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Episode The Comet Section; Cotton Candy-Colored Glasses
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[theme song]

The Comet Section

Twilight Sparkle: Wow! Is all this for the Cotton Candy Comet Festival?
Rarity: Oh, of course, darling! It's going to be an unmissable, once-in-a-lifetime, extra-grand extravaganza! I've booked the incomparable DJ Pon-3 as our musical accompaniment, and I've asked Zesty here to prepare a cosmic-sized party sub. But it's still missing one thing. You! I was hoping you could use that big, beautiful noodle of yours to calculate when the comet will arrive down to the second. [claps]
Twilight Sparkle: Hmm...
Twilight Sparkle: Considering relative speed, mass, and density, and of course factoring in Ponpernicus' law of celestial bodies, I predict that it's impossible to calculate exactly when it will arrive.
Rarity: All right, but if you had to? Say, down to the second?
Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm... I guess 8:23pm and twelve seconds?
Rarity: I knew your noodle could do it!
[electronic music]
Rarity: Come one, come all, to the pony event of the year! The Cotton Candy Comet Festival!
Applejack: [sniffs] Well, I've never seen so much sandwich in one place. Rarity, can we dig in?
Rarity: Momentarily, darling. The festival begins once the comet arrives in... nine seconds!
Rarity: Esteemed guests, cast your eyes upward at the magnificent splendor of the Cotton Candy Comet!
Rarity: Wait for it... Wait for it... Continue to wait for it...
[crowd murmuring]
Rarity: Keep waiting for it...
Rarity: Twilight! Where's my comet?!
Twilight Sparkle: I don't know! I must not have calculated for orbital interference! And the speed, divide by density... [gasps] The comet won't actually arrive until tomorrow!
Rarity: Tomorrow?!
Rarity: Thank you all so much for coming to this dress rehearsal of the Cotton Candy Comet Festival.
[crowd grumbles]
Rarity: The real festival will take place tomorrow night!
[crowd grumbling]
Rarity: Huh? Twilight, there you are!
[boxes shuffling]
Rarity: I've nearly recreated my festival for this evening. Zesty was able to prepare another delicious sandwich. On short notice, she wasn't actually able to make it party-sized. And I couldn't re-book DJ Pon-3, but I was able to find backup in the form of—
[discordant guitar]
Spike: Sorry. Just trying to remember how to play.
[microphone feedback]
Rarity: Just keep practicing, Spike. Everything will be fine if we know exactly when the comet will arrive.
Twilight Sparkle: Right. So I reworked the math, and the comet should arrive tonight at exactly 7:57 and seven seconds.
Rarity: Ooh!
[acoustic guitar]
[crowd murmuring]
Rarity: Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Cotton Candy Comet Festival! Gaze upon the most astounding sight your pony eyes have pony-seen!
Twilight Sparkle: [whispering]
Rarity: Tomorrow?! Uhhhh... Just kidding! This was another dress rehearsal!
[crowd grumbling]
Rarity: See you all tomorrow for the real deal!
[crowd murmuring]
[saxophone playing]
Rarity: [whimpers]
[crowd grumbling]
[keyboard clacking]
[paper flapping]
Zesty: [burps]
[deep horn sound]
[crowd grumbling]
[keyboard clacking]
Rarity: Twilight! You're supposed to be a genius! Where's my comet?!
Twilight Sparkle: I don't know! I'm sorry. I know everypony is counting on me, but... I just can't figure it out! I'm a failure!
Rarity: [gasps] Oh, Twilight. I've been so focused on planning a festival to impress my friends that I forgot to actually be a friend. Allow me to help you with this rascally space rock.
Twilight Sparkle: The comet just doesn't seem to adhere to the laws of physics.
Rarity: I know how she feels. Some of us naturally defy expectations.
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps] Are you suggesting that the comet defies the laws of physics because it's not governed by science but instead by magic? And therefore adheres to a completely different set of mathematical principles?!
Rarity: You... took the words right out of my mouth.
[door opens]
Pinkie Pie: [gasps]
Rarity: Behold! We've cracked the code of the Cotton Candy Comet!
Twilight Sparkle: We know exactly when it'll show up, which means we can plan the perfect festival to celebrate!
Fluttershy: Are you really sure this time?
Rarity: Absolutely, Flutter-bug. I have faith in Twilight. And luckily, we still have our entertainment in place.
[discordant music]
Rarity: We have some work to do.
Rest of Mane Six: [laugh]

