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ETA: Chatlog below the cut!
[13:04] <@Sylocat> “Darrrrrling.” She sounds like Patiomkin in Shaw’s “Great Catherine.”
01[13:04] <Froborr> Is Applejack even capable of a relaxing day of anything?
01[13:04] <Froborr> “Relaxing” isn’t exactly a thing she does.
[13:05] <mere_oblivion> Oh dear! That’s why i don’t have a spa in my house.
01[13:05] <Froborr> Not in a Twilight neurotic way, but in a always-working way.
01[13:05] <Froborr> *an
01[13:05] <Froborr> Also: pretty sure the “darrrrling” is channeling a specific Golden Age of Hollywood actress, but I’m blanking on which.
[13:05] <@Sylocat> Hahah, they put “Day” in scarequotes
[13:06] <@Sylocat> I was about to say what that reminded me of but it’d spoil a later Steven Universe episode for Froborr
[13:07] <@Sylocat> Oh jeez, it’s a Trading Places episode
[13:07] <@Sylocat> Applejack, you know Twilight loves lists
01[13:08] <Froborr> Well, maybe a little neurotic.
[13:09] <@Sylocat> I’m surprised Twilight didn’t insist on reading over the entire list ahead of time twice
[13:10] <@Sylocat> Oh, Dash…
[13:11] <@Sylocat> Shades of “Fall Weather Friends” with that bit there
[13:12] <@Sylocat> Wait, is that Diamond Tiara’s mom?
[13:12] <Arrlaari> Is Applejack going to fix the steam room
01[13:12] <Froborr> I think it might be, she has the lines under the eyes and I think she’s the same colors.
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Ah, is Applejack going to fix the steam room?
[13:13] <Arrlaari> She is going to impulsively take responsibility for the Spa’s maintenance
[13:13] <@Sylocat> Or is she about to unearth some malfeasence? That’s what the music seems to indicate here
01[13:15] <Froborr> Not malfeasance so much as unintended consequences.
[13:15] <mere_oblivion> So, everyone who works in the spa is Rooshan.
[13:15] <Arrlaari> I called it
[13:16] <@Sylocat> Dang, that’s a pretty good explanation of how this sort of thing usually happens… it’s not any one person’s fault, it’s just a problem too small to be noticed that starts a feedback loop
[13:16] <@Sylocat> …Did she just use duct tape?
[13:16] <mere_oblivion> Well, taking over gives her an excuse to dress up for a Village People concert.
01[13:18] <Froborr> Still seven minutes left to the episode.
[13:18] <@Sylocat> Yay, Twilight gets another list
01[13:18] <Froborr> I’m assuming Twilight created a disaster.
[13:18] <@Sylocat> Or is Twilight going to do the same thing that Applejack just did for the spa?
[13:20] <@Sylocat> I thought Scootaloo was the chicken
[13:21] <@Sylocat> …Did she just pantomime a Rube Goldberg machine?
01[13:22] <Froborr> Yeah, it’s the “outside eye” thing Rarity said.
[13:23] <@Sylocat> …Okay, but that last one kinda relies on magic
[13:25] <@Sylocat> So what Dash really needed was plausible deniability
[13:25] <Arrlaari> I think it was just opening all the valves before opening the main one, instead of running each segment separately
[13:25] <@Sylocat> I meant the chicken wire repair… though of course, repairing fences isn’t a regular chore
[13:25] <Arrlaari> Paused at start of next ep, since netflix automatically moved forward
[13:25] <Arrlaari> That one was about replacing the entire segment instead of cutting out patches
[13:26] <@Sylocat> Ah… right.
[13:26] <@Sylocat> (I would probably not be very good at that)
01[13:29] <Froborr> Fluttershy’s parents!
[13:29] <@Sylocat> Wait, hold up, for some reason it’s not playing here
01[13:29] <Froborr> Paused.
[13:29] <Arrlaari> paused
[13:29] <@Sylocat> Ok, got it…
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Click
01[13:30] <Froborr> Only about 30 seconds in so I guess we can just restart.
[13:30] <@Sylocat> So Pegasi DO have parents
01[13:30] <Froborr> Well, we’ve seen RD’s dad before.
