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Episode Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth; The Root of It
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[theme song]

Don't Look a GIF Horse in the Mouth

Mane Six: [laughing]
[air hissing]
Pinkie Pie: It's my birthday!
Rest of Mane Six: Happy birthday!
Rarity: Oh, I can't wait for her to open my present.
Applejack: I'm havin' a little trouble figurin' out what to get for the party pony who has everythin'.
Pinkie Pie: [giggles] This is the best day ever!
Twilight Sparkle: And there's the added pressure of Pinkie being the best gift-giver in the world! Remember the time when...?
Pinkie Pie: [giggles, squeals]
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps, sobs] My first clipboard! All the to-do lists to be done!
Twilight Sparkle: How did you know?
Pinkie Pie: Eh.
Applejack: And then there's her gift at the orchard.
Pinkie Pie: [giggles, squeals]
Applejack: [gasps] A cowgirl hat sweatband! How'd you know?
Pinkie Pie: I just know.
Applejack: Oh, this gift is perfect.
Applejack: And it was perfect.
Rarity: Darling, want to take a look inside my beautiful noggin? I was at the Grand Jamboree when I—
Twilight Sparkle: Uh, Rarity? Is this a birthday story?
Rarity: Oh, uh... this one is.
Applejack: [grunts]
Rarity: [narrating] So I had just returned home from the Grand Jamboree on my birthday...
Pinkie Pie: [giggles]
Rarity: A chaise fainting couch!
Pinkie Pie: [giggles]
Rarity: Darling! How did you—?
Pinkie Pie: Do I know, or do I know?
Applejack: How am I gonna rustle up an idea for the perfect gift in time for the party?
Twilight Sparkle: I'll make a list!
Rarity: Whenever I'm stuck on what to get somepony, I ponder the question, "What did I want?"
Applejack: A nice, sturdy pair of work boots?
Rarity: I was thinking more along the lines of... a diamond necklace, designer sunglasses, or my great-great aunt's china set.
Applejack: Uh, I don't know, Rare. Those sound a little pricey.
Rarity: Oh, [scoffs] Fine. Let's be practical and un-fun. How about a sink? Or a light bulb? Or this fancy mirror?
Applejack: Uh, that's a toaster.
Rarity: Oh, well, I don't know how to help you! I'm not a mind reader.
Twilight Sparkle: I've got good news and bad news. I developed an algorithm to figure out what to gift Pinkie, but it only comes up with items she already has.
Applejack: No! I gotta know what she's thinkin'! I gotta get in her head!
Applejack: [gasps] That's it! I'm takin' a potion to get inside Pinkie's head! Only she can know what she truly wants.
Rarity: Uh, be careful. If the inside of her head is anything like the outside...
Twilight Sparkle:'s bound to be a party in there!
Applejack: Mm-hmm.
Pinkie Pie: [scatting]
Pinkie Pie: [humming]
Applejack: [gulping] Uhhh...
Applejack: Whoa! Ugh! Uh, P-Pinkie? Pinkie's brain? It's, uh... It's me, your old pal Applejack. Listen, I'm havin' a hard time—
Inner Pinkie Pie: Sweet Applejack, you're not gonna find any ideas for the perfect gift here. The magic of birthday gifts is that they have come... from you.
Applejack: B-But it's not about me. It's your birthday.
Inner Pinkie Pie: Sure, but the gift is about us. It's about our friendship.
Applejack: Hey, why is it so quiet in here? There's, uh, nothin' goin' on.
Inner Pinkie Pie: Sometimes nothing is everything you need.
Applejack: Wow, Pinkie. You're pretty deep.
Inner Pinkie Pie: I know. Now... GO CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY! [echoes]
Applejack: [gasps]
Rarity and Twilight Sparkle: Aah!
Applejack: I think I've got it!
Rarity and Twilight Sparkle: Huh?
Rarity: Darling, are you certain this is a good idea?
Twilight Sparkle: Mmm... I'm not so sure Pinkie'll get it.
Pinkie Pie: Now let's celebrate my birthday!
[theme song remixed]
Pinkie Pie: Oh! Oh! I think I know who this is from!
Twilight Sparkle: How does she always know?
Pinkie Pie: [laughs, gasps] Nothing?!
[record scratch, music stops]
Pinkie Pie: [gasps] Oh! When you already have everything you need in the friends around you, a little nothing goes a long way. Thanks for nothing, Applejack.
[slide whistle]
[music continues]
[party horn]
Mane Six: [laughing]

