The store the Cakes are seen in when Pound and Pumpkin are crying is the jewellery store that Big Macintosh goes to in "Hearts and Hooves Day".
One of Featherweight's pictures is of Big Macintosh with Twilight Sparkle's old doll, Smarty Pants, which he took for himself back in "Lesson Zero".
One of Gabby Gums' stories is "The Great and Powerful Trixie's Secrets Revealed!" Trixie appeared back in "Boast Busters".
At the scene where the Cakes are holding onto a crying Pound and Pumpkin at the store, Mr. Cake is seen with the same face he had when he introduced the twins to the other ponies at the hospital at the beginning of "Baby Cakes".
Scootaloo: We have a Gabby Gums column.
Diamond Tiara: You're lucky I'm nice.
Sweetie Belle: Stop the presses!
Press-Operating Colt: Uh... They haven't started yet.
Twilight Sparkle: According to this one, the Cakes are breaking up!
(The Cakes rush in)
Mrs. Cake: We are?!
Twilight: (Reading the paper) "Pinkie Pie is an out of control party animal."
Pinkie Pie: What?! (Reads the article and bursts into tears) It's true! I do have a problem!
Diamond Tiara: No more namby pamby stories like last year's editor.
Filly: But Namby Pamby was a great editor.
Rarity: My sister would never associate with someone as beastly as Gabby Gums. I resent you even suggesting such a thing, Twilight. Why, she's the most innocent, most lovely...(Finds her diary in Sweetie Belle's saddle bag) Most evil pony in Equestria!
Apple Bloom: Oh c'mon, Applejack. You're not mad at us too, are you?
Apple Bloom: You're not even gonna talk to us?
Big Macintosh: You should be ashamed of yourself. Humiliating your sister and me like that. We don't wanna talk to any of y'all right now, so take your little gossip column and your embarrassing photographs and JUST GO AWAY!
Friendship Report: The Cutie Mark Crusaders learned how hurtful gossiping can be and that they should respect people's privacy.
This episode revolves around the Cutie Mark Crusaders.
The name of the Ponyville newspaper is The Ponyville Express, which is similar in name to The Pony Express, a famous mail service used in the United States from 1860 to 1861.
One of the photos in Granny Smith's albums is of the foal Apple Bloom having her diaper tugged at by a puppy Winona. This is a parody of the classic Coppertone ad, wherein a dog tugs at a young girl's bathing suit.
Rarity: Et tu, Gabby Gums?
This is a parody of the "Et tu, Brute?" line from William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar.
The episode title is a reference to the film L.A. Confidential.