My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Pinkie Apple Pie”

Ah, the family road trip. Is there anything better in the world? Getting all packed up and ready to go, with Mom stressing out because she’s afraid of forgetting something, Dad getting even more stressed because Mom is making everyone run late, little sister sitting there pulling your hair, and grandma chewing on her dentures while telling you how everything was just so much better back in her day.

Let’s face it, family life never has been and never will be easy. Try as you might, the perfect family doesn’t exist. At best, you can put up a façade covering up all the nasty parts, but that’s about it. If you ever find a family with a seemingly perfect life, there’s a better than average chance that they are in fact extraterrestrials.

And that’s what this episode is about, as Applejack’s family once again takes center stage.

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This episode starts off with Pinkie Pie bursting in on Twilight and Spike, who are doing research on their family trees. I gather from this that this is a pretty big thing in the U.S., where all the white Americans like to know what exact land they originate from, being white and all.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Pinkie Pie, who’s always enthusiastic about just about everything, has a go at it. But of course, she has to be Pinkie Pie first and break the laws of physics… again.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Boy, Pinkie Pie must be the world champion in Jenga. So that’s how she can afford to never have to work!

Faster than a speeding bullet, Pinkie Pie does her research and suddenly finds out… that she and Applejack are distant relatives.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

I don’t know why that’s such a shock to you, Pinkie Pie. You’re both from farming families, and aren’t all of you supposed to be distantly related anyway? I mean, the thing about Applejack is that her family is crazy huge!

But Pinkie Pie and the Apple Family are extremely excited about this, with Apple Bloom noting that she now has a cousin—another one! Your family is crazy huge, Apple Bloom!

But as it turns out, they’re not entirely sure that Pinkie Pie is a part of the Apple Family after all. The name connecting her to the Apples is slightly smeared on the paper, and can’t be completely made out.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

But wait! It seems there’s yet another member of the Apple Family named Goldie Delicious, who’s supposed to have kept track of the entire Apple family line, and she should be able to clear things up. It’s been awhile since anyone visited her at all, which can mean just one thing: Family road trip!

And that includes all the expected trouble that goes along with it as they load up their wagon. If anyone has ever had a family road trip where things went smoothly and no one lost their temper, please call me, so I can then call the Men in Black to exterminate your family. It’s just not possible with actual human beings!

But we soon get to the true big reveal of this episode, which is that Applejack can play the banjo.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

I guess this means she has to join Lyra in her quest for hands now. Get to it, My Little Pony fan-artists! But of course, it’s not just Applejack doing a banjo solo; it’s the show’s latest musical number, and this is probably my favorite song of the whole season so far.

“Apples to the Core” is an upbeat, fun, country/western-inspired musical number with banjo, violin, and harmonica in the mix, making this a catchy tune that sticks with you. I love it a lot.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Plus, it ends perfectly, as the wagon completely collapses, because Applejack’s older brother Big McIntosh apparently packed everything but the kitchen sink. No, wait; the kitchen sink is in there, too. Well, I’ll be damned. Also among all the luggage is… a trombone? Which one of the Apples is able to play the trombone? I’d really like to know.

Because of this, the Apples and Pinkie Pie are all stranded out in the middle of nowhere, but they’re too close to Goldie Delicious’s house to turn back now. Pinkie Pie, who didn’t break a sweat when the breakdown happened, suggests they build a raft out of what remains of the cart and sail to Goldie’s house. This is a plan that could go wrong in more ways than I could possibly count, but of course they decide to do it.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

First, they encounter a fork in the river, with three possible directions. Apple Bloom manages to drop their map in the water, where it immediately gets swallowed by a fish and then the fish gets scooped up by an eagle. Don’t you hate when that happens?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Then Granny Smith takes a wrong turn that leads them into, and I quote, “The scariest cave in Equestria”, where “ponies go in but they never come out!” I’ve got to admire Pinkie Pie’s reaction here. Her only thought is getting a picture of this for her scrapbook.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Then, just as they’re about to head over a waterfall, they lose the raft’s steering wheel, which also gets scooped up by an eagle. Ever feel like you’re having one of those days?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

I will admit, though, that if you’re going to take a selfie, plunging over a waterfall is really the only way to do it.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Their boat is destroyed, and the Apples lose all of their stuff. They end up having to walk the rest of the way to Goldie Delicious’s house, only to discover why unannounced visits are generally not a good idea: Goldie isn’t even here.

