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Secrets and Pies
Pinkie Pie forcing yet another pie on Rainbow Dash S7E23
Season №: 7
Season episode №: 23
Overall episode №: 166
Original airdate: October 14, 2017
Written by: Josh Hamilton
Storyboard: Jen Davreux and Megan Willis
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Secrets and Pies is the twenty-third episode of season seven of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the one hundred and sixty-sixth overall. The title is a play on the phrase "secrets and lies", which is spoken by Pinkie Pie in Party of One.

In this episode, Pinkie Pie thinks she sees Rainbow Dash throw one of her pies away and suspects that Rainbow secretly hates her pies, so she attempts to catch Rainbow in her web of lies.

Production

This episode was previously scheduled to premiere on Canada's Treehouse TV channel on July 2, 2017 but was later replaced with a repeat of The Gift of the Maud Pie. It premiered on Treehouse on October 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM EST, thirty-five minutes prior to its scheduled airing on Discovery Family.

The episode was leaked online on October 7, 2017.​[​specify​]​

Summary

Happy 73rd training session!

Pinkie Pie presents Rainbow with blueberry pie S7E23

Pinkie Pie bakes a pie for Rainbow Dash...

The episode begins at Sugarcube Corner, where Pinkie Pie is hard at work making a special pie to celebrate Rainbow Dash's seventy-third training session since becoming a full-fledged member of the Wonderbolts. Twilight Sparkle questions commemorating such an arbitrary occasion, but Pinkie is happy to seize any opportunity to make a pie for Rainbow because she knows how much Rainbow loves them.

Later that day, after the Wonderbolts' training ends, Pinkie Pie surprises Rainbow Dash at the Wonderbolt Academy and delivers her pie. Rainbow thanks Pinkie for the gesture and takes the pie inside the barracks with her, and Pinkie is satisfied by her friend's happiness. But when a janitor comes out of the barracks to take out the trash, Pinkie notices the pie she made sitting on top of the trash bin.

Pinkie Pie's blueberry pie in the trash S7E23

...But did the gift go unappreciated?

After the janitor dumps the trash in the compactor, Pinkie asks him about it, and he says he doesn't remember seeing a pie in the trash, leading Pinkie to believe she was just seeing things.
"[Rainbow Dash] loves my pies. She would never throw them away like trash in the trash with other trash, right?"
— Pinkie Pie

Pinkie Pie, private eye

Rainbow Dash knocks pie out of Pinkie's hoof S7E23

Rainbow gets rid of Pinkie's pie while her back is turned.

Later that same day, in her party-planning cave under Sugarcube Corner, Pinkie Pie dwells heavily on the pie-in-the-trash incident and starts to wonder if she wasn't seeing things. She thinks back on several past occasions and realizes every time she gave Rainbow Dash a pie, Rainbow would make her look away at something, and the pies would mysteriously disappear while her back was turned. Realizing she has never actually seen Rainbow eat one of her pies, Pinkie Pie decides to launch a thorough investigation.

Pinkie Pie "you can't escape the truth!" S7E23

Secrets and pies! It's all secrets and pies with that pony!

Pinkie interrogates the other Wonderbolts and learns that they have been receiving unexplained pie donations on a monthly basis. Then, she interrogates Dr. Fauna and learns that Rainbow Dash's pet Tank was diagnosed with indigestion from excess sugar the day after Pinkie made a pie for Rainbow. Finally, she interrogates Cheerilee and discovers that Rainbow Dash donates her half-birthday pie to the Ponyville Schoolhouse every year.

After piecing everything together, Pinkie Pie comes to the horrifying conclusion that Rainbow Dash doesn't like pie and has been lying to her about it for years.

Operation: Pie of Lies

Pinkie Pie getting a wicked idea S7E23

Pinkie Pie gets a wonderful, awful idea.

Applejack stumbles into Pinkie's party-planning cave while delivering apples and finds Pinkie agonizing over her discovery. While Applejack finds the idea of Rainbow Dash hating pie ridiculous, the more she thinks about it, the more she also realizes that she has never actually seen Rainbow eating pie. Applejack tries to get Pinkie's mind off of it by asking her to make pies for her family's apple harvest, but Pinkie instead comes up with the idea of making Rainbow Dash so many pies that she will eventually admit the truth.

The next day, Pinkie Pie makes Rainbow Dash pies for when she wakes up, for her seventy-fourth Wonderbolt training session, as part of a scheme to get Rainbow to save her from the top of a pyramid of pies, and as thanks for saving her from the pyramid of pies. Unfortunately, Rainbow outsmarts Pinkie at every turn and manages to get rid of the pies without having to eat any.

Pinkie Pie gives Rainbow Dash fifteen more pies S7E23

Have a pie, Rainbow Dash! Have three! Have fifteen!

Later, an increasingly crazy Pinkie Pie puts together a large pie-eating party in Ponyville, and when Rainbow arrives, Pinkie tries to get her to eat one without blinking. However, Rainbow toys with her pie long enough for Pinkie to blink, and she ties the pie to a balloon and makes it float away before Pinkie opens her eyes. Frustrated beyond belief, Pinkie openly accuses Rainbow Dash of hating her pies and lying about it, and Rainbow Dash denies it until the pie she tied to a balloon falls on Pinkie's head. Despite Rainbow's poorly-thought-out excuses and wanting to explain, Pinkie storms off in anger.

For the love of pie

Rainbow Dash presents a poorly-made pie S7E23

Rainbow Dash decides to eat a pie for the sake of friendship.

At the Castle of Friendship, Rainbow Dash feels guilty for lying to Pinkie about liking pie, and Twilight and Applejack wonder if she's been lying about anything else. She defends herself by saying she knows how much Pinkie likes making pies and it would have hurt her to learn Rainbow doesn't like them. When Twilight and Applejack point out how hurt Pinkie already is, Rainbow comes up with an idea to make it up to her.

Pinkie Pie "made you happy to see me happy" S7E23

Pinkie and Rainbow would do anything to make each other happy.

Some time later, Pinkie Pie sulks in her bedroom, and Rainbow draws her to her window with a terrible smell. Rainbow apologizes to Pinkie for lying to her all this time, and in an effort to make it up to her, she has made a giant pie to eat right in front of her – despite how disgusting it looks. Unable to watch her friend do this, Pinkie Pie stops her and finally understands why Rainbow lied: because it made Pinkie happy to see her friends enjoy her pies, and it made Rainbow happy to see Pinkie happy.

Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash reconcile with a hug, and Pinkie tells Rainbow that she can always be honest with her in the future.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Pinkie Pie: Okay. All we need is a dot of salt, a dab of sugar, and a spritz of ginger.
Twilight Sparkle: Uh... Are those real measurements?
Pinkie Pie: Surprise! Happy seventy-third Wonderbolt training session! [blows party horn]
Rainbow Dash: My seventy-third training session? That's specific.
Pinkie Pie: Have I ever really seen Rainbow Dash eat one of my pies? And do I always look when somepony points behind me?
Pinkie Pie: It seems the pieces of the puzzle are plopping into place, but the picture isn't pretty. [gasps] Note to self – P. Alliteration Pie.
Pinkie Pie: Rainbow Dash doesn't like pie, and she's been lying to me about it the whole time!
Applejack: I could swear I've seen her eat one of your pies before.
Pinkie Pie: Have you reeeaaally?
Applejack: Um, I... thought I had. That's why I said it?
Pinkie Pie: Are you sure?
Applejack: Maybe I haven't...?
Rainbow Dash: You sure you don't have to blink?
Pinkie Pie: Me? Nope. I'm not much of a blinker.
Pinkie Pie: You just said they were delicious.
Rainbow Dash: Well, obviously that's because... I have amnesia!
[beat]
Rainbow Dash: I've been brainwashed!
[beat]
Rainbow Dash: I-It's Opposite Day?
Applejack: Is there anything else you're lyin' about that we should know?
Rainbow Dash: No! Well, not that I can think of off the top of my head.
Rainbow Dash: I thought the hassle was worth it just to spare your feelings, but I was wrong. So to make up for it, I made this pie for you. Well, I guess I made it for me. To eat in front of you. Point is I'm eating this pie for friendship!
Pinkie Pie: In the future, you can always be honest with me.
Applejack: Uh, I could've told her that.
Rainbow Dash: [straining] Heh. Cool. H-How about this? Your hugs are too tight.
Pinkie Pie: [laughing] No, they're not.

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Pinkie Pie standing on a pyramid of pies S7E23

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