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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Did the town chase off the Flim Flam Brothers ''just'' because their cider was rotten, or because the brothers had [[KickTheDog given the town a front row seat to how rotten the two of them really were]] and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone out of guilt for their inability to wait for cider costing the Apples their livelihood]]? Why not TakeAThirdOption and say they did it for both reasons?
** Some fans view a protectionist subtext in the plot of the chapter; the prize is ''exclusive'' cider selling rights for locals.
* {{Anvilicious}}:
** This episode appears to have a "big business is evil; 'mom & pop' organizations are good" until you remember that Sweet Apple Acres is just one "branch" of the Apple Family business. They have farms all over the country in contrast to a company that consists of two brothers and their car.
** "It makes more sense to trust someone who has a track record for trustworthiness and good work, rather than some [[ConMan fly-by-night outfit]] that promises you the sun and the moon."
* EarWorm: The Flim-Flam brothers' VillainSong.
* EvilIsSexy: In-universe example and inverted; Rarity seems to find the Flim Flam Brothers quite attractive until she finds out what they're really like.
* HilariousInHindsight: Figures that Fluttershy would be the one helping with the ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E21OverABarrel trees]]''.
* HoYay: Rainbow Dash breaks into Fluttershy's bedroom before dawn just so they can get cider together. When She rips the blanket away from Fluttershy, the latter covers up her chest and gives a big blush (pointlessly, it must be said).
* IdiotPlot: If either the Apple Family or Flim and Flam had had even an ounce of business sense, the entire thing could've been worked out to the benefit of all involved in roughly five minutes.
** The Flim-Flam Brothers offer a 75%-25% split of the profits with the Apples, which they refuse. However, it's clear the Apples cannot keep up with the demand for cider with the townsfolk, and they never have in several years prior. The Brothers' machine ''does'' produce cider at a much faster rate, and as Rainbow Dash points out, the quality of the Apple cider (which is an InformedAttribute since the proper cider the Brothers produce seems just fine) is irrelevant if most of the town doesn't get any. With how eager everypony is for cider, there was clearly plenty of profit to go around if the two sides worked out a fairer deal with the other.
** During the competition, the Flim-Flam Brothers agree to let "honorary" family members help out the Apples. Previously they were out-producing the Apples 3 barrels to 1. Then they asked to be able to double their manpower. While you couldn't expect that to increase production as much as it did, surely the Brothers could have realized their advantage would be lessened by this.
** The Apples also have a very poor business sense beyond the Flim-Flam Brothers. There seems to be no limit to how many mugs of cider a pony can buy at a time, meaning somepony like Pinkie Pie can talk off with at least a dozen mugs while other ponies wait all day to be told they're out. And considering, with the help of the rest of the Mane Six, they ''do'' manage to produce enough cider to match the Flim-Flam Brothers' machine, why did it never occur to them in the past to hire outside help; their cider production falls far short of the town's demand of it, and they ''know'' that because it happens every year.
* {{Narm}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4AUpn-vhYc The Flim-Flam brothers laughing]] during their KickTheDog moment. They laugh again later on, but it sounds nothing like the first time, which makes the first laughs even narmier.
* NauseaFuel: The Flim-Flam Brothers' nasty cider at the end, with whole dirty apple chunks floating in it.
* OlderThanTheyThink: A pair of "new" background ponies (One with a wrench for a cutie mark, and one whose cutie mark appears to be ''[[Myth/NorseMythology Thor's hammer]]'') have caught the interest of some fans and appear to be on their way to becoming {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s. They appeared as early as "Applebuck Season", but this might be the first time they've been shown with visible cutie marks.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: When the Apples are protesting that Flim and Flam's quickly-made cider can't compare to the deliciousness of their lovingly-made cider, Rainbow Dash and the others who missed out (at this point acting as antagonists) counter that extra-delicious cider is no good to them if they never get to drink any. Which is... absolutely correct, cider that's just "okay" that you get to drink is better than cider that's amazing that you never get any of. Especially since Rainbow Dash was so desperate for cider that at one point she ''eats dirt''.
* UnconventionalLearningExperience: You can get an awful lot of Econ 101 out of this episode regarding advertising, supply vs. demand, quality control, public relations, pony resources, artificial scarcity, effect of competition on market conditions, disadvantages and obtuseness of a monopoly, and the concept of inferior and normal goods.
** Not to mention the effects of (early) mechanization and industrialisation on pre-industrial professions.
* TheWoobie: Thanks to given circumstances, Rainbow Dash comes off akin to the ''Trix Rabbit''. Except at the end, she kept getting denied just '''one''' mug of cider.

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