|“|| Like, sometimes I have this tiny voice in the back of my head that goes, like, "Hey, everyone hates you! And they're not wrong to feel that way!" [...]
That voice, the one that tells you you're worthless and stupid and ugly? It goes away, right? It's just, like, a dumb teenage-girl thing, but then it goes away?
—Hollyhock, "Stupid Piece of Sh*t"
Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack is an anthropomorphic teenage horse. After making a brief appearance in the season three finale, she was introduced as a new supporting character in the fourth season of BoJack Horseman. Initially believed to be BoJack Horseman's daughter, it was eventually revealed she is his half-sister, sired by BoJack's father Butterscotch with his human mistress Henrietta Platchkey.
According to her birth certificate, she was originally named "Girl Horse", before being adopted and raised by eight gay fathers.
Hollyhock is a teenage female horse. She has light brown fur, a chestnut brown mane with bangs that are worn parted, a white diamond shaped mark on her forehead similar to BoJack's, lighter brown fur on her mouth and nostrils, pointy ears, and lighter brown freckles on her face, neck, chest, and upper arms.
According to BoJack she is about 5'8. She has a chubby build, although in the later part of Season 4 Hollyhock slowly loses weight from episode to episode by unknowingly drinking drugged coffee by Beatrice Horseman. It becomes the most noticeable in "Lovin that cali lifestyle!!". She returns to her normal body shape by the end of “What Time Is It Right Now”.
Hollyhock wears a teal sweater with a dark teal collar and sleeve cuffs, dark grey ripped jeans, and pale yellow sneakers with pink socks. She also has two piercings on her right ear, and she also wears a double-stranded beaded necklace with a simple gold feather-shaped pendant.
People say she looks a lot like BoJack, which is why she initially thought he was her father.
Hollyhock was conceived sometime in December 1999. Butterscotch Horseman had cheated on his wife, Beatrice Horseman, with their maid, Henrietta Platchkey. Beatrice is initially angry, but she talks to Henrietta, who is struggling to earn money to pay tuition for nursing school. Beatrice says she'll pay for her tuition and convinces her to give the baby up for adoption, saying she doesn't want her to end up like her (giving up her life and dreams for the baby and letting Butterscotch poison her life).
Hollyhock is born September 24, 2000. We then see Henrietta wanting to hold the newly born foal and crying as she is taken away by Beatrice, implying in actual fact that she wanted to keep her daughter. Hollyhock was originally named "Girl Horse", but she was later adopted by eight gay men, and renamed Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilbersclag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack.
Hollyhock first appears in "That Went Well". Princess Carolyn had just opened her own management agency. As she sits in her new office, Judah informs her that someone is trying to contact BoJack Horseman, and that she sounds like a teenage girl. Princess Carolyn, who had been fired by BoJack a few episodes ago and has moved on from him, tells Judah to tell her she doesn't work for BoJack anymore. Judah hangs up the call. We then see who was on the other line; a female teenage horse, who appears sad at not being able to reach BoJack.
After returning to Mr Peanutbutter’s house, she knocks him out with chloroform. After he wakes up, he tries to fend her off with the pool net, but she assured him she won’t hurt him. She introduces herself as Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Fonzerelli-McQuack. Todd asks her to repeat her name twice and is confused by her last name, she explains she has eight dads because she was adopted by eight gay men who live in a polyamorous relationship.
Hollyhock says ever since she was a baby people have always told her she looks like BoJack Horseman, and she came to LA to see if he’s her biological father. She bought a spy kit for it, and she now enjoys knocking people out with chloroform. She thought Todd could help her because in BoJack’s book he said they live together.
Todd informs her he doesn’t live there anymore, and BoJack has been gone for a year and no one knows where he is. Hollyhock says she doesn’t have to meet him, she just wants a DNA sample, like a piece of hair. Todd says BoJack ‘s house might have something, and Hollyhock knocks him out again.
