Mare in the Moon (episode)/Transcript
Narrator: Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria, there were two regal sisters who ruled together and created harmony for all the land. To do this, the eldest used her unicorn powers to raise the sun at dawn. The younger brought out the moon to begin the night. Thus, the two sisters maintained balance for their kingdom and their subjects: all the different types of ponies.
But as time went on, the younger sister became resentful. The ponies relished and played in the day her elder sister brought forth, but shunned and slept through her beautiful night. One fateful day, the younger unicorn refused to lower the moon to make way for the dawn. The elder sister tried to reason with her, but the bitterness in the young one's heart had transformed her into a wicked mare of darkness: Nightmare Moon. She vowed that she would shroud the land in eternal night.
Reluctantly, the elder sister harnessed the most powerful magic known to ponydom: The Elements of Harmony! Using the magic of The Elements of Harmony, she defeated her younger sister and banished her permanently in the moon. The elder sister took on responsibility for both sun and moon--
Twilight Sparkle: "...and harmony has been maintained in Equestria for generations since." Hm...Elements of Harmony. I know I've heard of those before, but where?
Pony: There you are, Twilight. Moondancer is having a little get-together in the west castle courtyard. You wanna come?
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, sorry girls. I got a lot of studying to catch up on.
Pony: Does that pony do anything except study? I think she's more interested in books than friends.
Twilight Sparkle: I know I've heard of the Elements of Harmony.
Twilight Sparkle: Spike! Spike! Spike? There you are. Quick, find me that old copy of "Predictions and Prophecies". What's that for?
Spike: Well, it was a gift for Moondancer, but--
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, Spike, you know we don't have time for that sort of thing.
Spike: But we're on a break.
Twilight Sparkle: [searches through books] No. No. No. No, no, no. Ugh. Spike!
Spike: It's over here.
Twilight Sparkle: Ah! Elements, Elements, E, E, E... Aha! "Elements of Harmony, see: Mare in the Moon?"
Spike: Mare in the Moon? But that's just an old ponies' tale.
Twilight Sparkle: Mare, Mare, a-ha! "The Mare in the Moon: myth from olden pony times. A powerful pony who wanted to rule Equestria, defeated by the Elements of Harmony and imprisoned in the moon. Legend has it that on the longest day of the thousandth year, the stars will aid in her escape and she will bring about nighttime eternal. [gasp] Spike, do you know what this means?
Spike: No. [falls off ladder]] Whoa! Ack.
Twilight Sparkle: Take a note, please. To the princess.
Spike: Okie dokie.
Twilight Sparkle: My dearest teacher. My continuing studies of pony magic have led me to discover, that we're on the precipice of disaster...
Spike: Hold on. Preci... preci...
Twilight Sparkle: Threshold.
Twilight Sparkle: Uh, brink? Ugh! That something really bad is about to happen. For you see, the mythical Mare in the Moon is in fact Nightmare Moon and she's about to return to Equestria and bring with her eternal night. Something must be done to make sure this terrible prophecy does not come true.
I await your quick response.
Your faithful student,
Spike: Twilight. Sparkle. Got it.
Twilight Sparkle: Great! Send it.
Twilight Sparkle: Of course.
Spike: Uh, I don't know, Twilight. Princess Celestia is a little busy getting ready for the Summer Sun Celebration, and it's like the day after tomorrow.
Twilight Sparkle: That's just it, Spike. The day after tomorrow is the thousandth year of the Summer Sun Celebration. It's imperative that the princess is told right away.
Spike: Impera... impera...
Twilight Sparkle: Important!
Spike: Aah! Okay, okay. [gasp] There! It's on its way, but I wouldn't hold your breath.
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, I'm not worried, Spike. The princess trusts me completely. In all the years she's been my mentor, she's never once doubted me. See? I knew she would want to take immediate action.
Spike: [clears throat] My dearest, most faithful student, Twilight,
You know that I value your diligence and that I trust you completely--
Twilight Sparkle: Mm-Hm. Spike: --But you simply must stop reading those dusty old books.
Twilight Sparkle: [gasp]
Spike: My Dear Twilight. There is more to a young pony's life than studying, so I'm sending you to supervise the preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration in this year's location, Ponyville, and I have an even more essential task for you to complete: make some friends.
