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Tom's first appearance

Tom Jumbo-Grumbo is a recurring character in BoJack Horseman. He is a news anchor on MSNBSea. His first appearance was in the pilot, in Season 1.

Personality

Tom seems to want to pay the most attention to pointless celebrity news and gossip and sees them as big news stories.

His persona seems to be that of a stereotypical news anchor. He seems to be rather easygoing but gets irritable on occasions due to Randy's shenanigans. Tom shows genuine concern though when Randy passes out on the keyboard in Hooray! Todd Episode! and is overjoyed when it turns out he is okay.

Physical Appearance

Tom is an adult male middle-aged blue whale.

He is seen wearing a black business jacket white collared button-down dress shirt, pants, shoes, and a necktie with red and orange stripes.

In the 90s he had wavy dark brown hair.

He wore a dark blue button-down shirt with two front pockets and cuffed sleeves that are slightly unbuttoned to reveal a white undershirt, dark grey pants, and light grey socks, and black dress shoes.

Background

History

Tom Jumbo-Grumbo is an adult male blue whale and a news anchor at MSNBSea and a recurring character in BoJack Horseman.

He is often irritated by Randy's shenanigans but does get concerned when he passes out in Hooray! Todd Episode!, and he really does consider him "family."

He is divorced from his ex-wife, Shannon, whom he repeatedly insults on-air; only to retract the insult immediately afterward.

Season 1

In the pilot episode, Tom is seen in a cameo appearance on TV, at Elefante.

In BoJack Hates the Troops, he interviews Neal McBeal, the Navy Seal; from whom BoJack "steals" a box of muffins, at a supermarket.

When the Hollywood "D" is stolen by BoJack, he gets angry at the copywriter Randy, that works the teleprompter and his overuse of alliterations.

Season 2

In Chickens, he is seen interviewing Michael Morgan, about the escaped chicken. Michael Morgan does not seem to be concerned, with the ethical issues of factory farming. He told Tom Jumbo-Grumbo on MSNBSea that everything his company does is legal and "therefore it is fine."

In Hank After Dark, Diane, Princess Carolyn, and BoJack are going on a book tour to promote the paperback edition of One Trick Pony, as filming on Secretariat was put on hiatus because someone died.

Before they leave for Alaska, Princess Carolyn makes BoJack promise he won't say anything offensive or controversial that could hurt his movie. As they leave to board the plane, Tom announces on the news that the Prince of Cordovia—who looks just like Todd, is visiting L.A.

In Juneau, Alaska, BoJack and Diane are at a Q-and-A for One Trick Pony. One guy tries to ask him a controversial question about Israel's government and how the US should get involved, but BoJack actually answers it in a way that pleases both sides.

Someone has a question for Diane, asking if she was worried that the book would ruin BoJack's reputation, which BoJack also wants an answer to. Diane says she thinks the truth is worth pursuing, no matter what. She goes on to say many other celebrities have done far worse and they still have careers. She begins to list examples of said celebrities, including Hank Hippopopalous.

Someone in the audience cuts her off when she brings up Hank, asking what she means by that. Diane states that all his former assistants made the same accusations against him—while BoJack tries to change the subject to him as he knows this could get controversial. Diane continues to say "[these accusations] are just a Google search away." Everyone in the audience does this and is shocked.

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Interview with Cardigan Burke and Diane Nguyen

This makes it to the news. It is also announced the Prince Gustav of Cordovia went missing briefly that afternoon. He was found buying chili, although it was actually Todd, and the prince had swapped places with him. Tom continues on the Hank story and questions what Diane has against him. Cardigan Burke, their sociologist, dismisses these allegations, and is offended Diane would imply something like that of "a national treasure."

Diane is then seen on the news arguing with Cardigan and Tom, as BoJack tries to divert attention onto himself. Cardigan asks Diane what she has against Hank, as he seems like a nice guy. Diane explains that's the problem, everyone loves him so they don't want to believe he's capable of doing anything bad.

Tom counters that they don't know for certain if these accusations are true, but Diane argues back it was "eight different women" who all said the same thing, although Tom believes not enough is known about those women to actually trust their accusations. Diane angrily tells Tom he's a journalist and won't tell his audience the truth.

Diane sits in the airport as she waits to leave for Cordovia. She sees Hank being interviewed by Tom Jumbo-Grumbo on the TV. Tom asks Hank if he did what the allegations claim, to which Hank simply replies "No, I did not." Tom states that’s good enough for him, and then announces the big story that Kanye West claims to hate Thin Mints. Diane looks down by everything that’s happened. A man sitting next to her tells her to smile, which makes her more upset.

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"Tom Srant"

Season 3

In Brrap Brrap Pew Pew, he is on breaking news talking about Sextina Aquafina's tweet "I'm getting an abortion," which was accidentally written by Diane. He then makes a mistake by saying "Tom Srant" instead of "Tom's Rant" and then blames it on Randy for putting a typo in the graphic.

