My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 12

Call of the Cutie

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Jan 07, 2011 on The Hub
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Episode Summary

Apple Bloom starts to feel a bit left out when she believes that she is the only pony in Ponyville without a cutie mark. So now she tries a bunch of different jobs in hopes of getting one.

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  • The birth of the Cutie Mark Crusaders

    After 11 episodes focusing on Twilight and the others, we are now given our first episode revolving around other characters. It begins with a school where the teacher, Miss Cheerilee, tells of how she got her cutie mark. Two fillies then named, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, tell of a party they have planned for them getting their cutie marks. Applebloom feels bad that she doesn't have hers yet and works hard to get her mark before the party this weekend. She tries various activities like karate, flying, and even baking, but to no avail. The party then comes and Applebloom tries to sneak out, but is caught by her sister Applejack and is forced back into the party. She tries to lie about her really having a cutie mark, but is exposed and made fun of for it. Just as things look grim for Applebloom, two other ponies with no cutie marks appear. They tell the other ponies off and say that she could be anything. The other ponies see this and realize how cool it is and go to talk with Applebloom. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon look in disgust as their party is ruined. The two fillies introduce themselves as Sweetie Belle, a unicorn, and Scootaloo, a pegasus. The three fillies decide to form an organization called, The Cutie Mark Crusaders. Our episode ends when Twilight sends Princess Celestia a letter informing that Applebloom learned that the thing that can make you feel left out can actually make you feel accepted as well. This was a hilarious episode and a touching one as well. It had a great moral and showed what it felt like to be left out. I also found Applebloom's various methods of getting her cutie mark hilarious as well and her pleading. My only issue was Diamond Tiara's and Silver Spoon's constant taunting, but they got theirs in the end. Overall a superb and funny episode of this show that you must see.

    FINAL SCORE: 9.5/10moreless
  • Fluid animation and great voice acting brings life into a lively cast!

    Apple Bloom, the younger sister to Applejack, fears she is the only pony without her "cutie marks" which in this world, is like a sense of maturity. So for a young adult man, a sign of maturity if peach fuzz on your chin, or creepy hairs on your chest . . . anyways, she feels left out because she has no signs of maturity on her body. All the other ponies have it, why not her?

    What this episode does, while blanketed in a smooth serving of fluid animation and great vocals, is that it teaches kids to embrace their childhood and younger years while you can. You got all the time in the world to grow up and get your maturity marks.... like age lines, and saying skin. Once your old, your old, but as long as you stay young, enjoy it. You're only young once, and this episode does a great job at representing that. Also friendship being magical is in there somewhere.

    So take the time to watch this girly sounding show, and watch in awe at the animation and how surprisingly good this show actually is.moreless
  • My first time watching "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" and it was actually great but I felt like some scenes were too girly for me in this episode

    Well, That_TV_Dude is trying to spread the word to everyone about this show and the other HUB shows. I'll give the other HUB shows a chance later on but I only wanted to focus on one show because That_TV_Dude recommend this show the most and I decided to watch this episode. This episode was actually great and it was pretty enjoyable. Although, my score is a little low because I felt like some scenes were too girly for me and I thought those two ponies Diamond and Silver were being jerks to Apple Bloom. I was actually embarrassed to watch this show because my brother and my parents would walk by back and forth and I didn't want them to know that I was watching this show because I'm 17 years old and I was embarrassed to watch a girly show. Hopefully, as I watch more episodes of this show, I will feel less embarrassed to watch this show because this episode really was enjoyable. The cupcake song was great but also short... it was still enjoyable. The scene with Apple Bloom doing her apple marketing skills and taking it a little too far was funny. Apple Bloom helping Pinkie with the cupcakes was good. Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle standing up to Apple Bloom and then becoming friends was also great to see. Overall, That_TV_Dude, if you are reading this review, I did enjoy this episode very much... I just I feel embarrassed watching this show soon but I will stay tuned to watch more episodes of this show so thanks for recommending it. 8.5/10moreless
Michelle Creber

Michelle Creber

Apple Bloom

Recurring Role

Claire Corlett

Claire Corlett

Sweetie Belle

Recurring Role

Madeline Ingram-Peters

Madeline Ingram-Peters


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Derpy cameo: She can be spotted a little greyed out and partially obscured at Diamond Tiara's party.

    • The dojo that Rainbow Dash and Apple Bloom are at has silhouettes on the walls of the illustrated versions of Celestia and Luna that were seen in the book Twilight was reading at the beginning of the pilot episode.

    • The pony sitting next to Twist in the class room turns into Sweetie Belle for a brief second.

    • Even though Rarity does not appear in this episode, Diamond Tiara passes by her boutique when she is carrying her new dress.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Apple Bloom: How could I've forgotten the time? How could I forgot Pinkie Pie was hosting the party?! How could I forgotten it was at Sugarcube Corner?!!
      Pinkie Pie: Don't forget your party hat, Forgetty Forgetterson!

    • Apple Bloom: You, sir! Care to buy some apples?
      Dr. Whooves: Uh, no thanks.
      Apple Bloom: Why not?
      Dr. Whooves: I have plenty at home.
      Apple Bloom: Are you sure?
      Dr. Whooves: Yes, I'm pretty sure...
      Apple Bloom: You're pretty sure, but you're not absolutely, positively completey super-duper sure, are you?
      Dr. Whooves: Uh... If I buy some apples, will you please leave me alone?
      Apple Bloom: All right!

  • NOTES (5)


    • The title of this episode, "Call of the Cutie", could possibly be a reference to the classic book, Call of the Wild by Jack London. The book chronicles the life of a domesticated dog name Buck that is captured and sold as a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush. Apple Bloom's personal and social struggles in this episode roughly mirror some of the troubles Buck experiences in the novel.

      The title could also be a play on the phrase, "call of duty", referring to the obligation Apple Blooms feels she has to finding her cutie mark.