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[[caption-width-right:350:A rousing sendoff at the Ponyville train station.]]

->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Speech! Speech!\\
'''Applejack:''' Oh, shucks. I'm not much for speeches.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' All right then, no speech! ''[runs off]''\\
'''Applejack:''' ...but...\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' ''[runs back]''

-> Written by Amy Keating Rogers

The episode begins as Applejack runs an obstacle course to practice for the upcoming Equestrian Rodeo in Canterlot. As she's won ten Ponyville rodeos in a row, everyone expects her to return with lots of blue ribbons (and tons of prize money to fix the damaged town hall; Derpy Hooves has outdone herself in the screwup department). After a flattering goodbye from all of Ponyville, AJ sets off for Canterlot.

A week later, everypony has gathered at Sweet Apple Acres to throw a surprise party for Applejack's return... but she doesn't show. A delivery pony arrives with a telegram from Applejack:

->'''Twilight Sparkle:''' "Family and friends: Not coming back to Ponyville. Don't worry, will send money soon." ...that's all there is.

Stunned at Applejack's refusal to return, Twilight and the others declare they'll find Applejack and bring her back. They set off to search for their friend.

After a brief stop at the rodeo grounds, the ponies arrive in Dodge Junction, where they find Applejack has accepted a job at Cherry Jubilee's cherry orchard. AJ insists she just wanted a change of scenery, but her friends don't buy it and decide to stick around to try and get some answers.

The ponies fail to get anything out of Applejack at first, but when they weaponize Pinkie Pie's chatterbox nature, Applejack finally caves. She swears a Pinkie Promise to tell them everything the next morning at breakfast... but she never shows.

That's when the others discover that it is [[BerserkButton never a good idea to break a Pinkie Promise]].

The ponies look for Applejack and find her trying to get out of Dodge (literally) via stagecoach! They give chase, accidentally losing Pinkie Pie and Rarity in the process. Applejack thinks she's safe when a Friendship Express Train passes and blocks her friends' pursuit, but Rainbow and Fluttershy fly over it and knock her over, revealing the real reason Applejack didn't return: She won ribbons in every event, but not one ''blue'' ribbon -- and no prize money for the town hall repairs. Applejack was too ashamed to return empty-hoofed after everypony's build-up, so she took the job at Cherry Jubilee's so she could earn money to send home.

The friends all assure Applejack that it doesn't matter what color ribbons she won; having her home with them in Ponyville means more than any prize.

AJ, back on the Friendship Express Train home, narrates her letter to Princess Celestia:

->''"It's a tad easier to be proud when you come in first than it is when you finish further back, but there's no reason to hide when you don't do as well as you'd hoped. You can't run away from your problems. Better to run'' to ''your friends and family!''

As they return to Ponyville, Applejack is greeted warmly by her friends and dogpiled by her family.

Meanwhile, Pinkie and Rarity are making their way back on a hoofcar after being knocked off the cart during the chase to catch Applejack. Pinkie is chattering incessantly, and Rarity is muttering dire implications for Rainbow Dash, who refused to go back for them.


* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Why the already punny 'Pinkie Swear' got retconned to 'Pinkie Promise' here.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since the location is clearly paralleling the desert of the Southwestern USA, where cacti grow on a regular basis.
* BenevolentBoss / [[NiceGuy Nice Pony]]: Cherry Jubilee, who gladly offers Applejack a job with room and board when she hears she's looking for a "change of scenery", and tells her workers to have fun before they get started.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever break a Pinkie Promise, or else Pinkie will...um.... ''get seriously upset with you!'' By that we mean, she will be BurningWithAnger and speaking with VoiceOfTheLegion.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: You do ''NOT'' want to break a Pinkie Promise. The silly party girl led the chase and jumped onto the coach to chew Applejack out for it.
* BigNo: Applejack's driven to this by Pinkie's rambling.
* BlushSticker: Applejack gets these in the intro, when being complimented by Apple Bloom regarding her rodeo achievements.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The new version of the episode has Derpy's scene completely re-recorded to remove her SimpletonVoice and partially re-animated to make her eyes less googly, along with removing her name. Also, some parts of Pinkie's BerserkButton tirade had the Exorcist-style vocal effects removed. While the "Friendship Express" DVD retained the original version of the scene, as it was pressed before the controversy, the season 2 DVD has the new edited version present.
* BreakTheCutie: We don't find out until the end, but her failure at the rodeo did this to Applejack. Just listen to her voice when she reveals this to the rest of the Mane Cast.
* BrickJoke:
** We learn that the town that Applejack went to after the rodeo is named Dodge Junction. At the very start of the chase scene, Applejack says, "I gotta get the heck outta Dodge!"
** During the chase scene, Pinkie jumps to get on the carriage with Applejack. After AJ's apology, Pinkie jumps back onto the chase cart with the quick line "Rarity catch me!", knocking them both off the cart. At the very end of the episode, we see Pinkie and Rarity traveling together on a hoof cart... and Pinkie ''still'' can't decide what she wants to name her new recipe (or is simply enjoying saying the silly words).
** Pinkie briefly forgets about her PottyEmergency after spotting Applejack, but soon has to excuse herself again.
* BrokenAce: Similar to her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E4ApplebuckSeason previous limelight episode]], the opening sets up Applejack as highly cherished for her talents and reliability and completely unable to accept an instance of failure and letting someone down as a result.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter:
** Big Mac is as tearful and heartbroken as Granny Smith and Apple Bloom at the idea that Applejack isn't coming home.
** Rainbow Dash also tears up near the end of the episode.
* CallBack:
** Pinkie Promises have returned, and this time, we see what happens when you break one.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E23TheCutieMarkChronicles The Cutie Mark Chronicles]]", Applejack got her cutie mark at the same time she realized that Sweet Apple Acres was where she truly belonged, which justifies how Granny and Apple Bloom consider it very much out of character for her to abandon her home and family. Big Mac's despondency upon finding out she's not coming back also hearkens back to his sadness when she first left as a filly.
* ChaseScene: The ponies chase Applejack's stage coach in a cart.
* ContinuityNod:
** Applejack rattling off all those cherry dishes is reminiscent of how she first introduces herself to Twilight. This time, however, she's more matter-of-fact than enthusiastic.
** Applejack lost the first event of the Iron Pony Contest in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Fall Weather Friends]]" on a technicality--she bumped into one of the barrels in a slalom. In the first few moments of The Last Roundup, she nudges the steeplechase hurdle, and eventually fails to take first place in anything.
** Pinkie falling from the cart and taking Rarity with her mirrors a scene from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony, Part 2]]", in which the same thing happens in the Twinkling Balloon. Applejack being unable to face an unpleasant truth and trying to duck the consequences also calls back to "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 Return of Harmony, Part 1]]". Furthermore, Applejack seems to have learned from experience how terrible she is at lying and instead resorts to refusing to talk at all to avoid it.