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"Diverse panel of white men in bowties"

Later on in the episode, he assembles a team of "Diverse white men in bowties" on the issue of women having choices from Sextina's music video. He asks the men whether the video glamorizes abortion. The third white man talks about how if the woman desperately wanted an abortion, the body has a way of breaking down the fetus into gas and the woman can just fart it out. Tom asks where he heard of this idea, to which he replies "I don't know, the Bible?" and then thanks the men for coming on his show. He then mentions how Jurj Clooners might "prank" his audience.

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Interview with Sextina Aquafina

Later on, he is in an interview with Sextina, he asks if he can get a "Brrap Brrap" for the fans, to which she replies abortion is a very serious subject, and then goes on to say she will have her abortion live.

In That Went Well, he announces that Sarah Lynn died at the age of thirty-one.

Season 4

In See Mr. Peanutbutter Run, he is on an interview with "two women who have different opinions who will get equal time to talk" Regarding Woodchuck Coodchuck-Berkowitz's and Mr. Peanutbutter's ski race.

Later on, he is commentating on their ski race with A Ryan Seacrest Type and mainly talks about how Woodchuck remains in the lead, up until Todd beats him.

In Hooray! Todd Episode!, Tom is seen on the news announcing that Mr. Peanutbutter has become pro-fracking, because of Todd signing the waiver.

While he is in the middle of the sentence the word "fracking," doesn't end, he blames it on Randy and inquires if he passed out on his keyboard. He finds out Randy DID actually pass out on his keyboard, he then gets angry at everyone for not calling Cynthia and expresses concern by saying the whole newsroom staff is a family.

In Commence Fracking, Tom is in an interview with Mr. Peanutbutter, he mentions how Diane wrote about how these "frack-happy" politicians wouldn't even allow fracking in their own backyard. Tom asks Mr. Peanutbutter whether he would allow fracking in his own backyard, to which Peanutbutter replies "Yes I would." Tom then calls Frankie Flackery to say that Mr. Peanutbutter invited him to frack at his house, Frankie says he will be there by the afternoon.

In Thoughts and Prayers, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are arguing on live television as Tom tries to calm both of them down.

In The Judge, Tom says that Jessica Biel has just entered the race, by using the pun "Unbeata-Biel." He then questions who wrote the pun and once he finds out its Randy, brings him in for a hug and welcomes him back after he passed out in Hooray! Todd Episode!

In lovin that cali lifestyle!! Tom is on television with Katrina where she exposes Woodchuck's true hands and says they are from Ernest Contralto, who was a pedophile murderer, he then replies with "Wellif you gotta murder somebody..." Katrina quickly shuts him down by saying Ernest wasn't a pedophile-murderer, he was a pedophile SLASH murderer, Tom then replies by saying the way she said "slash" made it sound scarier.

Season 5

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Tom Jumbo-Grumbo and Vance Waggoner in BoJack the Feminist

In BoJack The Feminist, They are in a flashback to 2012, Tom is interviewing Vance Waggoner on Gotcha. He inquires Vance about his allegations and hatred towards women and allegedly hitting a prostitute with a baseball bat. He then asks for Vance's side of the story. Vance replies that he was an immature child, at thirty-eight, and says "[Vance Waggoner] respects women!"

Tom then pulls out a voicemail recording of Vance that he left his daughter Jagger in which he states he hates women and hate Swedes. Tom ends the interview by saying "As we say here on GotchaGotcha!" Vance questions himself as to why he interviewed on a show called Gotcha.

In The Stopped Show, Tom is on breaking news on the issue of accusations at WhatTimeIsItRightNow.com, he claims how its "Sexual Harassment O' Clock" for WTIIRN, as more accusations, come to light and many different women come forward and share their harrowing stories.

Season 6

In the intro of The Kidney Stays in the Picture, Tom announces that the "guild of assistants" (lead by Casey) is meeting with industry powerbrokers to negotiate terms of a standard agreement. The screen then cuts to the strike and the city is shown to be in chaos and on shutdown due to all the assistants being on strike.

In the intro of Xerox of a Xerox, Tom announces that there have been new revelations in BoJack's involvement in Sarah Lynn's overdose and says "is BoJack #canceled? find out tonight on", then the camera quickly cuts to Biscuits Braxby saying "Braxby means business with Biscuits Braxby."

In the intro of Nice While It Lasted, he is seen announcing that BoJack is on trial, although, he does not have any speaking lines.

Episode Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Tom is seen in the theme song, during the party scene, in Season 2, interviewing Sebastian St. Clair.

Season 3

Tom is seen in the theme song, during the party scene, in Season 3 interviewing Sextina Aquafina.

Season 4

Tom is seen in the theme song, during the party scene, in Season 4, interviewing Woodchuck.

Season 5

Season 6

Relationships

Trivia

  • 2x05 Tom and Shannon Wedding

    Tom and Shannon on their wedding day

    His nickname is a play on the Louisiana stew, Gumbo, the recipe that includes shellfish.
  • All of his appearances in Season 6 are in the introduction scenes.
  • The broken marriage between Tom and Shannon might be a reference to the movie The Squid and The Whale a film about two boys dealing with the divorce of their parents.
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