well, rainbow colors are caused when the mother eats or drinks anything ripe zap apple during pregnancy, so mrs. dash must have ignored the "don't eat zap apples if you are pregnant" rule when she was pregnant with rainbow dash
Should we assume that every time the message-beneath-the-surface is positive or even amazing, that it should be attributed to the writer's genius, but when its negative, it must be because the critic pointing it out must be overthinking things or demanding too much from a "little girl's show?"
Without going into every little detail about why I don't like "Mysterious Mare Do Well" as an episode (The parlor scene where the ponies engaged in the behavior they were supposed to be *correcting*, the ear-scraping "A LITTLE!!!!?" outburst, the fact that we have to assume either off-screen obstinance on Rainbow Dash's part -vilifying even more for the sake of your hack plot- or that the other Element bearers simply did not trust her enough to tell her she was being obnoxious, etc.) the fallacy of this episode:
Hiding your identity for the sake of "teaching humility" is not by dressing up like superhero. "Teaching humility" is dressing up like a hobo. Several different hobos, in fact, so that there is no trace of a single identity to be celebrated. There much not be any status gained at all, to make the lesson all the more clear to your student. (And also you don't run into the obvious failure mode of having your superhero do Magic AND a flyover in quick succession, so that you
As long a the mane six were known as Mare Do Well, that IS an identity.
And in the pic, it seems Rainbow Dash has taken on that identity, immediately inheriting all of that identity's hero-worship. (actually, I wonder if the town hated Rainbow Dash for "chasing Mare Do Well away". Whoops! That wasn't an intended consequence of their lesson!)
Well you know the intended message, right? Consider making an Episode Expansion to better show the intended message and purpose of the episode without changing the ending or the Mane Six using Mare-Do-Well to teach Rainbow Dash humility.
Well, CR in his review mentioned the idea of the praise going to *Mare Do Wells* heads, and when they do that Appreciation Day, instead of one MDW showing up, FIVE do! And then their is a huge argument where comedy and/or mayhem ensue. Doing it this way expands the message to the (also factual) detail that ANYBODY'S ego can spiral out of control:
But one idea I had was (mostly because the "Flying + Magic = Obvious Alicorn or multiple ponies and then Twi extols the virtures of MDWs Magic and Fluttershy her flying and Rarity her costume and GET IT THROUGH YOUR DUMB THICK SKULL, RAINBOW DASH!" thing annoys the hell out of me) was for Dash to put two and two together during the parlor scene, but instead of immediately blowing up, actually went sly and sinister (hurt at the insult of her friends stealing her fans and making her feel worthless compared to this super-pony who can do anything, and even outraged at how the others are basically congratulating themselves while at same time talking about the virtues of not bragging or flaunting.) and subtly asked:
"But...which is Mare Do Well's BEST trait?"
And they do take the bait, hook, line, and sinker. Of course, there isn't much need to let Rainbow Dash off the hook either, as when this inevitably goes super-critical, she'll be as much to blame as any of them...
But the main reason I do this is because the idea of Mare Do Well seems flawed from the get go. You don't "teach lessons" to your friends. In fact, every one of Twilight's lessons in Season one came organically from some event that dropped on the Mane Six from external forces. Until Lesson Zero, where Twilight was supposed to learn that trying to force Friendship lessons was a bad thing.
It just feels like Rainbow Dash was turned into the sloppiest kind of Butt Monkey and the entire episode was written carelessly.
What's funny is that of Merriweather Williams's episodes, the one that I was okay with (Dragon Quest) was the one that was blasted to pieces in the opening of "Just for Sidekicks", when those photos tell us why we aren't going to be seeing Pee Wee in this episode. Apparently, the other writers weren't okay with Spike never returning Pee Wee to his parents. Call it cruel, but I find this -hilarious-.