If you've been reading my reviews, then you know that I love the character Spike in MLP: FiM. Ever since season 2, he's been doing a lot of things and was even the hero in the season 3 opener. So when his new episode was coming up, I was excited. So how does it hold up? Well it all starts in the Ponyville Library, where Twilight is getting ready for some reading and she gives Spike the day off. Spike does some things on a list first, but when it's finished he gets bored. He finds a hot air balloon, but just as he wants to get on it, the rope tying it comes loose and he goes to get it. Spike ties the rope to a tree in the Everfree Forest, but runs into some Timberwolves. Just as Spike is about to be eaten though, Applejack comes in to save the day. After defeating the Timberwolves, Spike decides to pay Applejack back by spending the rest of his days with her under a Noble Dragon Code. Spike goes around Sweet Apple Acres to do things such as cleaning a pig, helping bake pies, and cleaning the kitchen. Unfortunately, Spike makes a big mess with each task he does for Applejack. After Spike gives Rarity a bad piece of pie and being allowed by Twilight to follow his Dragon Code, Rainbow comes by and decides to help out. She tries to get Spike to make a tower of rocks for her to crash into in hopes of him getting too tired, but it fails. Applejack soon gets the rest together in hopes of finding a way to get spike to stop with his code. She comes up with a plan to fake another Timberwolf attack with the use of her friends. The plan though fails when Spike realizes it's a fake since Timberwolves' breath can be smelled a mile away. Suddenly though, Applejack and Spike see real Timberwolves and Applejack once again defeats them. Suddenly though, the pieces of the Timberwolves form together to create a giant one. Applejack then gets stuck and tries to tell Spike to run for it, but he stays behind and defeats it. He gets Applejack free and the both run off to meet up with the others. Applejack tells Spike that she doesn't want his help anymore and he agrees to calling off the Noble Dragon Code so he can go back with Twilight. Our episode ends with Spike helping Twilight around the library with her reading. This episode was rather mediocre and a disappointing one for Spike. Some of the gags were good, especially Pinkie with her mustache. A couple of Spike's antics were funny. We got to see the Timberwolves from Family Appreciation Day again and they were awesome, especially the big one towards the end. However, this episode doesn't really hold up that well. I have two complaints with this episode. The first one being how Spike acted. I have no problem with him being noble and helping Applejack for saving his life. Unfortunately he acted a little too goofy with what he did. I know it's supposed to be funny and that there needed to be jokes with some of Spike's actions. But they seemed to push his goofiness a little bit too far in this episode. I mean not being able to clean properly? Isn't that what he does in Twilight's library? The baking thing. We've seen him cook, so what happened? I guess you can say he's trying too hard in this episode for Applejack. But still, he's acting almost OOC here. The second issue is this so called Dragon Code. At first I thought it was something Spike made up, but we later learn it is real. The problem is that we learn nothing of it really. We don't get to understand it's origins or anything like that. Twilight and Spike both talk like it's really important, but yet we barely learn anything of it. Did it start because another dragon started this? Did Spike really come up with this on his own? Tell us! At least show us a book where it showed the code and its meaning. Don't just leave us in the dark like that. Aside from those two flaws, this episode is still pretty decent, but not the best Spike episode. It's nowhere nearly as bad as Owl's Well That Ends Well. I just think Spike could've been handled better and that the Dragon Code needed more of an explanation. Not to mention the giant timberwolf got killed off too fast. It's a pretty mediocre episode all around and a disappointing Spike episode.
FINAL SCORE: 5.5/10