My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 2 Episode 19

Putting Your Hoof Down

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Mar 03, 2012 on The Hub
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Episode Summary

Pinkie Pie and Rarity become concerned when their friend Fluttershy seems unable to stand up for herself. This encourages her to attend an assertiveness seminar from the minotaur Iron Will. His advice does make Fluttershy less of a door mat but works so well that she starts trampling over others.moreless

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  • Worst Episode

    If anyone likes this episode, OK.

    But now Fluttershy thinks she can just insult Rarity's and Pinkie Pie's meaning of life? Not mention the implications that are oddly similar to Seahorse Seashell Party? Not to mention that the background characters are jerks for some reason, as well as Angel Bunny. This is the kind of episode that has the potential to COMPLETELY RUIN a character.

    Ugh. The ending was nice, but that's the only thing remotely salvageable about this episode. Poor Rarity and Pinkie Pie.moreless
  • Fluttershy, you mare of malevolence.

    An episode establishing assertiveness in a character so Timid, she's translucent. Wow, it sounds awesome! But the plot is contrived, and the writing is incredibly mean-spirited. Why is Angel like x4 more abrasive than normal? He kicked a bowl on Fluttershy's head, smacked her across the face, shoved a book in her face and even punted her into a mailbox. Honestly if I was Fluttershy, that bunny would be dropped into the middle of the Everfree Forest. The entire town is against Fluttershy in this episode like most episodes of Spongebob torturing Squidward and her friends also act unusually out of character. Rarity seduces a nerd stereotype which is petty and Pinkie Pie pulls the ol' Bugs Bunny trick and goes con artist. Sadly, that's the funniest part of the episode. Then... Fluttershy goes full blown train and assaults anyone who dares to piss her off. She even goes as far as to insult her friends reason for living turning them into pools of misery. And then the ending... yeah the pacing in the ending is atrocious. Fluttershy learns to stand up for herself isolated from anyone in a house tied up on a chair and apparently is a Magician since she can untie herself. -_- Her friends completely disregard her remark and HAPPY ENDING BCUZ KIDZ SHOEE! This episode fails so hard, my god.moreless
  • No more nice pony

    Yo! Da Flutterrage returns

    Fluttershy is tired of being pushed around so she teams up with a macho minotuar that learns her to be stronger.

    Then Fluttershy shows her new strenghts but it backfires.

    Gone are the good old days of Ponyville like in the happy CMC episodes in this episode.

    It's just like a fic I wrote about big Spike and Pinkie Pie after Secret of My Excess where the Ponyville citizens are rude against them after Spike's rage.

    And at last the Flutterrage is used at Rarity and Pinkie Pie that breaks down.

    Be prepared for another pony rage in next episode as it's Twilight's time.

    Another great Fluttershy focused episode.

    This episode deserves a 10/10moreless
  • Flutterjerk Done Right

    When word of this episode first appeared, a lot of people were expecting our favorite mousy pony to return to "Flutterjerk" mode (a G-Rated version of a term used to describe Fluttershy's discorded form in The Return of Harmony). As such, there was a little bit of nervousness going into the episode (especially given how Fluttershy is my favorite of the Mane Six). Thankfully, this episode turned out to be one of favorites of the second season. A big reason for this: the episode, by handling Flutterbitch in a natural way (instead of being forced a la The Return of Harmony), it ends up being more enjoyable. Some examples of this:

    -While it is indeed one of the weaker aspects of the episode (with it costing about 1 or 1.5 points), the first act sets up a reason for Fluttershy to become a jerk again: she's finally realizing that she's somewhat of a doormat and is seeking tips to become more assertive, with her getting some lessons from a minotaur named Iron Will. Compare that to The Return of Harmony, in which Discord manually reprograms her just because the plot demands Twilight Sparkle to be the main hero (which leads to another plus that I'll get to later).

    -Whereas the version in The Return of Harmony is a complete jerk, the Flutterjerk in Putting Your Hoof Down is more of Jekyll and Hyde case. When Fluttershy initially becomes assertive (aka a jerk), the ones who feel her wrath usually deserve it, with Fluttershy returning to her sweet self immediately afterwards. Also, whereas the jerkish behavior is 100% Discord's fauly in the two-parter, here, part of Fluttershy's jerkish behavior is pretty much her misinterpreting some of the assertiveness tips Iron Will gave her . she assumes the one about people laughing at you refers to anyone in general rather than someone who laughs at your misfortunes) and assuming "assertive = aggressive".

    -Whereas the characters in The Return of Harmony were either "discorded" themselves (or, in Twilight's case, holding the Idiot Ball), the other two members of the Mane Six in this episode (Rarity and Pinkie Pie) know full well that Fluttershy's odd behavior is due to Iron Will (with them blaming him instead of Fluttershy when she responds back to their "We want the old Fluttershy back" by insulting their respective interests and later checking on her when things settle down).

    -In the end, the one that brings Fluttershy back to her senses isn't the other ponies (and it wasn't done by force), but rather Fluttershy herself in a moment that pretty much demonstrates why she's one of the cutest characters in the show (two words: sad squee).

