The BoJack Horseman Season 6 finale seemed to hint that BoJack (voiced by Will Arnett) would be mourned by his surviving buddies in the penultimate episode’s surreal death spiral dream sequence, but “Nice While It Lasted” gave us a fake-out and gave the Netflix series a much less conclusive finish.
BoJack Horseman Season 6, Episode 16 opened with the revelation that he narrowly avoided death by overdose or drowning and was then apprehended and jailed for the breaking-and-entering he committed in Episode 14.
The majority of “Nice While It Lasted” then takes place during a break BoJack is given from his prison term to attend Princess Carolyn’s (Amy Sedaris) wedding, where it is revealed that she has wed her incredibly practical aide Judah (Diedrich Bader).
However, BoJack is not the only person to have been married while inside. As Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie) reveals to BoJack during the rooftop talk that dominates the majority of the series finale, Guy (Lakeith Stanfield) and she have moved to Houston after years of despair and aimlessness.
She acknowledges that she no longer recognizes the person that Hollywoo (or, as it is renamed following a sign error in the finale, Hollywoob) has made her. She appears happy, or as near to joyful as anyone can be on BoJack Horseman.
They remain silent while listening to the Catherine Feeny song “Mr. Blue” as the show comes to a close. This moment seems to imply that Diane has realized what a destructive effect BoJack has on her life and that this is the last time she will ever speak to him, even if much of the finale is left open-ended.
While their relationship may be finished, BoJack must still make a choice elsewhere. He says that part of the reason he is set to surpass his own sobriety record is that he has little control over his life in prison.
He explains to Carolyn that he wants to leave Hollywoob permanently and that he wants to put his acting skills to good use by agreeing to work with the prisoners he is presently performing Hedda Gabler with.
When Carolyn informs him that there is a lot of discussion surrounding his next film The Horny Unicorn, he begins to ponder a return to the entertainment industry, perhaps as a director.
A final jab at a real-life celebrity is also taken by the series. While a character who closely resembles Mel Gibson approaches a buffet table, Carolyn remarks that the industry has a very short memory as BoJack expresses disbelief that they are ready to welcome him back after his breakdown.
The finale does not reveal what decision BoJack makes, but viewers of this run of eight episodes should experience a sickening sense of déjà vu because, up until his taste for fame backfired when he gave the two on-air interviews about Sarah Lynn (Kristen Schaal), which directly caused his relapse, BoJack was content teaching drama at Wesleyan.
Whether BoJack takes the good or bad path is left up to the viewers’ judgment, and what you think will happen to BoJack may depend on your own optimism or pessimism, but if there is one thing we have learned from the first six seasons of the Netflix series, it is that it is incredibly difficult to actually change who you are as a person.
Bojack Discovers the Hokey Pokey’s Actual Meaning.
Bojack faced his inner demons in “The View from Halfway Down,” and in “Nice While It Lasted,” he encounters an even more intimidating group: the living.
We help him go through the wreckage of friendships to evaluate the harm and determine whether they still have room for him in their lives. It becomes more and more obvious that the people around Bojack are learning to let him go as the wedding ceremony goes on.
Even Princess Caroline subtly declines the notion of ever serving as his agent again since she is content and no longer susceptible to a toxic impulse to assist and coddle him.
The true reckoning, however, occurs when Diane confronts Bojack over the voicemail he left her before almost drowning, effectively warning him that his unwillingness to accept responsibility for his actions places an intolerable burden on those who are close to him.
But when she speaks of Bojack in the past tense, Diane assures him she has moved on — marrying Guy and finally trusting herself — as opposed to letting it keep hurting her.
Bojack is surrounded by a depressingly palpable sense of loneliness. However, there are still some reassuring constants, such as Mr. Peanutbutter, whose presence the horse would have disliked in season one but now appears to enjoy.
When Bojack starts to worry about ruining his sobriety, Todd Chavez provides a careful reading of the hokey pokey: “You perform the hokey-pokey and turn yourself around, as the song goes. The main focus is on how you turn yourself around.”
Relapses happen; the only thing that matters is that you have the fortitude to own up to your mistakes and make a change. Bojack may now actually better himself without the impediment of people like Princess Caroline or Diane, not to mention his own self-abnegation.