Doctor Champ is a short fjord horse with a heavy build, light fur with black fur around his nostrils and mouth surrounded by lighter fur, black fur on the tips of his ears, and his mane is black at the top and grey near the bottom, which is a common style for fjord horses. His bangs cover his forehead.
According to the model sheets, he is slightly above 5 1/2 ft tall.
He wears a teal western shirt that has floral embroidery on the yoke and the collar, the buttons and cuffs have a pink trim, and he has the sleeves rolled up to the forearm, denim jeans, a brown belt with a silver buckle, and brown sandals with gray socks. He also wears a bolo tie.
When he gets drunk his mane becomes unkempt, he developed bags under his eyes and he stops wearing the bolo tie.
In Xerox of a Xerox, he seems to have spiraled further into his alcoholism and his appearance looks even more unkempt and disheveled than before.
Doctor Champ was a friendly therapy horse who used folksy aphorisms in his everyday speech.
He had a sharp sense of observation, as he noticed BoJack deflecting the source of his addiction by making jokes about it.
It is revealed when BoJack dropped him off at Partridges in The Kidney Stays in the Picture that Doctor Champ also seems to have a bit of a troubled past due to his own addiction. He vaguely mentioned to BoJack something happened to his daughter as a result of him drinking. He also expressed the worry that his husband might leave him if he finds out Doctor Champ has been drinking again.
He also stated earlier in A Little Uneven, Is All, that he knows one drop of alcohol could send him spiraling back into his addiction.
Doctor Champ did seem to care about his patients, as he tells BoJack he needs them to see him as an example of success. He also got frustrated with BoJack for not leaving the facility, as his room and bed there could be used to help someone else who actually needed it.
The episode Sunk Cost and All That, reveals he was fired from Pastiches Malibu. Also in Xerox of a Xerox, it appears as though he left Partridges, the rehab facility where BoJack dropped him off at the end of The Kidney Stays in the Picture. Drunk, he talks to the reporters Biscuits Braxby and Paige Sinclair, bitterly saying "seeing [BoJack] in that first interview like he's a victim disgusts [Doctor Champ] but if the world only knew what [he] knew it would be a different story."
Paige then asks Doctor Champ if being a therapist he is not at liberty to discuss what his client told him in confidence. Doctor Champ clarifies that he's a therapy horse, not a therapist and therefore there is an important legal distinction and he can tell the reporters everything.
Doctor Champ was formerly an alcoholic himself, until an unknown incident with his daughter, presumably involving his alcoholism, made him get treatment, along with the fear of his husband leaving him. He eventually became a therapy horse at Pastiches Malibu Rehabilitation Center.
The therapy horse Doctor Champ, tells them in rehab, there is a saying that "everyone takes a different route to get to Soberopilis, USA." Doctor Champ then questions BoJack, on when the first time he drank. BoJack deflects this, by jokingly saying when wasn't the first time he drank. The group all laugh at this.
Later, at a private outdoor session with Doctor Champ, BoJack is questioned about whether he feels good about leaving; as his last day at the facility is tomorrow. BoJack says, he feels ready. Doctor Champ presses him further, asking if BoJack is ready to go out into the world. BoJack says he feels confident about doing so.
Doctor Champ points out to BoJack that he has a habit of deflecting when it comes to talking about the source of his addiction. BoJack then jokingly deflects by complimenting the therapy horse on his tie. Doctor Champ counters this, saying jokingly deflecting, still counts as deflecting.
BoJack then states he came to rehab to take responsibility for himself. He then says all anyone says that it's not his fault and he is powerless over his addiction. Doctor Champ says that is the first step in overcoming addiction. BoJack then questions why there are twelve steps to the program. The therapy horse then tells him they have a saying in the sober community "What our addictions want us to want, our future is just a house built from the blueprint that is our past." BoJack then says that sayings are supposed to illustrate concepts, via straightforward allegory. He then sarcastically says that he admires that Doctor Champ's sayings don't do that.
The therapy horse then points out BoJack is deflecting again. BoJack then says, he came to make himself responsible, for his own choices. He goes on to say nobody made him drink, that was him alone. Doctor Champ tells BoJack the gate code, saying he can leave whenever he wants, it doesn't have to be tomorrow.
Doctor Champ tells BoJack he can't joke his way through this, and everyone else is being honest. BoJack then challenges this by saying all the other patients are lying as well and gives examples. Jameson then says BoJack is right, and the other clients at the rehab facility suck.
BoJack then takes a jab at Jameson, saying she would love to get sober, but her friend McCaitlyn sneaks her water bottles filled with vodka every visiting day. Doctor Champ is shocked to learn Jameson has been smuggling alcohol into the facility. Jameson then blames vodka for being "water colored." BoJack then points out it's her fifth time in rehab and maybe rehab just isn't working.
