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[[caption-width-right:250:[[Film/BlazingSaddles Lili von Shtupp]] she's not.]]
->'''Rarity:''' Applejack! Were you reading a bedtime story to ''an apple tree?''

-> Written by Dave Polsky

And now for somewhere completely different. We open with the ponies riding a train (pulled by ponies, no less) out into the WildWest as Applejack fondly reads a bedtime story.... [[CompanionCube to a tree]]. Rarity is not amused by this, or the fact that "Bloomberg" gets an entire cabin all to himself. And why are our little ponies on a train with a tree in the WildWest you ask? To deliver said tree to a new settlement founded by Applejack's relatives as a gift!

After the the title credits play we cut back to the train at night time. While Spike & Rarity try to go to sleep, the rest of the cast have a thoughtful discussion [[ItMakesSenseInContext on whether or not Fluttershy is a tree]]. Spike decides he can't take it and bunks with Bloomberg in the other cabin, apologizing in advance for any snoring he may do. Morning comes and well would you look at that! A herd of buffalo! They have amazing feather accessories! And they're getting close to the train! Really close!

Close enough, in fact, they start side-ramming the train (and the ponies pulling it). When that doesn't stop the train, a small female buffalo hops on top of the train and heads to the back cabin where Bloomberg and Spike (who's sleeping through all of this) are. Rainbow Dash attempts to stop the buffalo girl. She fails. Buffalo girl detaches the cabin with Bloomberg and Spike (who's now awake and screaming for help) and the buffalo get away. Rainbow decides to go after the accursed dragon-nappers while suffering from a headache.

The train reaches its destination and Applejack, Twilight, Rarity, and Fluttershy are instantly greeted by AJ's cousin Braeburn who's all too happy to show them the sights and wonders of APPLELOOSA! After getting a full tour of the town, much to their dismay, Twilight and Co. explain to Braeburn that Spike & Bloomberg have been kidnapped by buffalo, Rainbow Dash went off after them, and Pinkie Pie disappeared off-screen. Braeburn explains that the local buffalo have been causing them trouble for quite some time and want the town's prized apple orchard gone.

Meanwhile Rainbow Dash is using stealth espionage action to locate Spike and get back at the buffalo girl. No one tricks Rainbow Dash and gets away with it! She runs into Pinkie Pie out of nowhere. They start to argue, and then buffalo show up out of nowhere. And Spike! He's all right.

As it turns out, Spike has become bros with the buffalo. He introduces them to Little Strongheart, the buffalo girl that kicked Rainbow Dash's tail earlier, and Chief Thunderhooves, the tribe's leader. They explain to Dash and Pinkie that the Appleloosa ponies have planted their orchard all over their sacred stampeding grounds without their permission. Rainbow Dash agrees and declares they have some apple-picking Appleloosians to talk to.

The next morning, the Appleloosa gang are all set to hike deep into buffalo territory to rescue their friends. They take 10 steps out of town to find Pinkie, Dash, and Spike right there. {{Glomp}}s and nuzzles are exchanged, and Rainbow reveals they've brought their new friend Little Strongheart to explain why the Appleloosans should move their apple orchard. Applejack tells them that Braeburn would like to explain why the trees should stay (because the grove is on the only farmable land in the area). Rainbow and Applejack start arguing for them. How will they resolve this conflict? Fear not, for [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Pinkie Pie the pretty party pony has the perfect plan]].

This plan is to dress up in an adorable showgirl outfit and sing a song about sharing and caring to everypony (and everybuffalo). It…doesn't go over well.

-->'''Chief Thunderhooves:''' [[HopeSpot It seems the sheriff and I have come to an agreement...]] that was the worst performance we've ever seen.

Chief Thunderhooves declares that on the next day at noon, if the apple trees aren't gone, they'll stampede them and the whole town into the ground, and the town's sheriff tells him they'll be ready for a fight. Preparations for the battle are made, despite our heroines trying to persuade both sides otherwise. Noon comes and Thunderhooves begins to reconsider his decision. [[HopeSpot Perhaps there is another way than fighting a war…]]

[[NiceJobBreakingItHero And then Pinkie Pie starts singing again, driving him nuts.]]

Apple pies are thrown, buildings collapse, and Chief Thunderhooves is [[FelonyMisdemeanor struck down by an apple pie to the face]]. The fighting stops briefly and there is mourning…until a piece of the pie lands in Thunderhooves's mouth, instantly springing him to his hooves and says he has a better idea than fighting.

