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Episode 120: "The Gift of the Maud Pie"

Aired 4/2/2016, written by Michael P. Fox & Wil Fox (their first episode),
with Josh Haber also contributing to the story (his ninth episode)
Quick Take: A nice twist on Porter's short story, with an expertly-stated lesson adults often need reminding of. Maud is awesome, and the Pinkie/Rarity dynamic is a heartwarming delight. It's hard to believe this is their first major pairing. The drama would work better if Pinkie's attachment to her party cannon were built up more in prior episodes, and she should be a better negotiator than what we see here. But every moment of Rarity is wonderful here, and this is a good setup for The Saddle Row Review. I've seen some criticize the structure and pacing, and there is a lot of (highly entertaining) filler, but I think the story progresses as it should to recast a familiar tale without making the ending a forgone conclusion. Besides, the show exists as much to entertain as it does to teach. An excellent tone-setter for the season.

The Gift of the Maud Pie armor rating: Diamond Vest
Ranked 15th of 26 season-six episodes
Ranked 57th of 147 stories overall

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