P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View)
SPOILER ALERT! Those of you who have not seen the show, be warned. This review is going to contain spoilers about the episode. If you have not seen it yet, watch it right now and read my review in 20 minutes, or prepare to have some of the critical plot mentioned before you view it. I am assuming many of you are bronies, or fans of the show, and you are reading this review for an interesting insight on an episode you have seen countless times already (as have I), in which case, continue reading, and enjoy!
So. Twilight Sparkle is really excited for Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Applejack to return from their boat trip, so she can hear all about how much fun they had “getting out of their element.” She tells Spike to take notes, as they will probably be eagerly talking over one another. None of them are talking over the others, or even talking at all. Apparently the trip didn’t go so great. Twilight invites them to tea to talk it out, but each pony sends their pet with a note saying they can’t come. (Spike is especially sad that Rarity isn’t going to be there).
Twilight and Spike decide to visit them, since they won’t visit her. They start with Rarity, who dramatically tells what happened on the boat trip. Rarity brought cucumber sandwiches to get the others out of their elements and into elegance, but Applejack knocked the platter of food right into the water. Pinkie tried to lighten the mood with some games, but the mood could not be lightened when Applejack decides to sail right into a storm. The boat sank from the ordeal. When Spike asks how she got back, Rarity is too emotionally drained to continue explaining, and eats some ice cream. (I gotta love her coping mechanisms.) Twilight thinks the story sounds a bit unusual, and that Applejack wouldn’t do that, and so she heads off to get some answers from Pinkie Pie.
Pinkie says it wasn’t Applejack, but Rarity, who sunk the boat. Pinkie Pie had just wanted to plan some fun to help her friends get out of their elements. She brought lots of party food for them, but Rarity turned down the party food in place of her cucumber sandwiches. Just moments later, she tossed her sandwiches into the water, claiming they’re “so ten seconds ago.” That is a hilarious interpretation of Rarity, I must say, but it doesn’t sound like her, which Twilight mentions. Things get worse as Pinkie continues the story. Apparently, Rarity told Pinkie and Applejack not to worry about the boat sailing to the storm, since luxury cruises don’t sink. Well, apparently they do. Just as Pinkie is about to explain how they got back safely, her muffins begin burning, and she hurries to save them.
To clear things up (and find out how they made it back), Spike and Twilight go and talk to Applejack. Applejack tells them that it was Pinkie Pie and Rarity who are responsible. She just wanted to give them an adventure on the high seas and help them escape their elements. The other two were too interested in snacks to take part in the adventure she had planned. Applejack trips over a ball Pinkie brought, sending Rarity’s snacks into the sea. She tried to apologize but the other two would not have it. When the storm comes, Applejack says she tried to steer the ship away, but with Rarity tugging the map for a tablecloth, and Pinkie just thinking it was fun to play tug-of-war. By the time Applejack gets to the steering wheel, it is too late, as the boat is already headed into a massive wave.
The three ponies all have different versions of the story, and none of them are able to get along to talk it out. Twilight points out all of the stories had a few things in common. I try to solve it with her, and assume some sort of sea monster was attracted to the cucumber sandwiches. Twilight solves the issue, but it is not yet revealed. Instead, we have her call the three to the dock about a friendship emergency. At first, they’re angry about the situation and bicker among themselves. It is at this point that we learn they weren’t actually in the middle of the ocean when it capsizes.
Anyway, Twilight goes to prove what really happened. They sail out a bit and Twilight tosses a cucumber sandwich into the water. With her magic, she lifts the boat up. The swell that her friends all described in their stories appears under the boat. Twilight finally explains what happened: They attracted a tri-horned bunyip with the sandwiches, and bunyips create a swell when swimming into shallow water. The storm had nothing to do with the boat accident. It was all because of the bunyip.
As for how the ponies behaved, it was all because they wanted their friends to have a good time outside of their element. They worked so much on this that they did not see how the others were trying to do the exact same thing. Finally, they are able to get along, thanks to Twilight’s facilitating their communication. They are able to all enjoy a boat party after all, and even the bunyip joins in. Happy friendship yay.
Moral of the story: communication is key. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about topics even if you don’t want to. This is a good lesson, and I think it was executed pretty well.
I really loved the humor in this episode. Each of the different takes on the event included hilarious depictions of the other ponies. Although there was a lot of repetition, which made the episode lack some content, the variations between each retelling made it enjoyable. Another fun part was guessing along with Twilight in trying to figure out the truth. Turns out, I wasn’t far off! I liked this episode more after writing the review. It helped me appreciate all of the humor, because when watching it, I originally thought it was boring. Now, though, I think it was funny and had a good lesson, and so therefore, a quality episode.