Putting Your Hoof Down/Transcript

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It's feeding time at Fluttershy's cottage which contains enough animals to fill a zoo ~

Fluttershy: Lunch time! Who's hungry? [animals of all kinds swarm upon a pile of food pellets she's dumping on the floor] Plenty for everypony. [a mouse knocks an apple from the pile] Slow down, sweetie.
[Angel taps his foot impatiently as he waits for something to eat.]
Fluttershy: Here you go, Angel bunny.[She dumps some pellets in a bowl before he kicks it in the air. I then comes down atop Fluttershy's head.]
Fluttershy: OK, Mister Picky-pants, you win. [she brings him a bowl full of fresh vegetables] Carrots, lettuce, and apples. Yum, yum, yum! [he kicks this one away as well]
Fluttershy: What? But-
[He puts a slice of cucumber in his mouth, causing his face to turn green. He falls to the floor in a feint of death.]
Fluttershy: Well then, what will you eat? [he dashes off and returns with a cookbook opened to a particular page depicting an elaborate dish of fruits and vegetables]
Fluttershy: I'm not sure I can even make that. Well... I don't want you to starve... Oh, are you sure I can't tempt you with a nice crisp piece of-
[He slaps a piece of lettuce from her hoof, strikes her face, then pushes the book in it.]
Fluttershy: [sighs] I'll make your special recipe...
[ theme ]

Fluttershy goes to the market to get the necessary ingredients for Angel's elaborate meal ~

Fluttershy: [looking at her list] Hmmm, let's see... Asparagus.
[She approaches the merchant at the asparagus stand when a mare slips in front of her.]
Fluttershy: Excuse me... ummm... I think you just stepped in front of me? [the mare ignores her] Excuse me, I think you made a mistake? You see I was actually here first and-
Mare: Sorry, didn't notice you there.
Fluttershy: I know.
[while she's distracted, an old guy with an ear trumpet]
Fluttershy: Oh, pardon me, sir...
Elderly pony: Yes, what?
Fluttershy: I think you just cut in front of me.
Elderly pony: A cut of celery? But- this is the asparagus stand!
Fluttershy: I said... [directly into the trumpet] I think you just cut in front of me.
Elderly pony: Oh ho ho, no need, dearie, I'm already in front!
Fluttershy: I noticed.
[He leaves with his asparagus and two young mares dressed and speaking like '80s teens appear.]
Fluttershy: Hey!
Young Mare 1: Would you mind moving back? You're in my personal space.
Fluttershy: [nowhere near them] But-
Young Mare 2: Seriously, do you need your asparagus so badly? Get a life.
Fluttershy: Oh, OK. There's no rush.
Rarity: [appering from the crowd as Fluttershy walks away] Fluttershy, you mustn't let them treat you that way.
Fluttershy: Oh, i- it's really no big deal.
Pinkie Pie: It's bigger than big, it's double big! You are a pony with a problem!
Fluttershy: What problem?
[Pinkie gives Rarity a look of disbelief. She then moves Fluttershy in front of a stand and runs past her, causing her to fall.]
Pinkie: Oh, go right ahead Pinkie Pie. You first.
Pinkie: Right there! [pokes her forehead] That's the problem!
Rarity: You've got to stop being such a doormat.
Fluttershy: A doormat?
Rarity: A pushover, darling. You've got to stand up for yourself. Promise us.
Fluttershy: OK... I promise. [noticing one last bunch of asparagus] Oh! Good!
[A nerdy-looking stallion with taped-together glasses and a bow tie walks by, drops a coin, and proceeds on his way with the asparagus.]
Fluttershy: Oh, that's OK. I don't mind.
Rarity: Watch and learn. Hold it right there, mister small and handsome!
Stallion: Uh, who, me?
Rarity: Oh, of course, you. Nopony ever called you handsome before?
Stallion: Uhh... that'd be a big no.
Rarity: Oh, well they should! How about flexing some of your muscles for me? [he curles his leg, revealing a small lump of what could be the pony equivalent of a bicep]
Rarity: Oh, my heavens! Do you think a strong, handsome stallion such as yourself could give my friend the last asparagus? [As she's saying this she puts a bit atop his nose as takes the asparagus from his saddle bag. The young stallion stammers bashfully, and seemingly unaware he was just played for a fool.]
Rarity: See, that's not so hard, is it?
Fluttershy: Um... I guess not.
Rarity: Alright then! What else is on your list?