When Todd wakes up the two are in BoJack’s house, where it is discovered BoJack has returned, and he is fast asleep on the couch in his underwear. BoJack is in a deep enough sleep for Hollyhock to yank out a strand of his hair. Hollyhock says “Ok, let’s blow “ and the word blow wakes up BoJack, saying to save some for him. BoJack asks who she is and she introduces herself. Todd says she’s his new maid. After having a short somber conversation with Todd, and begins to question why he got him a maid, Hollyhock knocks out BoJack with chloroform and tells Todd to take the hair to get it tested.
However, when Todd gets to the lab he finds out he needs a sample from Hollyhock too, and, after going to a restaurant with Courtney Portnoy he goes back to discover she has not cleaned up at all, instead she has been going through BoJack’s stuff to learn about him. She also ate a box of doughnuts, got sleepy, and took a nap (This makes Todd certain the two are related) . She doesn’t want to yank out a strand of hair because it sounds painful, and asks if they can just use Todd’s hair. The doctor tells him no, and Todd runs back and gets a hair sample from a comb she has. BoJack complains to Todd his new maid isn’t doing her job and he’ll fire her, and Todd convinces BoJack to get drunk and fall asleep, and while he does that he’ll get the maid to clean. However, Todd ends up cleaning the house while Hollyhock eats, reads a magazine, and goes on her phone, and watches TV. When Todd has to leave again, he tells her to stay there and he’ll get the DNA test later, but he sees that she has fallen asleep.
Todd ends up giving the hair to Diane, who is trying to write a juicy story for the website she works on, lying to her saying Channing Tatum has an illegitimate daughter with a Cordovian refuge and the hair samples are from Channing and the baby. He tells Diane to call him first if the hairs are a match. Later, Diane confirms the DNA is indeed a match.
Todd goes to BoJack’s house and discovers BoJack sent her to Channing Tatum’s house to clean in order to thank him for collecting his mail while he was gone. Todd finds Hollyhock on Channing’s couch, reading a magazine with a feather duster in her hand. She asks him about the DNA and says she thinks she nailing being a maid. Todd lies and says it’s not a match. Hollyhock feels bad for coming here. Diane then comes to the front door outside, and Todd pretends to be Channing. Diane tries to interview him, and through this Hollyhock learns the DNA sample is a match. While Todd talks to Diane, Hollyhock leaves through the glass doors in the room. Later, after Todd tells BoJack Hollyhock is his daughter, and after having a conversation with him about his asexuality, he leaves, Hollyhock returns to BoJack’s house again, and she and BoJack are alone together.
The next episode begins with them sitting apart from each other on the couch, awkwardly BoJack tells how how he’s bad news and would be a horrible father. Hollyhock doesn’t care and says she doesn’t want another dad, she wants to know who her birth mom is. She asks who he had sex with in December 1999, and BoJack says he banged a lot of chicks at that period of time.
However, he suspects a woman named Marcie, because she was a “poking holes in the condoms type”, although she was “a nutter” and “a good lay”. BoJack agrees to take her to Marcie’s apartment the next morning to meet her, and Hollyhock says after that she’ll leave him alone. However she is able to guilt him into letting her stay at his house for the night instead of her hostile, which is in a bad part of town.
The next morning, BoJack wakes up to find that Hollyhock has set the microwave on fire for trying to make him breakfast, a Pop-tart, to thank him for letting her stay there. She put it in tinfoil to make it “popcorn style “. He forgives her however because making food is impossible . He also eats the charred Pop-tart on the way to driving Hollyhock to Marcie’s place.
BoJack explains Marcie was the president of his fan club. They arrive at Marci’s apartment, and she tells BoJack she knew he would come back and says she did give a baby up for adoption seventeen years ago. Hollyhock hugs her “mother”. Marcie says she tied to call BoJack but the number he gave her was for a sandwich shop in Temecula. BoJack lies and says he would have called her, but 9/11 happened.
Later, Marcie shows them a scrapbook of all the women BoJack had been with and their home addresses due to the fact she was so in love with BoJack and he never called back, which made her jealous. Hollyhock excuses herself to use the bathroom, and then calls BoJack into the bathroom telling Marcie it’s a dad bathroom thing.
