Before I begin, I shall say that the review for “To Where and Back Again” will take place on October 22nd so that those who have the iron will to avoid all spoilers until then get the chance to watch it live. Now, to this Saturday’s episode.
Apple Bloom is caught in a lie about delivering cider instead of zap apple jam to Filthy Rich (recall “Family Appreciation Day”) and AJ scolds her about how lies can lead to lots of trouble. AJ knows this through personal experience which leads to an embarrassing story back to when AJ and Big Mac were youngsters. Back then, AJ was a compulsive liar and Big Mac was very talkative and valued braun over brains. This makes sense in a way because what we were as teenagers could be vastly different to what you are now if you happen to be an adult.
Anyway, Filthy Rich wants to sell the Apple Family cider at his family’s store which he now runs. AJ makes a deal where he could get some early cider, but Granny Smith tells her to “un-promise” Filthy Rich. Filthy Rich threatens to discontinue business with the Apples as he is offended that AJ is reneging on the deal. And that’s when the lies really begin.
AJ lies about Granny being sick, and then has to tell another lie after another so that Filthy Rich and his then fiance Spoiled Milk doesn’t discover the truth about Granny. The Apples all go to the hospital to feign Granny being sick of Apple Blight which is really a tree disease (i.e. does not affect ponies) and is forced to have Granny be an “expert doctor” and Big Mac be the patient.
AJ finally comes cleans as Granny was about to operate on Big Mac and apologizes. That’s followed by Big Mac for not taking paying attention to what AJ has to say instead of just talking all the time—especially being full of talk as a teen apparently. Granny more or less accepts their apologies and tells them that she is not going anywhere, yet, and threatens to go to Filthy Rich’s grandpa if he even things of severing ties with the Apples.
So we get the story about how AJ began to value honesty and how Big Mac valued not shooting his mouth off all the time and being more thoughtful. It’s an OK episode, but the lying by AJ got quite cringeworthy. Admittedly, she is a little too easily forgiven in the end, but it is a relatable lesson and those of a certain age could remember that LDS Church PSA during the late 80s/early 90s about lying. The sight of a teenage AJ and Big Mac interesting, but it’s not outstanding. Plus, it confirms the that in MLP universe, the ponies are much older than their EqG counterparts and the age difference between AJ and Apple Bloom is larger in the pony universe.
The other plus in this one is that you hope in Season Seven that we get at least one backstory episode where one of the Mane Six discover their element. We saw each of them have their element tested in Season Four, but it would be nice to go back in time to see how Rainbow Dash begin to value loyalty or Rairty generosity. But that’s for another day.
Pluses and Minuses:
- + AJ and Big Mac as teens
- + A potential concept to explore in Season Seven with Elements
- – Lies being to get cringeworthy and too numerous
- – AJ a little too easily forgiven