(Season 3, Episode 11) Summary: Just as Sarah Lynn wakes up to mark off her ninth month being sober, Bojack calls and… And while she has since gotten back to where she wanted to be (and married Guy in the process), BoJack’s drunken, drug-addled phone call was another blip in a series of blips that have altered her life in profound ways, and not generally positive ways. ‘BoJack Horseman’: Unpacking the Character of Todd Chavez and White Privilege Episode 6 of the final season goes beyond the origin of Todd’s last name by … Welcome to Hollywoob, everybody! That moment is a callback to the night that BoJack and Sarah Lynn spent in the planetarium, where Sarah Lynn overdosed and BoJack panicked and made choices that have given him a lifetime tinged by guilt. Those two are going to take over all of Hollywoob in a week. After six seasons, BoJack Horseman has ended.And while the Netflix show's second-to-last episode delivered a powerful goodbye to the sad, washed-up celebrity horse, the actual last episode … BoJack was noted by episode director Amy Winfrey to be the hardest because he had so much to do. • She makes a final off-screen appearance at Princess Carolyn’s wedding, but we never met Mr. Peanutbutter’s beloved friend Erica — but if you want to construct your own image from the clues we’ve been given, the BoJack Horseman Wiki has an exhaustive collection of Erica references. Let Nancy Meyers Inspire You to Self-Quarantine. So does the glass of water served by butler Zach Braff, water that, to BoJack, tastes like chlorine. So there you have it: After a very, very close brush with death, BoJack Horseman is alive after all. If I wanted to undertake the worthwhile project of reading le Carré’s Smiley novels for the first time, this is the order I’d recommend. As nice as this moment is, Todd doesn’t need BoJack anymore, and hasn’t for a while now. But after a couple of wacky fake-outs, the truth is finally revealed: BoJack is alive. • A sign that BoJack can overcome his baggage: After all these years, it’s a shock to watch him try a bite of honeydew and decide it’s not so bad after all. The whole thing is ridiculous, of course. BoJack is publicly shamed, and literally punished, by going to prison. They are not in love, although, for the record, Diane does do her share of sucking on chili dogs while living in Chicago. Supervising director Mike Hollingsworth revealed the episode, as in BoJack's dream, takes place over thirty seconds. She gets her powers from our yellow sun, y’all! Hal Holbrook’s short-lived series still tells us a lot about today’s politics. Long after the thrill of living is gone.”. Over the years, this series has taken its lead character to some truly awful, arguably irredeemable places — and to its credit, it never shied away from both the short and the long-term consequences of that. All of season five, in which BoJack was starring in the True Detective-esque Philbert, explored that idea, from underlying theme to actual plot. “See you on the other side,” he says to Herb somewhat hopefully before he walks through the door that leads to the same abyss into which his other loved ones have already plunged. By the end of season three of Bojack Horseman, Sarah Lynn — a former child star turned wild party girl — has more or less turned her life around, and she's just about to … The episode was released in the United States, along with the rest of season four, via Netflix on September 8, 2017. It’s part of the reason BoJack dying at the end of the series was such a common fan theory: If he couldn’t really be forgiven, let alone redeemed, where else could his story possibly go? • Congrats to Spanky Pankerton, better known as the #Bojeebies Kid, who found BoJack floating in the pool and became a child star on the back of his time with the famous horse. Directed by Adam Parton. The real point of this finale is to give BoJack lots of unbroken time with the other characters we’ve seen change and evolve over the course of the series. • Todd, being either dumb or brilliant, on the real meaning of “The Hokey Pokey”: “You turn yourself around. Beatrice has been served what appears to be nursing home food, complete with Jell-O for dessert. Let Nancy Meyers Inspire You to Self-Quarantine. But when you think about Todd as the goofball slacker crashing on BoJack’s couch at the beginning of the series, it’s striking how far he has come: Creating a job for himself at VIM, moving in with a serious girlfriend, mending fences with his mom. That same philosophy bleeds into the lengthy conversation that closes out the series, as BoJack and Diane meet on the rooftop one last time. • I wasn’t sure at first about Princess Carolyn and Judah getting married — but the more I turn it over, the more I like it. And that means the show’s final question isn’t how BoJack Horseman should be remembered now that he’s gone. At first, as morbid as this is to say, I was a little disappointed that BoJack didn’t actually die, partly because that struck me as the more daring narrative choice. Sam Mendes and Andy Serkis are among the cadre of talent in several newly announced series. Jurj Clooners went to rehab for being too much of a prankster. And it absolutely fits in the case of that episode, an audacious and disturbing immersion