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I just wanted to be a good mother, I- I just wanted to protect you.

—"Nightmare Hospital"
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Dr. Priyanka Maheswaran is the mother of Connie Maheswaran, who made her debut, alongside her husband, in the episode "Fusion Cuisine".

Appearance

Dr. Maheswaran has dark tan complexion, a small pointed nose, and dark brown shoulder-length hair. She typically wears a pale blue shirt, tan pants, and red low-heeled shoes. Her work attire consists of a white lab coat over her normal clothing.

Personality

Most of what is known about her is learned in the episode "Fusion Cuisine", where she is shown to be a strict but loving parent. Her restrictive nature verges on overprotective and has caused Connie to miss out on ordinary pleasures most kids her age enjoy. For example, Connie is not allowed to eat food with high trans fat content, and as such has never eaten a doughnut. Connie stated that her mother does not understand how her favorite show, Under the Knife, is satire, and does not allow the show to be watched in her home. She is concerned with keeping up good appearances, and reminds Connie not to rest her head on the table. She does not appear to be frightened easily by something unless it involves Connie, as shown in "Nightmare Hospital", where she panics when she sees Connie has Rose's sword but remains relatively calm when seeing the Gem fusion experiments. She is shown to lack perception enough as to not let Connie use Rose's sword to poof the mutant Gem, despite she and her daughter being attacked by them. Furthermore, she does not even realize that Connie's eyes no longer needs glasses for a year.

Connie is concerned that her mother would find the Crystal Gems weird and forbid her from seeing Steven. This indicates that she is (or Connie perceives her to be) a conservative individual. Despite the strange circumstances of the dinner, Dr. Maheswaran attempts to be cordial with Alexandrite, and even chastises her husband for his joke about the bread sticks. She values honesty and her intuition, and is deeply upset when she learns Connie lied to her. She finds common ground with Greg Universe and the Crystal Gems when she observes the way they responsibly admonish Steven for his actions, and allows Connie to continue seeing him. She is very concerned with safety as said by herself and Connie and would do anything at all costs to keep it.

History

"Fusion Cuisine"

While watching Under the Knife with Steven, Connie mentions that her mom said the movie does not represent a real emergency room setting. Just then Dr. Maheswaran calls her to check up on her, and asks to speak to Steven's mom. Connie nervously puts Dr. Maheswaran on the phone with Garnet, who attempts to cover for the kids by explaining that they're playing with swords, then attempts to get out of the conversation by claiming that they are bleeding and dead. This incident caused Connie's parents to ban her from visiting his house.

Later, Connie's parents agree to meet over dinner with Steven's parents in order to evaluate the stability of Steven's home life. Connie's parents arrive first, expecting Steven to have one mother and one father, conforming to their idea of a "normal family". Just as Dr. Maheswaran complains that they have been waiting for twenty minutes, Steven arrives with Greg and the gargantuan Alexandrite. While Connie's parents are clearly fazed by Alexandrite's unusual appearance, they do their best to act as though the situation is perfectly normal by making small talk.

Dr. Maheswaran asks how Greg and Alexandrite met, and later scolds Connie for putting her head on the table. Dr. Maheswaran also reveals that she is a doctor. When Alexandrite becomes unstable and unfuses, Dr. Maheswaran claims to have had bad feelings about Steven that she should have listened to. When Steven and Connie are later retrieved after running off, Dr. Maheswaran is livid with her. Upon hearing how the Gems reprimanded Steven for running away, Dr. Maheswaran realizes that they are not so bad at being parents, and allows Connie to continue hanging out with Steven.

"Winter Forecast"

Dr. Maheswaran calls Connie to inform her that a snowstorm is coming and that she needs to get a ride home or else her father will try to pick her up. After this, Dr. Maheswaran appears in two timelines.

In one timeline, she is livid when Connie and Steven arrive at her house at such a late hour. She tells Connie that she is going straight to bed after seeing her sneeze, and claims that she will never let her out again during flu season.

In the second timeline, Connie calls Dr. Maheswaran to tell her that she will be staying over at Steven's house, which she disagrees with. When Steven, Connie, and Greg successfully make it to the Maheswaran residence, Dr. Maheswaran is glad that Connie is okay, and suggests that the Universes stay over for the night. She tells Greg that the Maheswarans are all about safety.

"Marble Madness"

Dr. Maheswaran hands Connie the phone when Steven calls, and swears that "Universe" is not his last name, foreshadowing the revelation in "Gem Harvest" that Greg changed his last name.

"Nightmare Hospital"

When Dr. Maheswaran comes home and discovers Rose's Sword, she shows deep concern for Connie's safety and promptly confiscates it, right as she is called back to the hospital to examine a strange new patient. The patient, which is actually a Cluster Gem, clearly shows no signs of humanity, but Dr. Maheswaran cannot (or does not want to) comprehend its true nature, as she is entirely unaccustomed to anything unearthly. She catches Steven and Connie trying to steal the sword back and is furious with her daughter, before suddenly being attacked by the Cluster Gem.

