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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 1 E 04 Zoes And Zeldas

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BoJack helps Todd out after the latter writes a rock opera. Diane's ex-boyfriend, Wayne, is writing an article on Mister Peanutbutter for Buzzfeed.


  • Clickbait Gag: Wayne's dedication and skill are portrayed negatively as a parody of Buzzfeed and its alleged use of clickbait. He spends a week writing an article called "Nine Jokes From the '90s We Haven't Stopped Laughing at," only for it to turn out he's been writing gibberish for a week and only intends to put actual words in the article right before submitting it.
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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Todd, focusing on his rock opera.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: The trouble with Bojack's first shot at stand-up comedy.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Emily makes her first appearance, leaving Todd after his addiction. She doesn't get a proper appearance until the third season.
  • Fauxshadow: The Beast Buy receipt underneath the couch. Todd does eventually figure out that BoJack sabotaged him, but the receipt never plays into it.
  • Flipping the Bird: Todd's girlfriend does this before leaving him.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The first thing Bojack says to Herb is "Get cancer!".
  • I Got You a Drawer: A non-romantic variant. BoJack gives Todd a closet to store his shit after BoJack sabotaged his rock opera.
  • Literal Metaphor: BoJack says that he know what happens when a baby bird gets pushed out of the nest too soon because he's actually seen it happen.
    Mama Bird: I thought he was ready. He seemed ready.
    BoJack: It's not your fault.
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  • Malaproper/Mixed Metaphor: This episode has three variations of the "Fool me once" saying.
    Mister Peanutbutter: "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, fiddle-dee-dee."
    Virgil Van Cliff: "Fool me once, shame on you, but teach a man to fool me, and I'll be fooled for the rest of my life."
    Todd: "Fool me once, fol me twice, fool me chicken soup with rice.
  • A Man Is Always Eager: BoJack's two sex scenes ended with immodest orgasms, despite not penetrating Princess Carolyn either time (the second time, she hadn't even come to bed yet!)
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Todd describes his work as "Tommy by cirque de solei,set in space with heavy erotic overtones and a gripping psychodrama of thriller with plenty of heart and more than a little humor."
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The end reveals how BoJack managed to put his plan together.
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  • Series Establishing Moment: This is the first episode to establish the show's Central Theme that, try as they might, people don't simply "get better."
  • Pac-Man Fever: The game Todd gets hooked on initially thought to be some sort of dungeon crawler before its revealed to be some sort of Tetris rip-off.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Discussed, though not by name. Being a Zelda means you're a sunny, fun-loving extrovert (Red Oni), while being a Zoey means you're a smart, cynical introvert (Blue Oni).
  • Sequel Hook: In-Universe example. Todd calls his opera "Newtopia Rising. Book 1: The Search for a New Utopia", to which Mister Peanutbutter immediately thinks that there should be a sequel.

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