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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Int. Beach House]
Peridot Ahem, ahem. As it seems I have no other options, I have conceded to reveal some important information to you Crystal Gems.
(Peridot snaps her fingers, cuing Steven to shuffle in. He is wearing a box, with a crudely drawn picture of Earth on it. Peridot, using a flyswatter as a pointer, smacks the box.)
Peridot This-!
Steven *teeters in surprise* Woah!
Peridot ... Is the Earth. At the very center of the planet's core lies... the Cluster! Rotate.
(Steven complies, turning the box to show a representation of the Earth's core and the Cluster inside.)
Peridot *points at the scribbles at the center of the circle* This is the Cluster. A massive, artificial fusion composed of millions of Gem shards. It has laid dormant for thousands of years within this planet's crust. When this Gem activates and takes its form, the result will be catastrophic. Now! *hits the box again*
(Steven turns back to the Earth picture and bobs up and down. Eventually, a green, snake-like puppet bursts through the side of the box while Steven makes growling noises. The Crystal Gems gasp.)
Steven BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Peridot What is that!?
Steven *opening the puppet's mouth as if it is speaking* It's the Cluster.
(Peridot swats the puppet with the flyswatter.)
Peridot It does not look like that. But it is real, and it can activate at any moment!
Steven *hushed tone* Bwaaaah.
Amethyst *sarcastically* What a cluster.
Garnet That abomination must be stopped.
Pearl But how? We'll need to build some sort of machine to take us to the center of the Earth, it'll have to-
(Peridot suddenly swats at Pearl.)
Peridot Hey! I wasn't finished speaking! What we need is to build some sort of machine to take us to the center of the Earth.
(Pearl starts glaring at Peridot. Amethyst looks at her, smiling, but Pearl glares back, causing her to stop.)
Peridot It'll need to withstand up to 360 gigapascals of pressure and temperatures of 9800 degrees.
Pearl Well, we mustn't waste time. We need to start finding parts for this machine immediately.
Peridot Yes. Obviously. We'll start by dismantling all devices inside this dwelling.
Steven Wha?
(Peridot runs to the kitchen and grabs the microwave.)
Peridot This primitive radiation concentrator should come in handy!
(Peridot detaches the microwave from the cupboards and throws on the counter, then grabs a corded phone.)
Peridot This primitive vibration transmitter could possibly serve a function!
(Peridot smashes the dials on the table, splitting it in half. She then runs up to Steven's room and grabs the television.)
Peridot There's a remote chance something useful could be inside this primitive image cube!
(Peridot smashes the TV on the floor.)
Steven Wait! I have a better idea that doesn't involve destroying the house!
Amethyst Classic Steven.
[Trans. Ext. the Barn]
Pearl All right. What we have here in the barn should be adequate enough for us to get started. First, I recommend we organize the component types and assemble a rough blueprint based off what we have available.
(Steven spins on a swivel chair with a smile on his face.)
Pearl *looks at chalkboard* Ugh... sorry, Steven, it's a lovely drawing but it won't look like this.
(Steven stops spinning, now frowning.)
(Peridot picks up a piece of chalk, examines it and gives it back to Pearl.)
Peridot Hmm. Good, yes, this is adequate. Thank you. You can go now.
Pearl *exchanges glances with Steven* Uh, what?
Peridot Hm? Um, that will be all?
(Peridot claps her hands in command. Pearl continues to stand there, looking incredulously at Peridot.)
Peridot *whispering to Steven* How do you get her to leave?
Pearl Excuse me, I am not leaving.
Steven Yeah! She's gotta stay here to help us build the drill thing, right?
Peridot *laughing slightly* No, no. You're confused. A pearl can't build a thing like this.
Steven Why not?
Peridot Because pearls aren't for this! They're for standing around, and looking nice, and holding your stuff for you... right?
Pearl That's enough! If we're going to work together, you're going to have to listen to me.
Peridot Listen to you? *laughs* *to Steven* Did you teach her to talk like this? (Pearl looks at Peridot angrily.)
Steven What are you talking about?
Peridot She's a pearl. She's a made-to-order servant just like the hundreds of other pearls being flaunted around back on Homeworld.
Steven Wait... there's hundreds of pearls!?
Pearl *blushes* Well, yes, bu-
Peridot *holding Pearl's sash* And she looks like a fancy one, too.
Pearl *gasps*
Steven *whispering* Hundreds of pearls...
Peridot So, who do you belong to anyway?
Pearl NOBODY! *snatches the sash out of Peridot's hands*
Peridot Then... what are you for?
(Pearl recoils back.)
Peridot Well, you can belong to me for now. Ha! A peridot with a pearl, what would they say back home?
