- In Memoriam: The third chapter in Sweetie Belle's arc was dedicated to a friend of the author's who died of cancer.
- Reality Subtext
- Sweetie Belle's arc is based on the author's experiences in confronting the concept of death.
- Some of the stuff that happened to Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon at the camp actually happened at a camp where a friend of the author's was counselor at.
- The Crusaders' grim remembrance of the Gabby Gums incident is a nod to the polarized reception of "Ponyville Confidential", which many called the lowest Diamond Tiara had stooped.List It also mentions how the ponies of Ponyville admitted their hypocrisy by not caring about who the gossip column targeted until they were were the ones who got targeted, referencing an issue that many fans felt wasn't touched upon enough in the episode.
- Before becoming a teacher, Cheerilee was a teacher's assistant to one Miss Wormwood.
- What Could Have Been: It was originally going to have Diamond Tiara save Apple Bloom from the carriage instead of Silver Spoon.
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