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'BoJack Horseman' fan recap: 'BoJack Kills'

Season 3 | Episode 3 | “BoJack Kills” | Aired Jul 22

BoJack Horseman is a dark comedy, but as dark as the Netflix Original series is, viewers haven’t seen anything as dark as murder until “BoJack Kills.”

In this episode, BoJack and Diane find a dead whale named Nadia floating in the pool of BoJack’s old collaborator Mr. Cuddlywhiskers, and BoJack is arrested as the prime suspect. Diane was avoiding BoJack and told him she’d like to keep their relationship professional, but they find themselves entangled in a murder mystery — and someone’s framing BoJack. Diane discovers that Nadia’s cell phone had a text message that said, “BoJack is trying to kill me.”

Diane and BoJack try to determine who would want to frame BoJack for murder right when he is campaigning for an Oscar. He was sent to Cuddlywhiskers’ home by Jill Pill to retrieve a sentimental letter she wrote him, but the home is abandoned. In an attempt to unravel the mystery, Diane calls the last number Nadia called — it was one of her coworkers at Whale World named Skinny Gina.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

Whale World is run by BoJack’s former costar on Horsin’ Around who played the character Goober. BoJack doesn’t remember anything about this person, including his name, much to his frustration. Whale World is a gentleman’s club where the whales are strippers, and Skinny Gina reveals to BoJack and Diane in the “blowhole room” that they can find out more about Nadia’s death by attending a secret party. There, BoJack and Diane realize what BoJack actually is. It doesn’t reference the titular character, rather it’s a street name for the heroin that Goober was pushing out of Whale World.

Nadia died of a heroin overdose and wasn’t murdered. However, BoJack and Diane are left with questions about why Nadia was at Cuddlywhiskers’ home, which leads them back to the abandoned house. They retrieve the letter Jill wanted, and Bojack has a moment of reflection that reveals where Cuddlywhiskers has been hiding out.

BoJack and Diane find him, and he tells them that he used his home as a halfway house for addicts trying to get clean, which is why Nadia was there. It didn’t work, obviously, and he fled to find true happiness. He confides in Diane and BoJack that he had to take responsibility for his own happiness — it took him a long time to realize he was miserable, and even longer to give up everything with the purpose of finding a way to be happy.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

This is something BoJack and Diane have both struggled with, but it really resonates with Diane, who is unsure if she even believes in happiness. Despite BoJack telling her to focus on the little things that make her happy and some counseling with Mr. Peanutbutter, she seems resigned to being miserable for the rest of her life.

Diane upset Mr. Peanutbutter by going on this murder-mystery adventure with BoJack and not respecting his feelings by ignoring his phone calls. Diane knows Mr. Peanutbutter makes her happy, but does she want this to be her form of happiness?

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If Diane takes Cuddlywhiskers’ advice, she will have to leave Mr. Peanutbutter and her career behind, so she can try to find happiness and recognize that she is deserving of it. When the only way to be happy is to give up the life you have, it’s an incredibly scary and risky thing to consider .

BoJack is going through life being miserable and is resigned to the fact that this is just how things are for him. Diane realizes she is too similar to BoJack and doesn’t want her future to be like his, but she may be too scared to make any changes in her life to avoid turning out just like him.

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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