BoJack further says if anyone checks into rehab more than once, maybe they are a lost cause or maybe rehab is a money-making industry that does not have people's best interests at heart. He then asks Doctor Champ if that is honest enough for him.
In The New Client, Mr. Peanutbutter then shows up at Pastiches, on the visiting day. He then runs into BoJack who says this can not be happening. Doctor Champ shows up and asks if Mr. Peanutbutter is here for the visit day meeting. Doctor Champ says Mr. Peanutbutter is the first friend BoJack has invited.
Mr. Peanutbutter says he wasn't even aware he was invited. BoJack tries to say, he did not invite Mr. Peanutbutter but is interrupted by Doctor Champ introducing himself to Mr. Peanutbutter and saying he's proud of BoJack for inviting someone. They bond over the fact that they are named Mr. and Doctor. BoJack then asks if Doctor is just his name, and is he not a doctor.
Doctor Champ then gives everyone a five minute warning time to gather. Mr. Peanutbutter then tells BoJack they should find good seats. BoJack points out they are sitting in a circle, and therefore they are all good seats. In the group meeting, Doug is asking how he can make up for all the lies, stealing, and cheating. He says his wife says they can make a fresh start.
Mr. Peanutbutter interrupts and asks about the cheating, and whether Doug talked to his wife about it. Doctor Champ reminds him they don't interrupt others in group therapy. Mr. Peanutbutter says he is simply looking for more context. BoJack sarcastically says maybe Mr. Peanutbutter should go looking for it in his car. Doctor Champ then tells BoJack not to interrupt Mr. Peanutbutter, as he is sharing. BoJack protests this.
Mr. Peanutbutter goes on to say, he believes Doug should be honest with his wife so that they can both move forward. Everyone except BoJack nods in agreement. Mr. Peanutbutter then asks on the other hand, isn't it sometimes better to let sleeping dogs lie. Mr. Peanutbutter assumes Doug's fiance is a dog. Doug says she is his wife and she is human.
Mr. Peanutbutter says, so Doug's fiance is named Pickles. Mr. Peanutbutter asks wouldn't telling her now cause additional pain. Doug then questions whether it is best not to tell her. Mr. Peanutbutter says that it would be really convenient for Doug. Doug then starts protesting this. Mr. Peanutbutter says Doug is just trying to avoid facing the consequences of his actions. He says that's just "classic, stupid, selfish, inconsiderate Doug." Doug says those are harsh words he needed to hear, and then thanks Mr. Peanutbutter, hugging him.
In Feel-Good Story, BoJack tells the story of Beverly stealing his snack kits. He says Beverly thought the initials "BH" stood for Beverly here you go. BoJack sys Beverly can't even eat the nuts, because she's allergic, and she usually just ends up giving them to BoJack. BoJack then mentions Doctor Champ would say it means something, that the universe has a way of looking out for us. BoJack finally concludes it is working for him. He says he hopes everything is working out for Diane too.
In A Little Uneven, Is All, the episode begins with a flashback from the '90s. BoJack is meeting Danny Bananas at a diner. He tells BoJack he meets a lot of big names, some of the sexiest guys of the '90s. He gives examples such as Nick Nolte and Mickey Rourke.
He then starts telling about how his daughter couldn't care less but says she got really excited when she found out her father was meeting BoJack. He then slides BoJack a pen and paper and asks for his autograph, saying it would really make his daughter's day. BoJack writes his signature on the paper, with a sad sigh.
Danny starts enthusiastically telling BoJack how Angela Diaz called him and asked him to run Horsin' Around after Herb was fired.
Danny says he's very fortunate, to have been given the opportunity, to work on Horsin' Around and work with the most finely calibrated cast on television. He then goes on to say, he knows there was friction between Herb and BoJack, and Herb left under not-great circumstances. Danny states he is approaching this, from the point-of-view that he's a guest in BoJack's home.
He goes on to say, that the magic of Horsin' Around, isn't Danny Bananas or Herb Kazzaz. He uses the analogy of the Big Mac, saying he doesn't want to change the recipe or formula of the show, and BoJack is the "special sauce." Danny says he only wants to be the middle bun.
Doctor Champ interjects that BoJack has already told him this story; about Danny, the buns, and Sharona. BoJack questions this and asks if he talked about Gina Cazador and Sarah Lynn. Doctor Champ says yes to both, and BoJack has brought up Sarah Lynn multiple times. Doctor Champ says he even talked to BoJack about the reoccurring dream where he goes to a dinner party.
