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Introduction

"Time's Arrow" is the eleventh episode of Season 4 of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman.

It premiered on September 8, 2017, along with the rest of Season 4.

Synopsis

In 1963, young socialite Beatrice Sugarman meets the rebellious Butterscotch Horseman at her debutante party.

Summary

The episode begins towards the end of the previous episode, where BoJack is driving Beatrice to a nursing home after finding out she had been putting weight loss pills in Hollyhock's coffee. Beatrice tells BoJack, still referring to him as Henrietta, to slow down.

BoJack angrily tries to convince her that he is not Henrietta, and that he is her son. She still cannot recognize him as BoJack and asks where they are going. BoJack says they are going to a "magical place" where she will be locked up so that she can never hurt anyone ever again.

She tells him to speed up, despite what she just told him, and repeats her father’s saying of “time’s arrow neither stands still nor reverses”. She asks "Isn't that right Henrietta?", and in place of BoJack is a brunette woman in a blue and white button-down dress with a black scribble over her face. She agrees with Beatrice's question. The woman hums as she drives the car through a white space with Beatrice, who is now seen as a happy, beautiful young adult. Henrietta stops the car and tells Beatrice they're here, which confuses Beatrice. She looks in the rearview mirror and sees her present-day elderly self. Disgusted, she pushes the mirror away. Beatrice then steps out of the car and is now a little girl in her school outfit. She looks up as the camera pans away from her.

After the opening credits roll, we see child Beatrice walk from the white space into a school playground. Beatrice, who is coughing a bit, is about to climb up a slide’s ladder (which is very tall and crooked) when a goose girl accompanied by two human twin girls at the top says she cannot enter, as they are an elite society of extremely young women, and she, Clemelia Bloodsworth, is the leader. Clemilia and her two friends also call Beatrice fat and laugh at her, to which Beatrice protests she isn’t and her father says she’s just growing. She still tries to climb the ladder as she continues to cough, and Clemilia says if she doesn’t stop they will physically stop her. The two girls begin stepping on Beatrice's fingers, and she falls after Clemilia bites her. Beatrice starts crying.

The next morning, which is marked by Beatrice reading a book titled The Next Morning, Beatrice tells her father, Joseph, that she doesn't feel good, and that her throat hurts. Joseph believes she is just making it up to avoid Clemilia and her gaggle, and tells her to put her uniform on and to stop making books her friends because books build the brain, which takes away resources from the woman's breasts and hips. But after Beatrice gets out of bed, she passes out. Joseph catches her and realizes she feels hot. He pulls down a bit of her nightgown, and to his horror he finds a red rash on her chest, to which he replies "Dear Lord!". He quickly picks her up and rushes her to the doctor.

Later, Beatrice wakes up when she hears her father yelling at her mother in the hallway (as the two are shown as silhouettes). Joseph angrily tells Honey that it is a mother's job to keep her children alive and she is constantly failing, and he questions how she didn't notice Beatrice had scarlet fever.

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"Say something dammit! What has become of you?!"

However, due to her lobotomy Honey has appeared to gone catatonic and does not respond at all, even when Joseph violently shakes her.

Joseph then bitterly tells Honey he wouldn’t have bothered getting her the procedure if he had known she would act like this afterward. He then goes to check on Beatrice after she calls him, as she seems frightened by the events in the hallway. She asks if she's going to die, to which her father replies that one day she will, but for now she is fine. He even says some good may come out of this, since her throat is almost swollen shut, so she could lose some weight. He cheerfully asks won't that be nice, Beatrice sighs and says "Yes father".

Beatrice is now a young adult in the year 1963, and a female maid is trying to close her corset as she is getting ready for her debutante ball. As the maid goes to get a glass of water and a “pretty pill” at Beatrice’s request, Joseph enters the bedroom and tells his daughter she looks well and says her party is very important. Beatrice sarcastically asks if it will end poverty, war, injustice, or bring back civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was shot in Mississippi that week.

Joseph replies it will get her to stop worrying about that nonsense, which will land her a husband. Beatrice at least takes consolation in the fact that Evers's death means that the FBI is on very high alert, so no one else will be assassinated that year, 1963. Joseph awkwardly agrees.