** Not only is Applejack's planned surprise party thrown in what appears to be the same barn as [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E25PartyOfOne a certain other one]], at the beginning of the scene, we hear what seems to be a slight variation of the very same music which is played during Pinkie's psychotic breakdown in the same episode.
** The four ponies pulling the carriage look an awful lot like the ones that pulled the train in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel Over A Barrel]]". Their annoyance at AJ's whipping their reins is reminiscent of the annoyance Rarity's friends expressed when Spike did the same in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E26TheBestNightEver The Best Night Ever]]".
** The background ponies at Applejack's surprise party were all present at the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon Apple family reunion]]... except for Bon-Bon, who apparently decided to crash the party. She's also present during the sendoff and a few other group scenes. Maybe she's a member of the Apple family too? Or a friend?
** The "Friendship" {{Leitmotif}} from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E1TheReturnOfHarmonyPart1 the Return of Harmony]] reoccurs.
** This is not the first time [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers a pony jumps over a piece of wood in slow-motion]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Pinkie's constant chattering is used as a torture device to make Applejack talk.
--> '''Pinkie Pie''': Pickle-barrel kumquat! Pickle-barrel kumquat! Pickle-barrel kumquat! Chimi-cherry-changa!
--> '''Applejack''': [[BigNO Nooooo!]] Make it stop!
* CueTheFallingObject: Rainbow Dash says to Derpy, "Don't want to do any more damage than you've already done," as the camera pulls out to show Town Hall's wrecked roof. As soon as Dash finishes, the roof collapses entirely.
* CryCute: Rainbow Dash gets "all sappy" after Fluttershy helps convince Applejack to come home.
* DeadpanSnarker:
--> '''Derpy Hooves (stomping on a storm cloud):''' I just don't know what went wrong! ''[gets zapped herself]''
--> '''Rainbow Dash:''' Yeah. It's a mystery.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment
--> '''Fluttershy:''' Being surprised can be nice, but being startled can be very... startling.
--> '''Rarity:''' Were you insulted when I insulted your hair?
* DelayedReaction: Twice by Pinkie. First when she found Applejack, the second when she remembered [[PottyEmergency what she was on her way to do]] when she found her
* {{Determinator}}: All of Applejack's friends become this when it comes to finding out what's wrong and bringing her home.
* ExactWords:
** Applejack demands nobody talk about Ponyville, so the girls talk about anything ''but''.
** After [[MotorMouth having her ear talked off by Pinkie]], Applejack finally agrees to tell everypony why she can't go home at breakfast tomorrow. [[LoopholeAbuse She gets out of it by simply not making breakfast]].
** Miss Jubilee says Applejack won ''so many'' ribbons. She isn't wrong; they're just not blue.
* EveryManHasHisPrice: When Applejack hires a carriage to skip town and her friends start chasing her, both Applejack ''and'' Twilight try to buy the pulling stallions by offering them double pay if they run faster, then triple pay if they slow down and finally quadruple pay if they run at top speed and leave the girls eating their dust. The stallions happily accept every offer without a single beat. At the end, the stallions decide that not even quadruple pay is worth risking their lives for Applejack and they ditch her.
---> '''Coach ponies, visibly upset:''' [[SpeakInUnison Lady, you're trouble!]]
* ExasperatedPerp: Rainbow Dash's plan to get Applejack to talk is to let Pinkie Pie annoy her into submission.
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': The only way to make it stop is to spill the beams.
* FloorboardFailure: Derpy manages to break through the town hall's floor simply by ''sitting down''.
* FollowThatCar: Pinkie shouts this phrase when Applejack tries to escape on a stage coach.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In her practice run during the ColdOpen, AJ's back leg dings one of the steeplechase hurdles (specifically a Trakehner) and two of the hay bales she threw didn't cross the finish line, which are the sort of technicalities that would cost her a blue ribbon. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] because AJ didn't seem overly concerned about either of these, suggesting either complacency or over-confidence in her prior training.
