My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic "Spike at your Service" (lost production materials for alternate version of animated fantasy series episode; 2012)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a Canadian-American animated fantasy series based on Hasbro's My Little Pony toyline and is often referred to as the fourth generation (also referred to as "G4") of the franchise. Despite being aimed at a female and family audience, the show has garnered a fanbase with adult male and teenage viewers who refer to themselves as "Bronies" which still lasts to this day.
On November 10th, 2012, the series' third season debuted. And with it came an episode titled "Spike at your Service" in which Twilight Sparkle's assistant Spike becomes a service to Applejack after she saves his life.
However, in earlier drafts of the episode, it was Rarity who had saved Spike's life instead of Applejack. This version has been said by the show's writers to been a drastically different version of the final episode, with Rarity being written off as mean and unlikable towards Spike. Because of the mean-spirited tone, the episode was rewritten and retooled to feature Applejack in place of Rarity.
Showrunner Meghan McCarthy was the first to mention this version back in a 2013 Panel. Additionally, writer Dave Polsky stated on Twitter that he has the original script to "Spike at your Service", but joked that it's stored away in a vault and shouldn't be opened until 100 years after his death.
Outside of a couple passing mentions, nothing from the Rarity version of the episode has surfaced or been seen by the public.
- Meghan McCarthy's mentioning of the alternate version of "Spike at your Service". Retrieved 18 Sep '20
- Dave Polsky's tweet on having the episode's original script. Retrieved 18 Sep '20