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With their counsel high in demand, the Cutie Mark Crusaders open a day camp to help foals and foster teamwork as that’s how the CMC got their cutie marks. All the foals are enthusiastic about it (one of them getting a cutie mark for haikus on the first day) except for one—Rumble—who was last seen in “Hurricane Fluttershy”. He has grown up a bit since and his big brother Thunderlane is now in the Wonderbolts.

Rumble could not be more disinterested in the camp’s activities, nor a cutie mark in general. He’s afraid that once he gets a cutie mark, he’ll be boxed into doing just one thing for the rest of his life. Rumble convinces others to break from the camp for a while. The CMC are flummoxed by this. How can a foal not want a cutie mark?

So they go to Thunderlane to see what’s up? Thunderlane discloses that since he himself became a Wonderbolt, Rumble wanted to emulate him. He is good at the camp’s activities, but he is afraid the cutie mark will prevent him from becoming a Wonderbolt. That is what Apple Bloom concludes and they bring in Thunderlane as a guest of their camp.

Bored from being limited by what activities they could do (that could lead to a cutie mark), the foals return one-by-one to the CMC camp and learn that their cutie marks will not prevent them from doing just one thing for the rest of their lives.

This episode presents the CMC with a unique problem: What to do about a foal who DOESN’T want a cutie mark? After seeing nearly five seasons worth of the CMC obsessing over them, it’s actually interesting to see how they come across a pony who isn’t as enthusiastic about them.

You could be forgiven if you were expecting Starlight Glimmer to appear at some point. What didn’t work was the song which ran a bit long and Rumble being a bit jerky at times. I also feel there was a missed opportunity to have either Starlight or one of the Mane Six come in to talk to Rumble, but asking Thunderlane is a viable substitute.

The episode is not overly spectacular, but it is still a good episode nonetheless that presented the CMC with a challenge they have not come across.

GRADE: B+

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722 – “Marks and Recreation”

Written by: May Chan
Wanting to help as many blank flanks as possible, the CMCs start a Cutie Mark Day Camp, but are surprised when one of their campers doesn’t want a cutie mark.

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In this episode, Zecora is helping Fluttershy gather moss for oxen visiting the latter’s sanctuary. However, a flower spews its poison and Zecora comes down with Swamp Fever. Because this is MLP, Zecora will turn into a tree if she cannot be cured.

Fluttershy takes it upon herself to find the cure no matter the costs. Twilight helps her research and they come across a healer known as Mage Meadowbrook and she lived in a place called Hayseed Swamp. There, they meet one of her descendants called Cattail. They find the cure, honey from flash bees who are immune to the flower’s poison. However, just as they figure out the cure, Fluttershy has contracted swamp fever and is in full determinator mode to the point of exhaustion that takes her three days to recover. The stare doesn’t work, magic won’t work, and whatever Cattail tried didn’t work.

They try again and finally come across disguising Fluttershy with the mask that looks like the face of a queen bee. They get the honey and cure both Fluttershy and Zecora.

Now we’ve seen Applejack work to the point of exhaustion in determinator mode some 159 episodes ago. But here, Fluttershy takes it to another (distressing) level. She nearly kills herself trying to help Zecora. She prides herself on being a caregiver and caregivers sometimes go at all costs to treat their patient—to a fault.

If you have read some of the comics, then you can see where this ties into the Legends of Magic and one of the issues of the main series. There’s also a strong hint that all of this will build up for the season finale in five weeks.

Back to the episode, this was a very good one that has a lot going for it such as building up the Legends of Magic, to Fluttershy and Twilight, to the fact that the show can worldbuild so well in its seventh season. However, fans might get a bit disturbed by Fluttershy’s determinator status in this episode. Outside of that, this is another solid Season Seven entry.

GRADE: A-

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718 – “A Health of Information”

Written by: Sammie Crowley, Whitney Wetta
While helping Fluttershy gather supplies, Zecora comes down with a terrible disease called Swamp Fever; even though a cure has not been discovered, Fluttershy mkes it her mission to heal Zecora no matter what it takes.

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