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Episode The Mysterious Voice; The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies
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[theme song]

The Mysterious Voice

Spike: Hey, Twilight! You ready to hang out? I got this great new app—
Twilight Sparkle: Sorry, Spike. I need a rain check. I'm busy transferring all of my organizers onto my tablet today.
Spike: Oh. Well, I can wait if it's not gonna take too long.
Twilight Sparkle: They're my five-year planners.
Spike: Oh... Maybe tomorrow then?
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, no. I'm scheduled to balance all my books. Look how uneven they've become.
Spike: I bet some time away from the workshop would be good for you.
Twilight Sparkle: There's no time like the present... for more work! Excuse me!
Spike: [sighs]
Disembodied Voice: twilight sparkle.
Twilight Sparkle: Huh? Who's there?
Disembodied Voice: twilight!
Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm... There is no way you're talking to me.
Disembodied Voice: but what if i am?
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps]
[door opens]
Twilight Sparkle: Uh-uh! If there was ever a sign for a break, this is it!
Applejack: [straining]
Spike: Hey, Applejack! Check out this app I—
Applejack: Heya, Spike! Come and revel in my memories!
Spike: I don't remember you playing the saxophone.
Applejack: Never learned how. But who knows? I still might.
Applejack: Remember this wheelbarrow? Don't use it anymore since I got a new one, but I can't get rid of it. Never know when you'll need two barrows.
Spike: You're not using this stuff. Why don't you donate it?
Applejack: Hmmm... I want to, but losin' this junk would be like losin' friends. Got a lot o' memories attached to this stuff.
Spike: Well, if you're not gonna get rid of it, come hang out with me.
Applejack: Mmm... maybe later.
Disembodied Voice: applejack! you've outgrown us!
Applejack: This thing hasn't worked in years. [blows]
Disembodied Voice: keeping us here is lonely when we could get passed along and make new friends! don't hoard all the fun!
Applejack: O-Okay, okay! I'll donate all of it! [grunting]
Rainbow Dash: [panting, groan] Today is so boring. I've already played every sport, read every comic, and crushed every video game. Ugh. Is this it? Will I just wither into nothingness now?
Disembodied Voice: what if you could add a little adventure into your life?
Rainbow Dash: Aah! 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.
Applejack: [grunting] Who can I give this away to?
Applejack: [grunts]
Twilight Sparkle: I like peace and quiet. Work can wait.
Twilight Sparkle: [screams] Relaxing is bad! [screams]
Twilight Sparkle: [gasps]
Applejack: [pants] My friends!
Twilight Sparkle: Hmmm...
Applejack: Uh, I-I mean my friends! You saved the day, Rainbow Dash!
Danger Dash: That's Danger Dash to you! But don't thank Danger Dash either. Thank that weird voice that sent me out here.
Twilight Sparkle: Wait. You heard it, too?
Applejack: I did! Do you know what it was?
Spike: [in altered voice] did it sound like this?
Applejack, Danger Dash, and Twilight Sparkle: [gasp] Spike?!
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.
Twilight Sparkle: Spike! You could've just told us you wanted to hang out.
Spike: Well, I tried, but you wouldn't listen to me when I showed up with my new voice app.
Applejack and Twilight Sparkle: Hmm.
Danger Dash: Oh... Sorry, Spike.
Applejack and Twilight Sparkle: Sorry.
Danger Dash: Let's take a look at that app.
Spike: Well, you kinda already heard it.
Spike: [in altered voice] twilight sparkle!
Applejack: [gasps]
Rainbow Dash: [gasps]
Twilight Sparkle: That's pretty cool, Spike! And honestly, your silly app helped me out. I needed a break.
Applejack: And hey, it made me ditch all the stuff I was too afraid to let go of.
Danger Dash: And if there's ever any danger of being bored, I'll squash it on the double! After all, I am Danger Dash! Adventure is calling. Feel along for the ride, pal?
Spike: You got it!
Danger Dash and Spike: [whooping and laughing]

