My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Season 2 Episode 1

The Return of Harmony Part 1

Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Sep 17, 2011 on The Hub
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Episode Summary


Discord, the spirit of chaos, escapes from his stone prison and Twilight and her friends act quickly to find the Elements of Harmony to stop him. The only problem is that Discord has set up a little game for them so they won't be able to find the Elements.


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  • Fantastic start to season 2!

    If there were any words to describe how blown away I was with the premier of season 2 of Friendship is Magic, it can be summed up in one word: epic! It begins in a garden where the Cutie Mark Crusaders on a field trip with their class and get into an argument. Their argument is so powerful it awakens a statue of a creature known as Discord who was known to have cause chaos and is now free. Throughout all of Equestria strange things like cotton candy clouds, chocolate, rain and big apples are created. Princess Celestia summons Twilight Sparkle and her friends and tells them about Discord's history and they must use the Elements of Harmony to defeat them. The EoH turn out to be stolen and Discord makes Twilight and her friends get them in a maze. They are not allowed to fly or use magic though and each pony is separated from the rest and Discord starts his mischief on all the ponies. Each pony is manipulated into their own weaknesses such as Applejack thinking her friendship with the others is over, Rarity fall for a giant diamond, Pinkie Pie is made to believe her friends laugh at her and not with her, Fluttershy is just made evil when she doesn't fall for Discord's tactics, and Rainbow Dash is tricked into believing Cloudsdale will be destroyed and tricked into flying resulting in the girls losing the game. The episode ends with Discord laughing that they have lost and the Elements will never be found and ends on a cliffhanger. This was a fantastic start to the second season of this show. I loved Discord and how he manipulated all the ponies into their own weaknesses and he had some funny moments as well. I also loved how Pinkie was acting around with the wild weather. This was a fantastic start to season 2 of this awesome show and I recommend it for all!

    FINAL SCORE: 10/10moreless
  • Part 1 of the 2-Part "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" Season 2 Premiere was excellent

    I thought that this was an excellent start for Season 2 of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic". Sadly, we have wait til' next Saturday morning to watch Part 2 of this Season 2 Premiere but a week will fly by very fast. I loved how Part 1 of this Season 2 Premiere started off with Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo (The Cutie Mark Crusaders) going on their class field trip. It was interesting to see those recurring characters to start pff Part 1 of this Season 2 Premiere. I hope that they appear in Part 2 because Applebloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo only appeared in the very beginning of this episode. The storyline of Part 1 was marvelous with some funny parts along the way. I loved how that villain Discord was manipulating the ponies. I was laughing hard when Discord was losing his patience trying to manipulate Fluttershy. Pinkie Pie and Rarity brought a lot of laughs into this episode. I know that this is a childrens' program but I felt like Discord should have been a little more darker to keep the storyline interesting. Then again, I don't want the dark storyline to scare the younger viewers in this world. The ending of Part 1 when Discord gave Rainbow Dash her wings back and then she flew away was interesting. Part 1 ended with the game being over and Discord laughing. Overall, I can't wait for Part 2 next Saturday morning... I just wish I didn't have wait a whole week to see what happens next. 10/10moreless
  • Think I have a new fave ep

    Holy crap, Season 2 sure started off with part 1 of what I reckon with be one hay of a masterpiece.

    It had it all. Great humour coming from the characters (especially from pinkie and rarity), great story thats actually pretty dark for once, and best of all, a great villian that actually is a magnificent bastard. Discord is pretty much like a mixture of Him from PPG, Joker from batman, and Q from star trek.

    Having seen this episode, I dont think I could even watch the nightmare moon 2 parter pilot anymore.moreless
  • Fantastic.

    Discord, the spirit of chaos, escapes from his stone prison and Twilight and her friends act quickly to find the Elements of Harmony to stop him. The only problem is that Discord has set up a little game for them so they won't be able to find the Elements.

    My review: A good episode, reccomended to any fan of the show.

    10 out of 10, A + +
John de Lancie

John de Lancie


Guest Star

Nicole Oliver

Nicole Oliver

Princess Celestia, Cheerilee

Recurring Role

Madeline Ingram-Peters

Madeline Ingram-Peters


Recurring Role

Claire Corlett

Claire Corlett

Sweetie Belle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are with Cheerilee's tour class and yet they did not had the argument with the Cutie Mark Crusaders for the five of them accidentally free Discord.

    • Derpy cameo: She is seen in the image that Discord shows Rainbow Dash of Cloudsdale being destroyed.

    • When Pinkie Pie is first seen walking alone in the maze, she's grey, as if Discord already got to her but when she reaches the area with the balloons, she's her usual colors.

    • Princess Luna is mentioned for the first time since episode 2 in this episode, but she doesn't appear.

    • When Discord hypnotizes Fluttershy, she is seen with only two butterflies on her cutie mark instead of three.

    • Discord's wings are missing when he is explaining the rules of his game to the ponies.

    • Twist can be seen in the background when Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle are fighting, with a blank flank, even though she did receive her cutie mark in "Call of the Cutie".

    • Rarity's cutie mark is missing when she is looking at the three giant diamonds.

    • After hypnotizing Fluttershy, Discord says "Arrivederci!", which means "Goodbye!" in Italian.

    • Notice that when Fluttershy is turned cruel and starts acting mean towards Twilight, she has four butterflies on her cutie mark and they go back to three when she walks off.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Scootaloo : (After seeing the victory statue) How cool would it be to have that for a cutie mark?
      Apple Bloom: Cool, if you were actually victoryful of something.
      Sweetie Belle: That's not a word.
      Scootaloo: What are you, a dictionary?

    • Sweetie Belle: It's not chaos, you dodo!
      Scootaloo: Don't call me things I don't know the meaning of.

    • Rarity: (To Twilight) Don't get any ideas about my gem. I know where you live.

    • Rarity: (clears throat) I heard about your troubles, Applejack, and I came to see if there's anything I can do. Without getting wet. Or dirty. Or out from under my umbrella.

    • Discord: Fluttershy, looks like you have been left behind by your so called friends, huh?
      Fluttershy: Oh, no. I'm certain they're doing their best to find me.
      Discord: Well, it must be so upsetting to know how weak and helpless they think you are.
      Fluttershy: Not at all. I am weak and helpless, and I appreciate their understanding.
      Discord: Yes, well, surely it burns you up. I mean, they're always pointing out your flaws, right?
      Fluttershy: Not really. In fact, I think I'm awfully lucky to have friends that want me to be the best I can be.
      Discord: Oh, for goodness sake. (Hypnotizes Fluttershy) You've been kind for far too long, my dear. Time to be cruel!

    • Twilight Sparkle: The Elements! They're gone!
      Princess Celestia: That chamber is protected by a powerful spell that only I can break! This doesn't make sense!
      Discord: (laughs) Make sense? Oh, what fun is there in making sense?

    • Princess Celestia: You'll never get away with this, Discord!
      Discord: Oh, I'd forgotten how grim you can be, Celestia. It's really quite boring.

    • Pinkie Pie: Hold on a second! Eternal chaos comes with chocolate rain, you guys. Chocolate rain!

  • NOTES (4)


    • The dance that Discord is doing while in the stained glass window is similar to the dance Dee Dee did in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Sister's got a brand new bag."