He changes the subject and talks about her chaperone, Corbin Creamerman. It cuts to Corbin at the ball awkwardly making his way through the crowd (who have no faces) trying to bring a glass of champagne to Beatrice. Corbin is an awkward and shy gentleman, only being able to nervously tell Beatrice she looks nice. When she tells him he doesn’t have to keep telling her that, he awkwardly apologizes, explaining he's not good in social situations. Beatrice says it’s alright, and then says condescendingly under her breath she isn’t either.

As she takes a sip of her champagne, she glitches back to her in her bedroom with her father, and her champagne is now her water glass. Her father is explaining that Corbin’s father is the owner of Creamerman's Creamy Cream-Based Commodities, which offends Beatrice that he’s marrying her off so it will be good for business. Joseph thinks a Sugarman and Creamerman will be advantageous, he even came up with a jingle for their partnership and tells Beatrice she could have a lot of free ice cream...to give away.

Beatrice tells her father common Americans don’t want to see him on their TVs because he’s a reminder of the unequal distribution of wealth. Joseph announces his disappointment that he sent her to Barnard to get an MRS and a husband, but instead, she returned with a bachelors degree and a mouth full of sass. He storms out of the room, and Beatrice sighs in annoyance. We hear Corbin tell her she looks nice again, and Beatrice glitches back to later in the night at her ball, and thanks him.

A now grown-up Clemilia Bloodsworth approaches Beatrice, and the two speak to each other condescendingly. Clemilia, in a smug manner, expresses how great it is that Beatrice is finally debuting, and comments on how it’s “better late than never”. Beatrice replies she’s only doing it for her father’s old-fashioned views on women, and pities Corbin for having to chaperone, although the latter tries to claim he does not feel that way. Beatrice goes on to express how she finds these parties to be “garish, self-serving wastes of money”, and then says to Clemilia her ball must have been particularly horrendous. Clemilia spits out her drink offended and storms off, finding her comments "repugnant".

Beatrice glitches to the bar, to her confusion, and she orders a scotch on the rocks. A young, suave male horse eating an apple glitches and appears by her, and Beatrice questions if she knows him. He says he’s just crashing some dumb debutante’s party, and she in return asks if he’s talking about the party or the debutante because she’ll either agree with him or will be offended. The horse is embarrassed to realize she’s the “dumb debutante”. Beatrice introduces herself and welcomes him to her dumb party. The young horse introduces himself as Butterscotch Horseman.

Butterscotch crashed the party for the free alcohol because he’s saving for California, so he can join the beatniks such as Ginsburg, Cassidy, and Squirrellengetty, whom Butterscotch thinks are the greatest minds of their generation, and he thinks he’s one of them too. He boastfully tells Beatrice he’s writing the next great American novel. However, he only has a vague idea about it, as he claims it’s about truth, war, and the frontiering truth our lives promised us but says he does not yet have characters or a plot developed when Beatrice asks him about them, claiming he never said he had the whole thing figured out. Beatrice makes fun of his book idea, sarcastically says it sounds like a best seller.

Butterscotch jokingly says sarcasm is an ugly thing for a woman to do, and he doesn’t know how she expects to get a husband at her party with a personality like hers. She says he and her father express the same concerns. He gives her one of his cigarettes, and he jokingly says he’d be anxious to marry her off too if he was her old man, and sarcastically jokes about her rich lifestyle. They laugh, and Beatrice admits he teased her as well as she teased him.

Butterscotch tsks and teasingly asks what must her mother think of her. Beatrice solemnly says she doesn’t think much, and it quickly glitches to a silhouette of Honey with her lobotomy scar highlighted in white, and then back to Beatrice who continues her sentence by saying her mother doesn’t think about anything anymore.

Butterscotch apologizes and asks if she passed. She says “No, not exactly”. Butterscotch admits his mother died, and Beatrice says she sorry to hear that. He tells her he was little when she died, so he doesn’t really remember her. However, he tells Beatrice she had a diamond on her head just like hers, he saw it in a picture once, and strokes Beatrice’s diamond a bit as he says this. Beatrice looks flattered, but then suddenly she hears someone say “Yes, this is my mother”.