BoJack asks about the spitting incident with Marisa Tomei, and Doctor Champ says yes to that too. Doctor Champ, sounding irritated, says he even took the strange detour with him, where his uncle showed him the picture of the three-nippled woman. BoJack questions "Who was she?" Doctor Champ says he thinks they are done here. He then reveals BoJack has been at Pastiches for six months, and it's time for BoJack to go home.
At rehab, there is a going-away party for Denise, one of the patients. Everyone is eating toast, and BoJack says he wants to give a non-alcoholic toast to Denise. He then talks about other patients like Jameson or Doug, and everyone else is confused about who he's talking about. BoJack then realizes he and Denise are the only ones out of their original group who are still at the facility.
BoJack then says they had some good times together. Denise says it was mostly not that great. BoJack then asks if she's ready to go. Denise says, "ready or not, here I go." She then walks away sadly. BoJack confirms she's ready.
Doctor Champ then asks BoJack, if he thought about what they talked about the day before, about transitioning to a version of himself that is no longer at Pastiches. BoJack says things are kind of working for him. He says he's staying out of trouble, he's got the fancy room, and finally perfected his omelet order. BoJack then goes on to tell Doctor Champ he might do another six weeks.
Doctor Champ tells BoJack he has already re-upped three times. Doctor Champ explains this place is for people in crisis. BoJack replies "in crisis for being too cool." Doctor Champ tells BoJack that it's perfectly natural for him to be terrified. He tells his own personal experience of being terrified of leaving rehab. He says he knew even the smallest drop of alcohol would send him spiraling back into addiction. BoJack then sarcastically says Doctor Champ did end up back in rehab. Doctor Champ then says he'll miss their comedy routines.
Doctor Champ says he looks at a lot of cases, like Denise, who he thinks isn't going to make it. He says BoJack is a special case, because he's done the work, and he's ready.
BoJack has a cardboard box of his belongings, and his duffle bag in hand, as he walks out of his bedroom. He then says to himself "wow, BoJack leaving rehab." He smiles at Sobby Bobby and says he'll miss his excessive crying. BoJack then stops by the vending machine for a bag of Funyuns. BoJack then takes a deep breath of fresh air as he steps outside Pastiches.
BoJack then spots the Paparazzi outside of the building. BoJack thinks they are here to see him, and says he's not ashamed he went to rehab. They tell him he's blocking the door, and they want to get a clear shot of Gen Z pop superstar and fashion disrupter Joey Pogo. BoJack questions this. The paparazzi birds tell him Joey is checking into the fancy room. The words "fancy room" cause BoJack to have a series of flashbacks in his head, he questions what do they all mean.
The blue jay tells him, it sounds like they are kicking him out, to make room for Joey Pogo. BoJack then hears an echo of what the paparazzi bird just told him in his head. BoJack then says out loud it sounds like they are kicking him out to make room for Joey Pogo.
BoJack then runs up the hill with all his belongings, to where Doctor Champ is in the middle of a session, with a patient named Brad. He jumps over the low fence, spilling the contents of his duffle bag and box to the ground in the process. BoJack starts panting, trying to catch his breath, saying playtime is over.
Brad tells BoJack he is disrupting his therapy session with Doctor Champ. BoJack then angrily points at Brad and tells him to shut up. He says everyone knows the source of Brad's addiction, is that he wanted to impress his old babysitter, who stole beer from his parents' fridge. He says she's dead, and Brad is free. Brad then breathes heavily.
BoJack tries to say something, but he can't as he is out of breath. Brad then questions what BoJack is doing, and Doctor Champ believes he is trying to get out a zinger, he then says they should probably let him finish. BoJack then says it's only funny if it feels extemporaneous. Brad tells him to just say the thing, and not waste so much time setting up. BoJack then tells them to check this out. He finally says, "BoHo go bye-bye for JoJo Pogo? That's a no go, bro." BoJack then faints, lifts his head up, and says, "worth it" with a raspy voice.
At Pastiches, BoJack is one again packing his belongings in his room. Doctor Champ walks in and asks what happened and why BoJack is packing his things backward. Doctor Champ then starts assisting in BoJack's packing. He says Doctor Champ gave him a whole spiel when in reality he was trying to get rid of him to make room for a new high profile client. Doctor Champ then says he thought they had made strides with BoJack's jealousy issues.
Joey Pogo opens the door and peeks his head in. BoJack tells Joey not now. Joey then apologizes, asking if he's interrupting something, and he was informed he would be in the fancy room. Doctor Champ tells Joey to come back tomorrow, as they are rearranging some things.
