Episode Sounds of Silence
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Twilight Sparkle: I can't believe you two are going on a friendship quest! This is amazing!
Applejack: What do you mean, Twilight? We've been on one together before.
Twilight Sparkle: Exactly! This is the first time the map has teamed up the same ponies for a second quest!
Fluttershy: That is special.
Applejack: Heh. Must be 'cause we're extra good at solvin' friendship problems.
Twilight Sparkle: I hope so, 'cause it looks like this one might be a little tricky. You're going to the Peaks of Peril.
Fluttershy: The Peaks of... P-P-Peril?!
Applejack: Aw, it's just a name. It doesn't mean anythin'.
Fluttershy: Like how Cloudsdale is in the clouds and the Crystal Empire's made of crystal?
Applejack: Fair point. So, what can ya tell us about the place, Twilight?
Twilight Sparkle: Only what Rockhoof told me. Back in his day, nopony knew much about the Peaks of Peril except for the legend on this ancient shield. It says a group called the Kirin used to live there, known for their kindness and truth-speaking.
Applejack: Now we know why the Map called us.
Twilight Sparkle: Unfortunately, other creatures also lived there. The Nirik, fearsome beasts of pure fire.
Fluttershy: [shudders] Maybe you should go instead of me, Twilight. [laughs nervously]
Twilight Sparkle: Sorry, Fluttershy. Flanks don't lie.
Applejack: Aw, I'm sure the two of us'll get that friendship problem solved, no matter what kind o' creature has it.
Fluttershy: [laughs nervously]
[theme song]
[train chugging]
[brakes hiss]
[train chugging]
[wind whistling]
Applejack: Guess nopony else is goin' out as far as we are.
Fluttershy: Maybe they know something we don't?
Applejack: Now, Fluttershy, I've told you a dozen times. There's nothin' to be sca—
Ticket Taker Pony: [screams]
Applejack and Fluttershy: [scream]
Ticket Taker Pony: I'm sorry.
Fluttershy: [screams] You really startled us.
Ticket Taker Pony: Oh, it's just that I'm not used to seeing anypony taking the train to... [ominously] the end of the line. The final destination. The last stop!
Applejack: We get the picture. Why?
Ticket Taker Pony: Nothing but uncharted terrain and wild beasts out that way. [maniacal laughter]
Applejack: Well, maybe there's a little somethin' to be scared of.
Applejack: Yah!
[Fly-ders buzzing]
Applejack: [groans]
[rocks crumbling]
Applejack: [panting] Those must be the Peaks of Peril. Whew. Tough goin', huh, Fluttershy—? Fluttershy? [groans]
Applejack: Yah! [grunts]
[Fly-ders buzzing]
Applejack: [groans]
Applejack: [pants]
[squirrel chittering]
Fluttershy: There. That should be enough flowers to keep your tree cozy.
Applejack: Fluttershy! What are you doin'?! This is no time for visitin' varmints! We're on a friendship quest, remember?!
Fluttershy: Yes, but actua—
Applejack: Come on! We're burnin' daylight!
Fluttershy: I know, but what I found out is that—
Applejack: Now, we gotta get up that peak! I figure if we use some rope and elbow grease, we can make it up half—
Fluttershy: Applejack! Can you please listen to me?! [clears throat] What I'm trying to say is the squirrels told me a shortcut they take to the Kirin village.
Applejack: Oh. [chuckles] Sorry, Fluttershy. I suppose I got a little too caught up in the adventure.
Fluttershy: That's all right. If you hadn't come back to get me, I probably would've talked to the squirrels all day. Heh.
Applejack and Fluttershy: [gasp]
Fluttershy: [giggles]
Fluttershy: I hope that's not a Nirik! [gasps]
Applejack: Show yourself!
Fluttershy: [shudders]
Applejack: Well, hi. I'm Applejack, and this here's Fluttershy.
Fluttershy: If you have any friendship problems, we're here to help.
Applejack: Huh. [to Fluttershy] Quiet bunch, ain't they? [clears throat] We're from Equestria, and we're plumb tickled to meet y'all.
Applejack: S-So, uh... what are your names?
Applejack: [stressing] Ap-ple-jack! Flut-ter-shy! Remember?
Fluttershy: [whispering, to Applejack] Maybe they don't understand us.
Applejack: [stressing] Do. You. Un-der-stand. Ponish?
Fluttershy: Oh! But you don't speak?
Applejack: Don't or won't?
Fluttershy: Will you excuse us for a moment? [to Applejack] You have to ask yes-or-no questions, or they won't answer.
Applejack: Like talkin' to Angel Bunny?
Fluttershy: Not exactly. I can always tell what Angel is feeling. But these Kirin don't show anything.
Applejack: Well, how are we gonna solve a friendship problem if none of 'em will tell us what it is?
Applejack: These Kirin are quieter than an apple blossom on snowfall. Still, there's gotta be some way to make 'em speak. [chuckles] Beautiful day, ain't it?
Applejack: [whinny] Knock, knock! Now you say, "Who's there?"
Applejack: Police. "Police who?" Police [please] say somethin'!
Applejack: Uh-oh! I feel a sneeze comin' on! Aaaa-CHOOOOO!
Fluttershy: Gesundheit.
Applejack: [groans] Don't any o' y'all talk?!
Applejack: Now we're gettin' somewhere.
Fluttershy: A dark spooky path that leads into unknown territory?
Applejack: Tell you what, sugarcube. You stay and see if you can get anythin' outta these here Kirin. I'll go and try to find one that talks.