Twilight Sparkle: [groan]
Spike: Look on the bright side, Twilight. The princess arranged for you to stay in a library. Doesn't that make you happy?
Twilight Sparkle: Yes! Yes it does. You know why? Because I'm right. I'll check on the preparations as fast as I can, then get to the library and find some proof of Nightmare Moon's return.
Spike: Then when will you make friends, like the Princess said?
Twilight Sparkle: She said to check on preparations. I am her student and I'll do my royal duty, but the fate of Equestria does not rest on me making friends. [Royal guards huff] Thank you, sirs.
Spike: Maybe the ponies in Ponyville have interesting things to talk about? Come on, Twilight. Just try.
Twilight Sparkle: Uh...Hello?
Pinkie Pie: [gasp]
Twilight Sparkle: Well that was interesting all right.
Spike: Summer Sun Celebration, Official Overseer's Checklist: Number one: banquet preparations, Sweet Apple Acres.
Twilight Sparkle: [sigh] Let's get this over with. Good afternoon. My name is Twilight Sparkle--
Applejack: [starts shaking Twilight's hoof] Well, howdy-do, Miss Twilight. A pleasure makin' your acquaintance. I'm Applejack. We here at Sweet Apple Acres sure do like makin' new friends.
Twilight Sparkle: Friends? Actually, I--
Applejack: So, what can I do you for? [stops shaking hoof]
Twilight Sparkle: Ahem...Well, I am in fact here to supervise preparations for the Summer Sun Celebration. And you're in charge of the food?
Applejack: We sure as sugar are. Would you care to sample some?
Twilight Sparkle: As long as it doesn't take too long.
[triangle tinging] Applejack: Soup's on, everypony! Now, why don't I introduce y'all to the Apple family?
Twilight Sparkle: Thanks, but I really need to hurry...
Applejack: This here's Apple Fritter, Apple Bumpkin, Red Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Caramel Apple, Apple Strudel, Apple Tart, Baked Apple, Apple Brioche, Apple Cinnamon Crisp... [gasp] Big Macintosh, Apple Bloom, aaaand Granny Smith. Up and at 'em Granny Smith, we got guests.
Granny Smith: [snore] Wha--? Soup's on, I'm ah, here I come, ah comin'...
Applejack: Why, I'd say they're already part of the family.
Twilight Sparkle: [spits out food] [giggle nervously] Okay, well, I can see the food situation is handled, so we'll be on our way.
Apple Bloom: Aren't you gonna stay for brunch?
Twilight Sparkle: Sorry, but we have an awful lot to do...
Apple family: Awww...
Twilight Sparkle: Fine.
Apple family: [cheers]
Spike: Food's all taken care of. Next is weather.
Twilight Sparkle: Ugh...I ate too much pie.
Spike: Hm... There's supposed to be a Pegasus pony named Rainbow Dash clearing the clouds.
Twilight Sparkle: Well, she's not doing a very good job, is she? Ugh! [grumble]
Rainbow Dash: [giggle] Uh, excuse me. [giggle] Let me help you. [giggles] Oops. I guess I overdid it. Um, uh, how about this? My very own patented Rain-Blow-Dry. No no, don't thank me. You're quite welcome. [laughs]
Twilight Sparkle: Let me guess, you're Rainbow Dash?
Rainbow Dash: The one and only! Why? You heard of me?
Twilight Sparkle: I heard you're supposed to be keeping the sky clear. [sigh] I'm Twilight Sparkle and the Princess sent me to check on the weather.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah, yeah. That'll be a snap. I'll do it in a jiffy, just as soon as I'm done practicing.
Twilight Sparkle: Practicing for what?
Rainbow Dash: The Wonderbolts. They're gonna perform at the celebration tomorrow, and I'm gonna show 'em my stuff.
Twilight Sparkle: The Wonderbolts?
Rainbow Dash: Yup.
Twilight Sparkle: The most talented flyers in all of Equestria?
Rainbow Dash: That's them.
Twilight Sparkle: Pfft. Please. They'd never accept a Pegasus who can't even keep the sky clear for one measly day.
Rainbow Dash: Hey. I could clear the sky in ten seconds flat.
Twilight Sparkle: Prove it.