into BoJack’s unconscious and subconscious mind that also keeps viewers guessing about whether he’s still breathing. The 50-Year-Old Mystery of Why NBC’s Progressive Drama. Everyone at this dark dinner party — Beatrice Horseman, Sarah Lynn, Herb Kazzazz, Corduroy Jackson Jackson, and even Braff himself — has died on this show before, and each spends their time around the table ruminating on the meaning of life while strongly implying that BoJack is deceased. Remember the theory that the falling businessman in the Mad Men opening titles actually served as foreshadowing for what would happen at the end of that series, i.e. After six seasons, Diane is her own person, a writer in her own right, and strong enough to no longer need to exist in BoJack’s shadow. This is corny but also true: I only recently noticed the connection between BoJack and Diane and John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane,” even though the characters’ names are basically screaming to be connected to that song. In BoJack Horseman, that kinda happens: The show’s opening titles have swapped out some of their imagery over the years — the final season, for example, provides a This Is Your Life-style photo montage through major turning points in BoJack’s life — but they always involve BoJack falling and landing in a swimming pool, then looking up at the concerned faces of Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter, staring down at him from outside the water. Log in or link your magazine subscription, So, What the Hell Folk Tales Is Taylor Swift Telling Now on, Sia Calls Shia LaBeouf a ‘Pathological Liar’ Who ‘Conned’ Her Into Relationship, Questlove Stage-Slapped Timmy Chalamet and Pete Davidson on, Timmy Chalamet Is the Personification of COVID in, Nancy Meyers Searches for Her Own Comfort. The series finale was always going to be a tough tightrope for BoJack Horseman to walk. (And yes, Mr. Peanutbutter — but that guy is so relentlessly sunny that anything but full-on adoration of BoJack would be wildly out of character.) Keep up with all the drama of your favorite shows! The closest BoJack’s brain can get is to call up the idea of his father, cloaked in the guise of the most famous horse who ever lived. When BoJack and Princess Carolyn head to the dance floor, BoJack confesses a fantasy: That Princess Carolyn would get cold feet before the wedding, and that BoJack would be the only one who knew her well enough to find her and convince her to go through with it. And the cycle continues. BoJack Horseman, “Xerox Of A Xerox” Insecure, “Lowkey Happy” The Great, “The Beard” The Last Dance, Episodes III and IV; The Masked Singer, “The Group C Premiere—Masked But Not Least” Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., “As I Have Always Been” And appropriately enough, it leaves BoJack Horseman viewers to contemplate that final dangling question for themselves: Can BoJack turn his life around? Hard to pick one, but for me the scene where Bojack and Kelsey are shooting for Secretariat in the Library of Congress, and Kelsey says "this is the exact moment you realize that something inside of you is broken, and can never be fixed." an exhaustive collection of Erica references. The Mr. Peanutbutter stuff is just your usual Mr. Peanutbutter wackiness. Most notably, he grandly announces he had bought a replacement letter for the “D” BoJack stole from the Hollywood sign back in season one — and discovers the company who made it, and who also made all the botched signs we’ve seen over the course of the series, accidentally made a “B” instead. Herb, who survived cancer only to succumb to a peanut allergy, is munching on nuts. Todd Chavez, Bojack’s wacky, lovable, surprisingly insightful sidekick, told his former best friend in the third episode … “Hey,” BoJack says a couple of seconds later, “wouldn’t it be funny if this night was the last time we ever talked to each other?” Diane already knows that’s exactly what it is. And here — unconvincingly, to my mind — it’s BoJack who has the answers, encouraging her to  focus on being happy in the moment before calling her the smartest woman he knows. But BoJack Horseman doesn’t end this way. But there’s a lyric in that song that perfectly captures the spirit of BoJack Horseman and, in particular, the way it ends: “Oh yeah, life goes on. Of course his family is still getting together for the holidays. BoJack and Diane connected in the very first episode of BoJack Horseman when he hired her to ghostwrite his memoir. More importantly, it allows for a last conversation between BoJack and the woman who has become BoJack Horseman’s co-protagonist: Diane Nguyen. Informally screened for players in both the NBA and the WNBA bubble, it chronicles the Olympian’s singular path from athleticism to activism, Timothée Chalamet Is a Big Boy Who Loves His Tiny Horse, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx Answer All Your Vaccine Questions in, “We’re doing this vaccine World War II style. It’s what BoJack Horseman should do now that he’s still here. If you haven't started watching it yet, you'll want to get on it. • I’m with Big Andy: Pieces of April is vastly superior to The Family Stone. It’s telling that BoJack’s fantasy doesn’t end with him sweeping her away a la Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate;  it ends with him convincing her to marry Judah after all, proving to her — and to himself — that he had grown mature enough to let her go. When I mentioned this during a recent conversation with series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, this take came as a surprise to him, though he did say he liked it. Log in or link your magazine subscription. All rights reserved. Recently, le Carré published the final novel in his George Smiley series and was an executive producer on, Amid FKA twigs’s allegations of abuse, Sia shared her support and her own experience with Shia LaBeouf, calling him “very sick.”