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Wanda Pierce is a network television executive that recently woke up from a thirty-year coma at the start of her debut episode, Yesterdayland, and a recurring character in Season 2 of BoJack Horseman.

She is the one-time girlfriend of BoJack Horseman, and one of the few people he felt genuine love and compassion for before breaking up at the end of Yes And for being unable to cope with his self-destructive domineer.

As of Season 3, she was promoted from her job at MSNBSea in LA and now currently works and lives in Detroit.

Design

Wanda is an adult female owl. She has light brown feathers with grey spots on her body, white spots on her face, and grey streaks on her ears, with a heart-shaped patch of white feathers of her face. She has a brown beak and big bright yellow eyes. According to model sheets, she is about 5 1/2 feet tall.

She wears a sleeveless dress with a purple top and a skirt with purple, yellow, and light and dark pink ruffles, a navy blue jacket, black leggings that have fish-net cutouts on the sides, blue high heels, and two beaded necklaces; a white one and a yellow one.

Background

Season 2

Wanda was introduced in Yesterdayland. She was Pinky Penguin's new boss at MBN, as she was promoted to head of programming after waking up from a thirty-year coma (which she fell into in the mid-1980s) at some time before the start of the episode.

She meets BoJack at a skating rink, where she and Pinky are celebrating her promotion, and she has no idea who he is, as she missed his entire career due to her coma, which makes BoJack attracted to her.

The two hit it off and he and Wanda soon become a couple.

When they first meet, they spend a long time getting to know each other and eventually go back to his house.

They stay up all night talking and have sex in the morning. Bojack is confused because he still wants to spend time with her sober even though they already had sex.

Before he can stop himself, he invites her to Todd's Disneyland.

BoJack is filming Secretariat when he spots Wanda and greets her. Diane comments that BoJack is dating a stunted twenty-year-old, in which Kelsey replies that he is also emotionally stunted because of his fame. Diane says she’s glad that she never got famous, though Kelsey says that it doesn’t just happen then. It could happen when you get married and Diane, concerned, looks at her Storky’s card.

BoJack takes Wanda to a ‘50’s nostalgia diner to make her feel like she’s back in the ‘80’s feeling back in the ‘50’s. Behind them, they meet Alex, a man who has also woken up from a 30-year coma. Wanda and Alex connect because they don’t understand the last thirty yes of references.

BoJack is jealous, so he spies on Alex and tricks Princess Carolyn to come along, though she leaves, not wanting to participate. Alex makes a call on a radio trying to contact the KGB and BoJack discovers he’s a communist spy.

At Todd's BoJack legal victory party he takes the opportunity to expose Alex as a KGB agent bent on exposing America. Alex admits that he was an agent before he went into a coma. He says he doesn’t know if he’ll ever contact Russia, which gains an “Aww” from the crowd. He tells them that he’s made friends. Wanda realizes that BoJack spied on him and gets upset and asks Alex to take her back to her place.

Alex later admits he came here to blow up Disneyland but decides not to do it because capitalism will destroy itself.

BoJack, meanwhile, apologizes to Wanda saying that he wants to be better and she makes him better. Disneyland is engulfed in flames and Mr. Peanutbutter rushes with a hose to save Todd. They take the rickety roller coaster to safety. BoJack asks Wanda to move in and she agrees as the whole theme park goes up in flames around them.

In After the Party BoJack and Wanda leave Diane's surprise party after an argument breaks out about whether or not Tony Curtis is dead.

They drive home. Wanda says she feels bad for causing the fight as she asked if he was dead or not, still getting up to speed because of her coma. BoJack says it isn’t her fault and that’s just what happens when two people live together. She gets upset because they just moved in together. He asks if they’re moving too fast. She says it’s been great. BoJack says it’s great now, but it may not be great later, and he feels he should prematurely freak out about it.

Wanda tells BoJack a joke about a gardener, who always knows the exact bags of mulch he needs for a job. One day, he does a job, but still has one bag leftover. He throws the bag of mulch out his window while on the highway. BoJack doesn’t understand the joke because it isn’t funny, and still wants to move slower with the relationship.

He hits a deer with his car, though he’s insistent it was a stick. Wanda makes them go check and the deer wanders into the forest. She gets out and wants to take the deer to the hospital. BoJack stays in the car until the radio has nothing but Prairie Home Companion and then he joins Wanda.

