At the spa, Rarity finds out that she skipped a step in Cadance's list of instructions and messed up the princess's mane.
On the train, the friends practice a cheer to perform for the Games Inspector.
Twilight is worried because the Inspector is known for "putting folks through the wringer on her visits." Twilight and her friends arrive at the Crystal Empire, which Crystal Ponies are sprucing up for the Inspector's visit.
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This episode and Just for Sidekicks take place simultaneously, with the former focusing on Twilight Sparkle and her friends welcoming the Equestria Games inspector to the Crystal Empire and the latter focusing on Spike taking care of the main cast's pets.
The premise of this episode was inspired by the fourth BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers episode The Hotel Inspectors.
In this episode, Twilight Sparkle and her friends welcome the Equestria Games inspector to the Crystal Empire.
The title of this episode alludes to the 1964 bestselling book, Games People Play, but the idea of a sports competition is closer to the 1980 television series of the same name.
She applauds and is surprised that Princess Cadance even knows her.