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Bloom & Gloom
Apple Bloom confronted by her shadow S5E4
Season №: 5
Season episode №: 4
Overall episode №: 95
Original airdate: April 18, 2015
Written by: Josh Haber
Storyboard: Jen Davreaux and Nicole Wang
Featured characters: Apple Bloom‎‎
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Bloom & Gloom (spelled as Bloom and Gloom by some sources) is the fourth episode of the fifth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the ninety-fifth episode overall. The title is a play on the phrase "doom and gloom."

In this episode, Apple Bloom's anxiety over not having her cutie mark turns her life into a nightmare.

Development and production

The forest clearing, used both for this episode and for the film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, was previewed in a background image shown online by November 2014.[1] Pest Control Pony[2] was previewed in one of the animation images shown at Ponycon NYC on February 16, 2015.[3]

On March 3–5, 2015, an unofficial My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic[sic] season 5 episode listing on IMDb titling the fourth episode as "Fall Me Out" was discredited by Jim Miller.[4][5][6][7]

The twittermites were designed by Rebecca Dart, Kora Kosicka, and Fernanda Ribeiro;[8] Kosicka also added in the little skeleton gag scene of when Apple Bloom's heart was an apple during her electrocution by a small swarm of twittermites.[9] The melody of the lullaby Applejack sings to Apple Bloom was ad libbed by her voice actress, Ashleigh Ball,[10] with backing music created by score composer William Anderson.[11] The pancakes were made by character and prop designer Charmaine Verhagen.[12]

Summary

A letter from Babs

Apple Bloom shows a letter from Babs Seed S5E04

Apple Bloom showing a letter from Babs Seed.

In the Cutie Mark Crusaders' clubhouse, Apple Bloom calls a Crusader meeting to order and reveals in a letter from Manehattan that her cousin Babs Seed finally got her cutie mark—a pair of scissors.

While the Ponyville Crusaders are happy for her, they wonder who will run the Crusaders' Manehattan branch in Babs' place. Scootaloo states matter-of-fact that "she can't be a Cutie Mark Crusader if she's already got her cutie mark." Sweetie Belle even imagines receiving a cutie mark that one doesn't like. Considering the apple-themed cutie marks in Apple Bloom's family, Scootaloo lists off several negative possibilities for such a cutie mark, making Apple Bloom fraught with worry.

Apple Bloom: pest pony

Apple Bloom freaking out in front of Applejack S05E04

Somepony's having panic attacks.

Apple Bloom's cutie mark-related anxieties persist until nightfall—she worries whether she'll like her cutie mark, what will become of the Crusaders, and if she'll have to leave the Apple family if her cutie mark isn't an apple. As Applejack tucks Apple Bloom into bed, she assures her through lullaby that a cutie mark won't change her no matter what she gets. Comforted by Applejack's song, Apple Bloom drifts off to sleep.

The next morning, a well-rested Apple Bloom meets Applejack in the kitchen for breakfast. Once there, the two Apple sisters are shocked to discover that Apple Bloom got her cutie mark—a bug spray can spraying apple mist. As Apple Bloom voices her excitement at finally getting her cutie mark, an Earth pony stallion with a similar cutie mark enters. The stallion, a "pest pony," instructs Apple Bloom in the basics of pest control and informs her about a particularly dangerous species of insects called twittermites. With Apple Bloom taking up the pest pony mantle, the pest control stallion can finally retire.

Swarm of twittermites S5E4

Those are some dangerous creatures.

After receiving ridicule from Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, Apple Bloom runs away into a dark forest, unsure if she wants her cutie mark. A voice suddenly calls out from the shadows, offering to take Apple Bloom's cutie mark away. Apple Bloom accepts, and a gust of wind erases the mark from her flank. When Apple Bloom returns to Ponyville, the town is in chaos due to a twittermite swarm. Without her pest control cutie mark, Apple Bloom is unable to stop the swarm from destroying Sweet Apple Acres.

The Crusader blues

Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle abandon Apple Bloom S5E4

The other Crusaders ending their friendship with Apple Bloom.

