- Alternate Character Interpretation: Amethyst's blasé attitude towards Ruby running off in the beginning of the episode. Was she displaying Lack of Empathy / Selective Obliviousness? Was she downplaying the situation so that the others would leave Ruby alone and give her some space? Or was she downplaying it so Steven wouldn't worry himself over Ruby?note
- Author's Saving Throw: A common criticism of the Crystal Gems is their tendency to let their own issues fall on Steven's shoulders, with varying degrees of intent. Here, Amethyst refuses to do so, and admits that the Crystal Gems were wrong to burden Steven in the past. Steven calls her the most mature Crystal Gem for it.
- Catharsis Factor: For years many fans have been wanting to tell Steven that he doesn't need to deal with other people's problems and he is not responsible for other people's (especially his mom's) actions, so Amethyst finally telling him both of these things received much rejoicing.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Theres nothing wrong with worrying about other peoples problems, especially when you can help, but you also have to acknowledge your own troubles. Doing so is NOT selfish, but emotionally healthy, because not acknowledging them and not taking care of yourself means that you wont be able to help anybody in the long run.
YMMV / Steven Universe S5E20 "What's Your Problem?"