Season Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Overall Episode Number: 55
Original Airdate: November 17, 2012
Written By: Dave Polsky
Storyboard: Sabrina Alberghetti & Dave Weibe
Synopsis: Overwhelmed with making the difficult decision to choose just one friend to spend time with, Pinkie Pie avoids making the choice by using a magic mirror pond to clone herself. Her plan goes awry when she cannot keep track of all the duplicate Pinkies.
Outside Media Reviews
- LezGetReal (Original Article)
Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire on November 17, 2012.“This spell’s a toughie…”
Today’s episode of My Little Pony focused on Pinkie Pie’s desire to have fun with all of her friends all of the time, though I guess it would be better if they hire her to get rid of fog. Apparently, she has a knack for it.
Despite complaints last week about the season opener being a bit light on the villain, this episode was a lot of fun. Of course, Pinkie Pie is always fun. It was a fun episode that is already out on iTunes, so I recommend heading on down there to buy the episode if you don’t want to watch above.
Still, I want to see some more Zecora. I actually enjoy her a lot, and would love to see them actually acknowledge a female/female pairing…at some point.
- UTF Unleash The Fanboy – 4/5 Stars – (Original Article)
With Friendship is Magic, the seasons like to open up with an action adventure two-parter, then go back to the ‘slice of life’ story telling. That is what the show is famous for, its stories set in the lives of these Ponies. Pinkie Pie is a fan favorite, (then again, they all are) and for the most part she’s the most funny of the group and provides the best comedic moments. Sometimes she COULD come off as rather annoying however, such as in The Last Roundup. Now in this episode we have clones, lots and lots of clones of her. I wasn’t expecting a fantastic episode, but it ended up surprising me. It’s definitely one of the most entertaining of the series yet.
- OutHousers! Entertainment – (Original Article)
Time for another MLP:FiM review, everypony! Today we learn the dangers of “too much of a good thing.” Or, more accurately, what it’s like to have an existential crisis and access to a magical cloning device. A valuable lesson for any budding supervillain.Pinkie interrupts Twilight’s Transfiguration homework, resulting in the creation of a horribly fruit-animal hybrid. Ten points from Ravenclaw! (TwiSparks is totally in Ravenclaw.) Rarity stops by to brag about the fun she had making a new ensemble – who knew that ponies like to wear elbow-length gloves? Or whatever the equine equivalent of elbow is. Pinkie suffers from a small aneurysm, worried that fun is occurring without her. The horror!
Review by Doc
This episode, while being immensely entertaining, also marks a first for the Friendship is Magic: this is the first episode where some magical artifact is introduced solely for the purpose of pushing forward a plot, at least in a slice-of-life episode. Let me explain. Outside of, say, the Elements of Harmony or the Crystal Heart, what other artifacts in this show have been introduced as a means of conflict resolution, especially in terms of ultimately decrying said artifact in order to teach a lesson to the user? None come to mind.
It’s almost weird, in a way. Magic is downright mundane in this show. Despite that, no real Macguffin artifacts have been introduced in the slice-of-life episodes. In fact, the show has actually gone out of its way to discourage the use of magic as a means of problem solving (see Winter Wrap-Up). Why then the sudden change? The most likely explanation for this is probably the fact that Dave Polsky, penned the script for this episode. His other credits include Feeling Pinkie Keen and Over a Barrel; Pinkie Sense seems the closest analog to what I’m talking about, but not quite.
That’s not to say all this is a bad thing, though. The use of the cloning pool actually serves the comedy in this episode quite well. The “fun” brigade has some very amusing gags (though it’s a shame the best one was spoiled early; you know the one). Heck, it even serves up some actual relection (pun possibly intended) that wouldn’t have been brought about going through the plot the mundane way; Pinkie has a crisis of identity in comparing herself to her clones, and she learns she values her friends more than she values ‘fun’. Granted, the former wasn’t touched on very much, but it’s certainly still there. Heck, this episode in general had some dark undertones, especially the watch-paint-dry test at the end.
Still, the best humor in the show comes from the (original) characters. Pinkie’s quiet splash is the funniest damn thing I’ve seen all month, state secession petitions aside, and the lampshade hanging that follows is almost as golden.
It seems a pattern of two-part adventure opening followed by a crazed slice-of-life episode introduction to the rest of the season is showing up, so the best comparison for this episode is probably Lesson Zero, which was also hilariously crazy.
All in all, I liked this episode more than the season premiere. The character interactions were just as strong, without leaving the bad taste in my mouth over a hastily introduced/killed and undeveloped new character. So, who’s looking forward for the CMC episode this Saturday?
Review by Wonderwing94
FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! …um, yeah… so, after that wonderful opening for season three, we’re back into the regular episodes once again. This episode continues on the concept than season three will be the funniest of all the seasons. I did however find the opener a bit funnier, but this episode has its share of laughs as well. FUN! FUN! FUN! …huh?… uh… for example, Pinkie being an alarm clock as well as her dialogue with her clones, OH, let’s not forget that G1 Pinkie Pie face! FUN! FUN! FUN!
…are they gone?… Those damn Pinkie clones are right outside my windows jumping and shit. Twilight needs to zap them back to the pond quick! Oh, speaking of Twilight zapping Pinkie, wasn’t that scene freakin’ amazing and dark! My God! The whole episode was quite dark for a kids show, and I LOVED every freakin’ minute of it! I mean, what if Twilight did zap the wrong Pinkie Pie into the pond, she’d be trapped forever! How miserable would that be for the real Pinkie Pie! :0
Oh yeah, some bird and frog are now oranges for the rest of their life… I don’t even…
Anyway, the episode was amazing! Dave Polsky, please write more episodes for the show! Only you can come up with such strange ideas for a kids show! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN!
Holy $@#%!!! They’re back and they broke in through the windows! FUN! FUN! FUN! Got to go, hopefully I’ll be back for the next review if these Pinkie’s don’t annoy me to hell first. FUN! FUN! FUN!
(p.s. watching paint dry is quite a fun activity, KEEPS YOU AWAY FROM DRUGS KIDS!, well unless you sniff it… I’ll shut up now…)
Review by Ryan C
After FiM’s less-than-stellar season three premiere two-parter, I was hoping that the team at DHX would deliver something special like they did with last season’s episode three, “Lesson Zero.” After a few viewings of “Too Many Pinkie Pies,” it seems that they have succeeded, although perhaps not in the way I or anyone else had expected.
“Too Many Pinkie Pies” is, at its core, a story of Pinkie Pie trying to find fun. A premise like that isn’t terribly unusual for the excitable pink pony, but this time there is a bit of a twist. Every pony in town is having so much fun at the same time that she just can’t find a way to keep up without being everywhere at once. What does Pinkie do, then? She tries to be everywhere at once, of course, courtesy of the mystical and apparently very easy-to-find Mirror Pool that clones an individual into another body with their base personality with just a few magical rhymes. It’s a very non-Pinkie Pie solution to a very Pinkie Pie problem.
Right away it’s worth mentioning that the episode as a whole has very good pacing, especially when compared to the rushed season 2 finale and season 3 opener. The beginning, middle, and end all come at a very brisk but well-planned pace, and each character involved is given their fair share to say or do, especially the plethora of Pinkies.
The antics of the various Pinkie Pies are wacky, to say the least. When they aren’t chanting “Fun!” like the seagulls in Finding Nemo, they’re finding their own brand of hyperactive enjoyment to the chagrin of the citizens of Ponyville. The real Pinkie has some of the best visual and audio gags that the series has seen so far and this, like other Pinkie Pie episodes, has more of a feeling of a fleshed-out “Looney Tunes” short than an average episode of “Friendship is Magic.”
The Pinkie Pies that emerge from the pool become progressively more obsessed with finding their fun and much less concerned with the safety and well-being of the other ponies around them, and eventually the situation is brought to a head at Ponyville Town Hall, where the Pinkie clones and the real McCoy herself are given the ultimate test of patience to determine which Pinkie actually cares the most about her friends to sit still: watching paint dry. It’s a clever reference to an age-old adage that works well in context. The real Pinkie is left and the fakes are sent back to the pool like the frauds they are and everypony lives happily ever after. Easy as Pinkie Pie (Sorry).
Twilight, as usual, has discovered a fix-all spell to return the wayward Pinkies to the Mirror Pool, but with the side effect that it can also affect the real Pinkie herself, not just the clones. Fluttershy even worriedly asks, “Are we gonna lose our real Pinkie Pie?” to which Twilight offers a supremely confident, “I don’t think so!” These comments set up the next scene in a rather unfortunate light, as it begins to seem like Twilight is being perhaps a bit too wanton with her magical powers and perhaps a bit too unconcerned with the safety of her actual friend.
This is where the episode starts to take a turn for the “Wait, what?!” in more ways than one. After rounding up the numerous Pinkies like cattle and herding them into town hall, they’re shown a drying wall of wet paint and told to sit still and stare at it to prove their worth – or else. As the Pinkie clones start to fail the test one by one with a series of completely off-the-wall visual gags and references that would make Bugs Bunny proud, Twilight zaps them back to the pool for their inattention to the drying paint. They puff up like a balloon and explode into a pinkish light, zipping back to the magical pond from whence they came.
This in itself seems like a hilarious, cartoony way to handle the situation, except that when zapped by Twilight’s spell, the Pinkie Pies show visible pain during the process and then explode. A funny gag at first, until it starts to happen with more rapid frequency and for even slight breaks in concentration. In a rather egregious example, one of the Pinkie Pies interrupts another with a shout of “Watch me bounce to touch the ceiling!” upon which the Pinkie that is spoken to is the one that is immediately zapped for breaking her gaze despite the fact that even the real Pinkie Pie would have probably glanced at a copy of herself bouncing 30 feet in the air a mere few feet away from her when beckoned.
The examples of this go on and on, and after a while it seems more like Twilight is zapping the Pinkies just to get rid of them rather than to actually try to find which is the real one. Worse yet is that after a rapid series of murderous zaps (these are still biologically Pinkie Pie, after all, and it’s clear that they feel pain based on their reaction to the spell), Twilight blows off her horn like the red-hot barrel of a rifle and grins widely at her own amazing efficiency. A short while later after just two Pinkies are left, Rainbow Dash’s patience finally fails and she manufactures a distraction for the Pinkies to fall for. One of them breaks her stare and is summarily whisked away back to the pond. The Pinkie that remains still has her gaze fixed intently on the paint wall and it crowned the Real Pinkie Pie by her friends and everypony goes home to live happily ever after.
These last few scenes in the town hall really had me scratching my head, feeling a bit shocked and a bit horrified. We see the real Pinkie being dropped into the crowd by Rainbow Dash, but we never really get a good look at which one she is in the huge crowd of pink fur and mane gathered in front of the drying paint. It’s clear that the other Pinkie Pies are showing some restraint to even look at the wall for any extended period of time. They want to be real, they believed they are, and one of them even manages to last almost as long as the “real” Pinkie Pie does. We’re led to assume that the Pinkie left is the real one, but it’s never outright shown. For all we know, the real Pinkie Pie was zapped back to the pool, never to be seen again, and a resilient and determined clone was the one left in her place.
To make matters even stranger, Twilight seems to actually enjoy “fixing” the Pinkie problem as she shoots her spell into the crowd of Pinkies with even the slightest provocation. She seems to have no issues with what is essentially murdering exact copies of her friend and even with the very likely possibility of the real Pinkie Pie being caught in the crossfire. Her powers have been growing since the beginning of the series and the season three opener showed that she was willing to use them in new and dangerous ways. It’s beginning to seem like Twilight is becoming more and more confident with her abilities and less concerned with how they’re used. Of course, these last two paragraphs are simply conjecture and wild mass guessing, but it’s worth a second watch of the town hall scene again to make the deduction for yourself.
These oddities aside, the episode as a whole is extremely entertaining. It’s full of visual gags, hilarious dialogue, and has good pacing and comedic timing that ranks it among the best of the series. It’s most certainly worth a watch and rewatch to see the little details you might have missed the first time. And I must say, I sure am glad we got the real Pinkie Pie back.