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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350: [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas I must stop this winter from coming. But how?]]]] ²²->''"Rainbow Dash, your winter is going to be... ''petless."²-->-- '''Fluttershy'''²²->Written by Cindy Morrow²²The sky city of Cloudsdale begins to float over Ponyville, a signal that it's time for winter to come. As the Running of the Leaves starts the preparations for winter to arrive, Rainbow Dash excitedly starts planning her first winter with her pet tortoise, Tank. However, Tank seems lethargic and sleepy, even more so than usual. Rainbow takes Tank to Fluttershy, who tells Rainbow that Tank has to hibernate for the winter and will wake up in the spring. Refusing to believe it, Rainbow asks Spike for a second opinion, who tells her that even though he doesn't know anything about hibernation himself, he trusts Fluttershy's judgment. Frustrated and angry, Rainbow continues trying to push Tank to stay awake, despite the protests of her friends that Tank needs his sleep. Thinking it over at home, Rainbow eventually decides that if Tank needs the heat to stay awake, she'll just have to stop winter from coming.²²Rainbow does her best to revert Ponyville back to fall, but she quickly finds that she can't keep up with the many ponies working to bring winter as scheduled. As she looks up into the sky in frustration, Cloudsdale catches her eye, giving her the idea to stop winter at its source. She sneaks into the city's weather factory with Tank during the workers' lunch break, making it all the way to the winter lab. There, she decides that the most effective way to sabotage winter is to drain all the water from the cloud-making machine so it can't make any more. She ties Tank's leash to a large magnifying glass to keep him out of trouble, but while she's draining the water, Tank's lethargic flying causes the magnifying glass to be sucked into a fan, which starts a massive chain reaction. The rest of the factory workers attempt to get things back under control, but it's too late. The weather factory launches a massive snowball toward Ponyville, instantly blanketing it in snow upon impact.²²At her home, a depressed Rainbow Dash lies disconsolately with Tank on her bed. When the rest of the Mane Six arrive to cheer her up, their attempts are met with immediate dismissal by Rainbow. Finally, Fluttershy bluntly tells Rainbow that she'll have to spend the winter without her pet. This causes Rainbow to burst into tears, sobbing that she doesn't want Tank to go. Rainbow's friends try to console her, but Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy all end up crying too. Rainbow eventually calms down and accepts the fact that she and Tank must part.²²As the rest of the Mane Six play in the snow, Rainbow arrives to bring Tank to his resting place. She asks him one last time if he really wants to hibernate, he nods, and the ponies say goodbye as he buries himself under the dirt and snow underneath a tree. Rainbow Dash stays by him for a little while longer as the others leave, saying that she wants to read him a bedtime story to help him fall asleep.²²----²!!Tropes:²²* AdultFear: Losing a beloved pet. Downplayed in that the pet is merely hibernating. However, Rainbow's reaction and feelings towards it makes it look and sound like Tank is going to die.²* AirventPassageway: Rainbow and Tank sneak into the weather factory this way.²* AllThereInTheScript: Out of the three arguing Cloudsdale weather ponies, Sunshower is the only one who is unnamed in the episode, but in the credits.²* AnimationBump:²** Cloudsdale and Rainbow Dash's house look a lot more detailed than they did previously.²** Rainbow's ComicalAngryFace and her SlasherSmile (as pictured above) are two expressions the first season didn't have the power to animate.²* ArtisticLicenseBiology:²** The characters keep stating tortoises "hibernate" when hibernation is practiced only by warm-blooded animals. The correct term would be "brumate".²** Similarly, Tank is seen shivering at one point during "I'll Fly". Cold-blooded animals don't shiver when cold.²** Rabbits and tree squirrels are shown as examples of hibernating animals in Fluttershy's book. Neither of them hibernate in reality.²* {{Bathos}}: The scene where Rainbow Dash starts crying is a mixture of sadness and humor. In addition to cartoony OcularGushers, there are jokes between all of the crying about how [[StoicWoobie Applejack cries on the inside]], and the over-the-top nature of Rainbow's bawling is meant to cause some awkward laughter.