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One Bad Apple
CMC running from Babs S3E4
Season №: 3
Season episode №: 4
Overall episode №: 56
Original airdate: November 24, 2012
Written by: Cindy Morrow
Storyboard: Sherann Johnson and Emmett Hall
Song: Emmett Hall[1]
Featured characters: Babs Seed
Song: Babs Seed
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One Bad Apple is the fourth episode of the third season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the fifty-sixth episode overall. In this episode, Babs Seed visits Ponyville and Apple Bloom wants her to be a Crusader; but things take a turn for the worse when Babs decides to join Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon instead.

Production and development

Will Anderson's station

William Anderson, the composer, working on this episode, with the Cutie Mark Crusaders visible on the screen.

On July 19, 2012, the show's composer, William Anderson, released a photo of himself with a screen displaying the Cutie Mark Crusaders with the time-code "01:03:22:21" and the production code "mlp_304_032b_000" at the corners of the screen.[2]

On October 18, 2012, EW.com published an article stating that an upcoming installment of the show deals with the issue of bullying, quoting show head writer Meghan McCarthy that "[It] explores how you should handle a bully, and sometimes what the source of bullying is," and that "It's wrapped in a story that's really fun and funny, and has music, and doesn't feel heavy-handed."[3]

Cindy Morrow, the writer of the episode, revealed that the original working title for the episode was "Bully For You".[4][5]

Summary

A new arrival

Applejack, CMC and Babs Seed S3E04

Meeting Babs Seed at the train station.

The episode starts out with Apple Bloom worrying about what to wear to pick up her cousin, Babs Seed, at the train station. As time passes by, Apple Bloom starts overreacting and keeps trying on more outfits; finally Applejack tries to drag her along out of the house and to the train station. Apple Bloom, however, manages to escape and continues to search for the right outfit. Then Applejack states that both Apple Bloom and Babs have something in common; neither pony has a cutie mark. As soon as she hears that, Apple Bloom rushes out of the house to have Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo welcome Babs Seed together with her.

Apple Bloom brings along Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo to try and persuade Babs Seed join the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The CMC are very excited to meet Babs, and Sweetie Belle is so excited, she even creates a tiny spark of green magic with her horn! When Babs arrives at the train station, Apple Bloom rushes up to her and introduces herself and the other members of the CMC. Babs looks overwhelmed and nervous. Scootaloo tells her that they have a big surprise for her, and covers Babs' eyes with her hooves. Later, she takes them away to reveal the Cutie Mark Crusaders' clubhouse. Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo act out the "highlights" in the clubhouse while Apple Bloom narrates the tour, Babs following along.

A bad seed

"More like, The Cutie Mark Crybabies!"
Babs Seed
Pumpkin rolling down the hill S3E4

There goes the pumpkin float.

Despite the CMC's efforts, Babs seems unimpressed. In an attempt to convince her to join, Scootaloo decides to show Babs the exceptional float they made for the Summer Harvest Parade. Unfortunately, Just as Babs is about to say something, Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon intervene, describing the float as "funny looking" rather than just "fun", and calls the float a "lamekin", because, from their point of view, the float is lame.The two keep berating the CMC until they cast their eyes upon Babs, Diamond Tiara nudges Silver Spoon, who peers at Babs over the top of her glasses, and addresses her as "the new blank flank". Apple Bloom immediately comes to Babs' aide. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon then heckle Babs, asking her if she's going to join the CMC's club. Babs thinks for a minute before she decides to join Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, abandoning the CMC. Babs then takes the initiative to destroy the CMC's float by kicking off the front wheel. The float rolls out of the barn and down a hill and is smashed to pieces. Babs coolly remarks, "Looks like somepony's pumpkin just got squashed!" and Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon laugh.

Recognizing Babs as a bully, Sweetie Belle suggests they tell Applejack. However, with Babs threatening retribution if they do so, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom think otherwise. The show then flows into a song presenting the many different situations where Babs victimizes them. Afterwards, the CMC return to the clubhouse, but discover that Babs has occupied the clubhouse, along with Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. This causes Sweetie Belle to burst out crying a fountain of tears (à la Pinkie Pie).

Once again, Sweetie Belle suggests they talk to Applejack, but Apple Bloom diverts this by saying they need to fight back. She plots that they should make Babs the guest of honor at the Summer Harvest Parade. In order to do so, they secretly make a booby-trapped float the night before. Working in the small hours of the morning, they cover the basic frame of a float with paper taken from Carousel Boutique, and cover the apple-shaped float with luster dust, a golden powder intended for use in cake decorating.

The Summer Harvest Parade

Dr. Hooves as a pear S3E4

The float at the Parade.

As the Cutie Mark Crusaders are preparing to ride the float in the parade, Babs Seed, followed by Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon come up to them. Babs is immediately blown away by the large golden apple float. Sweetie Belle asks "isn't it a hit?" Realizing that the word "hit" could invoke violence, she begins stuttering, but ends up humiliating herself. Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon roll their eyes and walk away. Scootaloo warns Babs, telling her not to even think about riding the float, and that she had her chance. Apple Bloom elbows Sweetie Belle and she leaps into the float to hit the switch to turn it on.

