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422 - Trade Ya

Today’s episode finds us back in Rainbow Falls, where the girls (and Spike) are partaking in the annual Traders Exchange. Rainbow Dash it trying to obtain a First-Edition copy of Daring Do and the Quest for the Sapphire Stone (which will complete her First-Edition collection), Applejack and Rarity are trying to pull their stuff together to get something the other has deemed worthless, and Twilight’s trying to make some more room in her library by giving away her books (with no help from Pinkie). Meanwhile, it’s a mad dash for Rainbow Dash (see what I did there?) as she goes through trade after trade in her quest for Daring Do. 

…Which begs the question, if she knows the author (who wrote her into the latest book), why couldn’t she get a copy from her? Ah, well. I’m over thinking it. 

421 - Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3

The Wonderbolts Reserves. The few. The proud. Surely we won’t ever hear from them again.

Anyway, Rainbow Dash is preparing to take her entrance exam to join the group, but can’t seem to know anything about their history. Not helping matters is Twilight shoehorning her ways down Rainbow’s slacker throat. And with everyone else throwing in their two bits, can Rainbow Dash learn anything before it’s too late? 

420 - Leap of Faith

The Apple clan is headed into town one day to some shocking news: The Flim-Flam Brothers, once cast out for trying to run the Apple Family out of town, have returned.

This time, they come bearing peace…and cure all tonic. One spoonful will cure whatever ails you!

Yes, and I’m the Queen of Switzerland.

Applejack is just as skeptical…until Granny Smith tries some and it seems to cure what ails her, just as the Brothers claimed. 

But upon further investigation, Applejack realizes not only is the tonic the snake oil she feared it was, but Granny Smith’s life is now in danger. Applejack is thus at the greatest crossroads of her life: tell Granny Smith the truth and risk ruining her happiness, or hide the deception and potentially kill her.

S04E19 - For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils

Rarity’s falling behind on a commission from Sapphire Shores, the Pony of Pop. What’s more, Sweetie Belle needs her to help with her own dresses for a play she wrote for the next day. Ultimately, Rarity comes through like all good sisters do. 

Except that the costumes are the only things anypony actually remembers from the play.

Feeling upset about getting overshadowed, the bitterness in the young one’s heart gets the better of her and so sabotages Rarity’s designs. 

That night, though, she receives a heart-to-heart from an unlikely source.

S04E18 - Maud Pie (Sorry for the technical glitches)

Pinkie Pie shares some exciting news with the others: her older sister, Maud, is coming over to Ponyville! (For those of you who have no idea who I’m talking about, myself included, she’s the new character mentioned in Pinkie Pie and the Rockin’ Partypalooza Party. Eh, go buy it and tell me what you think.) Anyway, her friends are looking forward to meeting a member of the Pie family.

There’s only one catch:

Maud’s a hipster. In a world of technicolor, feminine equines.

Yeah, she’s gonna make a great first impression…

S04E17 - Somepony to Watch Over Me

Applejack and the family decide one day that little Apple Bloom is old enough to stay by herself for the day while . But along the way, Applejack gets overly worried about her sister’s safety and thus puts her under 24/7 surveillance. 

But when Applejack takes her over-protection way too far, Apple Bloom can’t take it anymore. Thus, she decides to prove her maturity to Applejack by delivering the pies herself. But is that really true? Especially with all the genuine out-of-nowhere dangers along the way?

S04E16 - It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies

In “Three’s a Crowd”, Fluttershy was granted permission to study the adorable fairy folk called the Breezies. So now, let’s ignore that plot point and move on to something different.

The Breezies are going through Ponyville on their trek home to Western Equestria. But when a group of Breezies get blown off course (literally), they stay at Fluttershy’s house to regain their strength. But between the Breezies’ new-found laziness, and Seabreeze’s rude insistence that they continue their trek before their portal closes, Fluttershy’s kindness might end up doing more harm than good. 

S04E15 - Twilight Time

Sorry I’m late. Just finished defeating the monkey man and saving the 8th dimension.

Anyway…

The Cutie Mark Crusaders have taken up studies with Twilight, which are going nowhere. Meanwhile, Diamond Tiara is showing off her (butler’s) “acrobatic skills” to the other foals. When she mockingly invites the Crusaders to Manehatten to hang out with , she angrily retorts that they don’t need to because they have Twilight to hang out with.

Which wouldn’t be such a big deal if Twilight wasn’t a princess.

And so, the girls are goaded into inviting Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon over to Twilight Time. Turns out they have a good time over at Golden Oaks (not because of the Crusaders, of course.) So much so, they tell everypony about it. Now they all want in on Twilight Time… 

S04E14 - Filli Vanilli

The girls are shocked by a stunning revelation: Fluttershy can sing, and sing really well. In fact, the only reason she’s not in the Ponytones, Ponyville’s premiere a-capella quartet, is because she has stage fright. Regardless, though, she truly enjoys the group and are glad they’re performing for the Animal Adoption Festival.

Too bad Big Macintosh, the group’s baritone, lost his voice in a Turkey-calling Contest. 

It’s thus up to Fluttershy to save the Ponytones. But since she’s more of a soprano and Big Mac’s more of a Bass, they resurrect Flutterguy from “Bridal Gossip” and pull a “Singing in the Rain” by hiding her backstage and performing Big Macintosh’s part. But like in real life, you can only pull off an act for so long.

Photo unwittingly courtesy The Nerdy Crockett

Isn’t that right, Milli Vanilli.    

S04E13 - Simple Ways

Rarity has just received one of Ponyville’s highest honors: Organizer and Pony of Ceremonies of the Ponyville Days Festival, the town’s annual anniversary of its founding. And her theme, Small Town Chique, is sure to wow everypony over. But there is one pony in particular Rarity’s focused on impressing: Trenderhoof, world famous travel writer and Apple of Rarity’s eyes. But all is not well when somepony else ends up being the apple of Tenderhoof’s eye: Applejack.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I stink at puns.

Tenderhoof is more enamored by Applejack because she fits the rustic, country lifestyle, which is what he loves above all. So Rarity does what she does best: adopt a rustic lifestyle to please Tenderhoof, going so far as to change the entire festival’s theme to do it.

You can imagine how pleased Applejack is about that…