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  • 2 weeks
    S8E13 - The Mean Six


    Queen Chrysalis returns to plot her revenge on the Mane Six.

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    325 comments · 4,762 views
  • 4 weeks
    S8E11 - Molt Down


    Spike experiences and fears its side-effects will force him to leave the Castle of Friendship.

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    415 comments · 6,005 views
  • 5 weeks
    S8E10 - The Break Up Break Down


    On Hearts and Hooves Day, Big McIntosh overhears his girlfriend Sugar Belle is planning to break up with him.

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    511 comments · 6,091 views
  • 6 weeks
    S8E9 - Non Compete Clause


    Applejack and Rainbow Dash take the Young Six on a field trip to learn about teamwork.

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    138 comments · 3,867 views
  • 7 weeks
    S8E8 - The Parent Map


    Starlight and Sunburst are called by the Cutie Map to solve a friendship problem that involves their estranged parents.

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    127 comments · 4,200 views
  • 8 weeks
    S8E7 - Horse Play


    After casting Princess Celestia in a play, Twilight realizes that Celestia's talents lie elsewhere.

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    365 comments · 5,839 views
  • 9 weeks
    S8E6 - Surf and/or Turf


    The Cutie Mark Crusaders help a young hippogriff decide whether he belongs with his hippogriff or seapony relatives.

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    153 comments · 3,690 views
  • 10 weeks
    S8E5 - Grannies Gone Wild


    Rainbow Dash accompanies Granny Smith and her elderly friends as a chaperone at Las Pegasus.

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    221 comments · 3,838 views
  • 11 weeks
    S8E4 - Fake It 'til You Make It


    Fluttershy takes charge of the Rarity for You boutique in Manehattan while Rarity is away.

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    302 comments · 5,361 views
  • 12 weeks
    S8E3 - The Maud Couple


    Pinkie Pie's bond with her older sister Maud is challenged when Maud gets a boyfriend.

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    298 comments · 6,338 views

Episode Discussion » S8E12 - Marks For Effort · 4:31pm June 2nd


The Cutie Mark Crusaders try to enroll into the School of Friendship.

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Comments ( 247 )

I like the episode ^^

Flisky #2 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

The Cult of Spike shall grow in the shadows, and strike when least expected!

I was expecting this to be a cute little episode with the CMC trying to get into the school, but then Cozy Glow showed up, and every alarm bell and red flag in my head went up on high alert.
I really loved this episode.
We're in for a ride next week.

My reactions:

So we have another CMC episode? Sweet.

So they've assigned the flight formation to Scootaloo? That's cute.

My teacher never gave out cupcakes... she just HAD to be married to a dentist...

So that's what Chancellor Puddinghead looks like...

Also, how did they sneak in?!


Applebloom, you're about as subtle as a brick.

Sweetie Belle, seriously? You know your sister better than this.

Scootaloo..... did you honestly think that disguise was going to work?

Girls, seriously, your purposely bad acting is starting to get grating...

....... LE-SIGH, so how many times should a wha-wha music be played in this episode?

....I don't know why, but this Cozy Glow gives me an odd vibe....

Bonbon, what made you think carrying the cactus so close to your face was a good idea?

.....oh Mrs. Cake, you must be a headache for anyone with OCD.

AWWWWW SugarMac!

"History of radishes?" I thought my history assignments were boring as hell.

Okay, that look she gave them that was really unnerving for some reason....

The CMC themselves make surprisingly good teachers!

.....aaaaand Twilight's mad, uh-oh.

Uh Twilight? Do you really believe that the CMC would be remotely spiteful?

Cozy Glow, what do you do???

Okay, is it wrong that I find Starlight's "counselor voice" oddly sexy?

Okay Cozy? That was kind of a dumb idea.

Careful Starlight, your season 6 self is showing...

Congratulations you graduated from a school you didn't attend...

Yeah ok, that was weird. When's the diploma part necessary? They could just skip ahead to the "junior counselors in their free time" bit?

My final thoughts:

Horse Play was cringe humor done right.

Non-Compliant Cause was cringe humor done horribly wrong.

This however.... felt like a "in the Middle" episode, the cringe humor in the first half wasn't painful, but felt a little mundane. I think they should have been a little more time spent with Cozy Glow to get a better feel for her character. The resolution felt a little passe.

I give this episode of 5 out of 10.

A somewhat low key debut for Cozy Glow. She didn’t really do anything worthy of much suspicion, although in my opinion her voice sounded a little bit... stiff.

I'll give it 48 hours before somebody writes "The Elements of Harmony are Replaced with Five Turtlenecks and a Cheese Grater".

...I'm a gonna take a backseat this time around. :rainbowwild:

This episode was just SO adorable. A fantastic slice of life where I personally see kids being kids. Loved it :twilightsmile:

I feel cheated at the end of the episode. I'm sure she'll reveal her true colors by the season finale, unless she ends up being manipulated by an outside force

Majin Syeekoh
Story Approver

You should totally write “The Princess of Friendship is YOUR MOM” though

4874859 "MOM! You're not the boss of me!"

You mean... she isn't?! :pinkiegasp: MY LIFE IS A LIE!! :fluttercry:

Or how about "Twilight Changes Career Paths and Becomes the Element of Control Instead". if she wasn't already.

Judging by his rather brainwashy anthem, that role might very well might be filled by Spike... :moustache:

8chill #18 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

Props to Scootaloo for being unaffected to Spike's growth. :scootangel:
I wonder about that new student...
Starlight is trying; even though she's having some slight relapses. :rainbowlaugh:
Although, that "Empathy Cocoa" does sound delicious..