They find the deer, who doesn’t want to go to the hospital because he doesn’t have healthcare. BoJack volunteers to pay the bill. The deer is still reluctant. Wanda asks for his trust. BoJack carries the deer to his car and they go to a hospital.

In the hospital waiting room, BoJack looks at the card Charlotte gave him.

Wanda comes and tells him the deer will be okay and tells another joke: A couple starting dating and it’s going well. One day, the girl finds a box of old love letters from her high school boyfriend. She thinks they’re silly, and sends them to her ex. His current boyfriend is upset because the ex might think she’s still in love with him. They get into a fight, and he drives her home after dinner. When he gets back in his car, he sees the bag of mulch in his car. BoJack agrees it’s a very good joke, and Wanda says some things take time.

In Higher Love Bojack shows Wanda Pierce that he bought a pager for himself so that they can page each other. Wanda tells him she appreciates the gesture.

BoJack goes to leave but says "Love ya" as he walks away. This freaks him out so he retracts the statement. Then once outside regrets that response.

BoJack asks Diane for help about his "love ya" flub. Diane says that he seems stressed out. BoJack says that he just isn't looking forward to having a conversation about his and Wanda's relationship after work. He gets the great idea to never stop working in order to avoid that awkward conversation.

Wanda arrives at BoJack's house. BoJack tells her that he wants to try autoerotic asphyxiation. But that if she loves him then she wouldn't want him to do it. She tells him to go for it. The next day BoJack and Todd head to Lowes to get stuff for BoJack's autoerotic asphyxiation. Princess Carolyn takes J.D. Salinger to meet Wanda to talk about tv show ideas. She loves his game show idea but she wonders who's going to host. Princess Carolyn says he has just the guy to host. She approaches Mr. Peanutbutter and asks him to do it. He says yes.

Wanda arrives home to find BoJack in the bedroom setting up his autoerotic asphyxiation machine. Wanda finally admits that she loves him. But she tells him that if he loves her he won't use the machine. BoJack decides not to do it but says only because he didn't want to in the first place.

In Let's Find Out BoJack competes as a celebrity guest star on the show Wanda is working on called Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let's Find Out!

Mia, J.D. Salinger's assistant gives Wanda an iPad so that she can watch an app that shows people’s comments reacting to the show. Wanda tells her she is slowly catching up with technology due to having been in a coma.

The show starts and BoJack is called up to the stage. Mr. Peanutbutter peppers him with questions, which are all difficult/unfair, and BoJack as such gets all of them wrong. 

The show takes a break and Mr. Peanutbutter asks BoJack how he's doing, to which BoJack tells him that he's being a dick. Wanda tells J.D. that people are loving the show. Mr. Peanutbutter pulls a fast one on BoJack and brings out Daniel Radcliffe as a competitor. During another break, BoJack tells Wanda that she hadn't told him about another celebrity being on the show. Wanda says that she didn't know that that was going to happen. BoJack goes to talk with Daniel Radcliffe but Daniel doesn't remember BoJack, despite that the two met several times before.

After commercial, BoJack continues to get hard questions, whereas Daniel gets ridiculously easy questions. After Mia had told Todd he was unworthy of the pen, Todd returns wearing a suit and acting professional, leaving Mia still unimpressed. When BoJack is picked in the "schoolhouse" to write an essay, Princess Carolyn gives him advice on how to win based on her personal experience of playing poker with Mr. Peanutbutter with other celebrities in 2003 - he pricks his ears up when he says the correct answer.

BoJack uses this advice and gets question after question after question correct, to the shock of Mr. Peanutbutter and annoyance of Daniel, until the game is tied. This upsets J.D. Salinger who tells them to go to commercial. Daniel asks BoJack what he's doing, and says he's supposed to win as the money is going to charity. BoJack doesn't care and thinks Charity is the name of Daniel’s stripper girlfriend.

BoJack talks to Wanda who congratulates him, but she's concerned because everyone on the app loves Daniel and want him to win. BoJack reluctantly agrees to throw the game to help Wanda out. The next question Mr. Peanutbutter gives him is about Secretariat and when he won the triple crown. BoJack rings the buzzer but purposefully gives the wrong answer for Wanda.

Mr. Peanutbutter makes fun of him for this.BoJack snaps and asks Mr. Peanutbutter about how Diane went to Cordovia to get away from him. Mr. Peanutbutter stops and says she went to help people, and then BoJack says she wanted to get away from their awful marriage.

