My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 10

Keep Calm and Flutter On

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Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Jan 19, 2013 on The Hub
9.0
out of 10
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48 votes
9

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Princess Celestia gives Twilight and her friends the task of helping someone change their ways. Unfortunately, that "someone" is Discord. All of the ponies think that Discord can never change, except for Fluttershy, who believes that there is some good in him.

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  • Absolute worst of Season 3!

    1.0
    This episode is appalling! Easily the worst episode of the show! Airing a bad episode is one thing, but having episodes like these, eerrgh! They're just very painful to watch! This episode is an ABSOLUTE disgrace. No stars for this episode. So far, the worst episode of the show.
  • He's back!

    10
    When I first heard of this episode, I got really excited. Discord is one of my all time favorite villains on the show and I couldn't wait to see him again. And this episode did not disappoint. Discord was at his best as always. I could tell that John De Lancie was having a lot of fun voicing this guy. I also like how they kind of ending this episode with a bit of a cliffhanger, when Discord says that he will use his magic for good "most of the time," which is kind of a hint that he might become evil again. And the best part is that this episode didn't end with Discord being turned back into stone, which means that we might be seeing more of him in the near future and I can't wait.moreless
  • U MAD PONY?

    10
    Seems... LEGIT
  • Discord returns with a bang!

    10
    After waiting for a couple of weeks, season 3 of MLP:FiM continues with the epic return of Discord. This time it centers around Princess Celestia trying to get the Mane 6 to reform him, but only Fluttershy is willing to do it. So how does the return of Discord hold up? Is it a disaster, or a brilliant episode? The episode starts out with Twilight and her friends waiting for Princess Celestia to show up, but Spike suddenly notices a familiar statue being brought along with the princess. As it turns out, the statue is Discord and Twilight Sparkle can't help but feel appalled that she's bringing his statue here. Princess Celestia tells her student and her friends about how she wants Discord reformed so his magic can be used for good. She gives the group the Elements of Harmony in case they need to turn Discord back to stone and she goes back to Canterlot. The group uses the elements to free Discord and as soon as he's free, he starts to turn things upside down. Fluttershy steps in and decides to reform Discord by befriending him and gaining his trust. As Discord stays in Fluttershy's house, he causes a lot of chaos in it and even steals all of the reforming spells from Twilight's library. Twilight tries to warn Fluttershy, but she ignores it and tells her to invite the others for a dinner party in her house. At the dinner party, Discord makes a bunch of stuff like candles and a gravy boat come to life, causing the entire group to go over the edge. Fluttershy though stands by Discord and even calls him her friend. The party is ruined though when Angel Bunny comes in and informs the others that Sweet Apple Acres is flooding and the group quickly deduces that it's Discord's fault and leave to save the farm. At the farm, Fluttershy finds out that Discord is responsible for some beavers going rouge and building a dam along a river running through the orchards. Discord soon shows up and shrugs off the incident as a fun time. Fluttershy tries to make him turn everything back to normal and Discord agrees to do it, but on one condition. He makes Fluttershy promise not to use her Element of Harmony against him. She agrees and Discord takes advantage of the situation by turning the whole flood into a frozen ice rink. Fluttershy scolds him about what he did and orders him to fix it, but he uses the friendship he made with her to prevent Fluttershy from using her element. Fluttershy then snaps and decides to no longer be his friend at all. As she leaves him, Discord continues to poke fun at Fluttershy, thinking this is all a joke. But when he realizes that she means it, it makes Discord feel guilty for what he did since he was losing something he never had before, a friend. He decides to turn everything back to normal and understand how important friends are. Princess Celestia soon comes back and learns the good news in regards to Discord's reforming. Our episode ends with Discord sharing a brief moment with Fluttershy and saying the subtitle of the show, "Friendship is Magic". I thought this was a really great episode. While it's the traditional bad guy eventually turns good storyline, it's still handled well. Discord was being just as awesome as we saw him in season 2 of the show. Making a lot of good jokes and acting so random. Fluttershy was really awesome in this episode with being able to control Discord and making him turn over a new leaf. I dare say this is probably the best Fluttershy based episode I've seen in a long time. I especially liked it when Discord was giving Angel a run for his bits. I say it's about time that stupid rabbit had karma come pay him a nice visit, especially after his rotten attitude back in Putting Your Hoof Down. I also liked how he pretty much said the show's subtitle, "Friendship is Magic". It's a nice wink to the viewers. There were also a few tender moments between Fluttershy and Discord, especially when he was realizing his friendship with the pegasus. It was sweet and kind of cute. About my only complaint has to be that Princess Celestia never really explained how she would use Discord's magic. Is he using it to heal others? To teach other unicorns? I guess it's up to our interpretation. Overall, some great laughs, a good storyline, some tender moments, and Discord returning really makes this one of my favorite episodes of season 3.



