History Recap / MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers

24th Apr '17 4:43:00 PM ANTMuddle
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After fixing up Applejack's old tree house to use as a clubhouse, the Cutie Mark Crusaders go through a typical day of trying anything and everything to find their passion in life and earn their cutie marks. It ends in the usual string of failures, but then the girls learn that the school is holding a talent show. They decide to put together an act, hoping that will lead to them earning their cutie marks.

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After fixing up Applejack's old tree house to use as a clubhouse, the Cutie Mark Crusaders go through a typical day of trying anything and everything to find their passion in life and earn their cutie marks. It ends in the usual string of failures, {{failure|montage}}s, but then the girls learn that the school is holding a talent show. They decide to put together an act, hoping that will lead to them earning their cutie marks.
7th Apr '17 6:32:38 PM ANTMuddle
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone. But they willingly accept the help of the Crusader specializing in their chosen task.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone. But they willingly accept the help of all get an assist from the Crusader specializing in their chosen task.the task in question.



* NoOSHACompliance: Mr. and Mrs. Cake seem perfectly fine with letting three young fillies operate a taffy machine, especially when it starts pulling ''them'' into taffy.

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* NoOSHACompliance: Mr. and Mrs. Cake seem perfectly fine with letting three young fillies operate a taffy machine, especially when it starts pulling ''them'' into taffy.taffy (Scootaloo's tail gets caught in the mixer and the other two get sucked in trying to free her).
6th Jan '17 8:37:04 PM nombretomado
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** The costumes the Crusaders wear at the talent show make them look a bit like the Misfits from ''westernAnimation/{{Jem}}''.

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** The costumes the Crusaders wear at the talent show make them look a bit like the Misfits from ''westernAnimation/{{Jem}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''.
6th Dec '16 4:40:03 PM ANTMuddle
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* HardWorkMontage: In which the Cutie Mark Crusaders fail at everything they try to do to get a cutie mark.

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* HardWorkMontage: In which the Cutie Mark Crusaders fail {{fail|ure montage}} at everything they try to do to get a cutie mark.
21st Oct '16 7:18:18 PM ANTMuddle
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone. But they are all willing to accept the help of the filly who excels at their chosen task.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone. But they are all willing to willingly accept the help of the filly who excels at Crusader specializing in their chosen task.



* HollywoodToneDeaf: Scootaloo wrote the horrendously bad lyrics

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* HollywoodToneDeaf: Scootaloo wrote the horrendously bad lyricslyrics.
12th Aug '16 6:03:39 PM ANTMuddle
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone. But they are all willing to accept the help of the filly who excels at their chosen task.
17th Jul '16 8:50:01 PM Josef5678
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** Meta example with the French dub, wherein the song is actually listenable when it's not supposed to be.
17th Jul '16 3:15:06 PM ZarbiNerada
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** Meta example with the French dub, wherein the song is actually listenable when it's not supposed to be.
26th Apr '16 5:12:00 AM StFan
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-> Written by Cindy Morrow

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-> Written ->Written by Cindy Morrow



!!Tropes present in this episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers here]]):

* AbsenteeActor: Fluttershy and Pinkie are completely absent, while Rainbow Dash receives only a non-speaking cameo.

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!!Tropes present in this episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers here]]):

* AbsenteeActor: Fluttershy and Pinkie are completely absent, while Rainbow Dash receives only a non-speaking cameo.
!!Tropes:



* CarnivoreConfusion: Why would ponies raise pigs? WordOfGod is that they're just doing it to be charitable. "Even pigs need a place to live." And that the pigs are excellent at finding truffles.
** The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "A Bird In The Hoof"]] shows a ham sandwich on the table. Charitable indeed, though in hindsight the sandwich may have only been a technical error.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy.
** In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone.

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* CarnivoreConfusion: Why would ponies raise pigs? WordOfGod is that they're just doing it to be charitable. "Even pigs need a place to live." And that the pigs are excellent at finding truffles.
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truffles. The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof "A "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E22ABirdInTheHoof A Bird In The Hoof"]] in the Hoof]]" shows a ham sandwich on the table. Charitable indeed, though in hindsight the sandwich may have only been a technical error.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Twilight subtly points out their true talents but the Cutie Mark Crusaders decide that because everyone saw their failed music performance as humorous their talents are in comedy.
**
comedy. In detail: Scootaloo praises Apple Bloom for fixing up the clubhouse, and Apple Bloom constantly demonstrates her knowledge of design and construction; Apple Bloom praises Scootaloo for her awesome scooter stunts, and Scootaloo shows Apple Bloom how to twirl properly; both of them praise Sweetie Belle for her singing voice, and she helps Scootaloo with writing the song for the talent show. So of course, the rather clumsy Apple Bloom prefers dancing over set design, the fashion-impaired Sweetie Belle doesn't want to sing in front of the crowd and would rather design the set pieces and costumes, and tone-deaf Scootaloo would rather handle the singing than dance in front of everyone.



** to "The Elements of Harmony", when Cheerilee reads out the awards to be won at the talent show, and the camera pans to Apple Bloom for Drama, Scootaloo for Comedy and Sweetie Belle for Magic. Unlike the other time, when it was perfectly clear, it's hard to see any sensible meaning for this. Still, note that Scootaloo was the lead vocal in the actual performance (and you could make a case for Sweetie Belle, the unicorn of the trio who still lacks unicorn magic, and Apple Bloom [[TheWoobie bringing the drama]] as the first CMC in "Call of the Cutie").