This angers Mr. Peanutbutter and he interrupts the show to have BoJack sit across from him as he confronts him about kissing Diane a week before they got married, and he reveals to BoJack that Diane told him when he questions how he knew.

BoJack says that he's jealous of Mr. Peanutbutter because everything comes easily to him. Mr. Peanutbutter says that he's a movie star, he has a girlfriend, and a movie coming out, what more could he want. BoJack says he wants to feel good about himself the way Mr. Peanutbutter can. BoJack apologizes but Mr. Peanutbutter doesn't know if he can forgive him. They take another break and Mr. Peanutbutter storms off set.

Mr. Peanutbutter runs into Wanda who says that they need to have a happy ending, but Mr. Peanutbutter is unsure as to whether he should forgive BoJack. Wanda tells him in a threatening tone it’s network television, so all their show's problems must be wrapped up in under half an hour, and the people want resolution Wanda says that this is network television and kinda what he does.

The commercial break ends, and Mr. Peanutbutter is about to talk to BoJack when the power goes out. It turns out that Todd had unplugged the main power supply to plug in a George Formin grill. J.D. Salinger praises Mia for saving the day and gives her the pen.

Mr. Peanutbutter tells BoJack and the audience that he forgives him. Daniel is confused because BoJack kissed his wife and the only way to even the score is for Mr.Peanutbutter to kiss BoJack. Mr. Peanutbutter agrees and the two of them kiss.

Back on stage, Mr. Peanutbutter declares BoJack the winner but asks if he wants to risk it all in their double or nothing round. BoJack says he wants to risk it. Mr. Peanutbutter asks him a question about who starred in Harry Potter but BoJack can't seem to remember who it is in order to spite Daniel for not remembering him, despite Daniel reminding him all the money is for charity. BoJack answers Elijah Wood, and the money is burned in front of them as the episode ends.

In The Shot BoJack accidentally starts a fire when he throws a cigarette. He throws it over the ledge, which Todd says he shouldn’t do. The cigarette starts a fire, and Todd says he’ll call 911.

Wanda calls BoJack from his house to tell him the fire department has it under control, but now the cable is out for the whole neighborhood. She says she has no idea what started the fire.

BoJack is driving to his first day back on set, which he’s “fired up about" because they’re going to shoot the Nixon scene. Wanda informs him he told her all of this at breakfast. BoJack explains that he usually talks to Diane on his way to work, but she’s in Cordovia. Wanda isn’t pleased that she’s Diane's replacement.

In the episode Yes And, the episode begins by Wanda annoyed that Diane is overstaying her welcome.

Todd walks in and wakes her up by saying good morning to everyone. Todd asks BoJack and Wanda if they want to fly a kite, to which the former harshly rejects and the latter has to work. 

Later that night, BoJack and Wanda are having dinner with Abe and his wife. His wife asks about them finishing Secretariat soon, to which Abe reveals they have one week left of filming.

Wanda reveals BoJack is doing a play in New York after they finish. However, BoJack says he can’t wait to work on something good and insults the movie, saying it’s a piece of shit.

Abe is angered by this and decides to extend filming with reshoots to spite BoJack, which also prevents him from going to New York. BoJack is confused as to why this offended Abe because he was the one who said they weren’t making Casablanca. It turns out Abe meant this literally because Casablanca already exists and the movie is about Secretariat.

At BoJack’s house the next day, BoJack is explaining the misunderstanding when Wanda questions why he would antagonize Abe. BoJack tells Wanda she’s probably glad since she didn’t want him to go to New York, and now he’s stuck here filming a movie that’ll ruin his career. Wanda doesn’t think he should sulk about it, but Diane says he should. BoJack thinks she may be right, although Wanda retorts Diane is the last person to take life advice from.

Todd enters and begins to tell them about improv, and tries to get them to practice with him, but BoJack and Wanda tell him to stop. Todd hopes he impress the leadership council so he can become a Level 2.

Diane believes he’s joined a cult, while Todd claims it isn’t, but BoJack agrees that improv is, in fact, a cult. Diane rants about how nothing matters, and after she leaves Wanda tells BoJack he has to talk to her.

BoJack goes outside to talk to Diane about how long she's thinking about staying here. Diane asks if Wanda's making him kick her out, which BoJack denies. Diane tells him that she wasn't the person she thought she was. BoJack tells her that he'd love to wallow with her but he has to go to work. She tells him that she's was gonna drink and watch old episodes of Horsin Around. BoJack ends up staying home and hanging out with Diane, to Wanda's disapproval.

