My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Wiki

Fall Weather Friends

949pages on
this wiki
Revision as of 02:12, August 10, 2012 by Mataleo (Talk | contribs)

Fall Weather Friends
Season №: 1
Season episode №: 13
Overall episode №: 13
Original airdate: January 28, 2011
Written by: Amy Keating Rogers
Storyboard: Andy Bartlett & Francisco Avalos[1]
See also
animation errorsstatisticsspeculation
Episode guide
Call of the Cutie
Suited For Success
Fall Weather Friends is the thirteenth episode of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, season one. In this episode, Applejack and Rainbow Dash's sportsmanship are put to the test as they face off in an Iron Pony Competition to see who the better athlete is. The title is a play on fair weather friends, which refers to people who are only friends when it is convenient (when weather is fair) and will abandon their friends at times of strife.


Iron Pony competition

Main article: Iron Pony competition
File:Rainbow Dash and Applejack S01E13.png
Rainbow Dash and Applejack.
The episode begins at Sweet Apple Acres during a routine game of horseshoes. Applejack bests Rainbow Dash by a ringer (when the inside of a horseshoe spins around the pin). While the farm pony assures her that it was all in good fun, the Pegasus quietly expresses her dismay, saying she hates to lose. She decides to challenge her friend to an Iron Pony Competition, a set of events where their athletic skills are put to the test. Twilight Sparkle is picked as the judge of the casual competition while Spike acts as announcer and Fluttershy with score tally.

In the first event, the Barrel Lead, Applejack makes it through by 22 seconds (including a 5-second penalty for bumping into one of the barrels); Rainbow Dash is able to brush through flawlessly by 18 seconds, earning one point. In the Strength Test, Rainbow Dash hits the bell at the top; however, Applejack completely obliterates it, earning her the victory point. She kicks the tree Dash is sitting underneath, and apples fall on Dash's head to the tune of Shave and a Haircut. Spike ends up being a "volunteer" for Bronco Buck and Calf Roping, in which Rainbow Dash and Applejack respectively win each. Halfway through the competition, both ponies are tied 5-5, and most of Ponyville has eventually joined in spectating the two mares.

File:Rainbow Dash using her wings to win at Tug of War S01E13.png
It's all fair play until a certain Pegasus spreads her wings...
Applejack is willing to remain a good sport, but that does not last long. Refusing to lose, Rainbow Dash starts winning more events using her Pegasus wings to her advantage. She hovers during a push-up event to remain in the air, hovers again in the Long Jump to gain a few more inches, and carries a group of chicks on them in a race across the mud. In the last event, a game of Tug-o-War, Rainbow Dash flies up and tricks a persistent Applejack into letting go of the rope, falling into the mud below. With a staggering 15-5, Rainbow Dash "won" the competition. Applejack is unimpressed, and calls out her friend for cheating via her wings. Rainbow Dash brings up the fact that she never said not to use her wings, but Applejack responds that she shouldn't have to. It is at this point that the farm pony challenges her to take part in the annual Running of the Leaves, under the condition that she does not use her wings at anytime. Eager to taste victory again, the Pegasus accepts the terms, and a rivalry is formed.

The Running of the Leaves

The Running of the Leaves start line S01E13
Ready... Steady...
OcredanAdded by Ocredan
After Applejack and Rainbow Dash agree to race in the Running of the Leaves, the scene cuts to black and fades to Twilight and Spike walking to the race. Spike mentions he wants to be the race's announcer, but the frame pans to Pinkie Pie in a hot-air balloon, who already took the role of announcer. She explains that the competition is one of Ponyville's traditions, which purpose is shaking the leaves off the trees.


File:Golden Harvest 00 S1E13.jpg
Several numbered competitors feature in the episode:

At the starting line

Twilight Rainbow and Applejack getting ready S1E13
Twilight joins the race, much to Applejack's and Rainbow Dash's amusement.
Pinkie Pie invites Spike to join her in commentating for the event. As all the racers gathered, Applejack makes sure Rainbow Dash kept good on her promise, by tying her wings up like a "trussed turkey". To their surprise and amusement, Twilight Sparkle decides to join in the festivities, giving them the opportunity to mock their "egghead" friend, especially considering she had never been in a race before, but instead read on the subject.

