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'BoJack Horseman' fan recap: 'Fish Out Of Water'

Season 3 | Episode 4 | “Fish Out Of Water” | Aired Jul 22, 2016

BoJack Horseman continues his promotional efforts to get Secretariat some good publicity in the hope of winning an Oscar. BoJack takes an underwater adventure to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival (POFF) for the Secretariat premiere, but has second thoughts when he finds out Kelsey Jennings is going to be in attendance.

He has second thoughts because he never apologized to Kelsey for getting her fired from the movie after he escaped to L.A. at the end of season 2. BoJack is met with feelings of guilt, anxiety, and fear as he confronts his emotions and takes inventory of the damage he’s done to other people. BoJack tries to come up with the right words to apologize to Kelsey but he’s underwater and can’t speak. Writing a letter to Kelsey proves unsuccessful when she leaves the Film Festival and BoJack gets separated from her by a school of fish trying to board a bus.

The bus ride takes BoJack on another adventure after he falls asleep and finds himself alone on the bus with a pregnant male seahorse. The seahorse gives birth to six baby seahorses and one takes a liking to BoJack after being separated from its family. BoJack tries to leave the baby seahorse in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and carry on with his life, but the baby is too cute and suddenly he takes a shine to it, too.

When the seahorse starts mimicking BoJack’s behavior and climbing all over him, the viewer starts to see a side of the cynical horse that hasn’t been shown in the previous two seasons. BoJack tries to return the baby to its father but makes a pit stop at the Tide-U-Over Mart to get some Seaborn seahorse milk (Mr. Peanutbutter is its celebrity endorser). All of a sudden, the horse who only cared about himself, no matter how many of his friends and allies he had to take advantage of or betray, is now putting the interests of someone else before his.

Imagine what kind of life BoJack could have made for himself if he had settled down a decade ago and started a family. Maybe he wouldn’t be so depressed, self-destructive, cynical, and loathsome. Not only could it have helped his personal life, but it would likely have made him a better actor and advanced his career.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

BoJack continues his horse-in-water adventure to return the seahorse baby to its father at the Taffy Factory where he works, but a taffy explosion at the factory delays that mission. BoJack shows up at the home of the seahorse papa and hands the seahorse baby over, who quickly attaches itself to its dad’s leg like it once did for BoJack. He’s offered an opportunity to sit and eat with the seahorse family, but he declines and turns down money, too. He doesn’t know what he wants … but he does: He’s afraid to admit that being a father is the biggest thing missing in his life. No matter how many movies he makes or women he sleeps with, nothing can fill a gaping hole in his heart like being a father.

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He is relieved to discover Secretariat was a big hit at the POFF, but he still has to apologize to Kelsey. He can’t let this opportunity to pass him by. Kelsey put her career on the line to give BoJack his dream role, and he burned her in a big way, but he’s still benefiting from her roll of the dice. BoJack thinks he’s come up with the right words to make his apology to her. When he hands her the note, she sees nothing but smudged ink because of the water damage.

Classic BoJack.

In the closing scene,we hear the voice of another traveler who needs BoJack to move. These are the first words of the episode since the theme song played. BoJack realizes he could have spoken all this time with the touch of a button on the dome over his head.

The long setup for this joke was well worth it, and the viewer can’t help but feel his frustration. BoJack could have said what he felt to Kelsey, to the baby seahorse, to the daddy seahorse, to anyone who would listen to him. But that’s what made this the best episode of the season so far and one of the best in the show’s history.

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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