My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 4

One Bad Apple

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Nov 24, 2012 on The Hub
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Episode Summary


The Cutie Mark Crusaders fall victim to yet another bully, Apple Bloom's cousin from Manehattan, Babs Seed, after failing to induct her into their ranks. The three fillies hatch a plan for revenge, but after learning a possible reason for Babs' sour behaviour, they must undo their sinister plan before it is too late.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • teaches a good lesson

    this ep shows a great lesson when it comes to bullying. overall it was pretty good and alot of people can relate to it
  • Heavy Hooved

    The idea behind this episode went right along with the theme of the series, but the delivery was so swayed toward telling over showing that I felt as though I was being beaten over the head with the message. And this new season seems to be all about the singing. I caught myself wondering why I was watching a really lame music video in the middle of viewing this episode. I also really wanted to see Babs stick around for a couple episodes, but I suppose with how (un)often the Cutie Mark Crusaders show up, that wouldn't really be possible. An alright episode overall, but lets get back to the subtlety that makes this series shine, shall we?moreless
  • Worst Friendship Report I've Ever Heard

    We get another Cutie Mark Crusaders episode and I mostly enjoy these kind of episodes. I just always hate how Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon have to make an appearance almost every time which ruins my enjoyment for these kinds. However, this didn't feel like an episode for a brony like me. I felt like I was watching The Powerpuff Girls at times. I enjoyed this episode for the most part but there are problems I had. I hated how Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon treated the Cutie Mark Crusaders as always. I hated how Babs treated the Cutie Mark Crusaders and even if she was getting bullied, that was NO FREAKIN' reason for her to treat them like that. Also, this animated series has officially brought out the WORST Friendship Report that I ever heard. Usually, they are true to life and can be helpful but this one was just awful and couldn't stand it at all. YES, go tell someone you're being bullied but don't all of a sudden make friends with someone for being bullying you even though they have been bullied. Bullying someone else just because you're bullied is not the solution and the way they just handled that moral was terrible. I was watching this episode on my laptop because I was riding on a bus on my back home after visiting a family for Thanksgiving and got frustrated but didn't want to do it in front of everyone else. I did enjoy the musical number sung by the Cutie Mark Crusaders even though the lyrics as well as backgrounds got a bit repetitive, the Cutie Mark Crusaders setting up the booby trap for Babs to get payback, Pinkie Pie's cameo appearance was absolutely HILARIOUS and adorable too, and some more. Compared to the previous few episodes of Season 3 I've just seen, this episode DEFINITELY was not the best but it's pretty enjoyable for what it was I guess. The next CMC episode better be much better though and not feel like an episode of The Powerpuff Girls too. Really not that much humor too which disappoints me.moreless
  • One Bad Apple

    Best S3 epsiode.

    Babs Seed comes for a visit at Sweet Apple Acres.

    But Babs Seed is a bully from Manehattan who hangs around with Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara.

    A lot of details to look out for in this episode.
  • An episode that tackles a well-known subject thoughtfully


    What we enjoy about Friendship is Magic is how Faust and her team put effort in each episode. They deliver creativity, emotion, and humor all at once.

    With the epidemic of bullying nowadays, it makes sense that a TV show about friendship would tackle this kind of topic. However, it succeeds through subtlety rather than preaching to the choir.

    Applebloom and the other Crusaders welcome a visiting cousin named Babs Seed into Ponyville. They offer her to be a Crusader, as well, seeing that she doesn't have her cutie mark. However, Babs decides to associate with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. From then on, Babs is hellbent on making the Crusaders' life miserable.

    Fed up, the Crusaders refuse to alert any adult ponies and instead try to extract revenge on Babs Seed. They rig their parade float and let Babs ride in. However, Applejack informs them something about Babs' homelife: she was bullied for being a "blank flank", and the Crusaders realize that they've become bullies, as well.

    This episode carries all normal MLP: FiM traits: it's well-animated, well-written, and features a catchy song number. However, it deals with its subject matter thoughtfully. The writers don't outright vilify Babs for wanting to fit in. In fact, they leave a few hints about her secret, such as her always hiding her flank with her tail. It also raises the question of the victims becoming bullies, too, something that media doesn't want to talk about often. Instead of choosing sides, Faust explores the cause of bullying through introducing another colorful character.

