It's time for a Lower Deck Episode
! Moreso than others like "The Show Stoppers" or any given Spike episode, this episode doesn't even show any of the primary six ponies except for one Twilight cameo. But is it entertaining? Certainly!
The Cutie Mark Crusaders present a gift to Cheerilee on Hearts and Hooves Day (think Valentine's Day for ponies) and learn that she doesn't have any romance in her life. They think Cheerilee is a much better pony than I do, so they set out to find an eligible stallion and end up settling on Big Mac. Getting them together, though, proves to be harder than the CMC thought.
But wait! An impromptu history lesson from Twilight (who has no idea what's going on, bless her heart) reveals that a love potion might give Cheerilee and Big Mac a Relationship Upgrade
. Luckily no pony knows this history except bookworms like Twilight, so Cheerilee and Big Mac down the potion without a second thought. The potion works... in a manner of speaking. Diabetes
ensues, and the CMC are so disgusted that they aim to undo what they've done.
Usually I'm not a fan of the CMC as a group because the lessons they are supposed to learn are quickly forgotten, among other complaints. But in this episode I actually felt they had learned something a majority of the fandom hasn't, and their reactions to their mistakes are well done. This is easily my favorite episode as far as the CMC go, and bonus points go to Sweetie Belle for a great song and other hilarious moments.
The details on the love potion, on the other hand, are kind of iffy. The antidote could be very well executed simply by having the two lovebirds fall asleep, but they are not under the spell long enough to establish that they can or cannot do so. I also find it disturbing that a love holiday started with a self-destructive kingdom-crushing brainwashing potion, and NO PONY KNOWS. Presumably not even the teacher who should read about stuff like this. These aren't major problems with the plot, but they do have more merit than your average nit-pick.
Overall, though, the episode is quite fascinating and fun to watch. I enjoyed the Romantic Comedy
aspects more than I thought I would, though it might be because Meghan McCarthy (my favorite writer on the show) wrote the episode. Ponies, keep being awesome.