Cookie Fonster Reviews Every MLP Episode Part 60: The Gift of the Maud Pie

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Season 6, Episode 3

Matching with the content of the episode I’m reviewing, I wrote the middle half of this post during a short trip to a major American city. The city is Chicago, and I went there to get a new German passport—the first German passport I’ve gotten since I was a baby.

(Pointless trivia: Brotherhooves Social is one of few reviews I’ve written entirely away from home, on a little trip to Michigan.)

Season 6 Episode 3: The Gift of the Maud Pie

In five words: Gift exchange reveals Pinkie’s insecurities.

Premise: Pinkie Pie goes on a trip to Manehattan for her family’s annual gift exchange, where she goes to great lengths to find the perfect gift for Maud Pie. Rarity comes with her and helps find a gift while searching for the perfect location to open her newest boutique.

Detailed run-through:

You know how fans of just about any work of media analyze it in excessively rigid and methodical ways? One observation that has arisen from methodical, data-oriented analysis is that throughout the first five seasons, Rarity and Pinkie Pie were the pair of Mane 6 members who interacted the least. While there is nothing to indicate that Rarity and Pinkie Pie are a weak link among the Mane 6’s friendships, like Rose and Jade are in Homestuck (see miscellaneous notes), not until now has an episode paired them together. Season 6 gives us not one, but two episodes pairing Pinkie Pie with Rarity, which is really smart. It redeemed the issue of fans perceiving them as a rarepair, and now I see them as an ordinary pair of friends like any other.

Anyway, this is the third episode where Rarity goes on a trip to Manehattan, and since three is the minimum number of times needed to recognize a pattern, this episode is the perfect time to subvert the pattern of Rarity bursting in excitement about this city. This time, Pinkie Pie is psyched about visiting Manehattan, while Rarity keeps her composure and says this is just a simple business trip. This feels a lot like a brony around the time this episode aired, insisting that new seasons of MLP are just a routine and that they aren’t that excited for season 6 to start…

… but when this metaphorical brony watches the beginning of season 6, they’re swept in excitement all over again, exactly like Rarity is. I think most people who have a dorky obsession have an instinct to downplay how much they like it, until they’re hit in the face with whatever it is they’re obsessed with. Once her eye catches the pony Statue of Liberty, she pops off in adorably goofy joy and ends with saying Manehattan is “everything ever”.

I love the running gag in this episode where Pinkie Pie disturbs the locals of Manehattan with her antics.

Pinkie Pie: And it’s about to get everything ever-er, because guess who I see?
Pinkie Pie: M! A! U! D! You know what that spells?
Maud Pie: It spells Maud.
Pinkie Pie: Maud, Maud, Maud! Yay!

Pinkie Pie is right: Maud Pie’s presence makes any episode of MLP even everything ever-er than the show already is. When I binged my way from seasons 6 through 9—which I got through more quickly than the entirety of season 5—I got excited whenever Maud Pie appeared, so I can understand where Pinkie Pie is coming from.

Rarity’s expression shows that she’s already nervous for the deadpan pranks Maud Pie will subject her to.

I love this episode’s choice of bringing Rarity along with the Pie sisters’ adventures, because her dynamic with Maud Pie is especially hilarious. In Maud Pie’s debut episode, two Mane 6 members were especially thrown off by her weird mannerisms: Rarity and Rainbow Dash. Rarity is a logical choice to put in an episode about gift giving, and their shared interest in jewels means that she and Maud Pie are going to have tons of comedic friction.

On a walk through the streets of Manehattan, Pinkie Pie tells Rarity all about her tradition of going on gift exchange trips to a different city each year with each of her sisters, which is some strong fanfic fuel if I’ve ever seen any. Marble Pie in the Crystal Empire, Limestone Pie in Appleoosa… the possibilities are endless! Well, it’s more like the possibilities are six pairs of Pie sisters multiplied by however many named cities there are in this show. Then again, there’s nothing stopping fans from inventing their own cities to put in their fics, so the possibilities are endless after all.

Pinkie Pie: And since Maud’s getting her rocktorate nearby, we figured out this would be the perfect spot for PSSSD.
Rarity: Okay. What’s the secret?
Pinkie Pie: Huh?
Rarity: You just said, “pssst”.
Pinkie Pie: No, silly. Not “pssst”. PSSSD. P-S-S-S-D. Pie Sister Surprise Swap Day!

