Pipsqueak (from "Luna Eclipsed") makes a brief cameo appearance in the marketplace.
Fluttershy used "The Stare" for the first time since "Stare Master".
Derpy cameo: She is seen in the middle of the crowd of ponies while Iron Will is giving his speech. She is also seen at the stand next to the cherry stand when Fluttershy goes near it.
Rarity: Let us not descend into petty insults.
Fluttershy: Why not? I thought petty is what you're all about, Rarity. With your petty concerns about fashion.
Pinkie Pie: Hey, leave her alone! Fashion is her passion!
Iron Will: Ohh, are you... sure you're not just a little bit satisfied? B-because maybe... we could, cut a deal, I-I mean, we're both reasonable creatures, aren't we?
Fluttershy: I'm sorry, but no means no.
Iron Will: No means no, huh? Nopony's ever said that to me before. Huh... I gotta remember that one. That's a good catchphrase for my next workshop.
Iron Will: Woah! He's blocking your path. What are you gonna do about it?
Fluttershy: Um, politely walk around him?
Iron Will: No.
Fluttershy: Gingerly tip-toe around him?
Iron Will: No.
Fluttershy: Go back home and try again tomorrow?
Iron Will: No! When somepony tries to block, show them that you rock!
Fluttershy: (lying on the ground, right outside of her front door) Look at me. I really am a doormat.
Fluttershy: I can't believe that the two most frivolous ponies in Ponyville are trying to tell new Fluttershy how to live her life, when they are throwing their own lives away on pointless pursuits that nopony else gives a flying feather about!
Rarity: Hold it right there, mister small and handsome.
Nerdy pony: Uh, who, me?
Rarity: Oh, of course, you. Nopony ever called you handsome before?
Nerdy pony: Uhh, that'd be a big no.
Rarity: What happened to nice Fluttershy? We want that Fluttershy back.
Fluttershy: No. You want wimp Fluttershy. You want pushover Fluttershy. You want do anything to her and she won't complain Fluttershy.
Pinkie Pie: Too many Fluttershys to keep track of. Make it stop!
Fluttershy: You just want new Fluttershy to be a door mat like old Fluttershy. But old Fluttershy is gone!
Pinkie Pie: New Fluttershy? Old Fluttershy?
Pinkie Pie: Looks like nasty Fluttershy is here to stay.
Rarity: I cannot believe what that monster Iron Will has done to you! (She and Pinkie Pie run away crying)
Fluttershy: Iron Will's not a monster. He's a minotaur! (Looks at her reflection in a puddle and gets teary eyed) I'm the monster.
Fluttershy: No pony pushes new Fluttershy around. NO PONY!
Fluttershy: New Fluttershy feels pretty stoked about new Fluttershy.
Pinkie Pie: Well old Pinkie Pie feels really proud of new Fluttershy. Proud as pink punch. (Brings in a bowl of pink punch) Want some?
Pinkie Pie: Old Pinkie Pie's not so sure new Fluttershy is such a good idea after all.
Rarity: Old Rarity agrees.
Twilight, Applejack and Rainbow Dash are all absent in this episode.
Friendship Report: Fluttershy learned that there are ways to stand up for yourself without being pushy or mean.
The title of this episode is a version of the phrase "putting your foot down", meaning to make a firm stand and establish one's authority on an issue, modified for ponies.
This episode revolves around Fluttershy.
Loony Tunes: In one scene, Pinkie Pie argues with the tomato seller about the price of the tomatoes with Pinkie Pie arguing 1 bit per tomato and the seller arguing 2 bits per tomato. Unknown to the seller, Pinkie Pie changes her mind to match the seller's price of 2 bits, and because the seller doesn't notice this change, she ends up going with 1 bit as her final offer, exactly what Pinkie Pie claimed the price should be in the first place. In the TV show Loony Tunes, this scenario is played out by Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny over what season (Rabbit or Duck) it is and Bugs Bunny always manages to win the argument by doing what Pinkie Pie did in this episode.
During his speech, Iron Will says the line "I pity the fool," which is the famous catchphrase of actor, Mr. T.
The music being played when Iron Will makes his entrance sounds quite similar to the song "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.
Iron Will is a minotaur, a beast from Greek mythology with a head of a bull and a body of a man. The Minotaur in the myth dwelt within the centre of the Cretan Labyrinth, a giant maze-like structure. Similarly, Iron Will held his seminar at the centre of a hedge maze.
When Fluttershy sadly walks back to her cottage, the music is reminiscient of the "The Lonely Man" theme from the end credits of the TV seriesThe Incredible Hulk.
Fluttershy: As Celestia is my witness, I'm never gonna be a pushover again!
This is a parody of the "I'll never be hungry again" speech from Gone With The Wind. In fact, this is the second time this season that line has been parodied (The first was in "Sisterhooves Social").
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