Nov 20, 2019
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic “Maud Pie”
Sometimes on a TV series, a character comes along who’s just so good, and so well-played that that character can indeed carry an entire episode. Sometimes, the character is even a guest star just popping in, who absolutely steals the entire show. That’s what we get in this week’s episode, and believe me, I’m not complaining!
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We start off with an explanation for something I’ve been wondering for quite a while: What the hell is the point of a rock farm? They’re rocks! How does that work? But apparently in the My Little Pony universe, different rocks have different properties, and some rocks can apparently be turned into rock candy and eaten. Neat!
These are the candies that Pinkie Pie has big piles of inside of her house, and she makes the rest of the Main Six eat so many candy rocks that they all get tummy-aches. In Pinkie Pie’s world, you can never have too much of anything!
The reason for this is because Pinkie Pie’s sister, Maud Pie, is coming for a visit, and she and Pinkie Pie have for years kept a special tradition going where they make rock candy necklaces for each other. Dawww! And Pinkie Pie now wants to include her best friends in this tradition as well. Double dawww!
Finally, we meet Maud Pie, as she shows up at a picnic the Mane Six have put together just for her. And the first thing you might notice is that she’s completely stone-faced. Get it! Stone-faced? …I should be ashamed of myself for that one, sorry.
You see, she’s at all times expressionless, and it’s spot on and hilarious, simply because of the wonderfully simple dialogue and the voice actress who I can’t praise enough.
So what does Maud Pie like, then? Well, she really likes rocks, and it’s not in the way where she has to like rocks because she grew up on a rock farm. Maud Pie genuinely likes rocks. Rocks are her life. You can’t see her cutie mark in this episode, but it has to be a rock. Even her pet is a rock! But this confuses all the other ponies.
I don’t get why Rarity gets so confused, though. Did she forget all about Tom? Did Rarity just abandon that rock when she found out it wasn’t a diamond after all? What a heartless woman!
But it’s Maud’s very personality that becomes an issue here. You see, Maud Pie is extremely blunt, and is always stoic about it. So when the Ponies spend time with her and introduce her to the things they enjoy, they assume her lack of reaction is an indication that she cares for none of it.
Which led me to the conclusion pretty early on that this is actually a case of misreading each other. Maud is not trying to be rude or make the other ponies angry; In fact, chances are that she is in fact having a very good time. But the other Ponies completely misread her and assume otherwise.
This is an interesting subject to delve into, and something that’s actually not touched upon very often. But it should be! Everybody has at one point or another been a victim of miscommunication or a misreading, which is a thing that sucks extra hard, because neither party is the villain; it’s just a mistake that hurts both people equally. We all misunderstand, get misunderstood, and mis-communicate throughout our lives. And that’s true now more than ever, with entirely different nationalities and cultures communicating via the internet, with most of our text-based conversations missing the physical cues that come with in-person communication. Heck, sarcasm is misinterpreted all the time in real life, let alone online!
And we’ve all misjudged other people at some point in our lives, and also been misled by their behavior, speech patterns, or even something as simple as their clothes. It happens every day, everywhere, all the time!
The ponies try to get along with Maud Pie, and we get some more hilarious Maud Pie bits. I especially like her rock poems that she recites to Twilight. Eventually, the ponies come to the sad conclusion that sometimes, some ponies are just not meant to get along.
Which is also very true, and is a perfectly fine life lesson. Because of course there will always be people you just don’t click with, no matter how hard you try. Maybe you don’t even dislike them; you just don’t communicate well with them, and they don’t communicate well with you, and that’s the way things are.
I don’t think that’s what’s going on here, though. I do think it’s more of a misinterpretation thing. Pinkie Pie naturally gets upset when she finds out that her best friends just don’t get along with her beloved sister, and in one last desperate attempt, she tries to put together an event that appeals to every pony.
It turns out to be a big, insane obstacle course with something in it that relates to each of the other ponies. Remember, with Pinkie Pie, it can never be too much. Or perhaps this time it was too much, as Pinkie Pie almost kills herself with a big rock pile she made for Maud.
Thankfully, Maud is one seasoned Rock Pony, and races to the rescue, badass-style. This makes Pinkie Pie realize her mistake, and that if people don’t get along, there’s no point in forcing it. The other ponies also decide that it’s worth giving things another go for Pinkie’s sake. After all, they do have one thing in common: they all love Pinkie Pie.
So they meet up with Maud and Pinkie, to try to set everything right and stop Maud from leaving early. Except, Maud is once again completely blank-faced, which doesn’t sit well with the ponies. But then Pinkie Pie tells them that this is the most excited she’s ever seen Maud.
And ding! A light goes on for the ponies, and they figure out that it’s not that Maud dislikes them or their activities, she just expresses herself in a different way than most. It’s just like how Pinkie Pie also expresses herself in a different way than most, except she’s the extreme opposite. And with this newfound understanding, they finally manage to make friends and send Maud on her way with rock candy friendship necklaces from all.
I freaking loved this episode! It’s not even that there was that much going on in the episode, or that it was any kind of big spectacle; I just thought everything was handled really well.
Maud is definitely a new favorite character of mine. She cracked me up throughout the episode with all of her killer one-liners. It’s rare to see a female character pull off deadpan comedy properly, but this lady not only pulled it off, she had it down to a tee!
The message is also one I really approve of. And I sincerely hope that Maud Pie is going to show up again. I love her that much, and I applaud this episode.
It’s a definite four and a half out of five ponies this time, and Maud Pie is my new hero!
[—Editing/cleanup/revisions to this article provided by Dr. Winston O’Boogie and Elliot Hodgett.]