    Along with how the episode handled Flutterjerk, there's two other areas that make this episode work:

    1. The fact that the only other members of the Mane Six in this episode are Rarity and Pinkie Pie. Face it: the third act of this episode wouldn't be as effective if any of the other ponies appeared in this episode (not to mention there's definitely a close friendship between Rarity and Fluttershy that this episode definitely takes advantage of).

    2. Iron Will. As an antagonist (I wouldn't call him a villain, as he really isn't evil), Iron Will is an absolute hoot (especially if you're someone who grew up watching the glory days of the WWE).moreless
  • WTF?!?

    What were they thinking when the made this episode? Until now ponies have generally been portrayed as better than humans and, all of a sudden, everypony's behaving with the same general morality as humanity. How can ponies be this way if Rarity can run a successful bespoke clothing business when clothes are not necessary and still be so generous? Not only that but, if most ponies are gonna be like this, why haven't the Princesses nationalised everything to ensure fair business practice?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Rarity: Let us not descend into petty insults.
      Fluttershy: Why not? I thought petty is what you're all about, Rarity. With your petty concerns about fashion.
      Pinkie Pie: Hey, leave her alone! Fashion is her passion!

    • Iron Will: Ohh, are you... sure you're not just a little bit satisfied? B-because maybe... we could, cut a deal, I-I mean, we're both reasonable creatures, aren't we?
      Fluttershy: I'm sorry, but no means no.
      Iron Will: No means no, huh? Nopony's ever said that to me before. Huh... I gotta remember that one. That's a good catchphrase for my next workshop.

    • Iron Will: Woah! He's blocking your path. What are you gonna do about it?
      Fluttershy: Um, politely walk around him?
      Iron Will: No.
      Fluttershy: Gingerly tip-toe around him?
      Iron Will: No.
      Fluttershy: Go back home and try again tomorrow?
      Iron Will: No! When somepony tries to block, show them that you rock!

    • Fluttershy: (lying on the ground, right outside of her front door) Look at me. I really am a doormat.

    • Fluttershy: I can't believe that the two most frivolous ponies in Ponyville are trying to tell new Fluttershy how to live her life, when they are throwing their own lives away on pointless pursuits that nopony else gives a flying feather about!

    • Rarity: Hold it right there, mister small and handsome.
      Nerdy pony: Uh, who, me?
      Rarity: Oh, of course, you. Nopony ever called you handsome before?
      Nerdy pony: Uhh, that'd be a big no.

    • Rarity: What happened to nice Fluttershy? We want that Fluttershy back.
      Fluttershy: No. You want wimp Fluttershy. You want pushover Fluttershy. You want do anything to her and she won't complain Fluttershy.
      Pinkie Pie: Too many Fluttershys to keep track of. Make it stop!

    • Fluttershy: You just want new Fluttershy to be a door mat like old Fluttershy. But old Fluttershy is gone!
      Pinkie Pie: New Fluttershy? Old Fluttershy?

    • Pinkie Pie: Looks like nasty Fluttershy is here to stay.
      Rarity: I cannot believe what that monster Iron Will has done to you! (She and Pinkie Pie run away crying)
      Fluttershy: Iron Will's not a monster. He's a minotaur! (Looks at her reflection in a puddle and gets teary eyed) I'm the monster.

    • Fluttershy: No pony pushes new Fluttershy around. NO PONY!

    • Fluttershy: New Fluttershy feels pretty stoked about new Fluttershy.
      Pinkie Pie: Well old Pinkie Pie feels really proud of new Fluttershy. Proud as pink punch. (Brings in a bowl of pink punch) Want some?

    • Pinkie Pie: Old Pinkie Pie's not so sure new Fluttershy is such a good idea after all.
      Rarity: Old Rarity agrees.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Loony Tunes: In one scene, Pinkie Pie argues with the tomato seller about the price of the tomatoes with Pinkie Pie arguing 1 bit per tomato and the seller arguing 2 bits per tomato. Unknown to the seller, Pinkie Pie changes her mind to match the seller's price of 2 bits, and because the seller doesn't notice this change, she ends up going with 1 bit as her final offer, exactly what Pinkie Pie claimed the price should be in the first place. In the TV show Loony Tunes, this scenario is played out by Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny over what season (Rabbit or Duck) it is and Bugs Bunny always manages to win the argument by doing what Pinkie Pie did in this episode.

    • During his speech, Iron Will says the line "I pity the fool," which is the famous catchphrase of actor, Mr. T.

    • The music being played when Iron Will makes his entrance sounds quite similar to the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.

    • Iron Will is a minotaur, a beast from Greek mythology with a head of a bull and a body of a man. The Minotaur in the myth dwelt within the centre of the Cretan Labyrinth, a giant maze-like structure. Similarly, Iron Will held his seminar at the centre of a hedge maze.

    • When Fluttershy sadly walks back to her cottage, the music is reminiscient of the "The Lonely Man" theme from the end credits of the TV seriesThe Incredible Hulk.

    • Fluttershy: As Celestia is my witness, I'm never gonna be a pushover again!

      This is a parody of the "I'll never be hungry again" speech from Gone With The Wind. In fact, this is the second time this season that line has been parodied (The first was in "Sisterhooves Social").