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May
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2019

Episode Discussion » S9E6 - Common Ground · 4:06pm May 4th

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Rainbow Dash's old pal Quibble Pants needs help to bond with the daughter of his new special friend because, like Dash, she's a real sports pony.

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Comments ( 168 )

Gotta say I liked this one. 8/10

I felt that the new episode was fairly meh.
Decent message. 'Good for family', but cringy.
The humor and the feels trip at end felt forced.
Below-average filler episode.

I have to say, I didn't expect an episode of MLP to cover this kind of situation.

But... it's a surprisingly relatable scenario for some people, and this episode handled it pretty well.

All in all, a decent episode, 8/10.

Flisky #4 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

"I'm not even 100% sure what bucking is."
*Sweats nervously in fanfic*

BenRG #5 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

A sweet parable about how it's a bad idea to pretend to be someone that you're not and the importance of giving young kids the time they need to get to know you.

There was much cute in this episode. Whilst the idea of asking little Alice to be in the cast didn't work out perfectly, the difference between one of the adult cast playing a foal and an actual kid doing it was very obvious and refreshing in some ways. As always, Patton Oswald and Ashliegh Ball are brilliant as a double-act.

Big surprise: Snips becoming Equestria's first sporting agent. As is Buckball becoming a huge cultural phenomenon. That said, I do like that, at last, some of the Mane Six are becoming celebrities, even if only for being professional sportsponies rather than the whole 'save the world multiple times' thing.

BenRG's Rating 7.5/10

I'd say 8.5/10. It wasn't great (personally I think they overplayed Quibble's ineptitude) but it was no Princess Spike.

I liked this episode. It becomes even sweeter when you know the IRL backstory behind it.

Also, I drew crappy art for it!
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That was all worth waiting for

This was a decent episode. I like how they were subtle with Clear and Wind's story. Weird how Applejack didn't show up, but at least that was explained.

Pretty good episode

I've always loved how this series can sometimes give lessons to just straight up adults. There are many reasons why this show became as successful as it is now and I know that's one of the bigger reasons. It's what drew ME into the show and for that it will ALWAYS have my utmost respect. So not a bad episode at all :ajsmug:

In case for some who don't know, the daughter was voiced by Patton Oswalt's (who voices Quibble) real life daughter, I thought that was sweet.

kztxl7 #12 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

I was a QuibbleDash shipper but considering how this episode represents Patton Oswalt actual family I can go down with that ship.

Quibble Dash is dead. Dammit.

OW MY HEART!
TOO ADORABLE!

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The actual IRL story? Patton Oswalt's first wife (Alice's mother) passed away suddenly a couple of years ago. I think it was due to a drug interaction. Like, she just went to sleep one night and never woke up. Patton was devastated, but he eventually met actress Meredith Salenger (Who played Clear Sky in this episode) and fell in love. Unlike this story, Alice and Meredith apparently got along very well, but this was Patton Oswalt's actual family portraying a story that was very close to real life for them.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2019/05/03/patton-oswalt-reflects-wifes-death-new-my-little-pony-episode/3651074002/
His wife died in 2016. In this episode, his IRL daughter voiced Qubble Pant's step-daughter Wind Sprint and his new wife voiced Clear Sky, Quibble Pant's girlfriend and Wind Sprint's mom.

He's got a daughter? *flips table* The shippers are not going to like this...

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It was a total snoozefest. I think the concept of the episode was fine but I'd have liked to see more characters involved with their own takes on how to make Squibble 'more sporty". This would have required effort though and this was filler as you pointed out. 4 out of 10.

kztxl7 #21 · 3 weeks ago · · 3 ·

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Do you people even understand what a "filler" episode is or did you find a bunch of anime fans complaining about episodes and thought "I could do that too!"?

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My heart hurts... It's a terrible day for rain.

It looks like Hasbro sunk another poor unsuspecting ship. O3O

But this episode is alright. ^3^

Television has a long history of depicting single-parent families (My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show, Full House, Who's the Boss?), although it's a little rarer to see a single mother.

Considering that the goal of this episode was "teach elementary school students that it's possible to love your biological parents as well as your (potential) stepparents," it succeeded. The plot was very textbook, but I suppose that's what this kind of story calls for.

I'm a little surprised that the animators are still using that foam finger graphic for ponies. I'm even more surprised that Lyra doesn't own at least 17 of them.

I could have sworn Clear Sky was voiced by Rebecca Shoichet, as she sounded so similar to Sunset, but no, and the actual story ( 5053371 ) warms my heart. Still, I feel kinda bad for Meredith, as her character was so sweet that she's almost certainly going to be the subject of a million MILF fics now.

I like this episode: characters do benefit by getting more screen time and this is definitely true in the case of Quibble. I like him more as a character now he’s actually had a couple of appearances as opposed to just being a one off character in season... 6 I think? Plus the whole child having to adjust to her mum’s new relationship is definitely a good topic to explore in this show and it makes it even cooler that the family was voiced by the family of Quibble’s voice actor.

