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Introduction
Oh my god, I'm not in a mood! Whatever! Get bent! I hate my life! I can't wait to be dead!

—Penny, Escape from L.A.


Penny Carson[1] is the daughter of BoJack's friend Charlotte Moore and her husband Kyle, and the older sister of Trip. She is in the 2015 graduating class of Tesuque High School. As of Season 3, she is an above average college student at Oberlin College in Ohio.

Appearance

Penny is a deer like her mother Charlotte, and according to BoJack, she looks a lot like her. She has taupe brown fur, with cream fur on her eyes, mouth, the front of her body, and inside her ears, and brown fur on the top halves of her ears. She has green eyes, brown freckles on her cheeks, shoulders, and snout, and a tuft of dark brown hair that appears to be styled up.

In Escape from L.A., when she is seventeen and still in high school, she wears a short, mid-length sleeved magenta dress, with a lavender zigzag on the collar and the bottom of the sleeves and skirt, mauve knee socks with tears on the tops of them, and small black boots with yellow spots.

She also wears a long necklace with a triangle shaped yellow pendant with a black spot in the middle, and another necklace that goes around her neck that has small round grey beads and light green and light blue tear dropped shaped beads in between them.

At prom, she wears a sleeveless, short violet dress with frilly lighter purple layers underneath it and a purple belt with lavender circles around the middle, a necklace with pink beads, peach, and orange heeled shoes, and a corsage on her left wrist.

In "That's Too Much Man!", when she is now in college, she is wearing a purple and white letterman style jacket, along with a grey top that exposes a little bit of the bottom of her stomach, black jeans, and a red and light pink ear flap beanie with pom-poms, which her ears stick out of, and the boots she wore in her previous appearance.

Background

Penny

Penny in the "Kyle and the Kids" opening

Penny is the oldest child in Charlotte's family. While her family life is relatively normal, she holds some typical teenage angst fueled by her school life. When BoJack stays at her household, she is at first suspicious of him, but learns to bond with BoJack when he mentors her in driving and spends time with her. She has lived in New Mexico her whole life, she was born in 1997 or early 1998.

Most of Penny's worries stem from her crush on classmate Diego Mendoza and the impending prom night. After Diego rejects her for a reptile girl named Layla K. when she asks him to prom, BoJack helps Penny concoct a plan to make Diego jealous and gain his attention at the prom, but the two, along with Penny’s friends Maddy and Pete-Repeat, eventually abandon the plan as BoJack attempts to help salvage the unsuccessful night. Penny grows fond of BoJack, as the two briefly dance with each other on top of a water tower, where BoJack states she looks just like her mom.

However, BoJack had let Maddy drink large amounts of alcohol and get drunk, and Pete calls them down from the water tower when she passes out. He fears she might have alcohol poisoning, and he said he knew someone who died from it. They go to the hospital, but BoJack convinces Pete to stay with Maddy while he and Penny go home, and to tell the nurses he doesn’t know where she got the alcohol from. Pete reluctantly agrees.
Penny Dancing With BoJack

Penny dancing with BoJack

Upon returning home BoJack assures a worried Penny that Maddy will be fine, and they did the right thing. Penny thanks BoJack fro the night they had together, and she tells him that he's the first grown up she’s met that treats her like a person,whereas everyone else treats her like a kid. She kisses BoJack and prepositions to sleep with him. Despite her reassurances that she is within the age of consent and that she is sober, BoJack turns her down, stating she does not know what she wants. She gets upset and goes inside the house with tears in her eyes.

She is found aboard BoJack's ship in Escape from L.A. later in the evening after BoJack is turned down by Charlotte, stating she does know what she wants. BoJack dismisses her, but leaves his cabin door open. A drifting glowstick balloon the prom group made earlier in the night floats by the ship, and catches the attention of Charlotte.

When Charlotte walks by to investigate, she hears noises from within the ship, and opens the cabin door to discover both Penny and BoJack in compromising positions. Penny is last seen leaving the ship crying upon obeying Charlotte's command to go to her room, right before the latter demands BoJack to leave and that if he ever tries to contact her or her family again, she would, in her words, "fucking kill him".
BoJack and Penny are caught by Charlotte

BoJack and Penny are caught by Charlotte

Penny would later make an appearance in the Season 3 episode, "That's Too Much, Man!" where she is seen having a successful time in college. BoJack attempts to make amends with the various people he's wronged in his lifetime (while dragging Sarah Lynn along), but, in his intoxicated state, keeps blacking out.

In one of the black-outs, he ends up in Ohio with Sarah Lynn to make amends with Penny. BoJack makes a u-turn before blacking out and coming to in Penny's college, having apparently gone through with the plan despite his own protests.

After another black-out, they end up spying on Penny in the cafeteria. One more black-out nets them at a dorm party where BoJack seems to be under control once more. He elects to stop following Penny and attempts to get inside to use the bathroom. In his stupor, he garners the attention of Penny, who recognizes him instantly. BoJack attempts to explain himself and Penny fearfully informs him that he can't be there and she does not want to see him before disappearing into the crowd swarming BoJack.

It appears as though she was completely healed emotionally from the incident with BoJack but seeing him again in college is a trigger and reminder of what happened between them so old wounds are once again reopened. As of Season 4, it is unknown how Penny would be doing now.

She is briefly mentioned in Stupid Piece of Sh*t, when BoJack thinks about people he let love him, and then he let them down.

Personality

Penny is seen as dry, sarcastic, angsty, and sometimes vulnerable due to her uncertainty. She is somewhat of a gossip, often speaking of the fast-changing friendships and relationships of her classmates at school.

Penny is also shown to be pushy in her motives to want to sleep with BoJack, asking several times in the episode.

In her appearance That's Too Much, Man! she seems to have matured significantly. Behaving in a much friendlier fashion and doing plenty of campus activities in college, however when she recognizes BoJack, she reacts fearfully.

Relationships

Trivia

  • She is voted with "Best Smile" in her yearbook.
  • Her bedroom posters have artist names including "F.K.A. Pigs," "Llama Del Rey," and "Bunny Ver w/ Fleet Foxes," which are puns on FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey, and Bon Iver respectively.
  • Penny resembles her mother Charlotte in looks and personality.
Penny prom model sheet

Penny prom model sheet

Gallery

References

  1. Name shown in her yearbook (see this image)

Start a Discussion Discussions about Penny Carson

  • My anger and hatred for Charlotte Moore

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    • Okay, but seriously though, why hate her?  She had every right to be upset about what happened that night.  Think of it from her perspective,...
    • Goddamn, edgelording is just so stupid and boring. I was really hoping we'd leave it back in 2014. Jesse220 wrote:Ok I have a deep str...