My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 2, Episode 23

Ponyville Confidential (31 Mar. 2012)

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The Cutie Mark Crusaders start a gossip column under the name Gabby Gums, but find it might not be worth the pain the stories cause other ponies.

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The Cutie Mark Crusaders start a gossip column under the name Gabby Gums, but find it might not be worth the pain the stories cause other ponies.

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Sweetie Belle: [voice over of their final letter] To the citizens of Ponyville, for some time now, you've been reading this column to get the latest dirt and the hottest buzz. But this will be my final piece. We want to apologize for the pain and embarrassment we've caused.
Apple Bloom: Y'see, I'm actually three little fillies, Sweetie Belle, Apple Bloom, and Scootaloo.
Scootaloo: As the popularity of our column grew, we got swept up in the hype. We knew that what we were doing didn't feel quite right, but we ignored the guilt ...
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A decent episode with a harsh third act
10 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our young friends, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, decide to take on journalism to see if they earn their cutie marks. Because of the bossy Diamond Tiara, the three are forced to get stories of very humiliating secrets and mishaps involving their schoolmates, until, because older ponies start reading up on their tales, they decide to start writing about everyone under the name of Gabby Gums. At first it seems to entertain, until their stories start showing deep personal secrets that start to humiliate their readers. After their identities are revealed, the town immediately start ignoring them or telling them to leave them alone. With no other alternative, the three send a public apology to every pony in Ponyville as the episode's friendship report, which allows the town to forgive them and have Diamond Tiara lose her place as the editor of their newspaper.

Okay, what exactly is wrong with this episode? Well, the problems I have are in the third act. First off, every pony knows who they are so why bother even use "Gabby Gums" and how did they know? Second, it has a bit to do with the last part, but I think it has to do with me thinking this episode reeks with "hypocrisy". For starters, for the town to have known who Gabby Gums is, Rarity, having learned herself, would have told every pony despite herself learning how gossip can be painful. Not to mention how she herself told Sweetie Belle why gossip can hurt given how they compare looking through Rarity's journal with looking through Sweetie Belle's back pack. Also I think every pony was being a hypocrite, isolating themselves from the three despite that they themselves read the paper and made them write even more. In fact, that's my third problem, all of the pony's distancing themselves from the CMC. I can see Angel given he's a jerk to everyone but Fluttershy (most of the time) and maybe Rainbow Dash given she can be a bit of a jerk, albeit making it rain on them was too much. Spike and Twilight I thought were a bit too much given they're usually the ones aiding others and I figured they'd convince the three to give up the gossip column. However, the big one for me is Big Mac and Applejack. You can argue complete strangers and people they're not related to acting this way. But family? ESPECIALLY Apple Bloom's family? I'm sorry, that's harsh for them to learn a lesson. Maybe you can argue all of Ponyville was doing it on purpose to teach the three a lesson and make them apologize, but I'd have sooner expected the three to run away then them making an apology to all of Ponyville.

So, take it for what its worth. Not a bad episode, but not one I'll watch again.


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