²* BehindTheBlack: After Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie's argument, Rainbow seems unaware the rest of the Mane Six are right in front of her watching them until the camera angle flips to her perspective.²* BeneathTheMask: If, by this point, anyone was still doubting that Rainbow's "dumb, tough, emotionless" exterior she presented (especially in the early seasons) was a façade... well this episode is the final straw for that doubt. This shows that she's actually as sensitive, caring, and emotional as Fluttershy on the inside, she just ''really'' doesn't like showing it to others. This is CharacterDevelopment for her, as after this episode she drops her shell much easier, at least around those she cares about.²* BerserkButton: All it takes for Rainbow Dash to go ballistic is Pinkie saying the word "hibernate".²-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Shhh! Don't say that word! That's what started this all!²* BittersweetEnding: Rainbow is unable to stop winter or Tank's hibernation, but they'll see each other again in spring.²* BrutalHonesty: When Rainbow won't admit that she is sad, Fluttershy lays on some tough love by saying she'll be spending her winter petless. (And when '''Applejack,''' of all ponies, is on your case for that...)²* CallBack:²** Fluttershy, of all characters, is the one who confronts Rainbow Dash with the truth (that she'll have to be apart from Tank for the winter) and makes her cry, all for her own good. It's evident that Fluttershy has taken to heart what she learned from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E16ItAintEasyBeingBreezies dealing with the Breezies]].²** The [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Cloudsdale Weather Factory]] is a prominent plot point.²* ContinuityNod:²** The [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E13FallWeatherFriends Running of the Leaves]] is seen in the ColdOpen in preparation for the coming of winter.²** Though it's not seen, we can assume Twilight used the cloud-walking spell from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E16SonicRainboom Sonic Rainboom]]" on Applejack, Pinkie and Rarity, to allow them to enter Rainbow's house.²** AJ is also seen using her back hooves to launch a projectile (a snowball in this case) as she's done in a couple other episodes.²** Rainbow's stunned shock at finding out Tank needs to hibernate/brumate comes from a lack of research, which we know she's not good at from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E22TestingTesting123 Testing Testing 1, 2, 3]]". ²** We also know Rainbow hates being alone from her having said just that in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell The Mysterious Mare Do Well]]".²** Once again, Rainbow Dash pulls [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E16ReadItAndWeep an undercover mission somewhere she isn't supposed to be]].²** Since this is Tank's first winter, this episode seems to fall somewhere late in the year Rainbow first got Tank in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May the Best Pet Win!]]"²* CruelToBeKind: Fluttershy's justification for her use of BrutalHonesty on Rainbow Dash is that she won't be able to move on until she faces the truth head on. ²* CryCute: Times ''four'' in the form of Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity, who are all bawling over Tank bromating, Rainbow Dash's sadness about that, Fluttershy being sad about Rainbow Dash's sadness or that Twilight ''isn't'' crying. ²* DisasterDominoes: Dash tries to be subtle in her sabotage of the Cloudsdale factory, but Tank's sleep-deprived flying ends up making more of a mess than she intended.²* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The whole deal of Tank hibernating and Rainbow Dash [[FiveStagesOfGrief going through the steps to cope with it]] is treated as a fairly deliberate stand-in for the death of a beloved pet and the sadness that comes with it. Tank even winds up getting buried in the end.²* DoubleStandard: When Rainbow Dash cries, the others awkwardly try to comfort her, not knowing what to do since she almost never cries. But when Fluttershy starts crying as a result, everypony starts crying with the exception of Applejack and Twilight. (Although with Applejack she said she was crying on the inside.) ²* DramaQueen: This characteristic of Rainbow Dash's rears its ugly head again as she has a huge breakdown over the fact that Tank is going to hibernate. ²* DressingAsTheEnemy: To infiltrate Cloudsdale's weather factory, Rainbow Dash dresses in a worker outfit she finds in a locker... as well as putting one on Tank. Why they keep tortoise-shaped and -sized worker outfits there is a mystery.²* EverythingMakesAMushroom: The giant snowball fired from Cloudsdale makes a big, snowy mushroom cloud when it hits the ground.