I am convinced that this entire episode was built around a gag that popped into one of the writers’ heads where someone mistakes the acronym “PSSSD” for “pssst”. Pinkie Pie pronounces this acronym many times in the episode, and it adds a delightful splash of Pinkie Pie humor each time.

Also, it makes sense that the sisters would do PSSSD each year considering Pinkie Pie said in Hearthbreakers that normally, no one in her family ever finds gifts. This means that the Pie sisters invented a different gift exchange outside of Hearth’s Warming Eve, so they could give each other presents without changing their holiday traditions.

Ah yes, the obligatory rack of postcards at tourist destinations.
This episode is intricately filled with delicious worldbuilding.

Another running gag in this episode is that Maud Pie gets distracted at various points, either deliberately or by accident, to allow Pinkie Pie and Rarity to have conversations in private. In the first instance, Maud Pie stops to find a postcard to give Boulder’s cousin (apparently, rocks can have cousins?!) so that the other two can discuss gift giving. There’s some suspension of disbelief required in these scenarios, but I think suspension of disbelief and comically absurd coincidences are among the main trademarks of Pinkie Pie episodes.

Pinkie Pie reveals her predicament that sets the episode’s premise: she needs Rarity’s help to find a gift for Maud Pie, because Maud’s gifts to her are so much better than her gifts to Maud. Considering how extreme their personality contrast is, the show does a great job making Pinkie Pie and Maud Pie feel like sisters. They’re sisters who get into conflicts and predicaments just like any sisters do, and that includes sibling inferiority.

Pinkie Pie and Rarity hatch a plan to get Maud the perfect gift. Pinkie Pie will go to a store downtown that sells rock pouches, and they will disguise their efforts to find the store as sightseeing while Rarity continually distracts Maud. These two are quickly proving to be a fun pair, and it won’t be long before the episode highlights their shared traits.

This episode never forgets the dissonance between the way of life in Ponyville and that of Manehattan. Pinkie Pie shouts “the perfect plan” loud enough to echo, making the local citizens glare at her disapprovingly—a believable depiction of big city rules.

Hey, these are some cute outfits, especially Rarity’s.

Next comes a silly little succession of scenes where the three friends tour locales in Manehattan, and Pinkie Pie constantly reminds them how amazing her gift to Maud Pie will be while firing her party cannon. Maud Pie demonstrates an elegant skill in ice skating along the way, showing some common ground with her exuberant sister.

Rarity: Pinkie, put down that crayon. The Cantering Cook isn’t that kind of restaurant.
(Pinkie Pie spits out her crayon)

I don’t know, Rarity. If you ask me, drawing the route on the map with a crayon is a smart choice. A pencil or pen would risk leaving a dent in the table, while the ink from a marker would inevitably bleed to the other side. I guess Rarity just doesn’t want Pinkie Pie to come off as too goofy and childish.

Look at the guy on the right, confused that Pinkie Pie’s crayon landed in his soup.

Rarity: (sigh) A pony could get used to eating at a restaurant like this.
Maud Pie: I know. It’s the only restaurant in the city with nepheline syenite in their bathroom tiles.
Rarity: (stutters) Well, isn’t that something.

How exactly does Maud Pie know this extremely specific fact about all the restaurants in Manehattan? Answer: because she’s Maud Pie. Just like Pinkie Pie, Maud can memorize surreal amounts of information; the main difference is that Maud’s knowledge revolves around rocks. Also, I love Rarity’s tic of stuttering awkwardly whenever Maud Pie says something she didn’t expect to hear.

Rarity gets to be a bit more of a goofball when paired up with the biggest goofball of all.

The tricky part about characters in a show whispering is that you still need to make their speech audible, which can be odd if they’re keeping a secret from someone sitting across from them. Whether or not you believe Maud Pie heard them anyway, these goofy schemes like hiding behind absurdly huge menus match the lighthearted tone of Pinkie Pie episodes.

While this season doesn’t have as much slapstick humor as season 1, Pinkie Pie’s Looney Tunes physics are as strong as ever.

Pinkie Pie uses the classic “I need to wash my hooves” excuse to exit the scene, and I’m sure Maud Pie knows it’s fake but is too polite to say anything.

Rarity: So Maud, that boulder of yours is such an interesting… ahem… character. You must tell me, how did the two of your first met?
Maud Pie: It was a dark and stormy night. Little did I know my life was about to change forever.

