Bojack Horseman season 5, episode 2 recap: ‘The Dog Days Are Over’


Bojack Horseman presents a Diane-centric episode as she deals with the aftermath of her and Mr. Peanutbutter’s divorce.

Bojack Horseman digs deep into Diane’s misery as she decides on a whim to fly off to Vietnam after her divorce with Mr. Peanutbutter becomes official. It’s actually a great episode because the focus on Diane helps us understand her as a character more than we ever really have before.

The episode begins with a short-haired Diane bawling her eyes out but the reason is unclear, at least at that moment. The episode flashes back and forth between the past and present and leads up to the moment of Diane crying in the car.

“The Dog Days Are Over” is executed so perfectly with hidden gems in the background that you can easily miss if you’re not paying attention. Case in point is when Diane shows up at the airport and asks to get a ticket to whatever flight is taking off next. If you look at the flight times and dates board, you’ll see that the AmeriCrane flight to Istanbul, Turkey is–stuffed.

Throughout the episode, Diane lists 10 reasons why one should go to Vietnam which include reconnecting with your ancestral roots, to be a tourist, to get out of your routine, and because you’ve got to leave to come back home.

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As she roams around Vietnam, she takes the time to find herself and it is quite the struggle because her head is not in the right space. It doesn’t help when she finds out the hotel she is staying at has a movie crew staying there that is filming a movie about a recently divorced woman that comes to Vietnam to find herself, starring Laura Linney. Sound familiar much?

A flashback scene takes us back to when Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are having dinner before the divorce papers are signed and she is inquiring about them. It is here where Mr. Peanutbutter meets Pickles the Pug, who we find out later ends up dating him.

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Can I just point out the absolutely hilarious scene that is happening in the background of this scene? The first time I around I missed it completely but upon a second glance, it stood out to me and it was again quite genius.

A pig is eating his dinner and looks over to the couple sitting next to him only to nice that they are eating pig. The look on his face is priceless and so uncomfortable through the entire scene and while it’s just in the background, it’s such a great addition and insight into the clever nuances of the series.

During her time in Vietnam, Diane meets a guy er eagle working on the movie and they sort of hit it off, except he thinks she cannot speak or understand English. That is until she slips and says something and their momentary romance comes to a halt.

Prior to Mr. Peanutbutter’s big party, Diane moves into a sad, depressing apartment which seems to be falling apart. Bojack doesn’t hesitate to share his pity but is distracted by Diane’s new haircut and style. Girl is killing it post-divorce!

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We finally learn what has Diane so upset at the beginning of the episode and it all comes full circle when it’s revealed that Diane sees Mr. Peanutbutter kissing Pickles and embracing her like he used to embrace her.

This is ultimately what pushes her to leave and go to Vietnam and when she returns from her trip, Mr. Peanutbutter picks her up from the airport. He finally signs the divorce papers and tells her something she already knew–that he is dating someone.

Moral of this Bojack Horseman episode? Life goes on despite the hardships and heartbreak and that you will survive. Thanks, Diane. We heart you.