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MMMystery on the Friendship Express
Pinkie with the line of passengers S2E24
Season №: 2
Season episode №: 24
Overall episode №: 50
Original airdate: April 7, 2012
Written by: Amy Keating Rogers
Storyboard: Tom Sales and Corey Toomey[1]
Featured characters: Gustave le Grand
Joe
Mulia Mild
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MMMystery on the Friendship Express is the twenty-fourth episode of the second season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the fiftieth episode overall. After a cake Pinkie had been guarding for a contest is partially eaten on the way to Canterlot, she starts out an investigation to find out the culprit. The title is a reference to the 1934 crime novel Murder on the Orient Express, written by Agatha Christie.


Production

On Twitter, the episode's writer Amy Keating Rogers revealed that she wrote a scene in which Twilight commends Applejack for her self-control, and Applejack confesses to taking a bite while Pinkie was asleep and leaving no clues. However, it was cut for time.[2]

Summary

The cake and its transport

The episode begins with Pinkie commenting on a large cake that Mr. and Mrs. Cake made for the National Dessert Competition in Canterlot. Pinkie is in charge of transporting it to Canterlot. Applejack interrupts Pinkie's excitement about the responsibility, pointing out that Big McIntosh is getting exhausted from holding the cake on his back.

Mr and Mrs Cake worried S2E24

Transporting a cake as big as this is always the most stressful part.

Pinkie puts on a hardhat with a red, flashing light, and guides Big McIntosh out the door, followed by Mr. and Mrs. Cake. Outside, the street has been blocked off so that the cake can be moved safely. Big McIntosh falters under the weight of the cake, making Mr. Cake faint, but manages to keep it upright. Pinkie calls on Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy to help Big McIntosh by holding the cake's tray up with ropes. After the cake nearly falls once again, and Mr. Cake faints once again, Pinkie recruits Twilight Sparkle's help. Twilight casts a magical, protective bubble around the cake. Pinkie Pie asks Applejack and Rarity to help by holding a trampoline behind the cake.

All aboard!

Pinkie Pie protecting the cake S2E24

Cake guarding is serious business.

Big McIntosh replaces the side panel of the dessert car (having had to remove it to get the cake, which wouldn't fit through the door, inside the coach), and starts hammering it back on. Pinkie Pie thanks her friends for helping to get the cake to and aboard the train, and Twilight Sparkle thanks her for letting the group come to the National Dessert Competition. Rarity states how much fun the festivities will be while Applejack states how good all the treats will taste and reaches her hoof out to the Marzipan cake, which Pinkie Pie smacks aside. Pinkie then gushes about the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness (or as she nicknames it: the "MMMM"), describing its deliciousness and believing that it will win first prize.

A Griffon with a French accent named Gustave le Grand boards the train, declaring that he will win first prize with his éclairs. He is interrupted by another competitor, Donut Joe, the unicorn stallion with a Brooklyn accent that operates Twilight and Spike's favorite donut shop in Canterlot. Joe enters with his "Donutopia", a small city made out of donuts and sprinkles. A mule named Mulia Mild boards the train with a large chocolate mousse moose and brags how winning will make her the greatest chef in Equestria. The four entrants argue amongst themselves as the train starts moving. Twilight then recommends that everyone gets rest, and Gustave, Joe, and Mulia head to their rooms. The ponies head to their rooms only to be stopped by Pinkie, who states that the group needs to guard "MMMM" from the other chefs, who, she claims, want to sabotage it. Saying that Pinkie Pie is overreacting, Twilight and the others go into their rooms. Pinkie Pie, however, decides to spend the night guarding "MMMM".

Midnight watch

Cake destroyed S2E24

Someone took a bite out of the "MMMM".

Pinkie Pie stays awake to keep a close eye on the cake, and almost falls asleep while doing so. A shadowy figure zooms behind her, and Pinkie Pie chases the figure through the train cars to the end of the train. When Pinkie reaches the caboose, she cannot find the culprit. Pinkie heads back to the dessert car and notices the shadowy figure again. She once again chases it until she reaches the engine, where she finds the shadow of the engineer shoveling coal into the firebox. Pinkie Pie returns to the dessert car to resume guarding the cake, but the shades are suddenly closed. In the dark a 'thief' hits a painting by the door while leaving the room, leaving it askew. After straightening the picture, Pinkie Pie tries to continue her vigil but falls asleep.

The investigation

Twilight becoming Pinkie's lowly assistant S2E24

Pinkie: Elementary, my dear Twilight.

