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Season 1 | Episode 8 | “The Telescope” | Released Aug 22, 2014

The final scene of episode 7 had Carolyn staring off into the sunset, while Diane and a depressed BoJack drive home from Herb’s place in Malibu. Episode 8 not only shows us how the visit, but how BoJack became the embittered star he is today.

The show opens at the episode 7 scene where Carolyn hears BoJack is on his way to visit Herb (Stanley Tucci) and chooses to not care. After making snide comments to Diane about her engagement (over which she’s still reeling) and yelling at Todd in the backseat, BoJack begins telling a story of betrayal and epic hairstyles.

Episode 8 - Diane BoJack Todd Car

We time-travel back to the ’80s, when BoJack is sober and Herb’s standup is killing on stage. Some ABC execs are in attendance, BoJack has a fine set as well, and the two are great pals. As they pour daytime drinks at their regular bar job, Herb has some good news. The studio suits have invited him to a chic L.A. party. All he needs to do is get them liquored up and pitch a show idea.

After stuffing their pockets with free quiche at the party, Herb gets whisked away by an executive. BoJack, while proud of Herb, laments his own lot in life. Herb’s girlfriend, Charlotte, tells BoJack how much he thinks of him. Both she and Herb know he’ll be a success one day. After a few metaphors about Hollywood and tar pits, Charlotte reveals she’s moving to Maine, and Herb isn’t coming along. It’s also clear that she and BoJack could have had a relationship if he wasn’t “such a coward.”

Later, at a landmark that suspiciously looks like BoJack’s current home, Herb and BoJack gaze at the Hollywood skyline from a small telescope. After some reminiscing, Herb reveals that ABC has bought his pitch. The show is going to called Horsin’ Around, and he convinced the network to make BoJack the star. After an awkward kiss that Herb shakes off as nerves, the two celebrate their new show together. Time to get rich!

Episode 8 - BoJack Herb Behind Scene

Fast-forward to the mid-’90s, in which Herb-BoJack relations are wearing thin. BoJack hates every script he’s handed, much to Herb’s annoyance. He’s the star and wants everybody to know it. Herb finds every one of BoJack’s ideas unfunny and racist. The two are starting to split.

After the taping, more good news rolls in. BoJack’s agent (not Carolyn, but she’s at least his agent’s assistant) has him lined up for his dream role: Secretariat! His agent tells BoJack to keep his nose clean and the role will be his.

But there’s a snag in the plan. Herb is all over the news after being caught performing “lewd acts” with another man. Turns out the kiss wasn’t a mistake after all. The public is outraged and the show is in trouble.

Back on set, Herb comes out of the closet to BoJack. The network is breathing down Herb’s neck, and he begs BoJack to have him back. If BoJack threatens to walk if Herb is canned, they may have a shot at beating the scandal. BoJack reluctantly agrees.

Almost on cue, the moment of truth arrives. The stern TV executive takes BoJack aside to talk in private. She tells BoJack they are letting Herb go, but before he can defend his friend as promised, the producer does all the talking. She knows BoJack will stab Herb in the back without him even saying it. BoJack never gets a chance to talk, but it’s clear he didn’t really need to.

Episode 8 - BoJack With Boss

Back in present day, BoJack, Diane, and Todd arrive at Herb’s place. It looks like he’s done pretty well for himself, but when he answers the door, we can tell he’s still pissed. As Todd gets carjacked by two bikini-wearing jewel thieves, Herb fires some insults at BoJack and invites them inside.

While eating lunch, Herb accuses BoJack of being a backstabber in between forced laughter and coughs from his cancer. But as the visit continues, there still seems to be a connection between BoJack and Herb. They both hate the same juicers and laugh at the same jokes. Despite being run off of Horsin’ Around, Herb has done well in his life, and before heading to bed, he tells BoJack that it was good to see him.

Episode 8 - BoJack with Cancer Herb

As the surprisingly pleasant visit goes on, Todd is playing psychologist with the hooded thieves. He can’t navigate the three-point turn out of Herb’s driveway, but he can get armed women to let down their emotional guard. They even lay out on Herb’s lawn, stare at the sky and wax poetic about honesty … until they deck Todd in the face and make off with the loot.

But before BoJack leaves, he’s compelled to say one final thing to his old friend. BoJack apologizes for stealing the show, but Herb refuses to accept it. Herb will not give BoJack the satisfaction of closure. It wasn’t the loss of the show—it was the loss of a friend that Herb will never forgive BoJack for.

As BoJack leaves, he sees the telescope they shared all those years ago and grabs it. Herb attacks, the two scuffle, and after the fight is broken up, Herb fires one last insult. BoJack is a shitty person and would sleep a lot better at night if he could just admit that fact to himself.

Episode 8 - End SHot

The next shot is the end of episode 7, where Carolyn tells an uncaring BoJack about the new movie deal. After a quip from Diane, BoJack pulls over and seems ready to break down. Diane comforts BoJack and tells him how brave he was to face Herb in the first place. BoJack’s response? A kiss. Diane gasps, leans away, and walks back to the car, leaving BoJack alone with the shoreline. An unspoken barrier has been broken, and the episode’s awkward final shot perfectly shows us what we already now. Diane and BoJack may never be the same.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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