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YMMV / Bojack Horseman S 5 E 10 Head In The Clouds

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  • Accidental Aesop: Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse, but it's also no contest. Even if BoJack isn't suffering "the most" from his actions, he's definitely suffering. The question is what the solution should be for his suffering, which he and Diane eventually agree should be detox.
  • Anvilicious: In case it was too subtle, Philbert is BoJack and Diane is the writers telling you that BoJack is not a role model.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: BoJack argues in this episode that, because almost everyone he's traumatized is at least able to move on with their lives while he has to live with the guilt of what he's done, he's suffering the most of all of them. The next season's episode "A Quick One, While He's Away" reveals that, while they aren't letting BoJack personally dictate their lives, the people he's traumatized are absolutely still feeling the negative effect of their experiences with him.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: To the Friends episode "The One With The Morning After". Both the episodes start off pretty standard fare, then climax with an intense argument which results in the break-up of one of the show's central relationships, having heavy consequences going forward.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Diane claims that Sarah Lynn came to BoJack for help only for him to use her for sex and drugs and puts her death squarely at his feet. This is not at all what happened, as BoJack attempted to help Sarah Lynn get into rehab only for her to refuse, take advantage of his kindness to use his house as a place to party and leave him once he tried to press the issue of her getting help for her addiction. Also, their sexual relationship was completely consensual and while it was BoJack who initiated the drug bender that would claim Sarah Lynn's life, she was so eager and prepared to do drugs and end her sobriety that it's clear that she would have accepted any excuse to fall off the wagon. She even claims at one point that she only got sober so the drugs would be more effective.
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  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Piggybacking off of the above, Diane has no right to act as though she knew Sarah Lynn better than BoJack ever did, consider that both women had, at most, one exchange with one another where as BoJack knew Sarah Lynn for most of her life, especially the last few years. While she clearly has noble intentions when calling out BoJack's negative influence on her, it's clear that Diane is just looking at the surface (that a young, vulnerable woman died as a result, direct or not, of being with a powerful older man) and decided to side with the woman without question.


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