    This is my favorite episode of Season 3, so far. I'm excited for the next CMC episode!moreless
Bryanna Drummond

Bryanna Drummond

Babs Seed

Guest Star

Madeline Ingram-Peters

Madeline Ingram-Peters


Recurring Role

Claire Corlett

Claire Corlett

Sweetie Belle

Recurring Role

Michelle Creber

Michelle Creber

Apple Bloom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sweetie Belle: (Reading from a scroll) We, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, elect Babs Seed to join us as a sister, friend, confidante, alley, boss-om buddy, gal pal, compader, chum of chums..
      Scootaloo: Ahem.
      Sweetie Belle: Well you wrote this.
      Scootaloo: Oh, uh, yeah.
      Sweetie Belle: (Continues reading) Homegirl, Amiga, (Speeds through it) Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. Oh yes, here. And fellow Cutie Mark Crusader. You are solemnly sworn, here this day, in witness of your fellow sisters, friends, confidantes, boss-om buddies, compadres..
      Scootaloo: Congratulations! Gotta remember to revise that.

    • Diamond Tiara : Nice float, Babs.
      Babs: Snagged it from those whiny baby blank flanks.
      Diamond Tiara: Too cool for mule, Babs.
      (The mule is seen looking at them with a pair sunglasses on)

    • Silver Spoon: So you're leaving, huh?
      Diamond Tiara: Great. Now we're stuck here with these lame blank flanks.
      Babs : Hey! That is not how you talk to my friends!
      Silver Spoon: F-friends?
      Babs: Yeah. You got a problem with that?
      Diamond Tiara: Well what if I do? What are you going to do about it?
      Babs: (Silent for a few seconds and then smiles) Tell your mothers about your bad attitudes.

    • Sweetie Belle : (As Babs is leaving) Sure gonna miss that bad seed.
      Applejack: Bad seed? I thought y'all were friends now.
      Sweetie Belle: No, see, first we called her 'bad seed' as in actually a bad seed, but now she's bad as in good. Get it?
      Applejack : Yea- no.

    • Apple Bloom: Ya see Babs, we were trying to get you back for being a big bully.
      Scootaloo : But then Applejack told us about how you were being bullied back in Manehatten.
      Sweetie Belle : And we figured out you were just doing it to avoid getting picked on in Ponyville. But by then, we were the ones being bullies. And...Oh, why does life have to be so ironic?

    • Scootaloo: I think Babs just went to the dark side.

    • Sweetie Belle: We have to tell Applejack.
      Apple Bloom: No! We are not snitches.
      Scootaloo: Yeah, and we are not babies.
      Sweetie Belle: Then why do I feel like crying?

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is part of the Friends and Family DVD which also includes the episodes, "Maud Pie," "Brotherhooves Social," "Hearthbreakers" and "The Gift of Maud Pie."

    • The original title for this episode was "Bully For You."

    • Friendship Report: The Cutie Mark Crusaders learned that if you are being bullied, you shouldn't try to get revenge because then you would become the bully. They also learned that the best way to stop bullying is to tell someone.

    • Even though all the members of the mane six appear in this episode, Applejack and Pinkie Pie are the only ones who have speaking roles.

    • This episode revolves around the Cutie Mark Crusaders.


    • The scene where the Crusaders' are doing superhero poses with capes on is similar to the opening of The Powerpuff Girls.

    • The Crusaders' second float is a big apple. This is an allusion to New York city where Manhattan (Babs Seed's home town, Manehattan, in the show) is located.

    • When the Crusaders are in the movie theater, they see animated concessions on the screen before the movie begins. This is a parody on the Let's All Go to the Lobby animated advertisement typically shown before real life theater movies.

    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders' pumpkin float design is similar to the pumpkin carriage in Disney's version of Cinderella. Also, the float went bouncing around to be destroyed in a similar manner to the way the Disney carriage was created.

    • Bad Seed: Babs Seed is a pun off of this phrase, meaning one who shows bad behavior.

    • The music being played while the Cutie Mark Crusaders are building their float is similar to the theme music to the show, The A-Team.