Free Churro

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"Free Churro"
BoJack Horseman episode
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 6
Directed byAmy Winfrey
Written byRaphael Bob-Waksberg
Original air dateSeptember 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Running time26 minutes
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"Free Churro" is the sixth episode of the fifth season of American animated television series BoJack Horseman. It was written by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and directed by Amy Winfrey. The episode was released in the United States, along with the rest of season five, via Netflix on September 14, 2018.[1] Will Arnett, who voices the show's title character as well as his father, Butterscotch, are the only speakers in the episode.[2]

In 2019, the episode was nominated for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program at the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.[3]


BoJack gives a eulogy at a funeral for his mother, Beatrice Horseman. Throughout, he has some patter with the organist, who sometimes plays appropriate music. He also comments about how his mother requested an open casket funeral. He ponders his mother's final words, "I see you", and what they might have meant. In the end, he finally opens the casket, realizing that he is at the wrong funeral.

The entire episode consists of two monologues: the first is delivered for two minutes by Butterscotch Horseman to BoJack in a cold-open flashback; the second is for 20 minutes, delivered by BoJack at a funeral to off-screen mourners.[4]


The episode received critical acclaim upon release. Les Chappell of The AV Club, who gave the episode an "A" grade, called it a "jaw-dropping" episode, and lists it among the show's best.[5] The Washington Post's Elahe Izadi described it as "unlike any other the show has pulled off before" and "very unusual for TV", praising its unique storytelling approach.[2] Lester Fabian Brathwaite of Observer called Arnett's voicing a "tour-de-force performance".[6] In Bustle, Rebecca Patton praises the episode's effectiveness of showing "BoJack's grieving process, grappling with the awful person his mother was and wondering why he's still heartbroken".[7]


  1. ^ Lawrence, Derek (June 27, 2018). "'BoJack Horseman' season 5 gets release date, first look". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ a b Izadi, Elahe (September 17, 2018). "This 'BoJack Horseman' episode is unlike any other the show has pulled off before". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Nominees/Winners". Television Academy. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "BoJack Horseman Creator Breaks Down the Devastating Funeral Episode". TV Guide. September 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Chappell, Les. "BoJack Horseman delivers a jaw-dropping eulogy and once again raises the bar for concept episodes". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Brathwaite, Lester Fabian (October 1, 2018). "How 'BoJack Horseman' Season 5 Finds Comedy in the Face of Tragedy". Observer.
  7. ^ Patton, Rebecca. "'BoJack Horseman' Nails What It's Like To Grieve A Flawed Love One". Bustle. Retrieved April 29, 2019.

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