Edit: As an aside, I wonder if anyone will be making an "Empathy Cocoa" story for the lols.
Also. be careful Spike; keep this up and you might get a honorary Nichol Bolas title for your manipulations. :moustache:


Somebody really needs to write a story about this. Like, I would enjoy that more than any person should ever enjoy something.

I gotta say, I really liked this episode. And i am really liking Cozy Glow. It's really interesting that we get to meet our season finale villain before the finale. all in all a really fun episode and I can't wait to see how Cozy Glow gets to be our villain.

Well, best of luck with that. :scootangel:

I´m really curious about Cozy Glow.

Damn, I was hoping you'd pick up the hint that you should totally write it. Blargh.

This episode was worth it just for the "your mom" line. :rainbowlaugh: :rainbowlaugh:

It was pretty forgettable overall. But that moment was terrific.

Anyone else notice that Cozy Glow's cutie mark was a Rook? :rainbowderp:

Yeah I notice too. Maybe she is planner?

AC97 #28 · 3 weeks ago · · ·


A far more powerful piece than a mere pawn, being the third most valuable piece, after the King and Queen. I'm guessing that if the rook is any indication, she's not a pawn in somebody's scheme.

Also, I don't think Cozy Glow is Chrysalis. She displayed zero obvious contempt for Starlight, when one episode later, Chrysalis couldn't pull that off, when asked to take a picture of her too.

Also: Careful Starlight, your Season 5 is showing. :rainbowlaugh:

I for one welcome our new dragon overlord.

But really, that was sweet of DHX to compare Spike to Professor John Keating from "Dead Poet's Society." :twilightsmile:

Why does everyone keep saying Cozy is going to do something bad.

What clue in this episodes even hints at that?

Or is this the case of people looking ahead at future episodes?

AC97 #34 · 3 weeks ago · · ·


Red eyes, red cutie mark that is a powerful chess piece, manipulation, she sounds off... guessing the name of the Element of Magic to be Control.

Even aside from looking ahead, the signs are there.

Snuffy #35 · 3 weeks ago · · 3 ·

Good ol' Starlight. She's the only one who can appreciate doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

Twilight, on the other hand, is getting a bit liberal with handing out those school graduation diplomas. Makes you wonder how much they're actually worth on the job market?

:twilightsmile: "These three will inevitably cause untold levels of destruction to your workplace, but they're great at friendship!"

Looking forward to our new villain. Manipulation can be an interesting power.

So I finally realized something with this episode: That Starlight is not even remotely a good character, but every character being written so badly creates the illusion that she is. She's not evolving. Everyone else just temporarily de-evolves to make it look like she is. It makes no sense for her to be constantly know more about friendship and solving problems than the ones who fucking redeemed her.

People are absolutely right to hate her. She's a blatant creators pet who's damaging the reputation of actual GOOD characters.

It's hard to form an opinion of the episode when the only uploads I could find have people talking over it (or dubbed in Spanish.)

Honestly I did not care for this one. But again, it's hard to know if it was actually the episode or having a hard time concentrating over the commentary.

Did you not read the list of synopsis they released some time ago?

Though at this point I'm thinking "Cozy Glow" in that future episode might be Chrysalis. Assuming she doesn't reform in The Mean 6, and if she dies, I won't trust it even a little bit, not after last time.

Anyway, this sounds like an episode I shouldn't ignore.

Tch. Cozy Glow is just Queen Chrysalis in Disguise. I'm going to believe that. >:/


Oh look, you've repeated what others have said dozens of times. Good for you.

Anyway, the episode was... a bit confusing and lackluster, to be honest. So many problems with it.

1: The CMC's want to go to Twilight's school for the sole reason that it's easier than their own, and instead of the episode showing them why school is important, it says "yeah, screw that noise" and let's them drop out of Cheerilee's class to become friendship tutors?

2: Why are they even still in Cheerilee's class to begin with? How old even are they? They have a BUSINESS helping ponies with cutie mark problems and yet they're still in school.

3: Why invent a new pony for this? We already have 6 students who haven't been used much and whom the audience would like to see, but they're pushed aside in favor of a oneshot character with no discernible personality.

There were some nice little bits in the episode, though. I kinda liked that Starlight is struggling a bit to fill her role as guidance counselor, she really should be.

This is one of the first funny "your mom" jokes I've heard in a very long time.

You hear "midnight confessions" Starlight? Really? From your STUDENTS? For shame.

On the whole... I can't say I liked it, but it didn't piss me off either. Taken on its own its just kinda dull and has a counterproductive moral (Seriously, I've never seen a cartoon say "screw school, find a job" before), but it wasn't enough to actually anger me like some previous episodes have.

Have we finally gotten our Littlefinger-style manipulator villain I've been wanting for seasons now?


I kinda hope that ISN'T the case. If it was, what benefit would she have to getting the CMC's into the school? I can't think of any possible motivation for her to go out of the way for this. That's gonna take some expert-level explanations later on.

Just a question, WHY are links to episodes not allowed here? What's the point of that?

Probably because it's against the law.

Well, if you want to know, it says Cozy Glow is the main villain, or at least one of them, in the finale, trying to take over Twilight's friendship school and with only the Young Six and CMC to stop her coz the Mane 6 are trapped in Tartarus.

never too old to have a Vietnam flash back, or in this case Armageddon flashback

Does this school offer any general education besides teaching friendship? Or is it like a community college?

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