"The Telescope" is the eighth episode of Season 1 of the Netflix original series, BoJack Horseman. The Telescope, along with the rest of Season 1, premiered August 22, 2014.


When he learns that Herb Kazzaz is dying from terminal rectal cancer, BoJack tries to mend fences with his former best friend with Diane accompanying him. Todd meets two masked girls who try to carjack him, and BoJack unexpectedly kisses Diane, putting a strain on their friendship.


On their way to see Herb in Malibu, BoJack tells Diane about his past with Herb and how BoJack admittedly stabbed Herb in the back.

BoJack and Herb were both stand-up comedians trying to make it big in Hollywood during the 1980s. One night, network executives from ABC catch one of Herb's routines and are impressed. Herb is invited to a party by the executives, and the next day he reveals to BoJack they bought his Horsin' Around show idea. BoJack is at first saddened he is being left behind, but Herb surprises BoJack by saying he only agreed to the deal if they agreed to let BoJack be the star.

During the height of Horsin' Around and BoJack's career in the 90s, BoJack is called by his agent Marv that his dream role of starring in the Secretariat movie may become a reality if he can avoid scandals in the meanwhile. At the same time, however, Herb is caught doing "lewd acts with another man" in a police sting, effectively outing his sexual orientation to the media. An outraged public pressures the network, and Herb wants BoJack to back him up when the executives inevitably seek to fire him. BoJack agrees, admitting he wouldn't have his success if it weren't for Herb and that he would threaten to walk off the show. Ultimately, BoJack is talked down by the intimidating head of the executives, Angela Diaz, and continues to do the show while Herb is fired.

In the present, BoJack arrives at Herb's house with Diane, and is confronted by Herb throwing barbed jokes at an uncomfortable BoJack. Diane eases the tension by getting the two to joke about common topics, and Herb ends up admitting it was actually nice to see BoJack again. All the while, Todd was held at gunpoint in the middle of helping BoJack turn his car around by two girls who claim to rob celebrities. Todd eventually gets the girls to open up about their feelings until they remember their original plan, and pistol-whip Todd unconscious.

As BoJack and Diane are about to leave, BoJack complains about the visit not feeling right. Seeking closure, BoJack returns to Herb's bedroom to apologize for the past. Herb accepts, but does not forgive BoJack. When asked why by BoJack, Herb recounts how he felt after his career fell apart, and expected everyone except BoJack to abandon him. When asked to leave, BoJack picks up a telescope on his way out that Herb had given him on the exact day Herb told him Horsin' Around was being picked up. This sets off Herb, demanding BoJack leave the telescope, and the two get into a physical altercation before Diane separates them and Diane and BoJack leave. However, BoJack and Diane both forget to pick up Todd on the way out, who is unconscious on the lawn,

On the way home, BoJack brushes off Princess Carolyn's phone call from the end of "Say Anything," and stops along the highway to collect himself. Diane gets out of the car to console BoJack, and BoJack kisses her unexpectedly. She pushes herself away, and returns to the car wordlessly. BoJack is left staring at the ocean.


Actor Character
Will Arnett ... BoJack Horseman
Amy Sedaris ... Princess Carolyn
Alison Brie ... Diane Nguyen / Spring Breaker #1 / Kenzie
Paul F. Tompkins ... Concerned Man
Aaron Paul ... Todd Chavez
Rachel Bloom ... Sitcom Writer / Sharona
Chris Cox ... Bubbles / Marv
Anjelica Huston ... Angela Diaz
Keith Olbermann ... Tom Jumbo-Grumbo
Stanley Tucci ... Herb Kazzaz
Olivia Wilde ... Charlotte Moore


  • The two girls of the self-proclaimed "Celebrity Stealing Club" is a parody of characters from the 2012 film Spring Breakers.
  • Mr. Peanutbutter does not appear in this episode.


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