After turning the float on, Sweetie Belle sets the kitchen timer with a devious grin. As she is doing that, Apple Bloom drags a mattress and positions it next to the float. Babs sees this as an opportunity to take the float, which she does. She shoves the CMC out of the way as they prepare to step into the float. She yells, "See ya later, Cutie Mark Crybabies!" and drives off. The CMC get up declaring that stealing the rigged float will teach her to not mess with the CMC. Suddenly Applejack appears, delighted that the CMC are letting Babs ride the float. Apple Bloom agrees, stating that they thought she should be the center of attention. Applejack praises them for their "good" deed and making Babs feel special after all of the pressure she had in Manehattan. The CMC, who are in anticipation of the upcoming disaster stop, wide eyed. Applejack explains that she didn't say anything before because she didn't want to single out Babs. She then goes on, explaining that Babs had been getting teased constantly for her blank flank, and that she came to the farm to "get away from all of her problems back home". At that, the CMC wilt with a guilty look on their faces. Applejack hands them colorful balloons, then praises them one more time for their "good deed" before walking away. The CMC then realize that Babs was bullying them only to avoid being bullied herself like she was in Manehattan. Desperately, the CMC try to find a way to stop the float from tumbling off the edge of the nearby cliff. They rush over to Applejack, and try to explain what they did, but their voices are drowned-out by passing instruments in the parade.

By riding on Pinkie Pie's lettuce float, the CMC gather up enough speed to catch up to the golden apple float before it descends down the cliff and into muddy water. Scootaloo saves Babs by pushing her out of the driver's seat of the float, and the CMC end up falling into the mud at the base of the cliff instead.

Reconciliation

Babs 'You pushed me out just when the float' S3E04

You saved me!

When the CMC are washing mud off themselves back at Sweet Apple Acres, Babs expresses her astonishment that the CMC saved her. The CMC regretfully explain how they booby trapped the float in order to get back at her, and became bullies themselves in the process. The CMC and Babs apologize to each other and resolve to "start over". The scene changes to the clubhouse, where Sweetie Belle is reading from a scroll on a podium. The CMC swear in Babs as a new member of their club. Before returning to Manehattan, Babs promises to tell her big sister about her own bullies, and to start a Manehattan branch of the CMC. When Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon come around, she revokes their friendship in defense of the CMC, exclaiming, "That's not the way you talk to my friends!" She then threatens to tell Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon's mothers about their attitudes. They fearfully back away and fall in the mud. Babs then gets on the train and departs from Ponyville to her home.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Sweetie Belle: I'm just so excited I could burst!
Apple Bloom: What... just happened?
Scootaloo: I think Babs just went to the dark side.
Sweetie Belle: We have to tell Applejack!
Apple Bloom: No! We're not snitches!
Scootaloo: Yeah, and we're not babies!
Sweetie Belle: Then... why do I feel like crying?
Scootaloo: Pinkie Pie, let us in! (Lettuce in)
Pinkie Pie: [laughs] Funny joke!
Apple Bloom: No, really! Let- us- in!
Pinkie Pie: Ohhh! Here!
Pinkie Pie: Veggie salad!
Apple Bloom: Huh?
Pinkie Pie: Veggie salad!
[Crash!]
Pinkie Pie: Veggie salad.
Apple Bloom: Seriously?
Pinkie Pie: Hey! Don't leave me! [laughs] Leaf me! [laughs]
Sweetie Belle: And we figured out you were just doing it to avoid getting picked on in Ponyville. But, by then... we were the ones being bullies. And... Oh, why does life have to be so ironic?!
Sweetie Belle: "We, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, elect Babs Seed to join us as a sister, friend, confidaynte, alley, boss-om buddy, gal pal, compader, chum of chums..."
Scootaloo: [clears throat]
Sweetie Belle: Well you wrote this.
Scootaloo: Oh, uh, yeah...
Sweetie Belle: "Homegirl... Amiga..." Blah blah blah blah blah. Oh, yes, here. "...and fellow Cutie Mark Crusader! You are solemnly sworn in, here this day, in witness of your fellow sisters, friends, confidantes... boss-om buddies... compadres..."
Scootaloo: Congratulations! [quickly, under her breath] Gotta remember to revise that.
Sweetie Belle: Sure gonna miss that bad seed.
Applejack: Bad seed? I thought y'all were friends now?
Sweetie Belle: No, see, first we called her 'bad seed' as in actually a bad seed, but now she's bad as in good. Get it?
Applejack: Yea- no.
Cutie Mark Crusaders: [laughing]

Gallery

Babs Seed and CMC S03E04

One Bad Apple image gallery

References

  1. Raven Molisee (2012-11-25). MLP # 304: One Bad Apple. Retrieved on 2012 November 25.
  2. William Anderson (2012-07-19). MLP FIM Poster. Retrieved on 2012 October 28.
  3. Hillary Busis (2012-10-18). Attention, all bronies! Exclusive scoop on 'My Little Pony' season 3, which premieres on.... EW.com. Retrieved on 2012 November 2.
  4. Everfree Radio. Bronies for Good Charity Livestream - Lauren Faust, Amy Keating Rogers, Cindy Morrow.... Retrieved on 2013 January 14.
  5. Cindy Morrow via Twitter. Retrieved on 2013 March 15.
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