Fluttershy: Let's see... I also need tomatoes.
[at the tomato stand.]
Fluttershy: Here you go. [takes three tomatos and deposits a bit on the counter]
Tomato Merchant: That'll be two bits, not one.
Fluttershy: Oh, but last week it was only one bit.
Tomato Merchant: That was then, this is now.
Fluttershy: O...k. I don't wanna argue about it. [leaves a second bit for the smug-looking merchant]
Pinkie: What do you think you're doin'?!
Tomato Merchant: Mindin' my own business. Maybe you should try it.
Pinkie: Two bits for tomatoes is outrageous! One bit is the right price.
Tomato Merchant: I say it's two bits.
Pinkie: One bit.
Tomato Merchant: Two bits!
Pinkie: One bit!
Tomato Merchant: Two bits!
Pinkie: One bit!
Tomato Merchant: Two bits!
Pinkie: Two bits!
Tomato Merchant: One bit!
Pinkie: Two bits!
Tomato Merchant: One bit!
Pinkie: I insist it's two bits or nothing!
Tomato Merchant: One bit and that's my final offer!
Pinkie: Have it your way, one bit it is! [snatches Fluttershy's second bit and leaves the smug merchant who realizes a second too late she's just been had]
Pinkie: See? Asserting yourself can be fun!
Fluttershy: I guess you're right!
Rarity: So, Fluttershy, do you feel like giving it a try?
Fluttershy: Um... OK. I need that cherry.
[flies over to the cherry stand]
Fluttershy: Boy am I glad you have one cherry left. You see, I'm making this special meal for my bunny Angel. He's a very picky eater, and the recipe calls for a cherry on top.
Fluttershy: Here you go. [gives him a bit]
Cherry Merchant: So, you say you need this cherry very badly.
Fluttershy: Oh, yes. I'm desperate for it!
Cherry Merchant: Then it'll be ten bits!
Fluttershy: Ten?! [she looks back to Pinkie and Rarity who give her gestural hints to be assertive]
Fluttershy: Oh, hey, mister handsome! I know you wanna do the right thing because you're handsome and- and strong and big. Handsome, strong guys are always nice to everypony, right? [bats her eyelashes]
Cherry Merchant: Ten bits for the cherry.
[Rarity and Pinkie tell her to keep going]
Fluttershy: Ten bits for one cherry's outrageous! I insist on paying you... eleven bits!
Cherry Merchant: Eleven bits?
Fluttershy: Umm... I mean, nine bits!
Cherry Merchant: Er, now wait a minute.
Fluttershy: OK, twelve bits, but that's my final offer!
[Rarity is is worried and Pinkie buries her head in the ground.]
Cherry Merchant: I think you're confused.
Fluttershy: It's twelve bits, take it or leave it.
Cherry Merchant: OK, I'll take it!
Pinkie: Don't give him your money! [Rarity pulls her back magically.]
Pinkie: One cherry is not worth twelve bits!
Fluttershy: But... I was only doing what you did.
Rarity: It was a valiant effort, but you should refuse to give him your business and just walk away.
Fluttershy: But... I can't let Angel starve! He won't eat it unless I make it just right! I need that cherry no matter what it costs! [flies back]
Cherry Merchant: In that case, twenty bits!
Fluttershy: Twenty?! Oh, but... I don't have that much...
Cherry Merchant: Then why're you wastin' my time?
Mare: I'll give you two bits for that cherry!
Cherry Merchant: Sold! Eh, tough break, kid. Next time, don't be such a doormat.
[Fluttershy returns to her cottage and a goat can be seen walking away with a basket full of flyers.]
Fluttershy: Ta-da! Here you go, Angel. Sorry there's no cherry on top, but the rest of it is exactly what you wanted. Angel? [he throws it out the door and Fluttershy dives after it, colliding with her mailbox] Look at me... I really am a doormat. [she notices the flyer left by the goat] "The incredible Iron Will turns doormats into dynamos. Assertiveness seminar today, hedge maze center." As Celestia as my witness, I'm never gonna be a pushover again!
[Timidly making her way through the crowd at the maze.]
Fluttershy: Excuse me!
[somepony kicks her from the front of the crowd to the very back]
[Fog begins covering the stage and the cutain draws back to reveal a powerfully-built, minotaur-shaped silhouette. A song similar to Eye of the Tiger begins playing and fireworks explode.]
