- Alternate Character Interpretation: Princess Celestia as "Trollestia" (see Memetic Mutation below). Since the original "Plus one guest" invite for the Gala has standard royal greetings and a more formal tone than Celestia's personal letters to her "most faithful student", it is much more reasonable to interpret as a mass "from the desk of" mailing sent to everyone on Celestia's contact list. The moment she is informed that all of Twilight's friends want to attend, Celestia sends them their own tickets without any hesitation ("Why didn't you say so in the first place?").
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Given how the "stallion of [her] dreams" turned out to be, it's easy to say that viewers will either laugh at or pity Rarity when she's going off on a tangent with her Imagine Spot. Knowing how the Grand Galloping Gala turns out does this for everyone's hopes for the Gala minus Twilight (whose dream isn't spelled out in this episode).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Applejack's Humiliating Wager to Big Macintoshwhere if she wins, he has to wear one of Granny Smith's girdlesbecomes even funnier after two Season 5 episodes feature him dressed in drag.
- Idiot Plot: The entire episode is premised on the idea that Twilight believes she's only entitled to two tickets, despite Celestia knowing she has five friends. The whole situation could have been clarified if she just sent a message back to Celestia asking why she was only given two tickets (in fact she doesn't even get the rest until she informs Celestia she's surrendering her own ticket if all her friends can't come along).
- Les Yay:
Twilight: Rainbow Dash! Were you following me?
- Rainbow Dash hovers over Twilight, resulting in this exchange:
Rainbow Dash: Yes-I mean no-I mean, maybe!
- Rarity attempting to butter Twilight Sparkle up. She rubs her head against Twilight's neck rather lovingly, saying, "After all, we are the best of friends, are we not?" before forcing her into a dress.
- Memetic Mutation: This episode first started the "Trollestia" meme, with her initially only sending one extra ticket despite knowing full well that Twilight had just made five new friends.
- Most Wonderful Sound: Fluttershy singing.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The music during the chase scene is a bluegrass-style sound-alike Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax," aka the theme to The Benny Hill Show, aka the song you're expected to play in every chase scene ever.
- What an Idiot!:
- Because they all wanted the extra ticket, Twilight's friends don't respect her wishes for wanting to eat lunch first, without extra favors, and THEN make a decision. Fortunately she's very forgiving.
- Twilight asks Rainbow to close up the cloud, then gets rained on just when shes about to eat her sandwich, which ruins it. If she knew better, she shouldve just eaten her sandwich while talking to Rainbow BEFORE asking her to close the cloud.
- Rarity talks about how her grace and fashion sense will impress Princess Celestia enough to let her see Prince Blueblood... right in front of Twilight Sparkle, Princess Celestia's brightest and "most faithful" student and effective ambassador of friendship to Ponyville.
- Pinkie is... not very bright compared to later episodes.
- Rarity has a sense of high society and Twilight is essentially a Canterlot noble. You'd think that'd be enough of a clue for Pinkie to realize the Gala is not going to be the festival she imagines it as.
- Despite vying for the ticket herself, Pinkie announces to the whole of Ponyville that Twilight has a ticket, effectively quadrupling her own competition for the ticket.
- Doubling as foreshadowing, how do you know all the expectations of the Mane 6 are going to be dashed? With the exception of Rarity, no one seems to realize it'll be a high society event despite being hosted by Celestia and with a personal invitation to her former student.
YMMV / Recap: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S1 E3 "The Ticket Master"