The race begins

File:Applejack hits RD S01E13.png
Applejack and Rainbow Dash hitting each other
The marathon is soon underway and Rainbow Dash and Applejack are already out in front, determined to win once and for all. Although she struggles, Rainbow Dash begins to pick up the pace. They are neck and neck before Applejack tripped over a rock, accusing her rival of doing the tripping. With the exception of Twilight Sparkle, who is casually strolling behind and enjoying the scenery, the rest of the ponies rush past her. The farm pony manages to make it back in front later, eventually passing Rainbow Dash once more. This time, the grounded Pegasus trips over a stump and falls second-to-last next to Twilight Sparkle. Twilight Sparkle reminds Rainbow Dash that this is just a game. Too stubborn to believe her apple-bucking friend would never stoop to such acts, Rainbow Dash decides to play dirty. Pinkie Pie and Spike still narrate from above, and Pinkie goes on a tangent about hotdog eating contests. She says she enjoys hotdogs with mustard herself–in Over a Barrel, Pinkie says the ponies' diet is completely vegetarian.

Catching up to Applejack, the two use the environment of Whitetail Wood to their advantage, from branches, to bees, to tree syrup. Along the way, Rainbow Dash flips an arrow sign, which points Applejack to dead-end up a nearby mountain. All the racers after Applejack continue on the original path and run past Rainbow Dash while she leans on the sign laughing. When Twilight stops by, she mentions to Dash that all the other racers just ran past her. Dash exclaims "horse apples!" and gets back in the race. The exclamation is similar to "road apples", which means dung. Meanwhile Applejack reaches a dead end and realizes Dash tricked her, and asks Pinkie Pie and Spike to give her a lift.

Rainbow Dash & Applejack surprised S1E13
As if both tying for LAST wasn't embarrassing enough, Twilight "The Egghead" Sparkle had beaten Rainbow Dash and Applejack by placing 5th.
OcredanAdded by Ocredan
As they approach the home stretch, the farm pony and Pegasus fight harder than before to finish first. Applejack accidentally unties Rainbow Dash's ropes, allowing her to break her promise at the last second and fly towards the end. Applejack intercepts her before they both cross the finish line at the same time, causing them to argue who finished first. To their shock however, their constant clash had caused them to fall behind and tie for last place. Even more shocking is that Twilight Sparkle was ahead of them. She explains that she had paced herself throughout the race, before going all-out when most of the racers were worn out. She only finished in 5th place, but she did technically beat the two rivals who had made fun of her at the start. Overall, Twilight thinks this is a good effort for a first-time racer.


As Rainbow Dash and Applejack feel sorry for their own embarrassingly poor sportsmanship, they meet with Princess Celestia, who was watching the entire event as Fall was one of her favorite seasons. She forgives them for their antics, justifying the fact that anybody can get swept up in the competitive spirit, but also points out that they missed some of the leaf-laden trees because of it. Realizing that friendship is more important than any competition, the two last place racers run off together to finish with the rest of the trees.


