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Bojack Horseman's Diane And Mr. Peanutbutter Are Obviously In Counseling -- And That's Excellent
After Diane's professional meltdown, Mr. Peanutbutter proves he's in this marriage for the long haul. Since he's a good boy, yes he is, yes he is, and he's got a cute funny face.
Every character on Bojack Horseman is dynamic in his or her own way, but two of the most intriguing are Mr. Peanutbutter -- host of the amazing show Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things?? Let's Find Out!, and star of the wildly popular ripoff show of yesteryear, Mr. Peanutbutter's House -- and Diane Nguyen, an author with a mission to make a difference in the world. While an odd match (besides the whole "one's a dog and one's a human" thing -- but hey, this show doesn't make a big deal about inter-species dating) their relationship has been a fascinating B-plot for quite some time. While they fight, it's not about the petty stuff like taking out the trash, or loading a dishwasher -- it's mostly because they have completely different goals and personalities. Once they were introduced as "dating," you probably figured they'd be dunzo by the end of the first season. When they got married, you might have cringed. Now, you're probably happy that the show made them grow both individually and as a couple. Well done, show.
To backtrack a bit, Season 2 found Diane traveling to Cordovia to follow and document Sebastian St. Clair on a charity mission. Her self-doubt about the trip manifested itself in a multitude of fights with her husband, who seemingly just couldn't say the right thing about her long-distance opportunity. After traveling and eventually quitting the gig, she crashed with BoJack and slowly started to fall apart and doubt everything instead of heading back home to Mr. Peanutbutter. Always positive, Mr. Peanutbutter eventually figured out that she was back in Hollywoo, and their relationship seemed to have an inkling of hope.
Diane is curious about where their relationship stood during BoJack's publicity tour for Secretariat (which, technically, he's not even in), and in the Season 3 premiere, "Start Spreading The News," we see a telling phone conversation during an impromptu conference call.
That's totally the stuff you pick up in couple's counseling. So, it's obvious that in between seasons, Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter realized that professional, outside help was necessary to mend their issues and improve their relationship.
Know what? That's amazing. It's relatable, and it makes you want to root for them even more. The concept of either marriage or couple's counseling is so rare in television these days -- we got a glimpse of it in The Office with Jim and Pam, but that was after chaos had already descended, and when we kinda-sorta thought that Pam had an emotional thing with the documentary dude who showed his face in the last season. People seemed generally angry over that plot, since the audience was somewhat lead to believe that their ultimate favorite Scranton power couple was heading toward a divorce, or at least a trial separation. Before counseling was on the table, Jim and Pam kinda-sorta resented each other for a few episodes.
In comparison, Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane have never made it seem as if they were on the brink of a permanent separation. While communication between them has, at times, been difficult, a genuine compromise was always made. Mr. Peanutbutter admitted last season that he sat on the couch and waited for her to come home on a daily basis, reminding her that that was the best part of his day. We all hugged our dogs after that quotable quote -- like our pets, Mr. Peanutbutter is fiercely loyal to the people he loves.
These two are likely in counseling since they both really, truly want this to work -- not because one forced the other to go, or gave some kind of controlling ultimatum. And the fact that they're open to chat in "counseling terms" while surrounded by friends and coworkers shows that they're not embarrassed by the fact that they're in counseling. It's a truly healthy look at the process.
So, while the remainder of Season 3 will probably be focused on Bojack figuring out his future after Secretariat, especially factoring in his tendency to self-destruct, I'm more focused on seeing Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter's relationship grow even stronger -- even if more obstacles seem to get in the way. And knowing this show, there'll surely be obstacles. But I think these two will be just fine.