Rainbow Dash: [grunts] Loop-de-loop around and WHAM! What'd I say? Ten. Seconds. Flat. I'd never leave Ponyville hanging. Ha ha, you should see the look on your face. Ha, you're a laugh, Twilight Sparkle. I can't wait to hang out some more. [flies off]
Spike: Wow. She's amazing! [chuckle] Wait. It's kinda pretty once you get used to it.
Spike: Decorations. Beautiful.
Twilight Sparkle: Yes. The decor is coming along nicely. This oughtta be quick. I'll be at the library in no time. Beautiful indeed.
Spike: Not the decor, her.
Rarity: No. No. No. Oh, goodness no.
Spike: How are my spines? Are they straight?
Twilight Sparkle: Good afternoon.
Rarity: Just a moment, please. I'm "in the zone" as it were. Oh, yes. Sparkle always does the trick, does it not? Why, Rarity, you are a talent. Now, how can I help youuuuaAARGH! Oh my stars. Darling, what ever happened to your coiffure?
Twilight Sparkle: Oh, you mean my mane? Well, it's a long story. I'm just here to check on the decorations and then I'll be out of your hair.
Rarity: Out of my hair? What about your hair?
Twilight Sparkle: Wait, where are we going? Help!
Rarity: No. No. Uh-uh. Too green. Too yellow. Too poofy. Not poofy enough. Too frilly. Too shiny. Now go on, my dear. You were telling me where you're from.
Twilight Sparkle: I've [grunt] been... sent... from Canterlot... to--
Rarity: Huh? Canterlot? Oh, I am so envious. The glamor, the sophistication. I have always dreamed of living there. I can't wait to hear all about it. We are gonna be the best of friends, you and I. Emerald? What was I thinking? Let me get you some rubies.
Twilight Sparkle: Quick, before she decides to dye my coat a new color.
Spike: Wasn't she wonderful?
Twilight Sparkle: Focus, Casanova. What's next on the list?
Spike: [clears throat] Oh. Music. It's the last one.
Fluttershy: Oh my. Um, stop, please, everyone. Um, excuse me, sir. I mean no offense, but your rhythm is just a teeny tiny bit off. Now, follow me, please. A one. A two. A one-two-three--
Twilight Sparkle: Hello! Oh my. I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to frighten your birds. I'm just here to check up on the music and it's sounding beautiful. [pause] I'm Twilight Sparkle. What's your name?
Fluttershy: Um... [mumbling: I'm Fluttershy.]
Twilight Sparkle: I'm sorry, what was that?
Fluttershy: Uh... [mumbling: My name is um Fluttershy.]
Twilight Sparkle: Didn't quite catch that.
Fluttershy: [squeaking: Fluttershy.]
Twilight Sparkle: [pause] Well, um, it looks like your birds are back, so I guess everything's in order. Keep up the good work.
Fluttershy: [squeaking: You've very welcome.]
Twilight Sparkle: Ooookay. Well, that was easy.
Fluttershy: A baby dragon! Oh, I've never seen a baby dragon before. He's so cute.
Spike: Well well well.
Fluttershy: Oh my, he talks. I didn't know dragons could talk. That's just so incredibly wonderful. I...I just don't even know what to say.
Twilight Sparkle: Well, in that case, we better be going.
Fluttershy: Wait, wait. What's his name?
Spike: I'm Spike.
Fluttershy: Hi, Spike. I'm Fluttershy. Wow, a talking dragon! And what do dragons talk about?
Spike: Well, what do you wanna know?
Fluttershy: Absolutely everything!
Twilight Sparkle: [groan]
Spike: Well, I started out as a cute little purple-and-green egg.
Spike: And that's the story of my whole entire life. Well, up until today. Do you wanna hear about today?
Fluttershy: Oh yes, please!
Twilight Sparkle: I am so sorry. How did we get here so fast? This is where I'm staying while in Ponyville, and my poor baby dragon needs his sleep.
Spike: No I don't. Waah!
Twilight Sparkle: Awww, wook at that. He's so sweepy, he can't even keep his wittle bawance.
Fluttershy: Poor thing. You simply must get into bed.
Twilight Sparkle: Yes yes. We'll get right on that. Well, goodnight.
Spike: Huh. Rude much?
