Recap My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic S 2 E 12 Baby Cakes Discussion

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03:24:50 PM Jun 26th 2014
We never see Mrs. Cake pregnant in prior episodes...?
08:18:40 PM Jun 26th 2014
Makes you wonder, huh?
05:10:26 AM Jan 15th 2012
So, is it just me (and my friend) who thinks Cup Cake looks thinner this episode, or are we just being hit by a subliminal thing? 'cause if she IS slimmed down from her previous appearances, that would suggest she's been pregnant the whole time. :)
08:23:16 AM Jan 15th 2012
I don't know, how long is the usual gestation period for a horse (pony?)
09:06:38 AM Jan 15th 2012
Almost a year. The topic was discussed in edits earlier, and with a comparison of the photos, before and after from the mlpfim wiki, she doesn't really look significantly thinner.
08:34:49 PM Jan 16th 2012
edited by theodrixx
I think taking real life pony biology into account to determine MLP pony gestation periods is misguided.

The reason RL equines have longer gestation periods than humans (for example) is so that their young are relatively mature once they leave the womb. This is why foals can walk so soon after birth.

However, MLP foals are shown to be roughly analogous to human babies in terms of mental and physical age, which means a shorter pregnancy.
09:29:23 PM Jan 14th 2012
It seems to me the sequence when Pinkie is worriedly looking for Pound, where she's in a dark hallway with the wind quietly waving the curtains and the only sound is Pumpkin sucking on a rubber chicken, is a trope of some kind, or contains a trope, but I'm having trouble locating it.

Does anyone else think so, or is this just me?
09:05:54 AM Jan 15th 2012
No, I agree. There seems to have been some sort of creepy horror movie vibe they were going for or parodying. I just don't know the proper trope for it.
12:23:50 PM Jan 15th 2012
Perhaps a shout out to another movie? Pound Cake walking on the ceiling seems oddly familiar. A baby walking on the ceiling, then turning it's head to look at someone?
03:46:50 PM Jan 15th 2012
The baby walking on the ceiling, I've seen a dozen places. It's just the creepy bit of her searching the house that doesn't seem to have a trope that fits to me.
05:25:01 PM Jan 15th 2012
I thought of Alien even before Pound was revealed to be Wall Crawling.... if the creepy hallway isn't already a trope it definitely needs to be.
08:31:47 PM Jan 16th 2012
Saw somewhere comparison shots showing that scene to be a shot-for-shot homage for something else.

Trainspotting was suggested, but that itself was a reference to something else. The Exorcist maybe? I don't recall.
01:08:29 AM Jan 19th 2012
I immediately thought back to the episode of Housui Yamazaki's MAIL with the baby's ghost in the hotel room.

Recap for those not familiar with the work: A mother staying in a hotel room attempts a Double Suicide with her baby, in a stroller. She survives, but the baby doesn't. After she gets out of jail, she returns to the scene of the crime to follow up on rumors of a baby ghost in a stroller lurking around the hotel room. She keeps seeing movement out of the corner of her eye, but can't pin anything down... until she turns around and comes eye-to-eye with the ghost of her child, hanging upside down from the ceiling. (It's a lot creepier in context.)

That particular ghost story appeared in MAIL, but it probably didn't originate there. However, I can't find any other references to this ghost story.
02:38:31 AM Mar 20th 2012

I was thinking of Old, Dark House, and it happens to the school in "Hearts and Hooves Day" as part of an Imagine Spot, and temporarily to Fluttershy's house in "Putting Your Hoof Down," too.
02:36:01 PM Jan 14th 2012
"Pinkie thought taking care of Baby Cakes would be easy as pie, but she soon learns babysitting is no piece of cake."

