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Fridge Brilliance

  • Training a horse is often referred to as "breaking" them. BoJack is a pretty broken person.
  • The diamond shape that seems to be predominant in BoJack's family may, unintentional or not, represent poison from the past. The first time we see that poison in BoJack's family line is in Joseph Sugarman, his grandfather who arguably traumatized Beatrice, and he casually just happens to be that one that carries over to Beatrice, almost like a poison being passed down from generation to generation. The next time we see the diamond be mentioned is when Butterscotch Horseman recognizes that same marking on Beatrice, because he remembers his mom having it too. When the two of them had a baby, BoJack got that poison from both sides.
  • The horribly depressing ending to Horsin' Around where BoJack's character dies from his children not appreciating him enough comes off like a throwaway gag, but it makes perfect sense after we learn Herb was thrown off the show prompting a decline in quality in the later seasons. With BoJack calling the shots in terms of writing it is only natural that the series finale would reflect BoJack's own fear of rejection and sentiments that the show's cancellation was a result of the fans' not supporting him enough.
  • It's easy to miss, but in the first episode where we see the full opening to Horsin Around, BoJack's character is listed simply as "The Horse", implying that the character either was never given a name or that the name was downplayed. Every time someone appears and asks BoJack "aren't you the horse from Horsin' Around", they aren't just forgetting his character because he never played a complete character to begin with.
  • "Vincent Adultman" comes off as a running gag at best, a fraud at worst, for not telling Princess Carolyn who "he" really is. But in the season 1 finale his actions reflect Diane's comment on how it doesn't matter what we are "deep down", all that matters is what we do. What Vincent chooses to do is treat Carolyn with the sort of respect BoJack never gave her, so in the end she's happy with him, regardless of what's underneath the trench coat.
  • Mr. Peanutbutter is initially introduced as a vision of what BoJack could be like were he not a selfish jerk. However, the former's reveal as an Anti-Nihilist in "Later" shows BoJack to be the bigger person for, at the very least, making an attempt to break his bad habits while Mr. Peanutbutter openly ignores them. Mr. Peanutbutter's outlook on life, explicitly stated when he's looking for a job, is to always maintain a positive attitude and trust that something good will happen. Should nothing good happen, then the person obviously didn't have a good enough attitude. For a person with depression (as BoJack, Diane, and Princess Carolyn obviously suffer from) this is perhaps the worst possible outlook ever, because every setback (and there are always setbacks when depressed) becomes something the person failed at, thus another source self-reinforcing cycle of self-hatred. However well meaning, Mr. Peanutbutter is obviously having deleterious effects on those around him.
  • BoJack says that he allowed Todd to stay at his place because he assumed that his parents kicked him out for being gay. Later we see that BoJack didn't support a friend who was being attacked for his sexual orientation. There's a good chance BoJack was trying to compensate for not supporting Herb. His reason for making such a big assumption in the first place is hinted at in season 3 when Todd is revealed to be asexual. BoJack (and others) clearly find Todd's complete lack of a dating history confusing.
  • Mr. Peanutbutter's deep-rooted fear of losing Diane (at least before their divorce) makes a lot more sense when you remember how undyingly loyal dogs are. That's why they (and, by extension, he) are so enthusiastic to greet their masters: Any time they leave, they think it's forever. It kind of makes his rant in "After The Party" Heartwarming in Hindsight.
  • In "Say Anything", Todd's surname is revealed to be "Chavez". Princess Carolyn remarks that she didn't think of him as a "Chavez", probably because he looks "white". However, Todd's Latin heritage is hinted at in the very first episode - the enforcer of the drug cartel that holds him hostage refers to him as "esé", which tends to be used by Mexican and Cuban men in the same way the N-word is used by black men. This would also explain how he was able to fit in with both the Skinheads and the Latin Kings in prison.
  • BoJack is often the only character that sees the incredibly obvious joke whereas other characters seem to dance around it (i.e. being the only one that clearly sees Vincent Adultmann as three kids in a trenchcoat). Fridge Brilliance in that as he seems to be defined as a hacky sitcom actor, the only jokes he can understand have one layer and no subtext or nuance - like the ones he delivered on "Horsin' Around''.
  • When Princess Carolyn reluctantly agrees to do BoJack a favor on the condition he accompany her to the next three weddings she goes to BoJack sarcastically asks how often women her age get invited to weddings. She angrily retorts "I have lots of nieces and nephews!" Well, seeing as how she is a cat this does make a lot of sense. Doubles as Foreshadowing: In season 4 Princess Carolyn reveals that her mother had twelve children.
    • Equally the fact that BoJack is actually a lot wittier, funny, intelligent and nuanced in the way he talks when not trying to joke around than when he is. His actual talent and sensitivity are overwhelmed by his need to be liked and 'got' by everyone. We see that start at a very early age, when in his letter to hero Secretariat he spends most of the wordcount desperately seeking assurance that the reader gets a weak pun he made. If BoJack was less needy for general appeal, he could go the for the less-watched but perhaps more creatively rewarding comedy of a Curb Your Enthusiasm or Grandma's House - or indeed a BoJack Horseman
  • Running as a motif:
    • Running, throughout the series, has become a constant in BoJack's life. BoJack's hero Secretariat tells him, as a child, to "keep running", even through the hard times. As an adult, he receives a pep talk from a jogging guru, who tells him that "it gets easier". And what stops BoJack from committing suicide in the season 3 finale? A group of horses running in the desert. Running is a physically exhausting activity and requires a lot of determination and energy; it's the discipline about not giving up, about getting to that finish line and achieving the victory. Secretariat tells BoJack to keep on living even through the hard times; to not let the past drag you down. All that matters is the future. The jogging guru tells BoJack that in order to truly become a better person, he has to keep on doing it every day; the more he tries to change, the easier it will get. The problem? All BoJack hears, every time, is "keep running"; BoJack takes it to mean run away from his problems. BoJack's 'running away' from responsibility, however, is a cowardly flight, not the hard push to a finish line that these embody. Every time BoJack has run away, it's because something from the past has come back to haunt him; Sarah Lynn, Charlotte, Herb. By the end of Season 3, BoJack has lost all of them; he has finally, in some twisted way, achieved closure. However, in the process, he has hit rock bottom; he is at his lowest low. Then, BoJack sees a bunch of horses running in the desert. This sight is what he really needs; the knowledge that he can move forward in life. And, maybe, he's been given the courage to do it.
    • In the 2007 flashback, the jogging monkey (the guy who tells BoJack that it gets easier if you keep going) can be seen jogging with a woman. While one can draw multiple conclusions from this, it wouldn't be a far stretch to assume the woman was his wife who is no longer with him for one reason or another, adding another level to what he said.
    • Also, every time BoJack jogs in season 2, he gets just a little farther up the hill, with him reaching the top and collapsing in the finale. It's a small detail, but it helps hammer in the "things get easier if you just keep going" point.
    • This is why BoJack doesn't join the herd of horses running across the desert at the beginning of season 4. It's a sign that he's finally going to stop running from his problems.
  • Mr. Peanutbutter being still in top physical shape even as he's pushing fifty can be easily linked to his fear of death. He surely cares way more about his health than any other main character, as the only instance of him being drunk so far has been the mirror accident in Season 2 premiere. Also, he probably sees physical exercise as good way to keep himself busy so he won't think about the cold, unfeeling universe around him.
    • On the top of that, in Real Life Labradors can become fat very easily if they aren't kept active regularly, which only adds to the effort he puts into exercise.
  • BoJack is the embodiment of the phrase, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink."
    • The show itself is an answer to the question "Why does the horse have a long face?"
    • And "a horse walks into a bar..."
  • The inside of BoJack's head as seen in "Stupid Piece of Sh*t" and "What Time Is It Right Now?" resembles child's drawings because he is mentally a child. Confirmed by the director.
    • Additionally, Sarah Lynn's Imagine Spot in "That's Too Much, Man!" consists of her drawing herself and various other figures in a very childlike manner, complete with crayon. She and BoJack are meant to complement each other, so it only makes sense.
  • BoJack's choice of vehicle reflects his progress. His first is a big black SUV, which not only takes a lot (of gas) without giving much (mileage) back, but is built like a tank, meaning it's difficult for anyone to get inside it. His second is a Tesla convertible, which runs on electricity (literal positive energy), weighs less and is more open to the world around it. We're just going to ignore the boat for the sake of this analogy.
