This here is a TL;DR and what follows is the full review. This TL;DR is short and concise, as it resumes my views on the episode in a small paragraph consisting on two questions. Those who prefer to partake on the long review, may finish this TL;DR and continue reading. Those who have better things to do, may skip to the end of the article once this TL;DR is over. Is the episode good in Friendship is Magic standards? It's amazing, good doesn't even begin to describe it. Is this the best episode of season 2? Guys, objectively speaking, it can very well be. And if you want to find out, keep reading.
So the episode starts with Pinkie Pie readying to recreate the ending of "Flashdance". Seriously, leg warmers, head bands, all she needs is to throw herself on a chair and pull from a rope that soaks her in sarsaparilla. But that doesn't happen (I don't know if feeling thankful or disappointed) as she begins her morning routine. Or so it seems, because what she does looks like what Robin Williams must do before a stand up, with all the over the top facial expressions and aerobics at the rhythm of gags. It turns out that she is, once again, taking care of the baby cakes, Pound and Pumpkin, and I swear to Luna I cheered up like a moron. The baby Cakes are amongst the most likable characters in this show. Seeing them again really brought a smile to my face and, wouldn't you know, this episode is all about that: Smiling, being happy! So the episode continues as we see Pinkie Pie going out in her daily routine, which consists in basically being nice to ponies. I have to point out, we have never seen Pinkie Pie interacting with anyone outside of her environment. We have seen her interacting with the Mane Six, or with the Cakes, but we never saw her interacting with, well, background ponies. So what she does with them is very nice: She makes them happy.
|What kind of drug she uses, that's up for you to debate.|
|There is also a subtle message about cloning and genoma soldiers.|
|First this felt "Check". And then, The World!|
"Four evers...that's like, forever."
I was sad for her, I giggled at the pun and I got angry at myself for finding it funny. It was a complicated emotion that went through my face, you know?
|It was right between those two faces.|
"Matilda..." he says, quickly going inside and putting on his new wig.
The deal with Cranky is that he spent all those years travelling through Equestria looking for Matilda after she left the next day after the Grand Galloping Gala. He never found her, and so he gave up and moved to Ponyville, thinking he would never be able to see her again. It wasn't until Pinkie noticed the photos on the burnt draft book that she realised the female donkey of them was actually Matilda, a dear friend of hers who also has a very similar draft book. So if it hadn't been for Pinkie Pie finding that draft book, Cranky and Matilda would've never been together again. Matilda then kisses Cranky, which makes him smile of pure joy and thankfully accepts Pinkie as his new friend. Pinkie Pie then finds out that ponies can actually explode twice: First with a set of fireworks, and then of happiness. The episode ends with Pinkie delivering the moral, and Cranky and Matilda moving together to Cranky's house.
|The toupee gets its own bedroom.|
There were also a lot of little things that I liked. That animated felt-world segment was amazing. To know that Jayson Thiessen and his wife worked on it in their spare time just because they wanted to have fun, shows what kind of team we have working on this series. It's adorable and heart warming. I loved to see Rainbow Dash hanging out with Twilight and reading books in her library. That little part says a lot about how she's developing as a character this season. I loved the cameos of each of the Mane Six. I loved seeing Roseluck again! She's still a really good pony, and so nice to Pinkie. Zecora's cameo was pretty neat. Speaking of cameos, Derpy inside a snow globe is just crazy. The Baby Cakes were adorable as well. That song that I can't listen to enough times, my God that was awesome. This is definitely not your average MLP:FiM episode, this goes above average. We've been having quite a long run of episodes where there were a few hit and miss moments; episodes where I had a tight feel of dread gripping my gut while I watched certain moments. However, there was none of that with this episode. It's simple, it's sweet, and it's heart warming. It's a feel good episode, that will definitely make you smile. And in the end, isn't that the most important thing about being part of this fandom?
|Besides playing "Where's Waldo?" with Derpy in every episode.|
- Moral: Having friends is great, but sometimes some of these friends will want to be alone, and that's something we have to respect. Also, the best thing about friends is making them smile. I will also personally add that making friends will always help you find that thing you need the most in your life. You should let people in, especially if they have good intentions.