To Beatrice’s shock and confusion, what is happening presently is affecting her memories, as BoJack and a nurse are next to her in place of Butterscotch, and BoJack is talking to the nurse to check Beatrice into the crappy nursing home. He asks if he can leave her here and pay for the next five years in a lump sum so that he doesn’t have to think about her again. Beatrice puts her hand on her head in confusion.

Corbin then appears and awkwardly tells her it’s time for her to be presented. Beatrice excuses herself from her and Butterscotch’s conversation. An announcer introduces Joseph and Honey presenting their daughter, Beatrice, and her chaperone, Corbin. Beatrice is in the spotlight with Corbin with her father standing outside of it (for a few seconds we see him pull Honey, still obscured by darkness, next to him).

Beatrice then begins to perform as if she were in a horse competition, jumping over hurdles and trotting as the announcer comments on how gracefully she does it and her good form, she even blows like a horse at one point.

As Beatrice ends her performance and curtsies, she sees Butterscotch exiting. She runs out to him in the parking lot, telling him it’s rude to leave without saying goodbye to the hostess. Butterscotch invites her to leave with him, to which Beatrice scoffs at the idea of leaving her own party with the lowlife who wasn’t even invited. Butterscotch then bates her with a dare she can't refuse, saying “Yeah. But I suppose Daddy wouldn’t like that would he?” Beatrice leaves with Butterscotch and the two have sex at a lookout point in his car.

Two weeks later, which is again marked by the title of the book Beatrice is reading, Joseph enters Beatrice’s room and announces Corbin is here to take her on a Sunday stroll. An irritated Beatrice says she is not interested in him. Joseph snaps and angrily slams the door, says he does not give a damn what she wants. He is mad that Beatrice left her own party, and admits he would marry her off to literally anyone, saying he would put jellied beans in a jar and marry her off to the man who can closest estimate the amount. He demands that she go on a date with Corbin and be civil to him, to Beatrice’s irritation.

On their stroll through the park, Corbin bores her with him talking about his company’s products, and the colors around them are grey and dulled. He feels bad about boring her and says he just gets excited about food chemistry, and explains you take a thing you thought you knew and discover there’s so much more to it than you possibly could have imagined, it’s like magic, which does capture Beatrice's interest.

Corbin reveals his father does not feel the same way and only cares about the money. He is upset that he cannot be anymore than what his father wants him to be, which is similar to Beatrice’s relationship with her own father. Beatrice is able to connect with Corbin through this, and the color around them becomes bright and normal again. Corbin even takes his glasses off to reveal he has big, beautiful blue eyes. Beatrice begins to tell Corbin that maybe they aren’t so different...and then she suddenly throws up on the ground and on him, which causes him to scream.

Beatrice paces back in forth in front a set of apartments. When she is about to give up, Butterscotch, taking out his garbage, sees Beatrice and asks what she’s doing here. She says she had to look him up in the phone book because the number he gave her was for a pizza parlor in Brownsburgh. Butterscotch sheepishly tries to deny this. Beatrice then drops the bombshell: she’s pregnant.

A shocked Butterscotch asks if she’s sure it’s his, to which Beatrice replies “Well who else’s could it be?!” Butterscotch starts to panic and asks, or rather implies if she could get an abortion: hell even do the gentlemanly thing and lay for the cab fare.

As the camera focuses on Beatrice, the scene suddenly changes to a baby horse doll burning in a fireplace. It changes back to Beatrice, and she says she cannot, to which Butterscotch replies that doesn’t give them a lot of options. Beatrice declares herself a ruined woman, which Butterscotch tries to deny, telling her she looks more beautiful than ever, and the two then both admit they did have a pretty great night together.

