In S1E11 "What's My Motivation", Shawn, the All-Knowing Judge of the Universe arrives to judge the fate of Eleanor and whether she should be sent to The Bad Place.
However, in S1E13 "Michael's Gambit", it's revealed that (Season 1 spoilers):
Shawn is not the All-Knowing Judge, but is a demon, as is Michael. Neighborhood 12358w is not in The Good Place, it's in The Bad Place. Eleanor realises that Shawn and Michael were never going to send any of them to The Bad Place because "We're already here".
What was the real purpose of Shawn coming at all? It wasn't to determine whether Eleanor was bad: he knew that she was bad, because he was in on the experiment the whole time. And it wasn't to send her to The Bad Place, because as Eleanor correctly guesses, nobody has any intention of doing so. Before Eleanor figured it out, the experiment was running as planned, and the four humans would've been being tortured by Michael and his demons. Were there any stakes at all, or did Shawn just come to mess with them?