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Ponies

[party horn]
Pinkie Pie: Whoo-hoo! Guess what, Fluttershy! I just pulled my one-thousandth cupcake!
Fluttershy: Amazing news! How are you gonna celebrate?
Pinkie Pie: By eating a cupcake, of course! [chomps, chewing] [with mouth full] What's this thing you have?
Fluttershy: Well, it's a caterpillar in a cocoon that was supposed to turn into a butterfly weeks ago. But I've been waiting and waiting and waiting, and it's not helping. What would you do in my hooves?
[door opens]
Pinkie Pie: Ooh!
Pinkie Pie: First time here? You've got a lot of sweets to sample!
Fluttershy: Pinkie, you're the most passionate pony I know. I bet you'd have this butterfly out and about in no time.
Pinkie Pie: Here you go! Whoo! Try some of this! [giggles]
Pony: [laughs]
Fluttershy: That's it! I'm gonna spend the day as a pony on the wall. Seeing how you do things, copying it, and then I'll succeed for sure!
Fluttershy: I'm moving about with passion and enthusiasm! Doesn't it make you want to break out of your cocoon?
Fluttershy: [groans, sighs] Pinkie Pie's methods must not be the special sauce I need. Tomorrow, I'll try...
Fluttershy: Applejack!
Applejack: Well, howdy, Fluttershy. You dropped in at the perfect time. Can I interest you in a fresh apple?
Fluttershy: [chomps] Mmm! Delicious! Say, Applejack? What's your technique for growing such wonderful apples?
Applejack: I reckon it's knowin' just the right amount of sun, water, and fertilizer to give 'em. I also let 'em know how much they're loved.
Fluttershy: Loved?
Applejack: Mm-hmm. Hey there, little apple. You're doin' great. Keep on hangin' in there!
Apple: [laughs]
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. [gasps]
Fluttershy: [sighs] I may need to try more dramatic tactics. Tomorrow, I'll visit...
Rarity: "Rarity"! Sometimes I say my own name just to remind myself how wonderful I am. [grunts, clears throat] The stage is my world. The world is my stage. Oh, I'm sorry, Flutter dear. What was it you were here to ask?
Fluttershy: You know, you've already answered it.
Rarity: Wonderful. Then you can be my audience as I rehearse. To neigh or nay to neigh! That is the question!
[cheering and applause]
Fluttershy: Well, someone's been quite dramatic in staying in their cocoon. Well, this pony can be dramatic, too. To emerge from your cocoon or, nay, merge from your cocoon! That is the question! And the answer is... YOU WILL!
Fluttershy: [groans, calm breath] Forget passion. I need logic. And the logical pony for that is...
Fluttershy: Twilight Sparkle! I was hoping you could help me—
Twilight Sparkle: I will be right with you. I'm organizing all of my daily tasks into a spreadsheet, and I'm almost done.
[printer whirring]
Fluttershy: Oh. That's perfect.
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!
[clock ticking]
Fluttershy: [groans] "Thanks for nothing" is more like it! I just have one final shot.
Rainbow Dash: [grunting]
Fluttershy: Rainbow Dash! Whatcha doin'?
Rainbow Dash: I'm training for the Sportacular Spectacular! Hard work! Determination! Perseverance! Stick-to-itiveness!
[squirrel chittering]
Fluttershy: Hard work! Determination! Perseverance! Stick-to-itiveness!
Fluttershy: Hard work! Determination! Perseverance! Sticky-cocoon...ness! [sighs] I just don't get it.
[rain pattering]
Fluttershy: [sighs] Being passionate didn't work. Neither did being gentle. Or dramatic or logical or active. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. All of those things work for my friends. But not for me. What usually works for me is patience.
Fluttershy: [gasps]
Fluttershy: Awwww! It all makes sense now. Patience was the right way after all. My friends are great at being themselves, but I'm great at being me. And you, Madam Butterfly, are great at being you! Welcome to this beautiful world!
[butterfly giggles]