    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
  • Finally the moment has arrived

    10
    Oh, Gak!



    Anyway Discord comes back after years. The six ponies frees him, and to a surprise Fluttershy tames him. Not PP as thought. And there are more Flutershy and AJ together at last, as they are more together fanon than canon. Discord is 1000 years old, but still a youthful prankster. And also look out for the spoilers in the ads. 10/10

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Rainbow Dash: Why do you keep cutting him some slack?
      Fluttershy: Because that's what friends do.
      Discord: We're friends?
      Fluttershy: Why, of course. I can't remember my house ever being this lively before you came along.
      Discord: Oh. Well, I've never really had a friend before.
      Fluttershy: Well, now you do.

    • Discord : (After changing everything back to normal) I like it better my way, but I guess when you're friends, you can't always have things exactly your way all the time.

    • Applejack: (While hearing a beaver chattering) What's he goin' on about?
      Fluttershy: Good news. Mr. Bevearton Beaverteeth has agreed to take his dam apart and move it.
      Applejack: Well, it's about time. My apple trees are so waterlogged I can practically hear 'em gargle.
      Fluttershy: (The beaver chatters something to her) But he says first you'll have to apologize for calling him a nuisance.
      Applejack: Apologize? He's lucky I didn't call him a varmint!
      (The beaver chatters angrily at her)
      Fluttershy: (Gasps) Mr. Beaverton Beaverteeth! Such language!

    • Discord: Yes, Princess, I'm ready to use my magic for good instead of evil. (Under his breath) Most of the time.

    • Fluttershy: You'd best watch your step, buster, or I'll give you the Stare!
      Discord: (Sarcastic) The Stare? Oh no, please, not that! Anything but your disapproving eyeballs! (Fluttershy gives him the Stare) Oh no! No no no, stop! No, no! (Acts like he's being strangled) I can't! Stop! I can't take it anymore! I'll do whatever you say! Because....(Bursts out laughing) You are hilarious!

    • Twilight: There's something fishy going on. (A tureen shaped like a fish sprays soup at her)
      Fluttershy: Discord!
      Discord: Well it's hardly my fault if the soup tureen finds the term "something fishy" to be offensive.

    • Discord: Look, everypony. Dancing candles.
      Rainbow Dash: I'm not falling for that. Discord's just trying to distract us from..(The candles attack her) Hey! Knock it off! I suppose that's another "mistake?"
      Discord: No, I think you just made them mad.

    • Discord: You think you can boss Discord around? You think I'm just going to turn all this back because you say so? Because if I don't I'll lose the one friend I've ever had? (Realizes what he just said and gets teary eyes) Well played, Fluttershy. Well played.

    • Twilight: With all due respect, Princess Celestia, (Shouts) HOW COULD YOU BRING DISCORD HERE?! (Clears throat) Your majesty.

    • Princess Celestia: I'm fully aware that the last time Discord was here, he created serious havoc.
      Rainbow Dash : If by "serious havoc," you mean turing Ponyville into the chaos capital of the world.
      Rarity: And tricking us all into being the opposites of our true selves.
      Pinkie Pie: And making yummy, delicious chocolate milk rain all over the place without a single dollop of whip cream to go with it anywhere in sight. Not a single dollop!

    • Discord: You like carrots, Angel? I'm playing your owner for a fool! How d'ya like them carrots?

    • Princess Celestia: Congratulations on your success, ponies. I definitely sense a big change in Discord. (To Twilight) I'll leave the Elements of Harmony with you, Twilight. Just in case.

    • Fluttershy: Go on. Say it.
      Discord: Oh, alright... (reluctantly and quickly) Friendship is magic.

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The scene where Discord is eating the pages to Twilight's books is a reference to the Star Trek: Next Generation episode, "Deja Q," where Q (Played by Discord's VA, John De Lancie) asks Worf if he has "eaten any books lately. "

    • The episode title is a parody of the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On", a propaganda slogan put on posters by King George VI at the outbreak of the second world war. Most of the posters were lost in a bombing and were never released to the public.

    • The scene at the dinner table with all the dancing candles is a reference to the "Be Our Guest" song from the Disney film, Beauty and the Beast.

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