"Okay. Library... Library... Where did they put the library?"
We get to see Starlight's new mane-do. Nice!
Maybe Twilight should've thought about color-coding the doors or something.
The least she could've done was give Starlight a map.
Or put signs on the doors.
"This castle looked a lot smaller from the outside."
Again with the cliché of cartoon characters wearing towels even though they're always naked!
"I guess I'm still trying to find my way around."
"You don't happen to know where the library is, do you?"
"Acceptance, mm-hmm. Altruism, definitely." (When exactly is Twilight not studying or making lists?)
"Starlight, good morning, come in!"
"Sorry I'm late. I got a little turned around."
"I still can't believe you're letting me stay here..."
"...after everything I did."
"Well, I'm not one to dwell on the past..."
"...and neither should you."
"The castle is your home now..."
"...and as far as being my pupil goes..."
"...I was just trying to figure out what your first friendship lesson should be!"
"Oh, well, it looks like you're really narrowing it down!"
"Oh, these are just the A's."
"After this, I move on to the B's!"
First "Twilight has OCD" joke of the season.
Don't have anything to say about this face.
Starlight's nervous smile.
"I know I'm just learning about friendship, but I didn't think there were this many lessons for anything."
"Maybe I should pare things down a bit before we go through them."
Wait, that's not a friendship lesson! That's my fanfic!
"Why don't you join the others in the throne room?"
"They're planning our trip to the Crystal Empire..."
"...when Shining Armor and Princess Cadance have their baby!"
"Um, which way is the throne room?"
"Well, I think we should leave ASAP. I don't want to miss the Crystalling!"
"But, um, shouldn't we wait for the invitation?"
"Frankly, I'm not exactly clear on all the customs and traditions of the Crystal Empire..."
"...especially when it comes to a Crystalling."
"Well, that's just it, darling."
"Princess Cadance and Shining Armor's baby is due any day..."
"...and we're still not sure."
"The Crystal Empire was gone for a thousand years."
"A lot of their customs are a bit murky."
"We know it's got somethin' to do with the new baby."
"And some kinda cool energy."
Hey, she's just being Pinkie Pie. Again.
"It's not hard to understand."
"Most things in the Crystal Empire aren't."
"Like how I'm a big hero there, for example!"
Something tells me Spike has been hanging around Rainbow Dash way too long.
Like I said, since Rainbow is the only one who approves of that statement.
Well, at least Rarity's attempting to be polite.
And some Pinkie randomness.
"Eh... plus, I've had to help Twilight..."
"...do a lot of research on Crystallings."
"Whenever a baby is born in the Crystal Empire, the parents bring it before the Crystal Heart."
"They get the purest shard of crystal they can find..."
"...then pick a crystaller to present the baby to everypony who comes."
"Then they all share the light and joy they feel..."
"...feeding it into the crystal that joins with the Heart..."
"...and increases its power!"
"And this is going to be a royal Crystalling, so pretty much the whole empire will show up."
"That hasn't happened in a millennia!"
"What do you mean it increases the Crystal Heart's power?"
"The energy it uses to protect the Crystal Empire, I guess."
"I... didn't help Twilight with that part."
"Hey, Twilight, can I ask you something about the Crystal Empire?"
"Huh! Funny you should mention it."
"Because I just narrowed your first friendship lesson down to three options..."
"...and one of them is in the Crystal Empire!"
"I found out that's where the first pony you ever cared about lives!"
"Of course, that's just one idea."
"We could also go to Griffonstone."
"Making friends with a griffon is a challenge all by itself!"
"Or we could tag along with the CMC's
the next time they try to help a pony figure out why they're special..."
"...those all sound great!"
"I guess you were right – it is gonna be hard to choose one!"
Ah yes. The old opening the closet door gag. That never gets old.
"Ugh! I am never gonna find my way around this place!"
"Gee, Starlight, what's wrong?"
"I don't know, Spike. Twilight's figuring out what my first friendship lesson is..."
"...and I guess I'm not exactly thrilled with the options."
"Well... with one of them."
"Reuniting me with my first friend."
"What's so terrible about that?"
"...Sunburst knew everything..."
"...there was to know about magic."
Here, Starlight. Try it like this.
You're the best, Sunburst!
"He always knew just what to do."
Whoa! If only I could do that to my room!
"And he was always there to help me."
Out of my way! I've gotta show everypony my cutie mark!
"I guess it's not surprising that Sunburst got his cutie mark in magic and..."
"...went off to Princess Celestia's school."
"You blamed cutie marks and stripped a whole village of theirs..."
"...and when Twilight and the others stopped you, you went back in time..."
"...and almost destroyed Equestria."
Breaking the 4th wall again, Spike?
"Not really stuff I'm super eager to tell Sunburst about."
"I mean, he's probably some big important wizard now, and..."
"I can't even find my way around Twilight's castle."
"Well, if Sunburst is that good at magic, maybe he'd appreciate your, uh..."
"You should talk to Twilight about it."
"I'm sure she'd want to hear what you have to say."