[13:30] <@Sylocat> Yeah, but only in a flashback
01[13:30] <Froborr> Fluttershy’s dad is EXACTLY what I would have expected if I’d ever thought about it.
[13:30] <Arrlaari> So the whole family is softspoken
[13:31] <@Sylocat> Oh wow…
01[13:31] <Froborr> Oh god it’s a pony with a manbun.
[13:32] <Arrlaari> And 5-o-clock sadow
01[13:32] <Froborr> Oh my god, the tone of Fluttershy’s voice here is amazing.
[13:33] <@Sylocat> Oh yikes
[13:33] <@Sylocat> Their parents are crying for help through their smiles
[13:34] <Arrlaari> There was an edge in fluttershy’s voice
01[13:34] <Froborr> “We may not be as bold as you Fluttershy”
[13:36] <@Sylocat> Uh oh
[13:36] <Arrlaari> Someone got told that ponies aren’t allowed to say “pissed”
[13:36] <@Sylocat> This will end well, I see nothing that could go wrong here
[13:39] <@Sylocat> He’s going to stay with… yep
[13:39] <Arrlaari> Well Netflix spoiled the next development
[13:39] <@Sylocat> Jsut as I was typing it
[13:39] <Arrlaari> When I paused
[13:39] <@Sylocat> “You have to get a job.”
01[13:40] <Froborr> Yeah, Fluttershy’s dealt with having Discord and the Breezies living in her house, she can handle this asshole.
[13:41] <@Sylocat> Oh yikes
[13:42] <@Sylocat> So, how’s he gonna botch this one…
[13:42] <@Sylocat> Oh.
[13:42] <@Sylocat> That’s how.
[13:42] <@Sylocat> Where’d he get the ukelele?
01[13:43] <Froborr> From Rarity’s voice actress, probably.
01[13:43] <Froborr> Wait, no, Amy Keating Rogers is the one who plays the ukelele.
[13:43] <@Sylocat> Oh?
01[13:43] <Froborr> Tabitha St. Germaine just has a REALLY WEIRD Twitter.
[13:43] <Arrlaari> What is he going to do to Pinkie Pie
[13:44] <Arrlaari> Complexity is not the issue here
01[13:44] <Froborr> oh my god Rainbow is going to MURDER him by the end of the epiosde.
[13:44] <@Sylocat> There is no such thing as a job so simple that Zephyr Breeze won’t botch it
[13:44] <Arrlaari> He’s clearly a clever Pony
[13:44] <Arrlaari> He has a cutie mark, what is it for
01[13:45] <Froborr> What is his cutie mark, anyway? I haven’t really bothered to look at it.
[13:45] <mere_oblivion> It’s for mooching.
[13:45] <Arrlaari> Looked like a breeze icon, in different colors
[13:45] <@Sylocat> It’s always covered up by his wing
[13:45] <@Sylocat> Wait, does that mean it’s going to be a plot reveal?
01[13:46] <Froborr> This really seems like a job for the CMC.
[13:46] <@Sylocat> Yes, come to think of it
[13:46] <mere_oblivion> Maybe he’s an actor
[13:47] <@Sylocat> …Sudden musical number
[13:48] <Arrlaari> Oh, it’s the thing he was going to school for and quit
[13:49] <Arrlaari> Probably they were confident it was his calling because his cutie mark has to do with it
01[13:49] <Froborr> Oh, his cutie mark is a mane and tail, not wind!
[13:49] <@Sylocat> Is the episode going to end with him shaving?
[13:50] <@Sylocat> AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA
[13:52] <@Sylocat> Wow
[13:52] <mere_oblivion> So, do we hear wedding bells in Rainbow’s future?
[13:52] <@Sylocat> *headdesks*
01[13:54] <Froborr> The fact that even Fluttershy’s parents think Rainbow Dash is into Zephyr is HILARIOUS.
01[13:54] <Froborr> Makes me wonder, though, if maybe she actually was when she was a kid and grew out of it once she realized what he was like?
01[13:55] <Froborr> I mean, Rainbow and Fluttershy have been friends longer than any of the other Mane Six. It’s possible.
[13:55] <mere_oblivion> Interesting.