BoJack and Diane are still loafing while watching Horsin' Around, to Wanda's annoyance. Todd comes home but he accidentally knocks over their tower of beer cans, to their annoyance and they tell him to clean his shit up, which BoJack claims he never does.

At home later that night, BoJack is building a beer can tower with Diane when Wanda comes home and asks BoJack if she could talk to him alone. In the bedroom, she tells BoJack they’re going on a trip to Santa Barbara, as she thinks it would be good with them, and she understands he’s not happy with his movie but moping around with Diane won’t help.

BoJack is upset that Wanda just wants him to pretend to be happy, but Wanda cuts him off and says a lot of people hate their jobs but that doesn’t mean they have to bring it home with them. BoJack scoffs at her saying this because she’s a network executive and all she has to do is air and renew "garbage".

Wanda is offended by this, saying she has pride in her work and every good thing he has come from network executives like her. BoJack shouts he’s never happy despite having all those things, and bitterly tells Wanda his life was ruined by a network executive like her. Wanda says she’s sorry he feels that way, but that doesn’t give him the right to be shitty to her, and she can’t be around someone so bitter and negative.

BoJack questions why she’s here then. When Wanda questions what happened to them, BoJack says she thought she knew him, and she fell in love with him, but now she actually knows him, the same thing that always happens. Wanda then delivers the poignant line "You know, it's funny. When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags."

BoJack goes out to the balcony and tells Diane Wanda is moving out.

BoJack tells her the longer she waits to go home the harder it's going to get. Diane asks him if going to New York or making the Secretariat movie that he wanted would've made him happy. BoJack says for a little while. Diane asks him when was the last time that he was genuinely happy.

BoJack goes for a drive. A broken-hearted Wanda has moved back in with her sister. Todd has his graduation show and is upset that BoJack didn't come. BoJack continues to drive as he appears to slow down.

The doorbell rings at Wanda's sister's house. Wanda, who was crying and being comforted by her sister, goes to answer it, only to be disappointed that it’s only the pizza guy.

Season 3

In Start Spreading The News it is revealed by Pinky Penguin that some point after her last appearance, Wanda had been promoted and had moved to Detroit for her new job.

Personality

Wanda

Wanda comes off as an upbeat, happy-go-lucky personality. It's presumable that this was the attitude she adapted prior to her coma, as it's the most visible one post-coma.

In Yesterdayland, Diane refers to her as a stunted twenty-year-old, due to the fact that's how old she was when she went into a coma. However, she can be seen as easily confused and somewhat scared and depressed due to her lost time, as well as the number of people who have died in her mental absence, for example, most of her family, J.D Salinger, et cetera.

Wanda is also seen to be caring and willing to embrace things she doesn't like. After BoJack hit a deer on the road, she willingly searches for him to try to convince him to seek medical care at her own expense. Her slight depression and scared undertones lead her to quickly adopt friends with BoJack who invites her into his life as a caring figure, and she accepts his self-confession of bitterness at Todd's amusement park.

Relationships

  • Unnamed Sister
  • Other deceased relatives

Memorable Quotes

  • "Give me your fax and pager number so I can add them to my Rolodex."
  • "You know, it's funny. When you look at the world through rose-colored glasses, all of the red flags just look like flags."
  • "Who?"
  • "Oh, yes! Give me a Cleveland steamer!"

Trivia

Wanda Pierce model sheet

Wanda model sheet

  • In her first appearance, she can be seen jumping around on roller skates, twisting her body while doing so. When she does this, her head remains stationary. This is a reference to an Owl's ability to rotate their head 180 degrees.
    • When BoJack lays down in bed after a long night out during one of the episodes, instead of turning over to face him, she simply rotates her head the other way.
    • At the 50's themed diner Wanda rotates her head 180 degrees to talk to someone behind her.
Wanda Pierce concept art

Concept art

  • Throughout Yesterdayland, BoJack will frequently name a famous celebrity who came along after she went into a coma. After being confused, she will say "Who?" Which is a joke on the famous owl call which sounds the same.
  • She resembles both a burrowing owl and an eastern screech owl.
  • Despite going into her coma in 1985, she somehow knew about Peggy Sue Got Married, which was not released until 1986.

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