Pinkie Pie wakes up and sees that the cake appears fine. Twilight Sparkle comes in the room and notices large bite marks on the three bottom tiers of the back side of the cake. Pinkie Pie screams that the cake has been half-eaten, waking up the other bakers and the rest of her friends. Pinkie dons a deerstalker hat and bubble pipe and gives Twilight a bowler hat (a homage to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, respectively). Pinkie declares that she knows who "dun' did it" and accuses Gustave of ruining the "MMMM". The scene cuts to a fantasy reminiscent of an old, black and white silent film. In the fantasy, Gustave is a mustachioed villain who grabs Pinkie and ties her to train tracks with an oncoming train coming towards her. The scene flashes to a conveyor belt where "MMMM" is placed in-front of a buzz saw which cuts the cake clean in half. Snapping back to reality, Twilight points out the flaws in Pinkie's story, mainly that Pinkie is present and not tied to train tracks and that the cake was eaten instead of cut.

Pinkie then proclaims that Donut Joe is the culprit. The scene cuts to another fantasy: a James Bond parody with Donut Joe as a spy called Con Mane. Con Mane gases Pinkie, knocking her unconscious, and uses another gas to uncover lasers guarding "MMMM". He uses a mirror to make the lasers cut the cake into pieces. Ending the fantasy, Twilight points out the flaws in her second story, namely that there is no laser beam security system and Donut Joe does not fit into the role of the "slick, stealthy Con Mane" instead being "big, rough and messy". Pinkie then blames everything on Mulia Mild.

In a third fantasy, Mulia Mild is a ninja on top of the train. Mild sneaks behind Pinkie and knocks her out with a frying pan. Mild pulls out a sword and slices the cake into pieces. Twilight, again, ends the fantasy by reiterating that the cake was not cut, and that Mild is too old and fidgety to be a stealthy ninja. Defeated, Pinkie gushes about how good the other chefs' desserts look. The train goes into a pitch dark tunnel and ponies start to scream. The other chefs' desserts are now also destroyed. Twilight sends everyone but Pinkie, as she was the only witness, to their cars as they perform an investigation.

Solving the crime

Pinkie Pie jumping S2E24

With Twilight's help, Pinkie discovers who Did-Done-Dood It.

Twilight swaps hats with Pinkie Pie and the two then retrace Pinkie's steps when she was watching the cake. When they reach the caboose, Twilight finds a clue (but it is hidden from view). Further retracing, the two go to the engine where Twilight inspects the engineer's hat and finds a second clue. Back in the dessert car, Twilight discovers a third clue on the bumped painting. Everyone then meets in the dessert car and Twilight reveals the first clue: a blue feather belonging to Rainbow Dash. Twilight explains that Rainbow Dash was the first shadowy figure who zipped past her. When Pinkie reached the caboose, Rainbow Dash hovered close to the ceiling to avoid being seen.

Twilight then reveals the second clue: a strand of pink hair that belongs to Fluttershy. The second shadowy figure was Fluttershy, who donned the driver's hat (piling her long mane into it) and neckerchief then started shoveling coal to fool Pinkie. The third clue is half a set of false eyelashes that belong to Rarity. Rarity used her magic to shut the shades and darken the room. When she left, she slammed her head into the painting, leaving one set of fake eyelashes on it, which she only realized this morning and that's why she adjusted her mane to hang over her right eye. Rarity then admits that she wears fake eyelashes and that she took a bite of the cake. Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash also admit they ate some of the cake.  All three only meant to take one bite, but it was so delicious that they ended up having a lot more than they were planning to. They use the excuse that Pinkie Pie's earlier description on the cake enticed them into trying it. The three culprits apologize to Pinkie, to which she forgives them.

With the mystery of the cake solved, Twilight gives Pinkie the deerstalker, and she uses what she's learned to look for the clues to solve who devoured the other bakers' desserts. Pinkie quickly reveals that the bakers all have pieces of another baker's confections on them, and deduces that they ate each other's desserts: Joe has éclair in his hair, Gustave has mousse in his mustache, and Mulia has sprinkles in her wrinkles.  The bakers confess to the crimes, stating (once again) that Pinkie's earlier description of each of the desserts enticed them into eating the others' desserts. Equally guilty, the bakers all forgive each other. The train reaches Canterlot with all the desserts destroyed. However, Pinkie has an idea how they can all enter with their goods.

The resolution

Princess Celestia enticed by cake S2E24

Everypony loves cake, including Celestia.

Pinkie and the group head up to the competition with their newly made dessert: a combination of all the bakers' confections and learns that you mustn't accuse someone of a wrongdoing, without any proof, as it can hurt their feelings and make her look silly. They celebrate their success and teamwork with Princess Celestia and a piece of cake, which Pinkie turns down and devours the rest of the entire cake, leaving her incredibly bloated before she eats the fourth wall.

The dishes

Four dishes are made to travel to Canterlot for the National Dessert Competition. The four dishes are the plot device for this episode.

Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness

The Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness S2E24

The MMMM.

The Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness, called by Pinkie as the "MMMM", is the dish created by the Cakes. It is a 4 tiered pink pound cake with cream of meringue sandwiched between the layers, covered with a lemon yellow mascarpone with whipped cream on the top, and the marzipan of red flowers, apples, oranges, and grapes on the side.

