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Tanks for the Memories
Rainbow silently cries with Tank S5E5
Season №: 5
Season episode №: 5
Overall episode №: 96
Original airdate: April 25, 2015
Written by: Cindy Morrow
Storyboard: Jason Horychun and Carrie Mombourquette
Featured characters: Tank
Song: I'll Fly
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Tanks for the Memories is the fifth episode of the fifth season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the ninety-sixth episode overall. The title is a play on the song "Thanks for the Memory" by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross; the title is not a reference to the Fall Out Boy song, nor is it a reference to The Big Broadcast of 1938.[1]

To prevent her pet tortoise Tank from going into hibernation, Rainbow Dash tries to stop winter from coming to Ponyville.

Development

Fluffy Clouds and the Cloudsdale winter lab were previewed in different ones of the animation images shown at Ponycon NYC on February 16, 2015.[2][3]

On March 3–5, 2015, an unofficial My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic[sic] season 5 episode listing on IMDb titling the fifth episode as "Seal Deal" was discredited by Jim Miller.[4][5][6][7]

M.A. Larson tweeted "There's something in tomorrow's ep that I told Hasbro I'd take full responsibility for. So, in advance, it is entirely my fault. #MeaCulpa" on April 24, 2015.[8] Larson later specified it to be Twilight's "winter is coming" line.[9][10]

According to Larson, the concept of lightning kept in glass jars was originally written for the season one episode Sonic Rainboom but was cut for time.[11]

Ashleigh Ball was nominated for a 2016 Leo Award for Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series for this episode.[12]

Summary

Prologue

Rainbow points to Cloudsdale S5E5

Cloudsdale comes to Ponyville.

Cloudsdale settles in the sky over Ponyville, signalling the beginning of the winter season. As ponies shake leaves from the trees with the Running of the Leaves, Rainbow Dash is excited about her first winter with Tank. However, Tank is unable to stay awake. Twilight Sparkle doesn't notice anything out of the ordinary about Tank, but his constant yawning makes Rainbow Dash nervous.

Tank needs to hibernate

An illustration of a tortoise waking up from hibernation S5E5

Hibernation 101.

Rainbow takes Tank to Fluttershy's cottage for a checkup. After examining him, Fluttershy says he's perfectly healthy and that he's only getting ready to hibernate for the winter. Despite Fluttershy's expertise on the subject and insistence, Rainbow Dash doesn't accept that tortoises hibernate and leaves to get a second opinion.

At the Castle of Friendship, Rainbow gets a second opinion from Spike, who insists that tortoises and dragons aren't in the same animal family. Rainbow dismisses Spike's opinion as well and takes Tank out to the cloud fields, hoping that hard work will keep him awake. As her friends take notice of Tank's behavior, the increasingly stubborn Rainbow begins to lash out at them in anger, and she storms off.

Stopping winter

At Rainbow's cloudominium, Tank gets even sleepier, and Rainbow tries to think of another way to keep him awake. Reasoning that Tank is only hibernating because of winter, she decides to stop winter from coming.

Rainbow Dash's Grinch smile S05E05

Rainbow gets a wonderful, awful idea.

In an attempt to keep winter from coming, Rainbow Dash tries to keep the sky clear of snow clouds. As she sings the song I'll Fly, she also stops a flock of ducks from flying south for the winter, disrupts the other Pegasi from making snow, puts fallen leaves back on the trees, and tries to keep the weather warm for Tank.

Unfortunately, her efforts are made futile as the Pegasi bring in more clouds from Cloudsdale. Rainbow decides that the best solution is to stop winter at its source, and she sneaks into the Cloudsdale weather factory.

Winter is coming

Weather factory malfunctioning S5E5

This plan worked a little TOO well.

Posing as a factory employee and keeping Tank on a leash, Rainbow sneaks into the laboratory where the clouds and snow are manufactured. She ties Tank's leash to a snowflake-inspecting magnifying glass on a nearby desk and looks for a way to shut the lab down, eventually finding a giant water storage container used for creating the clouds and snow.

As Rainbow drains the water from the container, Tank—in his state of heavy drowsiness—accidentally knocks into things around the lab. Rainbow tries to stop him, but she ends up causing even more damage as stuff breaks or gets knocked over. The entire lab soon overloads with power, causing chaotic weather over Cloudsdale and drawing attention from the rest of the Mane Six in Ponyville.

Winter in Ponyville S5E5

Winter is here.

While the Pegasi struggle to bring the factory under control, a giant snowball—with Rainbow and Tank inside—hurls toward Ponyville, and Twilight tells the ponies nearby to run for cover. When the snowball collides, the entire town becomes covered in snow. Despite Rainbow's best efforts, winter has arrived, and Tank is closer to hibernating than before.

Rainbow comes to grips

Rainbow Dash crying hysterically S5E5

Rainbow succumbs to depression.

Back at her cloudominium, Rainbow sulks in bed as Tank grows even sleepier. Her friends arrive to console her, but their words do nothing to cheer her up. When Fluttershy bluntly points out that Rainbow is going to spend her winter without a pet, Rainbow finally cracks and breaks down in tears. Fluttershy explains to the rest of the Mane Six that Rainbow needs to let it all out in order to accept Tank's hibernation.

Rainbow continues to cry, and Fluttershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie briefly share in her sorrow. When Rainbow finally stops crying, she feels better, and she thanks the ponies for helping her through her grief.

Tank nodding his head S5E5

Acceptance.

A short while later, ponies around Ponyville have fun in the snow. Rainbow arrives with Tank, having finally accepted his hibernation. At the base of a tree, Tank digs a small burrow for himself to sleep in, and the Mane Six say their goodbyes until spring. Before joining her friends in having fun, Rainbow Dash reads a bedtime story to Tank.

Quotes

For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
Rainbow Dash: Come on! You're practically twins!
[beat]
Spike: I'm purple.
Rainbow Dash: But if you don't have to hibernate, why should Tank?!
Spike: Because he's a tortoise and I'm a dragon!
Rainbow Dash: Same family though, right?
Spike: No!
Rainbow Dash: I'll take that as a yes.
Rainbow Dash: [huff] These things are heavy! Chock full of snowflakes! We're gonna have such a killer time in the snow, Tank. Tank? Tank!
Pinkie Pie: Aww, look at the cute wittle Tankie, all snuggly-wuggly, getting ready to hibern—
Rainbow Dash: Don't say that word!
Pinkie Pie: Which one? "Snuggly"? "Wuggly"? "Tankie"? "Hibernate"?
Rainbow Dash: That one!
Twilight Sparkle: Look, Rainbow Dash, we all know how upset you are about Tank hiber—
Pinkie Pie: Shhhh! Don't say that word! That's what started this all!
Twilight Sparkle: We all know how upset you are about Tank. But you shouldn't take your anger out on your friends.
Rainbow Dash: Who said anything about anger?! I didn't say anything about anger! I'm not upset! And I am not angry! Do I look angry?! [grumbles]
Rainbow Dash: I just have to stop winter!
Sunshower: So where do these clouds go?
Open Skies: Over by Clear Skies.
Sunshower: But there's clear skies everywhere.
Clear Skies: Yo, Clear Skies right here!
Sunshower: But there's clear skies over there, too!
Clear Skies: That's Open Skies!
Sunshower: There's open skies everywhere!
Open Skies: I'm not everywhere, I'm right here!
Sunshower: [sighs] Wait. You're Open Skies, and you're Clear Skies, then what's all that?
Clear Skies and Open Skies: Open, clear skies!
Open Skies: Hey, where'd our fluffy clouds go?
Clear Skies: Fluffy Clouds? He's over there!
Twilight Sparkle: Prepare yourselves, everypony! Winter is coming!
Rarity: Uh, how can I say this tactfully... you've lost your sparkle, Rainbow Dash.
Pinkie Pie: I hate to say this, but, well... you've become...! [hushed] A party pooper!
Fluttershy: Rainbow Dash, your winter is going to be pet-less.
Pinkie Pie: [crying] I'm mostly sad because you're not sad!
Twilight Sparkle: What? Me? What about Applejack?
Pinkie Pie: [crying] Applejack cries on the inside, Twilight!
Applejack: It's true.
Pinkie Pie: You think we could mess up winter every year? It's way less work!

Gallery

Rainbow spreading sunscreen on Tank's shell S5E5

Tanks for the Memories image gallery

References

  1. Cindy Morrow (2015-05-02). Cindy Morrow on Twitter: "@ajnrules neither". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 May 19.
  2. 20150216_113643.jpg (2015-02-16). Retrieved on 2015 February 16. Archived.
  3. 20150216_113706.jpg (2015-02-16). Retrieved on 2015 February 16. Archived.
  4. Jim Miller (2015-03-03). Big Jim on Twitter: "@SilverEaglePVL Sorry. Those are ALL wrong.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 4.
  5. Jim Miller (2015-03-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson @MMeghanMcCarthy It's not.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  6. Jim Miller (2015-03-04). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson Those titles are incorrect.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  7. Jim Miller (2015-03-05). Big Jim on Twitter: "@matt1986wilson the titles are still wrong.". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 March 8.
  8. M.A. Larson (2015-04-24). Stannis Larsareon on Twitter: "There's something in tomorrow's ep that I told Hasbro I'd take full responsibility for. So, in advance, it is entirely my fault. #MeaCulpa". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 24.
  9. M.A. Larson (2015-04-25). "I know that reference was dumb...". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 25.
  10. M.A. Larson (2015-04-25). I told Hasbro it was a moral imperative.... Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 25.
  11. M.A. Larson (2015-04-25). #TanksForTheMemories fun fact: The lightning in bottles was originally in "Sonic Rainboom" but was cut for time.. Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 April 25.
  12. 2016 Leo Awards Nominees by Name. Retrieved on 2016 May 3.
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