The internet was ready to be very sad again with the debut of the fifth season of Bojack Horseman on Netflix this past Friday. Bojack's got a new job but not necessarily a new lease on life; he's still going through the flawed male anti-hero motions that are becoming more common and more boring and damaging by the day. Thankfully, the show is also known for its bevy of blink-and-you'll-miss-it jokes and animal-based pop culture references, of which there are plenty. We found six of the coolest moments in the new season, the true silver lining to this very sad horse show.
During "The Amelia Earhart Story," Bojack can be heard complaining to his manager Princess Carolyn about the show he's currently starring in "Philbert": "No show should have that much talking," he moans. "TV is a visual medium." Having your cake and eating it, too is when you follow that with an episode like "Free Churro," a nearly half-hour long rant given by Bojack at (what he thinks) is his mother's funeral. He strips down his relationship with his parents and self-sufficiency before he realizes that he's been giving the speech at the wrong funeral this whole time.
At the beginning of episode 11 "The Showstopper," Abel Ziggler, apparent popsicle joke magnate, bursts into Princess Carolyn's office and accuses "Philbert" showrunner Phil McVicker stealing a joke from one of his popsicle sticks.
It might be hard to pinpoint exactly where McVicker may have done this, but you can see him sucking on a nice blue popsicle near the end of episode 3 "Planned Obsolescence." Check and mate.
Bojack is one of the most experimental shows on television, but the seventh episode of season 5 "INT. SUB" goes over the edge more than most others. Dr. Indira (Issa Rae), the therapist to Diane, tells her wife the story of Diane and Bojack's latest friendship drama but decides to use different names because of doctor-patient confidentiality. Bojack becomes "BoBo, The Angsty Zebra" and the credits change along with him, turning Bojack into a zebra. One of the more overt details on this list but funny regardless.
"Free Churro" is a devastating episode for many reasons, but one of the most heartbreaking happens within the first thirty seconds. "Yes, yes, I see you. Get in," his father Butterscotch Horseman says. That phrase - "I see you" - becomes the driving force behind the "Free Churro" monologue. Neither of his parents really saw him the way he needed to be seen, and that cycle is what has Bojack preaching gospel to a choir of lizards at the wrong damn funeral.
The penultimate episode of the season is a mesh of Bojack proper and the imaginary show Philbert, a prototypical Law and Order/True Detective riff. The theme plays instead of the show's original theme, ending with a red tape cork board that is shaped like Bojack/Philbert's head. A blink and you'll miss it reference.
Bethesda Software knows a good post-apocalypse when they see it. The opening to the "Philbert" episode that is played throughout "The Showstopper" begins with a bird flying across a dying wasteland...while in a blue and yellow hazmat suit. The Pip-Boy and Vault color scheme are hard to ignore here.