Rainbow Dash: (Covered in bees) Hey, AJ.
Applejack: (Likewise covered in bees) Yeah, RD?
Rainbow Dash: This is supposed to be a contest of DARES to see who’s the most DARING right?
Applejack: Uh huh.
Rainbow Dash: And we’re wearing BEE SUITS beneath these BEES, which means we’re COMPLETELY PROTECTED from the bees, right?
Rainbow Dash: Then in what sense is this DARING?
(MERE FEET AWAY, PROBABLY NOT EVEN REQUIRING A BRACKETED MENTION)
Pinkie Pie: They so want each other, they just don’t know it!
Dr. Bees: WHAT’S THIS?! A COMPLETE LACK OF ROMANTIC THOUGHTS BETWEEN TWO CHARACTERS WHOM THE FANDOM WANTS TO COMMENCE WITH ALL THE MAKEOUTS? MY ADDITIONAL BARREL FULL OF BEEEEEEES OUGHT TO PUT A STOP TO THAT!
I gotta be honest, I liked this episode but I can’t help but feel it was a procession of absolutely nothing of consequence happening and then they stuck a lesson on the end there. I suppose you’d call it a slice of life episode in that respect, but on the other hoof it really presented itself as though it were ultimately going to be of some significance, which had the side effect of making it a bit disappointing in that respect. And was it just me or did the way everypony coincidentally have a reason to be at the castle simultaneously feel a bit more contrived than usual? It’s odd because this is far from the first oddly convenient meet up, but it’s like it expended so much effort explaining itself that all it accomplished was to bring undue attention to it. I don’t know, maybe I’m just being nitpicky.
But hell, the rest of it? Awesome. The usual charms were out in full force and I didn’t really care about the initial sense of contrivance. What this episode lacked in substance it made up for in sheer entertainment, and even though I can’t help but feel that the tacked on lesson was something they should’ve learned ages ago, it was a convenient enough excuse to set up the season’s “what I learned today” episode ending mechanic since nopony needs to write to Celestia anymore.
Can’t help but wonder though, will the Pony of Shadow be used again, or was that bit following the lesson just the typical “IT WAS REAL ALL ALONG” ending gag?