. And Princess Carolyn’s uber-competence means she’s always caring for everybody, and often at the expense of her own wellbeing — with the sole exception of Judah. In the final act of BoJack, the former Horsin’ Around star  really does wind up in a pool. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. When BoJack starts teaching an acting class at Wesleyan, Hollyhock sets some boundaries in … It’s the first time in a couple of years where we see him truly happy. Instead he is Secretariat, the horse that, all the way back in the very first episode, BoJack called his personal hero. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. That’s what it’s all about.”, • And some parting wisdom from Princess Carolyn: “People have short memories. Once BoJack finally figures out that he is near death, he both fights it and tries to find a silver lining. • Princess Carolyn’s first project is a 12 Angry Men remake called 11 Angry Women — lopping one woman out to save something for the sequel. Dying in a duel sounds heroic. • For all the characters we spent time with in season six, I’m a little bummed we didn’t get any on-screen closure between BoJack and Hollyhock — but I guess it’s safe to assume her letter revealed that she knew about Penny and didn’t ever want to hear from BoJack again. You can see her blatantly ignoring the red flags, and it’s difficult to watch. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. Even BoJack’s father, Butterscotch, makes an appearance, except he doesn’t look like Butterscotch. No, my problem is how gently and warmly BoJack is treated by the characters who do spend a lot of time with him in the finale: Todd, Princess Carolyn, and Diane. But he now holds himself to a higher standard, and that’s entirely Diane’s doing. A boon for the giant bow industry, a disaster for your family’s finances. Lance Bass, Jason Beghe, John Cho, Ricky Gervais, Emily Heller, Rian … ), to see BoJack have meaningful one-on-one encounters with the show’s most central supporting players: Mr. Peanutbutter, Todd, and Princess Carolyn. Here, BoJack finds joy in teaching drama. Wanda Pierce fell into a second coma, then came back out of it and was appointed President of Gronkle. With Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins. Todd summarizes that idea when he explains, in typical convoluted Todd fashion, that “The Hokey Pokey” isn’t actually about doing the Hokey Pokey. But willingly or not, it also forces him to pull himself out of a spiral: To get sober, to spend a lot of time reflecting on how he ended up there, and to figure out how to make the most of the time he has left. For an animated show about anthropomorphic animals, BoJack Horseman can get pretty serious and downright depressing at times. Matthew Broderick, Majandra Delfino, and Wendie Malick provide voices in guest appearances in the episode. But within that life, there is a significant death, and it’s the death of their friendship. Sometimes life goes on, which is what it does for Diane. But cards on the table: After a couple of watches, my general feeling about this ending? • Honestly, I would love to see Guillermo del Toro’s Headless Horseman Reborn: Fall of the Unrise. This is it.”. But upon further reflection, it works for me. Cleveland Indians One Step Closer to Being the Cleveland Spiders. Mr. Peanutbutter'sposh campaign fundraiser takes a terrifying turn. Blue” by Catherine Feeny. It’s true that the series has always been about deconstructing the toxic male antihero. In that moment, the fact that Butterscotch has taken on the form of Secretariat makes perfect, heartbreaking sense. As chaos swirls around them, BoJack and Diane get drunk. It was written by Elijah Aron and Jordan Young and directed by Mike Roberts. The actual structure of the episode sees Princess Carolyn pulling some strings to get BoJack out of prison on a weekend pass so he can attend her wedding to Judah. One of the main characters on Bojack Horseman has come out as asexual. You could even call that moment a view from halfway down. Peanutbutter’s Boos” — Butterscotch died by suicide. Life goes on for both BoJack and Diane. • A sign that BoJack can’t overcome his baggage: When BoJack says “It’s not Strindberg” when describing his prison theater troupe, does he realize he’s basically just echoing his mother’s own cruel dismissal of Horsin’ Around? To me, it makes perfect sense that BoJack’s mom would have lied to him and that BoJack would have either accepted the lie, or perhaps realized the real truth and always denied it. Contains spoilers for the final season of Bojack Horseman.. Bojack Horseman is over, and everything is worse now.. We resume season 6 with ‘Intermediate Scene Study w/ BoJack Horseman’, the one episode of the season that isn’t fuelled by drama. BoJack Horseman is over because their work is done here. What Is This, a Crossover Episode? While watching it, even if you reject that definition of death, you can feel that heaviness sit square on your heart. But unlike the stars in the planetarium, the stars BoJack and Diane are gazing at are real. Recently, le Carré published the final novel in his George Smiley series and was an executive producer on, Amid FKA twigs’s allegations of abuse, Sia shared her support and her own experience with Shia LaBeouf, calling him “very sick.”