Twilight Sparkle: Sorry, Spike, but I have to convince the Princess that Nightmare Moon is coming and we're running out of time. I just need to be alone so I can study without a bunch of crazy ponies trying to make friends all the time. Now where's the light?
Twilight Sparkle: [groan]
Pinkie Pie: Surprise! Hi. I'm Pinkie Pie and I threw this party just for you. Were you surprised, were you, were you? Huh huh huh?
Twilight Sparkle: Very surprised. Libraries are supposed to be quiet.
Pinkie Pie: That's silly. What kind of welcome party would this be if it were quiet? I mean, duh, bo-ring. You see, I saw you when you first got here, remember? You were all, hello, and I was all, [gasp], remember? You see I never saw you before, and if I never saw you before that means you're new, 'cause I know every pony, and I mean every pony in Ponyville, and if you're new, then it meant you haven't met anyone yet, and if you haven't met anyone yet, you must not have any friends, and if you don't have any friends then you must be lonely, and that made me so sad, and I had an idea, and that's why I went [gasp], I'll just throw a great big ginormous super-duper spectacular welcome party and invite everyone in Ponyville. See? And now you have lots and lots of friends!
[Twilight Sparkle pours hot sauce into cup and drinks it]
Applejack: Are you alright, sugar cube?
Pinkie Pie: Awwww, she's so happy, she's crying.
Spike: Hot sauce. Ew.
Pinkie Pie: What? It's good!
Twilight Sparkle: [groan]
Spike: Hey Twilight! Pinkie Pie is starting Pin The Tail on the Pony. Wanna play?
Twilight Sparkle: No! All the ponies in this town are crazy! Do you know what time it is?
Spike: It's the eve of the Summer Sun Celebration. Everypony has to stay up or they'll miss the Princess raise the sun. You really should lighten up Twilight. It's a party.
Twilight Sparkle: [mocking: You really should lighten up Twilight. It's a party.] Here I thought I have time to learn more about the Elements of Harmony, but, silly me, all this ridiculous friend-making has kept me from it! Legend has it that in the longest day of the thousandth year the stars will aid in her escape and she will bring about everlasting night. I hope the Princess was right. I hope it really is just an old pony tale.
Spike: Come on, Twilight! It's time to watch the sun rise!
Pinkie Pie: Isn't this exciting? Are you excited, 'cause I'm excited, I've never been so excited, well, except for that time that I saw you walking into town and I went [gasp] but I mean really, who can top that?
Mayor: Fillies and gentlecolts, as mayor of Ponyville, it is my great pleasure to announce the beginning of the Summer Sun Celebration.
Mayor: In just a few moments our town will witness the magic of the sunrise, and celebrate this, the longest day of the year. And now, it is my great honor to introduce to you the ruler of our land, the very pony who gives us the sun and the moon each and every day, the good, the wise, the bringer of harmony to all of Equestria--
Mayor: Princess Celestia!
[fanfare; crowd gasps
Twilight Sparkle: This can't be good.
Mayor: Remain calm, everypony. There must be a reasonable explanation.
Pinkie Pie: Ooh! Ooh! I love guessing games. Is she hiding?
Rarity: She's gone.
Pinkie Pie: Ooh, she's good. [scream]
Twilight Sparkle: Oh no. Nightmare Moon!
Nightmare Moon: Oh, my beloved subjects. It's been so long since I've seen your precious little sun-loving faces.
Rainbow Dash: What did you do with our Princess?
Applejack: Whoa there, Nelly!
Nightmare Moon: [chuckles] Why, am I not royal enough for you? Don't you know who I am?
Pinkie Pie: Ooh! Ooh! More guessing games! Um... Hokey Smokes! How about Queen Meanie? No! Black Snooty, Black Snooty!-- [Applejack stuffs cupcake in her mouth]
Nightmare Moon: Does my crown no longer count, now that I have been imprisoned for a thousand years? Did you not recall the legend? Did you not see the signs?
Twilight Sparkle: I did, and I know who you are. You're the Mare in the Moon. Nightmare Moon.
Nightmare Moon: Well well well, somepony who remembers me. Then you also know why I'm here.
Twilight Sparkle: You're here to... to... [gulps]
Nightmare Moon: [chuckles] Remember this day, little ponies, for it was your last. From this moment forth, the night will last forever! [lighting striking]/[evil laugh]
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