Season 1, Episodes 14-15
Season 1 Episode 14: Suited for Success
In five words: Started “good Rarity episode” pattern.
Premise: Rarity makes dresses for her friends to wear at the Grand Galloping Gala, but they all feel that their dresses leave something to be desired. Not one to leave her friends dissatisfied, she takes a second shot at them.
Detailed run-through (even more detailed than Call of the Cutie):
Before we get started here, I’d like to acknowledge that a rather large portion of my favorite MLP episodes are Rarity episodes. I’m not quite sure why her episodes are so consistently good—maybe because she brings out her best and/or worst self in every single one of them? Maybe because you can always tell she puts so much love into what she does, and thus it’s crushing when things don’t go her way? Maybe because it’s satisfying when the episode ends with Rarity getting her way? In any case, Rarity is a great character and I won’t let anyone try to tell me otherwise.
Glasses Rarity is like Rarity: Supreme Ultra Mega Deluxe Edition.
This episode starts us off with the debut of Glasses Rarity, who, as her name may suggest, is Rarity wearing glasses. There’s a strong ethereal aura that female fictional characters with glasses emit, and that aura carries over even when that character is a horse. Whenever she’s wearing her signature red glasses, you can tell Rarity is hard at work in her artistic craft. Her cat Opalescence (or Opal for short) is introduced too, and she’s basically a lazy and grouchy cat who doesn’t hesitate to show her disapproval of her owner’s situations.
Twilight Sparkle presents the weird plain dress (if you can even call it a dress) she plans on wearing to the Grand Galloping Gala, and Rarity immediately insists on making her a nicer dress. She does the same for Applejack, who was planning to go to the Gala in her usual “work duds”. Nobody told Rarity to do this, but she’s doing so anyway because she’s just that generous of a pony. This is the start of a common pattern with Rarity: when doing what she wants, she accomplishes something stunning and beautiful, but when following others’ demands, she ends up making something horrid and hates herself for it. And Rarity is all too willing to follow others’ requests because she feels such a strong need to make them happy. She’s a pony with a creative vision—a perfect metaphor for artists who know a lot more about art than their clients do.
Rainbow Dash enters the scene with yet another one of her hasty entrances, and Rarity gets a burst of inspiration and decides to make dresses for all five of her best friends. She’s incredibly excited about this idea, and whenever Rarity gets excited about a creative idea, it’s always for a very good reason. She has a unique flavor of excitement that I don’t think I’ve stopped to appreciate before. It’s a very different kind of excitement from when, say, Rainbow Dash or Twilight Sparkle gets excited about something.
Rarity sews her friends’ dresses in a musical number set to Art of the Dress, which is a song that I like quite a lot. The song has an uplifting tone and structure that perfectly encapsulates Rarity’s flowing stream of inspiration. It’s set to Rarity excitedly stitching together dresses for each of her friends, giving little hints of what each one will look like along the way. I also love the bits of slapstick humor featuring Opalescence, giving the musical number a lighthearted tone without diverting the viewer away from Rarity’s inspiration.
Rarity: ♫ Dress making’s easy, for Pinkie Pie something pink ♫
♪ Fluttershy something breezy, blend color and form ♪
♫ Do you think it looks cheesy? ♫
Note that Rarity sings that dress making is easy. I can confirm from experience that that’s what happens when you have a burst of inspiration for creative projects. It doesn’t feel like busy work at all, but rather comes to you naturally and freely, like a work of art that practically writes itself. Like seriously, I know exactly what Rarity is talking about (or rather, singing about) here. When you have a stream of inspiration going, art becomes incredibly easy.
Not shown: Opalescence happily playing with these dresses, showing that she agrees Rarity did a great job on them.
Do you ever get finished with a creative project and you just know you’ve created something awesome, and you’re super extremely ultra mega hyper excited to share it with the world and can’t contain an ounce of your excitement because you’re just that proud of it? That’s something I’ve experienced many times, and it’s exactly how Rarity feels right now. Just look what she has to say about these dresses:
Rarity: These are your new outfits! What do you think of your old duds now, Applejack? Pretty swanky, are they not?
Rarity: And Twilight, I made this dress for you, and I designed each outfit themed to perfectly reflect each pony’s unique personality!
Rarity: Oh, it took me forever to get the colors right on this one, Rainbow Dash, but I did it. Oh, and it turned out beautiful, don’t you think?
