Twilight making friends with Jade Singer is kinda sweet. She's certainly put her Friendship Lessons to good use.
Jade Singer:I never had friends like that.
Twilight Sparkle: Well, you do now!
Tank remains an awesome and loyal pet. Constantly waving his "Go Rainbow Dash!" flag, being there for her to talk to, and even helping out Applejack water her apple trees. And then we get this moment, when Rainbow thinks Tank's been hurt by some lightning.
Rarity enduring the activities of the "spa." For someone who is so prissy and self-indulgent, it's so charming to see her being such a reasonably good sport giving the place a fair chance before asking for her money back. When she decides to help the hippies after learning about their dire financial situation, it's even better on her.
Pinkie Pie immediately offers up her ticket to Ponyacci's show to a depressed old pony simply on the belief that he deserved to have a good laugh. This is in spite of her own excitement about seeing the clown perform.
Heck, the entire Pinkie micro leaves a warm feeling in one's heart. Major props to Ted Anderson for nailing Pinkie's outgoing nature.
Applejack agreeing to let her family help the Sass Squash.
Then there's Granny Smith's reason for the Sass Squash disguise.
Big Macintosh sleeping with Smarty Pants.
Imp being reunited with its parent.
The sheer lengths Celestia went to help Inkwell. Reminding everypony in the room just how much the old mare had helped them, how much she meant to the school and to them when they were attending.
It may not have anything to do with the plot of the issue, but a note has to be made of issue #8's cover B◊ and its simple reminder of the dynamic between the Princess and her subjects.