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Speaker Dialogue
Open int. Beach House
Steven is in the bathroom, closing the mirror cabinet.
Steven (yawns, then looks at the bathtub, smiling) Good night, Peridot.
Peridot is seen lying at the bathtub, sleeping, together with Pumpkin, with droplets of water dropping on Peridot's gem.
Steven (goes to bedroom and yawns) Nothing left to do (lies down), but dream.
Steven was going to sleep but then a loud banging was heard.
Ronaldo (banging the door) Steeveeeeen! STEEEVEEEEEEEN! STE-
Steven (opens the door)
Ronaldo ven.
Steven Ronaldo, it's the middle of the night.
Ronaldo You have to come to the lighthouse. I found something (whispers) weird.
Steven (rubs right eye) You found something weird everyday since my dad got you that telescope.
Ronaldo I know. I'm amazing. You won't believe my latest discovery. There's something on the (points at the moon) moon!
Steven Can't you call Nanefua?
Ronaldo Not a fourth time!
The two are together at the lighthouse, with Steven using the telescope and seeing at the Moon Base.
Steven This is the Moon Base. It's always been there.
Ronaldo (surprised) You have a moon base!? I have so many questions! One, why didn't you tell me about your moon base? Two, take me to your moon base. Three, why does it look like a barn?
Steven It doesn't look like a b-- (shocked) Waait, what!?
Steven looks at the telescope and finds The Barn, fitted in a crater of the moon.
Steven Lapis!?
Steven and Lion warps to the Moon Base, then bumps on a wall.
Steven Thanks, Lion. (pets Lion in the head) That super warp takes a lot out of you, huh?
Lion (yawns)
Steven (yawns) You stay here and rest up, okay?
Steven goes out of the Moon Base while in a bubble shield, then heads out to The Barn
Steven Why would Lapis bring the barn to the moon? I thought she wanted to get as far away from Earth as possible.
Steven jumps then lands on the grassy part of The Barn, then rolls inside The Barn
Steven Lapis! Lapis Lazuli! (looks around) This is weird. All the meepmorps are still here, but no Lapis.
Steven then rolls back to the Moon Base, then unbubbles himself
Steven Now what is going on?
He then looks up for a moment, then heard someone humming. He then climbs up the stairs to find Lapis, kneeling, humming at the projection orb
Steven Lapis?-- Lapis!
Lapis (spins the orb, causing it to turn off, then stands up) Steven?
Steven (hugs Lapis) I can't believe it! It's so good to see you again!
Lapis Oh, really?
Steven What's going on? I thought you'd be halfway across the galaxy by now. Aren't you worried about the diamonds coming to attack?
Lapis I got... distracted.
Steven By this orb thing? What is it?
Lapis Promise you won't judge me?
Steven I sleep with a teddy bear. No judgements.
Lapis then proceeds and presses the orb, showing the hologram of the Earth, then she finds a place on the hologram and presses it, projecting Beach City in the whole Moon Base.
Steven (surprised) Beach City!? Please explain this to me.
Lapis This orb is an observation device. The Diamonds used them to watch activity on their colonies from afar.
Lapis changes the projectopn to a forest
Steven Wow. Can I try?
Lapis Sure.
Steven then changes the projection to a different location
Steven Woah. But Lapis, what are you using it for?
Lapis sighs then changes it to the outside of the Crystal Temple where the Crystal Gems are seen training. Peridot, with her metal abilities, throws a tin can in the air, then Pearl pierces it with her spear. She then throws two tin cans, with Amethyst destroying it with her whip. Lastly, she sent three tin cans flying, where Garnet launched a rocket gauntlet, then explodes on the tin cans. The three are then seen laughing, while Peridot was complaining
Steven You're spying on us?
Lapis Well, I wouldn't call it spying, because that would make me feel bad.
Steven Oh, Lapis.
Lapis I couldn't stand not knowing what was going on. I'm so terrified of the Diamonds coming to Earth, but I got just outside the Milky Way, and I... felt so lonely.
Steven So why didn't you just come back?
Lapis I want to. But I just can't. Not after the way I left. What would Peridot say? What if the Diamonds show up? What if something bad happens?
Steven Well, what if something good happens?
Lapis (laughs)
Steven Uh, Lapis? (projection fazes) Are you okay?
The tune for That Distant Shore plays.