Rainbow Dash: Looks like this pegasus can pitch better than the workhorse!
Applejack: You're a mighty good athlete... I'm just better.
Twilight Sparkle: So you two are doing what-now?
Applejack: An Iron--
Rainbow Dash: Iron Pony competition.
Applejack: See, we've set up a bunch of events to decide which one of us is--
Rainbow Dash: The most athletic pony ever! [grunt]
Twilight Sparkle: And I'm here to...?
Rainbow Dash: [grunt] I don't know. Why is she here?
Applejack: To be our judge and keep score.
Rainbow Dash: Ready for another Pony Ride?
Spike: No!
Twilight Sparkle: Go!
Twilight Sparkle: Rainbow Dash wins the Bronco Buck!
Spike: And I lose!
Rainbow Dash: What?! You're not an athlete, you're a... well... you're an egghead.
Twilight Sparkle: I am not an egghead! I am well-read.
Rainbow Dash : Egghead...
Applejack: [snickers] But have you ever run a race?
Twilight Sparkle: Well, no. But I do know a lot about running.
Rainbow Dash: And you know this from...
Twilight Sparkle: Books. I read several on the subject.
Rainbow Dash: What did you read... the Egghead's Guide to Running? Did you stretch up your... eye muscles to warm up? HA HA HA HA! Get it? "Eye muscles"!
Pinkie Pie: Welcome to the official coverage of the Running of the Leaves! You know, Spike, despite its name, the leaves don't do any of the actual running. No, that's left to my little ponies.
Spike: Why... yes, Pinkie! It's the running of the ponies that causes the leaves to fall.
Pinkie Pie: Urgh... Those lazy, lazy leaves.
Spike: You know Pinkie, these two ponies have a bit of a grudge match they're trying to settle, trying to prove who's the most athletic.
Pinkie Pie: Yes, and "grudge" rhymes with "fudge".
Spike: Yes it... does? Wha?
Pinkie Pie: And I like fudge, but if I eat too much fudge I get a pudge and then I can't budge.
Spike: So, no fudge?
Pinkie Pie: No thanks, I had a big breakfast.
Applejack: Not so easy without wings, is it?
Rainbow Dash : Come on, Rainbow. Show 'em a little "dash"!
Spike: I don't believe it! After a huge setback, Applejack is back at the front of the pack!
Pinkie Pie: She's the head of the pack, all right. The pick of the litter! The CAT'S PAJAMAS! Oh, wait! Why would Applejack take some poor kitty's PJs? That's not very sporting of her.
Spike: Oookay... Let's get back to the race.
Twilight Sparkle: Remember, Rainbow. This is just a game.
Rainbow Dash : Yes. But the rules have changed. And two can play at that game.
Spike: And Spike. Looks like Rainbow is doing her best to catch up.
Pinkie Pie: I'm not sure how ketchup is going to help at this contest. Now, in a hot dog eating contest it can make them dogs nice and slippery. But personally, I prefer mustard. How about you, Spike?
Spike: Uh... I like... pickles?
Pinkie Pie: Aaand it looks like Applejack has found herself in quite a 'pickle' as Rainbow overtakes her.
Twilight Sparkle: Oh my, Whitetail Wood is just lovely. Hey, Rainbow, shouldn't you be up ahead?
Rainbow Dash: [chuckling] I'm sure I'll win now.
Twilight Sparkle: Except that the other racers just passed you.
Rainbow Dash: Oh horse apples... See ya!
Pinkie Pie: I must say, Spike, that this has been the most interesting Running of the Leaves in Equestria history!
Spike : With the most interesting announcing...
Rainbow Dash: Look, ma, no wings.
Twilight Sparkle: Forgive me, girls. I know I'm not an athlete, but shouldn't the Running of the Leaves actually involve running?
Rainbow Dash: You know, I think Twilight's right.
Applejack: You do?
Rainbow Dash: Yeah! If you wanna beat me, you better... RUUUN!
Rainbow Dash: I don't believe it. Twilight beat us!



