I loved this episode. We finally got to meet the whole Pie family outside of flashbacks and they were awesome. Well, Limestone was a bitch, but I liked everyone else. The moral of the episode was pretty good, even though it was almost exactly the same moral as in Party Pooped, another season 5 Pinkie episode. I guess they're running out of useful lessons to teach the kids. Anyway, I thought it was funny how Applejack turned out to be the only Apple who really disagreed with the Pies' traditions in the end. Even the other Apples looked awkward when they saw what she had done to the rock farm. I love Applejack, and I even liked how her biggest character flaw, her stubbornness, was used in this episode. Everyone can always use some more character development, after all.
The interactions between the two families in this episode were very entertaining. I smirked at the mutual awkwardness/attraction between Big Mac and Marble and Granny Smith not quite understanding Iggy and Big Mama Q's Ye Olde Englishe was hilarious. Maud was great as always. She's definitely my favorite Pie sister. I don't think I actually found anything cringe-worthy in this episode, which might be the first time for me when it comes to Pinkie episodes. She was definitely less annoying than usual in this one. I found her and Applejack speaking in unison quite unrealistic, but hey, Pinkie has so many superpowers that I probably shouldn't question it.
One especially interesting thing about this episode was the fact that it was the second winter seen in this season alone, and the fourth winter seen in the whole show. It seems clear to me that this episode took place exactly one year after Tanks for the Memories, because Apple Bloom had her Cutie Mark. So, it basically means that when the season finale arrives, Starlight Glimmer will have waited for her chance for revenge against the Mane Six for over a year, maybe even closer to two years. Wow. Also, my theory is that pretty much every season before this one has lasted for at least a year based on all the holidays and events that have been mentioned in the episodes. (In other words, Rainbow Dash's "first" winter with Tank was a load of bullshit.) It is extremely weird that in all that time, the CMC haven't grown an inch and the Cake twins have remained babies, but I suppose the animators must have been told not to age them for whatever reason, because otherwise the CMC would probably look like teenagers and the Cake twins would be at least three or four years old by now. Anyway, now that the CMC have their Marks and there's a royal baby on the way, perhaps we'll get to see some physical growth for the CMC and the baby Cakes in the next season. I certainly hope so.
My final score: 9/10.