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Synopsis:

While working at Sugarcube Corner, Pinkie Pie comes across a note for a special order from Shining Armor and Princess Cadance for a baby-themed cake, leading Pinkie to realize they’re having a baby. However, she wasn’t supposed to know about it, so now she must keep it a secret from the others and especially Twilight Sparkle. Twilight later reveals that Shining Armor and Princess Cadance are coming by for a visit later that day and have a special surprise, but they haven’t said what. Pinkie is soon under extreme torture from trying to keep the secret from everypony all day. Finally, at the end, the two arrive but don’t immediately give the news, intending Twilight to find out via a scavenger hunt. Pinkie rushes them through the whole event as she struggles to keep the secret and finally leads them back to Sugarcube Corner. Moments from Pinkie breaking, Twilight pieces together the clues from the hunt and realizes they’re having a foal. Finally able to relax, Pinkie is thanked by Cadance for keeping the secret. Pinkie tells her it was a piece of cake…before shaking her head at the audience, indicating for them to keep their mouths shut.

Review:

You know what this season was missing? A good, wacky, fun Pinkie Pie episode. Check!

I like these episodes. In a season that really catered to the older fans, which I personally like but I know was alienating the little kids, we get one that appeals to everyone. As in most Pinkie Pie centered episodes, it’s full of silly and outrageous humor showing off Pinkie Pie’s Looney-Tunes-like quality. To be honest, I can’t say much about it. The plot is extremely basic. Pinkie Pie learns a secret and has to keep it a surprise for the whole of the episode. Doesn’t get much simpler than that. Everything else is just one crazy scenario after another that Pinkie finds herself forced into with hilarious results. I’m especially fond of her acting like the “noodle man/pony” and the point where she mutters through clenched teeth “that’s not all they’re going to have to take care of soon…”. The part where she literally falls apart at the end and, in her next scene, is finishing putting herself back together is great too, as is the fourth wall breaking.

Nothing really dramatic or earth-shaking. I did think that they might top off the fifth season with the birth of (who we now know is) Flurry Heart, but it turns out that would be postponed one more episode for the Season Six premiere. But it doesn’t really need anything else when you’re just going for a nice, silly Pinkie Pie episode. And it was nice to have Shining Armor and Princess Cadance around again for something besides “being royalty”. As for what they can do with the concept of a new family, we’ll have to wait and see.

Fun Facts:

This episode serves as a prelude to the Season Six opener.

One of the frequent goofs made is to refer to Pinkie Pie as “Pinky Pie”. The same happened when the title of this episode was first presented.

The title of this episode is a reference to titles from “Friends”, which would almost always be named according to how most people refer to TV episodes rather than their titles (ex: “The One Where _________”).

One might see this episode as “retribution” for Pinkie telling Twilight to keep the secret about Rarity and Fluttershy way back in “Green isn’t Your Color”.

Pound Cake putting his pacifier into Gummy’s mouth is a reference to Maggie doing a similar thing to any animal she sees in “The Simpsons”.

I get a huge kick out of Carrot Cake also “shushing” Pinkie.

The comic that Spike holds up is a pony version of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman and one of the most valuable comics in existence. If Spike had incinerated that comic and I owned it, I wouldn’t be reacting in horror…I would be turning that dragon into a belt and a pair of shoes. 😡

I pity whoever ate the cake made from that batter that Gummy was swimming in.

The first time Featherweight has spoken.

Pinkie Pie makes the same “lying” face when she says “no” to Mayor Mare as Applejack made in “The Return of Harmony”.

What the heck is up with the balloon Spike head in the hallucination? O_o

How did Shining Armor know to finish Pinkie’s sentence?

When you’re royalty, you get to do things like commandeer the Foal Free Press and force them to write an article that is nothing more than a clue in your scavenger hunt. 😛

Interestingly enough, this episode marked a shift in the animation style of the artists toward foals. Applejack was previously shown as a foal in “Apple Family Reunion” with only pupils for eyes, similar to Carrot and Pound Cake (in this episode, no less). In this one, she’s depicted with full eyes. Similarly, Flurry Heart (who would debut in the Season Six opener) is depicted with full eyes.

The Gazebo Town Hall is surprisingly large.

Pinkie Pie’s spiral eyes and face are similar to how Roger Rabbit looked in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” before blowing up from drinking.

Rating:

3.5 Stars out of 5

 

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