Though, this does give Pinkie Pie time to go all the way back to Ponyville to get some more paper for her scrapbook.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

So I guess Ponyville isn’t that far away after all. I don’t know, something in my head just tells me that Ponyville is right around the corner, and the Apples took an unnecessarily long side trip by mistake. That would fit right in with the kind of luck they’re having.

As Pinkie Pie shows up again, so does Goldie Delicious, who I swear is voiced by a man.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

And it seems she’s the first crazy cat pony we get to meet in this series. I do like this scene, because there are a lot of visual gags inside her house, with all of her cats and lots of dusty junk laying around. Goldie is ready to help though, as she pulls a Pinkie Pie by taking the lowest book from a stack of books without the rest falling down.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Well, that proves it, Pinkie Pie and the Apples are related! But they want more substantial proof, and so they look it up in Goldie’s book, only to realize that the exact same name that was smeared on Pinkie Pie’s paper is also smeared in the book. It’s just… one of those days.

We get to the natural conclusion though, which is that if you can survive a road trip with the family, you are part of the family, which is a statement I can agree with.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Let me put it this way: if your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t running away after the first time he or she has a meal with your family, there’s hope for your relationship. If they survive a road trip with your family, for god’s sake, don’t let that person go! Tie him/her down! Do it now!

And that’s how you maintain a healthy relationship, copyright: Sofie Liv.

Pinkie Pie, who never minded the Apples arguing for a second and just highly enjoyed being around them, is overjoyed at being welcomed into their family. She’s so happy about it that she wants to try and argue with them, too! Well, in her own, odd, Pinkie Pie way.

This episode was fun and I really liked it. I’ve always liked the Apple family, and funnily enough, putting Pinkie Pie into the mix just works. Her upbeat personality and strange sense of maturity make her an uplifting character, and I did smile at her random jokes delivered to the camera throughout the episode.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

The definite highlight for me here was the song. I loved it so much that it’s now in my iTunes library, something that hasn’t happened since the song “The Flim-Flam Brothers”. Oddly enough, all of my favorite MLP songs are connected to Applejack episodes.

The message about family again rings very true. Having a family and being part of a family isn’t always easy. It’s hard work, and you’re so close that you step on each other’s toes very easily and tempers often run high. But when you get down to it, family is also one of the most wonderful things you can have. The support of a loving family when things are tough is immeasurable.

At the same time, you don’t have to be blood relatives to be family. Again, this is something I know from my own life; my cousins are not people I feel particularly close to, whereas there are other people I’m not blood-related to who do indeed feel like my true family and my true cousins.

I know other people found this episode average, but I highly enjoyed it on many levels. I was able to relate to a lot of it, and also enjoy the many jokes and one great song.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic "Pinkie Apple Pie"

Thus, this episode receives four out of five ponies, and is an excellent standout episode, in my humble opinion.

[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie and Elliot Hodgett.]

TV Show: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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  • Arturo Garza Flores

    -Yeah, the ending to this episode was pretty much a given; this core of the episodeisn’t so much whether or not Pinkie IS officially an Apple, but more about her trip with the family.
    -While it’s a role that suits her well, the writers of the show often forget that Pinkie Pie is more than just a machine for non-sequiturs and visual gags. Behind her offbeat nature, she can be pretty mature at times; there’s a real conscience and awareness of her surroundings and other ponies. This episode is the first time since Putting Your Hoof Down where Pinkie has the high ground, and gets to help someone else learn the episode’s intended moral. It’s very satisfying.
    -I like to think that there’s two types of episodes on the show: for the sake of brevity, I’ll call them the “journey” episode and the “destination” episodes. “Destination” episodes are ones where the story regards the characters going from Point A to Point B, whether it’s an actual location or just the episode’s moral. These episodes have a stronger sense of a story being unraveled, where the stakes are high and characters are seriously challenged; you can feel some kind of progress in a character being achieved, or a character reaching a certain milestone (Rarity Takes Manehattan, Hurricane Fluttershy, Sleepless in Ponyville, etc.). The “journey” episodes are usually more breezy and the stakes are much lower; they feel more like a set-up for the characters to be funny in this scenario (Read It an Weep, It’s About Time, Castle Mane-ia). This episode definitely lands on the latter category. That being said, while the bulk of the episode is watching the Apple Family step over one another and Pinkie being at her Pinkiest so far this season, the moral at the heart of the episode really helps elevate it. I don’t think this kind of approach makes for some of the show’s best episodes, but it still makes for an entertaining episode.