Joey says tomorrow is jammed because he is shooting a video for his new single. He asks if they could just "do rehab," right now and quickly. BoJack says one can not just "do rehab quickly," that's not how it works. Doctor Champ then says "Life is precious, God is religious or merely the idea of human connection. Don't do drugs. Say you're sorry." Joey tells him that is powerful stuff, and he has found a new lease on life. He then says Doctor Champ should stay cool and thanks.
BoJack says that's the problem when things are said in rehab, it's much easier, whereas in the real world things are harder and confusing. Doctor Champ reminds him of all his friends waiting for him, saying BoJack is not alone, and he has a wonderful support system. Doctor Champ states that BoJack's friends will love him as much as he loves them. BoJack clenches his fists and groans uncomfortably at this.
At Pastiches, Doctor Champ finds BoJack hiding under the covers, in his room. He begs Doctor Champ to let him stay, saying he doesn't know what he's like in the real world. Doctor Champ harshly says he won't coddle this anymore. He says if BoJack is scared, that is good. He should go to AA meetings and a psychiatrist. Doctor Champ says he is angry at the fact that BoJack is taking a bed, that could help someone else.
BoJack asks if he could stay there indefinitely. Doctor Champ says he's not that special, and once again commands him to pack his things. BoJack angrily clenches his fists, and sniffs the water bottle, he takes a sip and spits it out, coming back to his senses. He asks himself what he's doing, and he throws the bottle out the window, and it lands in a crate of identical water bottles from a delivery.
BoJack runs down to the front desk, into the art class and commands the other patients not to drink any water from the bottles. Doctor Champ finishes his bottle, and burps, as BoJack watches in horror.
Back at the facility, BoJack has brought Doctor Champ into his room. Doctor Champ is sitting in a chair, drunkenly rambling. BoJack apologizes, admitting the bottle had vodka, and Doctor Champ drunkenly acknowledges this. He then gets out of the chair and starts singing off-key that he's drunk. He jumps on the bed, saying he forgot how fun it was. BoJack then attempts to get him to settle down, so the other patients don't find out Doctor Champ is intoxicated.
He tells Doctor Champ to spend the night in his room, so he can sober up. Doctor Champ slurs his words saying "look who thinks it's easy to be sober, it's very easy." Doctor Champ then falls asleep on BoJack's bed.
Later, BoJack says he's screwed. Doctor Champ is awake and tells BoJack they need to be very quiet, as no one can find out he's drunk. BoJack agrees with this. Doctor Champ then asks BoJack not to leave him, as he doesn't want to be alone in his current condition, and BoJack says he'll stay with him. Doctor Champ pats BoJack's leg and repeats he needs to stay.
In The Kidney Stays in the Picture, at Pastiches, Doctor Champ is passed out from being hungover, in BoJack's bed from the previous episode. He looks at BoJack and asks if he really drank last night. BoJack apologizes. Doctor Champ asks BoJack if anyone saw him, as BoJack was with him all night. Doctor Champ tells BoJack nobody can know about this. He then frantically states there are twenty struggling addicts who are counting on him. BoJack agrees and says of course.
Doctor Champ then says he is going to go home, and take a shower. He questions how he'll get out without anyone seeing him. Doctor Champ is then seen climbing out the window, with a rope made from bedsheets. He comments that this requires a lot of upper body strength, BoJack tells him to stop swinging and just slide down. Doctor Champ then yells, asking if he is being inconspicuous. BoJack says yes, plus or minus the yelling. Doctor Champ says he's just going to let go. BoJack tells him not to, and Doctor Champ falls on top of him. Doctor Champ, while sitting on top of BoJack thanks him for being there to catch him. He then runs to his van and drives off and BoJack stands there watching him.
He takes his belongings inside and finds Doctor Champ who is at the bar having a drink. BoJack runs over to him, setting down his belongings, and asks what Doctor Champ is doing. Doctor Champ says he is unsure about the whole mood of never having a drop of alcohol again. He then asks whatever happened to moderation. BoJack then asks Doctor Champ, if that's the case, why did he pay for the guiding philosophy of rehab for the last six months.
Doctor Champ responds that BoJack should do what works for him. Doctor Champ says, "check please." The bartender hands him the check. Doctor Champ then says it's a figure of speech and he doesn't actually want the check. Doctor Champ then asks for another margarita, while BoJack stares at him.
At Bellicans, BoJack orders a club soda, and Doctor Champ calls him a nerd. BoJack then asks Doctor Champ what his plan is. Doctor Champ says he will drink enough to be steady. He then says BoJack can take him back to Pastiches and keep him out of trouble and that way BoJack won't have to go home. Doctor Champ continues on to say he can be a good therapy horse, all his clients will get sober, and he is a winner, and his picture will be on magazines.