"I know. But I don't want her to think I'm not ready to learn..."
"...or that I'm not grateful for everything she's doing."
Twilight, please stop mugging the camera with your freaking adorable face...
Okay, hooves down, the cutest face of the season!
"It's a Crystalling invitation!"
"Shining Armor's a father!"
"Since we're going to the Crystal Empire, your first friendship lesson is going to be..."
"...reuniting with Sunburst!"
I really hope Starlight isn't going to be timid the entire season.
For those unaware, that's not Angel.
"Oh, just a little somethin' for the young'un."
"Made from genuine Sweet Apple Acres apple trees."
"We make 'em for all the apples."
"And anypony related to Twilight is practically family."
"But it's no Cloudsdale mobile!"
"Well, a mobile is real nice..."
"...as long as you have somethin' to lay in so you can look at it."
"And a fetching blanket to keep you warm."
"I'm sure Shining Armor and Princess Cadance..."
"...will love all our gifts."
"But I think they're more happy that we'll be attending the baby's Crystalling."
"Ooh! I can't wait to see all that light and love..."
"...make the Crystal Heart even more sparkly and shiny!"
"Actually, Pinkie, the Crystal Heart is..."
"...an ancient and powerful relic."
"Without its magic, the Crystal Empire..."
"...would be lost to the Frozen North."
"Wow, this Crystalling sounds pretty important."
"I'd understand if you wanted to..."
"...wait to do a different friendship lesson when we get back."
"Are you kidding? This trip is perfect!"
"Not only do I get to see the baby..."
"...and take part in the ceremony..."
"...that helps maintain the magic of the Crystal Empire..."
"...but I'm starting my new pupil off with the most amazing friendship lesson ever!"
...she said while making the worst attempt at not sounding anxious.
"...I am a little worried about meeting Sunburst."
"But I'll be right there to help things along."
"I've broken the whole lesson down into a few easy steps..."
"...to ensure this reunion goes off without a hitch!"
A few? That's what she said!
"Step one, head to Sunburst's house and get you two started on the right hoof."
"Step two, get to the castle with enough time to visit the ba—"
"I didn't know you were meeting us!"
"Of course I am! It's me, right here."
"Here I am. Why wouldn't I come meet my sister?"
"Though we have met before, heh-heh..."
"Being a father is amazing!"
"And wonderful, and amazing..."
"...and amazing..." (Another Rule of Three)
"...but surprising too, you know?"
"I mean, not that you'd know. You wouldn't know, I know... You know?"
"Sorry. I haven't really slept since Cadance had the baby." (Really? I couldn't tell. sarcasm)
"Come to think of it, she hasn't either."
"It sure would be great to get a break."
"Oh, of course! I don't know what I was thinking! You two probably need all kinds of help!"
"I'm sorry, Starlight, but I guess combining your first lesson with this visit wasn't such a good idea."
"Oh, uh, don't be ridiculous! You're an aunt now!"
"That's way more important than some friendship lesson."
"I just wish there was a way to do both."
"You've already done the work for Starlight's lesson with this list."
"All we have to do is follow it!"
"Spike, you're a genius!"
"...genius." (Is Starlight starting to regress?)
"Then it's settled! Shining Armor and I will head straight to the castle, and you two can head straight to Sunburst's!"
"Aye-aye, Princess!" (Spike, you're only the Number One Assistant to Twilight, not Captain Bligh's first mate.)
"Alright, big brother, let's go see this amazing baby pony!"
"Zzzzzzz.... Ahhh... the baby..."
"I know you're a little worried about this reunion..."
"...but I'm sure Twilight's got everything covered."
"Everything except how I'd rather do absolutely anything else."
"Oh, I bet she's taken that into account too. It's all part of the lesson."
No. It's Smash Fortune. Of course it's me!
"Now, according to the list, Sunburst's house is—"
"Why is there a statue of you in the Crystal Empire?"
"Because Spike the Brave and Glorious..."
"Um, when were you going to tell me about this?"
"Nah, it's no big deal." Spike is being humble. Spike is best dragon.
"We're not going anywhere..."
"...until I get the whole story!"
Looks like Starlight studied the "pull an object out of hammerspace" spell.
"Before we go in, I should probably tell you. Seeing the baby might be a bit of a shock."
"Come on, big brother. I've met babies before."
"I expect meeting this one won't be any different."
What a cute-looking unicorn foal.
Dah! She's an Alicorn, what's the world coming to?! Quick hide before the bronies start to rage!
One part "d'awww", one part jaw-drop.
"Of course, I could be wrong."
"The baby is an Alicorn?!"
"But... But... But I thought Alicorn wings had to be earned..."
"...by accomplishing some great, princess-worthy deed!"
"Yeah. How can you just be born with 'em?"
"It is beyond even our understanding."
"That's not very reassuring."
"Wow! A unicorn, and a Pegasus!"
"So she could be a super-strong flyer..."
"...and have crazy baby magic!"
"And I can help keep tabs on her magic!"
"It appears her magic is more powerful..."