The buffalo allow the apple orchard to stay in exchange for a path to be cut through it and a share of those delicious apple pies. Bloomberg is finally planted in his new home and everyone is happy. Twilight Sparkle's letter to Princess Celestia states that with compromise and understanding, even the greatest of enemies can become friends. You've got to share, you've got to care...

-> '''Pinkie Pie:''' ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall HEY!]]'' [[HeyThatsMyLine That's what I said!]]

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!!Tropes present in this episode (YMMV tropes can be found [[YMMV/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel here]]):

* AccidentalKidnapping: The Buffalo tribe did this with Spike, unaware that he was in the same train car as Bloomberg.
* {{Adorkable}}: Applejack, mothering and fawning over Bloomberg at the beginning of the episode. Braeburn also counts.
* BadassAdorable:
** The citizens of Appleloosa are a textbook version of this. Cute cowboy and cowgirl hats? Check. Building a town and growing a huge apple orchard in just a year, in the middle of the desert? Check. Standing firm, defending their town from a huge Buffalo tribe several times bigger and stronger than them, gaining the upper hand and defeating them with ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser apple pies as weapons?]]'' Check!!
** Fan-favorite background pony [[FanNickname Carrot Top]] takes the cake in the battle. She jumps out of the second story of a building, lands on a buffalo's back and rides him rodeo style all while having a big grin on her face!
** Little Strongheart, who is smaller than any of the ponies (and ''much'' smaller than any of the other buffalo) but does the bulk of the work in stealing the apple tree, and shows up Rainbow Dash in the process.
* CluelessAesop: InUniverse. Pinkie Pie's song about sharing is so annoying, it makes things worse.
* CompanionCube: Bloomberg the apple tree.
* DeterminedHomesteader: The citizens of Appleloosa.
* {{Disneyfication}}: Of the treatment of Native Americans in the west.
* DreadfulMusician: Pinkie Pie, according to everyone else.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The horse-drawn train never used after this episode and in [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E24MysteryOnTheFriendshipExpress MMMystery On The Friendship Express]] the train is explicitly shown to have a steam engine.
** This train has a steam locomotive as well, but a smaller one than the standard Equestria trains. Perhaps the engine-ponies acted as "helpers", allowing the small locomotive to pull the train up steep hills.
* EpicFail: Pinkie Pie uses the power of her songs to deliver a message of caring and sharing to ponies and buffaloes. A reprise of her song [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ends up escalating the ''war'' between them before it was about to be quelled.]]
* {{Eyedscreen}}: Chief Thunderhooves gets this a couple of times.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When the Sheriff runs out of pies with the Chief charging toward him, he places his hat over his chest and waits for the inevitable.
* FacePlant: Rainbow Dash slams face-first into a railroad sign during her first encounter with Little Strongheart.
* FantasticAesop: It's easy for your enemies to make peace with you if you fight them with EdibleAmmunition.
** The ponies can always make peace. They made a compromise, it really doesn't matter what the implications may be.
* FantasticRacism: To portray settlers Vs. natives, we have buffalo vs ponies.
* FantasyConflictCounterpart: The episode deals with a scenario much like early America's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Indian_Wars Indian Wars]], settlers taking over the natives ancestral land for their own purposes, without native consent, which in turn cranks off the natives. Due to [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism the nature of the show,]] things get resolved before they... [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement escalate too far]].
* FurryConfusion: "We have all of the finest comforts. Like horse-drawn carriages…" "Okay, you pull now." "Aw, we just switched!"
* FurryReminder: There's a saloon in Appleloosa called "The Salt Block" where ponies serve salt to customers. This may seem bizarre but if you're familiar with real horses then you would know that salt is an important source of nutrition for horses (usually served in a form of solid blocks of salt). It also helps them keep cool especially in hot areas (like the desert environment where Appleloosa is) through the minerals the salt they consume provides.
** "[=AAAAAApple=]-loosa! [[WrittenSoundEffect Hreeheeheehee]]!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A pony blatantly [[DrunkOnMalts drunk on salt licks]] gets thrown out of the canteen at one point.
* TheGlomp: Fluttershy may be timid, but she isn't above pouncing on a friend she's very happy and relieved at seeing.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The tour of Appleloosa. Horse-drawn carriages (with the ponies switching off who was drawing it...), followed by horse-drawn horse-drawn carriages (ponies drawing the above), followed by wild west dances, then ''mild'' west dances...
* InjunCountry: With buffalos as the natives, the desert is this for them.
* {{Keet}}: Applejack's cousin, Braeburn. It's quite telling when the first glimpse of him we get is a grin that takes up the majority of his face.
* LockAndLoadMontage: When the buffaloes and townsponies start preparing for battle.