Gustave's Exquisite Éclairs

Gustave's Exquisite Eclairs S2E24

Gustave with his exquisite éclairs.

Gustave's Exquisite Éclairs is the dish created by the griffon Gustave le Grand. It contains a baker's dozen of Chou pastries with creamy vanilla filling, chocolate glaze, and laced with gloss cream.

Donutopia

Doughnut Joe showing off 'Doughnutopia' S2E24

Donut Joe with his dessert, Donutopia.

Donutopia is the dish created by Donut Joe. It contains various donuts of shapes and sizes in a form of what appears to be a New York city block, all covered in yellow, pink and purple fillings and super sprinkles.

Chocolate Mousse Moose

Chocolate Mousse Moose S2E24

Pinkie looking at Mulia's chocolate mousse moose.

The Chocolate Mousse Moose is the dish created by Mulia Mild. It is a life size moose made out of chocolate mousse.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Pinkie Pie: Well the tastiest treat of all is sure to be the Cakes' Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness. All that rich, creamy goodness of the marzipan combined with the tart and tanginess of the mascarpone, blended perfectly with the smooth silky sweetness of the meringue. That's why I call the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness the "MMMM"!
All: MMMM!
Pinkie Pie: Who turned out the moon?! Stop, thief! Don't go near that cake, thief! [bang] Oh! Are you okay, thief?
Pinkie Pie: Now I just need to find who done it!
Twilight Sparkle: You mean, who did it.
Pinkie Pie: [points] Exactly! Who did-done-dood it!
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie! There is no laser beam security system. And Joe is not sleek, stealthy Con Mane! He's big, gruff, and messy!
Donut Joe: Hey!
Rarity: Although, you would look rather dapper in a tuxedo.
Pinkie Pie: Putting an end to the Cakes' dreams of taking first prize. Huh, I hope you're proud of yourself, Mulia.
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie, stop! This is ridiculous! Look at her!
Mulia Mild: [whimper]
Pinkie Pie: [sigh] I guess you're right...
Twilight Sparkle: Thank you!
Pinkie Pie: But I was so sure that it was one of the other bitter bakers that destroyed the "MMMM". That way, their delicious dessert would reign supreme. I mean, just look at Joe's Donutopia. It's a spectacular city of donutty delight, topped temptingly in sprinklicious sprinkles. And Gustave's éclairs look incredibly edible, with glistening glaziness. But then there's Mulia Mild's Mousse Moose. [sighs] why, this mouth-wateringly marvelous mousse moose tempts the taste buds with its silky, smooth, yummy-nummy, chocolateyness. So why did this criminal devour the Marzipan Mascarpone Meringue Madness while leaving this trio of tasty treats untouched?
[munching sounds]
[scream]
Pinkie Pie: [gasp] Now I have no idea who do-doned it!
Pinkie Pie: This mystery gets more mysterious every minute.
Twilight Sparkle: No, Pinkie. Remember how when you chased the suspect to the caboose, they suddenly disappeared? That's because they flew away. But the thief did leave a little something behind, didn't you, Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow Dash: I-I don't even like cake!
Pinkie Pie: So Rainbow Dash did it! Case solved!
Twilight Sparkle: Case not solved, because when we went to the engine, I saw the conductor's hat. And inside the hat was... this.
Pinkie Pie: So it was you! That pink hair came from your rainbow-colored mane!
Rainbow Dash: I don't have pink in my mane, Pinkie!
Pinkie Pie: So you're wearing a wig?
Rainbow Dash: Ow! Cut it out!
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie, remember? You chased a pony to the engine, where you thought you saw the conductor shoveling coal, but that wasn't the conductor at all. It was... Fluttershy!
Fluttershy: [gasp] Oh my.
Pinkie Pie: You're goin' down, Fluttershy!
Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie! But then another clue confounded my suspicions. You were guarding the cake when the curtains mysteriously closed. But that's no mystery, that's magic. But when the thief tried to make their great escape, they left a little addition to the portrait. Has anypony else noticed that Rarity is wearing her hair rather differently today?
Rarity: [gasp] What? Is it a crime to change one's style now and again? Why, I think it's a crime not to.
Twilight Sparkle: Really?
Rarity: Fine, I'm guilty! [crying] I wear false eyelashes! Oh, and I took a bite of the cake.
Twilight Sparkle: Well, Pinkie, did you find the devourer of the desserts?
Pinkie Pie: I most certainly did. It was none other than...the bakers! First of all, Gustave has mousse in his moustache! And Joe has eclair in his hair! And Mulia has sprinkles in her wrinkles!

Gallery

Detective Pinkie Pie S2E24

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References

  1. Raven Molisee's deviantART journal (2012-04-06). Retrieved on 2012 April 7.
  2. Amy Keating Rogers on Twitter (2012-06-12). Retrieved on 2012 June 27.
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