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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 4 E 05 Thoughts And Prayers

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  • Compressed Vice: Despite explicitly stating her opinions on gun when offered one, Diane has never shared her opinions on guns prior in the series.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When controversy arises over women owning guns, Diane comes out with a statement blaming society for making women feel threatened and that if they want to resolve the issue they should make the world a better place for women, or just ban all guns. So ownership of guns is made completely illegal in California.
    Diane: I really thought that would go the other way...
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  • Gilligan Cut: Mr. Peanutbutter tells Diane that he's happy how their differing political ideologies don't get in the way of their relationship. Cut to the two of them on a news show arguing so loudly that nobody can understand what either of them are saying.
  • Hypocritical Humor: All the executives saying "thoughts and prayers" whenever talking about the shootings with so little sincerity it's clear that they don't actually care about the lives as much as they care about the bad PR.
  • Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: The Running Gag of everyone saying "thoughts and prayers" whenever a real-life mass shooting comes up, believing that it will absolve them of the guilt of ignoring them and/or focusing on how big a problem they are for their movie.
  • Precision F-Strike: BoJack finally gets one, although he technically doesn't "use" the word so much as say it when he tells Hollyhock that he wants to look his mother in the eyes and say "Fuck you!" Not only does it subvert the show's tradition of only using it for when someone disowns BoJack, but it foreshadows his eventual decision not to go though with it, as his plan is ruined and therefore wastes this once-per-season use.
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  • Reality Subtext: In-Universe, gun control issues impact the development of "Ms Taken", which is apparently a very violent film as the gun ban leaves only a single scene usable for the final product. Turtletaub laments the same kind of thing happened to a family comedy about a klutzy babysitter they were going to do called "Hurricane Sandy".
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: As with the last episode, Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane's extreme political differences result in some amazing hate-fucking.
  • Shout-Out: Todd's suggestion to evade mass shootings is pumped up kicks that can run faster than a bullet.
  • Spoiled by the Format: Inverted. The fact that BoJack wastes this season's one Precision F-Strike on describing how he is going to use it on his long abusive mother foreshadows his eventual decision not to go through with it.
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  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: Due to her dementia, Beatrice thinks BoJack is a maid named Henrietta. This persists throughout most of the season.
  • What Are Records?: BoJack produces a Horsin' Around DVD case and Hollyhock wonders what he's doing with a thin hard book.
  • Zany Scheme: Although Beatrice doesn't recognize BoJack as himself, she does recognize the Horse from Horsin' Around as BoJack, so he decides to perform a live episode for her to help her connect the dots, before planning to savagely tear her down with a big "Fuck You". The plan backfires, confusing Beatrice and causing her to attack other patients of the nursing home. Instead of initially distancing from his mother, he is now stuck with her for most of the season after she is kicked out due to the nursing home's policy.

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