²* FantasticRacism: Spike is not amused when Rainbow says all reptiles are the same.²* FiveStagesOfGrief: Rainbow Dash goes through each of them over the course of the episode.²** At first, she doesn't believe Tank has to hibernate and even goes about her business preparing winter, only for him to keep falling asleep (Denial).²--->"Tank won't be hibernating!" "Your book is ''wrong''!"²** Then she gets visibly upset despite claiming she's not angry (Anger).²--->"Don't say that word!" "DO I LOOK ANGRY!?"²** She proceeds to try to stop winter from coming, first by sabotaging the ponies' efforts, and then by going straight to the Cloudsdale Weather Factory to stop it at the source (Bargaining).²** When these attempts fail, she breaks down in tears as the realization Tank must hibernate sets in, and it takes the rest of the Mane Six to comfort her (Depression).²** In the end, she finally gives in and allows Tank to hibernate, although she insists on keeping him company for a while by reading him a story (Acceptance).²* FloatingContinent: Cloudsdale moves from location to location to make its scheduled season changes.²* FourthWallPsych: After an argument between Rainbow Dash and Pinkie, both suddenly turn to look directly at the camera. The scene then cuts to the rest of the Mane Six looking on in uncomfortable silence.²* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the real world, rather than referring to hockey as played by horses, "horse hockey" is a euphemism for horse poop, usually used in the same manner as "hogwash" or "nonsense". ²* GoneHorriblyRight: Rainbow Dash sneaks into the Weather Factory in an attempt to stop winter but winds up creating a giant snowball which completely blankets Ponyville in a matter of minutes.²* GotVolunteered: Twilight uses her magic to push Applejack forward to get her to comfort Rainbow Dash while she is crying.²* GroupHug: Rarity, Fluttershy and Pinkie have one with Rainbow Dash after she finally accepts that Tank will have to hibernate.²* HatesBeingAlone: Part of the reason Rainbow tries so hard to keep Tank from hibernating is a desire to avoid being alone.²* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: PlayedForLaughs; Pinkie Pie says she's crying because Twilight isn't.²* HibernationMigrationSituation: This episode has Rainbow Dash dealing with the fact that her tortoise, Tank, has to hibernate soon. Initially, she tries preventing winter (since in this show, [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows seasons and weather are artificial]]), but then comes to terms with the fact that she can't and Tank will need to hibernate.²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Rainbow's plan to sabotage the Cloudsdale Weather Factory to stop winter only ends up bringing winter to Ponyville early.²* HumanSnowball: Rainbow Dash and Tank become a part of the giant snowball that crashes into Ponyville.²* HypocriticalHumor: Rainbow Dash, still in denial after hearing Fluttershy's assessment of Tank, takes him to Spike in the hope of getting a second opinion from a reptile. Spike says he can't help her because dragons don't hibernate, despite Rainbow's far-fetched claim that he and Tank are practically twins. When Spike tells her to take Fluttershy's word for it...²-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Well, what would you know? You're a dragon!²* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Part of Rainbow Dash's song features her admitting that her trying to stop winter is wrong, but if stopping it will keep Tank from hibernating, then it's what she has to do.²* IgnoredExpert: Rainbow Dash takes Tank to see Fluttershy, Ponyville's animal expert, immediately after the title sequence. Fluttershy then assures her that nothing is wrong with Tank and he just needs to hibernate for a few months. Because she doesn't like this answer, Rainbow Dash takes increasingly desperate measures towards her own solution before ultimately accepting what Fluttershy said in the first place.²* ImplausibleDeniability: After Rainbow learns about Tank hibernating, she briefly goes into full IRejectYourReality, refusing to even say or hear the word "hibernate".²* InelegantBlubbering: When Rainbow Dash breaks down crying in the third act, she starts loudly bawling her eyes out, and it doesn't take long for Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity to start crying with her.²* InsaneTrollLogic: Rainbow's attempts to convince everyone that tortoises don't actually hibernate are all this.²* InstantCosplaySurprise: Rainbow Dash uses a "rainbow tornado" to change three ponies from their winter gear into summer getup, to their puzzlement. ²* IRejectYourReality: Rainbow Dash briefly goes into this state, denying that Tank has to hibernate despite Fluttershy telling her so.