Hearts and Hooves Day is probably one of the most diabetes-inducing and generally heartwarming stories ever aired in MLP: FiM to date. Dare I say, it’s even more heartwarming than Party of One and Hearths Warming Eve combined, assuming you can stomach a little lovey-dovey silliness. Here then, is my argument for why Hearts and Hooves Day is not terrifying, but exceedingly heartwarming. So who’s right? Me? Or J-Rod? Choose the winner in the comments below!
#1: The CMC care deeply for their schoolteacher
This one seemed a bit obvious to me. The Cutie Mark Crusaders truly care for the happiness of their teacher, even if they had a really destructive way of showing it.
What we’re forgetting is that some schoolteachers wouldn’t engender this sort of bond and care with the students under their care, especially in the modern age. Now while this really doesn’t apply to every classroom, it’s still a highly heartwarming thing to note.
#2: Big Macintosh is a bit too creative with his nicknames
Let’s face it – even though he was under the effects of the love poison, Big Macintosh is adorkably romantic. The effects of the potion are seemingly limited to just invoking a sickeningly lovey-dovey bond. But we’re ignoring the fact that Big Macintosh was seriously into it. I’d interpret this as being a romantic or extremely sensitive guy at heart.
#3: The End of the Episode
At the very end of the episode, when all is said and done and the status quo is returned to normal, Big Macintosh and Cheerilee are shown having a bit of a closer relationship than they’d had before. Just whether it’s limited to friendly picnics or not isn’t made clear. Or whether they’re just trolling the CMC.
Regardless, they’ve clearly grown a bit closer because of the experience as friends. It’s an adorable episode, whether you’re a fan of the ship or not. And quite frankly, lovestruck Big Macintosh was certainly a sight to see.