YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S1 E26 "The Best Night Ever"

  • Accidental Aesop: No, odds are someone's "princely side" won't come out just because you're patient. If someone isn't treating you right from the word go, don't waste your time with them.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • While talking to the Mane 6 about places in Canterlot, Spike talks about wanting to show Rarity (who he has a crush on) the Crown Jewels.
    • Applejack tells Rarity and Blueblood that "I've got you covered." In equine terminology, "cover" is a term for mating.
    • At one point, Rarity asks Prince Blueblood if he's "afraid to get dirty".
  • Awesome Music: "At the Gala," which seamlessly combines a different musical style for each of the mane six.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: This episode actually introduces quite a few new ponies, both named and background. A certain cello playing pony made her debut here. She has quite a few fans.
  • Ear Worm: At the Gala, in the garden, I'm going to see them all, all the birdies, and the critters, all the creatures big and small, we'll become good friends forever, right here at the Galaaaaa...! And that's just the beginning (Fluttershy's part).
  • Fridge Brilliance:
    • It's no wonder Celestia hates the Gala if she has to spend at least a good chunk of it as a door greeter. Also, she has seen galas like this one for over 1000 years. No wonder they bore her.
    • Of course the animals started out running from Fluttershy. They're probably trained to avoid guests in case they poop or shed or otherwise do animal things near the hoity-toity set.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: This episode was one of the earliest to highlight Rainbow Dash's goal of joining the Wonderbolts, with her part in the Crowd Song featuring her having an Imagine Spot of being a fully fledged member of the team. Exactly five years after this episode aired (give or take a day) she ends up achieving her dream.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fluttershy can do the Royal Canterlot voice!
  • Memetic Mutation: Fluttershy's "You're... going to LOVE ME!"
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "At The Gala" sounds suspiciously similar to "Ever After" from "Into The Woods".
  • What an Idiot!: Fluttershy getting caught in her own trap when she tries to capture a rabbit.
  • Values Dissonance: Rarity's triple-pierced ears are a minor example. To the show's Target Demographic and many of its older fans, this is simply ponies sit on their haunches, but many of their parents and grandparents can remember a time when anything more than a pair of earrings was The New Rock & Roll.
  • The Woobie:
    • Rarity when you think about it. The others messed up, sure, but after spending the entire season looking forwards and envisioning Blueblood as her Prince Charming, he treats her like crap and she puts up with it the entire night in hopes he'll turn out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or she can change him for the better. While Rainbow, Applejack, Pinkie, and Fluttershy were at least partly responsible for their problems, Rarity did absolutely nothing wrong and still ended up getting treated like crap. It's rather hard not to feel sorry for her. Or cheer for her when she's eventually had enough.Or both! (OK, one thing: she Thinks Like a Romance Novel, which Blueblood clearly averts.)
    • It's hard not to feel sorry for Twilight Sparkle, as well. Twilight Sparkle may not have anticipated Celestia being too busy, but she stayed right by Celestia's side and behaved herself like a GOOD faithful student, standing there for two hours while Celestia did nothing but greet each guest! Like Rarity, she "did absolutely nothing but got her evening messed up". At least she got what she wanted in the end, to spend time with the Princess.
    • Celestia herself considering that it looks like she has to spend every Gala as the door greeter for hours every time it's held for hundreds of years. Furthermore, she's so utterly bored by galas at this point that door greeter seems mild in comparison to spending any more time than absolutely necessary in the company of her guests.
    • Spike just wanted to spend time with the Mane 6 and ended up drowning his sorrows in doughnuts and cocoa at his favorite doughnut shop the whole time while they were all at the Gala. Luckily, that all gets straightened out after the Mane 6 join him over at the doughnut shop, not only to laugh away their troubles but also to acknowledge how in the right Spike was when he intended to hang out with them, especially after Celestia joins them later on.

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