Lapis ♪ It all became so lovely. Those bluest skies above me. Those funny feelings I had never felt before I met you. I thought I'd stay a while. I tried to learn to smile. So many colors I had never even known. Maybe I'd find myself sitting on that distant (kneels) shore. Maybe I'm not alone. (projection continuously fazes) Then I see the colors fading. Gentleness of light escaping. Shadows of my fear invading. Have I seen this all before? I know that there's something residing. That terror deep inside me. I couldn't understand how you could be so bold. Maybe I'd find myself smiling on that distant shore. Maybe I'm not alone.♪
The projection changes to the sea.
Lapis I might have overreacted about the Diamonds.
Steven You really think they're coming?
Lapis I don't even know anymore. I've done so much because I was afraid. I left Peridot behind. I took the barn. And her morps.
Steven At least she has Pumpkin.
Lapis I was so sure the Diamonds would destroy my new home, that I did it myself. It's like I'm back inside The Mirror, except I put myself here.
Steven Oh, the Moon's not so bad.
Lapis Are you kidding!? The Moon sucks. There's nothing here. Maybe I'm tired of running away. Maybe I'd rather be with everyone and be in danger than be safe and... alone.
Steven They'd be glad to have you back.
Lapis I don't know. If I went back now, there's no way things could go back to how they were.
Steven Yeah, but that's alright. Things would just be different.
Lapis What do you mean?
Steven Well, what if you weren't way out in the country? You could drop the barn on the beach, then we'd all be neighbors. I'd come over to borrow a cup of sugar, and you'd be like, "What's that?"
(both laughs)
Steven (yawns) When you go back, we should all hang out more.
Lapis Hmmm... when... I go back.
Steven falls asleep and dreams
Blue Diamond (off-screen) But this is what you wanted.
Steven (gasps) Lapis?
Blue Diamond You begged us for a colony of your own.
Silhouettes of Pink, Blue, and Yellow Diamond are seen in the Moon Base
Blue Diamond And now, all you want to do is be rid of it. First, there were too many organics, then their cities were too difficult to dismantle, and now, these Crystal Gems? We're tired of your excuses, Pink.
Steven The Diamonds!
Blue Diamond This Rose Quartz can't hurt you. You can't be swayed by a few unruly gems.
Pink Diamond (tries to say something)
Blue Diamond Enough! (tries to cheer Pink up) You must understand. You... are a Diamond. Everyone on this planet is looking to you. You don't even have to do anything. Just smile, and wave. Show everyone you are unfazed by this little uprising. Your gems will fall into line, and these Crystal Gems will be no more. As long as you are there to rule, this colony will be completed.
Blue and Yellow Diamond then leaves Pink Diamond and then a silhouette of Pearl holding Rose's Scabbard is seen.
Steven (gasps shockingly)
She is then seen to approach Pink Diamond from behind. She then poses in an attacking stance, drawing out the sword, then raises it.
Steven Mom's sword? Is that... Pearl?!
Pearl then looks at Steven, causing him to wake up
Steven (shouts)
Lapis Steven? Are you okay? Were you dreaming?
Steven I-I saw the Diamonds.
Lapis What?! What are you talking about?
Steven I dreamt about them. They were right in this room.
Lapis What does that mean?! Are they coming?
Steven I-I don't know.
Lapis Wh-What if they are?! What if they're close?! Why else would you see them!? Steven!?
Steven remembers Pearl with his Mom's sword from the dream
Steven (nervous and doesn't reply)
Lapis Ugh! (goes down the Moon Base)
Steven L-Lapis! H-hold on! (follows Lapis)
Steven tries to follow Lapis, then she opens the door to the Moon, causing Steven to be nearly blown out to space, but then Lion bites the hood of Steven's jacket.
Steven Where are you going?
Lapis As far from Earth as I can. I'm leaving. You should be used to that by now.
Steven You don't have to run, Lapis! Just-just stay with us!
Lapis I don't know what I was thinking! I-I'm not like you and your friends, Steven! I can't just let go of what happened to me. I can't go through that again.
Steven Would you rather be alone?
Lapis I'm sorry.
Steven Waaaaaiit!
Lapis then steps out of the Moon Base then forms water wings, flying out of the Moon as fast as possible, then the door closes. Lion stops biting Steven's hood, and Steven drops to the ground, despondent. Lion nuzzles him in comfort, and Steven then looks at Pink Diamond's mural, then looks at Lion.
Steven Lion, I need you to take me to Pearl.


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 PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale RoseNow We're Only Falling ApartWhat's Your Problem?The QuestionMade of HonorReunitedLegs From Here to Homeworld
Season 6 TBA
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