Rarity: And I know you’re going to love yours, Fluttershy. It just sings spring!
Rarity: And Pinkie Pie, look, pink! Your favorite! Aren’t they all amazing?
I’ve always found Twilight Sparkle and Spike to be rather relatable, and Rainbow Dash now and then with her embarrassing side, but Rarity being relatable is a new one. Only now am I realizing that Rarity’s sheer pride in her work is a sentiment I am very familiar with, as I closely and intensely analyze this total banger of an episode.
All the other ponies awkwardly try to pretend they like the dresses, and I can tell how much that hurts Rarity. Getting your art complimented through gritted teeth hurts a lot more than getting it directly critiqued, because at least the latter is honest. Fake compliments give off a vibe that your friends think you’re unable to handle criticism AND that they think you aren’t smart enough to tell when they’re lying—two insults in one.
Rainbow Dash breaks the lies by saying her dress wasn’t as cool as she expected, because season 1 keeps forgetting Applejack is supposed to be the element of honesty, but who cares, this episode is awesome either way.
Opal is all like, hey don’t look at me. You brought this upon yourself.
Rarity offers to redo the dresses to cater better to her friends’ desires and immediately regrets this decision. Do you ever get in a situation where you promised others you’d do a creative project and don’t feel good about it at all but don’t want to let them down? That’s something I’ve experienced a fair few times; usually I either forget about it or reluctantly and slowly complete it, but Rarity gets to work right away.
Fluttershy comes in and tries on a revision of her dress, and Rarity presses her for her true opinion on it. After a bunch of “it’s nice” and “I like it”, Fluttershy spews out a rant about all the little criticisms and sewing technicalities Rarity got wrong and then reverts to her usual polite self, leaving Rarity in speechless shock. Who would have guessed Fluttershy also knew a thing or two about sewing? This knowledge comes in handy near the end of the episode. For now, it’s time for a reprise of Art of the Dress focused on Rarity’s second shot at the dresses where she’s trying to pretend she’s having even remotely the same flow of inspiration as last time.
Twilight Sparkle: Now, the stars on my belt need to be technically accurate. Orion has three stars on his belt, not four.
As this line demonstrates, Twilight Sparkle doesn’t have a sharp mind when it comes to fashion design. Accuracy takes priority over style in her eyes, and while she normally has excellent proofreading skills, they now simply get in the way of having an appealing dress. But Rarity concedes with all these requests because she’s just that desperate to make her friends happy. In Twilight’s redesigned dress, most of the space is not taken by stylized stars, but rather diagrams of all the constellations, as if an astronomical map was photocopied straight onto a dress.
Rarity says “dress making’s easy” once again in this reprise, but this time it’s a total lie.
Musically speaking, the reprise of Art of the Dress is structured quite differently from the first go, with more emphasis on the tense bridge sections instead of the verse sections, and different instrumentation in these sections to emphasize Rarity’s panicked time crunch. There’s an instrumental bridge section as the other ponies give Rarity requests, putting quite a spin on the riff we heard at the beginning of the song. It probably shows in these posts that I know a lot more about how music works than how art works.
Pinkie Pie: More balloons! Oh, no, that’s too many balloons.
Pinkie Pie: More candy! Oh, less candy.
Pinkie Pie: Wait, I know. Streamers!
Pinkie Pie: Whose dress is this?
Rarity: Streamers it is.
Pinkie Pie’s idea for how to make a good dress is basically her idea of how to host a good party: you need to cram everything with just the right concentration of party decorations, no matter how little sense they make, plus streamers for good measure. Who ever heard of wearing streamers as a clothing accessory??? I sure haven’t, but maybe that’s because I don’t know anything about fashion.
Rainbow Dash and Rarity have an extremely memorable exchange that I feel obligated to quote in full:
Rainbow Dash: What?
Rarity: Aren’t you going to tell me to change something too?
Rainbow Dash: No, I just want my dress to be… cool.
Rarity: Do you not like the color?
Rainbow Dash: The color’s fine, just make it look cooler.
Rarity: Do you not like the shape?
Rainbow Dash: The shape’s fine, just make the whole thing, you know… cooler.
Rainbow Dash: It needs to be about 20% cooler.
