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The eighth officially licensed My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic chapter book of a series of books by G. M. Berrow, and part of the overall My Little Pony Generation 4 universe.

To save her friendship with Bon-Bon after "Agent Sweetie Drops" is called back into action, Lyra teams up with her best friend to investigate reports of changelings infiltrating Appleoosa.


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  • Continuity Nod: Aside from referencing the events of "Slice of Life", it also involves changelings and takes place in Appleoosa.
    • Also, during Lyra's initial introduction to S.M.I.L.E's operations, it's claimed that Breezies, Tirek and even the Return of Nightmare Moon were all S.M.I.L.E cover-ups — although Word of God is apparently that the agent was joking when he claimed these three were S.M.I.L.E's responsibility.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Sweetie Drops works for the agency of S.M.I.L.E — The Secret Monster Intelligence League of Equestria. It also turns out that S.M.I.L.E considers Twilight and her friends to be an unofficial sub-faction of their organization, which they call F.R.O.W.N — Friendship Ranger Organization of Worldwide Neighgotiations.
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  • The Men in Black: S.M.I.L.E effectively serves as this to Equestria, something hammered in by the cover-art depicting Lyra and Bon-Bon wearing the trademark black suits and sunglasses. Their mission is to keep monsters in check should they get way too dangerous for ponies.
  • Shout-Out: To various spy films.
    • The title is a shout-out to The Man From Uncle.
    • Chapter 3's title, "True Lyra", is a reference to the 1994 Arnold Schwarzenegger action comedy film True Lies, whilst chapter 7's title, "Mares in Black", is obviously one to The Men in Black.
    • Ponified versions of various Manhattan landmarks appear in Manehatten.
    • The Saddle Hawkins dance is clearly a ponified version of the Sadie Hawkings Dance.

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