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  • An Aesop: A couple for Todd.
    • Identity is a very personal thing. You may eventually be comfortable referring to yourself by a certain title (in this case, asexual), but it has to be your own decision in the end.
    • Don't put everyone else's needs before your own.
  • Asexuality: Continued from "That Went Well," Todd goes beyond realizing that he's "nothing" sexually, then rejecting the title of "asexual" because he doesn't want to be put in a box to eventually coming out to Bojack and proudly accepting it as part of who he is.
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  • Bookends: The episode opens with Todd arriving just in time to play his part in an orchestra (a single triangle note). The band talks about all the great things Todd has done and a Lion remarks that he secretly hopes Todd doesn't show up for his part because too much is being asked of him. Sure enough, at the end of the episode Todd does something for himself for a change, causing him to miss his part in the orchestra, to which the Lion simply remarks "Good for him!".
  • Breather Episode: Given the previous episode's subject matter, this was a very welcome breath of levity.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: During the asexual meetup scene, Yolanda can be seen at the far right.
  • A Day in the Limelight: As the name implies, Todd gets the A plot of the episode.
  • Excited Episode Title!: Which is fitting, considering how the episode is focused on Todd.
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  • Extreme Doormat: The whole episode involves Todd being called upon to do various menial (and not-so-menial) tasks for everybody because he's "not doing anything." By the end of the episode, he realizes that he needs to worry more about his own well-being before anyone else's.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Todd is no longer furious with BoJack over Emily, but he still isn't ready for them to become best friends again.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: As Todd tries to keep Diane from using her computer, various article headlines can be seen on the news feed she has open on her monitor, such as "New Study Shows People Only Read Headlines"
  • Furry Reminder: Todd tricks Mr. Peanutbutter into taking his heartworm medication by rolling it up in cheese like one might do for a dog.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Todd manages to become quite famous to just about everyone but his friends who continue to think he's just a lazy guy who doesn't do anything.
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  • Meat-O-Vision: Referenced by Mr. Peanutbutter when Todd presents him with an omelet that looks like his face.
    Mr. Peanutbutter: Wow! This must be what I'd look like to a starving shipwrecked person!
  • Pet the Dog: Todd and BoJack exchange their respective niceties at the end.
    • BoJack is clearly very happy for Todd that he's come to terms with his identity and accepts that he's his own person now.
    • Todd, meanwhile, forgives BoJack for the incident with Emily, and while they're not BFFs again, at least they're back on speaking terms.
  • Shout-Out
    • Todd arriving late to a concerto to play a single note on a triangle is lifted directly from an episode of The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.
    • The Lion's Speech about how he wishes that the Main Character of the story would disappear without warning in order for him to seek his own happiness, that happening at the end of the story and him answering with genuine happiness mirrors Ben Affleck's character from Good Will Hunting.
  • Special Guest: Keith David as the Lion.
  • Too Soon: BoJack tries to crack some jokes with Todd about his asexuality, but Todd tells him he's not comfortable enough with it yet.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: While it's not a support group per se, Todd does join a meetup of other local asexual people Bellican's Bar at the end.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Having been told to sign Mr. Peanutbutter's name on anything by Katrina, Todd ends up signing a petition in support of fracking in Mr. Peanutbutter's name, which will drive a wedge between his and Diane's relationship.

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