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|The Mysterious Voice; The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies|
|Season episode №:||20|
|Overall episode №:||20|
|Original airdate:||January 16, 2021
|Written by:||Taneka Stotts (The Mysterious Voice)|
Greg Levine (The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies)
|Storyboard:||Andy Kelly & Estrela Lourenço|
|credits • transcript • gallery • allusions|
animation errors • statistics • speculation
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The Mysterious Voice and The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies are the twentieth episode of My Little Pony: Pony Life. The title of the second episode is a reference to the 1989 self-help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
In The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies, Fluttershy imitates her friends' behaviors to get a butterfly to come out of its cocoon.
The Mysterious Voice
At Twilight Sparkle's house, Spike enters wanting to hang out with Twilight, but Twilight says she is busy organizing years worth of data on her tablet. When Spike leaves in disappointment, Twilight starts hearing a strange disembodied voice. Fearing she is going crazy from working too hard, she leaves her house to take a break.
Later, similar incidents occur at Applejack and Rainbow Dash's houses. When Applejack is unwilling to part with old belongings that she no longer uses, she hears the disembodied voice pressuring her to give them away. When Rainbow Dash finds herself bored with nothing to do, the voice tells her to seek out adventure and "save the planet from boredom", causing her to take on a superhero persona.
Twilight, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash eventually cross paths in the middle of town when Rainbow saves Twilight from Applejack's runaway wheelbarrow. They reveal they have been drawn together by a mysterious voice, and Spike appears, revealing himself to be the source of the mysterious voice. Wanting to hang out with his friends but unable to pull them away from their respective tasks, Spike used a new mobile app to disguise his voice and motivate them to finish their tasks more quickly.
The ponies apologize to Spike for ignoring him all day, mentioning that they really needed the motivation he gave them. The episode ends with Spike and Rainbow Dash flying off together in search of adventure.
The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
Fluttershy is looking after a caterpillar's cocoon, expecting the butterfly inside to hatch weeks earlier, and is unable to get it to come out. After observing Pinkie Pie help a customer at Sugarcube Corner with her typical passion and excitement, Fluttershy decides to copy her friends' behaviors to get the butterfly to finally hatch.
Fluttershy imitates Pinkie's enthusiasm and high energy, Applejack's country-style gentleness and encouragement, Rarity's dramatic flair, Twilight's problem-solving logic, and Rainbow Dash's perseverance and sporty activeness. Unfortunately, all of these applied methods fail to get the butterfly to come out of its cocoon.
Realizing her friends' methods work only for them, Fluttershy applies her own method of practicing patience, and the butterfly finally emerges. Fluttershy learns that everyone has their own methods of success that work only for them, and she welcomes the newly hatched butterfly to the outside world.
- For more quotes, see the episode's transcript.
The Mysterious Voice
- Twilight Sparkle: I'm scheduled to balance all my books. Look how uneven they've become.
- Disembodied Voice: twilight!
- Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm... There is no way you're talking to me.
- Disembodied Voice: but what if i am?
- Spike: I don't remember you playing the saxophone.
- Applejack: Never learned how. But who knows? I still might.
- Rainbow Dash: Who are you, strange and mysterious voice?
- Disembodied Voice: well... that's... the adventure! sounds like a little job for a certain winged crusader?
- Rainbow Dash: You're right! I am more than this! I am Danger Dash!
- Disembodied Voice: uh... yeah! only you can save this planet from boredom!
- Twilight Sparkle: Relaxing is fun. Relaxing is productive. Relaxing is good.
- Spike: The voice was me. I didn't mean for this mess to happen. I just wanted us all to hang out, and I thought I could help by getting you motivated to finish your tasks.
- Danger Dash: If there's ever any danger of being bored, I'll squash it on the double! After all, I am Danger Dash!
The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
- Fluttershy: I'm moving about with passion and enthusiasm! Doesn't it make you want to break out of your cocoon?
- Applejack: Hey there, little apple. You're doin' great. Keep on hangin' in there!
- Fluttershy: [country accent] Well, howdy, Miss Butterfly-To-Be. It's your old pal Fluttershy. Butterfly. Fluttershy. See? We're meant to be friends. So won't you come out and play? The weather's dandy.
- Rarity: To neigh or nay to neigh! That is the question!
- Fluttershy: To emerge from your cocoon or, nay, merge from your cocoon! That is the question! And the answer is... YOU WILL!
- Fluttershy: I just need to map out the days the cocoon has been active, factor in the amount of sunlight it needs... [muttering] ...Yes! Thanks to Twilight's logic, this must be the exact amount of sunlight you need to finally hatch!
- Rainbow Dash: Hard work! Determination! Perseverance! Stick-to-itiveness!
- Fluttershy: Hard work! Determination! Perseverance! Sticky-cocoon...ness!
- Fluttershy: My friends are great at being themselves, but I'm great at being me. And you, Madam Butterfly, are great at being you!
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