BoJack Horseman: A Horse Walks into a Rehab (2019)
Season 6, Episode 1
End of the rope
10 December 2019
Warning: Spoilers
After finally being coaxed into checking in at rehab by Diane, BoJack begins his therapy. But he doesn't get off to the best start. At first he finds it extremely boring, lifeless and barely even makes an effort to engage in any of the actitives. Then after he realizes this is the same rehab Sarah Lynn spent time at, he tries to form a more positive attitude. Yet he still seems to avoid talking about his problems. After unintentionally helping a patient escape, BoJack feels responsible to go with her, not wanting the same thing to happen with her as with Sarah Lynn.

This was a very attention-grabbing season premiere. We first get the police investigation after Sarah Lynn is found dead, and a cop asks BoJack about what happened, which of course he lies about and tells him he found her dead when he got there. I've got an eerie feeling this old case won't rest for that much longer.

The scenes at the rehab center were interesting, not to mention very funny. BoJack's habit of going off on random tangents of course is a hindrance for him to talk about any of his issues seriously. One thing that stood out to me is how closely the part at the rehab where he roasts everyone mirrors the flashback at the party where he makes fun of his party guests. In both instances he goes too far and hurts someone personally.

Unlike That's Too Much, Man!, nothing bad actually happens when he goes with Jameson on her venture. Instead of passively tagging along having some drinks along the way, he does his very best not to have any alcohol at all and begs her not to drink either. That doesn't mean he's not tempted, but he's learned how to hold back. For now at least. Yet what we get is very fascinating. Every time BoJack sees a bottle in his sight, he starts thinking back on all the times he drunk alcohol as young. At first we see an assistant egging him to drink to better perform a scene in Horsin' Around, so it's easy to assume that peer pressure to perform better is the reason he started. But as it goes further and further back, you start to realize the therapist back at the rehab was right. The drinking problem really isn't his fault. The part where he takes a sip from a vodka bottle and then happily falls asleep in his mother's lap is a sweet moment contrasted with a very dark image.

When it comes to Jameson, you first get a picture of her having a similiarly troubled upbringing, where her father cares more about his movie memorabilia than her. As it turns out however, that isn't the case at all. Instead, he cares deeply about her and is worried that she's never gonna get better. He's even forced to take care of her new baby since she can't do it herself. She lies about the cause of her drinking and refuses to deal with her own problems. BoJack even catches her trying to sneak a bottle back into the rehab when he urges her to go back there. It reflects his younger self in a lot of ways, where he refused to deal with his own problems and would rather drink all his pain away.

At the end, BoJack stares at the vodka-filled water bottle he confiscated from Jameson. Can he finally find enough strength to pull through and save himself from self-destruction or is he dangerously close to relapsing? I know one thing for sure. I can't wait to find out.
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