Pearl Now listen here, you tiny twerp! In case you've forgotten, you're on our turf now! And I didn't fight a thousand-year war for this planet's independence to take orders from the likes of you!
Peridot Excuse me? I am a natural technician and a certified Kindergartener. I was made for this! You were made to take orders, not to give them!
Steven Woah, woah, hang on guys! Now, we can all agree that you are both good at building things, so can't you just try listening to each other?
Pearl and Peridot NO!
Pearl I'm as good at building things as you. Better, even!
Peridot Hah! Name one thing you can engineer better! Go on!
Steven *whispering* Robots.
Pearl and Peridot Hmm?
Steven *still whispering* You should build robots. Giant robots! I see a race. A giant robo-race! With prizes! Giant robo-prizes!
Pearl You mean like a competition?
Steven Yeah! To see who's better at building stuff!
Peridot What are these robots you speak of?
Steven They're like those funky marble guys you were sending! Only bigger, and you can ride them! *imitates robot noises*
Peridot Hah, building one of these robots will be easy!
Pearl Well, I can build one faster!
Peridot That's what you think!
(Pearl and Peridot run into the barn, starting to work on their respective robots. Steven looks on in awe, as Garnet and Amethyst make their way up to the barn.)
Amethyst Yo Steven, how are the wonder nerds doing? Woah! Wh-what's going on? Are they building the drill?
Steven *whispering* No. We're building robots now.
(The power tools start to make loud noises, causing Amethyst and Steven to cover their ears.)
Amethyst What'd you say!?
Steven I said-!
(Suddenly, Pearl, riding her robot, comes out of the barn, showing off the robot's mobility. She is donning her space suit.)
Steven GIANT ROBOT!
Peridot Hah! Pathetic. (Peridot marches out in her own robot.) Now, behold, my vision of ultimate power! *laughs, showing off her robot's claws* *gasps, upon realizing Pearl's robot's height* Hey!
Pearl Mine's taller. I win.
Steven Ladies and gentle-Gems, welcome to the first annual Robolympics!
Garnet Woo!
Amethyst *chewing on popcorn* Popcorn!
Steven This competition will test our robo-engineers' skills of robo-construction and robo-piloting. Whoever wins will get to be in charge of building the Cluster-drill-machine-thing. Let the games begin!
(Pearl and Peridot begin competing on the various aspects of their machines, including balance, crushing, jumping, speed, and some other non-sequitur categories such as ballet, art, and rock-paper-scissors. Other competitions include jumping jacks, tug-of-war, projectile strength. Antics ensue, such as when the two robots crash into a tree during the speed competition, to which Amethyst rejoices in excitement. Steven also chooses to declare the art competition inconclusive as it is subjective. Ultimately, the two tie in terms of points, leading to a final round at early evening, involving the tossing of trucks.)
Steven Alright guys, this is the final event!
Amethyst You got this, P!
Garnet Get it, girl!
Pearl Hm!
(Peridot frowns at Pearl.)
Steven *raises his hand* Ready, set, CHUCK!
(Both robots grab the truck and toss it over the mountains. Both trucks disappear over the summit, giving no clear indication of whose flew farther.)
Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst Woah. (Steven and Amethyst shrug.)
Steven You both get a point on that one. (The group returns to the barn.) Hmm, hmm. Looks like our final score is... a tie! Welp, that settles it. You both get to lead the project together!
Peridot No! This isn't over! I demand we have a tiebreaker!
Pearl Ugh, let's just give it a rest! That's it, we tied, we're the same, let's move on.
(Pearl begins to pilot her robot away, but Peridot grabs on with her robot's claws.)
Peridot No! You're a pearl! You are beneath me! I'll always be better than you and nothing I've seen today will ever change that!
Pearl Well, have you ever seen a pearl do this!?
(Pearl's robot kicks down Peridot's robot, causing it to land on its back. Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst audibly gasp, with Amethyst dropping her popcorn.)
Peridot So, you want to fight!? *snaps robot's claws* Good. We should've done this from the beginning!
(Peridot's robot tackles into Pearl's sending them both away from the barn. The two lock hands and push into each other.)
Steven STOP! Giant robots shouldn't fight!
Amethyst Fight, fight, fight, fight!
(Peridot, laughing, has her robot toss Pearl's robot towards Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst, who jump away from where Pearl crash lands. The impact sends the chalkboard rolling away.)
Steven Pearl!
Pearl It's alright, guys! I've got this.
Steven Be careful!
Amethyst Kick her in the butt!
(Peridot's robot is about to slam its claw atop Pearl's robot, but the robot, manages to turn around and block it, and the two lock hands again.)