As a metaphor for the two of them and their possible future together, Butterscotch tells Beatrice the story of a couple who moved to San Francisco, saying they hardly knew each other, but had a lot in common, and moved west to a town that could accommodate three horses. Beatrice says she does know this story, and the two begin to narrate what their future could be; they’ll buy a house in San Francisco, Butterscotch will get with the beatniks and write his great American novel, and Beatrice will care for the baby and marry Butterscotch, if, as Butterscotch says, “a beautiful creature like herself could love an oaf like him”. Beatrice agrees, asking “Well isn’t that how the story goes?”. The two passionately share a kiss.

We then see a montage of four photos as Bob Kelly’s Love Really Happened to Me plays. The photos show Butterscotch and a pregnant Beatrice leaves town, arriving in San Francisco, and getting happily married.

The montage ends with baby BoJack crying in his crib in the middle of the night. Beatrice, who is in bed with Butterscotch, tries to quiet him by rocking the crib, which is at the front of the bed, with her foot. Butterscotch angrily tells her to quite the baby, because if he can’t sleep he won’t be able to work to support them and write his novel. Beatrice says that if anyone wanted to pay him for what he wrote, he could afford her a nanny and a maid.

Butterscotch is revealed to have been rejected by the beatniks he admired, and as a result has turned against, calling them Comme-Liberal-Jew loving rejects. He works at a fish cannery for low income, despite numerous offers for a cushy office job for Beatrice’s father. When Beatrice angrily questions why he won’t take the job for her father, Butterscotch angrily compares working for her father and getting paid for it to slavery (to which Beatrice shouts is the opposite of slavery). Baby BoJack cries throughout all of this and Beatrice begs him to be quiet. Butterscotch angrily tells her “You wanted that baby. Never forget that”, and he goes back to bed. Beatrice, desperate for quite, takes some pills and water that were on her nightstand. She becomes woozy and disoriented as she walks over to the crib, and in her familiar spiteful voice she tells BoJack “You better be worth all this.”

“Well you’re not”, Beatrice, smoking as usual, says to BoJack, six years later in reply to what she last said, as the two sit on the couch in their crumbling living room. BoJack, who was previously playing with some string, is confused by what she means by this, to which his now jaded, bitter mother replies she’s tired and demands to tell her a story, but as he begins this she shuts him up again because his father is home.

Butterscotch storms in as Beatrice condescendingly asks how work was, to which he replies was awful. Beatrice says she burned dinner again, and she goes on a rant about Butterscotch’s never-ending novel, their “simple” and “filthy” child, and their low income, working-class lifestyle, ending it with proclaiming they’ll all “keep waltzing through this goddamn proletariat dream”.

Butterscotch angrily claims if the baby wasn’t crying all the time he could finish his novel, although BoJack is now six and he even says this to defend himself, pointing out that he can now speak in complete sentences.

Butterscotch shouts that he can’t live like this, and Beatrice shouts back she should have married Corbin Creamerman, because he would have been kind to her and would stop being a stubborn ass and take a good job for her father’s company. Butterscotch angrily agrees to take the job and claims it’s her fault if his book ends up bad because he can no longer remember what it’s like to be working class. He storms out and slams the door. After he does, Beatrice smiles as she realizes they’re going to become wealthier.

A montage occurs to show the next twenty-nine years. It shows Beatrice using the family’s new wealth through Butterscotch’s new job to slowly and slowly remodel the living room, BoJack growing up and leaving for Los Angeles, Beatrice and Butterscotch growing older, and Beatrice firing a few maids. Beatrice and Butterscotch continue to have the same arguments as before as if time itself has stood still.

The montage ends in 1999 with Beatrice telling a maid, Henrietta, seen at the beginning of the episode, to lift a painting for her, as she wants to give it to BoJack. Henrietta turns around to reveal her face is still concealed by a violent black scribble. She is revealed to be a pleasant, naive young woman, as she cheerfully says she loves paintings, they’re like TV without all the talking and music. Butterscotch enters the living room and declares his disgust for the painting.

Beatrice reveals it was her father’s, and it quickly flashes to Beatrice standing by Joseph’s opened casket at his funeral. Butterscotch still voices his disdain for it, saying art should be straightforward and utilitarian, like his novel. Henrietta cheerfully says she can’t wait to read it. She loves books because the words tell stories.

