YMMV: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S3 E8 "Just for Sidekicks"

  • Accidental Innuendo: "But before I can do my duty, I'm going to need some of your booty."
  • Broken Base:
    • Peewee's offscreen departure. Some fans were upset at Spike keeping Peewee rather than returning him to his parents and thought this was an Author's Saving Throw. Fans who liked the idea of Spike having a pet though view it as They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character.
    • Spike's treatment in this episode. Some found it funny, others found it unintentionally sad, the latter due to him not being invited to help welcome the inspector.
    • Fans are even divided on Zecora's role in this episode. Granted, her intentions for donating one of Spike's gems to charity were good, but it's hard for fans to decide whether it was an all-around good deed to get Spike to think straight or a major Disproportionate Retribution (considering how some even interpret the way Zecora went about it and compare Spike's greed in this episode to his greed in "Secret Of My Excess").
    • Cadence landed herself right back in the Scrappy Heap by not inviting Spike along with the Mane Six after he saved her kingdom, with zero explanation despite Spike explicitly pointing it out. Though this got a largely accepted Author's Saving Throw the following season, where it seems she wanted to keep the statue being built of him a surprise for when he actually came to the games, and we find out he's regarded as a Living Legend in the Crystal Empire.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Screw Loose, previously seen as an asylum patient during the end of "Read it and Weep". Her short cameo in the background of this episode showed her in a house. Fans of the show were very happy to see her again and also happy that she apparently no longer thinks she's a dog.
    • The skinny nerdy pony from "Putting Your Hoof Down" is back as well, and running his own potions business as well.
    • A little Girl Scout (Filly Scout?) pony, seen only briefly when Zecora took one of Spike's gems and donated it to charity. The bronies have already embraced her and named her "Tag Along", after a brand of Girl Scout cookie.
  • The Scrappy: Angel, who wavers as one to the fanbase, was more or less confirmed as an In-Universe example for the rest of the pets, who hate his bad attitude as much as Spike does..
  • Ship Tease:
    • Opal and Tank's interactions with each other.
    • Cheerilee and Big McIntosh can be seen walking together, and apparently going for a picnic.
    • Golden Harvest and Written Script are hugging on the station.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: All of the pets share the fandom's dislike of Angel Bunny, including Gummy, who normally doesn't show emotion. Owlowiscious even gives Angel an Implied Death Threat at one point.
  • What an Idiot: Spike's whole dilemma is essentially caused because he can't control himself when it comes to eating gems. Facepalms are a natural reaction to this.
  • The Woobie: Basically everything that happens to Spike this episode. Though some of his antics with the pets are funny and he eventually learned that he should have been caring for the pets like he promised instead of his cake, it wasn't a good day for the baby dragon. He was not invited to the Crystal Kingdom despite being one of it's saviors and he gets more sad as he has to quickly give up all the gems he got just to get him out of trouble.

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