|Directed by:||James Wootton|
|Written by:||Meghan McCarthy|
|Release date:||February 11, 2012|
|Running time:||22 minutes|
|Available on:|| DVD|
"Hearts and Hooves Day" is the first Valentine's Day-themed episode of the animated television series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Produced as the seventeenth episode of the show's second season, it premiered on The Hub on February 11, 2012.
The episode opens with the Cutie Mark Crusaders creating an enormous Hearts and Hooves Day card for Cheerilee. When they show it to Cheerilee, she thanks them, and also mentions that she doesn't have a special somepony, so the Crusaders immediately take action to find her one. In the song The Perfect Stallion, the Crusaders look for the ideal stallion for their teacher, but their initial candidates are either unsuitable or already have special someponies. When they spot Big McIntosh piling haystacks, they eagerly ask if he has a special somepony, and when he answers no, they decide he and Cheerilee are right for each other. Sweetie Belle suggests that since Big Mac is so shy, it will be up to Cheerilee to ask him. The Crusaders set up a romantic picnic, and lure Cheerilee there by asking her to identify a tree near the gazebo. Big McIntosh arrives with a toolbox to fix the gazebo, but the three fillies have already fixed it. The fillies quickly hide in a bush to spy on the couple as they awkwardly chat. They are excited when Cheerilee appears to be leaning in for a kiss, but she matter-of-factly points out that Big Mac has something stuck in his teeth.
Dejected that they were unable to help Cheerilee and McIntosh get together, the Crusaders bump into Twilight, who is reading a book about Hearts and Hooves Day. According to the book, the tradition started because of a love potion. The interested Cutie Mark Crusaders ask to borrow the book and Twilight lends it to them. She tries to bestow another book, which resembles the storybook read from at the beginning of Friendship is Magic, part 1, but the excited fillies have already left. The Cutie Mark Crusaders immediately rush to their clubhouse to create the love potion using "a tuft of cloud" and "a bright rainbow's glow." The book then instructs to stir the mixture with a pegasus feather. The potions turns bright pink and emits heart-shaped bubbles. Later that day, they bring Cheerilee and Big Mac together once more to test the potion, telling them it is punch they made. While they hide in the bushes, Cheerilee finally realizes the fillies' plan to bring them together and tells Big Mac to play along and try the "punch." They drink it and the potion quickly takes effect. Cheerilee asks the stallion to be her "very special somepony," and he accepts. The girls are thrilled until they hear the couple calling each other pet names, such as "shmoopy-doopy sweetie-weetie pony pie" and "cutie-patootie lovie-dovie honey-bunny." Disgusted by this strange level of love, they wonder what's gone wrong.
Back in their clubhouse, Sweetie Belle consults the book again and finds out that the love potion is actually a love poison. The book states that a long time ago, an Earth pony prince had given an Alicorn princess the drink, intending to make her fall in love with him. However, they were so lost in each other's eyes, they were unable to perform their duties, and their kingdom fell into ruin. Apple Bloom panics, believing she and her friends may have inadvertently doomed Ponyville. Fortunately, the book also provides a way to break the love poison spell: the lovestruck ponies must be kept from looking into each other's eyes for an hour. The Crusaders go to Sugarcube Corner, where Cheerilee and Big Mac are lovingly sharing a milkshake. Mrs. Cake mentions that two ponies so clearly in love will probably want to plan a wedding soon. Sweetie Belle decides that if they can keep the two love-struck ponies away long enough to "get ready" for a wedding, the spell will wear off. The Crusaders suggest a wedding to Cheerilee and Big Mac, who are excited by the prospect and rush off to prepare for one.
Sweetie Belle helps Cheerilee select a wedding dress at Carousel Boutique while barricading the dressing room to keep her inside. The objects Sweetie Belle uses include Rarity's signature fainting couch (last seen in Lesson Zero), and a kitchen sink (last seen in Suited For Success as a gag). At the jewelry shop, Apple Bloom helps Big Mac select a diamond ring, as Scootaloo keeps track of how much time remains until the spell is broken. When Apple Bloom is talking to Scootaloo, Big Mac quickly purchases a diamond for Cheerilee and hurries to Carousel Boutique. Apple Bloom asks Scootaloo to hurry and warn Sweetie Belle, while she attempts to slow down Big Mac. However, the determined stallion is too strong to be stopped. Being weighed down by oxen and a cart full of anvils fails to stop him, and even being tethered to a house only slows him down. As Big Mac approaches the boutique, he falls into a large pit in the ground dug by Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo, and lands on a mattress at the bottom. At the same time, Cheerilee bursts out of the barricaded boutique and runs towards her love. The town clock rings the hour mark just as Cheerilee jumps in, and the spell is broken. Cheerilee has no idea why she looks like she is about to get married at the bottom of a pit, and Big Mac returns to his normal, taciturn self. The CMC explain that it was all because of their selfish motives to make them fall in love with each other, and apologize for the ordeal. Cheerilee and Big Mac decide that a fair punishment would be for the fillies to do all of Big Mac's chores. When the CMC finish, Big Mac and Cheerilee decide to have lunch at the gazebo, and call each other sugar bear and pumpkin pie (they wink at each other behind the fillies' backs) as they walk into the sunset. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are comically horrified by the thought that they're still under the effects of the love potion.
Shout! Factory included the episode on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Royal Pony Wedding DVD, released on August 7, 2012. It was later included on the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Season 2 DVD set, released exclusively on Amazon.com on May 14, 2013.