  • Toby Clark

    This was the first 10/10 I’ve able to give out (on IMDb) since the season premiere.

  • Muthsarah

    Only my fourth episode, but damn, I’m loving this show. It started off 0-for-1, now it’s 3-for-4. I blame other people for my not taking to this show earlier.

    How often do musical numbers show up? Just here and “Bats”, from what I recall. But both really, really good ones. Like, somebody should hire them to make movies good. Yeah, I’ma save these. I’m tempted to even pay for it. Should prolly give sum’m back.

    “This episode starts off with Pinkie Pie bursting in on Twilight and Spike, who are doing research on their family trees. I gather from this that this is a pretty big thing in the U.S., where all the white Americans like to know what exact land they originate from, being white and all.”

    Well, I wouldn’t want to presume too much about 200+ million people, but….My father’s a real big geneology nut, so I cannot outright deny it if it is a trend. Hence how I know just how Scandinavian I am by blood (the answer: VERY!*), as well as knowing exactly what kind of exotic southern spices the occasional runaway, drunkard, born-again-gypsy, or slaveowner (only the one, and he was murdered by German immigrants) got his/herself into to get to wherever it is I am.

    “Let me put it this way: if your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t running away after the first time he or she has a meal with your family, there’s hope for your relationship. If they survive a road trip with your family, for god’s sake, don’t let that person go! Tie him/her down! Do it now!

    And that’s how you maintain a healthy relationship, copyright: Sofie Liv.”

    So….we should all abduct our significant others, likely with lies, torture them, and if they survive, we should then tie them up. You must have some reeeeeal interesting stories there, Sofie. As should any of your surviving boyfriends/girlfriends/whatever they are once you’re done with them.

    I’m finally getting the Pinkie Pie love now. Hers was the first name I heard and learned, and I had no particular idea why, just that she was popular. This is easily the best episode of hers I’ve seen; I’d go so far as to say that Applejack is only a supporting cast member. Pinkie is the instigator, the prime mover, the prima donna, and the clown of the episode. And she’s never NOT adorable at it. My favorite bit of the episode was right after the waterfall, when she just floats down from the heavens, all innocent-like, breaks the raft in twain, then squeaks as her balloons pop, and plummets into the drink with the others, her ever-chipper mood unsullied.

    Yeah. The more I see, the more I wanna see.

    * – But not Danish, unless maybe you go WAY back.

    • danbreunig

      I gotta give you points for making me actually use the cliche “you took the words right out of my mouth”–because ya sure did it all here. Even the genealogy thing, since my aunt’s doing a lot of that lately. No Scandinavia in me, though…

      I’m still a newcomer, but this show’s really growing on me–I make a point now to watch the episode online as soon as I read the current recap about it–and hands down the best thing is simply the characters themselves. Even without daily morals or songs, just gimme their characters bouncing off each other in their own ways and I’m set.

      • Sofie Liv

        Well guys.. I have noticed that a lot about the americans.

        First of, I have met a good deal of Americans traveling through the country, explaining that they want to see the places their ancestors came from, and they know they originated from her because of you know. Re-search.
        And secondly, I see it a lot here on the enternet some-body saying. “Hey! My family came from Norway!” or “My family came originally from England!” “I call my myself the happy viking because waaaay back my family came from Sweden.”

        I hear it a lot, and well. The thing is, if you are white and you life in America, you all all-ready know this.. you don’t have to go to far back in your family tree to see a family member that came from europe. And lots and lots of people seems to take some kind of importance in that.

        It’s easy for me though, i’m pretty much Danish through and through. My great-grandmother was german and moved to denmark, and then I got some really distant family in norway. But that as far as my mixed blood go.. And I don’t really feel any extra connection to Germany or Norway becuase of it.