BoJack tells Doctor Champ he can't let him go back to Pastiches drunk. Doctor Champ then retorts that BoJack doesn't care about him. He gestures towards BoJack and tells him he is actually scared of himself. Doctor Champ starts walking away saying he can't help anyone else unless he is honest with himself. He then asks BoJack if he knows what he means and BoJack says he never knows what Doctor Champ means.
BoJack then says maybe he wouldn't have been so scared if Doctor Champ had actually given him real therapy, over the last six months, instead of folksy aphorisms. Doctor Champ defensively says he's not a therapist but a therapy horse, a subtle but legally important distinction. He then goes on to say he knows BoJack would not accept real therapy from him anyway.
BoJack then asks why he thinks that is. Doctor Champ says it's because he's a horse, and therefore he reminds him of his father, and therefore he simultaneously resents him and craves approval from him. Doctor Champ starts talking about what would happen if he did get said approval. BoJack interjects saying that he would dismiss it immediately and then use it as an excuse to resent Doctor Champ even more. He then asks Doctor Champ what his point is.
Doctor Champ tells BoJack his point is that he is stunted from having healthy relationships with other horses. BoJack counters if that were true he would have no other horses in his life. Doctor Champ then points out BoJack's loved ones are mostly dogs, humans, or cats. BoJack then asks what about the one horse he does care about, his half-sister Hollyhock, who is also a reminder of his father. Doctor Champ counters this by saying Hollyhock reminds him of the one horse he hates the most, himself.
BoJack finally says Doctor Champ got him figured out, his parents gave him an internalized self-hatred of horses, and his horse body is a prison he can never escape from. He then says this manifests in rotten behavior because he subconsciously believes he deserves to be punished, but being famous he is never punished, and therefore he acts out more. He then says that since this pattern is so woven into his identity, it is unfathomable it can ever be curbed, so instead, he drinks.
He continues on to say the only way he can progress is to return to life as a sober man and finally hold himself accountable for his actions, past, and future. BoJack then asks if this is what therapy is. Doctor Champ who has fallen asleep at the booth, asks why people keep bringing him checks. BoJack then looks at Doctor Champ and says his name in alarm.
Doctor Champ later wakes up and questions where he is. BoJack tells him he's at Partridges, another rehab facility. Doctor Champ asks what about Pastiches and BoJack says he already informed them he's checking him Partridges. Doctor Champ asks why BoJack did that, saying the patients of Pastiches need him to be an example of success. BoJack then tells him he can't help anybody unless he is honest with himself first. BoJack then says a wise man once told him that.
Doctor Champ asks what wise man. BoJack tells him Doctor Champ it was him. Doctor Champ retorts that BoJack shouldn't listen to him because he's a drunk. BoJack says the first step is admitting it. Doctor Champ tells BoJack he has destroyed him, and he can never go back to Pastiches now. Doctor Champ says his husband will leave him, as he promised to never drink again after what happened with their daughter.
BoJack asks what happened with his daughter, but instead of answering Doctor Champ tells him he knows nothing about his life. Doctor Champ reminds BoJack the only reason he got drunk in the first place was because of his contraband vodka. BoJack does admit that is technically true. Doctor Champ says, of course, BoJack did this to him because Doctor Champ cared about him and BoJack ruins people who care about him. BoJack wishes him best of luck and Doctor Champ tells him to remember what he did to him. BoJack solemnly says he remembers everything because he is sober now.
In The Face of Depression, when BoJack is talking to Diane in Chicago, BoJack tells her Doctor Champ got mad at him and told him he ruins everything and that's just what he is. BoJack then says it took him saying that out loud to realize how stupid it sounded, even though that's what he believed about himself for so long, and he thought he was someone who couldn't be changed. He then thanks Diane for believing in him, when he didn't believe in himself, and encouraging him to get help.
In Xerox of a Xerox, Paige and Biscuits are talking to Doctor Champ at the bar. Doctor Champ says seeing BoJack in that interview like he's a victim disgusts him but if the world only knew what he knew it would be a different story. Paige then asks Doctor Champ if being a therapist he is not at liberty to discuss what his client told him in confidence. Doctor Champ clarifies that he's a therapy horse, not a therapist and therefore there is an important legal distinction and he can tell the reporters everything.
- A Horse Walks into a Rehab
- The New Client
- A Little Uneven, Is All
- The Kidney Stays in the Picture
- Xerox of a Xerox
- Doctor Champ was not actually a doctor nor a licensed therapist—he was a therapy horse and his first name is actually Doctor, similar to Mr. Peanutbutter’s name.