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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 4 E 06 Stupid Piece Of Shit

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A look at BoJack's Inner Monologue as he deals with having both Hollyhock and Beatrice living with him. In the meantime, Princess Caroline is forced to team up with her former partner-turned-rival Rutabaga Rabbinowitz to set up a sham marriage between Todd and Courtney Portnoy.


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  • An Aesop: Everyone deals with self-doubt, and if you can't outgrow it, you just have to work through it.
  • Art Shift: BoJack's Inner Monologue is depicted through crude, child-like drawings (courtesy of Anne Walker Farrell, drawing her inspiration from 60's UPA cartoons).
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  • Blatant Lies: Hollyhock relates to BoJack that sometimes she has a voice in her head that tells her she's terrible. She asks him if that's just a teenage angst thing that will go away when she grows up and BoJack hesitantly assures her it will, even though we've spent the entire episode listening in on his inner voice.
  • Companion Cube: Beatrice keeps mumbling about a baby so Hollyhock gets her a baby horse doll to placate her and she treats it like it's alive. Even BoJack starts referring to "Doll" as if that is its name instead of what it is.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Still angry at his mother for a lifetime of abuse and now even angrier that she's too demented to remember him or for everyone to see how cruel she could be, BoJack finally reaches his Rage Breaking Point and throws Beatrice's doll over the edge of his deck, convincing her that he killed it.
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  • Furry Reminder: Wanting to get Doll back, BoJack enlists Mr. Peanutbutter's aid to have him track Doll by scent.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: Really put on highlight here as it seems BoJack's mind is incapable of thinking about anything without eventually turning it into an attack on himself.
    BoJack: Woah, is it night suddenly? Suddenly sundown. Suddenly Sooze-town! What was that show? "Suddenly Sooze-town"? Brooke Shields? Something? Show was on for 5 years and now nobody - Oh my god is that life? You're there, you do your thing and then people forget! "Forget it Jake, it's Sooze-Town" Is that me? Am I the Suddenly Sooze-Town of people??
  • Imagine Spot: BoJack has numerous throughout the episode.
  • My Greatest Failure: The inner monologue makes clear that he's worried he'll do something to Hollyhock that will become this. Given that means it would top what happened with Herb and Penny, and unseat Sarah Lynn's death to become the title-holder, he probably has good reason to be worried.
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  • Opening Shout-Out: When BoJack tells himself that he's going to destroy Hollyhock, he imagines her falling backwards into his pool as he does in the opening.
  • Pet the Dog: In a rare instance of genuine empathy, Mr. Peanutbutter reassures Bojack that he deserves to be loved, whether he believes it or not.
  • Sidetracked by the Analogy: As seen above, BoJack acknowledges that it's suddenly night time, which trails off into remembering an old sitcom, which then trails off into more self-hatred.
  • Something Completely Different: We are shown a greater insight into BoJack's mind than in any other episode, with his train of thought on almost continually and frequent Art Shift cuts to what he's visualizing inside his mind.
  • Sweet Tooth: After his inner monologue tells him to get out of bed and get some breakfast, BoJack starts eating from a package of Oreos.
    "These are cookies. This is not breakfast."
  • Title Drop: The very first line of the episode is Bojack's inner monologue telling himself this.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: BoJack takes Doll from Beatrice and throws it out the window, traumatizing her, to which all Hollyhock can say is a disappointed "Why did you do that?".

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