I think the removed picture caption was great and should be kept in.
02:41:44 PM Jan 14th 2012
It's awkward and long. Not really caption material.
03:14:40 PM Jan 14th 2012
edited by ParadiscaCorbasi
We have a hard and fast rule about captions? I've seen other long captions on other trope or episode pages.
12:48:38 PM Jan 14th 2012
Requesting to add a Break the Cutie trope? Think about it: she was so excited to finally babysit, but by the end of everything she was nothing but tears.
02:24:51 PM Jan 14th 2012
I don't think Break the Cutie applies, really. Because it was only a second or two of her being in tears. The twins immediately acted to stop her crying with something she'd taught them, and it immediately returned her back to her old self again.
11:05:35 AM Jan 14th 2012
edited by linuslion
So were they Getting Crap Past the Radar with Mr. Cake's explanation about why the babies are a unicorn and a pegasus? The way he was saying it, it made it sound like Mrs. Cake was having an affair and they were covering it up.
11:26:53 AM Jan 14th 2012
edited by theodrixx
Unlikely that this is actually the case, but it's possible that they wrote it that way on purpose.
12:20:42 PM Jan 14th 2012
I think it was just Rule of Funny and the fact that Carrot Cake seemed a bit frazzled and possibly lacking in sleep from waiting on the delivery.
07:32:12 PM Jan 14th 2012
Problem with this implication is that its not Cup Cake having one affair but two at the same time and managing to get pregnant with each partner at the same time.

Yeah that's more likely right?

Once we establish that ponies can interbreed, we should probably discard that there are any purebreds given that the tribes have been interdependent for well over a thousand years. Also they are magical ponies, all three types. So let's recite the mantra and move along.

03:33:20 PM Jan 15th 2012
Thankfully Mrs.Faust has given her official word on this.
07:57:51 AM Jan 14th 2012
While I do believe it's silly that Pound can fly before Scootaloo, I'm seeing a lot of people surprised at Pumpkin's magic. Twilight and Rarity said at the beginning of the episode that Unicorn foals get random bursts of magic. For all we know, Twilight, Rarity, and Sweetie could have been that powerful as babies and had such random bursts. When we saw in 'Call of the Cutie' how difficult a time she had just turning a page, that could have been because she A) outgrew the spurts and/or B) it's more difficult to focus magic on a single thing than to just it all out.
08:24:07 AM Jan 14th 2012
Powerful? The only thing I saw was levitation, which seems to be basic magic learned by all unicorns. Levitating YOURSELF could be a different matter, I suppose. I take more issue with the flying than the magic, how exactly is flight school a necessary construct in this world if foals can fly just fine? Also, are we sure that Scootaloo can't fly yet? I don't recall seeing a scene where she has tried to fly, but for some reason I keep thinking she is currently incapable.
11:03:29 AM Jan 14th 2012
Pumpkin also walked through a barrier using magic. What's surprising most viewers, I think, is that she's shown using magic that's never been used by any other unicorn on the show.

About pegasus foals — maybe their wings develop more slowly than the rest of them, so at some point they become too heavy to fly easily, at which point they need lessons?
12:19:40 PM Jan 14th 2012
edited by ParadiscaCorbasi
Scootaloo can't fly yet, but Pound Cake has super strength, so he is probably able to fly sooner than almost all other pegasus babies. Either her wing muscles aren't strong enough or maybe are mutated or perhaps she has a wing related disability. But whatever the reason she can't fly yet, and she compensates by using her wings to give her added speed on the scooter.

Pumpkin not only levitated a large number of large toys, and herself, and turned a barrier intangible; she may also have teleported into the closet to get the rubber chicken since to all appearances, the door was closed as Pinkie had left it. Keep in mind the expressions of effort, exertion, and concentration we have seen on Rarity and Twilight when they use some of their unicorn magic. Pumpkin did it pretty much effortlessly/reflexively.
09:52:51 AM Jan 4th 2012
Am I the only one who thinks this episode's aesop is just going to be recycled from "Suited For Success", about not biting off more than you can chew?
01:56:26 PM Jan 4th 2012
edited by GoldenFootballPlayer
I do; also that particular aesop was from Stare Master.
08:11:23 AM Jan 14th 2012
Yep, this Aesop came into play as expected. It was a little unnerving hearing the usually hyperactive Pinkie Pie send a letter to Celestia, though.
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