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Rainbow Falls
Rainbow Falls S4E10
Season №: 4
Season episode №: 10
Overall episode №: 75
Original airdate: January 18, 2014
Written by: Corey Powell
Storyboard: Sherann Johnson and Dave Wiebe[1]
Featured characters: The Wonderbolts
Bulk Biceps
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Rainbow Falls is the tenth episode of the fourth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the seventy-fifth episode overall. In this episode, Rainbow Dash is torn between choosing the Ponyville team and the Cloudsdale team for the Equestria Games.

Production and development

Rainbow waterfalls village

Season four promotional image using Rainbow Falls as a background

The episode is included in the upcoming DVD A Dash Of Awesome,[2] which was announced in early December 2013.[3][4] The title of the episode was previously revealed in early August 2013 on Amazon as part of the title of the upcoming April 8, 2014 24-page storybook Welcome to Rainbow Falls!, in which "the ponies attend the famous sporting event known as the Equestrian[sic] Games", before its name was replaced with "Spring 2014 8x8" on the Amazon listing[5] in mid-August 2013;[6] some other websites' listings of the book still include the name.[7][8]

Summary

Pegasus pep talk

Pinkie Pie shouting at Fluttershy using a megaphone S4E10

"Gimme a 'P' for 'Ponyville'!"

The episode opens with Rainbow Dash talking to Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps about the upcoming tryouts for the aerial relay event at the Equestria Games, with Pinkie Pie as their team cheerleader and Applejack supplying the team with apple brown betties. Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps are enthusiastic about the tryouts, but their flying and ability to stay airborne leave much to be desired. The initial practice ends with Rainbow buried under a pile of Bulk Biceps, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie after Bulk Biceps runs out of breath mid-flight.

The Equestria Games tryouts

On the way to the tryouts in the town of Rainbow Falls, Helia and Thunderlane apologize to Rainbow Dash for not being able to compete in the aerial relay as they are competing in the sprint events; the Games' rules forbid any pony from competing in more than one event. Twilight Sparkle speaks with Rainbow Dash about her less-than-impressive team, Rainbow remarking that she's confident she'll be able to pick up their slack. Their friends are all equally excited about the tryouts for varying reasons.

Wonderbolts flying S4E10

The Wonderbolts at the Training Grounds.

Rainbow Dash and her friends enter the tryout grounds, where numerous other Pegasi and several griffons are gathered, just in time to watch the Wonderbolts Spitfire, Soarin, and Fleetfoot arrive with their own cheering section. Rainbow Dash coaches her teammates about the qualifiers and attempts to instill some confidence in them, but their coordination pales in comparison to the Cloudsdale team of Wonderbolts. Realizing this, Rainbow Dash's own confidence begins to falter.

To help raise the team's spirits, Rainbow Dash has Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps watch Soarin practice for the qualifiers in hopes that they "learn something". During his practice run, Soarin is distracted by a pair of cheerleaders and clips his wing on a hoop, sending himself into a tailspin. Rainbow Dash saves Soarin just before he hits the ground, and he's carted off with an injured wing.

Fleetfoot pointing towards the sky S4E10

"This is your chance to fly with the winners."

Now one relay team member short and impressed by Rainbow Dash's flying, Spitfire and Fleetfoot offer the vacant spot on their team to Rainbow Dash since she's originally from Cloudsdale; Fleetfoot quickly adds that it'd only be until Soarin recovers. Rainbow Dash is unsure about practicing with two teams at once—especially behind one team's back—but after a bit more encouragement, she accepts.

Between two teams

Rainbow Dash splits her practice times between the Ponyville team and Cloudsdale team, finding that her aerial coordination with Spitfire and Fleetfoot is much better than with Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps. Twilight starts to grow suspicious when she sees Rainbow Dash fly off every now and then. When Twilight finds out about Rainbow's secret practice runs with the Wonderbolts and confronts her, Rainbow argues that the Ponyville team will still qualify with her on it and that "it's more fun working out with the winners than the non-winners".

Twilight walking away S4E10

This is a decision Rainbow has to make herself.

At that moment, Spitfire and Fleetfoot approach Rainbow Dash. They tell her that Soarin won't recover in time for the tryouts and offer her a permanent spot on the Cloudsdale team. However, her joining the Cloudsdale team means she won't be able to fly with the Ponyville team. Rainbow Dash is excited about the opportunity, but Twilight informs her of all the ponies she'll let down if she accepts. An uncertain Rainbow Dash asks Twilight what she would do, but Twilight tells her it's a decision she has to make on her own.

Choosing not to choose

Rainbow

Rainbow fakes an injury to avoid a tough decision.

