As for me, I’d rewrite Spike At Your Service almost completely.
The episode would start out the same, with Twilight being assigned to read 12 books in one weekend and giving Spike the day off.
Spike goes to Rarity’s to see if she needs any help, but the boutique’s closed, so he walks off wondering what else he could do. Lost in thought he walks on, when Applejack, who is selling some of the last of the baked goods on her stand (it was a good day), sees a carriage speeding directly towards the dragon. She heroically pushes him out of the way and manages to stay unharmed herself. Applejack yells at the two maniacs pulling the carriage before asking Spike if he’s okay. Spike accompanies Applejack on her way back to the farm.
At the library Twilight calls out for Spike to get her a reference book, before realizing she gave him the day off. She fetches the book herself and goes back to her studies.
At Sweet Apple Acres Spike insists that Applejack allows him to assist her, and much like in the original SAYS Applejack has issues with it, but eventually relents.
However, Spike turns out to be so helpful that Applejack starts reconsidering her moral standpoint.
Meanwhile Twilight is becoming aware of how much she has Spike do for her, as she is now doing everything herself. She makes a note to herself to thank him for his hard work more often.
At the farm everything is going smoothly. Applejack and Spike talk while they work. Applejack asks Spike how he’s so good at what he does, and he starts to tell her about him and Twilight. He smiles as he talks about it.
Applejack sees this and realizes he belongs with Twilight. She also realizes how far she’s allowed herself to stray from her own principles. She tells Spike that she can no longer let him assist her. When Spike objects, she silences him with a hoof to the mouth and says that she has a code of her own to follow and it says she can’t ask anything in return for helping a friend in need. She then tells him that she thinks he is the noblest dragon around and that he should go back to the mare he really owes his life to.
When Spike returns to the library he gets a very warm welcome from Twilight.
In the end of the episode three letters are written to the princess:
-Applejack writes about staying true to your morals and values.
-Spike writes about not not imposing your ways on someone else, whether you mean well or not.
-Twilight writes about how you should always appreciate those close to you and never take them for granted.
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