Bojack Horseman season 5, episode 8 recap: Mr. Peanutbutter’s Boos


Bojack Horseman traverses multiple timelines as we learn more about Mr. Peanutbutter’s past and his impromptu annual Halloween parties.

Bojack Horseman knows how to tackle and explore emotions in a very unique way, and season 5 has been a testament to just how deep this show can get. In this episode, we are presented with different points in Bojack and Mr. Peanutbutter’s life circa every Halloween.

It’s always the same thing, Mr. Peanutbutter shows up at Bojack’s house for a “spontaneous” Halloween party with friends in tow. The purpose of showing the annual party at different points in time is to shed a light on Mr. Peanutbutter’s various relationships.

The first party takes place in 1993 when he was married to his wife, Katrina, and then in 2004, when he was with Jessica Biel, and then 2009 when he was with Diane. Then we come to the present where Mr. Peanutbutter is now with his pug girlfriend, Pickles.

It’s a great way to gain insight into his relationships and how he has formed into the person er dog he is today. Perhaps more intriguing than his relationships is watching him and Bojack change over the years. It’s also a reminder of how they have been in each other’s lives for longer than Bojack would like to admit.

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Mr. Peanutbutter has an epiphany regarding all the relationships he’s been and how all the women have turned bitter and angry after being with him. We start to see a different side of Mr. Peanutbutter starting from the first Halloween party with Katrina. He is so popular and loved that he doesn’t give any attention to a nervous Katrina who is uneasy about being at the party.

During the Halloween party with Jessica Biel, she ultimately gets flustered after she asks Mr. Peanutbutter to protect her from anyone dressed like a mummy (Bojack Horseman, in this case), and when he fails to do so, he lets yet another woman in his life.

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Diane has a similar experience when she goes to the Halloween party because she’s nervous about meeting Bojack and is constantly left alone by Mr. Peanutbutter. In the present, Pickles is also riddled with nerves but it all has to do with the fact that Diane is at the party too.

When Pickles gets too drunk, Mr. Peanutbutter finally realizes he needs to do something different and says they should leave.

He confides in Diane about not knowing what he is doing wrong and she tells him that he doesn’t mess the women up so much so as doesn’t listen to what they have to say.

And because the women he is with are always so young, they are in the growing up phase, and he is stuck in a more immature phase and never quite got out of it. Diane advises him to either date women his age or just grow up (way to keep it real, Diane!).

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When he tells Pickles that they should go home, she refuses to say that she wants to party some more. And it’s at that moment that Mr. Peanutbutter finally realizes that he’s too old for this scene, but doesn’t know how to get out of it.

This entire episode calls for and focuses on how one has to look deep within themselves to understand who they truly are. Whether you’re a good or bad person ultimately doesn’t matter unless you face your insecurities and the parts of you that scare you.

Wow, Bojack Horseman, you went deep with this one.