Fluttershy: Phew! Be careful. And watch out for Niriks!
Applejack: [yelps] Phew! [yelps] Oh. Have you seen a Kirin that talks?
Applejack: Any idea where I should look?
Applejack: Oh, for the love of Celestia! Can't ya just say somethin'?!
Autumn Blaze: [giggles] Gotcha! Sorry, sorry, but that was too good. Oh, you don't know how much I missed jokes. Hi-larity! Am I pronouncing that right? Some words I haven't said in a will. While! While. Hi, I'm Autumn Blaze. You've just arrived, and perhaps you're tired or hungry or reflective and want to sleep and eat and journal? Which you should do, of course! But first— Oh! Oh, what joy to talk with another creature! It's been so long! You must tell me everything about you! There's so much to say, so much to do! Oh, look at me. I'm going on, and you haven't seen— I mean, have you seen—? W-What am I saying? Of course you haven't. So just— I— yeah— I will j— Follow me!
Applejack: That... was somethin', all right.
[wind whistling]
Applejack: Oh, wow. [gasps] This... is amazin'.
Autumn Blaze: Oh, you think so, too?! The way the light shimmers off everything, like, like it all suddenly woke up the moment you saw it. And you realize maybe the water and the mountains and the forest and the... yes, the rainbow and the stars and the sky are all looking back at you thinking the same thing? That we are a part of the everything. That maybe there's just one thing and we are all it.
Applejack: I was gonna say it's pretty. But yeah.
Autumn Blaze: [hums, sniffs] Mmmm! And this is just the first stop on a journey of amazing things to see, smell, tiptoe through. Oh, I haven't been able to share all of this with anypony in forever! Since they all took that vow of silence. So it's a lot for me to pro-cess. Process? Uh, deal with.
Applejack: Whoa there. Vow of silence?
Autumn Blaze: That's, uh... That's why they asked me to leave.
Applejack: I hope it's not a sore subject, but... you mind explainin' why y'all went quiet in the first place?
Autumn Blaze: It's a long story.
Applejack: [sighs] You'd rather not talk about it?
Autumn Blaze: No.
Applejack: I-I under—
Autumn Blaze: [begins singing] I'd rather... siiiiiiiiiiiing!
[Autumn Blaze]
La, la-la-la, la-la
La-la-la, la-la-la
The Kirin used to speak and sing
We weren't always quiet
We told stories and funny jokes
My stand-up was a riot
But then one day, a fight broke out
And hurtful words were said
Flaring tempers were inflamed
Destruction quickly spread
And flaming bred from head to head
It even burnt our... bread
Sorry, I forgot how much I love rhyming. Where was I? Oh, right!
My happy village lay in ruins
Relationships got worse
Spoiler alert: we quickly learned
That words could be a curse
"No more talking," yelled our leader
The last thing said aloud
Into the Stream of Silence
We stepped as a crowd
The water cooled emotions
And peace was soon restored
But with no way to speak my thoughts
I got super... bored
Seriously, there's only so long that Sudoku can keep you entertained!
'Cause rainbows won't light up the sky
Unless you let it rain
And shiny apples sometimes come with worms
No, you can't give up your laughter
'Cause you're scared of a little pain
It's a lesson that the Kirin never learned
I was stuck in silent prison
With the voices in my head
'Til I tripped over my salvation
In a helpful flowerbed
I found a cure to clear my pipes
And I became quite chatty
With years and years of stored-up words
I drove my village batty
They didn't like my jokes and songs
And daily dose of news
The plays I wrote, the speeches spoke
Variety revues
Or the story about the Kirin who hid below an opera stage
And fell in love with this opera singer, and he wore a freaky half-mask thing, and he played the organ a lot and got all broody 'cause the singer was in love with another dude, so he took her away on this underground gondola. I mean, who doesn't love musical theater?!
The village leader made it clear
I had to make my choice
I could stay and live with them
Or I could keep my voice
So I came here, but left the couch alone
They're hard to move
With just the view for company
Until ya heard me groove
Take it away, boys!
'Cause rainbows won't light up the sky
Unless you let it rain
And candles just won't glow until they're burned
No, you can't give up your laughter
'Cause you're scared of a little pain
It's a lesson that my village never learned
No matter how hard I schooled them
Fear of hurt is still what ruled them
Sometimes you gotta let it raaaaaaaain!
Yeah, sometimes you've gotta let it rain
Applejack: [gasps] I can't believe it! Nopony should give up feelin'... their feelin's just to keep from gettin' angry!
Autumn Blaze: That's what I said! You know, after I started talking again.
Applejack: [gasps] I believe this here's the problem that Fluttershy and I came to help y'all with!
Autumn Blaze: Really? Who's Fluttershy? Oh! Did you name your shadow? Mine's called "Silhouette Gloom of the Sundown Lands".
Applejack: Right... Well, I'm thinkin' if we just go talk to the other Kirin, we can get 'em to welcome you back proper-like. Maybe even convince 'em to take your cure.
Autumn Blaze: Oh, yes! Yes, of course! Oh, just one small thing. The antidote from my anecdote? It's gone.
Applejack: There's no cure left?!
Autumn Blaze: I used the last of the foal's-breath flowers to make it. And I-I haven't seen then bloom since.
Applejack: [sighs] Well, this wouldn't be a friendship quest if it was easy. I'm gonna start by gettin' your friends to welcome you back!
Autumn Blaze: You know, between you and me, I'm not sure she's gonna convince them. [deep voice] Nope! [normal voice] But... [whispering] I hope she does.
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