi gives zero forks . . . though, he does have a spoonful or two of that awful chili.
— The Good Place Is Back On Our Bullshirt (@nbcthegoodplace) October 21, 2018