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Just for Sidekicks is the 11th Season 3 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to premiere on the Hub Network, and the eighth in production order.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on December 26, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., during the final marathon.


When Fluttershy asks Spike to watch Angel in exchange for a gem, Spike eagerly agrees to take care of her pet. But finds himself in over his head after he convinces all of her friends to leave him in charge of their critters as well.


On August 19, 2011, Meghan McCarthy wrote the premise for Just for Sidekicks, listed as #308 in the episode order. Corey Powell, a new writer for the show at the time, wrote the full outline from September 8–27. The episode was also pushed back to #310, then it moved up to #309 on September 22.

The first full script was written from September 29 through October 24, 2011, with revisions made from October 25 through November 22. The episode moved up to #308 on November 2, after Spike at Your Service was pushed back. Voice recording began on December 1.

The full animatic was submitted for review on March 16, 2012.

A rough cut of the animated episode was submitted for review on July 18, 2012.

Production was officially complete on September 11, 2012.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
Other characters
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Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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Rainbow Dash
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Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Three
(February 4, 2014)
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Spring into Friendship
(February 13, 2018)