Iron Will: Welcome, friends! My name is Iron Will, and today is the first day of your new life! I wanna hear you stomp if you're tired of being a pushover! [pumps his arm and puts his to hand to his ear like Hulk Hogan]
Iron Will: Stomp if you're tired of being a doormat!
Iron Will: Stomp if you wanna pay nothing for this seminar!
[cheers fade to confused murmerings]
Iron Will: That's no joke, friends. Iron Will is so confident that you will be one-hundred percent satisfied with Iron Will's assertiveness techniques, that if you are not one-hundred percent satisfied... You. Pay. Nothing. But I pity the fool who doubts Iron Will's methods. You don't doubt me, do you?
Stallion: Uh-uh. No sir.
Iron Will: That, my friends, is your first lesson. "Don't be shy, look 'em in the eye."
Iron Will: Now, to demonstrate that Iron Will's techniques will work for anypony, I'm gonna need a volunteer.
[Every hoof goes up except for Fluttershy's. Iron Will's goat lackeys start weaving through the crowd in search of somepony. One of them cites Fluttershy.]
Iron Will: You, in the back row!
Fluttershy: Who, me?
Iron Will: Yes, you! Iron Will wants you on staaaage!
Fluttershy: Uh, well...
Iron Will: Now!
Fluttershy: OK...
[when she gets up there one of the goats jumps in front of her.]
Iron Will: Whoa! He’s blocking your path. What are you gonna do about it?
Fluttershy: Um... politely walk around him?
Iron Will: No.
Fluttershy: Gingerly tip-toe around him?
Iron Will: No!
Fluttershy: Go back home and try again tomorrow?
Iron Will: No! When somepony tries to block, show them that you rock!
[he gives her a light tap on the flank which causes her to collide with the goat, knocking him down]
Fluttershy: Oh! Sorry.
Iron Will: Don’t be sorry! Be assertive! Never apologize, when you can criticiiiize. [clearing his throat and leaning over the goat] Why don’t you watch where you’re going!? Now, you try.
Fluttershy: Uh... next time, get out of the way before... I bump into you, 'cause... I totally won’t be sorry when I do!
[Iron Will looks a little dazed, then his eyes light up with dollar signs.]
Iron Will: You see my friends!? [holds Fluttershy up by one hoof] If my techniques can work for this shy, little pony, then they can work for anypony! [Fluttershy looks pleased with herself.]

Fluttershy: OK, I feel good. I feel ready to "attack the day," as Iron Will says. [all her pets wave goodbye as she leaves]
Fluttershy: Excuse me, Mr. Greenhooves, but I think you might be over-watering my petunias... again.
Mr. Greenhooves: Let the professional handle it.
Fluttershy: "Treat me like a pushover, and you'll get the once over." [She steps on the hose, causing a water buildup. When she releases it the gardener gets blasted in the face.]
Mr. Greenhooves: Well, perhaps that is enough water.
Fluttershy: Thank you! [walks away]
Fluttershy: I can't believe it worked!
Cherry Berry: Showpony business is tough.
Bon Bon: Go ahead, try one of your jokes out on me, I laugh at everything!
[they're blocking a bridge with two carts of garbage]
Cherry Berry: OK, OK, OK. A donkey and a mule are stuck on a desert island...
Fluttershy: [clears her throat] Excuse me? Would you mind moving your carts so I can pass?
Cherry Berry: Yeah yeah, in a minute, I just wanna finish up this story. And so the donkey says to the mule-
Fluttershy: A-hem! Can you move? You're blocking my path.
Cherry Berry: Yeah yeah, in a minute! So the donkey says to the mule...
Fluttershy: "When somepony tries to block, show them that you rock!"
[she kicks both carts over, spilling the garbage all over the two other mares]
Cherry Berry: Ugh! Easy does it, lady! We're moving, OK?!
Fluttershy: Good!
[Fluttershy goes to Sugarcube Corner.]
Pinkie: Who's next please, and what can I get for you today?
[an arrogant mare jumps in front of Fluttershy in the line]
Fluttershy: What do you think you're doing?! Didn't you see me?
Mare: Uh, I guess, maybe.
Fluttershy: Maybe? "Maybes are for babies!" [spins her around] Now go to the back of the line where you belong!
[she does so, and so does everypony in front of her]
Pinkie: Heeeyyy, look at you!
Rarity: Your attitude is so feisty, it's fabulous.
Pinkie: Looks like that monster's workshop really paid off!
Fluttershy: Iron Will's not a monster, he's a minotaur, and a true inspiration. His techniques really work.