** In Apple Bloom's MrExposition moment she appends "in Ponyville" to Applejack's list of accomplishments too many times for viewers not to think "...but not in Canterlot."
* ForgotICouldFly:
** Applejack realizes that celebrating her getaway from her friends is premature when the two ''Pegasi'' pulling the cart simply fly over the Friendship Express Train in their way.
** Happened at the beginning of the chase scene as well. Rainbow Dash apparently forgot that she could fly faster than the stallions pulling the coach could run, and Twilight apparently forgot that she could just teleport into Applejack's coach.
* TheFriendsWhoNeverHang: The scene at the end is the first time Pinkie Pie and Rarity have ever been alone together onscreen.
* FurryConfusion:
** The chase scene has a pony in a stage coach pulled by ponies. A rickshaw maybe?
** Rodeo clown ponies. Rodeos have clowns to distract bucking bulls after they've tossed competitors, but in this universe cows are a sentient species on par with ponies.
* FurryReminder: Ponies in this show rarely clap when they applaud -- they stomp.
* {{GASP}}:
** Everypony, upon hearing that Applejack is not returning to Ponyville.
** When Pinkie discovers Applejack has welshed on her Pinkie Promise.
* GenkiGirl: Exploited in that they ''weaponize'' Pinkie's hyperactivity to coerce Applejack into talking.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A 'Cherrychanga' is also [[http://www.drinksmixer.com/drinkg19h489.html a cocktail]]. Coinicidence? Given "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip's]]" [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appletini "Apple Teeny"]] -- and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applejack_%28beverage%29 "Applejack,"]] for that matter -- possibly not.
* HandcarPursuit: Poor Pinkie and Rarity are left behind and forced to hoofcar all the way back to Ponyville.
* HeroicBSOD: Applejack spends most of the episode in one for failing to bring back the money and rewards that the town expects of her.
* HighPressureEmotion: Pinkie blows her stack after Applejack seems to break her Pinkie Promise.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: To Pinkie Pie, "pickle barrel," "kumquat," and all three potential names for her new recipe: "cherrychanga," "chimicherry," or "chimicherrychanga".
* InnocentlyInsensitive: Twilight Sparkle. The telegram pony was sincerely delighted by the party (it was apparently his birthday). Twilight's actions to point out his mistake included scowling at him and slamming the door in his face, doubling his embarrassment and hurt feelings. Justified from her point of view, of course, because of her worry about Applejack's failure to return home. Pinkie makes up for it by giving him a piece of cake immediately afterward.
* TheKlutz: [[AscendedMeme Derpy]], on the disaster-causing level of klutziness.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Rainbow Dash has a fangirl moment over Wild Bull Hickock and Calamity Mane.
* LoopholeAbuse: Applejack didn't ''break'' her Pinkie Promise so much as duck it completely.
%%* ManlyTears: Big Macintosh's reaction to Applejack not coming home.
* MeaningfulName: Cherry Jubilee claims that she'd never seen anypony win so many ribbons at a rodeo competition, suggesting Applejack had entered every competition she could and labeling Applejack a JackOfAllTrades.
* MrExposition:
--> '''Apple Bloom:''' [[AsYouKnow "After all, you're the ten-time rodeo cham-peen of Ponyville! You've got more blue ribbons than any pony in Ponyville...ever!"]]
* MoodDissonance: The below-mentioned ShoutOut takes place during what, at first glance, appears to be a fairly serious scene.
* MotorMouth: The other ponies '''weaponize''' Pinkie's constant chattering to get Applejack to talk.
** Her exposure to it all the way back to Ponyville may add to Rarity's desire to make Rainbow Dash pay.
* MythologyGag:
** A clumsy mare who causes havoc and is voiced by Creator/TabithaStGermain? Harks back to ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 A Very Minty Christmas]]''.
** Once again, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Applejack is a silly pony]].
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: {{Defied}}. Rainbow Dash refuses to go back when Pinkie Pie and Rarity fall off their cart.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' No time. They knew what they were getting into.
