|Hearts and Hooves Day|
|Season episode №:||17|
|Overall episode №:||43|
|Original airdate:||February 11, 2012|
|Written by:||Meghan McCarthy|
|Storyboard:||Sherann Johnson and Justin Nichols|
|Featured characters:||Cutie Mark Crusaders|
|Song:||The Perfect Stallion|
|credits • transcript • gallery • allusions|
animation errors • statistics • speculation
Read It and Weep
A Friend in Deed
Hearts and Hooves Day is the seventeenth episode of the second season of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic and the forty-third episode overall. The Cutie Mark Crusaders create a love potion in hopes of making Miss Cheerilee and Big McIntosh each other's "special somepony," but when they discover the serious side effects of the concoction, they quickly regret their actions.
Online Puzzle Game
A Flash game called "Hearts and Hooves Day Puzzles" was made available on Hasbro.com ten days before the episode's scheduled airing. The puzzles include several images of Big McIntosh, Cheerilee, and the Cutie Mark Crusaders, set at a picnic, at the treehouse, and at other locations. A few of the images feature two small glasses filled with a hot-pink drink, and one of the images features Cheerilee in a nuptial veil.
Finding a special somepony
The episode opens with the Cutie Mark Crusaders creating an enormous Hearts and Hooves Day card for Cheerilee. When they show it to Cheerilee, she thanks them but mentions that she doesn't have a special somepony. Therefore, the Crusaders take action to find her one. In The Perfect Stallion, the Crusaders look for the ideal stallion for their teacher, but their initial candidates are either unsuitable or already have special someponies. When they spot Big McIntosh piling haystacks, they eagerly ask if he has plans for Hearts and Hooves Day, and when he answers no, they decide he and Cheerilee are right for each other. Sweetie Belle suggests that since Big Mac is so shy, it will be up to Cheerilee to ask him. The Crusaders set up a romantic picnic, and lure Cheerilee there by asking her to identify a tree near the gazebo. Big McIntosh arrives with a toolbox to fix the gazebo, but the three fillies have already fixed it. The fillies quickly hide in a bush to spy on the couple as they awkwardly chat. They are excited when Cheerilee appears to be leaning in for a kiss, but she matter-of-factly points out that Big Mac has something stuck in his teeth.
The love potion
Dejected that they were unable to help Cheerilee and McIntosh get together, the Crusaders bump into Twilight Sparkle, who is reading a book about Hearts and Hooves Day. According to the book, the tradition started because of a love potion. The interested Cutie Mark Crusaders ask to borrow the book, and Twilight lends it to them. She tries to bestow another book, but the excited fillies have already left. The Cutie Mark Crusaders immediately rush to their clubhouse to create the love potion using "a tuft of cloud" and "a bright rainbow's glow." The book then instructs to stir the mixture with a Pegasus feather. The potions turns bright pink and emits heart-shaped bubbles.
Later that day, they bring Cheerilee and Big Mac together once more to test the potion, telling them it is punch they made. While they hide in the bushes, Cheerilee finally realizes the fillies' plan to bring them together and tells Big Mac to play along and try the "punch." They drink it and the potion quickly takes effect. Cheerilee asks the stallion to be her "very special somepony," and he accepts. The girls are thrilled until they hear the couple calling each other pet names, such as "shmoopy-doopy sweetie-weetie pony pie" and "cutie-patootie lovie-dovie honey-bunny." Disgusted by this strange level of love, the Crusaders wonder what's gone wrong.
Realizing their mistake
Back in their clubhouse, Sweetie Belle consults the book again and finds out that the love potion is actually a love poison. The book states that a long time ago, an Earth pony prince had given an Alicorn princess the drink, intending to make her fall in love with him. However, they were so lost in each other's eyes, they were unable to perform their duties, and their kingdom fell into ruin. Apple Bloom panics, believing she and her friends may have inadvertently doomed Ponyville. Fortunately, the book also provides a way to break the love poison spell: the lovestruck ponies must be kept from looking into each other's eyes for an hour. The Crusaders go to Sugarcube Corner, where Cheerilee and Big Mac are lovingly sharing a milkshake. Mrs. Cake mentions that two ponies so clearly in love will probably want to plan a wedding soon. Sweetie Belle decides that if they can keep the two love-struck ponies away long enough to "get ready" for a wedding, the spell will wear off. The Crusaders suggest a wedding to Cheerilee and Big Mac, who are excited by the prospect and rush off to prepare for one.
Breaking the spell
Sweetie Belle helps Cheerilee select a wedding dress at Carousel Boutique while barricading the dressing room to keep her inside. At the jewelry shop, Apple Bloom helps Big Mac select a diamond ring, as Scootaloo keeps track of how much time remains until the spell is broken. When Apple Bloom is talking to Scootaloo, Big Mac quickly purchases a diamond for Cheerilee and hurries to Carousel Boutique. Apple Bloom asks Scootaloo to hurry and warn Sweetie Belle, while she attempts to slow down Big Mac. However, the determined stallion is too strong to be stopped. Being weighed down by oxen and a cart full of anvils fails to stop him, and even being tethered to a house only slows him down. As Big Mac approaches the boutique, he falls into a large pit in the ground dug by Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo and lands on a mattress at the bottom. At the same time, Cheerilee bursts out of the barricaded boutique and runs towards her love. The town clock rings the hour mark just as Cheerilee jumps in, and the spell is broken. Cheerilee has no idea why she looks like she is about to get married at the bottom of a pit, and Big Mac returns to his normal, taciturn self. The Crusaders explain that it was all because of their selfish motives to make them fall in love with each other, and they apologize for the ordeal.
Cheerilee and Big Mac decide that a fair punishment would be for the fillies to do all of Big Mac's chores. With the free time that Big Mac now has, he and Cheerilee decide to have lunch together at the gazebo, calling each other "sugar bear" and "pumpkin pie" and teasingly winking at each other behind the fillies' backs. The Crusaders are comically horrified by the thought that they're still under the effects of the love potion.
Ponies featured in The Perfect Stallion
|Ponies featured in The Perfect Stallion musical sequence|
|Button Mash, "Apple Bytes", and Archer, three video game-playing foals, two of them playing a "sugar lick" arcade game. Points to Button.||This one's too young.|
|Mr. Waddle, who wears a clerical collar, and stands with a mournful expression at a lectern next to a casket.||This one's too old.|
|"Hay Fever", a pony with a cold, with a red nose and a hot-water-bottle on his head.||He clearly has a terrible cold.|
|Big Top, a clown pony with traditional clown makeup, a bowtie, clown shoes, and a clown-horn cutie mark.||This guy's too silly.|
|"Persnickety", a pony in a top hat and monocle.||He's way too uptight.|
|Caramel, who is with his girlfriend Sassaflash.||
Scootaloo: His girlfriend sure thinks so.
|Dance Fever, a pony with a handlebar mustache, chest hair, aviator sunglasses, a sparkling green collared shirt, a brown belt with a golden belt buckle, and a disco ball cutie mark.||He's much too flashy.|
|Dr. Hooves, who splashes mud over Apple Bloom and Sweetie Belle||
|"Shortround", a pony with very short legs and a stepping stool cutie mark.||Too short.|
|Tall Tale, a pony with very long legs whose body and head are cropped off by the top of the frame.||Too tall.|
|"Squeaky Clean", a very shiny pony in a bathtub.||Too clean.|
|"Pigpen", a dirty pony with flies circling over his head and a garbage bin cutie mark. Resembles Pigpen from The Peanuts.||Too smelly.|
|Hughbert Jellius, a pony completely immersed in giant jelly jars.||Too strangely obsessed with tubs of jelly.|
Apple Bloom: Wait a minute. Let me get this straight. Are you talkin' about my brother?
- For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
- Scootaloo: I think we're gonna need a bigger envelope.
- Cheerilee: It's lovely. And so... big!
- Apple Bloom, Scootaloo, and Sweetie Belle: Hi, Miss Cheerilee.
- Cheerilee: So you three said you needed help identifying a tree you found here near the gazebo?
- Cheerilee: [dryly] That's an apple tree.
- Apple Bloom: "Oh c'mon, Miss Cheerilee...Ask him to be your very special somepony."
- Sweetie Belle: [gasp] Oh my gosh, look!
- [Cheerilee leans her face towards McIntosh's]
- Cheerilee: Big Mac...
- Big McIntosh: Eeyup?
- Cheerilee: You have something stuck in your teeth.
- [record scratch]
- Sweetie Belle: OH COME ON!!
- Cheerilee: Would you three like to tell us why it was so very important that we meet you her-
- Sweetie Belle: -Punch!
- Cheerilee: Excuse me?
- Sweetie Belle: Punch! We made punch. We were gonna set up a stand and try to sell it but, heh, we needed some pony to taste-test it first.
- Apple Bloom: Yup.
- Sweetie Belle: We thought you two would be perfect together... to test it... together. So, ah, we'll just leave you two alone... together, to test it.
- Cheerilee: He's my shmoopy-doopy sweetie-weety pony pie.
- Big McIntosh: You're my shmoopy-doopy sweetie-weety pony pie.
- Cheerilee: Girls! Can you explain why I look like I'm getting married at the bottom of a pit?
- Sweetie Belle: We may have given you the teeny-tiniest bit of love potion... that may have turned out to actually be a love poison, and you may have gone just a teeny-tiniest bit nutty.
- Cheerilee: Since you three are doing all of his chores, Big Mac and I thought we'd have a picnic at the gazebo. Ready, sugar bear?
- Big McIntosh: Eeyup, pumpkin pie.
- Apple Bloom, Scootaloo and Sweetie Belle: [gasp] NOOOOO!!!
- Storyboard artist Raven M. Molisee discussing Hearts and Hooves Day on her deviantArt journal (2012-02-08). Retrieved on 2012 February 9.
- Raven Molisee's DeviantArt journal (2012-02-23). Retrieved on 2012 February 23.
- Unfortunate iTunes Leaked – Heart & Hooves - Derpy Hooves News (2012-02-8). Retrieved on 2012 April 19.
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