"...than that of a newborn unicorn!"
"The crowds have already started to gather."
"This Crystalling is gonna be some party!"
"Do you think we should call it off?"
"Um, we've all faced a lot worse than baby magic."
"I can't imagine cancelling such a beautiful and important ceremony..."
"...over something so potentially adorable!"
"In light of the little one's abilities, this Crystalling might be more important than ever."
"Perhaps you should address your subjects and remind them of that."
Mommy has to go address the crystal ponies.
"Shining Armor! Do you have everything you need for the ceremony?"
"I still have to interview the honor guards..."
"...choose the purity crystal..."
"...and pick a crystaller!"
"Pinkie can stay here with me and keep an eye on the baby."
Pretty sure that's not what she meant when she said "keep an eye on the baby".
"And we'll all help you with everythin' else."
"That is, if you can stay awake long enough to tell us how."
"...and that's how we found the Crystal Heart, defeated King Sombra, and saved the Empire."
"Tell the one about the Equestria Games!"
"Well, as much as I love reliving my heroic deeds..."
"...Starlight and I have an important lesson to do, by order of the Princess of Friendship!"
Don't worry girls, You haven't seen or heard the last of your favorite dragon!
"I wanna hear about the games, too!"
"I know you're nervous about seeing Sunburst..."
"...but it says right in step 3, to, uh..."
"...'Deal with your fears by facing them, not by putting it off.'"
"Ugh. Let's go get this over with."
"Knocking on the door isn't the next thing on the list!"
"I know Twilight can be a little nitpicky..."
"...but this is your first lesson as her pupil..."
"...and it's important that we do it right!"
"What's the next thing on the list?"
"'Before they see each other, be sure to highlight the importance of the meeting.'"
"I'm pretty sure we can skip that."
"I don't know... I mean if we skip it, the whole lesson could go south!"
"And then you might end up taking a giant step backwards instead of forwards!"
"Maybe you'll never be able to learn anything about friendship at all!"
Woah, Spike, you better make sure Rarity doesn't see this still!
"'Highlight the importance of the meeting' - check!"
"I can't believe you wanted to skip that!"
Huh, guess he's not here.
"It's... It's me, Starlight."
"Oh, of course! S-Starlight!"
"My goodness, it-it's been a long time! What, uh, what have you been up to?"
"Me? Oh! You know, some of this, some of that..."
"Right now, I'm sort of Twilight Sparkle's new pupil."
"The Princess of Friendship?"
"Heh... yeah... that's actually kind of why I'm here."
"I mean, I know you're probably very busy."
"Well, I figured after magic school, you'd go on to do important wizard work, but..."
"Uh, y-yes, that's me, yup. [nervous chuckle] Important wizard!"
"Really busy with lots of, uh, wi-wizarding... stuff."
"Right. Uh, well... good to see you."
"Huh. Maybe we should have skipped highlighting the importance of the meeting after all."
"Well, I guess that's that!"
"We have to at least explain what Twilight wants!"
But I don't want to do this.
Heh, mind if we catch up a bit?
"...I am sure you are all just as thrilled and ready for this Crystalling as myself and Shining Armor."
"Just pick whoever looks the most like honor guard material."
Hey, we can't see. Our helmets are in the backward direction.
Nice thinking backing away guys! Your captain's having a nervous breakdown!
"Fatherhood is way more stressful than I ever thought."
"Now, I know choosing the crystal of purity is a very important decision."
"So I have gone through the trouble of arranging them in order from incredibly pure to outrageously pure."
"Um, Rarity, don't they all sort of look the same?"
"Oh, well, to the untrained eye, perhaps."
"What do you think, Shining Armor?"
Um, I don't think that really helped, Rarity.
"I hope Twilight and Pinkie are having better luck with the baby!"
"...at least she's having... fun!"
Does this count as a rule of three?
"Pinkie, hold her still!"
"I'm tryiiiiiiing!" Wow, for a baby, she is SUPER strong!
*crickets playing in the background*
"So... the Princess of Friendship wants you and I to be friends again?"
"Heh, I know. Weird, right?"
"Uh, I don't understand."
"Did something happen to you after I left for magic school?"
"I-I don't see what that has to do with anything. W-Why would you even ask that?"
"I mean, did something happen to you after you left for magic school?"
"L-Like you said, I'm a..."
"I'm sure there's something on Twilight's list that can help here."
Close up of the Crystal Heart. Possible foreshadowing?!
Now your mane is brushed and clean.
Princess Cadence looks adorable.
Twily, you're a lifesaver!
"She's a really strong flyer!"
That's weird, we're almost at the end of the episode and nothing bad has happened. It seems almost too good to be true...
Dude! The royal Canterlot voice times 10!
Well, that was literally heart-breaking! ....I knew it!
A collective gasp of horror.
"I'm guessin' that's gonna make it harder to do the Crystalling."
"Without the Heart, the Crystal Empire's about to be buried under a mountain of ice and snow!"
The TRUE face of mercy. Despite what she's caused, she's as adorable as ever!