** Becomes a BrickJoke toward the end.
-->'''Rarity:''' [[WhatTheHellHero When I get back, you're gonna get it, Rainbow Dash!]]
* NoOSHACompliance: You'd think they would condemn the town hall if it was in that bad a shape rather than hold a celebration near it...
* NobodyPoops: Averted by Pinkie Pie's discomfort, which has an obvious source, as well as Applejack leaving the outhouse and Pinkie rushing into it. Plus, we can hear the toilet flush.
* NoodleIncident:
** The rodeo is mentioned and is a major plot point, but we don't get many details on it other than a few names and that Applejack didn't win first in any event.
** Exactly ''how'' the town hall was in the shape it was in is left up in the air, though Rainbow Dash's dialog certainly suggests Derpy had a heavy hoof in it.
*** This was confirmed by the writer of the episode, who said that the original script had a short flashback where we see Ditzy Doo (the pegasus that interacted with Rainbow Dash in the script, who has been confirmed not to be the same as Derpy) accidentally break Town Hall. The scene was cut for time and for shifting the episode's focus away from the main plot.
** Three of the Mane Five guessing how they might have made Applejack leave town. Twilight and Rarity's guesses are pretty mundane, but Rainbow Dash made a cloud rain on her for some reason.
* NotSoStoic:
** Big Macintosh crying, natch.
** Applejack ''tries'' to be TheStoic when her friends badger her with questions, but they see right through her facade and get her to reveal what's troubling her.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** Everypony going looking for Applejack is spurred by how out of character her actions seem. Her being defensive and evasive also tips them off to the fact they're not getting the full story.
** Pinkie Pie, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess again]], goes berserk after Applejack breaks her Pinkie Promise.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Applejack's competition (where she scored a ribbon in every single event) and her meeting Wild Bull Hickok and Calamity Mane.
* OhCrap:
** Applejack, once Pinkie found out she broke her promise.
** And again, after managing to hide herself behind a train, the two pegusi just fly over it.
** The Mane Six minus Applejack, after seeing they'll have to go to Dodge.
** Rarity when Pinkie jumps off Applejack's stagecoach, saying, "Rarity, catch me!"
* OrwellianRetcon: The famous Derpy scene [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCUT-KHWeec has been altered]]: Derpy is no longer referred to by name (except in Creator/TheHub's closed captions, since they weren't updated to match the new version), her googly eyes are much less googly, her voice has been re-dubbed to be more TheDitz, and Rainbow doesn't use as harsh of a tone when speaking to her. This was revealed to be a response to a number of complaints that Derpy seemed insensitive to the mentally challenged, against the show's message of tolerance. While the episode's writer, Amy Keating Rogers, believed changing the episode would only [[BrokenBase complicate things]] (since the praise and thanks she had received FAR outweighed the hate mail), the decision was out of her hands.
** Subcontracted animation teams confirmed the grey cock-eyed pegasus is still around, and that none of her [[RunningGag upcoming]] [[FunnyBackgroundEvent cameos]] will be altered. Time will tell if that continues to be true in Season 3, since the main team in Vancouver isn't talking.
* OutOfCharacterMoment:
** "I can't tell y'all the truth!" [[ExactWords She's technically not lying to them]]. She just isn't saying anything on the matter. Also, she is ''being honest'' when she says "I can't tell y'all the truth". She expects them to think less of her for failing. Finally, she promised at the beginning of the episode that she would use the prize money from the rodeo to fix the roof. When she didn't win any prize money, she felt she would be breaking that promise should she return home empty-hoofed.
** Also, Rainbow Dash leaving Rarity and Pinkie behind? Element of Loyalty!? Justified as her loyalty was focused on Applejack at the time. Discord forced her to realize that she can't be loyal to conflicting parties at the same time. Rarity and Pinkie were near a town and could get back with little difficulty. Bringing Applejack back and showing the rest of the Apple Family that she was okay was a bigger priority for the rest of the Mane Six.
* OutOfGenreExperience: Like [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel last season]], this episode is suddenly a western, complete with frontier town and epic carriage chase.