When another Cluster Gem joins in on the attack, Connie begs her mother to give the sword back, but Dr. Maheswaran refuses, unwilling to bend the rules and unwilling to let her daughter handle a weapon. She tries in vain to fight the Cluster Gem off, but another Cluster Gem enters the fray and they are surrounded. Even as the situation spirals out of control, Dr. Maheswaran refuses to let Connie put her life on the line to save them all, and is unwilling to accept that her daughter has been leading her own life. She relents, however, when Connie reveals that her eyesight has been healed with magic, and that she has been training to protect the Earth alongside Steven for over a year.

After Connie poofs both of the Cluster Gems and saves the day, Dr. Maheswaran wonders if she and Doug are too controlling; she only wants what is best for her daughter. In the end, she promises to let Connie continue her training, just so long as Connie promises not to shut her out of her life, and to come back to her if she's ever over her head. The two reconcile by hugging it out.

"Gem Hunt"

Dr. Maheswaran is indirectly mentioned when Steven tells Pearl that Connie's parents wanted him to take lots of pictures of her first mission. At the end of the episode, Connie tells Pearl that her parents see all of her pictures.

"Storm in the Room"

Dr. Maheswaran is not there to pick up Connie from Steven's house at the end of the day, which is unusual for her since Connie mentions that her mother is always on time. Dr. Maheswaran eventually enters the house during the night. She holds her daughter and apologizes. She explains that the surgery she was performing took longer than usual and that she had to cover for one of Dr. Stromberg's patients again.

"Jungle Moon"

Dr. Maheswaran appears in Stevonnie's dream, but is much larger in scale compared to Stevonnie. She is heard talking to a Nephrite on the phone, and her face and clothing gradually transition to that of Yellow Diamond's appearance. As the dream sequence plays out, it becomes apparent that Dr. Maheswaran and Stevonnie are standing in for Yellow Diamond and Pink Diamond respectively, and that they are recounting a past conversation between the two Diamonds.

Relationships

Connie

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Dr. Maheswaran is very protective of her daughter, Connie, demonstrated when she abruptly acted disgusted when Steven hugged Connie unexpectedly. In "Nightmare Hospital", it is mentioned that she makes it her business to know all of her activities as well as her internet history. The episode also reveals that it is her work as a doctor that feeds into her overprotective nature of her daughter; seeing horrific injuries on a daily basis drives her to safeguard Connie at any cost - even her own freedom. However, she was shocked to find out that she did not know as much about her daughter as she thought she did, upon learning Connie had started lying about her activities. This seemingly wounded her deeply, though in the end the desire to earn her daughter's trust trumped over her overprotective nature. The two agreed to a less strict, and much more open relationship in the end. As long as Connie would tell her the whole truth, she agreed to support her fully.

Doug Maheswaran

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Dr. and Mr. Maheswaran

He is the husband of Dr. Maheswaran. They share very similar personalities and perspectives.

Crystal Gems

She is initially suspicious of the Crystal Gems but has since grown to respect them as responsible guardians for Steven, even going so far as to entrust them with Connie's safety during training.

Steven Universe

Despite her initial dislike/distrust of Steven in "Fusion Cuisine", she seems to warm up to him enough that in "Winter Forecast", she allows him and Greg to stay over so they did not have to drive back during the snowstorm. In "Marble Madness", she also states that she doubts "Universe" is his real last name.

After the events of "Nightmare Hospital", she recognizes just how much Steven's friendship means to her daughter; she is willing to disobey and lie to her mother just to be with him. Wanting to have a better, more honest relationship with Connie, she gives Steven her approval and allows Connie to spend time with him - regardless of any "magical Gem stuff" that might get involved.

Greg Universe

Dr. Maheswaran starts out being skeptical towards Greg's abilities as a parent, but as of "Fusion Cuisine" she has started to respect him. In the episode "Winter Forecast" she and her husband even allow Steven and Greg to spend the night at their house to get out of the blizzard, much to Greg's delight.

Episode Appearances

Trivia

  • She and her family live outside of Beach City.
  • Ian Jones-Quartey revealed that her first name is "Priyanka".[1]
    • A common Hindu name, it has the meanings of beautiful, beloved, lovable act and symbol.
  • According to Ian Jones-Quartey, Dr. Maheswaran is of Indian descent.[2]
  • In "Nightmare Hospital", a picture in her house shows her wearing what is likely a ghunghat.
  • In "Nightmare Hospital", she mentions that she and Mr. Maheswaran use an abacus to measure the length of punishments for Connie.