It’s clear that this episode’s writer was very proud of the “20% cooler” line when even the music pauses for it. That line is possibly the most famous line in the entire show and easily the most memetic; I’m fairly certain I had heard of that line before I watched the show. I wonder how many people think “it needs to be about 20% cooler” wasn’t ever said in the show and was just made up by some fanfic? So many people are blissfully unaware that this absolute rabbit hole of a show has a great sense of humor.
The other ponies take brief turns to sing parts of Art of the Dress and then sing all together in the scene shown above. This image perfectly represents how overwhelmed Rarity is at her friends’ eager requests. She’s willing to follow through with them but doesn’t enjoy doing so at all. All the others probably don’t notice how much they’re overwhelming her because they think exhaustion is a natural part of being an artist and because they think Rarity will gladly do anything they want her to.
Not shown: Opalescence hissing and growling at the dresses.
The ponies’ reaction to the second round of dresses hurts just as much as last time. Do you know how much it stings when people eagerly praise something you made that you hate while ignoring the many projects you’re much more proud of? That’s yet another feeling Rarity is experiencing that I’m quite familiar with. It’s a feeling that makes me think, what sort of weird twisted taste do you people even have?!
And if all that wasn’t enough pressure, Spike reveals that a fashion critic from Canterlot named Hoity Toity is coming to Ponyville to visit Rarity’s fashion show. Rarity is thoroughly overwhelmed at how eager everyone else is and braces herself for embarrassment.
Rarity: OK, relax, Rarity. Your friends like their outfits, and so will he.
Rarity: (shrieks) What’s wrong with the lights? (shrieks again) Oh yes, that means the… show’s… starting.
As the fashion show begins and Hoity Toity comes in, Rarity’s uneven stuttering at the sight of the lights turning out can imply one of two things. Either she hasn’t been to fashion shows much because she spends so much time in her boutique, or she’s just so nervous that she forgot how lights are usually timed in fashion shows.
I can’t even decide which of these bad dresses is the funniest.
The Mane 6 ponies besides Rarity appear in full glory with their hilariously bad dresses, and they walk down the red carpet one by one. Twlight Sparkle wields a serious expression as she walks down, taking pride in the accuracy of all the constellations. Applejack smiles proudly, Fluttershy also smiles and only shows a small lapse of nervousness, Rainbow Dash shows a smug expression, and Pinkie Pie smiles with her whole mouth. They’re all expressing pride in their dresses in their own characteristic ways.
I wonder if anyone in the audience thought this was meant as a comedic act?
The more times I rewatch this episode, the harder I crack up at this scene. Fluttershy got carried away with representing all her favorite most wonderful animals and for all we know may be wearing a literal nest on her head. Rainbow Dash’s dress stretches the definition of a dress and looks like it came out of some horribly cheesy superhero movie that mashes together all sorts of butchered elements from Greek and Egyptian mythology. Pinkie Pie’s dress is an embodiment of her partying style without the slightest concern for what would make a good-looking outfit. Twilight Sparkle’s dress is taken up almost entirely by technically accurate drawings of constellations. And Applejack’s dress is an absurdly exaggerated country girl outfit complete with a cheesy bright red cowboy hat, perhaps inspired by the kind of dress that her relatives wore centuries ago. All these dresses are so tacky it’s downright side-splitting; the embodiment of “so bad, it’s good”.
Hoity Toity doesn’t hold back on critiquing these dresses. He calls them the ugliest outfits he has ever seen, which shows that Rarity’s friends do not even remotely understand how to design a good dress.
Upon Hoity Toity’s request, Rarity shows herself in utter embarrassment and shame. The audience probably thinks Rarity was looking forward to showing these dresses and is merely disappointed that the audience didn’t like them. They have no idea how much better Rarity normally is than this.
Rarity blames no one but herself for the massive flop that was her fashion show, spending the next few days secluded in her bedroom with all the windows closed. Her friends hear her blubbering to herself about how much of a horrendous failure she is. Other characters would grumble and pace around in aggravation, perhaps insisting it’s someone else’s fault, if something like this were to happen to them, but Rarity is not like that. She’s self-aware enough to know that her generosity got the better of her and refuses to let anyone else take the blame, which is why she doesn’t want to show her face in Ponyville ever again.
But then, Rainbow Dash cleverly tricks Rarity into going outside by leaving Opal on a tree branch. Even though the show often gets carried away with portraying Rainbow Dash’s mischievous side, here she’s putting her characteristic trickery to good use.
