[source] 809 - “Non-Compete Clause” Written by: Kim Beyer-Johnson "Applejack and Rainbow Dash take the friendship students on a teamwork learning field trip, and accidentally show the students the opposite… (More)
Look a moose! No, really! There is a moose. The moose named Fleur is in the daycamp as her habitat at the conservation center is being renovated and she sings when she gets nervous. Because she is “1/4 Canadian” Blythe hears her sing lovely. Everyone else, though, hears “a trash can being shot out of a cannon into a fireworks factory.” Since Mrs. Twombly is about to reunite with her former quartet via a Skype-type service since Littlest Pet Street is opening soon, Blythe needs to make Fleur relax.
One way she relaxes is when she is with her favorite stick back at the conservation center. When Sunil and Vinnie go to retrieve it, they come upon a moose named Hammy Jumbo and he has a crush on Fleur because of her singing and thinks they can make a wonderful duo since he also dances.
To stall time, Blythe and Mrs. T. fake connection problems until Fleur can relax. The two moose sing and it unwittingly assists Mrs. T as she practices pitch with her fellow Songbirds. I wonder if we will see the moose again.
Anyway, this was a funny episode, though it appeared that they hand-waived the fact that Blythe hears beautiful singing and everyone hears “a jet engine being dragged behind a dump truck covered in bubble wrap.” Of course, there are moose in Canada, and they have French-Canadian accents, and the voice actors are all Canadian, so…I still call hand wave.
To be fair, it’s really the only flaw of the episode, but a significant one because they didn’t explain why everyone else only hears moose calls. It would be a nitpick to discuss the fake connection problems and seniors not being the most astute with computers. It was still a funny episode nonetheless.
Pluses and Minuses:
+ Mrs. T’s many talents
– Blythe able to hear actual singing is a hand-wave
First of all, I do want to set things a bit clear with regards to MLP’s ratings for “Newbie Dash”. Yes, its viewership was at 190,000 last Saturday and that’s the low-water mark this season. Of course, some of the fandom look at those numbers and turn into the zebras from The Lion Guard. Lack of marketing from Discovery Family does not help in the slightest.
What’s also noteworthy here is the P18-49 rating (.09) which was in the top 150 among original cable programming. “Gauntlet of Fire” was not in the top 150 during it’s day. And as always, a significant percentage of the fandom view the show by means other than Discovery Family and are not included in those numbers. It’s simply more pronounced for this show than most others on television.
Next up for MLP is “Hearth’s Warming Tale” this last Saturday at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.
On to Steven Universe after a four-month hiatus, Season Three is off to a flyer as the pairing of “Super Watermelon Island” and “Gem Drill” fused for the most-viewed toon on Thursday night. It drew an estimated 1.693 million on Cartoon Network, beating out ALVINNN! and the Chipmunks on Nickelodeon (1.594M) which aired 90 minutes earlier. Steven provided boosts for both Regular Show (1.402M) and Adventure Time (1.381M), both of which received their biggest numbers since last September for the former and January for the latter.
Next up is “Same Old World” on Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.
Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.
It’s the 100th episode of Littlest Pet Shop, but it is a bit of a bittersweet moment since there are just four more episodes after this one. Anyway, a sweet shop on wheels named “Taking It to The Sweet” arrives on the scene and that means trouble for “Sweet Delights” and Aunt Christie. This calls for one of Blythe’s distant cousins! That’s the A-plot. The B-plot is that Sunil has told his parents that he is a doctor, so he calls on the fellow pets to help him convince them that’s the case.
Enter Bobby Destructo! He goes Extreme Makeover on Sweet Delights. (It was either this or Gordon Ramsay, I guess.) It’s not super effective and there were a few code violations in the renovation since frost spackle is not as sticky as regular spackle. What finally wins the customers over is Aunt Christie’s never-the-same-cookie cookies. And the sweet shop on wheels goes to another spot.
Meanwhile, the pets put on a web show for Sunil’s parents to convince them he’s a doctor. Of course, given that Vinnie is the director, it’s a bit unbelievable that Zoe could play Minka’s mother, insist that Russell be referred to as a “male” nurse, and tell Penny Ling her acting was not good enough (cue ocular gushers!). They did get some terminology right. Pepper was the cameraskunk. It was still funny overall. The cover is ultimately blown when Sunil’s parents make a surprise visit (via their owners?). While they’re not happy he lied to them, they are glad he has the talent to make a film (after a save by the pets about his character).
Again, it is hard for this episode to have that special feeling to it since it’s been known for sometime that the end is nigh for the series, but this was a plausible effort. However, the A-plot went downhill a bit once Bobby was introduced and it bordered on a “We Could Have Avoided This” plot since the cookies saved the day there. The fake hospital scene was actually funny with Zoe and Russell pointing out the obvious flaws in the casting and production.
Again, a plausible effort with a few funny moments, but this won’t be best remembered, 100th episode or not.
Discovery Family has a press release that goes into more detail for two episodes of Friendship is Magic that are airing in June, as well as the season finale for Littlest Pet Shop. In addition to this news is that the second episode of Friendship is Magic airing in June will be the mid-season finale of season 6, meaning a mid-season hiatus will take place during the summer. Check out the synopses after the break.