Maud Pie starting her story with two cliched story openers in a row is way more hilarious than it should be. It shows yet another trait Maud Pie and Pinkie Pie have in common: telling absurd, zany stories that we only hear the beginning and end of, in a way that deliberately makes as little sense as possible.

I like the detail that the extra fancy pouches are locked behind a wall of glass.

Pinkie Pie arrives at the rock pouch store, only to read that the owner is on a vacation to Canterlot with his grandniece. The note on the door says the vacation is sudden, showing that this episode knows this is a ridiculously unlucky coincidence and rolls with it, because that’s what Pinkie Pie episodes love to do. Though I’ve complained plenty about contrivances to drive episodes’ plots, there are some moments like this one where the show embraces the absurdity of an extremely fortunate or unfortunate coincidence, and I happily accept it.

Even when she’s in complete peril, Pinkie Pie still says “PSSSD” without a trace of irony.

Police mare: Miss. The store’s clearly closed.
Pinkie Pie: But it can’t be. It just can’t be! If I can’t get that pouch, then not only am I not getting my sister the greatest present in the history of PSSSD, but now I have no PSSSD present for my sister at all!

If you respond to this scene thinking “Pinkie Pie, can’t you just find a different gift?”, then you don’t understand that Pinkie Pie is going to learn a friendship lesson about giving gifts at the end. She’s showing one of her common traits with Rarity by expressing that she can’t just get any random gift for Maud Pie, but rather the perfect gift. And beneath her bouncy and carefree attitude, she feels a crushing desire to make her friends as happy as they can be, because that’s what her own happiness depends on.

Maud Pie: And Boulder’s been by my side ever since.
Rarity: Wow. What a surprisingly suspenseful and compelling story. I completely get what you see in him now.

As always, Maud Pie delightfully blurs the line between sincerity and japes, and Rarity is most strongly affected by this confusion. I am going to guess every sentence of Maud Pie’s story was a storytelling cliche of some kind. Her sisters would all nod along and understand it perfectly, but to Rarity it may as well be a different language.

Though Rarity is normally the one who wants her gifts for her friends to be perfect, here she’s convincing Pinkie Pie to take a second shot at finding a gift for Maud. I think this is some nice character development for Rarity; each time she’s been to Manehattan, she learns something new about helping others without compromising her own visions and dreams.

This is a far more logical way for ponies to play piano than producing complex chords with only two front hooves.

This episode is full of little moments that I find far more hilarious than I should, one of which is Pinkie Pie interrupting two ponies playing the My Little Pony theme song on piano with an upwards glissando. This big piano feels exactly like the sort of cheesy contraption you’d find in a real-life department store for tourists, and I love it very much. Perhaps Pinkie was trying to replicate the “ah-ah-ah-ah” in the theme song, but large-scale pianos aren’t among the instruments she knows how to play.

I can see why Boulder finds all these gems so stuck up. In Maud’s mind, each rock has a unique personality and story to tell.

Rarity looks INCREDIBLY pretty in this dress, but we only get to see her in it for fifteen seconds! It’s one of the strangest things about this episode, but also one of the most charming. It’s amidst a montage of Rarity trying to suggest gifts to Maud Pie, and she gets a non-answer each time.

Rarity has such a delightful one-sided rivalry with Maud Pie.

Frustrated, Rarity presents a huge assortment of items to Maud Pie, asking if she likes any of them. Among those items are several callbacks, like the Twilight Scepter, which Lemon Hearts must have—actually, let’s save that for the miscellaneous notes. There’s also the shark from Slice of Life, which I completely forgot to mention when reviewing that episode, and our good friend Smarty Pants, which I’m guessing Big Mac eagerly traded for an even smellier vintage doll.

I bet Bon Bon sold her old grappling hook here once she got a better one, and claimed she randomly found the hook on the streets while putting on an innocent-sounding voice.

Maud Pie: I like… this.
Rarity: What is it? You have to tell me! Was it this bike? This lamp? This grappling hook? What do you like?
Maud Pie: I like that fissure in the sidewalk. It’s an elegant example of thermal expansion and soil settlement.

This is oddly sweet of Maud Pie. Instead of picking from a wacky assortment of random objects, she tries to get Rarity to stop and appreciate the natural wonders of the world. While Rarity simply finds Maud Pie weird and frustrating, in season 7 Maud Pie finds someone she can click with about the beauty of nature: Starlight Glimmer.