Perhaps Fluttershy knows how to sew because she’s watched spiders sew intricate webs?
Rarity is taken outside so she can feast her eyes upon her gala dress, finished by all her friends thanks to Fluttershy’s freaky knowledge of sewing. This is such a fantastic way for them to return the favor after realizing how much better the first round of dresses was than the second. They faithfully followed her blueprint, and it turned out a complete success! Rarity says the dress is exactly the way she imagined it, just like how all the horrid tacky dresses were how her friends imagined them, which goes to show that Rarity’s sense of fashion is leagues above any of her friends. She knows how to make a dress capturing anyone’s personality, including her own; her friends just kindly finished the job.
Hoity Toity appears once more outside Rarity’s house, allowing for a second run of her fashion show, this time without a large audience.
All the ponies’ dresses are showcased one by one in a fun musical sequence, with a different instrumental style to match each pony’s personality, complete with visual effects for each one that make it come off like an exciting movie trailer. Hoity Toity loves it and is eager to work with Rarity in future endeavors. This scene is more powerful and striking without an audience of thousands of guests, rather just the enthusiastic approval of Hoity Toity and a proud expression from Opalescence.
Excerpt from Twilight Sparkle’s letter to Celestia in the end:
Twilight Sparkle: When somepony offers you to do you a favor, like making you a beautiful dress, you shouldn’t be overly critical of something generously given to you. In other words, you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
I like this official takeaway from the episode. Twilight is basically saying that when you get a generous gift from someone, the fact that they gave you such a gift is far more important than whatever nitpicks you may have.
Hoity Toity: Rarity, my congratulations to you on a most impressive fashion debut! Would you be do me the great honor of allowing me to feature your couture in my best of the best boutique in Canterlot?
Rarity: (gasps happily)
Hoity Toity: Now, I’ll need you to make a dozen of each dress for me by next Tuesday.
Rarity: (makes the face shown above, plus some nervous noises)
The episode ends with this exchange. I think by this point, Rarity has learned her lesson about excessively catering to someone else’s requests and probably will work out a compromise with Hoity Toity instead of following his order to the letter. This lesson prevents this episode from having a “here we go again” sort of feel; instead, the ending may subtly remind viewers that the gala’s story arc isn’t over yet.
I love this episode!!! Everything in it is executed perfectly from start to finish, demonstrating the thing about Rarity: she has a strong, resounding creative vision, but when she gets the slightest instruction from others not to do things her way, her vision falls flat on its face and she’s completely mortified. Who could have known a My Little Pony episode about making dresses could be so powerful? Or fun, for that matter?
Like Bridle Gossip, this episode is designed around a saying, in this case “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, but this one does a far better job at it than Bridle Gossip with its saying. This episode doesn’t come across as specifically designed around a saying, but rather seamlessly and fluidly works the saying into its moral, making for an all-around fantastic episode.
There are quite a few additional morals you can take away from this episode, and they differ depending on how much of an artist you are. If you’re the resident artist of your friend group, don’t concede with their requests too closely; if you’re not the resident artist, then respect that your artist friend knows more about art than you do. And respect artists in general! They put love and care into what they do.
Yep, that’s right—this episode gets my first ever A grade! I have a few episodes in mind that I plan on grading A, but don’t expect me to give A grades like they’re free candy.
- This episode marks the first appearance of a fan favorite background pony (or one-scene pony, rather) named DJ PON-3 or Vinyl Scratch (though I’m uncertain if the latter name has been used in any official capacity). She may be a one-off character at this point, but later she appears in quite a few fanservicey scenes, sometimes along with a similarly fan favorite one-scene pony named Octavia Melody. I am mentioning this out of obligation.
- Musical theming isn’t the only thing Vinyl Scratch and Octavia Melody have in common. Both of them first appeared in episodes focusing on the Grand Galloping Gala story arc—Suited for Success and The Best Night Ever respectively—in very brief one-off scenes. And those episodes are my second favorite and favorite episodes of season 1 respectively. These two musical ponies have been cosmically connected from the beginning, and in the glorious fountain of fanservice that is Slice of Life, their connection is finally canonized.
Season 1 Episode 15: Feeling Pinkie Keen
In five words: Twilight’s skepticism invites slapstick humor.
Premise: Twilight Sparkle doubts the truth of Pinkie Pie’s supposed “Pinkie Sense” and refuses to follow her many helpful warnings because she can’t find a scientific explanation for it.
