The Washouts

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The Washouts is the 20th Season 8 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. This episode marks the last appearance of Lightning Dust.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on September 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.


When Scootaloo becomes enamored with The Washouts, a touring group of stunt ponies, Rainbow Dash is concerned for her safety and worries that Scoot’s days as her number one fan are over.

Production timeline

August 16, 2016 An episode featuring Lightning Dust was first planned, listed as #812 in the episode order.
November 1, 2016 Episode pushed back to #821.
January 6, 2017 Episode moved up to #820.
February 15, 2017 Premise written by Nick Confalone. Episode titled "The Washouts".
February 27–March 7, 2017 Premise revised.
March 8, 2017 Outline written.
March 30, 2017 First draft of the script written.
April 17, 2017 Second draft of the script written.
April 27–May 3, 2017 Final draft written.
May 16, 2017 Script locked polish.
June 21–July 12, 2017 Voice recording in session.
September 28, 2017 Animatic submitted for review.
February 21, 2018 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
March 29, 2018 Musical score added.
April 26, 2018 Final revisions made to the episode.


Main characters
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Rainbow Dash
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Twilight Sparkle
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Pinkie Pie
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Home media

This episode is only available on Netflix and other digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.

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