Rarity: Well, they've certainly made a difference in the way you carry yourself. You truly are a whole new Fluttershy.
Fluttershy: Yes, I am. And new Fluttershy feels pretty stoked about new Fluttershy.
Pinkie: Well, old Pinkie Pie feels really proud of new Fluttershy. Proud as pink punch. Want some? [produces a bowl of punch and laughs about it]
Fluttershy: "You laugh at me, I wrath at you!"
[Fluttershy knocks the bowl over, drenching Pinkie.]
Fluttershy: [sweetly and unaware she did something wrong] Bye, girls!
Fluttershy: What a day! Taxi! [she's about to climb in the taxi when another stallion jumps in]
Fluttershy: Oh no you don't. "Cut in line, I'll take what's mine!" [she jumps in, pummels the guy, and throws him out]
Fluttershy: Nopony pushes new Fluttershy around! [yells and shakes a hoof defiantly] Nopony!
[the frightened taxi driver speeds away]
Pinkie: Old Pinkie Pie is not so sure new Fluttershy is such a good idea after all.
Rarity: Old Rarity agrees.
[back home]
Fluttershy: [talking to her mirror] You got this, new Fluttershy! This day is yours! And nopony's gonna take it away from you! Am I right?! [her frightened pets faint]
Fluttershy: Right!
[checking her mail]
Fluttershy: What?! He's delivered the wrong mail, again!
[getting in his face several doors down]
Fluttershy: And new Fluttershy does not want the wrong mail delivered to her cottage!
Mailpony: Oooohhh, did I mix 'em up again? Sorry about that. [gives her the proper letter]
Fluttershy: "You apologize; I penalize!"
[He crashes through a mailbox and gets stuck as he tries to escape. Fluttershy slaps a stamp on his flank.]
Tourist: Excuse me, do you know how to get to the Ponyville tower?
Fluttershy: Sure, you just- [she drops her postcard in a puddle, gasping]
Tourist: Oh, that's a shame.
Fluttershy: "You make me lose, I blow my fuse!"
Tourist: Hey!
[grabbing him by the camera around his neck, she hurls him into a haystack near the Ponyville tower - his destination]
Rarity: Fluttershy! What are you doing?! That's no way to behave!
Fluttershy: Didn't you see what he did to new Fluttershy? And he thought new Fluttershy was a pushover!
Rarity: No sweetie, he didn't. We saw the whole thing. We think that you've taken your assertiveness training a little too far.
Fluttershy: What?! You just want new Fluttershy to be a doormat like old Fluttershy! But old Fluttershy is gone!
Pinkie: New Fluttershy... old Fluttershy...!?
Rarity: What happened to nice Fluttershy? We want that Fluttershy back.
Fluttershy: No, you want wimp Fluttershy. You want pushover Fluttershy. You want do-anything-to-her-and-she-won't-complain Fluttershy!
Pinkie: Too many Fluttershies to keep track of! Make it stop!
Fluttershy: Things getting too complicated for your simple little brain, Pinkie Pie? [pushes her to the ground by her head]
Rarity: Now, stop right there! Let's not let things descend into petty insults!
Fluttershy: Why not? I thought petty was what you're all about, Rarity. With your petty concerns about fashion.
Pinkie: Hey, leave her alone! Fashion is her passion!
Fluttershy: Oh, and what are you passionate about? Birthday cake? Party hats? I can't believe that the two most frivolous ponies in Ponyville are trying to tell new Fluttershy how to live her life, when they are throwing their own lives away on pointless pursuits that nopony else gives a flying feather about!
[the other two burst into tears]
Pinkie: Looks like nasty Fluttershy is here to stay!
Rarity: I can not believe what that monster Iron Will has done to you!
[they run away crying]
Fluttershy: Iron Will's not a monster, he's a minotaur!
[looking at her angry visage reflected in the puddle]
Fluttershy: I'm the monster...
[she goes home and boards up all windows and the front door']
Rarity: [knocking on Fluttershy's door] Fluttershy, are you in there?
Pinkie: It's Pinkie Pie, and Rarity!
Fluttershy: Go away! Go away before nasty Fluttershy strikes again!
Rarity: Oh, sweetie! We all said things that we regret.
Pinkie: We did?!
Rarity: Shhh.
Fluttershy: Pinkie's right, I'm the only one to blame. But don't worry, I'm never coming out of my house again! [Angel finishes tying her to a chair] Everypony will be a lot safer with me and my mean mouth locked away.