This episode begins with Twilight Sparkle practicing her magic spells on Spike, until they notice Pinkie Pie carefully and sneakily patrolling the neighborhood while her tail is twitching and while wearing a colorful parasol.
Twilight Sparkle: (sighs) Never mind her. She’s just being Pinkie Pie.
Spike: Super extra Pinkie Pie today.
Swarm of the Century was supposed to be about trusting your friends, but here Twilight is doubting the meaningfulness of Pinkie’s instincts all over again. I guess it takes her a while to understand how eccentric Pinkie Pie is, but it’s still interesting that she’s always the one who doubts Pinkie’s motives the most. This scene ends with a frog falling on Twilight’s face after she ignores the Pinkie Sense warning, setting the theme of this episode.
Spike is quick to catch onto the workings of Pinkie Sense, but Twilight Sparkle refuses to believe it’s real. Pinkie’s twitching tail warns her that something is about to fall again; that something turns out to be Twilight herself. By ignoring all these warnings from her good friend Pinkie Pie, Twilight becomes victim to endless amounts of slapstick humor. And you know I can never hate some good old slapstick humor.
Kudos to Spike for quickly understanding how Pinkie Sense works.
As Twilight Sparkle takes a bath due to being sloshed in mud, Pinkie Pie explains that she has a wide variety of different body movements that each correspond to different scenarios. Twilight has the following to say as they walk outside afterwards:
Twilight Sparkle: Well, I still don’t believe all this special power stuff. It’s just a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
Pinkie Pie: What’s not to believe? You do magic, what’s the difference?
Twilight Sparkle: Huge! For one thing…
Twilight Sparkle: (clears throat) Magic is something you study and practice. It only happens when you decide to do it. And it’s meant to make something specific, that you choose to happen, happen! With you, uh… it makes no sense at all!
When Twilight Sparkle fears she may be wrong about something, she refuses to admit as much and struggles to explain why she thinks her view is right, because she hates being wrong. It’s a common pattern for her to brush off anything that conflicts with her knowledge to prevent her all-knowing persona from crumbling into pieces. She takes pride in knowing everything and doubts Pinkie Pie almost as much as she takes pleasure in poking at Trixie.
There is not a single thing about the image above that isn’t hilarious. The sudden reveal that Twilight has a crazy stereotypical science laboratory under her house, the wacky green and blue chemical test tubes, the technology in a show that normally strays from showing computerized technology, the mind-reader device strapped onto Pinkie Pie’s head, her front hooves being locked to the wacky technology, the stereotypical dial-up noises… what a humorous scene this is. MLP:FiM is never afraid to be funny for the sake of being funny! Unfortunately, Pinkie doesn’t make any Pinkie Sense movements while being strapped to this device, which is clearly a decision made by Equestria’s cosmic forces.
The humor continues with Twilight playing the role of a jungle explorer, spying on Pinkie Pie as if she’s a rare newly discovered species and getting herself into a whole bunch more slapstick sequences in the process. One of those slapstick sequences is the persistently humorous action of falling down stairs, caused by the door to Applejack’s cellar opening.
Important fact: if you don’t love Derpy, then you don’t love MLP.
And then the wackiest slapstick sequence yet features a bunch of progressively bigger items getting dropped on Twilight, ending with a piano. I like how four items crush Twilight, not just three; the inclusion of a fourth item subverts expectations because three is a magic number when it comes to comedic timing. Once the third item lands on Twilight, you’d think that’s the end of it, but nope, a fourth item lands on her instead.
These actions all turn out to be the doings of Derpy Hooves in her very first deliberately scripted appearance! What a fantastic proper debut this is for the hilariously clumsy Derpy. She crosses her hooves behind her back after dropping all those items, showing that as clumsy and accident-prone as she is, she always means well and has on occasion accidentally caused good things to happen. From season 5 onwards, Derpy’s role is solidified as a bringer of accidents, some that save our heroes’ lives and some that royally screw them over. She’s a hilarious character who this show wouldn’t even remotely be the same without, all because of an animation error where she had googly eyes.
Pinkie Pie says she already knew Twilight Sparkle was following her, much to the latter’s annoyance. It’s like Twilight is doing everything she can to block out the idea that Pinkie Sense could just maybe possibly mean something. Trust me, I know what it’s like to forcefully deny a basic fact; the best example is my years-long denial about liking MLP.
