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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 3 E 11 That's Too Much, Man!

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Reeling from the discovery that he didn't get an Oscar nomination and left truly alone, Bojack calls his former costar/squeeze/friend Sarah Lynn as they go on an alcohol and drug-filled bender around the USA with a surprising ending.


"That's Too Much, Man" contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear:
    • How do you think Charlotte is going to react when she finds out from Penny that the man three times her age who may or may not have tried to have his way with her knows where her college is?
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    • Pretty much that your surrogate daughter dies in your arms.
  • The Bus Came Back: BoJack and Sarah Lynn track down Penny from Escape From LA so that he can apologize to her. Needless to say, she doesn't want to see him.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The drugs and title from episode 3, Bojack Kills.
  • Dashed Plot Line: BoJack and Sarah Lynn's bender goes on for weeks, but the audience only gets brief snippets between his blackouts.
  • Downer Ending: Sarah Lynn, one of the few people BoJack has left, dies in his arms. And he's partially responsible.
  • Famous Last Words: "I wanna be an architect."
  • Foreshadowing: The episode opens on a painting of Sarah Lynn as a dead Ophelia, hung above her bed. She's dead right before the episode ends.
    • When Sarah Lynn and BoJack are strung out on a motel bed, Sarah Lynn looks like she's asleep and doesn't respond when BoJack asks her something and then nudges her, leaving him (and the audience) to fear for one wild moment that she's dead. It's not the first time it happens this episode.
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    • BoJack and Sarah Lynn attend her AA meeting (while high as kites), where various speakers talk about what their rock bottom experience was and what prompted them to finally change. BoJack and Sarah Lynn boo and hiss at the time, but Sarah Lynn's death at the end of the episode ends up being the true rock bottom point for BoJack in the entire series. Her death shakes him so much that it's the final push he needs to start improving his life for real, which he slowly but surely starts doing over Season 4.
  • Heel Realization: When Sarah Lynn sees that she won an Oscar from the television in their motel room, she suddenly realizes that fame doesn't make her happy, her life is a lie, and she hates herself. Leading to...
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: A possible interpretation of Sarah Lynn's death. In the motel room it seems to finally dawn on her just how much she hates herself and her life, and how little her drug binges will ever fix it; then when BoJack finally agrees to take her to the planetarium she reveals that the real reason she wanted to go was because she loves domed buildings; then she sighs contentedly while leaning on his shoulder, "I want to be an architect." It's possible Sarah Lynn was on the verge of giving up fame and drugs to live her childhood dream - to do the one thing she's always wanted to do that would give her real happiness - and then she dies of a drug overdose before she can.
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  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As Bojack's heroin trip begins, he recalls a conversation he had about how bad meta humor is, and how poorly the drug trip episode of The BoJack Horseman Show went.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: While brushing past Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter in their bedroom, BoJack accidentally re-breaks Diane's arm, to which she gives a casually frustrated "Aw, come on!" Though given the reaction and the fact Diane was in a cast for only a few more episodes (she'd been in the previous cast for most of the season) it probably was a less severe injury than a full on fracture.
  • Off the Wagon: After being sober for nine months, Sarah Lynn, who never wanted to be sober in the first place, agrees to go on a massive bender with BoJack in a heartbeat. She dies from it by the end of the episode.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Subverted. We don't have any better idea of what happened between BoJack and Penny he than we did at the end of "Escape To LA." The most we get is BoJack bragging about almost having her at Sarah Lynn's AA meeting, but he was probably just being his usual Attention Whore self. Penny stutters she "didn't know what she was doing" when she sees BoJack, but doesn't say if she's referring to coming onto him or not turning down his advances.
  • Please Wake Up: How BoJack and, ultimately, the audience realize that Sarah Lynn just died.
  • Real Award, Fictional Character: Sarah-Lynn ends up winning the Oscar for Best Original Song.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • BoJack believes he scarred Penny after what happened in Escape From LA and decides to visit Penny at her college, so he can apologize to her. As soon as she sees him, she runs away from him in shock, reliving her trauma. Sarah Lynn brutally lays out the implications in the next scene, emphasizing that BoJack's visit very likely ruined whatever hard work Penny did putting Escape From LA behind her.
    • After two seasons of her junkie lifestyle being treated as a joke, Sara Lynn's body finally gives out from years of drug abuse.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The whole episode is about Sarah and BoJack making amends; by the end, Sarah is dead and BoJack has almost no one left.
  • Shout-Out: The last scene has BoJack and Sarah-Lynn in the planiterium's theaters, with their black shilouettes appearing against the screen.
  • Stepford Smiler: In a flashback to 2007, Sarah-Lynn tells Bojack quite directly that she may look happy, but "the light inside is dying," and that showbusiness is slowly sapping her happiness away. Then, just before dying, she reveals that, like Bojack, her entire adult life has been her pretending to be happy in the hopes that someone would love her.
  • Take That!: Sara Lynn's bear stepfather, who is implied to have molested her as a child, is modeled after photographer and alleged rapist Terry Richardson.
  • Tragic Dream: She wanted to be an architect...
  • Trauma Button: Penny is absolutly shocked to see Bojack again and thinks that Bojack might want to still sleep with her.
  • Wham Line:
    BoJack: Right, Sarah-Lynn?
    (Beat)
    BoJack: Sarah-Lynn?
    (Still nothing)
    BoJack: [Worried] Sarah-Lynn??
  • Wham Shot: After the events of the previous episode, the shot of BoJack's apartment in the opening is completely empty, highlighting just how alone he is.

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