²* IResembleThatRemark: Rainbow Dash is not angry. [[ImplausibleDeniability Not at all.]]²-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT ANGER? I DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ANGER! I'M NOT UPSET! AND I'M NOT ''ANGRY''! '''''DO I LOOK ANGRY!?'''''²* KarmaHoudini: Outside of speeding up Tank's hibernation, Dash doesn't seem to get into any trouble for messing with the Cloudsdale's weather factory or neglecting her duties as Ponyville's chief weather pony.²* LargeHam: Ashleigh Ball gets to do it for once, with both Rainbow's tirade against hibernation and her final breakdown.²* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: As the three pegasi discuss the placement of clouds and [[WhosOnFirst get confused over each others' names]], Rainbow Dash is quietly sneaking off with the clouds they placed.²* MobileShrubbery: Rainbow Dash pulls this off to sneak in Cloudsdale, but with a cloud instead of a shrub.²* MoodWhiplash: The episode is mostly light-hearted and comical until the accident in the weather factory. The following scene has most of the main cast in tears (sans Twilight and Applejack) as Rainbow Dash comes to terms with (temporarily) being separated from her beloved pet, and the episode ends with Rainbow Dash bidding an emotional farewell to Tank.²* MusicalPastiche: The background music when Rainbow Dash enters the weather factory is similar to the theme from ''Series/MissionImpossible''.²* NiceHat: Rarity, as usual. In the coda, she's wearing a kolpik.²* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Subverted. Rainbow Dash's efforts to sabotage the Weather Factory ends up creating a blizzard that speeds up winter. Though considering it stifled her goal, it sorta counts.²* NoOSHACompliance: The weather factory has many safety hazards that, in part, lead to the chain reaction Rainbow sets off, such as no covers on the fast-moving fans, or storing hair-trigger explosive lightning bolts in fragile glass jars and stacking them on shelves with no means to secure them.²* ObviouslyNotFine: Rainbow Dash says that she's not angry about Tank [[HibernationMigrationSituation hibernating]], despite wearing a huge scowl.²* OhCrap:²** Rainbow Dash when she sees a bottle of lightning about to break. ²** Twilight, when she realizes the factory is about to blow.²* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Ashleigh Ball briefly slips into sounding like Applejack while making Rainbow Dash cry her eyes out. When Twilight pushes Applejack forward to comfort her, no less.²* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: The idea that Ponyville manually changes the seasons comes into play as Rainbow Dash wants to prevent a season from occurring.²* PaperThinDisguise: At one point, Rainbow puts on a fake duck bill to lead a group of birds back north.²* PopularSayingBut: Rainbow mentions WhenLifeGivesYouLemons in her song, though no lemons appear; instead, "life gave [her] Tank".²* PromptingNudge: Twilight uses telekinesis to push Applejack forward so she'd talk to Rainbow Dash. Applejack glares at Twilight, but she tries to comfort Rainbow anyway.²* PunBasedTitle: The episode title is a reference to Bob Hope's signature song, "Thanks for the Memories", although younger viewers might be reminded of Music/FallOutBoy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" instead.²* SanitySlippage: It's Rainbow Dash's turn to experience it, after she enters a complete state of denial about Tank needing to hibernate.²* TheScottishTrope: Once Rainbow Dash learns that Tank has to hibernate[[note]] or brumate -- see ArtisticLicenseBiology above[[/note]], she insists on nopony using that word.²* ShoutOut:²** [[ The bag of winter hats]] that Fluttershy is putting on the animals look like the hats which are worn by the main characters of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.²** Rainbow Dash's [[ smile]] when she starts forming her plan to stop winter would make [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the Grinch]] proud.²** The picture on the locker door that Rainbow and Tank hide in looks much like a ponified [[ fsjal meme image]].²** "Prepare yourselves, everypony. [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Winter is coming]]."[[note]]M.A. Larson takes full blame for that.[[/note]]²** The way Rainbow Dash and Tank get sucked into one of the factory's tubes brings to mind ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''.²** "I'll Fly" does sound a lot like [[ "Defying Gravity"]] from the musical "Wicked". It even includes the line "Nopony's gonna bring me down".