Rarity, Applejack, Apple Bloom, and Babs Seed are headed to Manehattan’s Carneighie Hall to see a show, just as Manehattan is currently experiencing a crime wave as a result of an infamous thief named Rough Diamond, who is stealing all the precious gems and jewels in the city. The show ends up highlighting the “Great and Powerful” Trixie, who, for her climax, makes the Ostlerheimer Diamond disappear. However, it fails to reappear when the trick is done, indicating it was stolen, and the girls blame Trixie and try to go up and grab her. However, the police soon appear and seal off the theater, revealing that the entire thing was a sting operation to try and lure Rough Diamond out and catch her, with the diamond in the show being a fake with a transmitter. However, the fake is found in Applejack’s hat, and, suspecting the thief realized it was a fake, the group goes to the stage director’s office and find someone forced the lock. On opening the safe inside, a smoke bomb goes off, and when it clears the diamond is gone. The chief of police reveals there was a transmitter in that diamond as well, and this time it’s found in Trixie’s hat. Due to her rather unpleasant past, Trixie is immediately branded as the thief and the girls as her accomplices, prompting them all to beat a hasty escape. Trixie insists she’s innocent and was framed in spite of the girls accusing her too, and in the end they decide to catch the real thief themselves.
Apple Bloom and Fluttershy end up going after a clue that the thief accidentally left in Trixie’s hat: a scrap of paper from the city museum that contains the letters “OOF ANT”. They deduce that it’s referring to the Forehoof Pendant and is her next target. Applejack, Rarity, Trixie, and Babs check out jewelry stores looking for places the thief would have sold the diamonds she stole. During the trip, Babs learns about Trixie’s past on seeing her looking despondent, and she admits to her she used to be the same way, but says just because they were once bad doesn’t mean they have to “stay that way”. They find a store she sold the diamonds too, but all they manage to get is her Cutie Mark is a rough diamond. The girls end up sneaking into the museum and setting up an ambush that night, and the disguised Rough Diamond appears, but she manages to avoid capture again by setting off another smoke bomb. In the attempts to seize her, Apple Bloom trips the alarm and soon they’re surrounded by police. When it looks like they’ll all be taken away, Babs suddenly announces that Trixie was the thief all along and that they were conned into believing her story about innocence, prompting the police to let her go. However, as soon as she’s free, she ambushes one of the policeponies and has Trixie tie her up, declaring her to be the real thief. She reveals the policepony was near Trixie the whole time the day before and had plenty of opportunities to take and switch the diamonds, and was also one of the officers who got the combination from the director and opened the safe, allowing her to use a smoke bomb and steal the diamond once it was open. Finally, Babs points out how she knew she was the bad officer: her Cutie Mark of a police badge is smudged, the result of having to hastily paint over her real Cutie Mark of a rough diamond in a hurry. Rough Diamond is taken away, Trixie is cleared of guilt and thanks Babs, and the show goes on as planned.
I’m not a Trixie fan, but I liked this one. It wasn’t as dramatic as the others even though it was a bit “different” from the show’s usual fare, but this time it seemed a lot more like a standard episode. It was paced well for it too (two issues seems to read in about the time of a standard 22 minute episode). After the last arc mucked up things so much, it was nice to get back in the show’s “spirit” with this one. The artwork seems a bit more cartoony, but it’s not too distracting, and the plotline has good fun and laughs. There’s not much to say else about this one. It just works. All the characters seemed in character, the plotline seemed close enough to the show to be plausible as a regular episode of the show, and while it may not have been monumental, it was a good little story and had a good little message in the end about willing to be open to give people second chances (third chances in Trixie’s case…). To top it all off, it highlighted two of the more popular extra characters in the series: Babs Seed and Trixie Lulamoon.
So yeah, it was nice. Probably not a “must-see”, but a good little story, and that’s pretty much all there is to say about it. I enjoyed it.
The title is possibly a takeoff of “Manhattan Melodies”, the name of the fictional musical the Muppets wrote in “The Muppets Take Manhattan”.
The first arc not to include all six members of the Mane Six (although the first not to feature them predominantly was story arc #3).
Chronologically, this arc likely takes place during Season Four, but could honestly take place any time after Season Three’s “Magic Duel” and “One Bad Apple”.
Although the Great and Powerful Trixie had appeared in story arc #2, this is the first to include her as a character. The same with Babs Seed.
Carneighie Hall is a takeoff of Carnagie Hall. Outside of it, two background ponies are giving their take on the classic “Carnagie Hall” joke.
Based on the sign, the stage director’s name is “Clyde Giddyup”. He has an IDW book on the shelf.
The combination of the safe is 4-14-84 in the director’s office. April 14, 1984 was the original air date of the first stand-alone episode for the original “My Little Pony” series.
The newspaper being sold in Manehattan is Equestria Daily. This is the same name as the biggest fansite for the fandom.
3 Stars out of 5