My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 19

A Dog and Pony Show

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Mar 11, 2011 on The Hub
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Episode Summary

Rarity is kidnapped by a group of creatures called the Diamond Dogs, who force her to dig up gems for them, and it's up to the other ponies to try and save her.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Rarity's redemption

    If you recall episode 16, Sonic Rainboom, we saw Rarity at her worst, but for those like me who love Rarity then this is the episode for you. It starts with Rarity and Spike in a gem field gathering gems for Rarity's dresses. In hiding there are three dogs called the Diamond Dogs who plan to steal Rarity for their own use. As they move to capture her, Spike tries to save her, but the dogs take Rarity to their underground prison. Spike yells in frustration and goes back to Ponyville to get Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Applejack. They race back to the kidnapping site to rescue Rarity, but the trail is cold. There are multiple holes leading underground and the ponies try to enter one of them, but the dogs beat them up. Spike then pulls out a gem and a fishing pole and uses it as bait to get him into the Diamond Dogs' base. Spike and the ponies are pulled underground when the bait works and they see more mazes and paths. The ponies and Spike fear that Rarity is scared and it causes Spike to rush forward to find Rarity. In the prison, Rarity is not scared, but instead bosses the dogs around for how dark smelly and damp the place is. She complains at first, but then moves to whining and the dogs can't take it anymore. Spike and the others find Rarity and the dogs give her up without a fight. Twilight learns that with the right skills that any pony can get out of a terrible situation. The episode ends with Spike happily eating away gems and the group laughing. This was the episode that redeemed Rarity for her actions in Sonic Rainboom. I loved Spike's fantasy with rescuing Rarity as well as how Rarity was acting around the Diamond Dogs, especially the whining scene. This was a perfect episode overall and I loved it a lot. If you are looking for a great Rarity episode, then here it is!

    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
  • I Have a Whole New Respect for Rarity Now.

    After seeing Rarity at her worst in "Sonic Rainboom", this episode has made me renew my respect for her.You have to give her her props for the way she outsmarted those daimond dogs. I'll admit that it wasn't a very difficult task to do, but she still proves herself very brave and clever. I also admire Spike's courage in his quest to save her. This episode is a must for Sparity (Spike and Rarity) fans. I give it a perfect ten.moreless
  • Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, Twilight, and Spike go try and save Rarity when she gets kidnapped by a group of creatures called Diamond Dogs who force Rarity to dig up gems for themmoreless

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". It had a well done plot and it had some funny parts along the way. Rarity and Spike go out and find a bunch of gems until a group of creatures kidnapped Rarity to force her to find and dig up gems just for them. Spike then rush to get the other ponies Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Twilight to come help him rescue Rarity. Spike and the other ponies going to save Rarity was pretty cool. I thought Rarity digging was very funny and the Diamond Dogs getting impatient with her because the way she digs was very funny. Spike having fantasies of having rescuing Rarity was very funny as well. Spike using Twilight as his horse to hit the door or something like that was also funny. It was also hilarious the Diamond Dogs decided to let Rarity and the other ponies having gems when the Diamond Dogs could handle Rarity crying. The ending was funny as well. Overall, this was an excellent episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" and it's definitely one of the best of the season. 10/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Twilight both neighs and rears up on her hind legs like an equine for the first time in the series.

    • Sapphire Shores is a blank flank.  She was originally designed to be viewed from the front, and no one noticed that she didn't have a cutie mark when they showed her from behind.

    • When one of the Diamond Dogs points a spear at Rarity, she drops the stick she was using to mark the gems locations onto the ground and when the camera zooms out, it is nowhere to be found.

    • When Applejack jumps onto one of the dirt piles to start digging, her neck is disjointed and she has an extra leg.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Pinkie Pie: (Upon seeing the field littered with holes) Holey moley, that's a lot of holyes!

    • Spike: (While on Twilight's back) I'm coming for you, my lady. Heigh-Ho Twilight! Away!
      Twilight: (Turns to look at Spike) (Accusing tone of voice) And just what do you think you're doing?
      Spike: Please, Twilight. Just give me this.
      Twilight: Fine. (Rears up on her hind legs while neighing, then charges forward)


    • Rover: (After smacking Rarity in the rear) Hya, mule!
      Rarity: Did you just called me a mule?!
      Rover: Uh...
      Rarity: Mules are ugly. Are you saying I too am ugly? (Bursts into tears)
      Spot: What are these noises?
      Rarity: He called me ugly!
      Rover: No! Mule! I said mule!
      Rarity: An, old, ugly mule! And it's true! Just look at me! I use to be beautiful, but..but..(Cries some more) Now....
      Fido: No, no. You're still beautiful, pon...uh, Miss. Rarity.
      Rarity: You're just saying that!
      Spot: No. You're still pretty, and...
      Rover: Oh, and nice. Yes.
      Rarity : I don't believe you. You never liked me! (Continues to cry)
      Rover: I've had just about enough of this.

    • Twilight Sparkle: Spike, can you breathe now?
      Spike: Yes... (pants) I think so.
      Twilight Sparkle: Good. Now tell us what you know.
      Rainbow Dash: Yeah. 'Cause all you said earlier was...
      Spike: (in flashback) Aaaah! Rarity... woods... jewels... dogs... hole... taken... SAVE HER!
      Applejack: Not a whole lot to go on there, sport.

    • Rarity: Good heavens, what is that smell?

      Rover: Smeeeeeell? (green vapor wafts out of his mouth)

      Rarity: Ah, mystery solved. It's your breath.

    • Rover: Enough! Your whining, i-it hurts!

      Rarity: Whining? I am not whining. I am complaining. Do you want to hear whining? (changes to a shrill tone of voice) This is whining! Oh, this harness is too tight! It's going to chafe. Can't you loosen it? Oh, it hurts and it's so rusty. Why didn't you clean it first? It's gonna leave a stain! And the wagon's getting heavy. Why do I have to pull it?

      Fido: Aaaah! Make it stop!

      Rover: Stop whining!

      Rarity: But I thought you wanted whining!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Jayson Thiessen confirmed the names of the three main Diamond Dogs: The leader is named Rover, the large one is called Fido, and the small one is Spot.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the phrase "a dog and pony show", originally used to describe small circuses entertaining in rural America in the 1800's. However, the term now refers to an elaborate display or exhibition of something that has a lot of style, but little content.

    • Friendship Report: Twilight learned that a seemingly defenseless pony like Rarity can rely on her wits to survive.

    • This episode revolves around Rarity.


    • The Lone Ranger: Before entering the area where Rarity is being held captive, Spike shouts "Heigh-ho, Twilight! Away!" a direct parody off of this classic 1950s western TV show in which The Lone Ranger shouts "Heigh-ho, Silver! Away!"

    • The Diamond Dogs take their name from the David Bowie song/album of the same name. Fluttershy calls them "scary creatures", possibly referencing another Bowie album, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).