Maybe some of the troops are heroes, but not automatically. I'm sure a lot of the troops are jerks! Most people are jerks already, and it's not like giving a jerk a gun and telling him it's okay to kill people suddenly turns that jerk into a hero!


"BoJack Hates the Troops" is the second episode of Season 1 of Netflix original series BoJack Horseman. BoJack Hates the Troops, along with the rest of Season 1, premiered August 22, 2014.


BoJack finds himself the subject of national media attention after calling the troops "jerks" in an altercation with Navy SEAL, Neal McBeal.


The episode opens with BoJack at a bar. He overhears a girl, Pam, talking to her friend on the phone, saying that BoJack is at the bar and insults him behind his back.

Princess Carolyn calls to remind BoJack about his first memoir writing session with his ghostwriter Diane the following morning.

As the call ends, BoJack notices Pam now has friends over and are laughing and taking pictures at his expense.

Before BoJack leaves the bar, he turns and berates her and her friends for ruining his night.

He reminds them that their actions have consequences and that being ignorant about being a horrible person does not make them less of a horrible person. However, he ends up sleeping with Pam after calling her attractive during his rant.

The next morning, BoJack is greeted by the girl from the bar, named Pam, and tells him she made breakfast. BoJack orders Pam to leave, saying he's meeting with his ghostwriter. However, Diane is already sitting in BoJack's kitchen, as BoJack was drunk when he sent her the time to meet him via email which BoJack does not remember. The email consisted of a meet-up request, a rant about loneliness, and a lot of "b"s.

Mr. Peanutbutter is also there, and brags about he's about to shoot a pilot for a reality show, entitled PB and Jelly, which annoys BoJack as the wordplay does not work since there is nobody named Jelly. He is also annoyed by Todd having a computer date with a Japanese girl. BoJack leaves the house to get breakfast.

At the supermarket, BoJack finds a box of muffins in the produce section. However, a seal man tells him that they are his, since he had to go to the bathroom and called "dibs" on this last box of muffins. Out of amusement and spite, BoJack refuses to return the muffins to Neal McBeal (summarily being a hypocrite to his own advice the night before) and takes the muffins to check out before Neal has a chance to argue further.

BoJack returns to his house, having eaten the entire box of muffins, to his regret. He begins his session with Diane, and the first question she asks him is what was his childhood like.

BoJack flashes back to his abusive childhood, showing a scene where his mother callously gives his father an omelet and implies he’s having an affair with his secretary and reminds him he isn’t married to his secretary, to which his father retorts back that if his secretary had also refused to get an abortion he would be.

Little BoJack asks if he can also have an omelet, to which his mother replies "You’re the birthday boy." Back in the present, BoJack tells a skeptical Diane he had a normal childhood, and to just skip to the part where he became famous.

Their session is interrupted when Princess Carolyn calls to tell BoJack he is on the news, and they discover that the seal man, named Neal McBeal, has gone to the news network MSNBSea to tell about BoJack's behavior earlier in the morning: denying Neal his favorite muffins after coming home from his service with the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.

BoJack compounds the problem by calling into the news network to argue with Neal live. He eventually enters a video interview from home to continue arguing with Neal live on the news station, and is misconstrued when he suggests not all of America's troops are heroes, and that some of them might be jerks.

The following media frenzy starts to affect BoJack, who wants everything to end. Mr. Peanutbutter then suggests BoJack apologize to Neal on his reality TV show, and sets the two to meet in his house.

BoJack does well at first but starts to get heated when he points out the nation's hypocritical treatment of politics and the military. He is cut off by Mr. Peanutbutter's antics before he can finish his rant.

BoJack finds Diane alone on the roof and complains about how no one wants to hear the truth. Diane argues she does but points out that BoJack is unable to even tell the truth with his inability to open up about his life for the memoir. BoJack concedes and agrees he will tell her the "full truth" for the memoir.

