#19. Feeling Pinkie Keen
Writer: Dave Polsky
Storyboard: Scott Underwood and Tom Sales
Season/Episode: 1, 15
Overall Episode: 15
Main Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie
This is probably one of the most contested episodes of the series so far. I’ll start with the summary, and then I’ll give you my thoughts on why this episode has been so criticized.
The story starts with Twilight practicing spells, but she’s distracted by Pinkie, who keeps sneaking around town for cover, as if she’s expecting something to fall on her. She asks her what’s going on, and we learn that Pinkie Pie has a sixth sense that lets her know of impending danger. Twilight dismisses it, thinking such a thing isn’t scientifically possible, that is until a frog hits her in the face. Pinkie thinks this is proof, but it’s really just Fluttershy taking a colony of frogs to safety in Froggy Bottom Bog.
Twilight just thinks this is pure coincidence, but Pinkie is unfazed. What’s more, Applejack tells her that Pinkie’s not kidding, she’s seen it herself. After another calamity from a hay cart, Twilight is bound and determined to prove that Pinkie’s “Pinkie Sense” isn’t real. She sees evidence when she’s using Pinkie’s shower and an alligator tries to bite her, but that’s just Pinkie’s pet Gummy making his first appearance. Since Gummy has no teeth, there’s no danger there. Twilight decides to follow Pinkie around town and record every instance Pinkie senses danger, but each time, something lands on her, including my favorite moment when she gets hit with both an anvil AND a piano! I just love Looney Tunes slapstick homages.
Then Pinkie panics because now she senses “a doozy!” at Froggy Bottom Bog, and that’s where Fluttershy is! She, Twilight, and Spike get there as fast as they can and discover a hydra is attacking the bog. That has to be the doozy! Twilight is so scared that she comes to a crevice and can’t make it across. Pinkie calls out to her, convincing her to take a “leap of faith”, which she does and makes it to safety.
The hydra has convinced Twilight, and she believes that has to be “the doozy”. Pinkie dismisses it, saying it still hasn’t happened yet. Twilight blurts out “That wasn’t ‘the doozy’? What couldn’t be more doozy than that?” Pinkie shakes her head and says “Don’t know, but that wasn’t it.” Twilight sighs in defeat, and just accepts that Pinkie is correct, even though she can’t understand it.
And this is where the disappointment comes in. The moral of the episode is that you don’t have to be able to explain something to make it true. To some, this seems analogous to religion, as many religions tell you to just accept divine will and not try to comprehend it. Some feel the moral is poorly taught, but I don’t. Using a superstition is actually not a bad analogy, as some still swear by superstitions, even though we are much more enlightened than we were when those superstitions started. For example, so many athletes have rituals that they are convinced will bring them luck: wearing the same pair of socks, having the same number on their jersey no matter what team they’re on, and so on.
Could it be that this episode is seen as bad simply because the moral can be applied to religion? So what? There are still many things that science can’t explain away. (Yep, I’m getting on my soapbox just like Twilight literally did in this episode) But the humor is executed well, with some great slapstick throughout. Really the only thing I don’t like is how the hydra is drawn.