Trotting Through Life A Dash of Awesome: The Washouts
Rainbow Dash: But what if she chooses them over me? She’s gonna get hurt!
Twilight Sparkle: I think I know somepony else who might get hurt if that happens.
Rainbow Dash: Um, maybe you’re right. But this isn’t about me. I’m just worried about Scoot.
Well, la-dee-doodle-dah! Lemme give you a different scenario. You’re probably saying to yourself, “I’m young. I’m strong. I’m gonna go out there and stunt some tricks with my new friend Lightning Dust!” Well, I’m here to tell ya that if ya play that game, you’re gonna find out it’s pretty hard to “stunt tricks” in a FULL BODY WING-AND-HOOF CAST DRINKIN’ THROUGH A STRAW!
Dash decides that they can back and tear up all of Scootaloo’s Washouts posters. And this is where Dash is in the wrong as Scootaloo has a line that really struck a chord with me.
Just because I look up to you doesn’t mean I have to be you! But based on your definition of what makes somepony great, I have bad news. I’ll never be the best of the best or a Wonderbolt! Because I! Can’t! Fly! Is that what you wanted to hear? But not being able to fly doesn’t mean I can’t do something awesome! Like strapping my scooter to a multi-stage liquid-fueled rocket and jumping twenty-two wagons lined up in front of a roaring crowd!
I’m of two minds with this line, this is something that Dash needed to hear as while she loves Scoots, she was expecting Scoots to become her as best Crusader pointed out but Scootalo’s mindset is well misguided as she is going to end getting hurt because as pointed out Lighting Dust doesn’t care about the safety of the orange filly. I mean for starters, a rational adult wouldn’t let a kid join a stunt team
Scootaloo is understandably excited and tries to tell Lighting that she’s set up a fan club for The Washouts. She then sees that the stunt is actually rather dangerous and considers backing out but Lighting says if she doesn’t do the stunt, she’ll be impeached as the president of the fan club. Yeah, it doesn’t go well and Dash ends up saving Scoots. This is where the two come to an understanding and best sisters make up.
Scootaloo: I’m sorry for joining the Washouts. Lightning Dust wasn’t who I thought she was. She didn’t care about me being scared or putting me in danger. She only wanted a good show, even if it meant I got hurt. That’s not the kind of pony I wanna look up to.Rainbow Dash: I’m the one who should be apologizing for not acting like somepony who deserves a fan club. I’ve been lucky enough to have somepony who thinks I’m the coolest. But there’s nothing cool about making you feel like you’ll never be as awesome as me. I think we should cancel the Washouts Fan Club. Because I know a fan club that could use some new members.
The moment that comes next is so sweet as Rainbow calls to meeting the Scootaloo Fan Club. This episode is so sweet because it takes me back to Sleepless in Ponyville where Scootaloo asked Dash to take her under her wing and we first saw these sisters hug and now this episode shows that even sisters that aren’t related by blood will still have growing pains to come to an understanding. It hit hard and this being the last Scootaloo and Dash episode in the series hits even harder because it speaks even to how much this sister pairing was loved by the fans. For so many years, Scootadash was the most popular sister pairing and there are so many Scootadash stories on Fimifcition where Dash adopts Scoots as her little sister. This was before we met her parents. You know, I think I need this picture.