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611 – “Applejack’s Day Off”

Written by: TBA
Rarity struggles to get Applejack to relax at the spa; when Twilight and Spike attempt to take over Applejack’s simple farm chores, it turns out to be a more difficult job than they thought.

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For My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it was an up week last week. “The Saddle Row Review” drew an estimated 252,000 viewers, last Saturday on Discovery Family. That is the third most-viewed episode outside the Season Six preview. The Season Six average is now 263,444 after nine episodes. This Saturday, it’s “Applejack’s Day Off” at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

Three episodes to go for Littlest Pet Shop, but it might going out on a high (relatively speaking). “LPS: The Moosical” drew an estimated 128,000 viewers on Discovery Family for a second straight viewership increase. The Season Four average after 23 episodes now stands at 138,652 viewers per episode. Next up is “Seeing Red” at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Steven Universe was slightly off from last week. “Barn Mates” drew an estimated 1.371 million viewers on Cartoon Network on Thursday night. That was the most-viewed original show on Cartoon Network on Thursday just about both Regular Show and Adventure Time. Next up is “Hit the Diamond” next Thursday at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

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The My Little Pony Facebook page has put up a clip for this week’s episode.

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Friends Forever #29 cover by Tony Fleecs

Friends Forever #29 cover by Tony Fleecs

iTunes has put up a preview of Friends Forever #29, which will star Rarity and Maud Pie. This issue is currently slated to be released on June 8th. You can check out the preview after the break.

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It’s kind of the “Same Old World” where after a strong showing for the premiere viewership-wise, but it drops off a bit afterwards. Such was the case for Steven Universe as “Same Old World” drew an estimated 1.399 million viewers on Thursday on Cartoon Network which represents a decrease of 17.4%. All other CN shows on Thursday night drew between 1.1 and 1.24 million.

Next up for Steven is “Barn Mates” on Thursday at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic did experience an uptick from the low of “Newbie Dash.” “A Hearth’s Warming Tail” drew an estimated 207,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. That’s up 17,000 from last Saturday. The Season Six average after eight episodes now stands at 264,875 per episode.

Next up for MLP was “Saddle Row and Rec” at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

Littlest Pet Shop also experience an uptick. “Bake Boss” drew an estimated 116,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. That’s up 13,000 from last week. The Season Four average with four episodes to go now stands at 139,136 per episode.

Next up was“Seeing Red” on Saturday at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalfe of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

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The episode begins with the Mane Six sans Rarity racing to prevent the latter from getting her hooves on the newspaper worried that the J. Jonah Jameson of Manehattan would write a rotten review of Rarity’s new store based on their interviews with him. Rarity does have a newspaper and gets set to read the review. It starts with Rarity and her friends getting her new Manehattan store up and ready for tonight’s Grand Opening.

There are of course a few problems. The landlord forces her daughter (Plaid Stripes) on as an employee. Of course, she has the competency of Madison from Littlest Pet Shop. There are raccoons in the back room. The clothes sent in for display are disorganized. Coco Pommel is out with a bad cold. Plus, Vinyl Scratch (or DJ PON-3 if you prefer) has a residence on the floor she has a dance club.

So, Pinkie is assigned to get Vinyl to tone things down. Fluttershy is assigned to kindly tell the raccoons to leave. Applejack is assigned to be honest with Plaid Stripes and her ideas. Rainbow is Director of Pony Resources. And Twilight gets to organize the dresses much to her delight. But depite doing what they thought Rarity wanted them to do, things still go awry. So they decide to try things the best way they know how while Rarity is locked in the display window put the finishing touches on the mannequins since there’s already enough on her mind.

Amazingly, every is organized, the raccoons have a purpose, there’s a new boutique dance club, and Rainbow hired all three ponies she interviews since they know more about fashion than she does. Even Plaid Stripes has a purpose with her proposed spoon outfit. Oh, and the review was actually an excellent one after the problems.

By far this is the funniest episode of the season so far. I really enjoyed The Office type of interviewing by the reporter and the sometimes frankness of the characters when interviewing. There was an excellent reference to “Too Many Pinkie Pies” as well. The synopsis suggests a Rarity episode, and it is in a way, but her friends were more the focus in this one and the episode handled each situation very well. But it’s also a Rarity episode and those never fail in the first place.

The only down spot in this episode is the landlord. Not only does he sound a bit stereotypical-Italian, but he’s also a typical try to get her daughter a job even though she lacks the required competence-type. Honestly though, that’s the only true flaw of the episode and it’s another tremendous episode as Rarity adds another location to her fashion empire.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Humor
  • +  All of the Mane Six
  • +  The interviews
  • –  The landlord

GRADE:  A-

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610 – “Saddle Row & Rec”

Written by: Nick Confalone
When Rarity opens her flagship store in Manehattan, a tell-all article threatens to expose how badly her friends almost ruined the Grand Opening.

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