Really, really, hard.
But not only does Maud not meet their expectations or be anything like the energetic Pinkie, they're finding a very hard time to discover anything they might have in common...
...except for their association with Pinkie. :D
-- "Don't you mean "inside an enigma?"
-- "No. I mean "igneous." It's a kind of rock. Ask me how I know that."
Just why the heck does Equestria need rock farms?
Anyway, at the very least, I was hoping to get some clue towards that with this episode. But the overall episode itself, while not terribly exciting by design, turned out pretty good. It was fun to watch in a casual sort of manner, so to catch all of those little fun scenes, artistic value stuff, and so forth. The writing was nicely balanced, and I liked that the episode concluded with a reasonable solution that was able to provide a satisfactory conclusion and resolution to the dilemma of the week, yet keep every pony in their established characters.
Speaking of, I was quite glad Maud proved to be quite dull and emotionless, in stark contrast to Pinkie Pie. I actually would've been kind of disappointed if, after all that hype that Pinkie's family were a bunch of monotones, she proved to more upbeat and akin to Pinkie's style of living. Fortunately, though, she wasn't. In fact, in comparison to what little we see of Pinkie's other family members, Maud might just be the most deadpan of them all.
But I actually rather like Maud. True, she's not really...exciting. But she is very endearing and very chill. Kind of like Gummy. In fact, that might be why Pinkie latched onto Gummy in the first place. He reminds her of her family.
This episode also really establishes that Pinkie is certainly the black sheep of her family. Or rather, pink sheep. Makes me wonder where she gets it from. Is it genetic? If so, there must be SOME relative of Pinkie's that was as party-crazy as she is (maybe, assuming she really IS related to them in any way, she gets it from the Apple family). Or maybe it's more intellectual. Pinkie just up and decided one day to be different from her family members, maybe because she was born a vibrant pink in contrast to her family's more earthen colors making her different anyway, and it became her nature in the end.
Well, whatever the case, I really liked this episode. A fun little universe-and-character-building venture that's amusing to watch. I guess you could say it really...rocked.
Why the heck does Equestria need ROCK FARMS?!