BoJack Horseman: The Kidney Stays in the Picture
October 31, 2019 1:26 PM - Season 6, Episode 6 - Subscribe

The assistants of Hollywoo go on strike. BoJack tries to help Doctor Champ. When Todd learns that his mother needs a kidney, Diane comes up with a plan. "Howdy, howdy! Welcome to Mike and Morgan's House of Organs! We handle all your matters, from keyboards to bladders."
posted by filthy light thief (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
i think it's this episode where Dr. Champ tells Bojack he doesn't have any other horses in his life, which i guess is one of those things in media that could be a messy metaphor for any number of real-world things. i could swear i remember but can't find an interview with bob-waksberg talking about whether bojack was meant to be white, and i think saying probably but also that some people of color who work on the show see themselves in bojack's life and puts bits of theirs in the story and that he thought that was cool.

i did find a related interview where he talked about regretting not thinking about race more at the start of the show and having an all-white cast, including for diane and todd, who he said was "at least somewhat latino." i like that he went back and nailed that down and fleshed todd's perspective out a lot more in the process here.
posted by gaybobbie at 2:52 PM on November 2, 2019 [2 favorites]

BoJack Horseman is ahead of reality: Hollywood assistants are in open revolt. Here’s why (Stacy Perman for L.A. Times, Nov. 2, 2019)
Four years ago, Christina Mondy arrived in Hollywood like many, with big dreams. At 23, hers was to become a showbiz writer. And like many, the Connecticut native was told in order to get her foot in the door, she first had to pay her dues as an assistant.

After an unpaid internship at a boutique management and production firm, Mondy landed a job as a full-time assistant at a major talent agency. But instead of pushing her that much closer to realizing her writing ambitions, Mondy says, “It all came crashing down on me.”

Over the course of nearly a year, Mondy worked 50-plus-hour weeks, she said, making $11.25 an hour. Barely getting by, she had to defer her student loans. She said she was subjected to constant verbal abuse by a boss, and that an agent had her stake out a comedy club for weeks to see if a comic he‘d noticed on Twitter showed up.

She said she wasn’t reimbursed for gas and was discouraged from seeking overtime pay. When she complained to HR about her treatment, Mondy said, she was told, “’Maybe this industry isn’t right for you.’” After making a scheduling error, she said, she was fired.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:36 AM on November 7, 2019

Late to the party on this, but Todd's stepdad's storyline in the episode just broke me. His realization that Todd can kind of skate through life without a plan because he's white is so devastatingly real to me. My dad was Asian-American, and he was so, so driven and hard on himself with respect to work, to an extent that was unhealthy. It's not what I've chosen for myself, but I have the privilege of looking ethnically ambiguous, and growing up in a less-racist time than he did.
posted by creepygirl at 10:10 PM on February 12, 2020

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