    • Except maybe not. Because not only did BoJack purchase the Escape from L.A. as a means of covering up his own selfish motives, but a commercial boat is an inherently frivolous purchase if you don't live near water, exemplified by the fact that he mostly ever keeps it in his driveway. Essentially, it's a symbol of his ego and inflated self-worth as a movie star, an aspect of himself which comes apart around the time Character Actress Margo Martindale crashes it in the Pacific.
  • The significance of Beatrice's line "it's not Ibsen" might be lost on most people: his most famous play is A Doll's House, a very revolutionary play for its time that criticized the values of nineteenth century marriages. It's a century off from Beatrice's life, but her character arc also centers around being a woman pressured into marriage in an androcentric society.
  • BoJack's ears, like his father's, are seldom seen pointing forward in the manner of a horse that's relaxed and at ease — the only time he consistently does this is when he's a child. They'll draw back tighter when he's really distressed, but for the most part, they're lightly tilted backwards. When do horses do this? When they're listening to what's behind them.

     Season 1 
  • While Herb kissing BoJack at the Griffith Park observatory in "The Telescope" is the most obvious indicator of his Transparent Closet, the fact that he daydreams about sharing high-fives with BoJack (a practice the latter is confused and skeptical about) is a more subtle hint of his sexuality, given that the gesture was first popularized by openly gay baseball pioneer Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the late 1970s, who brought it onto the field after using it with other gay men in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood as a sign of solidarity. Herb's early adoption of the high-five shows his knowledge of California gay culture of the era.
  • Tori Spelling's ghostwriter is a parrot. Of course parrots would make natural ghostwriters since they can learn to mimic speech of others.
    • Also pictured in the ghostwriter panel is a very Truman Capote-like figure, Capote is long rumored to have ghostwritten To Kill A Mockingbird.
  • Kristen Schaal voices Harper, the daughter BoJack and Charlotte have in his drug-fueled hallucinations. The casting choice makes sense, as Schaal also voices Sarah Lynn, who BoJack views as a daughter figure.

     Season 2 
  • This may be unintentional, but it's pretty well-fitting that the writers chose to make Hank a hippo. Hippos are often viewed as cute, cuddly animals, when in actuality they're highly aggressive and one of the most dangerous animals around.
  • Abe is a hacky populist director likely chosen because he's someone easily controlled by studio suits. He's also a catfish. In other words, a bottom-feeder.
    • Also, Abe is a fish character who walks on land without a breathing bowl, but is constantly drinking water. Real life catfish are actually capable of surviving on land as long as they stay moist, and when he thrashes across the table, he's moving the way catfish can 'crawl' between bodies of water.
  • When BoJack is about to walk onto the set of Salinger's game show, Wanda tells him to "break a leg". While this is a tradition in show-business, breaking a leg is a very serious injury for a horse. Wanda is subtly showing that she is starting to get annoyed with BoJack's behavior.
  • Princess Carolyn mentions how she just wants to catch up on The Good Wife until her painting fantasy convinces her otherwise. This leads her to jump ship with Rutabaga Rabinowitz, leaving her job at one firm to start another; for the next few episodes, she and Rutabaga buy office space and work on making sure their clients are going to jump to the new firm with them... which is exactly the plot of The Good Wife's most critically acclaimed season/storyline, Season 5.

     Season 3 
  • When Diane asks Mr. Peanutbutter if his brother heard about her "A-B-O-R-T-I-O-N", Mr. Peanutbutter thinks she's spelling "audition". He doesn't understand because he's a dog — dogs sometimes learn words such as "bath", so you have to spell it out instead so they don't react to it. Since he's a dog, he doesn't understand words when they're spelled out loud.
  • The song that plays lightly in the background of the planetarium's presentation in "That's Too Much, Man!"? It's called "II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace" and it definitely brought Sarah Lynn peace.
    • To add another layer and make it a bit darker – the song has an incredibly ironic name. While Venus is typically thought of as one of the most beautiful planets (to the point of being associated with both the Greek and Roman goddesses of beauty), it's also arguably the most dangerous. Quite the metaphor going on.

     Season 4 
  • If Honey Sugarman crashing her car with Beatrice in it was, in fact, a suicide attempt, her nervous breakdown ends up being a complete contrast to Eddie's breakdown. Honey tried to kill herself in an attempt to feel alive again after her son's death, while Eddie tried to kill himself specifically because he didn't want to be alive anymore after his wife's death.