Rarity: Sweetie, Pinkie Pie doesn't blame you, nor do I. You just received some bad advice from that Iron Will character.
Pinkie: Yeah! He's the one that made you act super-duper nasty. [Rarity gives her a hard nudge] What I mean is, there are other ways to assert yourself besides yelling at everypony.
Rarity: Yes! You can stand up for yourself without being unpleasant about it.
Fluttershy: I- I'm not sure I can. I'm too far gone. Whenever I try to assert myself I become a monster.
Rarity: Oh, sweetie... you're not a monster.
Pinkie: No, but he is.
[Iron Will is standing on the back of one of his goats, approaching the cottage.]
Iron Will: Iron Will's my name, training ponies is my game.
Rarity: What a darling little catchphrase.
Iron Will: Your friend Fluttershy loved Iron Will's catchphrases. Word on the street is that she doesn't take no guff from nopony! So, Iron Will is here to collect Iron Will's fee.
Pinkie: Fluttershy is in no shape to deal with that creep!
Rarity: I'm sure a big, brave, powerful and rich monster- I mean, minotaur, like you, doesn't need that money right away. You can afford to come back later.
Iron Will: Are you kidding? Fluttershy is overdue as it is. Iron Will collects now. [he picks Rarity up by her horn and drops her over an escarpment]
Rarity: Do something!
Pinkie: We're not even sure Fluttershy is home right now. Uh, she might be off frolicking with some woodland creatures. Why don't you give us some time to track her down for ya?
Iron Will: Iron Will does have some grocery shopping to do. Iron Will will come back this afternoon.
Pinkie: But that's only half a day; we need one full day at least.
Iron Will: Iron Will will delay for half a day and no longer!
Pinkie: A full day!
Iron Will: Half day!
Pinkie: Full day!
Iron Will: Half day!
Pinkie: Half day!
Iron Will: Full day!
Pinkie: We need half a day and no more!
Iron Will: Well you'll get a full day and no less!
Pinkie: Okie dokie! See you tomorrow!
Iron Will: Wait, what?
[Fluttershy can be heard sneezing inside.]
Iron Will: Huh... Sounds like the search won't be necessary. Iron Will collects now.
Pinkie: B- but we had an agreement! You gotta come back tomorrow!
Iron Will: "When somepony tries to block, show them that you rock! [he throws Pinkie over the same escarpment and into a muddy stream]
Iron Will: Your payment is overdue, Fluttershy!
[she comes outside]
Iron Will: You were nothing but a doormat, and Iron Will turned you into a lean, mean, assertive machine! Now, pay Iron Will what you owe Iron Will!
Fluttershy: Um, no.
[Rarity and Pinkie are plainly in a state of shock and one of the goats bleets.]
Iron Will: What did you say?
Fluttershy: No.
Iron Will: Ohhh, I'd hate to be you right now, because Iron Will is gonna to rain down a world of hurt unless Iron Will gets his money, PRONTO!
Fluttershy: As I recall, during your workshop you promised one-hundred percent satisfaction guaranteed, or you pay nothing. Well, I'm not satisfied.
Iron Will: What do you mean you're not satisfied?! Everypony has always been satisfied!
Fluttershy: Well, I guess I'm the first then. But since I'm not satisfied, I refuse to pay. It's as simple as that.
[Rarity and Pinkie are astonished and standing with mouths agape.]
Iron Will: Oh, are you... sure you're not just a little bit satisfied? B- because maybe we could... cut a deal! I- I mean, we're both reasonable creatures, aren't we?
Fluttershy: I'm sorry, but "no" means "no."
Iron Will: No means no, huh? Nopony's ever said that to me before. Huh... I gotta remember that one. That's a good catchphrase for my next workshop.
[taking up his basket, he departs]
Pinkie: You were amazing, Fluttershy! You totally stood up to that monster!
Rarity: In fact, you didn't change at all! You were the same old Fluttershy that we've always loved!
Pinkie: The one we missed!
Fluttershy: Don't worry. Old Fluttershy's back for good. I'm sorry I took the whole assertiveness thing too far. Friends?
Pinkie Pie and Rarity: Friends.

Fluttershy: Dear Princess Celestia,
Sometimes it can be hard for a shy pony like me to stand up for myself, and when I first tried it, I didn't like the pony I became. But I've learned that standing up for yourself isn't the same as changing who you are. Now I know how to put my hoof down without being unpleasant or mean.

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