Upon getting zapped with electricity by the swarm, Apple Bloom wakes up in her bed, relieved to find that the entire ordeal was a dream. She goes to meet Applejack for breakfast and, just like in the dream, the two discover that Apple Bloom got her cutie mark—an apple potion. Apple Bloom dashes to the clubhouse to inform Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle, who unfortunately have not received their own cutie marks yet. Because of this, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle no longer consider Apple Bloom a Crusader or their friend, and they kick her out of the clubhouse.

Apple Bloom is suddenly returned to the dark forest, where the voice from earlier speaks to her again. Apple Bloom believes being a blank flank again will keep the Crusaders together, and the voice grants her wish, removing her cutie mark a second time. She returns to the clubhouse to resume crusading with her friends, but this time, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle have gotten their cutie marks. They depart to take on their responsibilities, ditching Apple Bloom as their friend and leaving her as the only Crusader remaining.

The nightmare worsens

Apple Bloom surrounded by renouncing Apples S5E4

What a weird nightmare.

Apple Bloom wakes up in her bed a second time. Frazzled by her concurrent nightmare, she meets Applejack for breakfast once again. Like before, Apple Bloom has her cutie mark. However, as Applejack, Big McIntosh, and Granny Smith come to realize, Apple Bloom's cutie mark is a dolphin. For having a non-apple-related cutie mark, Apple Bloom is disowned by the Apple family and cast out into the lonesome darkness.

Upon waking in her bed a third time, Apple Bloom looks in the mirror and is relieved that she doesn't have a cutie mark. As soon as she turns around, however, numerous cutie marks appear on her flank and in the air around her. Hysterical, she runs out of her bedroom and winds up in the dark forest once more. The voice in the shadows speaks out again, and Apple Bloom tells it to stop tormenting her with nightmares. As she gallops away, Apple Bloom encounters Princess Luna, who reveals that the entity Apple Bloom has been talking to this whole time was her own shadow.

Apple Bloom "don't want to have nightmares every night" S5E4

The Cutie Mark Crusaders together with Princess Luna.

With Princess Luna's advice, Apple Bloom faces her cutie mark fears and accepts that it doesn't matter what her cutie mark turns out to be. She feels embarrassment for learning such a simple lesson, but Luna assures her that she isn't the only pony with such anxieties. She shows Apple Bloom nightmares that Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo are having—nightmares in which they also receive cutie marks they don't want.

Luna brings the three together in a dream version of the Crusaders' clubhouse. Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle, and Scootaloo learn that a cutie mark won't change who they are and that, when they finally do get their cutie marks, they'll fit them perfectly. Wondering if Babs is suffering the same anxieties, the Crusaders decide to send her a care package to let her know that she isn't alone.

"A cutie mark won't change you"

Apple Bloom joins AJ in singing S5E4

"A cutie mark won't change me
No matter what I get"