Fall Weather Friends image gallery


  1. Raven Molisee's deviantART journal (2012-02-23). Retrieved on 2012 February 23.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magicepisodes
Season one
Navbox S01E01 thumb Navbox S01E02 thumb Navbox S01E03 thumb Navbox S01E04 thumb
Episode 1
Friendship is Magic, part 1
Episode 2
Friendship is Magic, part 2
Episode 3
The Ticket Master
Episode 4
Applebuck Season
Navbox S01E05 thumb Navbox S01E06 thumb Navbox S01E07 thumb Navbox S01E08 thumb
Episode 5
Griffon the Brush Off
Episode 6
Boast Busters
Episode 7
Episode 8
Look Before You Sleep
Navbox S01E09 thumb Navbox S01E10 thumb Navbox S01E11 thumb Navbox S01E12 thumb
Episode 9
Bridle Gossip
Episode 10
Swarm of the Century
Episode 11
Winter Wrap Up
Episode 12
Call of the Cutie
Navbox S01E13 thumb Navbox S01E14 thumb Navbox S01E15 thumb Navbox S01E16 thumb
Episode 13
Fall Weather Friends
Episode 14
Suited For Success
Episode 15
Feeling Pinkie Keen
Episode 16
Sonic Rainboom
Navbox S01E17 thumb Navbox S01E18 thumb Navbox S01E19 thumb Navbox S01E20 thumb
Episode 17
Stare Master
Episode 18
The Show Stoppers
Episode 19
A Dog and Pony Show
Episode 20
Green Isn't Your Color
Navbox S01E21 thumb Navbox S01E22 thumb Navbox S01E23 thumb Navbox S01E24 thumb
Episode 21
Over a Barrel
Episode 22
A Bird in the Hoof
Episode 23
The Cutie Mark Chronicles
Episode 24
Owl's Well That Ends Well
Navbox S01E25 thumb Navbox S01E26 thumb
Episode 25
Party of One
Episode 26
The Best Night Ever
Season two
Navbox S02E01 thumb Navbox S02E02 thumb Navbox S02E03 thumb Navbox S02E04 thumb
Episode 1
The Return of Harmony Part 1
Episode 2
The Return of Harmony Part 2
Episode 3
Lesson Zero
Episode 4
Luna Eclipsed
Navbox S02E05 thumb Navbox S02E06 thumb Navbox S02E07 thumb Navbox S02E08 thumb
Episode 5
Sisterhooves Social
Episode 6
The Cutie Pox
Episode 7
May the Best Pet Win!
Episode 8
The Mysterious Mare Do Well
Navbox S02E09 thumb Navbox S02E10 thumb Navbox S02E11 thumb Navbox S02E12 thumb
Episode 9
Sweet and Elite
Episode 10
Secret of My Excess
Episode 11
Hearth's Warming Eve
Episode 12
Family Appreciation Day
Navbox S02E13 thumb Navbox S02E14 thumb Navbox S02E15 thumb Navbox S02E16 thumb
Episode 13
Baby Cakes
Episode 14
The Last Roundup
Episode 15
The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000
Episode 16
Read It and Weep
Navbox S02E17 thumb Navbox S02E18 thumb Navbox S02E19 thumb Navbox S02E20 thumb
Episode 17
Hearts and Hooves Day
Episode 18
A Friend in Deed
Episode 19
Putting Your Hoof Down
Episode 20
It's About Time
Navbox S02E21 thumb Navbox S02E22 thumb Navbox S02E23 thumb Navbox S02E24 thumb
Episode 21
Dragon Quest
Episode 22
Hurricane Fluttershy
Episode 23
Ponyville Confidential
Episode 24
MMMystery on the Friendship Express
Navbox S02E25 thumb Navbox S02E26 thumb
Episode 25
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 1
Episode 26
A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2
Season three
Navbox S03E01 thumb Navbox S03E02 thumb Navbox S03E03 thumb Navbox S03E04 thumb
Episode 1
The Crystal Empire - Part 1
Episode 2
The Crystal Empire - Part 2
Episode 3
Too Many Pinkie Pies
Episode 4
One Bad Apple
Navbox S03E05 thumb Navbox S03E06 thumb Navbox S03E07 thumb Navbox S03E08 thumb
Episode 5
Magic Duel
Episode 6
Sleepless in Ponyville
Episode 7
Wonderbolts Academy
Episode 8
Apple Family Reunion
Navbox S03E09 thumb Navbox S03E10 thumb Navbox S03E11 thumb Navbox S03E12 thumb
Episode 9
Spike at Your Service
Episode 10
Keep Calm and Flutter On
Episode 11
Just for Sidekicks
Episode 12
Games Ponies Play
Navbox S03E13 thumb
Episode 13
Magical Mystery Cure
Season four
Navbox S04E01 thumb Navbox S04E02 thumb Navbox S04E03 thumb Navbox S04E04 thumb
Episode 1
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 1
Episode 2
Princess Twilight Sparkle - Part 2
Episode 3
Castle Mane-ia
Episode 4
Daring Don't
Navbox S04E05 thumb Navbox S04E06 thumb Navbox S04E07 thumb Navbox S04E08 thumb
Episode 5
Flight to the Finish
Episode 6
Power Ponies
Episode 7
Episode 8
Rarity Takes Manehattan
Navbox S04E09 thumb Navbox S04E10 thumb Navbox S04E11 thumb Navbox S04E12 thumb
Episode 9
Pinkie Apple Pie
Episode 10
Rainbow Falls
Episode 11
Three's A Crowd
Episode 12
Pinkie Pride
Navbox S04E13 thumb Navbox S04E14 thumb Navbox S04E15 thumb Navbox S04E16 thumb
Episode 13
Simple Ways
Episode 14
Filli Vanilli
Episode 15
Twilight Time
Episode 16
It Ain't Easy Being Breezies
Navbox S04E17 thumb Navbox S04E18 thumb Navbox S04E19 thumb Navbox S04E20 thumb
Episode 17
Somepony to Watch Over Me
Episode 18
Maud Pie
Episode 19
For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils
Episode 20
Leap of Faith
Navbox S04E21 thumb My Little Pony G4 logo My Little Pony G4 logo My Little Pony G4 logo
Episode 21
Testing Testing 1, 2, 3
Episode 22
Trade Ya
Episode 23
Inspiration Manifestation
Episode 24
Equestria Games
My Little Pony G4 logo My Little Pony G4 logo
Episode 25
Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1
Episode 26
Twilight's Kingdom - Part 2
Advertisement | Your ad here

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki