- Accidental Aesop: Since Fluttershy's Heroic RRoD is at least partially the fault of her own newly-found assertiveness preventing her from considering Twilight's suggestions for her to rest, another aesop could be "Being assertive doesn't mean always shooting down what others say just because it contradicts you, and while sometimes it's good to stick to your guns, other times it's good to listen to what others think, because they may have a point".
- Ass Pull: Not much is done to justify why Twilight was unable to use magic to get the honey. We know that she tried many things but this is all done offscreen. We are told magic can't calm the flash bees but what about fighting them? Are they immune to magic in general? Can they penetrate Twilight's shields? Why not grab some honey with telekinesis and teleport away before the bees could retaliate? It would have been better if the bees and their honey were all stated to be immune to magic, but instead all we get is essentially "we spent three days trying things that didn't work, at least one of which was magic".
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: You know how Fluttershy would like to be a tree? Well, the end result of Swamp Fever involves the infected slowly becoming trees (although Fluttershy is able to find a cure before she starts to get to that stage).
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Fanworks like Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder and Friendship is Witchcraft portrayed Twilight as an avid Shipper on Deck. In this episode, Twilight reads from Meadowbrook's journal about a young Meadowbrook's encounter with a foal who pulled her mane (she put a frog on his head in return) and remarks that she wants to see where it goes — one interpretation being that she's got on Shipping Goggles.
- Idiot Plot: Sure it's understandable that Fluttershy would need Zecora's help to find the moss, but couldn't the former been able to just simply fly over once it's found and get the moss herself instead of having Zecora reach it with her bare hooves, risking her falling? Zecora's plunge into the pond shook some of the flowers off, effectively starting the whole plot.
- Strawman Has a Point: Fluttershy's refusal to sleep or sit down for breakfast is actually quite justified, particularly before she gets sick. Self-care it isn't, but Zecora is actively dying of an untreatable, contagious disease, and Fluttershy wasn't told how long exactly it took for the infected to become a tree, so she has no real way of knowing that she can afford to take the time to rest. When her rush gets her bedridden for three days some of the informed wrongness is mitigated but they were still cutting it pretty close.
YMMV / My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic S7 E18 "A Health of Information"