The next morning, Apple Bloom wakes up in her bed. Looking at her bare flank, she sighs in relief that the nightmare is finally over. She meets her family for breakfast and briefly joins in a reprise of Applejack's earlier lullaby. Applejack gives the sentiment that "a good night's sleep cures just about everything," with Apple Bloom adding that she wishes it wasn't so exhausting. Her remark leaves puzzled expressions on her family's faces.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Sweetie Belle: Can you imagine getting stuck with a cutie mark you didn't like?
Apple Bloom: No... or at least I hadn't...
Sweetie Belle: Don't worry, Apple Bloom. Most of your family has apple-related cutie marks. I bet yours will be, too. And what's not to like about apples?
Scootaloo: There's the core, and sour apples, and rotten apples, and apples with worms in them— What?
Sweetie Belle: Not helping.
Apple Bloom: What if I finally get my cutie mark and I don't like it? What if I get my cutie mark and nopony likes me?
Applejack: Well, that's just ridicu—
Apple Bloom: What if the Crusaders drift apart? I mean, we won't really be the Cutie Mark Crusaders anymore! [gasps] What if it's not an apple?! Will I have to move out?! Where will I live?!
Apple Bloom: Infestations? You mean like... parasprites?
Pest Control Pony: Hah, please. Anypony with a trombone can get rid of parasprites. I'm talking about the serious stuff! You ever hear of... twittermites?
[lightning cracks]
Apple Bloom: Twittermites?
Pest Control Pony: Pest ponies like you and me are the only things keeping these live wires from destroying half of Equestria!
Apple Bloom: Pest ponies?
Pest Control Pony: It's no easy trade! Even the best of us yearns for the day they can move on to greener pastures. Oh, now that you're here to take over, my day has finally come!
Apple Bloom: Take over?
Pest Control Pony: You're gonna need to stop repeating what I say and pay attention if you want to learn anything.
Apple Bloom: I'm sorry. I guess this just wasn't what I was expectin'.
Pest Control Pony: Don't worry. With a cutie mark like that I'm sure you've got the touch.
Apple Bloom: The touch? Oh, sorry.
Mysterious Voice: If your cutie mark bothers you so much, get rid of it!
Apple Bloom: Well, if you know how to wave a hoof and erase a terrible cutie mark, you go right ahead!
Mysterious Voice: As easily said as done.
Granny Smith: Weeeell, what do we have here?
Apple Bloom: What is it, Granny? What's wrong?!
Granny Smith: Oh, nothin', right, Applejack?
Applejack: Right... Nothin' at all... Right, Big Mac?
Big McIntosh: Truth is, Apple Bloom, it's your cutie mark.
Applejack: Eeyup.
Apple Bloom: Why would I want you to torment me with nightmares?!
Mysterious Voice: You didn't want to catch bugs, and I helped. You didn't want to lose friends, and I helped. If there's a problem with your family, I'm sure I can help with that too.
Apple Bloom: I don't want your help! Just get away from me!
Apple Bloom: If I've been dreamin' this whole time, why don't I just wake up?
Princess Luna: Sometimes we can worry about a thing so much, the fear can make us feel we're trapped in a nightmare.
Sweetie Belle: We're still asleep?
Scootaloo: Cool!
Apple Bloom: I know we all got pretty anxious when we found out Babs got her cutie mark, but I for one don't want to have nightmares every night from now until we get ours!
Scootaloo: Me neither!
Apple Bloom: And even though we're all a little scared, a cutie mark won't change who we are or how everypony feels about us!
Sweetie Belle: It's lucky we're all scared of the same things. That way we can help and remind each other to just be who we are!
Princess Luna: And when the day comes that you all finally get your cutie marks, you can be sure they'll fit you to a T.

Gallery

Apple Bloom's cutie mark winking S5E04

Bloom & Gloom image gallery

References

  1. Phil Caesar (2014-11). Untitled. phils portfolio. Blogger. Retrieved on 2015 May 7.
  2. Jim Miller (2015-04-19). Big Jim on Twitter: "@SomeBronyArtist Just Pest Control Pony. I'm sure the fandom will come up with something cool.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 27.
  3. 20150216_113744.jpg (2015-02-16). Retrieved on 2015 February 16. Archived.
  4. Jim Miller (2015-03-03). Big Jim on Twitter: "@SilverEaglePVL Sorry. Those are ALL wrong.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 4.
  5. Jim Miller (2015-03-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson @MMeghanMcCarthy It's not.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  6. Jim Miller (2015-03-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson Those titles are incorrect.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  7. Jim Miller (2015-03-05). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson the titles are still wrong.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  8. Jim Miller (2015-04-18). @R_Dart, @kkosicka and @fe_rib did a cool job designing this twittermites. #MLP5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 18.
  9. Kora Kosicka (2015-04-20). @TheBiggestJim @InmanAlex @LittleshyFiM Eyup, that was mine. I like to think the apple family are powered by small nuclear apples.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 22.
  10. Jim Miller (2015-04-18). @jordanolling Ash.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 18.
  11. Daniel Ingram (2015-04-20). @tj_tgnachoman no I didn't write that one as it's considered a "ditty." that would be Will Anderson.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 20.
  12. Jim Miller (2015-04-19). @yenissober Character and prop designer @charmainevee !. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 19.
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