507 – “XCVIII”
Written by: Bryan Andrews, Genndy Tartakovsky
“Jack and Ashi overcome a series of dangerous physical and spiritual tests in order to recover Jack’s sword.“
“Pinkie Pie does everything she can to make sure her sister, Maud, sees that Ponyville has more to offer than just rocks.“
“Ashi’s search for Samurai Jack helps her to see his effect on the world after encountering numerous people and places where he has changed things for the better.“
In this episode, Twilight is set to visit a group of foals from Cheerilee’s class in the hospital who have come down with horse hives. Her schedule is jam-packed, and enter Princess Cadance and Shining Armor with Flurry Heart. The ragged royal couple ask Twilight if she can watch her for a few hours while they visit a friend and his pop-up art gallery. The “Best Aunt Ever” agrees despite the probability that it will throw a monkey wrench into her schedule.
Wherever Twilight went on her schedule, Flurry Heart creates mischief. At the toy store, at the school, at Sugarcube Corner, and then things come to a head at the hospital when she loses her snail Whammy and she goes all over the hospital looking for it. Her mischief finally causes Twilight to snap at her to stop. Flurry Heart cries, Twilight apologizes for neglecting her, and they spend the rest of the day playing together.
All the while, Cadance and Shining Armor are being reminded more and more of their daughter and how much they miss her. They go back to Twilight’s castle and find Twilight and Flurry Heart having fun. Cadance and Shining Armor learn the lesson that they should give Twilight more advance time if they need a babysitter while Twilight learns the lesson about quality time over quantity of time.
This was a good episode, though there are some issues to be had here. More than one person will point out that Twilight should have delegated more of the tasks to Spike. Spike is on song here in this episode trying to get Twilight to stay on track. It was actually nice to show how sometimes Flurry Heart can run her parents ragged, but also remind them of how much they love her. There are also a few minor inconsistencies with Flurry Heart where she shows intelligence beyond her years at times and acts like a typical baby at other times (i.e. the split pea scene).
But like I said, this was a good episode with two good lessons, though one of the conflicts could have been easily solved by delegating more responsibility to Spike.
Post Episode Notes:
In what seems to be the final part of a trilogy, here’s this week’s installment of Rarity’s Peek Behind the Boutique: Customer Critiques. Video behind the break.
“Twilight Sparkle tries to prove she is the best aunt ever when she adds baby-sitting her niece, Flurry Heart, to her already busy schedule.“