A good episode for Rainbow Dash too, and it was fun seeing Flutershy and Pinkie’s confidence as they played, especially Fluttershy. Snails is still super cool being all relaxed as he plays and Snips was more tolerable being as helpful as he was for Quibble and being part of their team when playing.

When the little kid referred to her own dad while speaking to Rainbow Dash I was hoping it was a case of her love of sport is connected to her dad and thought Quibble was invading something personal between them, meaning that he needed to realise he didn’t need to force himself to like sport and would instead find another way to bond with her and we could see that beginning in the end. Or they would tell her about his adventure with Daring Do and the kid would see that he could be just as cool as he got to go on an adventure. In a way the kid does seem to think that she needs to forget about her dad to like Quibble so there was a bit of that thought process but it wasn’t as big a factor as I expected.

What's this, a child character in My Little Pony being voiced by... a child?! What is this sorcery?!
Looks up story behind episode
Awww, that's so sweet!

Anyways, I really liked this episode. The writing almost felt like reading the comics, what with a one-off character making a reappearance with another one-off thing making its return and making something totally awesome with those two things. It's a shame that QuibbleDash burst into flames, but I can accept it knowing that we got a pretty cute episode out of it.

This episode tackles a pretty tough topic, and does it in an accessible way. It felt like filler, but good filler.

7.5/10

This was a fun episode I like the idea of how he sees as a family. I’m not sure why Clear Sky didn’t want him to try so hard to get her daughter to like him. And it’s episode I would immediately revisit .

The only thing that irked me was the foul is basically a lazy recolor of Twilight .

*scratches another ship off the list*
*maniacal laughter*

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Fun fact, the actresses for the cutie mark crusaders were 9 years old when season 1 was recorded. Obviously time has changed this, but they were originally voiced by actual children.

Anyhoo, yeah, I'd call it a really nice episode. It's kinda funny that they never bothered to clarify what exactly happened to the dad in this scenario, but the fact that they covered this topic at all is pretty ballsy for a show of this nature.

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She didn't want him to try to "win over" her daughter because it was just making him obnoxious and unlikable, which is the opposite of the intended effect. You can't WIN people by pretending to be something you're not, it's as true for parent/child relationships as it is for friendly or romantic ones.

... Also... holy shit, Snips had speaking lines! He hasn't spoken outside of Equestria Girls since season 2, I think!

The episode was fine, but it felt too paint-by-numbers for me. It was really easy to see where the story was gonna go and what was gonna happen. Though I will say that this was better than Stranger Than Fanfiction.

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Holy cow, they’re younger than me. That’s some serious talent!

8/10

This show has done well when it comes to more mature subjects.

Huh, I just realized. Quibble likes Daring Do because of all the puzzle-oriented elements of her stories. At first, I thought him saying that Wind Sprinter thinking that Daring Do “wasn’t athletic enough” was because she had high standards for athleticism, but if you factor in that it’s Quibble Pants telling her about her, then it all makes sense all of a sudden.

Well there goes my QuibDash ship!

I enjoyed this episode very much, it definitely hits home with the step-parents bonding with their step-child.

Also this episode has given me a bit more insight on the ages of Twilight and friends. I saw Quibble as a few years older than Dash, at least 2 years and Sky looks to be around the same age as Dash, so at this point Twilight and friends are adults.

I could be wrong, and I might have to rethink this, but there it is.

I watched the episode not quite knowing what the synopsis of it is. But when I looked the transcript and saw these lines, I realized how deep the episode really was.

Quibble Pants: But Wind Sprint is, and her dad was some big athlete, too. I-I can't compete with that. I really want things with Clear Sky to work out, but if Wind doesn't like me, I-I might as well give up.

Wind Sprint: I don't care how many ponies care about him. They're not gonna make me forget about Dad.
Clear Sky: Oh, sweetheart. I know Quibble's trying too hard, but he doesn't want you to stop loving your dad. He just wants you to like him. And I think maybe there's enough room in your heart to do both.

Does this mean that Wind Sprint's first father passed away? If so, then I feel sorry for her. :fluttercry:

LP: 8000


Saying somepony to a pony... I can let slide

-No damage


sniff-sniff, I smell a bozo here, pretending to be something he's not...

-200 points,

LP: 8000 -----> 7800


Hmmm... a bratty filly too...

I can't stand those kind

-200

LP: 7800 -----> 7600


Oh, brother, I was right-- he's just trying to make a good impression. That old cliche never works.

But I've already damaged him for it

-No damage (Right now)


How could you not know who Rainbow Dash is? How could you not know who ANY of the Mane cast are?

Still, can't penalize due to young ignorance.

