Two for the price of one this weekend. Let’s get straight to it!
After many a tea party at Fluttershy’s place, Discord decides to invite Fluttershy to his house for tea. Since Discord has never hosted a tea party before, he needs to figure out what would be best for his guest. Upon receiving advice from Pinkie Pie to just make her feel comfortable, Discord forgoes the singing ginseng tea, flying teapots, and sneezing piñatas to a normal setting which is very abnormal for Discord.
So much so that Discord starts to fade away since “normal” behavior is unbecoming of Discord. Fluttershy comes to the rescue by causing her own chaos such as knocking over tea cups, speaking to many reflections of herself, and trying to undo the extreme makeover Discord’s other selves done. That gets Discord back to his chaotic self and he brings back the aforementioned singing tea bags, flying teapots, and sneezing piñatas.
Discord feared initially brining those things in would drive Fluttershy away because they are so different and many ponies don’t get their friendship. Fluttershy counters that he’s introduced her to so many things since they became friends and that she likes him because of their differences.
There are two things that carry this episode. The first is John de Lancie’s voice acting which is always stellar with Discord. The other is Fluttershy in the third act which is more of the self-confident Fluttershy we have seen this season. We also see a side of Discord we have not seen before in that he is not as assured of himself when it comes to hosting a tea party. It’s almost a role reversal from earlier interactions between the two characters.
Anyway, this was a good episode and one where Discord is in a different role than an agitator and couple with the more self-confident Fluttershy we have seen this season.
So, “The Perfect Pear”. Out of all the characters that you can focus on in the series, an episode that involves Applejack’s parents is perhaps the one that is most anticipated of them all. Not only that, you have William Shatner and Felicia Day in this episode. There was a feud between the Apples, led by Granny Smith, and the Pears, led by Grand Pear (voiced by William Shatner). The only Apple and Pear who got along was Bright Macintost and Pear Butter (aka “Buttercup”)(voiced by Felicia Day)—Applejack’s, Apple Bloom’s, and Big Mac’s parents!
Not only is there the shock that they are half pear, but they go on a tour of getting to truly know their parents through those that knew them such as Burnt Oak (who knew Bright Mac and his honesty), Mrs. Cake (whom Buttercup helped get her cutie mark through baking), and Mayor Mare (more on that later). I’m not sure anyone expected a “Romeo-and-Juliet” type story at all.
Everything about Bright Mac and Buttercup’s romance is very heartwarming. The song is one of the best in the series and will be in many a fan’s head for years to come. It’s also very bittersweet, not just for the obvious reasons, but how things came to a head when Grand Pear announces that the Pears are moving to Vanhoover. Rather than lose the love of his life, he plans a secret and not-so-splashy wedding with Buttercup, officiated by Mayor Mare, and witnessed by Mrs. Cake and Burnt Oak. The marriage goes through, but faced with an ultimatum from his father, Buttercup chooses staying with Bright Mac instead of moving while Granny Smith ultimately accepts her.
The Apple Siblings go about mending fences with their grandfather, who really came back to Ponyville to do the same, and with Granny Smith, who apologizes for not telling them about their parents sooner. The episode ends with the siblings and grandparents together at a winding tree with apples and pears.
I honestly though Season Five had the monopoly on emotional episodes such as “Tanks for the Memories,” “Amending Fences,” and “Crusaders of the Lost Mark”—the latter two being two of the best episodes the series has had. This episode will have fans have the feels for years to come.
Everyone involved puts in an outstanding performance from special guests Shatner and Day; to regulars Ashleigh Ball, Michelle Creber, Peter New, Tabitha St. Germain, and Cathy Weseluck; to newcomers Bill Newton (Bright Mac) and Bill Mondy (Burnt Oak).
Season Seven has had a gem in “A Royal Problem” that’s a bonafide top 20 all-time episode. This is a top five all-time episode. That’s all credit to the cast and crew of the show for delivery such gems—especially in the show’s advanced age. One of the most anticipated episodes perhaps in show history is truly one of the best in show history.