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References

ve Characters in Steven Universe
Crystal Gems Half: Steven

Unfused: AmethystBismuthPearlPeridotRose QuartzRubySapphire
Gem Fusions: AlexandriteCluster GemsGarnetOpalRainbow QuartzSardonyxSugiliteUnknown Fusion Gem
Hybrid Fusions: Smoky QuartzStevonnie
Inactive: Bismuth • Rose Quartz • "Biggs""Crazy Lace""Snowflake"

Homeworld Gems Unfused: AquamarineEmerald • Topazes (left and right)

Fusions: MalachiteTopazCorrupted Jasper Fusion"Giant Ruby" (quintuple fusion)Ruby (triple fusion)
Inactive: JasperPink DiamondZircon (Defense)Zircon (Prosecuting)

Off Colors Unfused: PadparadschaRutile Twins

Fusions: FluoriteRhodonite
Humans: Lars Barriga

Other Gems Corrupted: Ant Gem MonsterBig BirdCentipeetle MotherClock Tower GemCrab Gem MonsterDesert GlassEarth BeetleFlower MonsterGem Cave CreatureGlass GhostHeaven BeetleIce MonsterInvisible Gem MonsterInvisible Manta RayJasperLighthouse Gem MonsterMolluskObeliskOld Book GemOrange Great North MonsterPyramid Temple GemPerils of PweepweePlant MonsterRainbow Cloud MonsterRed Bird Gem MonsterSlime Gem MonsterSlinkerSlug MonsterSnowbeastSnow MonsterTongue MonsterWater BearWatermelon TourmalineWorm MonsterUnknown Giant BirdUnknown Giant Gem Monster

Other Gems: The ClusterLapis LazuliMinor GemsMinor Corrupted GemsUnknown Gems (Morganite • Nephrite • Nephrite-XJ Cut-763 • Unknown Quartz Warrior • Blue Diamond's Court • Pink Diamond's EntourageUnknown Crystal Gems67 Elite Citrines)

Major Characters Human: Connie MaheswaranGreg UniverseSadie Miller

Other: Lion

Recurring Characters Humans: Andy DeMayoBarbara MillerBill DeweyBuck DeweyBuddy BuddwickDante and Martha BarrigaDoug MaheswaranDr. Priyanka MaheswaranHarold SmileyJamieJaneJenny PizzaKevinKiki PizzaKofi PizzaMartyMr. FrymanMystery GirlNanefua PizzaOnionPeedee FrymanRonaldo FrymanSour CreamQuentin FrowneySuitcase SamVidaliaYellowtailZoomans

Other: Baby MelonBlue CrabHolo-PearlMagic MossPumpkinSteven Jr.Watermelon Stevens

Minor Characters Humans: The Best Diner in the World's WaitressEmpire City Wildlife Rehabilitation Center EmployeeGaryGreg's family (Aunt and Uncle • Aunt DebGrandfather) • Hospital Employees (Dr. GeroDr. StrombergDr. West) JeffMarty's RoadiesMayor Dewey's BodyguardsMike KrolOnion's Friends (Garbanzo • Pinto • Soup • Squash) • RickySabinaSteven's BabysitterWilliam Buford BuchananWilliam DeweyMinor Human Characters

Other: Blue CrabsButt LobsterCrystal BasiliskDogMask Island FishOnion's MouseOnion's SnakeParty GuyRaccoonSeagullsSnakeSteven The ThirdSusanMinor Animal Characters
Aliens: Beetle AliensBird AliensUngulate AliensMinor Alien Characters

Fictional Characters Cookie CatDogcopterMearlPizza JennyMinor Fictional Characters

Camp Pining Hearts: PaulettePercyPierre
Garnet's Universe: FoxmanHopperHoppyRingo
Golf Quest Mini: AceAce's Father
Li'l Butler: Li'l ButlerMr. MoneyMrs. MoneyDaughter Money • Dirtbike Money
Lonely Blade: Evil JanitorLonely BladeLonely Blade's Brother
Rose's Room: Cloud ConnieTiny Floating Whale
The Spirit Morph Saga: ArchimicarusLisaPlinkmanWind Lizard

Antagonists CentipeetlesCrab MonstersCrystal ShrimpDrill ParasitesElectric SkullsFryboRed EyeRobot Shooty ThingSmoke MonsterVine Monsters
Alter Egos Billy Bank AssetsChunk TruckConcrete HeatDashing Danny DooberHandsome Hank HackleschmidtHowl JonesLoch Ness BloggsterPurple PumaSea WaspShark-O-ManiaTiger Millionaire
Attack the Light Blue LightGreen LightIndigo LightOrange LightRed LightViolet LightWhite LightYellow Light

Groups: Light ArmyBlue Monsters • Green Monsters • Indigo MonstersOrange MonstersRed Monsters

Save the Light Hessonite • SquaridotCitrine
Groups Cool Kids • Crystal GemsCrystal Temps • "Famethyst" • Great Diamond Authority • Homeworld Gems • Hospital EmployeesOff ColorsOnion's FriendsSadie Killer and the SuspectsSecret Team • Steven and the Stevens • Water ClonesZoomansMinor Human CharactersMinor Animal CharactersMinor Fictional CharactersMinor Gem CharactersMinor Corrupted GemsSpeciesUnknown Gems

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