Cotton Candy-Colored Glasses

Pinkie Pie: Ooh! I can't wait to see this comet!
Fluttershy: I haven't been this excited for something since Roger the Singing Dolphin 3: Sing Louder came out!
Rarity: After all of those almost-comet-arrivals, I thought my enthusiasm would've dwindled, but no. I too am excited!
Rainbow Dash: And I've been thinking. What if we use this opportunity to get a new mixer for the shop?
Pinkie Pie: Well, we could stand to replace the old one. So what did you have in mind?
Rainbow Dash: So glad you asked. I'm gonna sell some of my nifty homemade crafted merch at the comet viewing. Hats, silly straws in the shape of a comet's tail, actual cotton candy, and T-shirts!
Pinkie Pie: [reading] "I Saw the Comet and All I Got Was This T-Shirt, and I Don't Know What's Better – the Shirt or the Comet".
Pinkie Pie: I like it!
Rarity: Fab-dibby-dabulous! And just my size, too!
Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash: [gasp]
Pinkie Pie: [giggles]
Rainbow Dash: Get your comet stuff! Remember the thing you haven't done yet before it happens so you'll never forget it again after it does!
[crowd gasps]
Reuse Pony: Oh! New T-shirts!
Rainbow Dash: Yeah! And they say "I Saw the Comet and All I Got Was—"
Twilight Sparkle: Hi, hi, sorry, sorry, give me a second!
Rainbow Dash: What is it, Twilight? I'm in the middle of a sale.
Twilight Sparkle: That's just it. I found something else you can sell. I was telling the other ponies about it, and I had to show you. Crystal glasses that let you see the full kaleidoscope of the comet's colors. You can order them in bulk on eNeigh.
Rainbow Dash: These... are... perfect!
Reuse Pony: Sorry, can I just, uh... I wanna grab that silly straw.
Rainbow Dash: Oh. I'm sorry. Here you go!
Reuse Pony: [groans] I've seen sillier.
Rainbow Dash: [groans] I need those glasses.
Rainbow Dash: [gasps] What? They're all sold out!
Twilight Sparkle: Huh?
Rainbow Dash: All of them!
Twilight Sparkle: No way!
Rainbow Dash: How did this happen?!
Twilight Sparkle: I don't know. It said they were in stock.
[wheels squeaking]
Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash: [grunting]
Dishwater Slog: Never reveal a trade secret in front of a bush. You never know who's scheming behind it. And... complete order! [laughs evilly]
[fly buzzing]
Dishwater Slog: [coughs] Ugh, okay.
Applejack: Aw, shucks, Rainbow. I'm sorry about the glasses. It would've been fun, but you've got plenty of other great merch to choose from.
Rainbow Dash: I know.
Dishwater Slog: Get your comet swag! Get your crystal glasses guaranteed to make the comet look absolutely astounding!
Rainbow Dash: Dishwater's got the glasses!
Rainbow Dash: I gotta investigate. Here. AJ, can I borrow that banana bandana?
Applejack: Uh...
Rainbow Dash: [clears throat] How do I look?
Twilight Sparkle: Uh, like you? But more "ap-peel-ing"?
Rainbow Dash: [sighs] It'll have to do.
Dishwater Slog: Get your crystal glasses guaranteed to make—!
Rainbow Dash: [clears throat, posh accent] Hello there. I'm... Fancy Banana Moonbeam, and I'd like to buy some glasses.
Applejack: [whispering] "Fancy Banana Moonbeam"?
Twilight Sparkle: [whispering] I kinda like it.
Dishwater Slog: Okay. That'll be two hundred bits, please.
Rainbow Dash: Two hundred?! Hah! That's ten times what they cost online! No way, pal!
Dishwater Slog: [gasps] Rainbow Dash?!
Rainbow Dash: Uh, um... [clears throat] Er...
Applejack: Well, w-we gotta go! Good luck with your price gougin'!
Rainbow Dash: [groans] This is the worst! Now nopony can afford the special glasses!
Twilight Sparkle: We'll still be able to see the comet. Just not as bright. Or colorful. Or sparkly.
Rainbow Dash: That's not helping!
Applejack: Hang on a second. I might have an idea. Meet me at my apple shack before the comet viewin' tomorrow. For once, you're gonna be glad I never throw anythin' away. [chuckles]
Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash: Huh?
Dishwater Slog: Comet glasses! Get your comet glasses! Only two hundred bits a pop! Nopony? Nopony? Sure you don't wanna see all the comet's colors?
Fluttershy: [scoffs] Not for that price, thank you very little!
[crowd gasps]
Rarity: Oh, bobbins! That is the grandest accessory I have ever beheld!
Twilight Sparkle: But how did you do it?
Applejack: Well, I knew those glasses looked familiar. Turns out I still had my great aunt Goldie's great granny's cousin Strudel's leftover glasses from the comet's last appearance squirrelled away. So Rainbow and I figured a way that the whole town could enjoy 'em.
[crowd cheers]
Mane Six and Crowd: [sounds of awe]
Rainbow Dash: And it's so much better because now all of us can share the awesomeness together. Everypony, come look! The comet's coming!
[crowd cheering]
Rainbow Dash: Who needs a new mixer when you're mixing it up with friends like this?
Dishwater Slog: Ugh!
Dishwater Slog: [sighs]