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Option 1: Whenever you watch the episode, comment on this post as you watch with whatever responses you feel like posting!
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Log is below the cut!
<@Sylocat> Appleloosa… they’re going for continuity this season
<@Sylocat> Oh, of course, he’d start with a Western parody…
<CharlesM> Yes they are.
<@Sylocat> Wait, Pinkie Sense?
<CharlesM> Pinkie sense
<Froborr> Worse: Party Sense.
<@Sylocat> Musical number…
<Froborr> The camera work this season has been much more dynamic.
<@Sylocat> Oh, look, Froborr’s favorite writer is back
<@Sylocat> And Jayson Thiessen finally started writing?
<CharlesM> The cakes are back.
<@Sylocat> Hahah… even Diamond Tiara
<Froborr> Nah, Story credit could mean anything from “suggested the idea” to “wrote a plot outline.”
<Froborr> Teleplay is the actual writing of the script.
<@Sylocat> I know. Still, it’s the first time Thiessen’s got a writing credit at all
<@Sylocat> Uh oh… Rainbow Dash is under the spotlight
<@Sylocat> Hahah… remember that Winnie the Pooh episode where Rabbit said, “This is a party! Who said anything about fun?”
<Froborr> Anyway, Keating Rogers is decent at comedy and can handle Pinkie fairly well.
<@Sylocat> “Cheese Sandwich”
<Froborr> As long as she’s not writing Rarity or Zecora, it’ll probably be mostly okay.
<Froborr> How much you wanna bet Yankovich named his own pony?
<@Sylocat> I wonder if he helped write the songs
<Froborr> Wait, if her birthday is the anniversary of her moving to Ponyville, isn’t EVERY birthday the anniversary?
<Froborr> Okay, he helped write this song.
<@Sylocat> You can’t have Weird Al without an Accordion
<@Sylocat> In fact, the sandwich in his cutie mark looks like an accordion
<Froborr> Hey, it does! Cute.
<@Sylocat> Yikes, if he breaks the 4th wall, he’ll have Pinkie Pie’s entire spell loadout
<Froborr> Terrible cheese puns?
<@Sylocat> Yikes, tasting her own tears
<Froborr> He must die.
<CharlesM> Awww, poor Pinkie
<Froborr> Uhoh, hair deflation.
<@Sylocat> Ah, Pinkie doesn’t realize that Twilight’s not abandoning her
<CharlesM> No, she really struggles with that doesn’t she?
<@Sylocat> She never has really sorted that out
<@Sylocat> Ooh, rainbow reflections in the river… this is the episode where Pinkie gets her key to the box
<Froborr> Okay, the sad music is not workign well with the comedy “Pinkie fails at other jobs” montage.
<@Sylocat> I think it makes it sadder, actually… showing her trying to maintain comedy when she’s losing it
<CharlesM> Party pictures: lots more continuity.
<Froborr> And now she has the silly outfit from “Dragonshy.”
<Froborr> Or something close to it, anyway.
<@Sylocat> THIS MEANS WAR
<CharlesM> Evil eyes.
<Froborr> The animation is better this season to begin with, but it has a CLEAR bump on top of that during the musical numbers.
<Froborr> A “goof-off”
<@Sylocat> HAHAH… a Goof-Off
<@Sylocat> Fezzes are cool
<CharlesM> Yes they are!
<@Sylocat> So, the Western imagery was foreshadowing
<mere_oblivion> This cheese has stood alone a long time–a YA-lit reference!
<CharlesM> I love Boneless- a parallel to Gummy.
<Froborr> Is it? I thought it was referencing “The Farmer in the Dell”
<@Sylocat> Rainbow Dash, you should know better than to ask that by now
<mere_oblivion> Both, Froborr!
<Froborr> …but Rainbow loves competition…
<@Sylocat> INFINITY PLUS ONE
<@Sylocat> Yep, this is the episode where Pinkie gets her key
<Froborr> …Okay, the bubble thing is awesome.
<Froborr> Wait, did they just…
<Froborr> ART SHIFT?
<CharlesM> Live action!
<@Sylocat> Okay, he DOES have Pinkie’s full spell loadout!
<@Sylocat> It’s battle of the reality-warpers!
<CharlesM> Rainbow eyes in the moment of realisation.
<Froborr> Yep, she’s getting her key.
<mere_oblivion> Any clues on why a seal (walrus?) showed up just then?
<Froborr> …No idea. Maybe go back and look at that shot after the episode?
<@Sylocat> Calling it now: Boneless is Pinkie’s key to the box
<Froborr> Wow, how young is Cheese Sandwich?
<CharlesM> Ditzy Doo as a Filly
<@Sylocat> I wasn’t expecting their pasts to be interlinked
<Froborr> If he was a blankflank foal when Pinkie Pie was already an adult?
<Froborr> Oh, okay, she had only just gotten her cutie mark.
<@Sylocat> Wait, it was a flashback to Pinkie’s childhood
<@Sylocat> Oh, the shippers will have a field day with this
<@Sylocat> Wait, Rainbow isn’t supposed to be in her own cake/present
<CharlesM> Hah, BOTH banners are up now. 🙂
<CharlesM> You called it.
<Froborr> Man, this had almost as many songs as the Season 3 finale.
<@Sylocat> The shimmering key
<Froborr> You called it Sylocat.
<@Sylocat> He has two of them
<@Sylocat> Ooh, custom theme music
<Froborr> And of course we end with a pony polka.
<@Sylocat> I was waiting for the Polka