Anyway, Blueblood confesses to AJ that one of his surveyors acted improperly. He apologizes and tells her that they will be compensated for the loss, and he promises to keep a closer eye on his subordinates. This pleases her, and she invites him in for something to eat.
Inside, he takes a shit on the coffee table and then tells them all that he was just kidding about the land thing; in fact, he's actually decided to confiscate their entire farm. Then he goes "woobly woobly woo," punches Granny Smith in the face, kicks over a bunch of their furniture, and absconds with their entire supply of zap-apple jam, leaving his bewildered guards to fend off the enraged family while he escapes in a balloon. Not really of course, that's just what I would probably do if I were in a time loop. Also, I wanted to see if you guys were still paying attention. Also, it's like 5 o'clock in the morning and dumb stuff is really funny to me right now
Now, here's what actually happens. He goes inside the Apple family farmhouse, where he encounters a young filly who asks him a lot of strange, childish questions about his cutie mark. He good-naturedly indulges her, but doesn't otherwise pay her much attention. Meanwhile, AJ goes into the kitchen to fix him something to eat. He casually mentions to AJ that he also wanted to talk to her about the Gala that evening. AJ seems a bit surprised by this, but continues making coffee.
Meanwhile, the young filly, whose name is Bulk Biceps
, keeps pressing him about his cutie mark, which depicts a compass rose. She wants to know how he got it. Though he doesn't seem to actually remember much about how he got his mark or what it means, he tells her that he got lost one day, and found something that "wouldn't make much sense" to her. It's unclear if he's just making this up so she will leave him alone, or if this is something that is going to be important later. In any case, the interaction feels natural and is handled well, and as ever, the author does a good job of describing both the character and the situation from the perspective of Blueblood.
It's all going fairly well, until he gets to the actual subject of his visit. He tells AJ that one of her friends (she assumes it was Twilight) told him that she was planning to "sell her wares" at the Gala that evening. His natural snootiness kicks in when discussing her food. This ticks her off, and we are left to assume that the conversation goes south from here.
Page break. Different loop, same circumstances. He does a little better this time, but makes the mistake of attempting to buy her off. He asks her how much she was expecting to bring in that night from the sale of her "apple-tastic treats." When she tells him, he scoffs at the amount, and offers to give her that much money if she will leave her shitty apple-wares at home so the Gala attendees won't get horrible apple-scented diarrhea from peasant-food. Then, he goes "woobly woobly woo," takes a shit on the coffee table, and dives out through the window despite the door being closer. Well, that's not exactly what happens, but you get the idea; long story short, this approach doesn't work either, and he has to wait another loop and try again.
Page break. He gives it one more go. This time, he tries to convince her that apples are "out of vogue" in Canterlot. Unsurprisingly, AJ doesn't buy this either; she digs in her hooves and insists that she can bring them back into
vogue. Sensing that she is getting defensive again, and not wanting to break any more of her furniture because he's finally gotten bored with doing that, he tries to calm her down by assuring her that he does, in fact, enjoy apples.>"Really?" The country mare gave him a shrewd look. "What's yer favorite type'a apple then?">"Calville Blanc d'hiver," Blueblood easily answered. "We have them imported from Prance."
I am now in the habit of googling everything even remotely French-sounding that this guy puts into his text. I'm happy to report that "calville blanc d'hiver" is actually a kind of apple, and not a kind of shit-covered coffee table. "Prance" also checks out as a pony-themed analog to France.
Anyway, for a moment it looks like AJ is going to get pissed off again due to his snootiness, but as it turns out, she knows about all sorts of apples, including the Prench kind that the Royal Family apparently enjoys. She admits that "adapting to one's market" makes sense, and considers his suggestion that tarts made with Golden Delicious apples (which are apparently similar in texture) might go over better with the fancy crowd. However, since she's already made a bunch of treats for the Gala, it would be impractical to start over from scratch. The scene ends on an ambiguous note; it's not clear whether or not Blueblood was able to convince her of anything.
Page break. Blueballs awakens once more to
Never Gonna Give You Up
Equestria Girls, and smashes that MF like button. It seems he still has apples on the brain.
Page break. He walks straight past Celestia and Luna at the breakfast table, cackling to himself about apples, and heads into the pantry.
Page break. It seems that BB has finally found a rather creative solution to his
apple problem. We rejoin him back at the Apple farm, in the same conversation he's had multiple times now. This time, he presents AJ with a menu which, we can assume, he had modified this morning. She sees that most of the items she has made for the Gala are already part of the free buffet being offered. Obviously, this means it wouldn't make sense to try to sell different versions of the same treats.
In a move that would have made Machiavelli proud if he'd been a lunatic obsessed with apples, BB offers to take the treats off the menu, but AJ's honesty of course compels her to refuse. Instead, they decide that she will dress up her existing treats to make them fancier, and sell them at a ridiculous markup.