-No damage

"Every Pony has a sporty-side." If Rainbow means "Everyone has some sport in them"

...I actually think she's right on that, but then again, she's still going about with the charade, and now she's trying to actuall CHANGE a someone into something's he's just not!

-500

LP: 7600 -----> 7100


Oh, brother! A montage of failed practices, you can see all the flops coming straight at you.

-200 for being predictable.

LP: 7100 -----> 6900


How is that even possible?! It takes great skill to run in place, but to actually run in place when you're not even trying?! That's super ridiculous.

-500

LP: 6900 -----> 6400


Oh, Rainbow Dash! When will the lies end!!

-500

LP: 6400 -----> 5900


*Head desk*

Oh, Rainbow!! Now you're getting home involved, KNOWING he's not that good at sports? Seriously, somebody get this pony to wake up.

-200

LP: 5900 -----> 5700




Now the team is deliberately flopping to make this lie go farther...!! WHAT NEXT?!!!

-500

LP: 5700 -----> 5300


Ah, huh... runs off scoffing, girlfriend disappointed... saw that coming 100 miles away, and it's serves Quibble right!

-No damage


FINAL SCORE: 5300

Okay, the episode wasn't too-too bad, but all those LIES... Come on... and trying impress someone by pretending? Even I knew long ago that would never work.

When I met Tara Strong in person, (and the other MLP actors) I told them flat out I didn't like MLP, yet... I like THEM. They do other shows I like, and I was just being myself (I love to voice act, make pictures and sing) We have more in common than I knew...

It's important to be yourself. If you try to be something you're not... you begin to lose sight of who you really are.

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Actually the CMCs voice actercess were 11, 11, and 14 in season 1 not 9 :twilightsheepish:

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they were older when the episodes aired, but episodes are recorded a year or more in advance so that animation can get done properly to match the Voice-Over work. Daniel Ingram said during one of the episode commentaries that Scootaloo's VA, at least, was 9 when he recorded the song for "The Show Stoppers".

...

Yeah, I'm just going to ignore the bizarre retcon of making Clear Skies a unicorn (she was part of that Who's On First routine back in Tanks for the Memories, and her being a pegasus would've been perfect) and just add stepfamily relationships to the list of mature topics this series just nailed. Sheesh, the only thing they don't have at this point is an overt portrayal of an LGBT character, and considering the fandom I'm talking about, I don't think they need one. :ajsmug:

This episode was just a delight, and that's before I learned the backstory behind it! This kind of story is so relatable to kids in Wind Sprints's situation who have trouble getting along with their parental guardian's new significant other. Quibble Pants was a very unexpected choice for the role of the struggling new suitor, but considering the backstory of the episode, I can see why Patton Oswalt wanted to ponify his experience like this. Top marks all around. :scootangel:

Also really glad that they didn't have a stupid subplot about Snips taking advantage of Snails's fame and limited it to a couple of gags. That would've been painful to sit through.

ITT: People talking about the story behind the episode without giving anyone a link to the story behind the episode

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Actually, her name is Clear Sky. Clear Skies is a different pony. Yeah, I know, Equestria's weird sometimes.

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Noted. Though I probably should've known better, seeing as I wrote an entire story making fun of how Cloud Chaser and Cloudchaser are two different ponies. :twilightblush:

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In this post: someone misses Super Trampoline's comment with a link and JD McGregor's summary.


On a different note: I just noticed they kept Quibble's colors the same so the theory about him coloring himself for the DD convention seems like it doesn't hold up.

AC97 #47 · 3 weeks ago · · ·

All in all, I enjoyed this episode, seeing Quibble again. And it was a different side of him too, wasn't it?

I actually laughed a bit when it turned out that Clear Sky was never about to break up with him.

Snips being a bit greedy? I... think I can get behind that actually, I think. Is the consensus that Snips and Snails are more than just "those two idiots who brought an Ursa Minor into Ponyville" now? Because I think the two of them improved with a bit more characterization.

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Unpopular opinion: "buck" is a really dumb fanon ponification for the word "fuck," so if you're gonna use profanity, don't use half measures like that.

If I'm gonna catch flak for saying that, so be it, lol.

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Yeah, with a line like "was a good flier" from Wind Sprint too, the implication's pretty clear that yes, her father probably died.

That's in addition to this being a role reversal for what happened with Patton Oswalt IRL, with him being the (future) stepfather here.

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It was actually S6's Cart Before the Ponies where Snips last spoke, but I don't blame you, because I at first thought it was S1 where he last spoke outside of EQG, because my memory failed me, pre-wiki look.

Good characterization. Quibble Pants is a nerd pretending to be a sports fan, and it really comes through.

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You could said that about every work of fiction especially movies about superheroes.

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The female Cloud Chaser was originally named Stormwalker. The male Cloud Chaser was supposed to be in the episode but for some reason wasn't. And so Stormwalker named got change to Cloud Chaser.

"How do you do, fellow sports fans?"

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