²** The use of the five stages of grief is similar to the ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "Good Grief", especially the resolution where one of the characters has to bluntly remind the main character of what they've lost to provoke an emotional outburst and allow them to properly vent.²** The hockey-playing ponies are decked out in the colors of the Vancouver Canucks, the local NHL team for DHX Media.²** The music that plays while Dash sneaks into the Weather Factory makes her seem like [[Series/MissionImpossible an IMF agent]].²* ShownTheirWork:²** There are indeed tortoises that burrow into the ground and brumate for the winter, as Fluttershy teaches a skeptical Rainbow Dash.²** [[ The room full of bottled lightning]] features various real colors lightning can appear in, as well as examples of the very real (but extremely rare and mysterious in real life) "ball lightning".²** Tank's digging motions when Pinkie Pie sees him preparing for hibernation are realistic for burrowing turtles and tortoises, including the pause between strokes.²* SnowballFight:²** Mentioned by Dash as one of the activities she planned to partake in with Tank during the winter.²** AJ also seems ready to engage in one, as she has a whole stack of snowballs ready and fires one off at Pinkie, who dodges it.²** A couple of pegasi can also briefly be seen partaking in one in mid-air.²* SoundtrackDissonance: An upbeat anthem worthy of Creator/{{Disney}} when Rainbow Dash is ''committing eco-terrorism''.²* SpikingTheCamera: Twilight looks directly at the audience twice just before winter hits Ponyville. The first time can be dismissed as a FourthWallPsych, but the second time she stares at the camera in terror while running from the incoming season.²* StealthPun:²** The weather factory keeps their lightning in bottles, referencing the figure of speech "catching lightning in a jar" and "bottled lightning".²** The last giant snowball to hit Ponyville is large enough to explode with a snowy mushroom cloud and covers everything in snow. It's a ''nuclear winter''.²* StockScream: One of the pegasi trying to stop the overload of the Cloudsdale weather factory lets out a Wilhelm scream when he's sent flying.²* TheStoic: Applejack comes off as this when the Mane Six visit Dash's house. Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Pinkie Pie.²-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Applejack cries on the inside, Twilight!\²'''Applejack:''' [[TheComicallySerious It's true.]]²* TemporarilyAVillain: Dash plans to avert winter -- which would cause Equestria-wide collateral damage -- in desperation to keep Tank from leaving (though the original plan was to just stop it in Ponyville). And while she regrets sabotaging her fellow pegasi, she still sees no choice but to do so.²* TemptingFate: Rainbow expresses the sentiment that it'll be easy to stop winter. It isn't.²* TenderTears: Fluttershy winds up crying for Rainbow Dash when she doesn't stop crying, while Rarity and Pinkie start crying because they can't stand the sight of Fluttershy crying.²* ThereWasADoor: When Rainbow Dash's friends enter her home through the door, Pinkie Pie instead goes through the adjacent wall, which closes up behind her. After all, it is a house made of clouds.²-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' Knock-knock.²* UnableToCry: Applejack "cries on the inside".²* VolumetricMouth: Rainbow Dash does this a lot in the episode, whether while yelling angrily, singing, or crying.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We don't really see the fate of the weather factory after what Rainbow Dash does to it.²* WhatTheHellHero: '''Applejack''' and Rarity both chastise Fluttershy when she uses BrutalHonesty to make Rainbow Dash cry. However, Fluttershy tells them [[CruelToBeKind it had to be done to help her get over it]].²* WhosOnFirst: Three weather pegasi get confused because two of them are named Open Skies and Clear Skies. The distraction allows Dash to steal some fluffy clouds. (But not Fluffy Clouds, yet another pegasus.)²* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Rainbow Dash attempts to delay an entire season, and sabotages Cloudsdale's weather facilities, so she doesn't have to part with Tank even for a few days, much less three months.²* YesNoAnswerInterpretation: Rainbow Dash is in denial and manages to get it wrong even though there's no ambiguity at all.²-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' It's the same thing, all right?\²'''Spike:''' NO!\²'''Rainbow Dash:''' I'll take that as a "yes".²* YourMakeupIsRunning: Naturally, Rarity has this happen when she starts crying for Rainbow Dash. ²----


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