Later, Rainbow Dash appears on the tryout grounds covered in bandages and bound to a wheelchair. She feigns injury and wails about being unable to fly with either team. Twilight is skeptical of the obvious ruse.

Rainbow Dash is brought to a hospital bed, continuing to fake being hurt. When Fluttershy and Bulk Biceps check in on her, they tell her not to worry about the tryouts, having found a replacement flyer: Derpy. They also promise that, if they qualify for the Equestria Games and win gold medals, they'll give them to her. Rainbow Dash's friends leave to let her rest, and before she joins them, Twilight tells Rainbow that "choosing not to choose isn't really a decision".

Rainbow glow in Dash's eyes S4E10

Rainbow realizes that her friends are more important than winning.

In the adjacent hospital bed, Soarin is envious of Rainbow Dash and her friends, noting that no one's visited him during his stay. When he tells Rainbow that his wing isn't hurt and that he's been benched due to Spitfire and Fleetfoot's concerns, Rainbow realizes both she and Soarin have been lied to. As sunlight enters the room and covers a dropped flag in colors, Rainbow Dash's eyes shimmer with a rainbow-colored aura.

The magic of loyalty

Rainbow

Rainbow Dash truly shows that she is the element of loyalty.

Rainbow Dash also confronts Spitfire and Fleetfoot for lying to her about Soarin's wing just to replace him with her—which Soarin is also displeased about. The two Wonderbolts commend Rainbow for her loyalty, saying that they could learn a lot from her, and invite Soarin back onto their team. As the Cloudsdale team flies off, Rainbow and the Ponyville team join them.

Just as the Cloudsdale team finishes qualifying for the Equestria Games, the Ponyville team begin their own qualifying run, with some encouragement from the Cloudsdale team and cheerleaders. Despite a bit of fumbling with the horseshoe baton pass, Rainbow Dash speeds for the finish, and Ponyville just barely succeeds in qualifying for the Games. As Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, and Bulk Biceps are awarded medals for qualifying, Spitfire also gives Rainbow Dash a Wonderbolt pin.

Epilogue

Wonderbolt pin with rainbow glow S4E10

Could it be? The Key of Loyalty?

In the Golden Oak Library, Rainbow Dash writes her latest lesson in the Mane 6's journal, reflecting that while she enjoys winning, her love and loyalty to her friends will always come first.

Rainbow hangs her medal and Wonderbolt pin on the journal's lectern before joining her friends outside. As she leaves, the Wonderbolt pin briefly shines with a multicolored light the same way the spool of thread shone in Rarity Takes Manehattan.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Bulk Biceps: Yeah! (numerous times)
Rainbow Dash: So, do I need to remind you of what our goal is here?
Bulk Biceps: Uh, maybe?
Applejack: Looks like they got better aim.
Fluttershy: Oh Rainbow Dash, I'm so proud of you. You scooped Soarin out of the sky and brought him down to the ground and now, now he's okay. At least, I hope he's okay. [to Soarin] Are you okay?
Bulk Biceps: 'P' is for Rainbow Dash!
Fluttershy: [whispering] Um, "Rainbow Dash" actually starts with an 'R'.
Bulk Biceps: Never mind!
Spitfire: We put you through some pretty intense workouts at the Wonderbolt Academy and you handled those just fine.
Rainbow Dash: I, uh, tripped on a, uh, foam hoof, and landed on a [mumbles, near unintelligible] pokey stick coming out of the ground...
Pinkie Pie: Grrrr!! If I get my hooves on that [matching unintelligible gibberish], it'll be in big trouble!
Twilight Sparkle: You know, choosing not to choose isn't really a decision.

Gallery

Group photo S4E10

Rainbow Falls image gallery

References

  1. "@TheBiggestJim: Today's #MLPseason4 episode .... Twitter (2014-01-18). Retrieved on 2014 January 18.
  2. Sethisto (2013-12-5). New Episode and New DVD - Rainbow Falls and Dash of Awesome. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2013 December 18.
  3. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: A Dash Of Awesome. Shout! Factory. Retrieved on 2013 December 5.
  4. My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: A Dash Of Awesome. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2013 December 5.
  5. My Little Pony: Spring 2014 8x8. Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2013 December 5.
  6. Sethisto (2013-08-15). "Welcome to Rainbow Falls!" Pony Book - And renamed. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2013 December 5.
  7. My Little Pony: Welcome to Rainbow Falls!. Christianbook.com. Retrieved on 2013 October 21.
  8. My Little Pony: Welcome to Rainbow Falls! by Olivia London (2014, Picture Book). Half.com. Retrieved on 2013 October 21.
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