Beatrice is annoyed by her and demands her to move the painting, saying she shouldn’t have to tell her twice. Butterscotch tells Beatrice she could be nicer to her. Beatrice bitterly says no ones ever nice to her, and that he’s only asking her that because he likes Henrietta for making him feel like a “big smart man”, saying things not worth for conversation and letting him help her study for nursing school, in which during that time Beatrice can hear him flirting with her when he’s supposedly working on his novel. She suspects Henrietta is falling in love with him, for being such a sensitive misunderstood artist, and says she’ll be disappointed.

The scene glitches to Beatrice with the painting at BoJack’s house in LA. BoJack questions why she and Butterscotch won't just get a divorce. Beatrice says that’s just the Hollywood way, and when she lists off dumb reasons why people get divorced, such as running out of mustard and feeling a little sad, she ends up describing her own situation with Butterscotch, which BoJack points out actually is a legitimate reason to get a divorce.

Beatrice retorts “Well who else would have me now, after what you did to my body?”, which BoJack retorts back “What I did?”, which may be hinting that Beatrice is mistaking BoJack for Butterscotch as an early sign of dementia. She asks if he wants the painting, saying it belonged to his grandfather, who she claims was “a man who knew what marriage was”, as we see the earlier scene of Joseph shaking his lobotomized wife back and forth. BoJack agrees to take it, and Beatrice angrily says all he does is take. BoJack, deadpan, asks how long she’s staying, she replies to just pour her some wine and she’ll be on her way.

As he does this, Beatrice tells him she heard his show was canceled, although BoJack says it’s actually been three years since that. Beatrice says she never saw the appeal of those “silly stories” and that it just depresses her that she made so many sacrifices so that he could do that. BoJack just thanks her for the painting and sarcastically says he’ll always have something to remind him of this conversation before he starts to drink from the bottle of wine.

The camera focuses on Beatrice as she slowly inhales from her cigarette. We see a few scenes that have a red filter over them flash by as she does this: a burning baby horse doll, the lake house where it is raining, back to her smoking, Honey after her lobotomy trying to play the piano, her young adult self yelling in pain as she is about to give birth, a fire in a fireplace, back to her smoking, her little girl self falling off the slide, the fireplace again, and then back to Beatrice smoking. She blows out smoke which fills the screen and ends the scene.

Several months later, Beatrice is reading as Butterscotch comes in the room looking guilty. He reveals that he got Henrietta pregnant and he can't talk her out of having the baby. He asks if she could do it for him. She angrily questions what she wants her to do, to which Butterscotch says it isn’t easy for him to grovel to his own wife hat in hand, as a hat glitches into his hand. He tries to blame Beatrice for not doing her "wifely duties", which Beatrice angrily deflects this back, saying “Don’t you dare”. Butterscotch apologizes and pleads with her to fix this for him as he breaks down crying, much to the shock of Beatrice. Butterscotch then says to her “I know you hate me Bea, but please just think of the poor girl". Beatrice reluctantly agrees.

Beatrice and Henrietta sit in the kitchen. Beatrice tells Henrietta that, of course, she’s fired. Henrietta tries to apologize, explaining how Butterscotch was so kind to her. Beatrice cuts her off and says “Let me guess, he said you reminded him of his dead mother”. Henrietta reveals he told her his mother had hair like hers, he saw it in a picture once (which is very similar to how he flirted with Beatrice when they first met long ago). Beatrice asks Henrietta if she really wants this baby, and Henrietta says she thinks she does and shows her the ultrasound, revealing it’s a female horse.

The whole situation puts Henrietta in a tough spot as she wants to go to school for nursing, but tuition keeps going up so she needs a job. She believes if she has a job and graduates everything will be OK.

Beatrice bluntly asks her who’s going to watch the baby while she does that because Butterscotch certainly won’t. Henrietta starts crying, saying she doesn’t know what else to do. Feeling sympathy for her, Beatrice agrees to help pay the tuition but tells Henrietta that she needs to put the baby up for adoption. Henrietta rejects to the latter part.

