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Rarity Investigates!
Rarity looking determined S5E15
Season №: 5
Season episode №: 15
Overall episode №: 106
Original airdate: September 19, 2015
Story by: Meghan McCarthy, M. A. Larson, Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco
Written by: Joanna Lewis & Kristine Songco
Storyboard: Nicole Wang and Sabrina Alberghetti
Featured characters: Wind Rider
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Rarity Investigates! is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the one hundred and sixth episode overall.

In this parody of film noir, Rarity tries to prove Rainbow Dash innocent when she is accused of committing a crime.


Production and development

The trumpet solos in the episode's musical score were provided by William Anderson.[1]

Wind Rider was designed by Rebecca Dart, Kora Kosicka, Fernanda Ribeiro, and Charmaine Verhagen.[2]

M.A. Larson attributes his story credit to writing an episode for the show called "The Rainbow Confession" which was ultimately turned into this episode. It was to have been more of a parody of Legally Blonde with Rarity in the Elle Woods role.[3]

Summary

Rainbow Dash's opportunity

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Rarity looking fabulous.

Rarity visits Sassy Saddles at Canterlot Carousel to show off her new line of "femme mystique chic" clothing inspired by literary detective Shadow Spade.

Rainbow Dash enters the boutique and, after briefly toppling all the dress stands, mentions that she will be attending Princess Celestia's royal garden opening the next day. The Wonderbolts will be giving an aerial performance at the opening, and Rainbow Dash, being a member of the Wonderbolts Reserve, is a backup flyer in case one of the Wonderbolts cannot perform. In addition, both she and Rarity are attending a royal dinner at the castle that evening, where Rainbow is excited to hang out with the Wonderbolts personally.

Dinner in Canterlot

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Wind Rider, a Wonderbolt living legend.

That night, at the castle dinner, Rarity and Rainbow Dash meet retired Wonderbolt veteran Wind Rider. Rarity picks up on his particular scent of cologne, and Rainbow Dash is starstruck to meet such a decorated flyer. When Spitfire approaches and praises Rainbow Dash's flying, mentioning that she could eventually beat Wind Rider's long-distance speed record, Wind Rider suddenly excuses himself.

Rainbow Dash is disappointed that she might not be able to perform with her heroes, but Rarity offers to watch the performance with her. Later on, Rainbow retires to her suite in the castle's east tower.

Rainbow Dash is accused

Rainbow face-to-face with the other Wonderbolts and Stormy Flare S5E15

Rainbow becomes victim of an accusation of a crime she didn't commit.

The next day, the Wonderbolts practice for their aerial performance, but Spitfire has been unexpectedly called away by a note sent from her sick mother. Soarin offers Rainbow Dash to take Spitfire's place, and Rainbow eagerly accepts. As Rarity watches, Spitfire's mother Stormy Flare appears to watch as well, perfectly healthy. She reveals to Rarity that she never sent a note to Spitfire.

This causes confusion among the Wonderbolts until Wind Rider suggests someone sent Spitfire a fake note to remove her from the performance, causing all suspicion to fall upon Rainbow Dash. Though Rainbow is open about her desire to fly with Wind Rider, she pleads innocence. After a brief discussion, Soarin gives Rainbow a chance to prove her innocence, but if she cannot, she will be kicked out of the Wonderbolts.

Inspired by the literary works of Shadow Spade, "Detective Rarity" steps in to investigate the crime.

Detective Rarity

Rarity Finds Rainbow Hair S5E15

Rarity is on the case.

In a black-and-white parody of 1940s film noir, Rarity and Rainbow Dash inspect Spitfire's castle suite. Rarity discovers a piece of Rainbow's mane on the envelope that the note was sent in, and she finds that some of the corridor curtains have been moved.

Reasoning that whoever delivered the note to Spitfire had to have passed the royal guards on duty, Rarity and Rainbow Dash interrogate them. After some pressing—and through Rarity's feminine charms—the guards eventually admit that they took a short break when someone left them a very specialized cake. Rarity and Rainbow track the cake's origin to a Canterlot cake shop. The owner Cinnamon Chai tells Rarity that whoever purchased the cake had concealed their identity, except for having a deep, raspy voice and wearing a scarf that got stained in chocolate.

Rainbow Dash becomes increasingly worried when all the clues point to her and frustrated by Rarity's constant diversions to talk about fashion, but Rarity is confident her investigation is leading them toward the true culprit.

The culprit revealed

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Rarity showing a piece of evidence.

