When the ponies are afflicted with bizarre and humorous sicknesses they accuse a mysterious zebra named Zecora of placing a curse on them.
|December 10, 2010|
|May 27, 2013|
|My Little Pony theme song (version 1)|
|My Little Pony theme song (version 1)|
|Kataomoi no Karaage|
|(List of theme music)|
It's a beautiful day in Ponyville, so Twilight Sparkle and Spike are out enjoying the sun. Though as they walk around town Twilight notices that it appears totally empty. After being called over by Pinkie Pie, she is informed that everyone has taken shelter due to the appearance of Zecora, a mysterious striped equine that Twilight identifies as a zebra; a race not commonly seen outside of its native homeland. Having appeared numerous times in the past, the townsfolk fear her, though Twilight Sparkle doesn't understand why. Pinkie Pie explains, through song of course, that she is an 'evil enchantress' while the others explain that she lives in the depths of the Everfree Forest, a place where nothing is natural, and everything she does is cause for alarm.
As the group bickers, Applejack's little sister Apple Bloom, who shares Twilight's confused reaction to the group's unfounded speculations, slips away to follow Zecora. When the girls notice that she's gone, they rush into the forest to try and to save her. They find Apple Bloom in close proximity of the mare and stop in a patch of blue flowers, calling out keep her away from Zecora, who yells out a warning about the flowers that they view a cryptic threat. Having rescued Apple Bloom, they return to town for the night.
That morning, Twilight discovers to her horror that her horn has become soft and rubbery, preventing her from using her magic. Twilight scours through her books to find a solution, but except for a book Spike finds, called "Supernaturals", she is unable to find anything that doesn't appear to be scientific or proven. The rest of the gang show up at the library, where we see that they have all been 'cursed' in a variety of rather humorous ways: depicting an opposite of who they are or messing with their abilities. Immediately, the gang (except Apple Bloom and Twilight) suspect Zecora. Though Apple Bloom blames herself for what happened so once again, as the group bickers, she heads off on her own to find Zecora, while the rest of the gang trail behind due to their new handicaps.
When Twilight and friends arrive at Zecora's hut, they find that she is speaking in strange tongue over a boiling cauldron. Suspecting Apple Bloom is in danger of being eaten, and Twilight now somewhat convinced that the rumors are true, the gang spring into action: they knock over her cauldron and force Zecora to give them some answers. Apple Bloom then walks in, carrying ingredients for the potion Zebora was making, much to the relief of the other girls. They learn that Zecora was actually making a remedy for the ponies' so-called 'curses', which were the actually side-effects from their brushes with "poison jokes", the strange blue flowers they stood in the previous day. She had been trying to find a special ingredient in town, but was always confused to see that the shops were "never open". Twilight, who had attempted to find a cure earlier, learned that the remedy was actually in "Supernaturals", which Zecora also owns; Twilight admits that she had disregarded it in her search simply due to its title. Zecora states that the lesson here being that she never should judge a book by its cover, reflecting how the group (and Ponyville) had judged her up to this point.
With Zecora, the group walks back into town: though the folk have again barricaded themselves. After talking to a shop owner, they manage to whip up a new batch of the remedy and return to their old selves. Twilight then writes to Princess Celestia about the experience, and about how one should never judge another person (or pony) by their looks and should judge them by the content of their character.
The "curses" that befell the gang are rather humorous; changing a key aspect of them for the sake of comedy, or to make the situation more difficult.
- Twilight Sparkle's horn becomes soft and rubbery, which keeps her from using her magic.
- Rainbow Dash becomes unable to fly, or control her movements, properly. This results in her crashing a lot or flying upside down. (Woodstock, much?)
- Applejack shrinks to the much smaller size.
- Pinkie Pie becomes unable to talk due to an enlarged tongue; a fate worse than death for talkative girls like her.
- Fluttershy's is given a deep male voice. That said, the scene where she sings in this voice is one of the funniest moments in the whole series, if not television.
- Rarity's hair becomes frazzled, which doesn't sound too bad if you're not always concerned about your appearance.