My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 9

Bridle Gossip

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Dec 10, 2010 on The Hub
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Episode Summary

When the ponies all develop some strange symptoms, they believe that it was the cause of Zecora, a zebra that lives outside of Ponyville, who is believed to be a witch.

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  • The funniest episode yet

    This has to be my all time favorite episode of Friendship is Magic. It has everything you want, hilarity, a good premise, and a nice moral. It all begins in Ponyville with Spike and Twilight going into town and noticing the place is empty. Applejack then pulls the pair into Sugarcube Corner, where her, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Applejack's little sister, Applebloom, are hiding in there. They tell Twilight and Spike of a mysterious pony named Zecora who comes into town and is said to be evil. While the group argues over whether she's really evil or not, Applebloom sneaks out to find out herself. She heads for the Everfree Forest where she meets Zecora. The rest of the ponies catch up and warn the pony to go away, but the pony tells them something. The next morning Twilight finds her horn is limp now and the others rush to her as well. Rainbow Dash can't fly straight anymore, Applejack is tiny, Rarity's mane is all messy and covers her entire body, Pinkie Pie's tongue is swollen, and Fluttershy's voice is very deep. They tell her that Zecora must have put a curse on them, but Twilight refuses to believe it. Applebloom decides to once more head over to the Zecora's home while the group argues over whether what happened was a curse or not by the pony. Applejack sneaks her way out as well with Applebloom. The rest of the ponies realize Applejack and Applebloom are gone and believe they've gone to the Everfree Forest, so they rush over there while Spike stays to come up with names for the curses on the ponies. Just as Applebloom is about to enter the forest, Applejack pops up out of her sister's mane and tells her to turn around. Applebloom refuses to and decides to leave her older sister on a tree branch. The other girls make their way into the forest and Rainbow Dash finds Applejack. Applejack tells her friend to go to Zecora's. Meanwhile the other ponies find Zecora and see that she is indeed evil when she mentions pony stew. The girls refuse to wait any longer when Applebloom is mentioned and charge in. They confront Zecora and accuse her of what has happened to them. Zecora though angrily tells them that they are mistaken and just as a fight is about to occur, Applebloom comes out. She and Zecora tell the others that they were never cursed, but stepped into a plant called, Poison Joke, a flower that makes anypony looke ridiculous and they were working on a cure to help their situation. Twilight finds out that a book she refused to look at and realizes that she and the others made a terrible mistake and apologize for their behavior. Zecora and the other ponies head back into town and head for the spa place to cure them of their diseases. Twilight and the others learn that they should never judge a book by the cover and to give them a chance. The episode ends with the ponies lauhging as applejack makes a joke. This was most likely the best episode ever of season 1. It had plenty of funny moments like Rainbow's constant crashing, Pinkie's song about Zecora, and Fluttershy singing Pinkie's song. It also had a good moral to it and was very nice. Overall probably the best episode of season 1 ever and is very funny.

    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
  • Really good

    This is a awesome episode, one of my best. thanks to the bits where the ponys all have some problems. i love fluttershys voice when it changes. 8.5/10
  • All the ponies believed that it was Zecora (a zebra lives outside of Ponyville)who cursed the ponies when the six of them developed strange symptoms

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". It was actually very funny and the plot was well executed. Couldn't be any better and that's how good the episode was. The episode starts with Twilight and Spike walking in Ponyville and they're wondering why every pony isn't outside. Applejack, Applebloom, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity were hiding in the house and they were telling Twilight that it's Zecora the zebra that everyone is Ponyville is scared of. The next day, all of the ponies except for Applebloom develop these strange symptoms and they believe that it came from Zecora the zebra. All of the strange symptoms were hilarious especially Fluttershy's strange symptom when he got a manly voice. Fluttershy (in a manly voice) singing Pinkie Pie's song was absolutely hilarious. There is also Rainbow Dash who can't fly right. Rarity is a bushy kind (don't really know how to describe it since I'm a bad explainer). Applejack shrunk, Pinkie Pie has a swollen tongue, and Twilight's horn is wonky. It turned out that the ponies got strange symptoms was because they ran past those poisonous blue flowers when they were saving Applebloom from Zecora the zebra. Also, Zecora the zebra turned out to be very nice after all. Overall, this was an excellent episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". 10/10moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Zecora's name is the word that the Oromo people of east Africa use to call a zebra, but not anymore.

