Expectations are high for the Grand Galloping Gala, but when the ponies arrive they find that their individual interests in the Gala are not all they had hoped for.
|The Best Night Ever|
|May 6, 2011|
|September 23, 2013|
|My Little Pony theme song (version 1)|
|My Little Pony theme song (version 1)|
|Kataomoi no Karaage|
|(List of theme music)|
Awhile back, Twilight Sparkle and her friends were all
given tickets to the Grand Galloping Gala: one of the most prolific events in
Canterlot. The girls all have their own plans for event, though Spike wishes for them all to stick together and enjoy the gathering as a group. Twilight
manages to turn an apple and three mice into a horse-drawn-carriage so
that they may arrive in splendor, but after the mice/horses are chased off by
Rarity's cat, Rarity enlists the help of the local stallions to take them there.
The girls spend the rest of the day preparing for the gala, which they feel
will be the best night of their lives.
Arriving at Canterlot, the girls waste no time and
head inside to carry out their plans for the evening, leaving Spike behind.
Twilight Sparkle meets again with Princess Celestia, who is greeting the
guests, and plans to tell her all about her adventures. Outside, Applejack sets
up a booth with a large selection of apples, pies, and other baked goods while
Fluttershy goes off to be with the animals at the castle gardens. Inside, Rainbow Dash is given the privilege to hang out in the VIP lounge with
her idols, the Wonderbolts, who remember her from the Cloudsdale Young Fliers
Competition. Rarity sets off to
find Celestia's bachelor nephew, Prince Blueblood, in hopes to begin a romance
with him. Finally, Pinkie Pie excitedly arrives at the dance hall and starts to
have a good time in her own hyperactive way.
But the girls soon realize that things are not as what they had hoped. Celestia is too busy with guests to have a proper audience with
Twilight. The partygoers are too formal for Pinkie's sense of partying
and they find her as a nuisance. Rarity manages to get together with Blueblood, but
soon learns that he is a charmless, self-centered jerk and treats her poorly throughout the evening. Rainbow Dash is also having problem: her idols are always
being pulled away to mingle with moe important ponies, so she spends her time
trying to get their attention. Fluttershy, despite being a complete animal
lover, is growing ever more annoyed that the animals in the garden are avoiding
her and resorts to setting traps. Finally, Applejack's apple stand has
gotten hardly any business, and learns that the partygoers are turned off
by, to quote Blueblood, "commoner carnival fare." Nevertheless, the girls say
that they have come too far to let their dreams simply slip through their
hooves and so they try to make the best of it.
But then disaster strikes: starting when Pinkie continues her efforts to make the party more fun. After her last song only made
the party goers more annoyed, she tries playing the turntables to make bring some needed color to the atmosphere. Applejack walks in with an extravagant apple cake, which
she feels is enough to satisfy the snooty guests. But Pinkie accidentally
stage dives onto the cart and sends the cake flying towards Blueblood, who uses
Rarity as a shield. Finally having enough, Rarity ends her date with the royal
pain and shakes the cake fragments back onto him. Horrified that his
neatly-groomed mane has been ruined, he stumbles iinto a giant
statue which begins to fall off its pedestal. Seeing this as her chance to
get the Wonderbolts' attention, Rainbow Dash flies over and catches the statue.
But she staggers under its weight and the statue topples some nearby pillars before
Twilight and Celestia walk in to see what the
commotion is all about, and Twilight is embarrassed to see her friends in the
middle of the disaster they caused. Though preferring it doesn't, the situation
gets worse when an enraged Fluttershy bursts in while chasing a stampede of
animals into the hall; sending the guests into frenzy. Twilight, at a loss for
words, is given a single word of advice from the princess: "run".
With that, all the girls flee from the gala.
They meet up with the misery-drowning Spike at the
local donut shop he wanted to treat the girls to. They tell him that the whole thing,
in their words, was the worst night of their lives and have a good hearty laugh
about it. Princess Celestia stops by and lets them know that she thought the
whole thing was the best thing to ever happen top the gala; in her opinion, the Grand Galloping
Gala has always been completely 'awful' and she was actually hoping that the
presence of the girls would liven up the event and that it was more important
that they had a good time. Twilight agrees, and shares that even in the worst
of times, being with friends can make things "pretty great".