We’re counting down the days until Christmas by looking back at Christmas episodes from a variety of TV shows. Tonight we’re talking about “Sabrina’s Christmas Wish” from BoJack Horseman. What Christmas episode tropes did this episode use? Let’s take a look.
Directed by: Joel Moser
Written by: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Episode Number: Season 1, Episode 13
Where to Watch It: Netflix
Todd convinces BoJack to watch the Horsin’ Around Christmas special “Sabrina’s Christmas Wish with him. BoJack says he normally skips the Christmas episodes because they’re cynical cashgrabs, but Todd convinces him.
In the special, Sabrina asks for Santa to bring her parents back to life. She receives a letter explaining that although her parents can’t be with her on Christmas, they’re watching her from Heaven. At the end of the episode, The Horse, Olivia and Ethan realize that none of them wrote the letter and you hear a mysterious “ho ho ho” noise from above.
Todd and BoJack discuss their confusion about the ending. Todd asks, “So, the letter was actually from her parents?” BoJack says, “I think it was from Santa.” Todd asks, “So, in the universe of this show, there is a Santa?” BoJack says, “I don’t know. We were all on cocaine.”
The episode ends with an original song by Grouplove. Todd also sings his own version of “Joy to the World” with the lyrics, “Joy to the world, Todd is here. He drank up all your beer.”
Do They Even Know It’s Christmas
Sabrina has no idea what Christmas is and has never heard of Santa after spending her whole life in an orphanage.
Early in the episode, Todd asks BoJack if he hates Christmas specials because “the themes of family and togetherness are a chilling reminder of your own isolation.”
After watching the episode, BoJack has warmed up to the day enough that he suggests he and Todd watch the eight other Horsin’ Around Christmas specials together.