  • The reveal at the end of "Ruthie" is made obvious when, after Ruthie extols the heirloom status of the necklace, it turned out to be completely worthless costume jewelry.
    • And when Princess Carolyn is subjected to some Oblivious Guilt Slinging by the Italian restaurateur, he mentions "Miss-a Carey" 5 times - the same number of miscarriages that P.C. has suffered by this point.
    • The fact that even inside PC's fantasy there’s a kid asking the difference between an "agent" and a "manager" seems to indicate that PC is fully aware that it's a Distinction Without a Difference. Either that or her definition about how "managers" can also "produce" could also be her way of reframing her career to match her new found anxieties.
  • Of course Todd plays a triangle in the orchestra; a triangle is one of the symbols for Asexuality!
    • On that note, white and purple are its colours.
  • Beatrice referring to Hollyhock as The Girl along with mistaking BoJack for Henrietta makes sense as of Episode 11. She was there when Hollyhock was born and ostensibly recognized her. Since she was nameless at the time, she was simply "The Girl" to her.
    • The majority of Beatrice's lines throughout Season 4 take on a whole new meaning after The Reveal, such as her calling Henrietta "a waste of [her] husband's jism" and "unfit to be a mother".
  • In the same episode, Beatrice was shown to have actually enjoyed Horsin' Around - and this doesn't actually contradict what we've seen before. When BoJack had first asked her what she thought of it, all she said was just "Well, it's not Ibsen." And she, naturally, was in no hurry to clarify this due to her own Freudian Excuse.
  • Yolanda is an asexual axolotl.
  • Book-Ends for season 4: Episode 2 ends with Beatrice losing her brother and her mother whereas by the end of the season Hollyhock gains a brother and finds her mother.
  • The opening theme of season 4 foreshadowed one of the plot points in the story. It may be grasping at straws, but the intro plays in its usual style with BoJack waking up and going through a morning routine with plenty of continuity gags. Until he drinks the coffee. Afterwards, instead of a scene transition to another location, BoJack seems to enter a surreal world where he sees the faces of all his 'friends'. Given it's BoJack, it's easy to think he just put something in his coffee to cope with his current state in life. Until Hollyhock passes out in episode 10 and BoJack discovers the drugs that Beatrice was putting in the coffee. With someone like BoJack who's used to consuming all kinds of illicit substances, he might not be as easily affected as Hollyhock. Instead, he just hallucinates for a little bit and goes on with his day.
  • One of the lyrics in "A Horse with No Name", which opens "The Old Sugarman Place", is "The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz". The first thing BoJack meets in Michigan, and the one to whom he becomes closest, is a dragonfly.
  • When Princess Carolyn asks her gynecologist how many eggs she has, he replies "More than the Harry Potter movies but fewer than the James Bond." Not only are these the two highest-grossing film franchises of all time, but it also alludes to a rumor that the Potter films have out-grossed the Bond films despite having fewer installments. With that knowledge, this becomes a kind of False Reassurance, i.e. "You have fewer eggs, but you're more likely to conceive than if there were more" (she isn't). It would also make sense that the doctor would use this metaphor for a patient who works in Hollywoo bureaucracy and would therefore understand the reference.
  • The reason Beatrice treats Doll better than she treated young Bojack? Beatrice's memories of her mother are incomplete as all she can really think about was her mother's lobotomy as shown by memories of her mom being replaced by a silhouette, with only the scar plainly visible. It's entirely likely that she forgot the promise she made to her mother to never truly love anyone as much as her mother loved Crackerjack.
  • Why 'kilometres'? Doesn't Hollyhock use the imperial system? Shouldn't she be using mile-ohhhhhhhhh
  • Why can't BoJack bring himself to cursing out his mother? Because he's not doing it to Beatrice Horseman his mother, he's doing it to Beatrice Horseman the person. He got enough of his rage out just by saying "Fuck you, mom!" out loud.
  • Todd makes a reference to "Pumped Up Kicks" in the episode "Thoughts and Prayers". It's genuinely brilliant to make a reference to one of the most popular (although unknown to some that it is) songs about gun violence in an episode that wholly talks about gun violence. The lyrics of the song are indeed about a boy causing a School Shooting (and so is the video).
  • A subtle bit of foreshadowing, but in the episode "Ruthie" the titular character makes a reference to clocks to show how backwards the past was compared to the future. This actually comes into play later when Princess Carolyn produces the show "Philbert" for a website that only exists to tell you what time it is.