Hollyhock tells BoJack that Marcie is not her mom, because she found a photo of her from the premiere of the movie Autumn in New York, which premired August of 2000. Hollyhock was born the following month, in September, and Marcie does not look a woman would be showing at eight months pregnancy.
She tells BoJack they have to get the scrapbook, as it has every woman BoJack slept with and that will help them find her mom. BoJack agree to distract Marcie, but as Hollyhock sneaks into the living room to get the book, to her horror and disgust BoJack and Marcie are having sex behind the couch and BoJack is quizzing Marcie on random Horsin' Around trivia.
The next woman they go to is Tilda Madison, a hairless cat who is the Time Medium on CBS. She did, in fact, get pregnant, but she got an abortion, with BoJack sending her a check for half of it. BoJack says that’s good because you don’t want any little BoJacks running around because the last thing the world needs is more of him. Hollyhock is offended, and BoJack says he likes her but he would go back and try to prevent this. Hollyhock storms out angrily at this comment.
While driving away from Tilda’s set, BoJack tried to apologize, Hollyhock sarcastically apologizes that he has to interact with the women he was shitty to. BoJack says he doesn’t know why they’re doing it because she’ll never switch bodies with her mom or anything. Hollyhock commands BoJack to pull over, and she says she can find her mom on her own now that she has the book. She leaves and tells BoJack to have a bad life. He responds with “Joke’s on you! I already have one!”
However, BoJack returns home and misses her, so he goes to every woman he slept with and asks them if he got them pregnant and gave a baby up for adoption seventeen years ago. Neither he or Hollyhock find her mom.
Late in the day BoJack finds Hollyhock and tells her what he did. Hollyhock says this was stupid and that she shouldn’t have come here because she doesn’t need a Mom because she did great with eight dads.
She gets upset over wanting a mom because that means her dads weren’t good enough for her, but they were. BoJack tells her to give up for looking for enough, because it’ll never be enough. Hollyhock starts crying and he, not knowing how to comfort her and asks what her dads tell her. She says they tell her it’s OK to cry and she shouldn’t feel bad about feeling bad. BoJack tells her she can stay with him a little longer, but Hollyhock questions how they’re going to find her mom.
BoJack lies and says her mother is “Carla Mercedes Benz Brown”. Hollyhock says that’s a weird name, BoJack retorts by saying Hollyhock is the one with a weird name. Hollyhock hopes that the first thing she and her birth mother could talk about when they finally meet for the first time.
In “Thoughts and Prayers”, we see Hollyhock and BoJack driving back to his house, with Hollyhock amazed that she knows the name of her birth mom. However, two days later at breakfast BoJack admits that he lied about her mother and that he doesn't know who it is. He promises that he’ll do everything he can to help her find her birth mom, but from his experience with his mother he says moms aren’t that great. Hollyhock asks if she could meet her, and BoJack lies that she’s dead.
Fifteen minutes later Hollyhock asks about what happened to the Fudgsicles she got, and BoJack confesses that his mom is not actually dead. Hollyhock says she wants to meet her and asks where she lives. He tells her she lives in a luxurious nursing home, but he cannot remember the name, which offends Hollyhock. BoJack reluctantly agrees to take Hollyhock to visit his mother, and he says he won’t lie to her anymore. Hollyhock asks if he ate the last Fudgsicle. To which, BoJack lies and says he didn't then a few minutes later admits, in fact, he did eat it.
BoJack finds out from Princess Carolyn that the nursing home his mother is living at is called Walnut Springs, and it is in Santa Barbara. When they arrive, Hollyhock questions BoJack how he didn’t feel any guilt about leaving his mother here. BoJack says she didn’t know his mom. His mother, Beatrice, was verbally abusive to him throughout his childhood and is a big factor in how he became so screwed up.
The two find a now elderly Beatrice, but she doesn’t recognize BoJack and calls him “Henrietta”. BoJack is annoyed by this and thinks she is just pretending to not recognize him due to her bitter attitude she always had towards him. However, she somehow recognizes Hollyhock, saying “Oh hello! It’s You!”. BoJack is distraught that his mother cannot recognize him. Hollyhock sits down next across from Beatrice and tells BoJack she’d like some orange juice as well.
