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First episode to be written?

I've noticed that many of the voices appear inconsistent throughout this episode when compared to the pilot episodes Friendship is Magic parts one and two. Pinkie Pie's voice sounds slightly different, Rarity's voice is more high-pitched, Applejack's accent is less pronounced and Rainbow Dash's voice cracks a little bit.

Note also that The Ticket Master is the first episode to be officially dubbed in other languages (Dutch, Polish and Portugese).

Since the whole premise of the episode is based on a 'My Little Pony Tales' episode, could this also be the first episode written for G4? Notice that Spike doesn't appear to have any kind of crush on Rarity, he seems more fightened of her. The ponies appearing to all have magical abilities at the end with the hovering tickets is also rather suspicious. The episode was written by Amy Keating Rogers and Lauren Faust, the only other episodes written by Faust were the pilots.

UPDATE: My speculations were correct, in this interview on Equestria Daily Lauren Faust mentions the following: "Ticket Master was actually the very first script and was written before the show was greenlit, and it was originally 11 minutes." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.168.167.18 (talkcontribs) 18:52, 2011 September 16

Ticket control

During the Gala, as depicted in The Best Night Ever, the fussed-over tickets are not only not in evidence, but there's no obvious attempt to control or even identify who is attending. It is as if the tickets in this episode had become completely moot. However, it should be noted that when the ponies were entering into the Gala, they were singing the musical number "At the Gala", and it may not suffice to actually depict any ticket clipping during the sequence. Additionally, Spike was absent for most of the time during the musical number, and being Twilight Sparkle's assistant he would have clipped all of his friends' tickets whilst they were singing.

  • It could be that most ponies are honest enough that anypony without a ticket wouldn't try to crash the gala, even if they could get in very easily. Or if princess Celestia simply believes that ponies are that honest, whether it's true or not. Arrkhal 01:09, September 21, 2011 (UTC)
  • Or considering the theory the tickets themselves were magical the mere fact you're the rightful holder of a ticket could allow you to get thru the gates during the gala, or perhaps some unicorns running security have the ability to tell if you got a ticket. --Tigro Spottystripes (talk) 03:11, December 26, 2012 (UTC)

Magical tickets

When the ponies are all leaving Twilight Sparkle's house, the tickets magically follow them, glowing in a golden hue, unlike the purple or blue hue that surrounds objects when Twilight or Rarity magically levitate them, however Rarity and Twilight's horns still glow. Perhaps the tickets were intended to have magic of their own and follow their owner. -Throwawaytv 14:45, September 28, 2011 (UTC)

Who was Twilight planning to offer the tickets to?

When Twilight considers giving up her own ticket so two of the others can go, she says that'll still leave three of her friends unhappy, and imagines a crying Rainbow Dash, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie, implying that Applejack and Fluttershy were the ones she was considering giving the tickets to. It makes a lot of sense when you consider Applejack has the most selfless reason for wanting to go, and Fluttershy was the most polite about asking.