I have seen this kind of story before in cartoons (and live action). Here we have three different accounts of a boat trip gone wrong between Applejack, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie; and Twilight needs to get to the bottom of things as the truth lies somewhere inbetween—or does it?

AJ, Pinkie, and Rarity are not speaking to each other after their boat ride went awry. Rarity blames AJ and her story seems very far-fetched as it has AJ as a pirate and Rarity doesn’t pack light. Pinkie blames Rarity for trying to turn the boat into the Pacific Princess. AJ blames both Rarity and Pinkie Pie because their ideas clashed with her idea of “getting out of their element”. The only common elements of each of their stories was that there were cucumber sandwiches, “getting out of their element”, and bubbling water.

Twilight being Twilight, she figures the cucumber sandwiches that went overboard attracted a tri-horned bunyip. (I was going to say a gyrados, but they only have one horn.) As for the “getting out of their element” part, each had a different idea on that and didn’t realize the other two had that idea as well. The lesson in this one is even long time friends need to work on communication sometimes.

This is another good episode even though the reason for the boat capsizing comes from nowhere. It’s nothing original as we’ve this kind of story before. However, one of the show’s strengths is taking a seemingly unoriginal plot and making something fun and light-hearted out of it. This is what we have here. The lesson is a good one here as there are times were even long-time friends have crossed signals and it could cause problems. It’s nice to go out of your element sometimes, but someone else may have the same idea. Not the highest degree of difficulty to pull this story off, but pull it off the show does in its own special way.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Unique take on old story.
  • +  Three Stooges and Titanic references
  • +  Twilight figuring out things
  • –  Reason for boat comes out of nowhere



  • Raffaele Lanza

    Good review as always Dan, nothing more to add… except one little comment from me…. IT’S ABOUT TIME THAT TWILIGHT GOT A VERY CENTRIC ROLE IN AN EPISODE IN THIS SEASON FOR GOODNESS SAKE. I don’t know if you guys noticed but before this episode Twilight…. well was becoming like a background pony worse than AJ in S2 during this season. She got some good spotlight moments (No Second Prances, Hearts Warming Tail, The Saddle Row Review and The Times are a Changeling), but were just few scenes in episodes she wasn’t the main focused. Considering that this time in the finale Starlight will take her place as the hero, I was starting to fear that she wouldn’t have had concluded the season without any major episodes (yet again, there’s still Top Bolt).