Anyway, I thought it was common knowledge that Fluttershy is an excellent singer. You knew that, right? I knew it, too. I thought everyone knew this by now.
But apparently somebody had neglected to tell the Mane 6. Somehow.
Also, Rarity's apparently part of an a capella quartet of singers who aren't too shabby themselves. Having always been impressed with a capella singers (it takes talent to get the needed vocal ranges for such a group), I was interested, and the one song they preform is pretty good...if a tad overdone.
Also, Big McIntosh is in this quartet as well, but this didn't surprise me at all. With his deep voice, he'd be an excellent bass singer.
However, disaster strikes when Big Mac loses his voice doing a rather Apple family sort of thing to do; a turkey calling competition. What I thought was worse about it, though, was that he was a six-time champion of said contest, and lost his chance for a seventh time to Pinkie...who's less than modest about it. In fact, Pinkie's rather...antagonistic...through this whole episode. She must have really been on one or something.
Anyway, the REAL bad news is that with Big Mac unable to sing, the quartet can't perform for an animal fundraiser Fluttershy is hosting. As Fluttershy decides this would ruin the fundraiser (and seeing how fast those animals were adopted only after the performance, it seems she might be right), they attempt to get a cure from Zecora, who can help...but cure won't work fast enough in time for the performance. So then Fluttershy asks the question:
-- "Where are we ever going to find a deep voice to replace Big Mac's?"
We know Fluttershy can sing. But her voice is usually too high to replace Big Mac's deep voice.
...unless she's been messing with Poison Joke.
Yes, "Flutterguy" makes a comeback, which was probably the best part of the whole episode for me, if only because it hails back to season one's "Bridle Gossip," one of my very most favorite episodes of the whole series to date. And with that the plan is to have Fluttershy hide backstage and sing Big Mac's part while Big Mac lip syncs to it, a system that works well.
And Fluttershy finds she rather likes this arrangement, and volunteers to keep doing it for several performances until Big Mac recovers, and even then she talks the quartet into letting her "perform" one more time because she's been enjoying herself so much.
And inevitably, she gets discovered in the end.
But, after a brief chase scene throughout Ponyville (brought on by one of Pinkie's rants worsening her fears), Fluttershy learns the lesson that performing like this wasn't as scary as she first thought, and make steps towards overcoming it, possibly to resume her singing career again, though it's clear it's going to take a little bit as she'd rather take baby steps.
But anyway, it was a decent enough episode. It was made better by the fact that the episode is very aware of the show's previous continuity and some fun scenes/gags (liked AJ's confrontation of Big Mac for an explanation), as is usually the case with MLP, and it is, as always, see another episode that has Fluttershy continuing to grow as a character and be more...outgoing. Like last week's episode, it felt very season two-ish in approach, a season I thought where the MLP storytelling formula fit together the best. So it's great to see that season four seems to be following suit in its own special way.
So here's hoping there will more episodes that does likewise!