    • When Zecora makes her first apperence, she is seen digging at the ground. In real life, this is how zebras look for water.

    • The producers wanted Zecora to speak actual Swahili but they didn't have time to hire a Swahili translator so they told Zecora's voice actress to improvise the language.

    • The symptoms the ponies get are:

      -Twilight's horn gets all wonky
      -Applejack shrinks
      -Rainbow Dash loses control of her flying
      -Rarity's mane becomes all shaggy
      -Pinkie Pie's tongue gets all swollen
      -Fluttershy gets a manly voice.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Twilight: Dear Princess Celestia: My friends and I all learned an important lesson this week: never judge a book by its cover. Someone may look unusual, or funny, or scary, but you have to look past that and learn who they are inside. Real friends don't care what your cover is; It's the "contents" of a pony that count, and a good friend, like a good book, is something that will last forever. Your faithful student, Twilight Sparkle.

    • Fluttershy: (as the "cursed" ponies go to find Applejack and Apple Bloom) Uh, Spike? Are you coming?
      Spike: (looking into an open book) Nope. Uh... gotta stay here and look for a cure. (As soon as all the ponies have left, he comes up with something.) Twilight Flopple!

    • Twilight Sparkle: (notes the "Supernatural" book she dismissed earlier that contains the answer to their problems) Actually I do have this book, but I didn't look inside because the title was so. . . weird. (reads) "Super Naturals: Natural Remedies and Cure-Alls that Are Simply Super"

    • Rarity: Oh. OH! Pinkie, what are you doing? Really, ever hear of personal space? Pinkie Pie: Nope.

    • Pinkie Pie: (About Zecora) She's so evil, I even wrote a song about her.
      Rainbow Dash: Here we go.
      Pinkie Pie: (Sings) She's an evil enchantress. She does evil dances. And if you look deep in her eyes, she'll put you trances. Then what will she do? She'll mix up an evil brew. Then she'll gobble you up in a big tasty stew. So, watch out!
      Twilight: Wow, catchy.
      Pinkie Pie: It's a work in progress.

    • Spike: This is hilarious! Look at all of you. We got "Hair"-ity, Rainbow "Crash", "Spittie" Pie, Apple-"teeny", "Flutterguy", and... (looks at Twilight) I got nothin'. (to the camera) "Twilight Sparkle"... I mean, seriously. I can't even work with that.

    • Twilight Sparkle: Fluttershy, are you okay? (Fluttershy looks away) Is there something wrong with you? (Fluttershy nods) Would ya care to tell us? (Fluttershy shakes her head) So, you're not going to tell us? (Fluttershy nods) Yes, you're not, or yes you will?
      Applejack: Good gravy, girl! What's wrong with you?
      Fluttershy: (deep, male voice) ...I don't wanna talk about it.

    • Applejack: The Everfree Forest just ain't natural. The plants grow...
      Fluttershy: Animals care for themselves...
      Rainbow Dash: And the clouds move...
      Applejack/Fluttershy/Rainbow Dash: All on their own!
      Rarity: Ahhh!
      (Rarity faints)

    • Pinkie Pie: Well, I heard that Zecora eats hay.
      Twilight: Pinkie, I eat hay! You eat hay!
      Pinkie Pie: Yeah, but I heard it's the evil way she eats hay.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Zecora's original name was going to be Shaman.

    • The title of this episode, "Bridle Gossip", is a pun on the phrase, "idle gossip". The title may also be a reference to a "gossip's bridle", a medieval punishment device typically used to prevent women accused of nagging, cursing or creating a nuisance from talking.

    • Friendship Report: Twilight learned that there was more to a person than just their looks, and the rest realized that Zecora was not the scary character they had previously believed.

    • This episode revolves around all of the ponies.

    • The male voice Fluttershy is "cursed" with during this episode was provided by Blu Mankuma, perhaps most famous for being the voice of Tigertron from Transformers: Beast Wars.