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'BoJack Horseman' recap: Love, sabatoge, and Margo Martindale

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Horse Majeure” | Released Aug 22, 2014

After an emotional episode of old friends and ’80s references, episode 9 continues examining BoJack, as Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter plan their wedding.

The show opens right where episode 8 left off. Uncomfortable after the attempted kiss, BoJack and Diane awkwardly agree they’re friends only. Besides, Diane is engaged, and it would be easier to pretend nothing happened. Diane abruptly jumps out of the car to walk the final three miles home.

After the credits roll, it’s Sunday, and BoJack and Todd are at the bar. BoJack’s plan is to sabotage Diane’s engagement. Todd is amazed he’d stoop that low, but when Princess Carolyn arrives, she’s even more annoyed. She promises to ignore BoJack and, as proof, hits on a guy at the bar. The fact the man is really three boys stacked on top of each other in a trench coat doesn’t seem to faze her.

Episode 9 - Carolyn Patrick

Classic Line Moment: When Diane casually asks the man-boy what he likes, the kid answers, “Business? Transactions?”

The next day, Mr. Peanutbutter meets Diane at a coffee shop and reports he’s lost his license. After pressing her about wedding preparation, Diane’s frustration boils over. She asks Mr. Peanutbutter for some space to write the book. A decision is made for Mr. Peanutbutter to hire a driver while he can’t drive. According to the dog, it’ll be a romp.

As Diane and Peanutbutter talk transportation, BoJack and Todd are staked outside the couple’s house. BoJack preps Todd on phase 1 of his master plan: Plant incriminating evidence on Mr. Peanutbutter’s computer. Naturally, Todd bungles the break-in and smashes a table, and Mr. Peanutbutter comes running in. As BoJack makes a hasty escape, Mr. Peanutbutter is unfazed, and even hires Todd as his driver.

Episode 9 - Driving Doggie

Back home, BoJack learns about Carolyn’s new relationship with Patrick, the man-boy she met the night before. Todd then comes in with news of his new gig. BoJack is ecstatic because he now has the perfect mole. BoJack demands that Todd betray his new employer and learn his secrets. As Todd goes back to work, he’s panicked over what BoJack has asked him to do.

While Todd is playing Driving Mr. Doggie, Diane shows up to BoJack’s place to tell him she’s done interviewing him. She has enough to write the book. BoJack is surprised, even when Diane sighs and asks why he had to make things weird between the two of them. As she drives off, BoJack is still in shock.

Back with her fiancé, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are doing some shopping. Diane confesses the wedding planning is too overwhelming for her. After painting a sunny picture involving future robots and biscuit warmers, Mr. Peanutbutter tells her to forget the big ceremony. He’s more than fine having a small ceremony in town. Diane happily agrees.

Meanwhile, back at BoJack’s place, Todd is dishing information on Mr. Peanutbutter’s love of sticks, Smash Mouth, and the new wedding plans. After some coaxing (where Todd almost stumbles across the video game receipt from episode 4 and finds a jury duty summons), Todd tells BoJack that Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are headed to the bank on Thursday.

Wednesday rolls around and BoJack is trying to convince Margo Martindale (the actress from episode 4) to stage a bank robbery the next day. After realizing it’s the gritty, guerrilla-style role she’s been longing for, she agrees to do it.

Episode 9 - Margo Holdup

Cut to Thursday, when Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter run into BoJack at the bank. After some awkward chitchat, Margo busts in to stage the robbery. When she demands Diane’s engagement ring in the hopes that will break up the engagement, the tables get turned. Diane realizes life is too short to wait around and asks Mr. Peanutbutter if they could get hitched that coming Saturday. As the SWAT team barges in to arrest Margo, BoJack realizes his plan has failed miserably.

At BoJack’s favorite bar, the couple is holding an impromptu rehearsal dinner. BoJack comes in and sets a new plan in motion: Offer his restaurant for Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter’s wedding. Despite Diane’s reservations, Mr. Peanutbutter agrees and the party gets started.

After hearing nothing but good things about Carolyn’s new squeeze (whom she’s never seen without the trench coat), Todd heads out back to pee. Mr. Peanutbutter emerges from the shadows to admit he’s getting cold feet. He’s afraid he’s too flighty to settle down with one person. He can’t even decide on a favorite stick, never mind a person, and he doesn’t want to hurt someone so wonderful. Todd, now armed with tons of intel, is even more on edge.

Episode 9 - Todd PB

After hearing about “Operation I Don’t” from BoJack, Todd sees the Margo robbery story on MSNBSea. Suddenly everything comes together. After a long, rambling deliberation, he realizes BoJack ruined his rock-opera dreams. Todd is understandably bummed.

With Friday spent in jury duty, Saturday finds BoJack short on time and options. After listening to Margo talk about her “big role” and how she’ll be able to continue it in jail, Margo asks how the sabotage is going. BoJack admits he’s desperately in love with Diane. Margo tells BoJack to share his true feelings with Diane without the crazy schemes (unless he wants to bite a finger off). BoJack realizes it’s not too late and screams off to the wedding.

When he arrives, Todd stops him from barging in. Todd tells BoJack to stop being so self-centered. The wedding is not about him; it’s about two people who found each other. BoJack sighs, sits in the back, and watches Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter tie the knot.

As the reception rolls along, Mr. Peanutbutter thanks Todd for listening to him in his time of need. He even hires him as his personal assistant. It’s a dangerous job, but someone has to do it.

Episode 9 - BoJack Patrick

Diane then finds BoJack at the bar and thanks him for coming to the wedding. She tells him he’s a good friend, gives him a peck on the cheek, and goes off to dance with her new husband. BoJack turns to Patrick and begins spilling his guts. He admits he wasn’t annoyed because Diane found somebody else; he grew angry because he couldn’t have her. After getting a reassuring rub from Patrick, we see everything has been set right. Todd has a cool new gig, Diane is happily married, and BoJack has learned something about himself. A great setup for episode 9.

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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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