The episode starts off as Twilight and Spike are walking, collecting items for a checklist for a picnic. Twilight needs some cupcakes, and finds out Mrs. Cake adds some more frosting. She disarranges them, the frosting becomes even, and Spike is covered in frosting, then licks it off. Spike and Twilight then leave for their house. Spike then claims the checklist is done, then gets a claw cramp. He then points out that they haven't written a letter to Princess Celestia that week, and Twilight panics, realizing they haven't. Spike then wonders why Twilight is panicking, and she panics even more. "Bad? BAD!? It's worse than bad!" — Twilight Sparkle She then checks her calendar and finds out they really haven't sent a letter to the Princess that week, and claims they'll be tardy. She is afraid to take the chance of being late, then panics even more, saying that the Princess won't let her write more friendship reports and give her a test, sending her back to Magic Kindergarten. Spike believes Twilight is over-exaggerating, saying that the Princess would never send her back to Magic Kindergarten. Twilight then agrees, saying she has no reason to worry, then pointing out she'll probably get the letter to Princess Celestia before sundown. Twilight then proceeds to ask all of her close friends if they have any problems, starting with Spike. Spike says he has nothing, resorting to Twilight going to Rarity's house. While looking around Ponyville, Twilight overhears Rarity crying at her shop after she lost her ribbon she requires for a dress. Before Twilight can help her, however, Rarity finds the ribbon she needed, much to Twilight's disappointment. While searching for her other friends, Rainbow Dash destroying an old barn on Sweet Apple Acres. Twilight thinks that Dash and Applejack are fighting with each other and stops Rainbow Dash. However, Rainbow Dash then informs Twilight about given permission to destroy the old barn and finishes off the job in one rainbow explosion. Still determined, Twilight decides to visit Fluttershy believing she will have a problem which can be fixed by her, however, when arriving at her cottage, Twilight sees Fluttershy aggressively attacking a bear and decides to back off. We then however find out that Fluttershy was just helping the bear with a massage. Twilight becoming more worried, starts to talk to her own reflection in a puddle trying to convince herself she still can get the letter done before the end of the day. However while this happens, she starts imaging small filly ponies laughing at her before Spike intervenes reviling the laughing ponies just some fillies playing jump rope. Spike then reminds Twilight about the picnic and she proceeds to head to the picnic. Twilight then arrives at the picnic, gritting her teeth and very angry. She explains to her friends that she's in a state of panic and needs them to help her find a lesson about friendship to write about to Princess Celestia. When her friends deny her any help and simply insist on her to just sit down and enjoy the picnic, she leaves in a fuss. Twilight then spots the Cutie Mark Crusaders playing with a ball, and approaches them to try and get them to take her doll, Smarty Pants. When they refuse to take the doll (Twilight's plan is to get them to start fighting about the doll so she can write about it in her report to Celestia), she casts a spell on it, making not only the Crusaders want the doll and begin fighting over it, but the whole of Ponyville. Princess Celestia intervenes, however, and when she uses a spell to return all to normal, she instructs Twilight to meet her at the library. Once in the library, Spike overhears Celestia talking to Twilight. Celestia shows her immense faith in her student, and explains that she does not require a letter every week. Twilight's friends stumble in, and plead to the Princess to be merciful to her student, explaining that they were wrong for denying Twilight help when she needed, and expressing the lesson they all learnt. In lieu of a punishment for Twilight, the Princess requests that all of the mane six write her letters about friendship from now on.