He begins to tell her the truth about his childhood: his parents were alcoholics who resented one another due to their different upbringings, his father was a failed novelist and his mother was the heiress to the Sugarman Sugar Cube fortune and took this out on BoJack. Diane quickly pulls out a note pad as he says all this. He asks Diane if she's still listening, and she replies that she is.


Actor Character
Will Arnett ... BoJack Horseman / Butterscotch Horseman
Amy Sedaris ... Princess Carolyn
Alison Brie ... Diane Nguyen
Paul F. Tompkins ... Mr. Peanutbutter
Aaron Paul ... Todd Chavez
Rachel Bloom ... Laura
Raphael Bob-Waksberg ... Additional voices
Judy Greer ... Pam
Mike Hollingsworth ... Additional voices
Wendie Malick ... Beatrice Horseman
Minae Noji ... Ayako
Keith Olbermann ... Tom Jumbo-Grumbo
Patton Oswalt ... Neal McBeal
Heléne Yorke ... Additional voices


  • This episode is one of the two of the seven episodes from the show's original pitch treatment that would actually be made into an episode, the other being "BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One," which was original titled "BoJack Throws A Party!"
    • This episode was original titled "BoJack Supports The Troops!," and it's plot was mostly similar other than Neal McBeal being a greyhound, the news station being Fox News instead of MSNBSea, and the greyhound would get a reality show from his new fame.[1]
  • MSNBSea's news ticker has the following headlines:
    • Man bites dog; dog sues man.
    • Cute child does things on internet.
    • Scientists discover water on ocean floor.
    • UN declares war good for absolutely nothing, says it again now. (A reference to the song "War" by Edwin Starr.)
    • Orange juice discovered to have several orange properties.
    • AIDS still a thing.
    • I wanted to write novels, you know.
    • US Government grants amnesty to millionaires.
    • Happy birthday to Enid Smith, America's oldest woman!
    • New Yorker goes to Italy, complains about pizza.
    • Condolences to the family of Enid Smith, America's former oldest woman!
    • Milk, milk, lemonade, around the corner- gentrification? (A reference to the song Milk Milk Lemonade by Amy Schumer.)
  • The grocery store BoJack goes to is called J'VON'S, a reference it JON’S and VON'S, two supermarkets in real life Los Angeles.
  • The news segment where BoJack and Neal are arguing is featured in Still Broken, where Herb is talking to Sarah-Lynn.
  • This is the first appearance (in flashbacks) of BoJack's parents, Beatrice and Butterscotch.
    • Their names are revealed in Downer Ending.
    • It is also first mentioned that Beatrice is the heiress to the Sugarman Sugarcube Company, and Butterscotch was a failed novelist.

Intro Differences

  • None.


  • When BoJack and Princess Carolyn are at Mr. Peanutbutters's house, the poster behind Mr. Peanutbutter for Mr. Peanutbutter's House changes a few times
  • One of the cameramen for Mr. Peanutbutter's reality show wears a shirt that says, "I'm a Zelda." But in one shot, the text on the shirt is horizontally flipped, as if seen in a mirror.
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Poster shows only characters' top halves

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Poster now shows full bodies of characters

Memorable Quotes

Princess Carolyn: BoJack! It's your favorite agent!

BoJack: Yeah, some agent. You couldn't even get me in the room for War Horse. There were like ten horses in that movie. I didn't need to be the War Horse.

BoJack: Excuse me. [walks to two girls and a chicken girl] I just wanted you to know that you ruined someone else's night tonight. And I hope you have enough decency to at least feel a little bit crappy about it.
Girl: Excuse me?
BoJack: I was actually already in a bad mood but I thought maybe for one night, I could go out to a bar and try to forget about myself. But now because of you and your friends, I feel more self-conscious than ever.
Girl: If we were bothering you so much, why didn't you just leave?
BoJack: Because I didn't think of that and now I feel stupid!
Girl: Look, I have a right to be here—
BoJackNO!! [the chicken girl lays an egg] Maybe because you're skinny and maybe 'cause you're pretty, you're used to getting away with things! But I want you to know that your actions have an effect on others, and I hate you! And you are a horrible person! And you not understanding that you're a horrible person doesn't make you less of a horrible person.
Girl[beat] You think I'm pretty?

