"The Perfect Pear"
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode
A female orange pony and a male yellow pony stand in front of a carved rock, looking at each other lovingly.
Pear Butter (left) and Bright Mac (right) stand in front of their carved rock.
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 13
Directed by
  • Denny Lu
  • Mike Myhre
Written by
  • Joanna Lewis
  • Kristine Songco
Produced by
Featured music
  • Song by Daniel Ingram
  • Lyrics by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco
  • "You're In My Head Like a Catchy Song", performed by Felicia Day
Original air dates
  • June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) (Australia)
  • August 5, 2017 (2017-08-05) (United States)
Running time22 minutes
Guest appearances
Episode chronology
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"The Perfect Pear" is the thirteenth episode of the seventh season of animated television series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as well as the one hundred and fifty sixth overall. Written by Joanna Lewis and Kristine Songco, and directed by Denny Lu and Mike Myhre, the episode saw the guest-starring of William Shatner and Felicia Day. The plot of the episode centers around Applejack, Big McIntosh and Apple Bloom, who find out how their now deceased parents met and gather information about their extensive background. "The Perfect Pear" was released early on June 21, 2017, in Australia, before being released on August 5, in the United States. The episode received praise from critics and the show's fanbase.

Plot

Apple Bloom encounters a kind old pear merchant named Grand Pear while walking through the busy Ponyville marketplace. Grand Pear explains that he moved from Vanhoover back to Ponyville, and gives her a jar of pear jam for free. When Apple Bloom comes home with pear jam, Applejack and Big McIntosh start to panic and immediately try to hide it. They tell Apple Bloom that there is a feud between the Apple and Pear families and that Granny Smith refuses to talk about it.

In fear of Granny Smith becoming upset, the Apple siblings visit Goldie Delicious for more information. Goldie explains that a long time ago, the Apple and Pear families lived near each other and were constantly arguing about who was the better farmer, especially Granny Smith and Grand Pear. Despite this, the daughter of Grand Pear, Pear Butter, and the son of Granny Smith, Bright Mac, got along well and eventually fell in love. Goldie says that she can't tell them more, and tells them to talk with their father's friend, Burnt Oak.

Visiting Burnt Oak, the Apple siblings learn that their father was an honest pony. They later visit their mother's friend, Mrs. Cup Cake, who tells them that their mother convinced her to pursue baking. However, Grand Pear decided to move from Ponyville to Vanhoover in order to expand his business and move away from the Apple family. In response to this, Bright Mac and Pear Butter hold a secret wedding ceremony that is discovered by their parents as soon as they are married. Pear Butter asserts her place with the Apple family and cuts ties with her father when he refuses to accept their love.

After hearing the story of their parents, the Apple siblings arrange a meeting between Granny Smith and Grand Pear, allowing their estranged grandparents to apologize to them for hurting the family. After the reconciliation, the family gathers to honor their parents.

Production and promotion

William Shatner (left) and Felicia Day (right) guest-starred in the episode

In the episode, William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise, and Felicia Day, who played Charlie Bradbury in Supernatural, guest-starred to voice Grand Pear and Pear Butter respectively.[1] Shatner had previously revealed that he was a "brony", an enjoyer of the show, in January 2017.[2] Bright Mac was voiced by Australian actor Bill Newton.[3] In a Twitter post after the series finale, writer Michael Vogel explained that the feud between the Apple and Pear family came from a long-running joke among the show's staff "that Applejack should have a nemesis named Pear Steve".[4]

An animatic of the episode featuring Bright Mac and Pear Butter was shown in the Hasbro Toy Fair 2017.[5] The involvement of William Shatner and Felicia Day was announced on March 15, 2017, together with an announcement about the season seven premiere.[6] Shatner had already teased his involvement in the show with a tweet made a month prior to the announcement.[2] A day before the broadcast, on August 4, 2017, Yahoo released a preview of the episode.[7]

Broadcast and reception

The episode aired early on Australia's Boomerang on June 21, 2017.[8] On August 5, 2017, preceded by "Discordant Harmony", the episode aired on Discovery Family.[1] The episode was not viewed enough to be included in the Top 150 ratings of the day, and so the exact number of viewers is not known.[9]

The episode received some critical acclaim. Screen Rant ranked the episode best of the entire series according to IMDb, with a rating of 9.5 out of 10.[10] Carly Olsen from the same website listed Bright Mac and Pear Butter as the tenth best pairing of the show, calling it a "Romeo and Juliet-type romance, [...] with a slightly happier ending."[11] The episode also received positive comments from the show's fanbase. According to a poll by fan-website Equestria Daily, "The Perfect Pear" was the most liked episode of season seven among fans.[12][13]

Home media

The episode is part of the "Hearts and Hooves" Region 1 DVD by Shout! Factory which was made available in stores on January 1, 2019.[14] It was also available complete Season 7 DVD Set released on October 9, 2018.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b "William Shatner to Guest Star on MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC This August". Broadway World. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Leane, Rob (February 6, 2017). "William Shatner joins My Little Pony". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on February 10, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Sethisto (July 6, 2018). "Bill Newton Fills Out The Travel Party For BronyCon 2018". Equestria Daily. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  4. ^ Michael Vogel [@mktoon] (October 12, 2019). "Long-running joke" (Tweet). Retrieved November 5, 2021 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ The Illustrious Q (February 18, 2017). "Toy Fair 2017 - My Little Pony Preview Presentation". Equestria Daily. Archived from the original on January 16, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  6. ^ Dani Levy (March 15, 2017). "TV News Roundup: 'My Little Pony' and 'Master of None' Get Premiere Dates". Yahoo. Archived from the original on February 8, 2022. Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  7. ^ "'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic' Sneak Peek: See William Shatner as Grand Pear". www.yahoo.com. August 4, 2017. Archived from the original on November 4, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  8. ^ "What's on". Foxtel.au. June 21, 2017. Archived from the original on June 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 8.5.2017". ShowBuzzDaily. August 8, 2017. Archived from the original on June 18, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  10. ^ Olsen, Carly (November 19, 2019). "My Little Pony: The 10 Best Episodes, According To IMDb". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on June 10, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  11. ^ Olsen, Carly (November 27, 2019). "My Little Pony: 10 Best Pairings In The Entire Series". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  12. ^ Sethisto (November 2, 2017). "Poll Results: What Episode of Season 7 Was Best?". Equestria Daily. Archived from the original on November 9, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  13. ^ Sethisto (November 10, 2017). "Poll Results: What Was the Best Episode of Season 7?". Equestria Daily. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  14. ^ "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Hearts and Hooves". Lake Agassiz Regional Library. October 13, 2018. Archived from the original on January 30, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  15. ^ "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Complete Season 7". Amazon. Archived from the original on February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2022.