Secret of My Excess (S2E10)


Watch Spike grow up in a bad Godzilla meets King Kong dragon-sort of way.

As Spike’s birthday approaches, he is “ripening” a heart-shaped fire ruby for his birthday dinner.  When Rarity sees it, she is entranced.  Unable to resist her charms and doe-like eyes, he gives it to her and she gives him a kiss thanking him for his immense generosity.  On his birthday, a week later, he receives gifts with surprise him.  Moreover, the Cakes having heard about his birthday, bake him a sapphire cupcake.  When he bumps into Cheerilee, and she spontaneously gives him a hat, he suddenly realizes he can extort gifts, triggering a greed response that magically causes him to grow in size and avariciousness.  Will Ponyville survive?

This Spike centered episode develops what it means to be an Equestrian dragon, and a kid who learns that he can get stuff by asking or extorting his elders.  This story plays into the character strengths of the second season, letting characters play age-specific roles.  Remember that Spike is, after all, a baby dragon.  What I wonder is, who paid to repair Ponyville?

What to watch for (and comment upon):

  • What is Spike’s advice to Librarian Sparkle?
  • Is this the first time somepony calls Spike “Spikey-wikey”? Whichpony?
  • What presents are given Spike?  Which does he extort?
  • Derpy sighting, where?
  • Twilight Sparkle: Pinkie Pie! Stop giving him cake!
    Pinkie Pie: I’m not giving him cake, I’m assaulting him with cake!
    Spike: [catches a thrown cake, hides it in his cache]
    Pinkie Pie: How dare you take the cake!    [rimshot]
  • Scene cribbed from King Kong.  (17:04 in this youtube:
  • Followed by Godzilla in Tokyo Ponyville
  • Followed by an airplane Wonderbolt attack.
  • What saves the day?

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