Poodle Lady: I really shouldn’t eat chocolate cause it can literally kill me.
Corgi Lady: Oh I know!
Poodle Lady:But I love chocolate!
Corgi Lady: Story of my life!

Tom Jumbo-Grumbo[live on MSNBSea] Our guest via satellite is Neal McBeal, a naval officer on leave from Afghanistan. Welcome to the program, Neal.
Neal McBeal: Thank you, Tom.
BoJack: Hey! I met this guy!
Tom: All Neal wanted when he got home, and I emphasize—from Afghanistan—was his favorite brand of breakfast muffins. But when he went to the supermarket and called dibs on the last box... Well, tell us what happened, Neal.
Neal: BoJack Horseman, from the '90s sitcom Horsin' Around, refused to respect my dibs.
Tom: Have you no shame, BoJack Horseman?! Seen here sneezing at a Christmas party?
BoJack: Oh, not the sneezing pic— Why do they always use the sneezing picture?!
Tom: In the '90s, we laughed at your antics. Oh, how we laughed. "Ha ha ha," we chortled in rapturous glee. But when you deny the dibs called by our men and women on the frontlines, that is a sick joke, sir. A sick, sick joke indeed. And you'll forgive me if I chortle no longer—for, to me, there is nothing the least bit funny about stealing a meal from Neal McBeal, the Navy SEAL. [blows out water]
Todd: Wait, wait, you stole muffins from a Navy SEAL?
BoJack: I didn't know he was a Navy SEAL! I just thought he was a regular kind of seal.
Neal: This is classic Hollywood elitism. BoJack Horseman thinks that because he was on TV, that makes him better than everybody. Well, guess what, BoJack! Now I'm on TV! So now I'm better than everybody!
Tom: That's right, Neal!
BoJack: You didn't even have dibs! You stupid sea cow!

Neal: Oh I had dibs on the muffins, I hid them in the produce section!
BoJack: You left them totally out in the open! That’s hiding? How did you survive in Afghanistan?!

Tom: Hold on. Just to clarify: since this morning, you've eaten all the muffins?
BoJack: Yes, I ate all the muffins, because I have no self-control and I hate myself.

Neal: I spent a year in Afghanistan making America safer, and this is the thanks I get?
BoJack: Really? You, specifically, made America safer?
Tom: Well, BoJack, surely, even you would agree that the troops are heroes.
BoJack: I don't agree to that. Maybe some of the troops are heroes, but not automatically. I'm sure a lot of the troops are jerks. Most people are jerks already, and it's not like giving a jerk a gun and telling him it's okay to kill people suddenly turns that jerk into a hero.
Tom: What? Did you just say that the troops are jerks?
BoJack: ...Oh, you took that the bad way, didn't you?

Princess Carolyn: BoJack, I'm gonna level with you, honey. This whole you-hating-the-troops thing is not great.
BoJack: I don't hate the troops, I just hate one specific troop. I don't even hate him, I just think he's wrong about the muffins.

Neal: Say it, BoJack. Say I'm a hero.
BoJack: You're a hero. The troops are all heroes, every single one.
Neal: Great.
BoJack: And I don't believe saying that cheapens the word and actually disrespects those we mean to honor by turning real people into political pawns. Also, I am not deeply ambivalent about a seemingly mandated celebration of our military by a nation that claims to value peace telling our children that violence is never the answer while refusing to hold our own government to the same standard. Furthermore, I do not find it unbelievably appropriate that this conversation is taking place on reality television, a genre which thrives on chopping the complexities of our era into easily digestible chunks of empty catchphrases.

Bojack: You want a day-old hamburger bun?
Diane: I'm alright. How'd it go down there?
Bojack: You know what the problem is with everybody? They all just want to hear what they already believe. No one ever wants to hear the truth.
Diane: I want to hear the truth.


  1. Original Pitch Treamtment, BoJack Horseman: The Art Before The Horse