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Introduction

"Chickens" is the fifth episode of Season 2 of Netflix original series BoJack Horseman. The episode, along with the rest of Season 2, aired on July 17, 2015.

Synopsis

BoJack Horseman really wants his director, Kelsey, to like him. Todd, Diane and Kelsey's daughter help a chicken who's on the run from the police.

Plot

The episode begins with a commercial for the fast food restaurant, Chicken 4 Days, which is followed by a commercial for Gentle Farms, a chicken-owned farm that prides itself on giving its chickens a good home as they inject them with hormones since birth to make them into "food chickens", where they are built and act like real life chickens, before they’re eventually turned into food.

BoJack is watching this ad on his iPad, when Diane reminds him that he’s driving. BoJack almost crashes, but ends up causing multiple car crashes behind him. The last vehicle in the accident is a Chicken 4 Days truck. A food chicken wanders out of the truck.

BoJack and Diane arrive on the Secretariat set, where Kelsey is with her teenage daughter, Irving, as its Take Your Daughter To Work Day. When BoJack calls Irving a Princess, she tells her mom is friend is being weird. Kelsey coldly says BoJack isn’t her friend, and pawns Irving off on Diane so that she can work.


BoJack calls Princess Carolyn, who’s at her niece's wedding as a bridesmaid, and tells her that Kelsey doesn't like him. He thinks the problem is they haven’t gotten any one-on-one time together. Princess Carolyn tells him he’s not really someone who’s likable, and he only wants Kelsey to like him because she’s cold and distant, and he pushes away anyone who does care about him.

Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd talk about ideas for PB Livin'. Mr. Peanutbutter decides to have a spa day, and tells Todd while he’s gone to have one of his "silly Todd adventures". Todd calls Princess Carolyn and asks her for something to do. She tells him to stay out of trouble. Just then, the escaped chicken appears outside of the window, and Todd notices her.

Diane is driving with Irving. She asks Irving what she wants to be when she grows up, and Irving says the youngest supreme justice, or something in marketing. Diane asks Irving if it’s OK if she stops at her house because she has to do laundry, and Irving asks if all she does is house keep for her husband. Diane tells Irving that she was just like her when she was a teenager, an over achiever determined to change the world. Irving asks what happened, and Diane says that she changed the world.

Todd is making the chicken, who is now wearing a towel and bathrobe, a sandwich when he gets a visit from the police. Office Meow Meow Fuzzyface tells Todd questions if he’s seen the escaped chicken, as they have to take it back to the slaughterhouse. Todd lies and says the chicken is his wife, Becca, and Meow Meow Fuzzyface believe him.

After the cop leaves, Todd quickly dresses Becca up to continue the lie. Diane and Irving arrive home, and Todd confesses to her what happened. He pleads to not send her back, as she'll be killed, and he has a plan to help her escape. Diane says it’s too dangerous and there are police outside, but after Irving scoffs at her being a "suburban housewife doing whatever the man says", Diane says she’s in.

They manage to make it past the cop but after they leave Meow Meow Fuzzyface realizes that Todd's wife is the chicken.

As they drive, Diane asks Todd what his plan is, but Todd's only plan was to "ask Diane for help". Irving suggests that they take her to Gentle Farms.

BoJack announces to the crew that he got them a burrito truck. He asks Kelsey if he can get to know her over lunch, but she says the crew has work to do and the burritos will throw them off. Kelsey gets a call from the police, and learns about the chicken fiasco, as her car is being used to harbor the stolen chicken. BoJack tells Kelsey that they're going to try and bring her daughter back alive. Kelsey, desperate to find Irving, reluctantly agrees to let BoJack help her.

Diane and the others are at Central Farms to drop off Becca. The farmer assures Todd Becca is in good hands, and Chicken 4 Days won’t be able to get her back. Todd sadly says goodbye to Becca.

As they drive, BoJack is finishing telling Kelsey a story about how he did something to terrify Drew Barrymore, which led to her going to rehab and getting sober. Kelsey tells BoJack she doesn't understand why he needs her to like him. BoJack suggests it’s because of his own insecurities and having an authority figure approve of him would prove them wrong. BoJack's car breaks down, as it’s been messed up ever since BoJack hit a deer a week ago, and they are forced to pull over.

Todd and the others leave the farm. Diane says that Gentle Farms seems like the best place for her, until she’s killed. Todd suddenly decides they have to get Becca back, saying all his life he’s been a screwup but with Becca he was finally responsible for something. Diane quickly swerves the car around, and the trio go to break Becca out.

BoJack and Kelsey stand on the side of the road. Kelsey angrily questions BoJack what his plan is to get out of here, and he says that he'll sign an autograph and give it to the next person that drives by. Kelsey then says that she's going to lose custody of her daughter, saying this movie is what’s going to fund her education, and she fears she’s a terrible mother. BoJack reassures her that he knows terrible mothers, and she isn’t one. A truck driver pulls up and recognizes the two of them,,amen says he’ll give them a ride for some autographs.

Todd, Diane, and Irving return to the farm. However, they wake up the farmer, who’s prepared to shoot trespassers. Diane tells Irving to wait in the car while she and Todd break out Becca. They go into the chicken coop, and find Becca and set the other food chickens free.

They run and hide but end up hiding in a slaughter shed. Todd apologizes to Diane for getting into these situations all the time, but Diane says that’s just what your twenties are supposed to be like. She says she’s supposed to be the adult and she’s a total mess, but Todd says she’s the coolest person he knows. Irving drives the car into the shed, and they escape, but are stopped by the police.

Kelsey arrives at the police station and hugs Irving. BoJack gets them to drop all the charges because he's a celebrity. He also called Drew Barrymore and had her adopt the chicken for the favor she owed him.

On the drive back, Irving asks if anything they did mattered since BoJack saved the day by being friends with Drew Barrymore. Diane says she thinks they made a difference, as they drive by a Chicken 4 Dayz with a long line outside of it.

Cast

Actor Character
Will Arnett ... BoJack Horseman
Amy Sedaris ... Princess Carolyn
Alison Brie ... Diane Nguyen
Paul F. Tompkins ... Mr. Peanutbutter
Aaron Paul ... Todd Chavez
Maria Bamford ... Kelsey Jannings
Khandi Alexander ... Police Chief/ Farmer's Wife
Ron Funches ... Gentle Farms Farmer
Lisa Hanawalt ... Becca
Craig Kilborn ... Michael Morgan
Keith Olbermann ... Tom Jumbo-Grumbo
Amy Schumer ... Irving Jannings
Cedric Yarbrough ... Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface / Chicken 4 Dayz Announcer

Trivia

  • BoJack's car breaks down due to not repairing it after hitting a deer in the previous episode, which BoJack mentions.