The Root of It

Applejack: [sighs]
[spoon stirring]
[pages flipping]
Applejack: How are y'all not goin' stir-crazy?!
[electric mixer whirring]
Applejack: [chomps] Ugh! I am not a happy camper. Nothin' ever changes around here. A-And it's startin' to burn my grits!
Rainbow Dash: You don't think my super-awesome rainbow bran muffin is exciting?
Applejack: [groans]
Fluttershy: Well, somepony's gotta be up to something. Pinkie, what are you doing today?
Pinkie Pie and Applejack: Oh, you know, the usual. Baking a fresh batch of cupcakes, making sure they get delivered, mixing a potion or two together to see what happens... Who knows? Hey! Stop saying what I'm saying! I knew you'd say that. I knew you'd say that! Stop copying me! Stop it!
Twilight Sparkle: Enough! Point proven!
Rarity: Applejack, darling, we get it. We're a bunch of has-beens who never do anything new. But what are you going to do about it?
Applejack: Well, shucks. I-I haven't thought it out that far. But it's gotta be somethin' huge. Somethin' drastic.
Rainbow Dash: Uh, skydiving?
Rainbow Dash: [yells]
Applejack: Nope. Too risky.
Pinkie Pie: A whirlwind vacation to a tropical island?
[tropical music]
Applejack: No. Too expensive. W-What do I look like – I-I'm made of money?
Twilight Sparkle: A massive immersive virtual reality simulation that you can escape into whenever you want but will maybe cause you to disassociate and become stuck in a creation of your own design that you won't be able to escape from, making it more real than reality?!
Pinkie Pie: Uh...
Rainbow Dash: Uh...
Applejack: Uhhh... No, Twilight. Not even close.
Pinkie Pie: Then what? What will you do if you're so bored around here?
Applejack: Something
Pinkie Pie: Some... thing.
Rest of Mane Six: [laugh]
Applejack: You'll have to wait and see.
Pinkie Pie: You'll... have to... wait and see!
Rest of Mane Six: [laugh]
Applejack: [groans]
Pinkie Pie: That was harder than I thought.
Applejack: And I suggest you all get trottin' and do somethin' yourselves. Or else you're gonna be stuck like this doin' the same thing forever.
[door opens]
Rarity: [unenthused] No. Please do not go.
[door closes]
Rarity: [unenthused] Oh, she's gone.
Rest of Mane Six: [laugh]
Applejack: Hmmm...
[door opens]
[steam hisses]
Applejack: Huh? Hm.
[door closes]
Voice: How about something... different?
Applejack: Yeah!
[upbeat music]
[scissors clipping]
[electric razor buzzing]
[blow dryer whirring]
Applejack: Whoa-ho-ho-ho, nelly!
[door opens]
Applejack: Hope y'all are ready for somethin' totally different! Hey, y'all! Take a good long look at the new, excitin', not-your-everyday-average Applejack!
Applejack: What? W... What did you do?
Rainbow Dash: Uh... great manes think alike?
Applejack: My mane. My moment. My mane moment!
Fluttershy: We weren't trying to steal your thunder, Applejack. We were inspired by your words. You woke us up and made us want to shake up our lives, too. [giggles]
Applejack: But you could've done anythin'. Why a manecut? Why this manecut?
Rainbow Dash: Um... a wild and crazy coincidence. We weren't copying you. We all just wanted...
Mane Six sans Applejack: ...Something different!
Rarity: Well, I don't know what you're all saying. I pioneered this manecut when I did a brief stint on a very fun show about a group of companions. The show I refer to, of course, was called Chums.
Rest of Mane Six: [laugh]
Fluttershy: I'm sorry, Applejack.
Pinkie Pie: I'm not Applejack!
Rainbow Dash: Of course you're not, Twilight Sparkle.
Twilight Sparkle: I'm Twilight Sparkle!
Rarity: Please. Even with my eyes closed, I'd know you were... Fluttershy?
Fluttershy: I'm Fluttershy! At least I think I am.
Pinkie Pie: Okay, okay, okay, STOP!
Rainbow Dash: Applejack's right.
Pinkie Pie: Ugh! I'm Pinkie! And I'm gonna put a hoof through the floor if we don't all stop this at once! This is ridiculous! Now we wanted to shake things up and do something different, and I'd say we did that. Wouldn't you all agree?
Rest of Mane Six: [halfhearted agreement]
Pinkie Pie: We all got the same manecut. That's about the silliest, goofiest thing I could think of. It's not an everyday thing. Not at all. And I think there's only one thing to do about it.
Mane Six: [laughing]
Applejack: [chuckles] Wow. I guess the only thing I needed to shake my life up was a bit of fun with my friends. And it was right in front of me the whole time.
Rainbow Dash: Whoa!
Rarity and Rainbow Dash: [laugh]
Applejack: [laughs]
Fluttershy: Applejack! You're gonna want to be in this one!
Mane Six: [laughing]