        • Muthsarah

          I’m just gonna speak generally. ‘Cuz why not. Nobody’s stopping me.

          1. As for white people in Europe spoutin’ off stuff about their ancestors: I imagine most (white) Americans don’t care too much where they come from. Just that those who A) bother to visit Europe and B) bother to mention anything about their ancestry while they’re there, just might care, probably as a lark, or possibly because they are traveling specifically hoping to connect with some sort of cultural identity they feel they’re lacking at home, as “white America” at large doesn’t really have a “culture” beyond the superficial mainstream. A way of feeling somewhat unique, at least something to carry with them once they return home. Nothing to make too much of, but if you grow up in a society overwhelmingly composed of one dominant “culture” (yes, I think this is a difficult word to use, hence the quotes and clunky parentheses), as most European countries still are, I suspect it wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Americana is inclusive, but it’s also quite bland.

          I doubt that the interest of most tourists runs too terribly deep, it’s just a fun curiosity to think about when they visit “the land of their ancestors”. But that’s still a minority. Again, I doubt most (white) Americans know or care where they come from, unless their surnames are so indellibly of-their-ancestry that they were raised in it in a very conspicuous capacity, such that even third/fourth/more-generation Americans are made, early on, very aware of their namesake identity. Irish-Americanism, in particular, gets a lot of popular attention, particularly in the media, even among people whose Irish ancestors moved here way back in the 1840s and have, for all intents and purposes, been thoroughly assimilated for over a century. Just a bit of cultural-ghettoization residue from way back, nothing that really should be terribly important unless it is somehow relevant to the individual.

          2. This interest in genealogy is not just limited to white Americans. Now, with African-Americans (as in, not just recent immigrants from Africa or children thereof), I’ve gathered there’s a not-uncommon interest in their own genealogy at times. Unfortunately, that tends to lead into….difficult areas of our country’s history. You wouldn’t have to look as far back as immigration papers to find something somewhat…interesting, is what I mean, in a very euphemistic way. I don’t think that genealogy is exclusively a “white” phenomenon, is my main point, even if that may have been your experience with it (as most “genealogical tourists” in Denmark are probably lily-white anyway). In fact, I suspect there’s often a much more pointed interest in the genealogy of non-whites.

          But that’s just one cracker’s perspective.

    • The music is great on the show because it has a great team behind it, much like the show itself. Daniel Ingram, the composer has had a massive history making catchy music for other shows like Stunt Dawgs and Martha Speaks (which a lot of the MLP team works on too) as well as having two of his MLP songs being nominated, but not winning sadly, Daytime Emmys which were Becoming Popular, a Rarity song from Season 2 and May the Best Pet Win, a Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash song from Season 2.

      William Anderson, the background score composer was in Weird Al’s band in the 80s and 90s as well as do the music for The Weird Al Show! He’s also worked on shows like X Men Evolution and Biker Mice from Mars.
      Steffan Andrews, the orchestrator won a Leo Award with Ingram for the Magical Mystery Cure score from Season 3.
      The show has it’s fair share of musical talent behind it and that’s not counting the great singers in the cast either!

  • danbreunig

    “If your boyfriend or girlfriend isn’t running away after the first time he or she has a meal with your family, there’s hope for your relationship. If they survive a road trip with your family, for God’s sake, don’t let that person go! Tie him/her down! Do it now!…
    And that’s how you maintain a healthy relationship, copyright: Sofie Liv.”

    I am SO taking that to the bank.

  • John Wilson

    Sofie ,what do you think of human ponies 🙂

    http://i.imgur.com/U5O6LpP.jpg

    • Sofie Liv

      I’ve seen those on deviantart before, it a really cute piece of fan-art, I do like it a lot.

  • Animikean

    The fan-theory about Pinkie Pie’s genealogy I’ve always found most amusing is

    http://www.deviantart.com/art/Granny-Pie-259815313

  • MichaelANovelli

    I’ve always said, “You don’t know someone until you’ve been on a long car ride with them!” 🙂

  • They missed a chance to slip in a Deliverance parody with the whole banjo thing.

    • danbreunig

      Or with the family motif they could’ve also spoofed Dukes Of Hazzard.