The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: That’s Too Much, Man!

Having driven away all his friends and lost his potential Oscar nomination, BoJack turns to the one person who will still party with him – Sarah Lynn. After the pair embark on a drug and alcohol fuelled bender, BoJack decides to make amends to all the people he has hurt.

You might have thought that BoJack hit rock bottom in the last episode, when he managed to drive away even his closest friends. As it turns out, he still had further to fall.

We’ve seen BoJack on drug-fuelled benders before, disappearing for days on end or experiencing disorientating blackouts. This time, however, it’s the bender to end all benders. There are drugs aplenty, botched attempts to apologise to friends and family, property damage left and right, and the obligatory binge-watching of Horsin’ Around. And at the end of it all, just when it seems like BoJack might be able to emerge from it all, Sarah Lynn dies.

Sarah Lynn has always lived an exaggerated version of BoJack’s life. BoJack at least has a few friends – Sarah Lynn has none. For all that BoJack is emotionally stunted and immature, Sarah Lynn is that much worse. BoJack was at least an adult when he found fame – Sarah Lynn was a child star who has known no other life. She feels just as empty and unfulfilled as BoJack, and clings even more desperately to whatever attention she can get.

Could things have turned out differently for Sarah Lynn? We’ll return to this point in the next episode, but we might as well start considering it here. In BoJack’s mind, Horsin’ Around was a pure, halcyon time, where he was the loving father and role model for three young people. But the fiction of television disguises a harsher truth – he was a jerk. During the show, Joelle developed an eating disorder, BoJack slept with Bradley’s mum, and he was frequently mean and dismissive towards Sarah Lynn. Sarah Lynn was the youngest of the trio, and the most in need of some kind of stable parental figure. Sure, it’s not all on BoJack that she didn’t have that, but he could have been a real positive influence in her life. BoJack knew exactly what it was like to have parents who were absent at best, and abusive at worst, but his experience never inspired him towards empathy for others.

We’re also reminded in this episode that BoJack’s pattern of behaviour is to do bad things and then beg forgiveness for them. Aside from the fact that that doesn’t work with any of his friends in this episode, Sarah Lynn’s death robs him of the chance to ever make amends to her. How will BoJack deal with both his part in her death, and the knowledge that this is one mistake he can never undo?

Other notes

  • At the end of the last episode, we saw Princess Carolyn finally calling Ralph again. In this episode, we see that he spent the night at her apartment.
  • Way back in Prickly-Muffin, young Sarah Lynn told her mother that she wanted to be an architect. She echoes that sentiment again here.
  • Sarah Lynn did actually win an Oscar for Best Original Song in the Jurj Clooners movie, The Nazi Who Played Yahtzee.
  • In the intro, BoJack’s apartment is now trashed. Todd, Diane and Princess Carolyn are all gone.
  • BoJack ends up wearing one of Mr Peanutbutter’s spaghetti strainers as a hat, which was the original reason behind getting them in the first place. Mr Peanutbutter himelf has long since forgotten why he bought them.

Summary – That’s Too Much, Man!: “The only thing that matters is right now, this moment, this one spectacular moment we are sharing together.”

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