When Girl Croosh sends Diane to produce videos from across the country, she has a great time creating exposés of shady businesses and making out with her cameraman, Guy. But the trip loses its sheen when she’s asked to make more “feel good” content.
It’s Diane’s turn in the spotlight this episode, as we follow up on her being made the face of Girl Croosh’s video section at the end of last season. At first, we see Diane in her element – posting takedowns and exposing wrongdoing. Along the way, we also see the easy chemistry between her and Guy blossom into something more.
Everything changes, however, when the pair reach Guy’s hometown of Chicago. While struggling to define their romantic relationship, Diane and Guy are also under orders to make a lighter fluff piece for the website – a task at which Diane predictably fails. Her actions result in Girl Croosh being bought out by new mega-corporation White Whale, leading to Diane and Guy launching their own investigation into White Whale’s dodgy business practices.
I’m not really sure what I think of Guy as a character. Aside from being slightly weirded out by his enormous head, he does come across as quite bland and understated. On the other hand, he does seem to be exactly what Diane needs – not someone relentlessly cheerful like Mr Peanutbutter, but a person who provides a bit of calm space for Diane to be herself.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Diane is immediately going to let her guard down and be accepting of this new situation. Her resistance to staying in Chicago is portrayed through her refusal to buy a warm winter coat – something she wouldn’t need back in LA. I really liked this touch – a stubborn refusal to do something that seems reasonably minor and sensible, because it represents something much more significant.
As with many Diane stories, this episode also takes the opportunity to parody a real-world issue – in this case, the effective monopolies and questionable treatment of workers by big businesses such as Amazon. Although a credible effort, this story thread didn’t hit home in the same way as those in earlier seasons, such as the abortion or gun control plots. Even the presentation felt a little bit out of place – admittedly, BoJack is no stranger to experimental animation styles, but Jeremiah Whitewhale and his rubber hose style company videos felt like the kind of satire one would have seen on early Simpsons. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, this won’t be the last time this season is evocative of classic Simpsons.
- Given the presence of Whitewhale Corporation in this episode, it’s no surprise that there are also some Moby Dick references.
- Guy: a bison from Chicago who starts out as Diane’s cameraman before becoming her boyfriend. He has a teenage son with his ex-wife, Lady.
Summary – Feel-Good Story: In which Diane meets a Guy.