Pinkie Pie’s entire body shakes, indicating a doozy is about to occur at Froggy Bottom Bog, where Fluttershy is. At first they think the doozy is about Fluttershy and Twilight gloats about that being proven wrong, but then a giant monster appears—a hydra, to be specific. The hydra has four heads with four personalities, giving it a subtle amount of humor without detracting from the fear factor.
As the ponies and Spike run from the monster, Fluttershy displays a bit of character development from Dragonshy (the last time she had to deal with a dangerous monster) and does a hop, skip, and a jump from pillar to pillar since she’s too nervous to fly.
Pinkie Pie would be right at home in an old-timey cartoon with all her bizarre physics.
Well, she’d have to be grayscale like most of her relatives.
Pinkie Pie does a Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote style air-walk off a cliff as she shakes, but Applejack yanks her before she can comically fall when gravity remembers it exists. Depending whether you think Pinkie Pie would have been able to defy gravity all the way through the pillars, this scene shows that either Applejack is very familiar with Pinkie Pie’s cartoon physics, or that she’s not fully familiar with them.
Few things make me laugh harder than cartoon physics.
Twilight Sparkle tries confronting the hydra head-on, but it persists. Most of the pillars collapse, and upon Pinkie Pie’s instruction, she does a leap of faith to get to the other side but doesn’t quite make it. Luckily, a bubble in the water bounces her back up through extreme cartoon physics, allowing her to rejoin her friends.
After the hydra is dealt with, Pinkie Pie’s shaking persists, indicating that the hydra wasn’t the doozy. Twilight Sparkle becomes enraged at this and even somehow catches fire, but after a bit more arguing, she finally gives in and accepts Pinkie Sense is real—turns out that’s the doozy. It is indeed surprising for Twilight Sparkle to accept things she doesn’t understand, because she has a hard time admitting that science can’t explain everything. She’s probably subconsciously realized that there isn’t a scientific explanation for her magic either—it’s just magic and that’s that.
As Twilight Sparkle dictates her letter to Celestia about accepting things you don’t understand, Pinkie Pie’s twitching tail indicates something is soon to fall from the sky and this time she’s prepared. That something turns out to be Celestia herself, who picks up the letter manually. It’s nothing that would injure an unsuspecting pony, but Pinkie Pie proves that you can never be too prepared.
From an objective and technical standpoint, this episode is hard to judge. Twilight Sparkle’s skepticism towards Pinkie Sense is hypocritical and extreme even by her standards, but on the other hand, many fans doubt that it’s a good idea to freely believe wacky theories people propose as the episode’s moral may suggest. And as for Pinkie Sense itself, a lot of the prophecies wouldn’t have come true if the Pinkie Sense hadn’t gone off, making it seem somewhat akin to time paradoxes or time loops or such mumbo jumbo. It’s too bad I’m not at all familiar with media involving time travel, especially not a webcomic with downright mind-wrenching time shenanigans; if I was, then I’d have a much easier time understanding Pinkie Sense. (I’m just joking, of course. I’ve consumed plenty of media with time travel.)
But frankly, I don’t care about any deeper readings in this case, because guess what? This episode is funny! Humor takes the cake whenever I consume any work of media; it always did when I was a kid, and it still does today.
I’m a massive sucker for slapstick humor, which this episode has plenty of, and that’s why I gave this episode a B.
- This episode features the first appearance of Gummy, Pinkie Pie’s tiny toothless pet alligator. I really love the personality contrast between Gummy and the other ponies’ pets. While most of the Mane 6’s pets, especially Angel, are expressive and active with their own clear trains of thought, Gummy is an inert, stationary alligator who hardly does anything more than lick his eye, but that doesn’t stop Pinkie Pie from treating him as intelligent.
- I mostly kept this review focused on Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie, but I do have a bit to say about Applejack’s role in this episode. Depending on the episode, Applejack is either extremely superstitious (as in this episode) or extremely dismissive of superstition. This inconsistency perhaps comes from a conflict between two of her main character traits, traditionalism and honesty. However, you could argue that this isn’t an inconsistency and Applejack is just selective with what she believes, not unlike Twilight Sparkle.
That’s all for this week! Those were two very fun and memorable episodes. See you next week as I review three episodes, the first of which starts with a legendary Fluttershy scene, and the other two of which focus on the Cutie Mark Crusaders.