My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 1 Episode 5

Griffon the Brush Off

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 12, 2010 on The Hub
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Episode Summary


Rainbow Dash's old friend, Gilda the Griffon, comes by for a visit. But then Pinkie Pie sees Gilda acting mean towards the other ponies and she tries to think of a way to prove this to Rainbow Dash.

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  • Another marvelous episode

    I'm gonna say this isn't my favorite Friendship is Magic episode, but this one was very good overall. The episode begins with Rainbow Dash trying to get away from Pinkie Pie so she can be alone, but ends up hurting herself. After a few attempts, Rainbow is told by Pinkie to help her do something. Rainbow moves a cloud near the post office and makes a thunderstorm just as Spike leaves and scares him. Rainbow is impressed that Pinkie loves to pull pranks and the pair spend the day together pulling pranks on Rarity, Twilight Sparkle, and Applejack. They don't pull a prank on Fluttershy since she is very sensitive. The next day Pinkie is wearing a silly hat and goes to Rainbow's house only to meet a griffon named Gilda. Gilda turns out to be Rainbow's old friend and the pair spend some time together. Pinkie tries to join in, but Gilda constantly sends her away. Pinkie is convinced Gilda is bad and goes to Twilight and Spike for help. They tell her that she's being jealous and at first Pinkie refuses to accept it, but comes to terms that she may be just jealous. Her theory is proven wrong though as Gilda hangs out in Ponyville and causes trouble such as scaring Granny Smith, stealing an apple, and even making Fluttershy cry. Pinkie decides enough is enough and decides to teach her a lesson by throwing a Pinkie Pie party to welcome her. Gilda is happily welcomed by the other ponies and feels smug, but things go south for her really quick. All throughout the party Gilda runs into prank after prank that humiliates her and believes it's Pinkie's doing. Gilda eventually snaps and when she tells the ponies off and wants Rainbow to come with her, Rainbow makes a confession; she was the one setting up the pranks at the party. She tells Gilda that not all the pranks were meant for her and Pinkie only wanted to help Gilda be a friend. Rainbow tells Gilda off and Gilda decides to leave Ponyville. Rainbow apologizes for what happened and Twilight apologizes for not believing Pinkie at all. The party then continues and Twilight learns that true friends stick with you and the episode ends with Princess Celestia accidentally using invisible ink to write a letter. This was a very good episode and had plenty of great moments. I loved the pranks Pinkie and Rainbow pulled on the other ponies and on Gilda and made me laugh. My only issue had to be how Gilda made poor Fluttershy cry and hurt. I could have done without that. Overall, an excellent episode and funny to boot.

    FINAL SCORE: 9.5/10moreless
  • This episode would have been excellent if it weren't for one major flaw

    I thought that this was a great episode of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". It actually have been an excellent episode if it weren't for one major flaw. The one major flaw that I had with this episode that made my score low which was Gilda the Griffin. I just hated Gilda the Griffin so much. She was such a jerk to the ponies and I felt very bad for them and I really wanted to punch her so bad. I also hated how she was being a bully to Fluttershy and made her cry. Awww... I felt so bad for Fluttershy when she was crying... she is a cute and sensitive pony. Anyways, despite that jerk Gilda the Griffin. There were many funny parts in this episode. I loved how Rainbow Dash was trying to avoid from Pinkie Pie in the beginning of the episode. Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie pulling pranks on the ponies was very funny and enjoyable to watch. Also, Pinkie Pie setting up that party so Gilda can have a happy attitude was funny. Rainbow Dash setting all those pranks at the party was funny as well and I also liked how Rainbow Dash was standing up to Gilda. Overall, this episode would have actually been excellent if it weren't for Gilda the Griffin for being a huge jerk. 8/10moreless
Maryke Hendrikse

Maryke Hendrikse


Guest Star

Nicole Oliver

Nicole Oliver

Princess Celestia

Recurring Role

Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Granny Smith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Derpy cameo: She is the pony that Pinkie Pie asks if she had seen Rainbow Dash.

    • At the very beginning of this episode, Pinkie Pie's ramblings seem to be a description of the scene where Rainbow Dash saves Rarity in the episode "Sonic Rainboom".

    • When Pinkie Pie pranked Rainbow Dash by putting black ink on the eyepiece of the telescope Rainbow Dash was looking though shortly after Pinkie refused to prank Fluttershy, the black ring is originally around Rainbow Dash's left eye. However, when Rainbow Dash looks at her reflection in the pond, the black ring is around her right eye.

    • Spike can be heard humming the original My Little Pony theme song when he is gathering all of the scrolls.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Pinkie Pie: Maybe Twilight is right. Maybe Gilda isn't a big, mean, grumpy mean meanie-pants. Maybe I'm just a big, jealous, judgemental, jealous jealousy pants.

    • Twilight Sparkle: Hey, Pinkie. Sorry I accused you of misjudging Gilda. Looks like I'm the one who misjudged you.
      Pinkie Pie: It's okay, Twilight. Even you can't be a super-smart, smarty-smart pants all the time!

    • Gilda: Hey, I'm watching you. Like a hawk.
      Pinkie Pie: Why? Can't you watch me like a griffin?

    • Pinkie Pie: (after Gilda makes Fluttershy cry) She's a grump, and a thief, and a bully! The meanest kind of mean-meanie pants there is! I can take it, but no one treats Fluttershy like that! No one! This calls for extreme measures: Pinkie Pie style!

    • Fluttershy Um, Pinkie Pie. About this party for Gilda. Um, do you really think it's a good idea? I mean-
      Pinkie Pie: Don't worry your pretty little head about mean old Gilda. Your auntie Pinkie Pie's got it all taken care of.
      Fluttershy: I'm a year older than you.

    • Twilight: You know what I think Pinkie Pie?
      Pinkie Pie: Huh?
      Twilight: Well, I think you're jealous.
      Pinkie Pie: Jealous?
      Spike: Green with envy. Well, in your case, pink with envy.

    • Twilight: So, Pinkie Pie, are you sure that this friend of Rainbow Dash is really so mean?
      Pinkie Pie: Um, yeah! She keeps stealing Rainbow Dash away, she popped my balloons and she told me to buzz off. I've never met a griffon this mean. Well actually, I've never met a griffon at all. But I bet if I had, she wouldn't've been as mean and grumpy as Gilda!

  • NOTES (3)


    • Pepe Le Pew: The chase scene between Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash parodies this famous cartoon.

    • The scene where Granny Smith thinks that Gilda's tail is a snake is a reference to the mythology of griffons where it is believed that they had snakes for tails.