Peridot This is pointless! There's no way you're gonna beat me! You're an accessory! Somebody's shiny toy! Where do you get off acting like your own gem?! (Peridot's robot rips one of the arms off of Pearl's robot.) You're just a PEARL!
(Pearl grimaces, but her expression becomes determined.)
Pearl That's right! I am a pearl! *punches Peridot in the face*
(Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst all gasp.)
Amethyst WOOO-HOOOO!
(Peridot's robot takes a few steps back while Pearl's gets up.)
Pearl What you're saying may be true, but it doesn't matter! (Pearl's robot jumps up.) I'm still gonna kick your butt!
Amethyst Ohohohoh!
(Pearl's robot descends towards Peridot's with a kick. Peridot's robot catches the leg, however, with one of its claws.)
Peridot *snickering*
Pearl Uh-oh.
(Peridot's robot slams Pearl's robot on the ground repeatedly. Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst grimace with each impact.)
Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst Pearl!
Pearl Ugh...
Peridot *laughs* Victory is mine! Now I'm the one in charge! Praise me, praise me!
Steven Pearl, are you okay?
(Steven helps Pearl up.)
Pearl Ah, I'm alright.
(Amethyst rushes in and gives Pearl a hug.)
Amethyst Yeah, P! Aww, that was awesome! You were hardcore! *punches Pearl in the arm*
Pearl *rubs her arm* Oh... really?
Garnet *places her hand on Pearl's head* Oh yeah.
Peridot Hey! Why aren't you listening to me!? I won! I'm the natural leader here! She's just a common pearl!
Steven You're wrong! If pearls are really like you say they are, then Pearl isn't common at all! (Garnet and Amethyst look on, smiling. Pearl blushes and smiles as well.) She trained herself to fight! She learned how to build things! And she works hard every day to be greater than she already is! That's not common; that's amazing!
(The group stands in silence for a moment.)
Garnet Come on, let's clean up this mess.
Amethyst Pearl, hah, you should come wrestling with me.
Pearl Uh... I dunno...
Peridot B-b-but I won! What about the rules!?
Garnet Welcome to Earth.
(Garnet, Amethyst, and Steven all help to retrieve the broken parts of Pearl's robot and put them back in the barn. Steven looks on as Peridot approaches Pearl, carrying a power drill.)
Peridot *clears her throat* I have to admit, it's... remarkable that a Pearl such as yourself could become such a... knowledgeable technician. Mmm... *holds up the power drill* Why don't we get started?
Pearl *takes the power drill* You're holding it upside down. *hands the drill back*
Peridot *blushes* Y-yes. Of course. Y'know, those round appendages on your machine could be useful for something.
Pearl They're called wheels.
Steven *sighs* Looks like we're well on our way to stopping the Cluster. *to himself, holding the puppet from before*
Steven (as cluster puppet) You think you can stop me?
Steven *screams*
(Steven grabs himself with the puppet, making fake devouring sounds.)
Steven Ah, we're doomed!
(The star-shaped iris closes on the puppet, ending the episode.)
[END]
ve Transcripts
Pilot Pilot
Season 1 A: Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror Gem/Ocean Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's ScabbardOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe Return/Jail Break

Season 2 Full DisclosureJoy RideSay UncleLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordRising Tides, Crashing SkiesKeeping It TogetherWe Need to TalkChille TidCry for HelpKeystone MotelOnion FriendHistorical FrictionFriend ShipNightmare HospitalSadie's SongCatch and ReleaseWhen it RainsBack to the BarnToo FarThe AnswerSteven's BirthdayIt Could've Been GreatMessage ReceivedLog Date 7 15 2
Season 3 Super Watermelon Island/Gem DrillSame Old WorldBarn MatesHit the DiamondSteven FloatsDrop Beat DadMr. GregToo Short to RideThe New LarsBeach City DriftRestaurant WarsKiki's Pizza Delivery ServiceMonster ReunionAlone at SeaGreg the BabysitterGem HuntCrack the WhipSteven vs. AmethystBismuthBetaEarthlingsBack to the MoonBubbled
Season 4 The Kindergarten KidKnow Your FusionBuddy's BookMindful EducationFuture Boy ZoltronLast One Out of Beach CityOnion GangGem HarvestThree Gems and a BabySteven's DreamAdventures in Light DistortionGem HeistThe ZooThat Will Be AllThe New Crystal GemsStorm in the RoomRocknaldoTiger PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin Party
Shorts Lion Loves to Fit in a BoxThe Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?We Are the Crystal GemsThe Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?UnboxingThe Classroom Gems: FusionCooking with LionGem KaraokeSteven ReactsVideo ChatSteven's Song Time