Beatrice then says “You think you want this but you don’t. Not like this.” Henrietta tries to say something but Beatrice continues: “Don't throw away your dreams for this child. Don't let that man poison your life the way he did mine. You are going to finish your schooling and become a nurse. You'll meet a man, a good man, and you'll have a family, but please believe me, you don't want this.”

Beatrice ends by saying, with her voice cracking a bit at the end, “ Please, Henrietta, you have to believe me. Please, don't do what I did”. Henrietta agrees reluctantly as she is scared and confused at the time.

Months later, on September 24, 2000, Beatrice is with Henrietta in the hospital as she gives birth, holding her hand as she does it. The camera then goes to the left to reveal a flashback of a young Beatrice in the hospital, screaming as she is about to give birth. It then cuts to another flashback of Beatrice as a little girl sleeping as a servant takes her doll from her. She wakes up and questions where her baby is. It goes back to Beatrice giving birth to BoJack, and then Henrietta giving birth to her baby, who turns out to be Hollyhock, revealing her biological mother and father. Young Beatrice finds her doll in a box along with her other belongings and she hugs it in relief. Beatrice and Butterscotch look at their newborn lovingly. Beatrice smiles and tells Henrietta she did it, much to her relief.

Young Beatrice hugs her doll and hums to it, but she stops when she sees the servers taking her other belongings. To her horror, they are throwing them into her fireplace. She starts sobbing and begging them to stop. Her father approaches her and says, “Beatrice remember what we say about crying...crying is stupid!”. He then tells her they must burn her things for her own good, as her sickness has infected everything.

It goes back to Beatrice telling Henrietta the hard part is over and takes the baby from the nurse. Henrietta begs to hold her baby, but Beatrice refuses, saying she’ll get attached and this is for her own good. We see Beatrice as a little girl again not wanting her doll to be burned, but Joseph cheerfully says “Oh yes, especially your baby!” And he takes her doll from her and callously tosses it into the fire. Beatrice is both horrified and traumatized and starts screaming and crying for her baby. This is juxtaposed with Henrietta pleading Beatrice to let her hold her baby as she walks away with it.

Henrietta screams and cries as the scribble on her face fills up the whole screen and then shrinks again to see young Beatrice crying again, now with fire surrounding the entire background. Her father calmly tells her to be strong and that she can’t let her womanly emotions consume her. He asks “You don’t want to end up like your mother now, do you?”. As he says this, a shadow of Honey approaches behind him with her lobotomy scar highlighted in white, and Joseph’s ears somewhat resemble devil horns, hinting that he might do to her the same thing he did to Honey, and further showing the monster he was. Beatrice replies “no” and her father assures her that one day this will all be a pleasant memory.

Burning

Beatrice’s flashbacks end as we see the final scene of the last episode, where BoJack drops her off at her new, crumbling room. Just as BoJack is about to leave, Beatrice starts to recognize him, to his shock. Beatrice is confused and frightened by her surroundings, and BoJack bluntly tells her that this is where she lives now. Beatrice does not believe this and asks again where she is. BoJack starts to tell her again where she is and presumably give her his planned “Fuck you mom” speech, but he hesitates for a bit, and says she’s in Michigan, at the lake house. He then goes on to narrate a pleasant scenario at the lake house, which pleases his mother:

BoJack : And it's..uh.. a warm summer night, and the fireflies are dancing in the sky, and....your whole family is here...and they're telling you that everything is gonna be alright.

Beatrice: Yes, that's right. What else?

BoJack: The crickets are chirping, and the lake is still, and the night is full of stars.

Beatrice:I can see it, it's so clear! Wh...What are we doing here, BoJack?

BoJack: We're sitting on the back porch, and we're listening to your brother play the piano, and we're eating ice cream. Vanilla ice cream.

Beatrice: Yes, that's right! Oh, it's all so marvelous

BoJack asks his mother if she can taste the ice cream. Beatrice’s smile fades as she responds to this, as she never got to have ice cream, so she lies and says “Oh BoJack, it’s so....delicious."