     Season 5 
  • Don't know if this belongs in Fridge Brilliance or Fridge Horror, but watching season 5 surprisingly gives a little more depth to Anna Spanikopita. In season 3 BoJack and Ana dated while she was working on his Oscar campaign, and even though he wanted to continue the relationship when it was over she broke up with him. At the time it looked like she was just being a typical cold Hollywoo publicist, but there's actually more to unpack than that. Ana had the tape about what BoJack did in New Mexico. She showed that tape to Dianne at the end of the episode "BoJack The Feminist" only after her conscience began to bother her. Clearly, this information bothered Ana even back in season 3 if she held onto it for two years. She was also acutely aware of the weeks long drug bender that claimed the life of Sarah Lynn because BoJack and Sarah Lynn kept barging into her house. Therefore, she didn't want to date Bojack in a serious way because she was aware of how self-destructive and hurtful he could be.
  • It's revealed that Butterscotch actually published his novel... and it was apparently horrible. Going off the fact that the novel was stuck in Development Hell, this makes sense - lots of writers would agree that keeping a story "cooking" for too long can have disastrous effects.
  • Flip can constantly be seen eating popsicles throughout Season 5.
  • The boom mic operator on "Philbert" is a snake, that closely resembles a boa constrictor. Could this be a foreshadowing to what BoJack does to Gina at the end of the season?

Fridge Horror

    Fridge Horror 
  • In the Christmas special, BoJack excuses the sheer stupidity of Horsin' Around by saying "we were all on cocaine." Wait, even the kid actors?
    • Presumably he was referring just to the writing staff.
      • Although it would explain Sarah Lynn...
    • Sure why not? It could be a commentary on Hollywood culture surrounding substance abuse. Plenty of teenage and even child stars (Robert Downey Jr. was introduced to drugs at age 6, Drew Barrymore was drinking regularly at the age of 12) were exposed to alcohol and drugs.
  • In "Still Broken", Sarah Lynn mentions being homeschooled by her "photographer" mother's boyfriend. Later on, she recognizes the taste of bear fur because her stepfather was a bear. Um...
    • So would that make him Pedo Bear?
    • And it could mean that she innocently kissed his big furry face sometimes and it was all innocent and lovely, but somehow she manages to very very clearly imply that it wasn't innocent at all.
      • Considering how hyper-sexual the character eventually becomes (an unfortunate side effect of child molestation is the victim convincing themselves that physical sex is the only proper form of love), the fact that her stepfather is modeled after a real-life alleged rapist and the show's themes of both feminism and the extremely damaging side effects of abuse, it's safe to assume that Sara Lynn's physical interactions with her stepfather went beyond hugging and kissing.
    • This also makes the fact she ended up sleeping with BoJack, her stage father and overall closest thing to a father figure, Harsher in Hindsight (and it was already pretty creepy to begin with). As does the nonchalant way she ponders how Penny could have been traumatized by Bojack, given for all we know, Sarah Lynn could have had those same behaviors she suggests for Penny.
  • It's established that all of the characters in the series are depressed about something specific: Princess Carolyn wants long-term companionship, Mr. Peanutbutter is afraid of death and Diane feels like she's wasting her life writing crap about celebrities. But all of them have stable jobs keeping them occupied so as not to be brought down. BoJack, meanwhile, is almost always unemployed, leaving him with nothing better to do than dwell on everything that makes him so unhappy.
  • After coming home early from Cordovia, Diane spends weeks on end crashing at BoJack's house getting drunk, getting high, not bathing and being angry at everything. In other words, she's turning into BoJack! And worse, it causes him to revert back to all of his old habits.
    • In general, BoJack's house is a place where people put their lives on pause. People staying with BoJack can wallow in all their bad habits and know that they won't really be judged or forced to confront the problems in their lives. Sarah Lynn crashes there specifically saying she wants to run from her problems. Diane goes there to avoid facing Mr. Peanutbutter and the fact that she couldn't handle Cordovia. Todd has been living with BoJack for five years and his life is mostly defined by aimlessness. In "Zoes and Zeldas," when he actually pursues a clear goal that he has a shot at achieving, he plans to move out. Adds another layer of awful to the fact that BoJack sabotages him to keep him around.]
