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YMMV: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S2 E9 "Sweet and Elite"
In this episode, Rarity learns that she shouldn't be ashamed of where she comes from. But what about putting the priorities of your friends first? Isn't that a more fitting moral?
Twilight threw that moral out the window when she told Rarity to go talk to the Canterlot ponies. Most friends would prefer that their friend do something that will help them get connected rather than a birthday party.
Besides, acknowledging your roots (hometown and friends, in this case) is an important lesson, because it makes up a large part of who you are. The only reason Rarity does lie is that she's compromising that.
Were the mane six socially clueless at the Garden Party, or were they serving alcoholic drinks at Twilight's party and had gotten slightly inebriated? Maybe that's why Spike wasn't present…
Did Fancypants recognize Twilight Sparkle for who she was? He gives a mysterious wink when he refers to her as "this lovely young filly from Ponyville..." If this is true, he may even know a little bit about her personality — particularly that she dislikes special treatment and that she wouldn't appreciate him announcing her identity.
For that matter, is Fancypants helping further Rarity's social career from sheer good nature and altruism, or is he just enjoying the way she gets under the skin of obnoxious social-climbers like Jet Set and Upper Crust?
Crazy Awesome: If the "Party Cannon" doesn't make Pinkie Pie this, then nothing ever will.
Ensemble Darkhorse: This episode introduced several new minor and background ponies. Fancypants has become quite popular in the fandom, and his unnamed female companion spawned a bunch of fanart within a day of the episode airing.
There's a funny case with Wonderbolt Fleetfoot. A few days before this episode aired, someone created an OC Stand In out of an Off Model Wonderbolt that appears briefly in "The Best Night Ever", giving her the name Echo. The premise of a blind Wonderbolt was popular enough to get fanart within days... and in this episode "Echo" returns, gets the name Fleetfoot, and wins the race. Said blog adopted it as Echo's surname, and now she's one of the most popular Wonderbolts.
Spoiled by the Format: "Hearth's Warming Eve" originally aired before "Family Appreciation Day" and "Baby Cakes", so its plot synopsis was known prior to this episode's airing. As a result, the synopsis that mentioned the *six* friends going to Canterlot to do a play suggested that Rarity would choose her friends over her important business connections.
Strawman Has a Point: The Canterlot Elite are depicted as smug elitists for treating the ponies from Ponyville as boorish hicks. In addition to Fluttershy ruining the highest profile national annual party, the Grand Galloping Gala (with her friends assaulting several of the party guests to boot), Rarity's friends crash and trash the Canterlot Garden Party (the second highest profile national annual party), making one wonder if the reputation for being boorish hicks is at least somewhat deserved.
A modified take on Ravel's "Boléro" is used during the scene where Rarity dunks Opal in water.
In addition, the music played during Twilight's party is a sound-alike of the 1981 Stray Cats song "Rock this Town."
When Hilarity Ensues, the backing music borrows thematically from Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance".
What an Idiot: Rarity lies to the Canterlot elite about Rainbow Dash, telling them that she's the Wonderbolts' trainer. Does Rainbow not have real impressive accomplishments, Rarity? Such as saving Equestria twice and being the only pony ever to perform a Sonic Rainboom?
Probably because she thought they'd dismiss the connection as soon as they heard where Rainbow's from. Or at least where she lives now. Remember how Rarity's hat was mocked as soon as Rarity's hometown came to light?
The Woobie: It's hard not to feel sorry for the bellhop pony for breaking his back just to do his job.