Cast

Actor Character
Wendie Malick ... Beatrice Horseman
Will Arnett ... BoJack Horseman / Butterscotch Horseman
Matthew Broderick ... Joseph Sugarman
Majandra Delfino ... Henrietta Platchkey
David Walton ... Corbin Creamerman
Natasha Rothwell ... Clemelia Bloodsworth

Trivia

  • Throughout Beatrice’s flashbacks, certain details are messed up due to her dementia.
    • Background characters have no faces.
    • Characters who Beatrice doesn’t want to remember have their faces scribbled out.
    • Honey Sugarman, her mother, is only seen in silhouettes or shadows, sometimes with her lobotomy scar highlighted in white. This represents that the lobotomy left her a shadow of her former self.
    • Signs glitch and change in the background
      • The Hollywood sign in the 1999 flashback changes from “Hollwoo” to “Hollywood” after Beatrice says “Oh sure, that’s the Hollywood way”, as the “D” from the Hollywood sign was not stolen until 2014.
      • When Beatrice leaves her debutante to catch up with Butterscotch in the parking lot, the hotel sign glitches and changes twice.
    • When Butterscotch throws his apple away, and later his cigarette, they both make a glass breaking noise.
    • When Butterscotch slams the door offscreen when he arrives home from work in 1970, the wallpaper behind Beatrice and young BoJack shakes.
    • The slide young Beatrice tries to climb up is very tall and crooked.
    • When young Beatrice cries for her baby doll and her father tells her to not let her emotions consume her, they are surrounded by fire
  • This episode reveals that Hollyhock's real father is Butterscotch, thus making BoJack her half-brother.
    • This also reveals Henrietta, the name Beatrice kept calling BoJack, was a former maid for the Horseman’s, and she is Hollyhock’s mother.
  • It is revealed BoJack was born and grew up in San Francisco, California.
  • This episode reveals how Beatrice and Butterscotch met.
  • It is revealed Joseph passed away sometime in 1999.
  • It is implied Honey went catatonic shortly after her lobotomy, as she shows no response or emotion when Joseph yells at her and shakes her, and later he has to pull her next to him.
  • Some Time skips are marked by Beatrice reading books with the titles saying how much time has passed (The Next Morning, Two Weeks Later, Several Months Later).
  • Diane Nguyen, Princess Carolyn Mr. Peanutbutter and Todd Chavez do not appear in this episode.
  • When Corbin is thrown up on by Beatrice while walking in the park, he screams like the goat in the viral video also known as 'The Screaming Goat'.
  • The painting from Joseph that Beatrice gives to BoJack is destroyed by Sarah Lynn in “Prickly-Muffin”, when she has holes drilled into the wall for a cocaine booth.
  • In the flashback to Beatrice giving Bojack the painting, we see that his fridge is full of lemons and sugar. As a child, Beatrice was told to eat lemon wedges sprinkled with sugar in place of ice cream, as ice cream was a boys' food and sugar and lemons were a good healthy girls snack.
  • At her debutante, Beatrice “performs” to Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.
  • There is a Martin Amis novel titled Time's Arrow.

Intro Differences

  • Hollyhock, Beatrice and Tina no longer appear in BoJack's house, but most of their belongings remain in the living room.
  • The montage of Hollyhock's pictures with her dads has been taken down, leaving bits of sticky tape on the deck window it previously occupied.

Quotes

Beatrice: Slow down Henrietta! A lady mustn't rush. It's unbecoming

BoJack: I'm not Henrietta, I'm your son!

Beatrice: My son is a ball of gas!

BoJack: Yes! I'm him, I'm the ball of gas!

Beatrice: But, you're also a star.

BoJack: Wait! Mom do you remember..

Beatrice: Shh! Henrietta I'm talking to the sun! (Looks to the sun at her left) Sun, you're a ball of gas but your also a star! We call you, sun!


Joseph: I don't care if you're scared of Clemilia Bloodsworth and her gaggle, you have to go to school! Now stop making books your friends! Reading does nothing for young women but build their brains which takes away valuable resources from their breasts and hips.


Joseph: Beatrice! You’re looking well. Which is just fine cause your debutante party is vitally important!