. Sam Mendes and Andy Serkis are among the cadre of talent in several newly announced series. Unlike the relationship between BoJack and Sarah Lynn, which was born out of sitcom fantasy, this friendship is real, too, even though it’s not going to endure. If I wanted to undertake the worthwhile project of reading le Carré’s Smiley novels for the first time, this is the order I’d recommend. • “Who am I, Rick Riordan?” “Who is Rick Riordan?”. Later, he discovers that he’s not dreaming. “I can recommend someone,” she offers, making it clear that she won’t be taking care of BoJack anymore. Episode writer Alison Tafel wrote The View From Halfway Down poem that Butterscotch/Secretariat read. We made England go in first see what’s what and then we’ll swoop in at the end and steal the spotlight.”. The conversation that BoJack has with his father in this pseudo-afterlife, which takes place on a bridge, is an allusion to the way that Secretariat died within the fictional BoJack universe: by jumping off a bridge. I suspect that the best answer we’ll ever get is in the philosophy that has actually formed the backbone of BoJack Horseman: You keep living, because what else are you going to do? • The rush of headlines at the start of the episode closes up the arcs for a few other characters who didn’t appear in the final season. “Loss is a collaborative art between the people who leave us and those who remain.” BoJack Horseman is the only show that would give Zach Braff this kind of line to say — a thesis statement for the episode and a poignant … And while I think Diane is a little more indulgent of BoJack in this scene than his behavior has earned, I understand how a last goodbye can turn into a long goodbye. Like The Sopranos finale, “The View From Halfway Down” ends in blackness, but in a way that lands with more gravity because it doesn’t seem ambiguous (even if it does end up being a bit of a fake-out). But after an entire series’ worth of personal and professional toxicity, the conversation does end with Princess Carolyn drawing a gentle but firm line when BoJack mentions that he’ll need new representation when he gets out of prison. The Best Way to Read John le Carré’s George Smiley Books. For decades, she’s been the foremost purveyor of onscreen hygge. And the first minute or two of “Nice While It Lasted” wants you to think that’s exactly what’s going to happen. In an especially macabre but clever touch, the meals everyone is eating reflect their actual last meals and/or demises. Warning: this article is going to be full of spoilers for BoJack Horseman. I think I like it better this way,” she says, before admitting that her real fear is that she’ll discover the happy life she’s dreamed of will, now that she finally has it, turn out to be disappointing. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. Butterscotch/Secretariat discusses this with BoJack and also, for the first time, admits he really cared about his son. "Out to Sea" is the twelfth episode and season finale of the second season of American animated television series BoJack Horseman. Some social-distance-spo from Nancy Meyers: Stay home, make a chocolate croissant, and put it under your face like a beard. Hal Holbrook’s short-lived series still tells us a lot about today’s politics. We were all waiting for BoJack’s world to come crashing down. The episode’s writer, Alison Tafel, director Amy Winfrey, and the rest of the BoJack team drop all kinds of hints that the firing synapses in BoJack’s mind are creating this odd dreamscape dinner with his late friends and relatives while, in reality, he’s clinging to life. Chalamet is ready to indulge his goofy side in an episode that backs off on the celebrity guests in favor of highlighting the main cast. The MLB franchise will reportedly change their name, but no word on the team’s new moniker. Here is Netflix’s official description for the final episode of BoJack Horseman: “A celebration brings people together.”. I also interpreted the scene to mean that Butterscotch didn’t die in a Golden Gate Park duel related to a bad book review, as BoJack stated in season five’s “Free Churro” and as he was told by his mother per the flashbacks in that same season’s “Mr. I first realized Bojack Horseman was going to be something special during the penultimate episode of its first season. I’m not saying BoJack Horseman should have become a morality play, or that it needed to be infused with some weird sense of balanced cosmic justice. 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