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** to To "The Elements of Harmony", when Cheerilee reads out the awards to be won at the talent show, and the camera pans to Apple Bloom for Drama, Scootaloo for Comedy and Sweetie Belle for Magic. Unlike the other time, when it was perfectly clear, it's hard to see any sensible meaning for this. Still, note that Scootaloo was the lead vocal in the actual performance (and you could make a case for Sweetie Belle, the unicorn of the trio who still lacks unicorn magic, and Apple Bloom [[TheWoobie bringing the drama]] as the first CMC in "Call of the Cutie").



* HairMetal: The Crusaders' song (And costumes. And hairstyles) is a parody of these genres.

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* HairMetal: The Crusaders' song (And costumes. And (and costumes, and hairstyles) is a parody of these genres.



* IMeantToDoThat: The Cutie Mark Crusaders are initially put down when everypony laugh at their show. But when they receive the award for Best Comedy Act, they agree right away [[ParodyRetcon it was intentionally funny]]. In the end they even muse if comedy is their true talent.
* IneptTalentShowContestant: The CMC bomb the talent show.
* InformedFlaw: Compared to where the Cutie Mark Crusaders start out at, their performance isn't that bad. It's balanced to have enough good elements to flow well and be fun to watch while having enough failed elements to be funny.



-->We are the Cutie Mark Crusaders\\

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-->We -->''We are the Cutie Mark Crusaders\\



not until we have our Cutie Marks!
* IMeantToDoThat: The Cutie Mark Crusaders were initially put down when everypony laughed at their show. But when they received the award for Best Comedy Act, they agreed right away [[ParodyRetcon it was intentionally funny]]. In the end they even muse if comedy was their true talent.
* IneptTalentShowContestant: The CMC bomb the talent show.
* InformedFlaw: Compared to where the Cutie Mark Crusaders start out at, their performance isn't that bad. It's balanced to have enough good elements to flow well and be fun to watch while having enough failed elements to be funny.

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not until we have our Cutie Marks!
* IMeantToDoThat: The Cutie Mark Crusaders were initially put down when everypony laughed at their show. But when they received the award for Best Comedy Act, they agreed right away [[ParodyRetcon it was intentionally funny]]. In the end they even muse if comedy was their true talent.
* IneptTalentShowContestant: The CMC bomb the talent show.
* InformedFlaw: Compared to where the Cutie Mark Crusaders start out at, their performance isn't that bad. It's balanced to have enough good elements to flow well and be fun to watch while having enough failed elements to be funny.
Marks!''



* MickeyMousing: During the musical montage, different stings of music play when the camera pans across the [=CMC's=] flanks as they check them for cutie marks.

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* MickeyMousing: During the musical montage, different stings of music play when the camera pans across the [=CMC's=] CMC's flanks as they check them for cutie marks.



* ShoutOut: Scootaloo's angry {{head desk}}ing at her piano while shouting "Never, never, ''never!''" is a nod to the old "Don Music" sketches on ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** The costumes the Crusaders wear at the talent show make them look a bit like the Misfits from ''{{Jem}}''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
**
Scootaloo's angry {{head desk}}ing at her piano while shouting "Never, never, ''never!''" is a nod to the old "Don Music" sketches on ''Series/SesameStreet''.
** The costumes the Crusaders wear at the talent show make them look a bit like the Misfits from ''{{Jem}}''.''westernAnimation/{{Jem}}''.



* ShownTheirWork: Sweetie Belle's explaination of the phrase "Break a leg" is completley accurate to (one of) its possible origins. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_a_leg here.]] (The superstition is that wishing good luck on a performance would be TemptingFate, so it's best to hope something ''bad'' will happen instead. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Notice how Twilight ends up saying "good luck" just before the crusaders go on stage...]])

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* ShownTheirWork: Sweetie Belle's explaination explanation of the phrase "Break a leg" is completley completely accurate to (one of) its possible origins. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Break_a_leg here.]] (The superstition is that wishing good luck on a performance would be TemptingFate, so it's best to hope something ''bad'' will happen instead. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Notice how Twilight ends up saying "good luck" just before the crusaders go on stage...]])



-->'''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/exclusive-season-1-retrospective.html Lauren Faust]]:''' I donít recall giving [Daniel Ingram] many notes that were beyond tweaks, except for when we had to ask him to make the Cutie Mark Crusader theme song WORSE; poor Daniel! But it was an essential story point that their performance was legitimately bad.
* TitleDrop: Twilight's preferred method of address to the [=CMC=]. She seems to be emulating her mentor Princess Celestia, who refers to any group of ponies younger than [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld herself]] (i.e., [[HoldYourHippogriffs everypony]]) as "my little ponies".
* TwoDecadesBehind: How many 8-year-old girls catch a Glam Rock parody?

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-->'''[[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/09/exclusive-season-1-retrospective.html Lauren Faust]]:''' I donít don't recall giving [Daniel Ingram] many notes that were beyond tweaks, except for when we had to ask him to make the Cutie Mark Crusader theme song WORSE; poor Daniel! But it was an essential story point that their performance was legitimately bad.
* TitleDrop: Twilight's preferred method of address to the [=CMC=].CMC. She seems to be emulating her mentor Princess Celestia, who refers to any group of ponies younger than [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld herself]] (i.e., [[HoldYourHippogriffs everypony]]) as "my little ponies".
* TwoDecadesBehind: How many 8-year-old eight-year-old girls catch a Glam Rock parody?
5th Apr '16 11:32:17 PM Unknownlight
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