Beatrice: Will it end poverty, war and injustice, or bring back civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who was shot in Mississippi this week?

Joseph: Yes, or rather it will end you worrying about that nonsense because it will land you a husband (Beatrice turns around as Joseph puts her pearl necklace on her)

Beatrice: At least Evers death means no one else will be assassinated this year, 1963. The FBI is on too high alert to allow anything like that to happen again

Joseph:...Yes


Beatrice: Do I know you?

Butterscotch: Nope, just crashing some dumb debutant's party. (Laughs)

Beatrice: Oh, do you mean dumb to describe the party or the debutante? Because I might agree with you or I might be offended.

Butterscotch: You're the dumb debutante aren't you?

Beatrice: Beatrice Sugarman. Welcome to my dumb party.

Butterscotch: Butterscotch Horseman, charmed I'm sure.


Beatrice: You want me to leave my own party with you? The lowlife who wasn't even invited?

Butterscotch: Yeah. But I suppose daddy wouldn't like that, would he?


Corbin: Oh geez I'm boring you

Beatrice: Not at all! I don't find you boring, only the things you choose to talk about and the way in which you talk about them...


Butterscotch: Say, did you ever hear the story of the couple who moved to California?

Beatrice: I can't say that I have.

Butterscotch: Oh it's a marvelous adventure! You see, they hardly knew each other but they shared a certain sensitivity and a taste for the unknown they were living in a one horse town, they headed west, towards a new town that could accommodate 3 horses.(holds Beatrice’s hands)

Beatrice: Oh yes I think I have heard this story! They got a small house in San Francisco, near the book store...

Butterscotch: He got in good with Squirrelengetty and his scurry!...

Beatrice: He wrote his great American novel...

Butterscotch: While his wife took care of the baby!

Beatrice: His wife? Oh, well I didn't hear about that part

Butterscotch: (stands up) Well, I mean, if she'd have him. (Grabs Beatrice’s hand and pulls her up, and holds both of her hands)If a beautiful creature like herself could ever love an oaf like him.

Beatrice: I think she could....

Butterscotch: Yeah?

Beatrice: Well isn’t that how the story goes?

(The two passionately kiss)


Butterscotch: Well if Squirrelengetty and his hoard of Comme-Liberal-Jew loving rejects knew what good writing was, I'd be able to sell something!

Beatrice: Oh so they're all wrong and you're right!

(BoJack is still crying, and the two groan)

Beatrice: (Gets out of bed) Why won't you just take that corner office job at Sugarman west instead of breaking your back all day at the cannery and then maybe you could afford me some decent help around here!


Butterscotch: You want me to work for your father and get paid for it like some sort of slave?!

Beatrice: That is the the opposite of slavery!

Butterscotch: Is it?!

Beatrice: Yes, it is! You have no facility for language!


Beatrice: BoJack?

BoJack: Mom?!

Beatrice: BoJack?! Is that you?!

BoJack: Yeah...it's me.

Beatrice: What...huh...what is this place?

BoJack: This is where you live now.

Beatrice: Nooo,is it? Nooo.

BoJack: Mom.

Beatrice: Where are we BoJack?

BoJack: I just told you...

Beatrice: I don't understand. Where....where am I?

BoJack: You're.....In Michigan.

Beatrice: Michigan?

BoJack: Yeah. At the lake house.

Beatrice: I am?

BoJack: And it's..uh.. a warm summer night, and the fireflies are dancing in the sky,and....you're whole family is here...and they're telling you that everything is gonna be alright.

Beatrice: (Smiles as she hears this) Yes,that's right. What else? BoJack: (Sits down on the bed) The crickets are chirping, and the lake is still, and the night is full of stars.

Beatrice: I can see it, it's so clear! Wh...What are we doing here, BoJack?

BoJack: We're sitting on the back porch, and we're listening to your brother play the piano, and we're eating ice cream. Vanilla ice cream.

Beatrice: Yes, that's right! Oh, it's all so marvelous.

BoJack: Can you taste the ice cream, mom?

Beatrice: Oh, BoJack. It's so (her smile disappears, and she hesitates) delicious.