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'BoJack Horseman' fan react: Flashback to 2007

Season 3 | Episode 2 | “The BoJack Horseman Show” | Aired Jul 25–29

BoJack Horseman gives viewers a flashback episode with season three’s second episode, which sees the former star of Horsin’ Around trying to make himself over with a new project.

The episode opens with BoJack in bed with Princess Carolyn, who is cautious about making this a recurring thing. She’s working as a secretary for the company she will later become an agent with and is trying to convince BoJack to get back to work instead of sitting around and getting drunk at home all day.

After BoJack’s agent and Princess Carolyn’s boss, Marv, rejects the scripts she read (There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men) she recommends BoJack for a project from award-winning writer Cuddlywhiskers (Jeffrey Wright) called Mitch’s Life. Marv laughs it off because he doesn’t think he’ll work, which motivates Princess Carolyn to trick him into taking a meeting after giving him four Four Lokos.

At the meeting, Cuddlywhiskers tells BoJack he wants to make an edgy show that will tell the truth and be a departure from the character he played on Horsin’ Around. BoJack loves the idea for the show, but he doesn’t want to do it because he’s insecure, so Princess Carolyn gives him words of encouragement and tells him he’s talented enough to handle the new role.

He relents and has a marathon writing session with Cuddlywhiskers to spice up their new show and make it as edgy as possible. They rename it The BoJack Horseman Show. The network loves it and thinks it’ll be just as big as Horsin’ Around — but BoJack doesn’t want it to be like his old sitcom and scolds Princess Carolyn for trying to offer her opinion on the show. She’s only a secretary, after all.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

Princess Carolyn tells Marv she wants to be an agent after spending the last 14 years working as a secretary. He quits on the spot and talks about the life he missed out on and how he’s full of regrets. He’s foreshadowing what Princess Carolyn is experiencing in the present day, but she’s so excited about finally getting what she wanted that she doesn’t absorb the potential pitfalls.

She’s BoJack’s agent and his friend, but she tells him she can’t waste time on a relationship with him. More foreshadowing of the years she’s wasted trying to find love and a career. She tells BoJack that she liked the horse on Horsin’ Around — everyone loved that horse. BoJack has an anxiety attack moments before the show is set to air its pilot.

The show is going to be an unmitigated disaster, but perhaps that could have been avoided had BoJack simply listened to Princess Carolyn and valued her opinions instead of talking down to her.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

Elsewhere, Todd has a crush named Emily (Abbi Jacobson), and she is totally smitten with him even though he’s pretty oblivious. They do share a kiss while playing seven minutes in heaven, and they begin dating. Todd and Emily were about to have sex for the first time, but her father came home early and he had to flee down the side of the house.

Todd was so close to getting close to someone, and I wonder if he ever will. Does he really like Emily? Is he scared or nervous to have sex with her? Is he feeling pressured to sleep with her or does he genuinely want to?

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

Mr. Peanutbutter is married to Jessica Biel at the beginning of the episode. By the end of the episode, she leaves him for her “really good friend” Justin Timberlake. He meets Diane, who works at a coffee shop, and later sees her again at a fundraiser for John Edwards’ presidential campaign. She brought him a bowl of water just as Jessica left him, and the two had an instant spark. Diane likes how he takes chances and doesn’t care what people think of him. Mr. Peanutbutter tells Diane she should be a writer.

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Earlier in the episode, Diana received a rejection letter from The New Yorker and took it as a positive, even though her boyfriend, coworker, and mom didn’t share her optimism. Mr. Peanutbutter, a total stranger, did, however, and this is the start of a romance that will eventually see these two get married. They both had that same optimism, but in the present day, Diane doesn’t share the same sunny disposition and has led to them going to counseling.

Flashback episodes aren’t always a hit with viewers, but this one seems to work because it gives the viewer a look at the characters like they’ve never seen before, offering some insight into who they were before the show began.

Patrick Schmidt is an editor for FanSided and Netflix Life.

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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