|Season episode №:||9|
|Overall episode №:||178|
|Original airdate:||May 12, 2018|
|Written by:||Kim Beyer-Johnson|
|Storyboard:||Ward Jenkins and Kat Dela Cruz|
|Featured characters:||School of Friendship students
|credits • transcript • gallery • allusions|
animation errors • statistics • speculation
The Parent Map
The Break Up Break Down
Teacher of the month
Rainbow Dash races to the School of Friendship to hear the announcement for the "Teacher of the Month" award, given to the school's most popular teacher according to student vote. Much to Rainbow and Applejack's disappointment, the award once again goes to Fluttershy. Next, Twilight Sparkle wants to organize a new student activity that promotes teamwork and outdoor recreation. To that end, she announces a teamwork field trip—which she feels is a job that a Teacher of the Month would be worthy of leading.
Applejack and Rainbow Dash both volunteer for the task, believing their respective lifestyles and everyday jobs qualify them to lead a field trip. As they start to argue over which of them is more qualified to lead, Fluttershy suggests they lead the field trip together, and Twilight agrees. Rainbow Dash and Applejack agree that, although they have been competitive in the past, they will not let that get in the way of their students' education.
Twilight, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash escort Silverstream, Sandbar, Gallus, Yona, Ocellus, and Smolder out into the field for their trip. Applejack and Rainbow have a brief disagreement over which of their planned activities to do first, but they try to maintain a shared position in leadership. As the class begins their first outdoor activity, Twilight leaves and says she'll check up on them later.
Friendship field trip
Applejack leads the class in the teamwork-building exercise of constructing an apple shed. While she directs the class to work slowly and carefully, Rainbow Dash wants to work quickly so that they can get to the activity she has planned. This results in more disagreements between the two teachers as they argue over who is more qualified to be Teacher of the Month, and the students become uncomfortable being forced to decide between them.
Later, Rainbow Dash leads the class in river-canoeing, wanting in particular to break the river-canoeing speed record. While the students cooperate well and help Yona overcome her fear of the water, Applejack and Rainbow Dash continue to argue—to the point of paddling the canoe in opposite directions. When the canoe finally moves down the stream and heads toward a split path, the two teachers give conflicting instructions, causing the canoe to crash into the rocks.
After Ocellus and Silverstream help Yona because of her inability to swim, Twilight returns to see how things are going. When she sees the sorry state that the class is in, Applejack and Rainbow Dash cast blame on each other. Twilight admonishes the two for still letting their competitiveness get the better of them and neglecting their students' education. Because of their obsession with winning the Teacher of the Month award, Twilight says she is taking over as field trip leader.
Applejack and Rainbow Dash realize their mistakes, and they each acknowledge the leadership that the other displayed throughout the day. They ask Twilight for another chance to teach their students about teamwork, and Twilight begrudgingly agrees but says she will be picking their next activity: a nature walk.
A walk in the woods
Applejack and Rainbow Dash lead the class on a walk through the woods. When they come across a fork in the road, the students fear another argument. Instead of arguing, however, each of the two teachers keep insisting on letting the other choose which way to go. When they fail to come to an agreement, Yona takes the lead out of frustration. As a result of Applejack and Rainbow constantly deferring to each other's judgment, the class becomes lost.
Smolder flies up and sees the school across a ravine. After even further lack of agreement between Rainbow and Applejack, they eventually decide to build a bridge across the ravine, resulting in yet another disagreement over what to build the bridge out of. Applejack builds a bridge out of vines while Rainbow builds one out of tree branches. Neither bridge can support much weight, and one eventually collapses onto the other, causing Applejack and Rainbow to dangle helplessly over a stream of ravenous bite-acudas.
Applejack and Rainbow Dash realize this entire situation is their fault because of their obsession with the Teacher of the Month award. Ocellus transforms into a giant bite-acuda to chase the other bite-acudas away while Gallus and Silverstream carry Applejack and Rainbow to safety. Applejack and Rainbow are very impressed by the teamwork their students demonstrated while saving them.
Back at the School of Friendship, Twilight welcomes the students back and asks what they learned. The students commend Applejack and Rainbow Dash for their bizarrely genius technique of showing them how not to work together so they would learn to do the opposite. Because of this, they nominate both Applejack and Rainbow for the next Teacher of the Month vote.
Twilight is thrilled to know her field trip idea was a success and says she'll schedule another one soon. As the students leave, she knows full well that Applejack and Rainbow were arguing the entire time and their students learned a lesson by complete accident. Applejack and Rainbow admit this is true before they have yet another argument over whose fault it was.
- For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
- Twilight Sparkle: Who better to model the importance of working as a team?
- Pinkie Pie: Um, Rarity? Fluttershy? Me? Spike? This flowerpot?
- Applejack: [deep inhale] Now take a good, deep breath. What do you smell?
- Gallus: [inhale] Uh, yak?
- Yona: [sniffing] Mm-hmm!
- Ocellus: Um, professors? I'm a little confused about teamwork now.
- Rainbow Dash: That's because you need a different teacher.
- Rainbow Dash: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! Harder! Put your backs into it, newbies!
- Applejack: Stroooooke... Stroooooke... Stroooooke... Slower... Focus on your paddle technique, y'all.
- Silverstream: Woo-hoo! We're really going now!
- Smolder: So... when do we get to the part when we move?
- Yona: Help! Yak not swim!
- Ocellus: That's okay! Your friends can change into creatures that do!
- Twilight Sparkle: How's the canoeing... going?
- Smolder: About as good as the apple shed building.
- Twilight Sparkle: You're not teaching teamwork! You're competing with each other! I thought you were past that!
- Rainbow Dash: We are! Mostly.
- Sandbar: We gotta get our professors out of there! Anycreature have a plan?
- Gallus: Leave 'em hangin'?
- Silverstream: What?!
- Gallus: I'm kidding! ...Kinda.
- Twilight Sparkle: You were actually just competing the entire time, weren't you?
- Applejack: To tell you the truth... yeah.
- Leo Awards, Nominees by Name 2019. Leo Awards (2019-05-27). Retrieved on 2019 May 31.
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Pinkie Pie: Hyper-Helper
The Trail Less Trotten
Death of a Sales-Pony
The Fluttershy Effect
The Fast and the Furriest
Badge of Shame
A Camping We Will Go
Meet Potion Nova!
Pony Surfin' Safari
All Bottled Up
All That Jitters
Ponies of the Moment
One Click Wonder
Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth
The Root of It
The Mysterious Voice
The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
Director Spike's Mockumentary
Pie vs. Pie
The Debut Taunt
The Rarity Report
The Great Divide
The Great Collide
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