Back at the performance grounds, the Wonderbolts have yet to locate Spitfire. When Rarity and Rainbow Dash return, Rarity accuses Wind Rider of framing Rainbow for Spitfire's disappearance. Rarity's accusation appalls Rainbow, but Rarity explains her case:
  1. The hairs they found on the envelope in Spitfire's suite did not fall out naturally—they were cut off since it was in a chunk. 
  2. The envelope itself gave off the same scent as Wind Rider's cologne.
  3. The castle corridor curtains were unfurled, indicating somepony was hiding behind them.
  4. Most incriminating of all, Rarity undoes Wind Rider's tightly-wound scarf and discovers a chocolate stain on it.
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Wind Rider dishonorably discharged for his crime.

In the face of this overwhelming evidence, Wind Rider confesses to sending Spitfire the fake note, saying he did it to preserve his long-distance speed record. He states that sometimes playing dirty is necessary to win, but Soarin and the rest of the Wonderbolts disagree and scorn him. Upon learning where Wind Rider sent Spitfire, Rainbow quickly flies off to retrieve her in time for the performance. Upon their arrival, Spitfire dishonorably discharges Wind Rider from the Wonderbolts for his crimes, and Rainbow Dash takes his place in the show.

The episode ends with the Wonderbolts giving their aerial performance while Rarity and Stormy Flare watch from the stands.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Rarity: Oh Sassy Saddles, don't you just love my new Femme Mystique Chic line of gowns?
Sassy Saddles: [gasps] Sequins and sashes, Rarity, they're exquisite! Where in Equestria did you find the inspiration?
Rarity: Oh, I modeled them after the adventures of Shadow Spade. Her stories are always full of mystery, suspense, and best of all, fabulous costumes!
Rainbow Dash: [hushed] Rarity! Don't you know who this is?!
Rarity: A gentlepony with fabulous taste in colognes and scarves?
Rainbow Dash: I won't let you down, Soarin! [squeals] This is the best thing ever! Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! [sing-song] I'm gonna get to fly with Wind Rider and the Wonderbolts, 'cause I'm the bestest and I'm awesome and they know it! [continues under] Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh...
Soarin: Uh... Rainbow Dash?
Rarity: [hushed] Shh! Let her have this, darling.
Rainbow Dash: I was asleep at midnight... having this totally amazing dream. There I was at the arena flying with Wind Rider and the Wonderbolts, like I've always wanted to—
[camera flashes]
Rainbow Dash: —ah, eh, never mind. Not helping.
Rainbow Dash: But how am I gonna prove I didn't send a letter that I didn't send?!
Rarity: With me! Detective Rarity is on the case, and we are going to get to the bottom of this faster than my costume change!
Rarity: [narrating] Rainbow Dash was getting antsy, but I had faith I could clear her name and find the real culprit.
Rainbow Dash: What are you doing?
Rarity: [stammers] Uh, just thinking thoughts. [narrating] Rainbow Dash was right. In order to solve the mystery, we had to be focused. Driven. One hundred percent in the— [normally] Ooh! The damask pattern on these curtains is exquisite! Oh, and this velvet rope-holder – oh, it's just—
Rainbow Dash: We don't have time to look at the décor!
Rarity: [narrating] Rainbow Dash was questioning my methods. But I knew what I was doing.
Rainbow Dash: Do you?
Rarity: Oh, oh, oh. Did I say that one out loud?
Wind Rider: Ah, fine! You caught me! I did it!
Rainbow Dash: But why, Wind Rider?! Was it because I took the last broccoli at the dinner and you really, really wanted it?
Soarin: So, would you like to fly with us?
Rainbow Dash: Would I?! Woo-hoo! Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah, uh-huh, uh-huh, yeah, aww yeah...
Soarin: Uh, Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow Dash: [embarrassed noise] Coming!
Rarity: [narrating] So my friend got her moment in the sun. Or the center of an aerial flower, as the case may be. And as for me? I got a chance to show off my Femme Mystique Chic collection!
Stormy Flare: That's nice, dear.
Rarity: Oh, did I say that out loud?

Gallery

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Rarity Investigates! image gallery

References

  1. Jim Miller (2015-09-19). Fun Fact: @Wm_K_Anderson played the trumpet himself for the score he wrote! #MLP5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 September 19.
  2. Jim Miller (2015-09-19). Slick design on Wind Rider from @R_Dart, @kkosicka, @charmainevee & @fe_rib! #MLP5. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 September 22.
  3. Cereal Velocity (2016-03-29). Equestria Daily Interviews M.A. Larson. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2016 March 29.
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