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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 3 E 06 Brrap Brrap Pew Pew

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Diane has decided to get an abortion, and the decision distracts her enough that she accidentally tweets "I'm getting an abortion." on pop starlet Sextina Aquafina's account. Sextina decides to use the controversy to become the face of the pro-choice movement, but Diane is concerned she is not tackling the sensitive issue properly.


"Brrap Brrap Pew Pew" contains examples of:

  • An Aesop: Two.
    • Having an abortion is a decision that should be left entirely up to those able to conceive and nobody else.
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    • Even being pro-choice is a grey issue, and has its share of moral decisions that need to be addressed if one chooses to abort.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Discussed. Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter decidedly do not want children, and immediately agree to get an abortion. Meanwhile, Princess Carolyn, who has repeatedly tried and failed to have a family is slightly offended that someone with a loving husband, a mostly stable life and the capability to carry a child to term doesn't even want the baby she got by accident. They make up in the end.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Sextina's pro-choice campaign, while not entirely tactful, is otherwise successful in raising awareness on the subject and giving hope to young women who choose to get abortions... except she gets pregnant immediately after televising her fake abortion procedure and wants to keep the baby. Diane, meanwhile, is happy to have her actual abortion over with, if a little shaken up, but is coming to terms with the fact that her career requires more ass-kissing than she had anticipated. It ends with her and Princess Carolynn gleefully brainstorming how to cover up Sextina's real pregnancy.
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  • Broken Aesop: In-Universe. Sextina's abortion song is interpreted as making light of an issue that she's going through...except, she isn't. She doesn't have to worry about the stigma of abortion, so it's easy for her to get on a high horse. Not only that, but upon getting pregnant for real Sextina is immediately attached and decides to have the baby, which is a massive flip from the gloating she did in her song.
  • Foreshadowing: BoJack relates that he's had a lot of abortions in the 90s. Or at least, paid for a lot of abortions. He briefly muses that he never confirmed that the abortions actually happened. In the season finale, we see a teenage girl who looks a lot like BoJack trying to get in touch with him...
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Deliberately avoided. Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter make no hesitations in aborting Diane's pregnancy as soon as they find out about it and the episode covers the steps that she has to go through to get one and the huge debate about it from both sides.
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  • Hide Your Pregnancy: The episode ends with Diane and Princess Caroline gleefully brainstorming how to cover-up Sextina getting pregnant for real from the public (such as claiming Sextina adopted the baby instead of actually giving birth).
  • Immediate Sequel: Picks up right where the Curse Cut Short in the previous episode left off.
    Diane: -UCKER!
  • MST3K Mantra: In-Universe. Diane is appalled at Sextina's extremely tactless way of bringing attention to pro-choice politics, not to mention "hijacking" Diane's actual abortion, which is obviously a difficult experience for her, and feels it would be best to pull the plug on the whole thing and out Sextina as a fake. However, she meets a young woman in the abortion clinic who tells Diane that she sees Sextina's antics and sleazy pro-abortion song as a lighthearted way to deal with such a scary experience.
  • The Other Darrin: Sextina Aquafina, originally voiced by Aisha Tyler, is now voiced by Danielle Gaither, most likely because of Tyler's discomfort with the abortion plotline.
  • Straw Character: A lot of the pro-life side is characterized in a very unflattering manner, from grotesque clinic protesters to its leaders mostly being portrayed as being old white guys.
  • Take That!: Pro-life arguments aren't even given a fighting chance in this episode. Every depiction of it is either grossly misinformed or inherently sexist. Punctuated with the scene of [MSNBSea]'s diverse panel of old white men in bowties discussing abortion while arguing their opinions are valid because they'll never have one themselves.

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