THIS WEEK'S EPISODES: Brotherhooves Social (Season 5, Episode 17) - Big Mac volunteers to be Apple Bloom's sister for the Sisterhooves Social while Applejack is out of town. Crusaders of the Lost Mark (Season 5, Episode 18) - The Cutie Mark Crusaders discover another side to Diamond Tiara when they help Pipsqueak run for class president against her. Spoiler Going to keep this very short, as watching these two episodes has me feeling rather emotionally drained. I needed a lot of tissues, for "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" in particular. The first time I watched "Brotherhooves Social", it felt like a filler episode through most of it. It was entertaining filler, but I didn't think it would have any big impact on the great scheme of things. Then Big Mac gave his little speech to Apple Bloom, and that makes this entire episode for me. It put everything in perspective, and shows just how much he cares about his little sister, and I felt sorry for him. He just wanted to be a hero for AB, not realising that he always was one. I knew I wanted to use a screenshot of the CMC with their cutie marks for the title image. When I was looking through screenshots for "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", I actually started tearing up, just looking at the stills of when they finally got them, and I hadn't even re-watched the episode yet. There have been plenty of scenes where I just wanted to hug one of the ponies and tell them that everything will be okay. Before I saw this episode for the first time, I never would have expected that there would be a scene where I would feel that way towards Diamond Tiara of all ponies. Another thing I remember from my first watch was near the end, after DT got the new playground equipment for the school, thinking "Wow, this was actually very good and emotional" Then "it" happened... The CMC finally get their marks, and that scene and the song have as much emotional impact on me as the first time I saw it. I'm so proud of them and the new chapter of their lives that their just stepping into. CMC Cutie Mark vectors by KyssS90 on deviantArt.