Pinkie Pie’s frustration is so easy to feel. She hears Maud Pie sounding the most expressive she’s ever been in this episode, calling out Boulder’s name then wishing she had something to carry it in. It’s believable that Pinkie Pie’s mind is so focused on the one gift for Maud that she felt was perfect that she can’t concern herself with other options.

Rarity notices a pony carrying the exact rock pouch Pinkie Pie is describing, so Pinkie Pie rushes to him and asks if she can have it. Some fans think this guy made a fair trade asking for Pinkie Pie’s party cannon in return, but he clearly manipulated Pinkie Pie into giving up something dear to her that he could sell for a ton of money. Plus, he didn’t ask for an item to trade for the pouch until after he noticed this gullible pink pony was carrying a valuable object.

When Pinkie Pie comes back to her two friends, Rarity asks Maud Pie to back up twenty yards, ostensibly for a picture, and then gets an update from a despondent Pinkie Pie.

Rarity: So, how’d it go? Tell me, tell me, tell me!
Pinkie Pie: Well, I got the rock pouch for Maud. That’s really the only thing that matters.
Rarity: Oh, I am so glad to hear that. She’s going to absolutely love it!
Pinkie Pie: Yep.

Every single Mane 6 member has an extra side of them opposing their usual personality that gives their character way more depth, and Pinkie Pie’s opposite side is the best-known of all. The unfortunate part is that so many fans think Pinkie Pie’s gloomy side means she’s secretly a psychopathic murderer, which completely misses the point of her character. If pushed to the extreme, Pinkie Pie can do what Rarity so often does: bending backwards to make others happy at the cost of her own joy. The difference is that for Pinkie Pie, her own joy is an extremely steep cost since she’s normally so full of good cheer. There’s some truth in her lines quoted above: the main thing that matters to her is making others happy, because if the ponies around her aren’t happy, then she isn’t happy.

Rarity: Yep? That’s it? You got your sister the greatest PSSSD present in the history of ever, and all you have to say is “yep”?
Pinkie Pie: Yep.
Rarity: But… you’re Pinkie Pie. You’re supposed to be all…
Rarity: “Oh, I’m so excited I got the rock pouch! And I know I say excited a lot when I’m actually just kind of excited, but this time I’m really excited about how excited I am about being this excited about the rock pouch!!!” And then you fire up your party cannon.

Rarity imitating Pinkie Pie’s style of popping off in excitement and bouncing off the walls with cartoon physics is so adorable and hilarious, I don’t even know what to say. Is it a cute demonstration of how well Rarity knows her friend, or a fearsome hint at the reality bending powers Pinkie Pie has taught her that she normally holds back? (Answer: Both.)

Rarity: I can clearly see that something’s bothering you, and I want to help. But I can’t help you unless you tell me what the problem is.
Pinkie Pie: Oh, there’s no problem. It just turns out that the going rate for a rock pouch in Manehattan is one party cannon. Who knew.
Rarity: You gave away your cannon?! But… but that party cannon is your everything! You absolutely love that cannon. How could you possibly part with something that means so much to you?
Pinkie Pie: Well, I finally got Maud a gift that’s just as good as the ones that she gives me. And that’s all that really matters.

Pinkie Pie deeply regrets giving up her party cannon, but she keeps telling herself it’s OK because she’ll get to see her sister happy. It sounds an awful lot like when Rarity remade her friends’ dresses to follow their ridiculous demands and kept telling herself her friends’ satisfaction comes first. This is the trait they’ve had in common this whole time: putting their friends’ happiness above all else, no matter how miserable it makes them. They’re the Mane 6’s resident gift givers, so in many respects, they just get each other.

Hey, this is the same river we saw in Made in Manehattan.

Before the gift exchange can begin, we must hear the surprisingly short Pie Sisters Swap Day Song. Pinkie Pie sings the name of the song, Maud Pie says “hey”, and that’s it. I can clearly imagine how the song goes with Pinkie Pie and her other sisters: Marble Pie ends the song with “mhm”, and Limestone Pie ends it with a gruff “hmph!” I’m not as certain how it would go with the other three pairings of Pie sisters, but I do imagine Marble Pie secretly has a melodious singing voice that she’s even more scared than Fluttershy to express in public. This leaves Maud Pie and Limestone Pie as the one remaining pairing, and I think they would sing a duet where the melody is one note repeated.

Imagine if you got a gift whose wrapping paper had pictures of your face on it.
That would be weird, but maybe not as weird as a gift wrapped like the one on the left.

