All in all, this episode is an unforgivable sin.
Sin? I don't think so. Best episode? Definitely not either.
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The show's writers have a LOT more control over the show than you seem to realize. Hasbro doesn't come in and call the shots. They just sit there, waiting for the product to be brought to them, then approve it if it's up to snuff.
This wasn't Hasbro after free advertising, or trying to make more money, or trying to save more money, or whatever.
This is what the writers wanted to do. And I like to trust that they know what they're doing.
Personally, I find it to be a fantastic episode. Not the best; as it's being held back by its rushed nature and its very unexpected development.
But, as I said, for what it does have, it was fantastic.
Best episode? No way. Worst episode? Hell no. I direct your attention to that Spike and the Timberwolves episode for that particular title.