|“||BoJack, I never needed you to be my dad, I told you from the beginning, I already have eight dads. But—I've never had a brother.||”|
What Time Is It Right Now? is the twelfth and final episode of Season 4 of the Netflix original series BoJack Horseman, and the 48th episode of the show overall. It premiered September 8, 2017, along with the rest of Season 4.
After describing the plot, the executives approve the show, especially happy that BoJack Horseman is the lead, though Princess Carolyn is feeling guilty that she had to forge BoJack's signature and he is unaware of the show.
Meanwhile, BoJack returns home after dropping Beatrice off at the retirement home and calls Hollyhock's home address. One of the fathers picks up the phone and angrily tells BoJack to never call their number again. Before he hangs up, BoJack tells him that his mother had been lacing the coffee, and Hollyhock hadn't done anything wrong. Still upset, the father abruptly tells BoJack goodbye and hangs up.
Elsewhere, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter are given a virtual reality tour of their new home and they absolutely love it. While Mr. Peanutbutter asks Diane if she wants anything added for herself, she states she's content with everything, and happy that they can finally get back to normal after the election.
Princess Carolyn's assistant brings her home as she went on another drinking bender and crashed her car. Todd brings her into the woods and ties her to a dentist's chair to tell her to get herself together. Princess Carolyn, however, laments that when they find out that she forged BoJack's signature, the deal will end and her reputation and career will be over and she will be left with nothing.
Todd, however, tells her that she doesn't need a family to have a child, and the only way out is through, lifting her spirits. However, they soon find the clown dentists Todd left behind are acting like zombies, and escape from them when they attack the two.
It turns out that one of the clowns got infected with rabies from a raccoon and the other clowns also got infected as a result. Todd calls up Yolanda and convinces her to help him since she's partially responsible for the clowns being in the forest and it could damage the Better Business Bureau's reputation if word gets out.
Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane soon arrive at their new home, but before they can enter it, they both agree to a quick vacation in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the traffic on the bridge is terrible, and when they pull over at a local gas station, they both agree to stay at the cheap motel instead.
While eating dinner, Diane talks about how she always wanted a "Belle Room" full of books like the one Belle got in Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Peanutbutter soon gets recognized by some fish people from his Sea Horse Milk commercials, and he takes some pictures with them.
Back in Hollywoo, Princess Carolyn meets up with BoJack in Bellican's and tries to pitch him the Philbert show script, though he's too distracted by the previous events. When she mentions other actors interested in the role such as Matthew Perry, he recalls a time when Hollyhock was trying to figure out a picture to send to the adoption agency to find her mother and mentions an SNL sketch called "Chandler's List" when Perry hosted an episode.
This causes him to have an epiphany and he rushes back home to search through Beatrice's remaining stuff. He finds a pink envelope which is the mail Hollyhock sent to her birth mother, Henrietta Platchkey, which has been returned to the sender because she no longer lives at the address on record.
Meanwhile, Todd and Yolanda are planning a trap to capture rabies-infected clown dentists, but their plans fall apart and they are forced to run off. When they get to a safe distance, a panting Yolanda remarks that she doesn't run much and needs to get in better shape, sparking inspiration from Todd.
He creates a new business with the clowns now called "Run For Your Life: Escape The Rabid Clown Dentists!" which has people run away from the rabies clown dentists and gets them in better shape.
This new business is deemed "better" by Yolanda, and Todd thanks Yolanda for her help. Before Yolanda leaves, she offers to take Todd on a date revealing herself as asexual as well, with a stunned Todd blissfully realizing that this is good for him.
BoJack makes his way down to Wichita, Kansas, and visits Hollyhock's fathers. He then tells the still angry fathers that he has figured out the truth of Hollyhock's parentage, and they begrudgingly agree to hear him out. BoJack begins by pointing out that despite the fact that he and Hollyhock both share the same DNA, that doesn't mean he's her father. This results in angry retorts from her fathers in which they claim that they are her fathers. However, BoJack furthers explains that he's not even Hollyhock's father biologically, but instead, he's her half brother, much to the shock of her fathers. BoJack reveals that he went to every hospital and county clerk office in Los Angeles, but he couldn't find any record of a baby horse born on September 24th, 2000 in Los Angeles.
While contemplating how this could be possible, BoJack gets the idea that his father, Butterscotch, might have knocked up one of the family maids, so he went back to San Francisco and found Hollyhock's birth certificate with the name of her biological mother on it, "Henrietta Platchkey." He then looked her up on Facebook and found her living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her phone number attached to her account.
BoJack shows the fathers the number and says he wants Hollyhock to have it, even stating he doesn't mind if they don't tell her how they got it and take responsibility for it themselves. After conversing in their own, "Dad Language" (in which they place the syllable, "ittag" in the middle of their words), the fathers reluctantly agree to give it to her, but order BoJack to leave. So, BoJack obliges and hands over the number.
The next day, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter return from their vacation, ready to begin their lives anew. Before moving in, Mr. Peanutbutter surprises Diane with her own Belle Room like she mentioned that he got the contractor to build.
While shocked at first, this angers Diane since she hates big gestures and she feels like her childhood dream is no longer "hers" also, there is paint on the furniture and fake books instead of real ones. This leads to another argument between the couple over Diane's independence chaffing on Mr. Peanutbutter's devotion who mentions that he doesn't want her to leave him as Katrina and Jessica did.
After calming down, Diane, recalling a previous discussion with Jessica, says that she feels that their marriage is like a magic eye poster that when you squint hard enough, everything lines up. However, she then tearfully claims that she's, "tired of squinting" with a downed Mr. Peanutbutter realizing that he might lose another marriage.
Meanwhile, BoJack is back home as Princess Carolyn comes by. She reveals the truth about her actions, but BoJack agrees to do the show, which Princess Carolyn is thankful for. The two then converse over what has happened in the past months, with BoJack suggesting that Princess Carolyn should consider adoption because the world needs more good moms. Princess Carolyn decides to go with that suggestion and leaves with their friendship restored.
Later on, as BoJack is reading the script Princess Carolyn gave him, (with his annoyed reaction implying that it's not good) he gets a call from Hollyhock. She tells him that she just wanted to thank him for finding her mom. BoJack was surprised and asks Hollyhock if her fathers told her it was him. However, she reveals that they told her using their, "Dad Language" because they thought she wouldn't be able to understand them, but she claimed that it was incredibly easy to understand what they were actually saying.
She adds on that she's been talking with Henrietta, and says she's leaving for Minneapolis to visit her. She also rants on how the airport charged her ten dollars for a fruit cup, and it's 90% honeydew, and the two agree about how terrible they think honeydew is.
BoJack then apologizes for any trouble he caused and offers to help with her travels and a better fruit cup without honeydew, but she reassures him that it's not his fault and the travel plans have been taken care of. She then says she's told him that she doesn't need another dad, as she has eight of them, but she's never had a brother. This comment makes BoJack, for the first time, smile for real and he is deeply touched by finally making a loving family connection, something he never really had before.
- The song featured at the end of the episode is "Wake Up" by Jenny Owen Youngs.
- The minute hand of the big clock with a pendulum in Hollyhock's fathers' house does not move and it's exactly the same as in Silver Screen Senior Center and they both say twelve past five.
- The "dad language" spoken by the dads in this episode is Gibberish, a common code akin to Pig Latin, used to obfuscate normal English words. It consists of sticking the nonsense infix "-ittag-" before each vowel in the words that you speak. Hence, what the fathers are really saying is:
"What do you guys think?"
"Hollyhock's still frail."
"Guys... let's just tell him what he wants to hear."