After some comically dramatic tension, the Pie sisters open their gifts; Maud goes first. Pinkie Pie cries tears of joy when she senses how happy her sister is with her rock pouch, and I’m convinced she has a special power to detect when Maud Pie is feeling excited. It’s kind of like X-ray vision but with emotions, because Maud Pie’s face almost never changes.

Pinkie Pie’s gift is cupcake-scented confetti for her cannon, and she forgets she gave up her cannon when she outwardly expresses her joy. These sisters really do know each other well, and I think every group of siblings should strive to be like the Pie sisters if they can. They each have their incredibly exaggerated quirky behavior, but they all get each other.

Rarity: You’re right. That is impressive… but it’s no fissure in the sidewalk.

I think Rarity and Maud Pie are starting to get each other too. They’re communicating in snarky banter on both ends, and when Rarity is shown an impressively huge rock, she can’t help but throw in a sarcastic jab at Maud, which I love very much.

Rarity lets it slip to Maud Pie that Pinkie Pie had to give something up for the rock pouch, and she stutters as she tries and fails to backpedal on it. I think there’s something about Maud Pie’s deadpan, imposing presence that pressures people into admitting the truth.

When Maud Pie sees her sister throwing confetti around with her bare hooves, she puts two and two together and demonstrates her protective big sister instinct. Rarity tries to abscond by purposely making herself dirty, but then Maud Pie teleports in front of Rarity, which is so incredibly awesome and imposing. I love that she can be anything from playfully friendly to fiercely demanding the truth without changing her stoic expression. With no other choice, Rarity admits why Pinkie Pie gave up her party cannon, then calls Pinkie Pie over.

When Pinkie Pie explains herself, Maud Pie walks off without another word.

Pinkie Pie: Are your hooves dirty? WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!
Maud Pie: To get your cannon back.

Pinkie Pie is so literal-minded that even though she made the fake “I have to go wash my hooves” excuse earlier in this episode, she fully believes it when others do the same. In her mind, no one would ever lie to her unless they hate her, which is what led to her mental breakdown in Party of One. For Maud Pie, the greatest gift of all is seeing her sister smile, and that isn’t possible without the party cannon.

Maud Pie quickly locates the guy who took Pinkie Pie’s cannon thanks to her Maud Sense, which apparently runs in the family. Pinkie Sense focuses on predicting future events, while Maud Sense seems to focus on locating other ponies. I’ll leave you to imagine what Limestone Sense and Marble Sense consist of, because I don’t have any good ideas.

I’m calling this guy “Pouch Pony” because that’s what the credits call him.
(Also, this is another instance of offscreen teleportation.)

Maud Pie: I’d like to return this pouch for my sister’s party cannon, please.
Pouch Pony: Sorry, missy. All sales are final.
Maud Pie: I’d like to return this pouch for my sister’s party cannon. Please.
Rarity: Oh, I’ve never seen her like this. Look at the fire in her eyes. You better do what she says!

I love the way Rarity and Maud Pie team up to intimidate this guy into giving the cannon back. Rarity knows firsthand how intimidating Maud Pie is, and her dramatic descriptions are exactly what it feels like if Maud Pie teleported in front of you to demand something.

I am imagining Suri Polomare bumping into Coco Pommel and having some painfully awkward small talk.

As Rarity continues to dramatically describe Maud Pie’s demeanor, we see Suri Polomare in the background, who also had a cameo early in this episode. For Rarity, this girl serves as a reminder not to let others exploit her good will, and since Pinkie Pie just let someone else exploit her good will, it’s fitting that we’re reminded of when this happened to Rarity. This cameo is a nice little nod to Rarity’s character arc, showing she’s far more on top of things in Manehattan than she was just two seasons ago.

It’s slightly contested whether it was right for Rarity and Maud Pie to force the street pony into undoing the trade, but I accept it because knowing when someone is exploiting generosity isn’t the point of this episode—we already covered that back in season 4. The point of this episode is the value of gift giving, which means it’s fair for the reversion of the trade to be done humorously.

Maud Pie borrowed the five-ever joke from her sister, who said it earlier in this episode.