Later, when BoJack comes back with the orange juice, he sees Hollyhock talking with Beatrice. Beatrice tells Hollyhock she can’t believe she came back, and that she looks “just like him”.
A male doctor tells BoJack that his mother has dementia, and their visit has made her the most responsive she’s been in weeks, and them visiting on a daily basis will help her. BoJack refuses, but the doctor says she will not live for another 10 years. BoJack is fine with this and tells Hollyhock it’s time for them to leave. Hollyhock demands they visit her every week, because she’s his mother, and dementia is hereditary, so they might have it one day and they would want someone to take care of them. BoJack reluctantly agrees.
The next week, Beatrice shows Hollyhock a photo album, with BoJack still bitter about the fact she can’t remember him. After he leaves out of boredom. Hollyhock points out a picture of Beatrice, and she tells her that was from her debutante ball, and Hollyhock exclaims how beautiful she was. Beatrice tells Hollyhock she could be thin too, just go easy on the sweets and when she goes somewhere she should gallop and not walk. Hollyhock responds by saying “Way harsh, Grammy Gram”.
A week later, BoJack brings a DVD set of “Horsin' Around” (which Hollyhock at first thinks is a “thin hard book”) and he puts on the episode “I’m Ready For My Close-up, Mr. Dementia” to learn how to deal with Beatrice. To his shock, Beatrice recognizes BoJack on the TV and laughs at the episode, despite in the past criticizing and dismissing it. During their next visit BoJack goes outside upset over his situation with his mother. Hollyhock wonders how they can get her to connect the BoJack from the show to the BoJack that visits her every week. BoJack then gets the idea to put on a live episode of Horsin’ Around at the nursing home, and when his mother finally recognizes him, he’ll sit next to her, squeeze her hand, and say “Fuck you, Mom”. Hollyhock disagrees with this, but BoJack has already set his mind on it.
One week later, BoJack has set up a fake episode of Horsin’ Around, with Hollyhock playing Olivia by wearing a mop for a blonde wig. She is still skeptical and nervous about BoJack’s plan, but he tells her it’ll be ok, as long as she enunciates her lines. After Beatrice arrives they begin, but Beatrice is confused and scared by what they’re doing, and she ends up having a meltdown where she shoves other elders, and she is wheeled out of the room.
Beatrice is kicked out for being violent, and the doctor from before says due to her rapid deterioration, she should live with them. Hollyhock agrees and says Beatrice can have the guest bedroom and she’ll sleep on the couch. BoJack reluctantly agrees. While Beatrice is being moved in, BoJack goes out on his deck and Hollyhock follows. He says his mother is going to die and she’ll n3ver know how much he hates her. Hollyhock says she probably did because she read his novel, and assures him Beatrice will have bad days and good days, and maybe one day she will recognize him. The episode ends with BoJack putting his hand on Hollyhock’s shoulder, with some hesitation.
We later learn it is not BoJack she wants to contact but her birth mother, who turns out to be Henrietta Platchkey. BoJack and Hollyhock are actually half-siblings who share the same biological father, Butterscotch Horseman.
Hollyhock is an intelligent young woman who finished her education early. She understands her Dads' Dad Speak when they think she does not understand them, from which she was able to deduce that Bojack was the one responsible for finding her biological mother.
Aside from that, she isn't that different from a normal teenage girl. She's seeking, curious, smart, sweet, awkward and kind of dorky. She's also a bit lazy and is shown to enjoy eating.
She appears to be quite compassionate towards BoJack when she asks him where he disappears to all day long and shows concern for him. In turn, BoJack seems to be very protective of Hollyhock and constantly wants to look out for her.
Although it was revealed that BoJack was not her biological father, but was in fact her half-brother; Season 4 concludes with her saying that she never had a brother before and indicated a desire to begin a loving sibling relationship with him.
- My name is Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Fonzerelli-McQuack.
- I know it’s confusing. I have 8 dads.
