Review: Bojack Horseman S06 E13

Just when one thinks change is nigh, life tends to pull the rug from underneath one’s feet. The thirteenth episode of the sixth season of ‘Bojack Horseman’ turns out to be a reality check of sorts: one that coerces viewers to consider the impact of both, change and permanence (or the opposite of change). The episode is titled ‘The Horny Unicorn’ but is less outlandish than what that might make it seem like…

Bojack Horseman Season 6 Episode 13 Recap:

The episode shows how Bojack is now hated all over the country due to the second part of his interview with Braxby. It has been a few months since the interview and it is revealed that Bojack paid Sarah Lynn’s family $5 million in settlement.

Bojack does not even get acceptance from his AA group. A shady guy offers to sponsor him after the meeting. Then, Bojack’s lawyer and accountant call him. They inform him that the company, Xerox is suing him for using their brand’s name in his interview. To avoid a financial turmoil that the settlement might entail, Bojack’s accountant sells Bojack’s house. Bojack finds himself homeless all of a sudden. However, before leaving, he finds a letter from Hollyhock. But, he does not open the letter.

Todd starts working at Princess Carolyn’s office as a babysitter for the children of those working in the building. He moves into a new apartment with his girlfriend and wants to show his mother his progress in life. He invites her for a housewarming party. But, there is no housewarming party and Todd plans on hosting one by hiring actors to play the guests.

Meanwhile, Bojack moves in with Mr. Peanutbutter and lands a small gig on his television show, ‘Birthday Dad.’ He plays a dead body in one of the episodes. Then, he finds out that he has not been invited to Todd’s housewarming party. When he goes to Todd’s house, Todd has to ask him to leave. Bojack gets upset and leaves. Then, he gets offered a role in a proposed project titled ‘The Horny Unicorn’ revolving around a flawed character.

Bojack finally opens Hollyhock’s letter. He seems to be extremely taken aback and disturbed by what he reads. However, the letter’s contents aren’t revealed and the episode ends with Bojack dejected.

Bojack Horseman Season 6 Episode 13 Review

Reviewing the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of ‘Bojack Horseman’ is tough…On one hand, it brings the show back to its melancholic, nihilistic mood and indicates the difficulty of implementing actual change in life. However, on the other hand, it feels like a major step back/derailment from the protagonist’s personal progress and the general direction of the story towards betterment.

It must be noted that Bojack does seem to handle the hatred towards him far better than how he is generally depicted to be reacting to things. But that turns out to be the only victory that he is given. Other than that, life just seems to be throwing lemons at him constantly.

This episode does manage to frustrate the viewer with the halt in Bojack’s progress. Perhaps, that is its intention: to show how Bojack’s problems aren’t as fun as they used to be and require to be controlled immediately. Could this have been a means of convincing viewers that there is no going back to the spiral of self-destruction naively? Or is it just a poor execution of attempting to return the show to what worked for it before? (although that is certainly not what fans might be too fond of).

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