Pinkie Pie: Maud, I’m so happy you got me my party cannon back. Yay!
Pinkie Pie: Uh-oh. I just realized something. ‘Cause you gave back the pouch for my cannon, this is now the second gift you’ve gotten me today! And it’s something I really, really wanted.
Pinkie Pie: You did it again. Your gifts are always better than mine. Next year, I’m gonna have to really step it up and—
Maud Pie: Pinkie, gift giving isn’t a competition. It’s an expression of love. And you always make sure to give your gifts with lots of love. That’s why I’ll always love them, and you, five-ever.
Maud Pie: That’s even longer than forever.

I like the way Maud Pie gives the friendship lesson of this episode. It’s clear and to the point, and it’s followed with a demonstration of her heartfelt side: a small smile and a shared hug. Amazingly enough, this simple little moral about gift giving doesn’t come off as tired and cliched at all to me.

Before the three friends go back home, Rarity shows the conclusion of her subplot and presents the location for her new upcoming boutique: Rarity for You. This subplot didn’t get much focus in this episode, and I feel it was tacked on near the end of its production to provide a tie-in to The Saddle Row Review. But this is only a minor criticism, because I think tie-ins between episodes are cool and fun.

Pinkie Pie: You know, I think this might be my favorite PSSSD ever! But I can’t wait till next year’s PSSSD-W-R.
Rarity: Wait. PSSSD-W-R? What’s that?
Pinkie Pie: P-S-S-S-D-W-R! It’s a new tradition that Maud and I came up with. Pie Sisters Surprise Swap Day…
Maud Pie: With Rarity.

Aw, this part is just too sweet. Even if the gift giving part did not go as planned, Pinkie Pie knows that spending time with friends is the most important part, and she’s taken that message to heart. She had so much fun with this year’s PSSSD that she wants to invite Rarity again, and Maud Pie enjoyed getting to know Rarity in her own lowkey way. Rarity is heartened at first, but then she panics when she realizes this means she will have to get two presents… and then Pinkie Pie reminds her of the moral of this episode and winks.

Maud Pie winks too, and it’s wonderfully bizarre to see someone wink without changing the rest of their expression. The episode ends with Pinkie Pie remarking her party cannon could use more confetti, then firing it.

The credits, which I may as well mention get their own custom music, show something impressive: the episode only has lines from five characters, played by four voice actors. They didn’t even use the separate singing voice actor for the PSSSD Song, which I can tell because there’s a trace of Fluttershy when Pinkie Pie sings “song”. This episode wonderfully made the most out of such a tiny cast.

Overall thoughts:

This is a fun and lovely slice of life episode with a very finely selected trio of characters: Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Maud Pie. All three of them play off each other super well, and by focusing solely on them, this episode gives plenty of time to explore their dynamics while leading to a clear, earnest friendship lesson. It’s got the right balance of absurd Pinkie Pie humor and emotional moments, and the same goes for Maud Pie humor and Rarity humor. It may have a small cast of characters, but the rich worldbuilding more than makes up for it. It features tons of ponification of real-world locations and concepts, which is one of the most recognizable traits of season 6.

Grade: A

The only criticism I have is that the subplot of finding a boutique location isn’t explored much, but every episode has something imperfect about it. It’s still worthy of an A.

Miscellaneous notes:

  • To elaborate on my brief mention of two characters in Homestuck, Rose and Jade are notoriously the beta kids’ rarepair. The occasional moments where they do converse heavily come off like they don’t like each other that much, or at least that they aren’t nearly as fond of each other as any other pair from them is. Unlike quite a few other Mane 6 pairings, Rarity and Pinkie Pie in the first five seasons have no such effect.
  • When the piano plays the My Little Pony theme song, the keys playing the melody match the notes, but they’re in the wrong key signature—the music is in C major while the keys played are in D major. It looks like someone at the store needs to get this piano tuned! It’s weird because pianos normally get lower in pitch when they fall out of tune. (I’m so sorry, but I couldn’t resist this opportunity to flex my perfect pitch.)
  • Here is my completely accurate story of what happened to the Twilight Scepter after Slice of Life. Mystified at how it came to be, Lemon Hearts took it to Canterlot and hung it somewhere in her room, until a pesky thief made off with it and sold it to a street fair in Manehattan—the same street fair that Rarity found it at in this episode. This riveting plotline will be revisited when the scepter returns in A Royal Problem.

The next episode returns us to a more familiar trio of characters, faced with the dilemma of what to do after achieving their dreams.

See you in anywhere from one to three weeks as the Cutie Mark Crusaders ask the fateful, important question: “now what?”

(Spoiler: it was one week.)

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