* MotorMouth: It takes a good while for Applejack to say anything over Braeburn's extremely enthusiastic introduction to Appleloosa.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Applejack seems really horrified during the townsponies' LockAndLoadMontage; if she and Rainbow Dash hadn't been so busy arguing over who was right, maybe Braeburn and Little Strongheart could have sorted things out diplomatically. At the least, she brought Pinkie Pie along, who technically started the war.
** Everyone, pony and buffalo alike, starts acting this way when a stray pie downs Chief Thunderhooves.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: If Applejack and Rainbow Dash hadn't been so adamant in defending either side of the conflict and just let them ''talk'', maybe the conflict wouldn't have gotten out of hand.
** Things aren't dangerous until Pinkie Pie does one of her song and dance routines, which is so bad InUniverse that Chief Thunderhooves angrily decides that the buffaloes will have to fight the ponies for their land back.
** When Chief Thunderhooves decides against attacking the town, [[DiabolusExMachina Pinkie Pie shows up and makes the Chief change his mind by repeating her horrible song.]]
* OhCrap: Little Strongheart quickly recognizes a rather edgy Rainbow Dash when Spike introduces his friends.
** ''Everyone'' when Chief Thunderhooves is shot down...by an apple pie.
* OnlySaneMan: Braeburn and Little Strongheart seem perfectly willing to have a reasonable discussion, but everyone around them keeps being adamantly belligerent.
* OverlyLongGag:
-->"My father stampeded upon these grounds... and his father before him... and his father before him... and his father before him... and his father before him... and his father before him..."
** As Chief Thunderhooves says it, we cut to the other buffalo falling asleep, and finally Little Strongheart hoofs him in the jaw, whereupon he gets to the point.
* PieInTheFace: Used by the settlers [[ImprovisedWeapon as if they were weapons]]. It works.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: The ending of the episode, complete with an IrisOut which Pinkie Pie briefly interrupts.
%%* RoadTripEpisode: Type 1a.
* SarcasmBlind: Pinkie Pie, who completely derails Rainbow Dash's original point:
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' When we get to Appleoosa, you think we'll have to carry that heavy tree all the way from the train to the orchard?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' What tree? You mean Bloomberg?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' ''[sarcastically]'' No. Fluttershy.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Fluttershy's not a tree, silly.\\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' What's going on?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' Rainbow Dash thinks Fluttershy's a tree.\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' I do ''not'' think she's a tree, I was just... \\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' Did you ''say'' she was a tree?\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' No... well, yes... but... not exactly ... \\
'''Twilight Sparkle:''' You know she's not a tree, right?\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' She's not a tree, Dashie.\\
'''Fluttershy:''' ...I'd like to be a tree.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: Pinkie Pie tries to invoke this to stop the ponies of Appleloosa and the native buffalo fighting. After her show, the sheriff and the buffalo chief agree... that her performance was the worst thing they ever heard.
* ShoutOut: Early in the episode, Fluttershy calls Spike [[WesternAnimation/PuffTheMagicDragon Huffy the Magic Dragon]].
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: Sleeper car berths, anyway. Happens when the mane cast (sans Applejack) is bouncing around the train.
* ShowgirlSkirt: Definitely invoked with Pinkie Pie's costume for her musical number.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Closer to the center than you might think given the series reputation. Most of both sides are unwilling to compromise or even talk to the other and the situation escalates into full-on violence that neither side wants and both sides regret. Only after a number of "causalities" is an agreement worked out that can make both sides happy.
* StunnedSilence: Follows Pinkie Pie's song, rightfully enough. Only Spike's earnest clapping (and [[ChirpingCrickets the forlorn cry of a hawk]]) disturbs it.
* TalkingToPlants: Applejack not only talks to Bloomberg, but ''reads him a bedtime story''.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The episode manages to deconstruct this, when Pinkie's performance makes the situation worse. Twice. The first, the buffalo chief and the sheriff say that that was the worst performance they have ever seen, and the chief decides the next day they will stampede. When they do, the chief has second thoughts, and looks like he's not going to go through with it, until Pinkie starts singing again, which causes him to go through with it.
* TrainJob: The buffalo make a heist for Bloomberg.
* TraintopBattle: Little Strongheart vs. Rainbow Dash.
* TribalFacePaint: The buffalo put this on before the final battle.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: During the final battle, nameless buffaloes were getting pies in the face left and right and nopony bats an eyelash, but when Chief Thunderhooves gets hit, it triggers a mass MyGodWhatHaveIDone for everypony, even though the pie was a NonLethalKO.
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