My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 4

One Bad Apple

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

Episode Fan Reviews (6)

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  • 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!
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