For the record, I’m not a brony, just a casual fan of the show.
Anyhoo, while there were plenty of dick moves by Rainbow Dash in this episode, I found the overall message to be quite moving: Eventually, you’re gonna have to say good-bye to your pet (even though it’s PRETTY OBVIOUS Tank will be back due to him just hibernating for the winter).
As a pet owner, I could certainly see myself in Rainbow Dash (minus the dick moves), going through states of anger, denial and finally, tear-bursting sadness. I’d feel all those things the day I’ll have to part with Chompers.
And yes, I loved it when Pinkie Pie said, “APPLEJACK CRIES ON THE INSIDE!!!” and Applejack just causally states, “It’s true…”