    • She shows a LOT of evidence that she's transforming into BoJack in season 4, from her answering machine monologues to her responses to people through the season.
  • BoJack and Sarah Lynn's bender in "That's Too Much, Man!" apparently lasts between the announcement of the Oscar nominations and the actual awards ceremony. Assuming the time frame is the same as in our universe, that's roughly six weeks.
    • Sarah Lynn's Oscar is received on her behalf by a bear, who says to the camera "And if you're watching this, Sarah Lynn, wherever you are, please come home". He's implied to be her sexually abusive stepfather, to the point that he's designed to look like real-life alleged rapist Terry Richardson.
  • Just how traumatized has Penny been seeing the face of the man she almost slept with plastered all over the media, or even her own friends bringing him up, after his movie became successful? Actually seeing him again clearly turned her into a shaking mess.
    • This was mercilessly lampshaded by Sarah Lynn as she and BoJack drove back to L.A.:
    Sarah Lynn: "Penny? You know, on the plus side, she really seemed okay."
    BoJack: "Mm-hmm."
    Sarah Lynn: "Until she saw you and freaked out."
    BoJack: [groans]
    Sarah Lynn: "But she probably would have been totally fine if you'd never shown up."
    BoJack: "Oh, God."
    Sarah Lynn: "I think the wound was completely healed before you reopened it by showing up unannounced at her college and all the pain came rushing back to her."
    BoJack: "Oh, good Lord!"
    Sarah Lynn: "In a way, it's like you destroyed her life twice."
    BoJack: "Will you please stop talking about it?"
    • What's even worse is that this could easily be seen as a commentary on how BoJack has also scarred Sarah Lynn. She died after he shows up in her life again.
    • Lest we forget that Sarah Lynn's stepdad was heavily implied to have had a very inappropriate relationship with her as a child. He accepted the Oscar in her absence. Could the meltdown she had only seconds after have stemmed from thoughts such as these?
  • The Let's Meet the Meat dimension of the episode "Chickens" is pretty horrifying in and of itself, but it becomes excruciating when contemplating a character like Princess Carolyn. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they must eat meat to survive. And every animal on the show is sapient. While she is shown cooking a mushroom risotto at one point, does the food she makes and eats for herself necessarily contain parts of someone who had their own life and history?
    • There could be entire essays written about all the terrible implications of a world that selects individuals from fully sapient species, and hormonally alters them until they are nothing but dumb beasts ready for slaughter.
      • The cow waitress at the diner gives a human customer the stink eye for ordering a steak, which prompts his embarrassed apology.
    • Diane refers to Katrina as "Cruella" at one point, making sense because she treats Mr. Peanutbutter like crap. This draws attention to the white fur collar with black spots on her jacket, which leads one to wonder: if this universe has no problem breeding anthropomorphic animals just to eat, are there animals who get bred only to be killed for their fur?
      • This also suggests that 101 Dalmatians exists as a movie, now in our world the puppies Cruella wants to skin and turn into a coat are just that, regular puppies. In the show, those puppies would be anthropomorphic. Meaning the movie is about a woman wanting to skin children, and take their skins to turn into a coat. Obviously in-universe this is just a movie, but damn if that isn't terrifying.
  • There Are No Therapists... because BoJack's mother told him to never share his emotions with anyone.
  • In "Yesterdayland", a little girl in the theme park is seen with an "Uncle Hanky" shirt. In "Hank After Dark", we learn he's not the type of figure any child, especially a little girl, should be looking up to.
  • When Diane is pregnant and considering an abortion, the doctor brings up the possibility of her having a litter. It's never further discussed, but the fact humans breeding with anthropormorphic animals increases the possibility of a litter is pretty concerning- that's obviously a lot more strain on a woman in labor. Are human bodies in this universe better adjusted to that, or are we to assume not as many human woman (or any species not fit to carry litters) make it out of childbirth alive and well?
    • There's also the fact that animals are in the military, shown specifically in World War 2 with Crackerjack, and with the Navy Seal in modern times, indicated that the animals fully partake in military conflict. Does that mean there were Nazi animals? Was there some kind of animal holocaust in addition to the human one? Are there terrorist animals? Is slavery still slavery when there are animals involved?
