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Episode 129: "Spice Up Your Life"

Aired 6/11/2016, written by Mike Vogel (his second episode)
Quick Take: Rarity and Pinkie are paired up again, this time with some conflict. Happily, the conflict arises not from antagonism but from seeking opposite resolutions to the show's problem. Pinkie is in the right, which is fine since the lesson is right up her alley. But the same solution should have been just as obvious to Rarity. I can sort of imagine Rarity's thought process: If the store always does what they've always done, they'll always get what they've always had. And culinary matters may just not be in her wheelhouse. But she's always been about expressing individuality and should have been able to help the owners create an upscale but still exotic restaurant. I sense Rarity has been taken out of character for the sake of the lesson, which is a huge no-no in my book. I do appreciate the show's presentation of how financial problems can cause relational difficulties, and I'm overjoyed the creators haven't forgotten about the Map. (I spoke with Jim Miller at a convention the week before this aired and almost asked about the seeming disappearance of the Map, but thought better of it.) All the humor is on point, and I enjoyed the guest characters introduced here. Also, having Zesty Gourmand reject the ponies' kind offer at the end is a good reminder that not everyone can be easily won over to friendship. Better than Applejack's "Day" Off, this is a net positive overall, but only barely.

Spice Up Your Life armor rating: Iron Armor
Ranked 22nd of 26 season-six episodes
Ranked 165th of 233 stories overall

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