The Great BoJack Horseman Rewatch: The Horny Unicorn

It’s been three months since BoJack’s disastrous interview with Biscuits Braxby. With the public still very much against him, BoJack turns instead to his new AA sponsor – disgraced celebrity Vance Waggoner.

We’re rolling down the slope towards the end of the series here, and this episode showcases some more of the things BoJack manages to lose along the way. Now a pariah in the public eye, BoJack is hated wherever he goes. His good friend Diane has moved away, while Todd and Princess Carolyn seem very much done with his bullshit. Mr Peanutbutter is still friendly and welcoming, but in many ways, that’s meaningless – Mr Peanutbutter is affable towards everybody he meets.

But there is still more to lose. After a lawsuit costs him all his money, BoJack has no choice but to sell his apartment. I have to admit I found this quite upsetting the first time I saw this episode. BoJack’s apartment has been a key part of the show right from the start, when the horse himself said “if you’re gonna throw away most of your adult life on some dumb sitcom, you might as well get a sweet house out of the deal”. To see him lose it here – and in such an abrupt, silly plot twist – felt like a real blow.

And yet, over time I’ve become more accepting of this move. If BoJack really is to move on from his old life, then he can’t really stay in that apartment. It’s too full of the memories of all the bad things he did, and the people he hurt.

Bereft of his home and his usual friends, BoJack ends up hanging around with Vance Waggoner, the Hollywoo celebrity who became infamous for his sexist and racist behaviour. I know Vance is meant to be creepy and unlikeable, but he’s still a hard character to watch, oozing sleaze at every turn.

Even though Vance was ‘forgiven’ (perhaps even un-cancelled) last season, it’s still clear to us viewers that he’s an utter slimeball. We know that he’s learnt nothing, and we don’t particularly care if he’s permanently ruined his relationship with his daughter. But with BoJack, of course, it’s different. BoJack has done awful things, and he definitely deserves to face the consequences of his actions. But at the same time, we like BoJack, and we can see that this season he has genuinely tried to reform somewhat. Does he deserve to be punished forever? Where does the line fall?

Obviously there’s no universal to when or if BoJack should be forgiven, and ultimately it will be up to each of the people in his life to decide for themselves. However, at the end of the episode, it seems as if one relationship has definitely been ruined forever. All through the episode, BoJack avoided opening a letter from Hollyhock, only to finally read it upon leaving a college frat party. We never get to see the contents of letter, but from BoJack’s reaction the implication is obvious – Hollyhock wants nothing more to do with him. It’s a shame, as I liked Hollyhock and would have happily seen more of her, but also entirely understandable on her part.

Character catch-up

  • Todd opens a day care for Princess Carolyn’s employees, and also moves into a new apartment with Maude. He continues to try to reach out to his mother, but she seems unwilling to speak him.
    Given that Todd now has an apartment and BoJack does not, I did wonder during this episode whether the series would end with a reversal of fortune – BoJack sleeping on Todd’s couch.
  • Diane seems pleased about how well her Ivy Tran novel has turned out. She is initially reluctant to work on a sequel, but changes her mind after Guy’s son Sonny seems to begrudgingly like the book.
  • Mr Peanutbutter continues to star on Birthday Dad, but feels very lonely now that he is single for the first time in many years.

Other notes

firemen rescue a cat woman who is stuck up a tree

  • The time lapse of the frat party at the end of the episode echoes the format of the opening credits, with BoJack remaining static at the centre of the screen while others come and go around him.

Summary – The Horny Unicorn: “But Doctor, I am Sad Dog.”

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