* OverlyLongGag: Pinkie's mouth exercises and recipe names.
* PottyEmergency: Pinkie really needs to go to the bathroom when they get to Dodge Junction.
* {{Pride}}: Once again, the source of Applejack's problems comes from her fear of failure (in this case, the consequences of such) and her self-image.
* QuiveringEyes: When Apple Bloom hears her big sister's not coming home, and then the whole family as Granny says, "Our little bushel has lost one apple."
* ReverseWhodunnit: To every viewer except perhaps the TargetAudience, it is blindingly transparent what Applejack's problem is, from the moment her letter home uses one of its two sentences to say "Don't worry, will send money".
* RhymingWithItself: Pinkie Pie claims "bean" is a word that rhymes with "beans"
* SchizoTech; Steam powered trains yet conveyor belts are pony powered[[note]]though given the size of Jubilee's staff prior to Twilight and Co. showing up, she might not have needed an engine[[/note]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The carriage ponies Applejack hires decide in unison that even quadruple their usual price isn't worth risking getting hit by a train.
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Applejack believes anything less than 1st place is a disgrace. Justified, as she wanted to win the prize money to pay for damages to Ponyville town hall.
* SeriousBusiness: 5 words: "NOPONY breaks a Pinkie Promise!"
* ShesAManInJapan: The Hungarian language dub of this episode had Derpy speaking with a distinctly masculine voice.
* ShoutOut:
** The cherry sorting scene is a clear nod to the famous chocolate conveyor belt scene from ''Series/ILoveLucy'', itself a homage to the silent film ''Film/ModernTimes''.
** "[[Series/{{Gunsmoke}} I gotta get the heck outta Dodge!]]"
** Rainbow Dash trying to stop the roof from falling is reminiscent of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} a certain blue tight wearing super hero]].
** A "fourth wall"-breaking character who likes the sound of the word Chimi (cherry) changas? [[{{Deadpool}} I look good as a pink pony]]!
** Derpy's accent sounds like a certain [[VideoGame/MediEvil skeleton knight]].
** Cherry Jubilee's business is the Cherry-O Ranch, a nod to the ''Hi Ho! Cherry-O'' children's board game from Hasbro.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Rainbow Dash asks Applejack if she met [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Bill_Hickok Wild Bull Hickok]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamity_Jane Calamity Mane]].
* ShownTheirWork: Applejack's head is clearly too high when jumping the highest Trakehner on the Sweet Apple Acres training course in the ColdOpen; if she had trained better for proper bascule, she wouldn't have dinged the rail.
* SomethingWeForgot: Poor Rarity and Pinkie are accidentally left behind by the rest of the cast when they return to Ponyville.
** As they use a hoofcar to return to Ponyville, Rarity strongly [[LampshadeHanging implies]] a hefty [[WhatTheHellHero chewing out]] for Rainbow Dash for leaving them behind.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: For an episode ostensibly about Applejack, there's sure a lot of focus on Pinkie.
* StockSoundEffects: When one pony finally says she knows where Applejack is and points to the distant desert, there's the shriek of a raptor bird. (Last heard in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win]]" when Rainbow announces the race through Ghastly Gorge.)
* SuddenlyVoiced: Derpy finally gets her own speaking lines! And is (well, '''''was''''') officially named, too!
* TakingYouWithMe: Derpy sits on the town hall's balcony floor but it breaks under the weight of her butt. She tries to save herself by holding onto Rainbow Dash but she pulls her through the hole and they both fall.
* TheyKnewTheRisks: Rainbow Dash's reason for not going back for Pinkie and Rarity when they fall from the coach is that they were aware that could happen. This allows them to focus on Applejack.
* TheTriple: Done during this exchange while they are talking about what to do next if they can't find Applejack at Dodge Junction.
-->'''Fluttershy''': I don't know how we'll break it to the Apple family.
-->'''Twilight Sparkle''': I don't know how we'll break it to Ponyville!
-->'''Pinkie Pie''':(Desperately trying to [[PottyEmergency hold it in]]) I don't know how I'll make it to the next stop!