- No I was adopted... by 8 gay men in a committed gay polyamorous relationship
- But ever since I was a baby people always said I looked like BoJack Horseman...and I’ve always wondered if BoJack could be my biological...sperm...guy.
- No, but I am learning so much about my possibly maybe birth father! Like did you know has a shoebox in his closet full of bad reviews for other people’s TV shows?
- I also ate a box of doughnuts, got sleepy and took a nap.
- Look, I didn’t come all this way to not find out who my biological father is.
- No way! That sounds painful! Can’t we just use your hair?
- Oh wait! I have this whole comb full of hair in my bag! Duh!
- What? I’m helping! I’m cleaning out his DVR! Get it? Ok you got it right?
- Oh. Well that’s fine, I don’t want a relationship. I already have 8 dads. It’s not like a 9th dad is what I need to suddenly fill a hole in my life that the unconditional love of 8 dads couldn’t already fill.
- That Went Well (cameo)
- Hooray! Todd Episode! (official debut)
- Commence Fracking
- Thoughts and Prayers
- Stupid Piece of Sh*t
- The Judge
- Ruthie (mentioned throughout)
- Lovin that cali lifestyle!!
- Time's Arrow (cameo)
- What Time Is It Right Now
- Miles the Intern (dated)
- Hollyhock is originally thought to be Bojack's daughter but is later revealed to be his half-sister.
- Her birth name is Girl Horse but was changed to Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack when adopted.
- She has eight adoptive fathers.
- She likes apples but she doesn't like applesauce.
- Like BoJack, she hates honeydew, describing it as the Jared Leto of fruits.
- She graduated from high school early and is taking a gap year.
- Despite her body type, she seems to be a bit athletic , as she has what appears to be a soccer trophy in her bedroom in "That Went Well", it is revealed she was the captain of her JV soccer team, in “Commence Fracking“ she is able to tuck and roll while sneaking through Marcy’s living room, and in "What Time Is It Right Now" she shows a photo of herself rollerblading.
- Hollyhock being secretly drugged by Beatrice with amphetamines in the coffee she makes her is hinted at multiple times
- The opening credits from “Stupid Piece of Sh*t” to “Lovin that cali lifestyle!!” show Hollyhock receiving coffee from Beatrice, whereas the first opening credit sequences she appears in (“Commence Fracking” and “Thoughts and Prayers”) shows her eating a Pop Tart.
- She is shown doing odd things such as lighting matches and throwing them into the pool, organizing all the coins she found in the house, seeing how fast she can change the TV channels, and counting her teeth. Unusual behaviors are a real life side affect of amphetamines.
- In “The Judge”, she says being cooped up in the house makes her feel like she has little bugs crawling around under her skin. Restlessness is another side effect.
- She rejects food twice, once at breakfast saying that she is good with her coffee, and at the very end of the episode, when BoJack asks if she wants to go out for pizza or ice cream. This is due to amphetamines taking away appetite, although some may originally think the last incident was due to Hollyhock being self conscious about her weight throughout the episode, and BoJack inadvertently agreeing with her that she was a “blob”.
- She is seen carrying her coffee cup around more often, implying that she has become addicted to the drugs inside it.
- Hollyhock herself gradually loses weight.
- At the beginning of “Lovin that cali lifestyle!!”, Hollyhock appears very skinny, to the point that her clothes don’t fit her, and she is dizzy and keeps scraping her neck and arms, all of which are side effects of amphetamines, until she eventually passes out from overdosing.
- It is implied that her birth mother Henrietta Platchkey actually did in fact want to raise her daughter but was forced by Beatrice to give the infant up for adoption.
- Season 4 ends with her telling BoJack while she already has plenty of paternal figures in her life, she would be content to have a sibling-like relationship with him.
- She enjoyed knocking people out with chloroform, mainly Todd Chavez.
- According to BoJack’s Instagram, after Season 4, Hollyhock went with BoJack to Hawaii and saw the Broadway show, Hamilton. This suggests that, despite Hollyhock's fathers forbidding BoJack from seeing her again, the two horses have hung out with each other afterwards. Another possibility is that her fathers have forgiven BoJack and lifted the ban on him interacting with Hollyhock.