YMMV: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S3 E9 "Apple Family Reunion"

  • Broken Base: The reception of another Applejack centric episode was split down the middle. While it pleased many that AJ finally got another A Day in the Limelight after spending most of Season Two Out of Focus or her centre spotlight stolen, some believe the episode suffered as a result by recycling the Serious Business plot akin to those of Twilight's episodes, but AJ's more reserved personality allowed for less extreme humor and a much more mundane outcome. This explains why AJ rarely gets lead roles in the first place.
  • Ear Worm: Raise this barn! Raise this barn! 1, 2, 3, 4! Together we can raise this barn! 1, 2, 3, 4! Some fans claimed to have misheard the lyrics as "Racist barn! Racist barn!" leading to Memetic Mutation.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • Babs's life at her new school, particularly her mentioned friendship with two other ponies who are apparently Cutie Mark Crusaders.
    • Apple family members that travel by Cool Airship.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Why is a character as energetic and loud as Braeburn nearly silent? In almost every scene he's in, he's carrying something in his mouth.
  • Fridge Logic: According to Apple Bloom, every member of the Apple family will be attending, including Babs. Which should mean that Babs' parents should also be there, though nothing directly alludes to them, and when Babs is leaving she seems to be travelling by herself. This begs the question if they are still alive (which would explain a lot about her bullying issues from "One Bad Apple"); alternatively, this would set up Aunt and Uncle Orange perfectly as Babs' parents, which is consistent with everything else we know about the Apples to date.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Applejack with a mouthful of apples (demonstrating the bobbing-for-apples leg of the race) may remind PONY.MOV fans of APPLE.MOV.
  • Moe: Baby Applejack.
  • Nausea Fuel: Auntie Applesauce losing her half of her teeth while making apple jam. Granny Smith provides even more by saying they never found her teeth in any of the jars.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • BABY APPLEJACK.
    • The song features a Palette Swap of Octavia playing the fiddle (Since named "Fiddlesticks" by the fandom). Given the fandom's tendancy to latch on to characters like this and the fact she got almost as much focus as DJ-PON3, only time will tell whether she will become this.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: After a controversial debute, Babs Seed got a very positive portrayal, validating her more sympathetic character interpretations and letting her prior bad rep die down.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Seems to be the consensus, due to the episode's focus around Applejack, with no scene stealing characters or particularly memorable gags in sight.
  • Squick: Any time Auntie Applesauce's dentures fall out of her mouth.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Baby Applejack.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Babs Seed mentions setting up her own Manehattan Cutie Mark Crusaders chapter with two other foals. Nothing else is spoken of it or Babs herself until she writes to Apple Bloom, saying she got her cutie mark.

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