[source] 809 - “Non-Compete Clause” Written by: Kim Beyer-Johnson "Applejack and Rainbow Dash take the friendship students on a teamwork learning field trip, and accidentally show the students the opposite… (More)
For My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it was an up week last week. “The Saddle Row Review” drew an estimated 252,000 viewers, last Saturday on Discovery Family. That is the third most-viewed episode outside the Season Six preview. The Season Six average is now 263,444 after nine episodes. This Saturday, it’s “Applejack’s Day Off” at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.
The episode begins with the Mane Six sans Rarity racing to prevent the latter from getting her hooves on the newspaper worried that the J. Jonah Jameson of Manehattan would write a rotten review of Rarity’s new store based on their interviews with him. Rarity does have a newspaper and gets set to read the review. It starts with Rarity and her friends getting her new Manehattan store up and ready for tonight’s Grand Opening.
There are of course a few problems. The landlord forces her daughter (Plaid Stripes) on as an employee. Of course, she has the competency of Madison from Littlest Pet Shop. There are raccoons in the back room. The clothes sent in for display are disorganized. Coco Pommel is out with a bad cold. Plus, Vinyl Scratch (or DJ PON-3 if you prefer) has a residence on the floor she has a dance club.
So, Pinkie is assigned to get Vinyl to tone things down. Fluttershy is assigned to kindly tell the raccoons to leave. Applejack is assigned to be honest with Plaid Stripes and her ideas. Rainbow is Director of Pony Resources. And Twilight gets to organize the dresses much to her delight. But depite doing what they thought Rarity wanted them to do, things still go awry. So they decide to try things the best way they know how while Rarity is locked in the display window put the finishing touches on the mannequins since there’s already enough on her mind.
Amazingly, every is organized, the raccoons have a purpose, there’s a new boutique dance club, and Rainbow hired all three ponies she interviews since they know more about fashion than she does. Even Plaid Stripes has a purpose with her proposed spoon outfit. Oh, and the review was actually an excellent one after the problems.
By far this is the funniest episode of the season so far. I really enjoyed The Office type of interviewing by the reporter and the sometimes frankness of the characters when interviewing. There was an excellent reference to “Too Many Pinkie Pies” as well. The synopsis suggests a Rarity episode, and it is in a way, but her friends were more the focus in this one and the episode handled each situation very well. But it’s also a Rarity episode and those never fail in the first place.
The only down spot in this episode is the landlord. Not only does he sound a bit stereotypical-Italian, but he’s also a typical try to get her daughter a job even though she lacks the required competence-type. Honestly though, that’s the only true flaw of the episode and it’s another tremendous episode as Rarity adds another location to her fashion empire.