My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 3 Episode 6

Sleepless in Ponyville

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Dec 08, 2012 on The Hub
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Episode Summary


Scoolaloo finally gets her chance to impress Rainbow Dash with her coolness while on a camping trip with the other Cutie Mark Crusaders and their big sisters. However, she believes her efforts will be for naught if Rainbow Dash finds out that the spooky campfire stories she tells are giving Scootaloo nightmares.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Scootaloo's first episode is a go

    Like most fans, I was hoping that Scootaloo would get her own episode. I mean, Sweetie Belle has already had her own episode (Sisterhooves Social) while Apple Bloom has had three of her own episodes (Call of the Cutie, The Cutie Pox and Family Appreciation Day) but we never got one with Scootaloo, until now. What did I think of it? I loved it! It was funny, emotional and very heart warming. My favorite part was the very touching scene at the end between Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash. I gotta give props to Madeline Peters (Scootaloo's VA) when Scootaloo was saying how scared she was, she actually sounded like a frighted person. Just when you think this show can't pull on your heartstrings anymore, they pull something like this. I also like the background for Scootaloo's nightmares. They were pretty dark and creepy for a kids show. I also liked Luna's appearance, I wasn't expecting her to show up. To me, this is the best episode of season three so far.moreless
  • Luna, God of Dreams

    The canon displayed Princess Luna as being able to enter the dreams of mortal ponies, and there was much rejoicing.

    Of all series three episodes this is the best so far, but the competition doesn't amount to much. Still, it's early days.
  • The Trifecta, completed

    So far, Scootaloo's only tie to the Mane Six is a somewhat unhealthy obsession with Rainbow Dash. An amiable relationship with two of their sisters and a potential cutie mark in auto tuning or daredevilry can only take a filly so far. Here is where we learn the lengths that Scootaloo (and Sweetie Belle) will go to be appreciated. It is also great to see that she doesn't resent her friends for having a caring family. The writers also sneak in a clever reminder that a pastel world where everything goes right is *boring*, and that the nightmares must happen.

    My only gripe is with Luna's first appearance, which seemed a bit too obvious, albeit a neat nod to the horror industry for the animators. Otherwise, the princess seems a natural ally, and about the only rational choice left when even Applejack's observations are dismissed. Any opportunity for Luna to show off her brand of wisdom is certainly welcome.moreless
  • The pony who couldn't fly

    Inserts horse puns. Anyway the CMC, Rarity, Applejack and RD are on a vacation in a forest are told to be haunted so Scootaloo have bad dreams. Scoots act out of character in S3 as told under a Con in the summer. A thrilling episdoe with Scoots to steal the show.

  • D'aww

    The premise of this episode was adorable, and everyone knows someone who pretends to be brave and then has the most overactive imagination ever. Fun to watch and not too preachy on the message.

    I loved the use of Luna in this episode, but it almost seemed to cheapen her character. It would be very easy to do an episode on dreams (and Luna's involvement very much felt like something out of Sandman), but I don't see the series doing that.

    That the Cutie Mark Crusaders have had more screen time as of late makes me think that maybe this is finally their season. It would be anticlimactic for all of them to get their marks in the same episode, though, so we'll see. There will probably be an odd pony out.moreless
Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Olden Pony

Guest Star

Tabitha St. Germain

Tabitha St. Germain

Princess Luna

Recurring Role

Madeline Ingram-Peters

Madeline Ingram-Peters


Recurring Role

Claire Corlett

Claire Corlett

Sweetie Belle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The tree that Scootaloo bumps into in her first nightmare looks exactly like one of the spooky trees that the mane six all laughed at back in "Friendship is Magic, Part 2."

    • The entire opening scene for this episode, where Scootaloo is riding her scooter through town, is a throwback to the same scene from the beginning of "The Show Stoppers."

    • Rainbow Dash tells the story of the "Headless Horse," which is the same scary story that Twilight told Applejack and Rarity in "Look Before You Sleep."

    • Scootaloo mentions the events from "Sonic Rainboom" in this episode.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Rarity : Sweetie Belle, do be a dear and see if you can find some fresh flowers for my bedside vase.
      Rainbow Dash: (Imitating Rarity) Hey, Scootaloo, do be a sweetheart and see if you can gather some firewood. (Scootaloo and Apple Bloom chuckle) Seriously though, can you get us some wood for the fire?

    • Scootaloo: So, it's a horse without a head. Which means it doesn't have a mouth. And if it doesn't have a mouth, it's not a horse-eat-pony kind of horse. But still, it's a horse without a head!

    • Rainbow Dash: I've been told that these very woods are haunted by the headless horse! It gallops only at night...
      Applejack : If it doesn't have a head, then how in tarnation does this pony know where it's goin'?
      Rainbow Dash : It's headless, not brainless. (Continues her story) Looking for little lost ponies...
      Applejack : So where's its brain?

    • Olden Pony: Who's got my rusty horseshoe?
      Rainbow Dash: Here it is, for ponies sake. (Tosses it to the Olden Pony) Now take it and stop all your moaning.
      Olden Pony: Thank you. And have a nice day.

    • Scootaloo: (While hanging off a branch above a river) Hello? Is anyone out there? Anyone except the Headless Horse?

    • Rainbow Dash: So, you're looking for somepony to take you under their wing, huh?
      Scootaloo: Mmm-hmm.
      Rainbow Dash: Yeah. I might be up for something like that.
      Scootaloo: Really?
      Rainbow Dash: As long as you don't go falling into anymore rivers in the middle of the night.
      Scootaloo: (Chuckles) It's a deal. (They hug)

    • Rarity: Are we there yet?
      Applejack: The last thousand times you asked that, the answer was no. This time, it's actually yes.

    • Applejack: (After seeing all of Rarity's luggage) Gee Rarity, did you remember to pack?
      Rarity: Oh, well let's see who gets the last laugh when you're absolutely desperate to curl your lashes, and you realize you didn't bring your eyelash curler.

    • Princess Luna: Everypony has fears, Scootaloo. Everypony must face them in their own way. But they must be faced, or the nightmares will continue.

    • Rainbow Dash: Okay, everybody get comfortable, 'cause I'm about to tell you the best story you've ever heard.
      Scootaloo: Is it about the time when Rarity had wings, and then they got ruined, and then you saved her from plummeting to her doom?
      Rainbow Dash: Okay, maybe it's the second best story you've ever heard.

    • Rainbow Dash: Hey. I'm gonna tell you something but if you ever tell any pony else, I'm gonna deny it. First time I heard those stories, I was scared too.
      Scootaloo: You were?
      Rainbow Dash: Sure. I mean, I got over it because I realized pretty quick that if there was such thing as a headless horse, I could totally take it on.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The plot to this episode is very similar to the Martha Speaks episode, "Martha Camps Out," where Helen (voiced by Scootaloo's VA, Madeline Peters) is scared while on a camping trip due to a spooky story she heard.

    • The story that Rainbow Dash tells, about the Olden Pony, was inspired by the story The Golden Arm by Mark Twain.

    • One of the bags in Rarity's cart has two horseshoes on it that look very similar to the logo to the fashion trend Chanel.

    • The episode title is a reference to the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle.