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Sisterhooves Social
Rarity looking at Sweetie Belle's drawing S02E05
Season №: 2
Season episode №: 5
Overall episode №: 31
Original airdate: November 5, 2011
Written by: Cindy Morrow
Storyboard: Sherann Johnson & Corey Toomey[1]
Featured characters: Sweetie Belle
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Sisterhooves Social is the fifth episode of the second season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the thirty-first episode overall. The episode follows Rarity and Sweetie Belle as they encounter a crisis in their relationship. "Sisterhooves" is a portmanteau of "sisterhood" and "hooves".

Development

Episode writer Cindy Morrow stated that the working title of Sisterhooves Social was Sissy Fit.[2]

Summary

Sweetie Belle makes mistakes

Rarity and Sweetie Belle's parents S2E5

Not what we were expecting, huh?

The episode starts off with Rarity waking up in terror after smelling smoke coming from the kitchen, accompanied by the sound effects of a fire horn blaring and an alarm beeping. After crashing downstairs, Rarity finds out that the source of the smoke is Sweetie Belle trying to make breakfast in bed for her sister, and already having burned her parents' breakfast. The unnamed parents tell Rarity that they are going on their scheduled week-long vacation and they're dropping off Sweetie Belle with her for the week, to which Rarity reluctantly accepts. Once they depart, Rarity cleans up the breakfast without even eating it, and decides to make a "proper" breakfast. Sweetie Belle wants to help, but Rarity ignores her sister's plead until the latter urges her kindly. Sweetie Belle is finally told to add the garnish to the plates, but Sweetie Belle accidentally flips off the table under pressure from Rarity to put it on perfectly. Ironically, the parsley shrub does manage to land perfectly on a single plate.

Sweetie Belle and Rarity seeing the sweater shrink S2E5

The sweater shrinking.

Rarity huffily returns to working on her fashion line, while assigning Sweetie Belle to put away the dirty towels, to which she obliges cheerfully. Sweetie Belle decides to surprise her sister by washing the clothes, including a colorful sweater hung above the rest of the clothes. Much to Rarity's dismay the rare, one-of-a-kind wool sweater shrinks in the sun, infuriating Rarity. Although angry, Rarity bottles up her emotions and continues her work, meanwhile Sweetie Belle remains upset of her mistake. Later on, Sweetie Belle gets bored, but finds some paper and crayons and decides to draw a picture, under the premise that drawing had never gotten her into trouble before. She notes that "something's missing", and uses all of Rarity's extremely rare baby blue sapphires, thinking she had more in her workroom. When a furious Rarity discovers this, she flips out again and leaves to fetch more sapphires, while Sweetie Belle cleans up the mess she made. When Rarity comes home she sees Sweetie's third mistake: cleaning Rarity's room. Rarity finally cracks and yells at her, saying that Sweetie has destroyed her inspiration for her new fashion line by cleaning up her "organized chaos". Sweetie Belle points out the obvious, that her sister gets upset with her whenever she makes a mistake, only to have Rarity proclaim that her own mess is exempted because it was her own. Everything Sweetie Belle has done was well-intended, but has only succeeded in making Rarity angry.

Sisters parting ways

Sweetie Belle 'Deal!' S2E05

"Goodbye, un-sister!"

Disappointed in her inability to do something right for her sister, Sweetie Belle then goes for a walk and meets Apple Bloom. Apple Bloom suggests she and her sister participate in the Sisterhooves Social, an annual competition in which sisters compete against other sisters in an elaborate obstacle course. Sweetie Belle invites Rarity to the event, but Rarity refuses to go on the pretense of the contest being uncouth. Sweetie Belle, while being very disappointed and angered, proclaims that she would be better off alone. In the end, the two argue, ending with Sweetie Belle telling Rarity that they aren't sisters anymore, and that each of them would be better off sister-less. Sweetie Belle heads on over to Sweet Apple Acres where Applejack is doing chores with Apple Bloom. Seeing their enjoyment as they perform tasks together, Sweetie Belle notes that Applejack, unlike Rarity, is what a sister should be - kind, patient, active, and fun.

Rarity's regret

Rarity 'Sweetie Belle, my one and only sister' S2E5

"What have I done?"

Later, as Rarity restarts her fashion line, she is struck by a new idea due to Sweetie Belle's organization and completes her new line, "Full Spectrum Fashions". She begins to forgive Sweetie Belle, but quickly stops herself, only to soften again when she finds the sweater Sweetie Belle shrank was perfect for Opalescence, and not herself. Rarity's ultimate realization of her mistake comes up after looking, a second time, at the picture that Sweetie Belle made her. While decorating a dress with baby blue sapphires, Rarity decides to take a few from her sister's picture. The picture is revealed to be an image of herself and Sweetie Belle superimposed into a heart made out of sapphires. This makes Rarity realize that what she said and did was wrong (remarking with the line "As Celestia is my witness, I will never be sisterless again!", reminiscent of the famous line from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!").

Rarity goes to Sweet Apple Acres in order to apologize, but finds that Sweetie is with Applejack and does not want to be with her anymore. Sweetie Belle then claims Applejack as her big sister, much to the dismay of everypony. Sweetie Belle continues berating Rarity while praising Applejack, going so far as to say that Rarity could learn how to be a better sister from Applejack. Rarity pleads for Sweetie to return, but shows that she hasn't fully learned the true meaning of sisterhood as she continues suggesting activities that appeal to her rather than Sweetie, hinting that she is still selfish. Sweetie Belle is not impressed and storms off angrier than before. Applejack helps Rarity understand what sisterhood means (comparing it to apple pie) and Rarity finally realizes that she has not been a good sister to Sweetie Belle after all, so she decides she must do whatever it takes to regain her sister.

"Bein' sisters is like... apple pie. You can have amazin' apples, and you can have a wonderfully crispy crust, but only together you can have a perfect apple pie."
— Applejack

The Sisterhooves Social

See also the in-depth section below
Rarity and Sweetie Belle hopping S2E05

Rarity (disguised as Applejack) and Sweetie Belle.

At the day of the event, which takes place at Sweet Apple Acres, Apple Bloom and Applejack agree that Applejack can be Sweetie Belle's sister for the day. They enter the race together, but Applejack dives into the mud of the first obstacle. Rarity emerges from the mud, wearing Applejack's hat and remaining silent throughout the race, making Sweetie Belle believe she's still racing with Applejack. Rarity's blue eyes are still visible though, as opposed to Applejack's green, though her eye style is the same as Applejack's. They manage to jump over the haystacks, quickly eat the apple pies, and carefully place their egg from the hen house into the basket. The two don't win the race, only coming up short of another pair of sisters, but Sweetie Belle says she doesn't mind because she had so much fun. Applejack's hat falls off, revealing a white horn. Sweetie Belle wipes the mud from Rarity's flank and, after seeing her three-diamond cutie mark, discovers she'd been racing with her own sister the entire time, while Applejack stayed under the mud the entire race and only now surfaced.

Sweetie Belle finds out that Applejack, Rarity, and Apple Bloom were all in on the plan. The sisters make up, and Rarity offers to go to the spa as a treat, but the rest of the girls burst out laughing, thinking Rarity is just joking, but she insists she wasn't.

Epilogue

The sisters compose a letter to Celestia together, in which they inform her that, while being sisters is wonderful, it often requires teamwork, sometimes is about compromise, sometimes is about accepting each other's differences, but mostly is about having fun.
Rarity and Sweetie Belle reconcile "deal!" S02E05

Deal!

In the end, they disagree again, over whether it's okay to get one's hooves a little dirty or a lot dirty when having fun. Since Spike is writing the letter he gives them a happy medium of a medium amount of dirty (not too little, not too much, just right), and they agree on this compromise.

The event

Introduction

When Sweetie Belle tells Apple Bloom that she wants to do something special with Rarity, Apple Bloom mentions the "Sisterhooves Social", a yearly event hosted by Sweet Apple Acres, telling her that she and Rarity can compete against other sister teams in different events. Sweetie Belle thinks Rarity would like the idea, but Rarity, as it is held on a farm, rejects it for being "uncouth". This drives a wedge between the sisters and Sweetie Belle goes to stay with Apple Bloom and her family.

The day of the event

Sisterhooves Social Event S02E05

Applejack, Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle walking into the competition.

The day of the Social, Sweet Apple Acres is decked with flags, tents, and booths. All in all, the event is much like a county fair, with pairs of sisters participating in competitions such as a pie-eating contest, bobbing for apples, and a prize pig exhibition. The main event is an obstacle course race officiated by Granny Smith, who sits in her rocking chair on a stage and announces the start with a megaphone.

The race

Five teams run the race, which consists of several obstacles and challenges in quick succession. Many of these resemble farm chores Applejack and Apple Bloom do together:

  • A mud-filled trench, which most ponies go over in a single leap, but Sweetie Belle hops on the mud and skips across. Applejack, who is serving as Sweetie Belle's "sister for a day", falls into the mud and stays there for the duration of the race. Rarity emerges, completely covered in mud and wearing Applejack's hat, and does not speak while running the rest of the course with Sweetie Belle. Only her eyes give her away, but Sweetie Belle does not notice.
  • Two staggered rows of baskets that must be stepped in, similar to tire footwork agility obstacles. Sweetie Belle hops from one basket to the next, while others walk through them and one stumbles.
  • A climb over a stack of three crates. Rarity easily reaches the top and pulls Sweetie up after her.
  • Eating two pies, one per team member. Rarity and Sweetie Belle each swallow theirs whole in one gulp.
  • Pushing a hay bale past a line marked on the course.
  • A short run around a turn to the next challenge.
  • Loading a batch of grape clusters into a vat, crushing them by hoof to fill a jar with juice, and carrying the juice to a stool. Rarity loads all the grapes in one go and flips Sweetie Belle in after them, and Sweetie Belle quickly fills the jar.
  • Apple tossing, with one team member throwing from a bench and the other catching in a bushel. Rarity jumps on the bench's end to catapult them all to Sweetie Belle, who easily catches them with the bushel on her head.
  • Picking up eggs from a chicken coop and carrying them out, balancing them on her nose, to place in a basket. Rarity and Sweetie Belle maneuver nose-to-nose to balance their egg between them.
  • A final stretch of hurdles.

Rarity and Sweetie Belle place second, coming up just short of the finish line in their attempt to slide over it.

Competing pairs

Some of the names noted below are placeholder names, and aren't mentioned in official material.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Rarity: [mumbling in sleep] Oh... Are those sweet... carrot... pancakes I smell? [gasp] Mmm, how divine, num num num num. The aroma... spiced warm apple cider. [sniff] Ahh, and the smell of... smmmoke... [wakes up] smoke? Smoke?! SMOOOKE! YAAAAAAAH! Oof!
Rarity: I didn't know you could burn juice.
[Sweetie Belle places bowl of burnt liquid on table]
Rarity: Hmm... let me guess. Applesauce?
Sweetie Belle: Nope. Toast!
Rarity: Sweetie Belle, what am I going to do with you?
Sweetie Belle: Oh, we could paint together, we could ride bikes, play chess, sing a song, catch frogs, have a pillow fight...
Rarity: That's not what I meant!
Sweetie Belle: Oh.
Rarity: My inspiration room! What did you do? What did you do?!
Sweetie Belle: When I saw the big mess in your room, I thought I'd clean it up for you.
Rarity: This wasn't a mess! It was organized chaos!
Apple Bloom: What's 'uncouth'?
Applejack: It means 'uncivil'. You know, bad mannered?
Apple Bloom: [belches]
Applejack: Exactly!
Rarity: As Celestia is my witness, I shall never be sisterless again!
Applejack: Bein' sisters is like... apple pie! You can have amazin' apples, and you can have a wonderfully crispy crust, but only together can you have a perfect apple pie.
Rarity: [to herself] But apart, all we are is just a pile of mush and some crumbly, dry mess. [gasps out loud] I know what I need to do! I just hope it isn't too late!
Granny Smith: Is this thing on? [turns megaphone] I don't think this thing is on. Hellooo? [Big McIntosh whispers in her ear] Whazat? Eh? Uh...Well, you had to say so...confangled modern doohickey.
Apple Bloom: ...ONE DAY!
Rarity: Us. I did it for us. You see? We are apple pie!
Sweetie Belle: Huh?
Rarity: I'll explain later...

Gallery

Rarity and Sweetie Belle fighting S2E5

Sisterhooves Social image gallery

References

  1. Raven Molisee's deviantART journal (2012-02-23). Retrieved on 2012 February 23.
  2. Cindy Morrow on Twitter. (2013-03-14). Retrieved on 2013 March 14.
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