* ThisMeansWar
-->'''Rarity''': When I get back, you're gonna get it, Rainbow Dash!
* ThrowTheDogABone: After the Telegram delivery pony got glared at and the door slammed in his face at what he thought was his birthday party, Pinkie gives him a slice of cake.
* ToonPhysics: Applejack was involved with two instances.
** During the conveyor belt sorting scene, she's running very fast in the flywheel, causing her tail and mane to fly behind her even though they should fall normally because she's staying in one spot.
** Although the flywheel is mounted to the side of the conveyor belt, when Applejack stops suddenly after running very fast on it, the cherries fly forward, yet somehow still manage to plaster Applejack. Of course, [[RuleOfFunny it was rather humorous.]]
* TrainStationGoodbye: Happens at the beginning when Applejack heads off for the rodeo.
* TrainEscape: Applejack crosses a train track in order to block her friends with an oncoming Friendship Express Train. It doesn't work, as Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash just fly over the train.
* TrampledUnderfoot: [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Fluttershy spots a desert rabbit in their path and screeches to a halt. The glower Rainbow Dash gives her implies Rainbow might've jumped over the bunny... or just kept going.
* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: Applejack uses the "giving 110%" version when she says "I'll do ''better'' than my best!"
* UnaccustomedAsIAmToPublicSpeaking: When Pinkie demands a speech, Applejack says she's not much for speeches, ''but...''
* UnstoppableRage: Pinkie after Applejack seems to break her Pinkie Promise.
* UnusualEuphemism: Pinkie Pie rushing to the outhouse at the Dodge Junction train station. "Oh, pickles!"
* UnwantedAssistance: Derpy's efforts in setting up Applejack's sendoff party end up doing more damage than anything else, and are what ultimately set off the events of the episode.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Derpy, the Mayor, and Applejack share this.
** Derpy ''literally'' breaks the town hall.
** Applejack pledges to donate her winnings to fix town hall, causing her to feel incapable of returning when she doesn't win any.
** The Mayor praises Applejack ''in advance'' for pledging her winnings to fix it.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Rainbow Dash, whose most notable interactions with Applejack are usually rivalistic or argumentative, is the most vehement on bringing her back to Ponyville and is the most aggressive about it.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Excuse me, AJ, but we didn't travel all over Equestria searching for you to come home without you!
-->'''Applejack:''' Well I didn't ask you to come looking for me!
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Pinkie's voice reverberates when yelling at Applejack.
--> '''Pinkie Pie:''' APPLEJACK!! '''''YOU PINKIE PROMISED!!'''''
* WalkingDisasterArea: Derpy can't even sit down without something breaking.
* WhamLine: Delivered by Applejack, when she finally reveals what her problem is.
-->'''Applejack:''' Don't you get it? There's every color of ribbon down there. Every color... but... blue.
** Then the one that positively made the fans [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geTCP666Yf4 explode.]]
-->'''Rainbow Dash''': Huh? *Lightning strike* AH! Careful Derpy!"
* WhatTheHellHero: Applejack is willing to endanger four of the Dodge Junction ponies with that railroad crossing stunt just to keep her embarrassment and the fact she didn't win any money for Ponyville at all from her friends. This makes them write her off, even though she promised them quadruple to leave her friends in the dust.
--> '''Dodge Junction Stallions:''' ''[in unison]'' Lady, you're ''trouble''.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Multiple times this episode:
** Pinkie and Fluttershy both get them when the cherry sorter speeds up too fast for them.
** Pinkie again, upon finding out ''somepony'' broke her promise.
** Applejack, on hearing the voice of an enraged Pinkie as she tries to sneak out of town.
* WorkOffTheDebt: Self-inflicted: Applejack takes a job at a cherry orchard to replace the prize money she failed to win at the rodeo.
* YouAllLookFamiliar: Several familiar faces from Ponyville, including Carrot Top and Caramel, appear in the Equestria rodeo stadium ''all the way in Canterlot''.

->Chimmycherry? Cherrychanga? Chimmycherry? Cherrychanga? Chimmycherry? Cherrychanga...