      • The Nazi gang in "Our A Story is a D Story" features some animal members, such as a rat, as did the Latin Kings, so it's assumed that humans and animals can partake in the same kind of supremacy, and that they have a concept of race similar to that of humans.
      • Was the Mouse vs Cat mythology references when Princess Caroline visited the Stilton's family inspired by a real life event involving the two animals?
  • A throwaway line by BoJack implies he was touched inappropriately by a pianist when he was in eighth grade. He's already emotionally scarred enough, but child sexual abuse adds a whole new layer of tragedy.
    • Actually it was implied BoJack was one of the few kids the teacher didn't molest, and his mother actually insulted him for that by saying "Well I guess nobody wants you". Don't know if that's better or worse for poor young BoJack's psyche...
  • Woodchuck’s surgeries open a lot of potential avenues for Nightmare Fuel: could insect antennae be fit onto other animals/humans’ heads? Or other extra appendages? Does getting fishpeople’s organs allow you to breathe underwater? What complications could arise when even doing cross-species operations?
  • Moreso Fridge Sadness mixed with irony than anything, but the fact Herb voices the Horse's boss in the Horsin' Around Christmas episode, and tells the Horse to prioritize his career over his relationships with the kids. If BoJack hadn't prioritized his career over his relationship with Herb, then their friendship wouldn't have crumbled.
  • Eddie's suicide attempt. The guy was clearly very miserable, admitting that he didn't want to live anymore. What are the chances that after BoJack left that small town in Michigan, that Eddie may try to make another attempt and succeed in the future?
    • On a similar note, Honey and Beatrice ended up in a car accident because Honey, being too drunk to drive, tried to make Beatrice drive them home when the latter was clearly too young to do so. However, just before the crash, a distraught Honey cries out that she "wants to feel alive again" and stomps on the gas pedal. Did Honey decide that there was only one way for her to see her beloved son again...and even scarier, was she trying to take Beatrice with her?
  • While Mr. Sugarman seems to be at least upset about his wife's lobotomy at first, the way he does this has a horrible connotation in hindsight; he only gets angry when she doesn't react during an argument where his major complaint is about Honey failing at what he believes a woman's role as a mother should be, but after this, he doesn't seem to care all that much, pulling her by the arm in Time's Arrow when their daughter is about to be presented during the party, and all in all it's clear this is what he always wanted in a woman, docile and doesn't protest. Further supported by the fact that he threatens Beatrice with a lobotomy after he's already gone through that with his wife! Where's the regret?
  • After Hollyhock's overdose, BoJack manages to put together the pieces about Beatrice slipping appetite suppressants in Hollyhock's coffee despite her giving him very little to work with, mostly her being insistent on giving Hollyhock her coffee. He gives a Little "No", immediately runs to the coffee pot, and demands to know what Beatrice put in it. How would BoJack have known that's what Beatrice was doing? His "of course it was you", and the fact BoJack has suffered with body images issues throughout the entire show, makes it pretty clear that she not only has done it before, but has done it to BoJack.
    • Also, as far as BoJack was concerned, Beatrice was already on thin ice. This only confirmed the suspicions he had all along: even if she's not exactly in her right mind, Beatrice was still capable of hurting people.
      • There's actually some more to this that makes the latter parts worse. People with senile dementia often need to be watched, as they don't know any better, which begs the question as to how often and long Beatrice was left unsupervised. In that vein, knowing what we know about most medicines like this, um, one has to wonder as to where/how she got the amphetamines.
      • As the first troper pointed out, BoJack is struggling with body image issues. I don't think its possible Beatrice could get weight loss pills by herself, she probably couldn't just go to the store and buy them. Was BoJack taking them himself before Hollyhock and Beatrice moved in?
  • A small bit of Fridge Horror in regards to Sara Lynn and her freak-out towards the end in "That's Too Much, Man!" is, according to a commenter on YouTube, because her subconscious knows she's dying and is shutting down, which makes that whole sequence before going to the planetarium worse.
    • Another small bit of Fridge Horror and Adult Fear in regards to Sarah Lynn – by the time we see the flashback to her in 2007, she's on 23, but she's already been in the industry for twenty years and was still giving instead of receiving. That being said, there's a certain degree of understanding when it comes to her massive break-down in the middle of a home improvement store following her breakup with Andrew Garfield. Was it really just about him? Or was it because she doesn't know any other way of living except for in fame and she's suddenly been cast out, all on her own?


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