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Recap / Bojack Horseman S 5 E 08 Mr Peanutbutters Boos

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At BoJack's 25th annual Halloween party, Pickles gets a crash course in Mr. Peanutbutter's romantic history — and some advice from Diane.


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  • Age-Gap Romance: Diane points out to Mister Peanutbutter that this is what all of his relationships have had in common; the women he's been involved with have all been younger than him, and as they get older and more cynical, they eventually outgrow his Manchild antics and break up with him. He also starts noticing how the age difference is starting to get him uncomfortable when Pickles insists that they start posting on social media and go to a second party with new costumes.
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  • Amicable Exes: Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane maintain a nice relationship following their break up, with Diane even shining a light on him about how his relationships have failed. She's also willing to help out his new girlfriend Pickles, rather than resenting her for being the new object of his affections. This is notable when comparing to the utter disdain he has for Katrina and Jessica Biel.
  • Anachronic Order: This episode jumps around the same halloween party from four different time periods; each focusing on Mr. Peanutbutter and his four significant others.
  • Bottle Episode: Aside from the Cold Opening, the majority of the episode takes place inside Bojack's house,
  • Complexity Addiction: Practically a Running Gag this episode.
    • Mr. Peanutbutter probably could have prevented Jessica Biel from seeing BoJack dressed as a mummy if he had just slipped sideways through the door (he was dressed as a giant notebook), instead of getting stuck trying to go through wide-side, and calling out an overly long and confusing celebrity reference for her not to turn around, causing her to (naturally) turn around doing "Huh?"
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    • Diane made a very obscure and convoluted Halloween costume based on a number of movie references people have to intuitively guess and say out loud to get the pun. It doesn't take long before she gets tired of having to explain her costume over and over again at the party.
    • Poor Gina decides to cobble together a costume at Right Aide across the street when the party starts. When she finally returns, she's wearing a very elaborate witch's costume from many parts (including a toilet paper skirt?) that took so long to put together the party ends by the time she gets back. She probably could have just picked out the witch's hat and wand and gotten back much sooner.
  • Disaster Dominoes: BoJack's Halloween parties inevitably seem to be the tipping point where Mr. Peanutbutter's relationships start falling apart, but the one with Jessica Biel takes the cake. A teenage Todd and his friends try to trick-or-treat at BoJack's house, but Princess Carolyn turns them away, motivating them to cover the place in toilet paper as a prank. Meanwhile, BoJack failed to prepare a costume, so PC grabs the toilet paper to turn him into a mummy. Unfortunately, Jessica Biel is afraid of mummies, and Mr. Peanutbutter has spent most of the party distracted from her. By the time he notices that things are about to go wrong, his attempts to reach her are hindered by a cumbersome costume (born from a misunderstanding about the theme of their couple's costumes), and he wastes so much time with one of his usual belabored references that he can't even get a warning out fast enough.
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  • Double-Meaning Title: The title deals with Mr Peanutbutter's ex-wives (or ex-boos) and the Halloween parties they attend together.
  • Easy Evangelism: Katrina's politics shift from fairly neutral to hard-line conservative after one conversation with Tim Allen.
  • Forgotten First Meeting:
    • Parodied when Diane and BoJack turn out to have met at a Halloween party in 2009, but she was rather awkward about introducing herself and BoJack was distracted by a phone call about his father's sudden death. Diane feels like she made a fool of herself, but Mr. Peanutbutter tries to assure her that he likely won't remember having met her anyway.
    • Subverted with Todd and Princess Caroline. They first met when Todd was trick-or-treating as a teenager and PC turned him away for being too old for that yet too young to join the party. It cuts to the party five years later when he appears and PC lets him in no problem
  • Halloween Episode: And it takes place at a Halloween party, no less.
  • Innocently Insensitive: This episode shows that this trope is a big reason why Mr. Peanutbutter's past relationships have failed; he would be too distracted by having frivolous fun to remember things like Katrina's request not to leave her alone at a party full of strangers, Jessica Biel's fear of mummies, or Diane's general dislike of parties, and this would eventually lead to a downward spiral in their relationships.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Mr Peanutbutter swears to Jessica Biel that he won't let her see any mummies. Cut to Bojack talking about the girl who freaked out that one time because she saw a mummy.
  • Manchild: Deconstructed in Mr. Peanutbutter's relationships. Because he has, essentially, the mentality of a 20 year old, he can only date women that are around that age, and eventually, as he has stopped growing but they haven't, they outgrow him and leave him.
  • Shout-Out: Mr. Peanutbutter quotes Dazed and Confused, "I get older and they stay the same age." He then follows it up with the real life Catchphrase of Matthew McConaughey, who said the line: "All right, all right, all right!"
  • Start of Darkness: What made the originally happy-go-lucky Katrina into the colder, cynical, right-wing woman that the audience knows? Turns out she was forced to talk politics with Ben Stein and Tim Allen for several hours after Mr. Peanutbutter abandoned her at the party.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: BoJack manages to figure out Diane's obscure and convoluted Halloween costume immediately. From what we see, nobody else manages to figure it out on their own.
  • Trauma Button: Spoofed for Jessica Biel's fear of mummies. As it turns out, she has a Dark and Troubled Past regarding mummies. She auditioned to play The Mummy (1999), and... and... she didn't get the part!
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: Jessica Biel's mummy trauma stems from not getting the part to play in The Mummy (1999). It was very traumatic for her career-wise, okay?!
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Jessica Biel is revealed to have a fear of mummies, which stems from how she didn't get a part in The Mummy (1999) when she auditioned for it. Mister Peanutbutter's failure to take this into account turned out to be part of the reason why they divorced.

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