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I summon my weapon by eating ice cream!
Steven visits the Big Donut, where he becomes distraught after finding that the Cookie Cat ice cream brand has been discontinued because a recent competitor, Lion Lickers, has become more popular in sales. In an act of consolation, Sadie lets him take the freezer they were originally sold in. When he gets home, he finds Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet locked in battle with Centipeetles that have invaded Steven's room. They destroyed most of them but did not find the Gem they usually engage for battle. Garnet believes that the mother Centipeetle must be nearby, controlling the others. Steven drives one off the fridge and a lot of Cookie Cats in the freezer. The Gems explain how they got some from a nearby factory, since they knew that they were his favorite, they decided to buy the last remaining batch for him. Delighted as one can be, he begins to sing the Cookie Cat theme song from a television advertisement. He then takes a bite out of a Cookie Cat, and his gem starts to glow. Amethyst tells him to try to summon his weapon, but Steven does not know how. Eventually, his gem stops glowing, leaving Steven disappointed. He asks to be taught how to summon a weapon, and Pearl volunteers to show him first.
Pearl takes him to a tree with petals falling continuously, and tells him that each petal falling to the ground is not moving randomly, but precisely, based on the physical properties of the Earth, and that this can be mastered by training hard. She then summons her spear as a demonstration. Steven picks up and throws a handful of petals, but is utterly confused. Steven then goes to Amethyst, who is behind the Big Donut. Amethyst explains that whenever she needs her weapon, it just comes to her naturally. She demonstrates by pulling out her whip and slicing a dumpster in half. Steven is confused by this because it is the opposite of what Pearl told him. He visits Garnet last, on the top of the Crystal Temple. He asks if he has to train hard and not worry at the same time, to which she replies affirmatively. She tells him the alternative is to connect with all living matter and energy around him, which is her method for pulling out her gauntlets. Steven remains utterly confused.
Steven decides to do it his own way, by recreating what happened when his gem started to glow. He attempts to make everything exactly as it was before, and sings his song again. This fails, and he wonders whether if he is not cut out to be a Crystal Gem. The others say that he is being silly, and reassure him that he is one of them. He eats another Cookie Cat in reassurance when his gem suddenly starts glowing brighter than it did before. It glows to the point where his weapon is finally revealed: a shield. The others bask, and Steven yells in happiness, losing control of it. His shield starts bouncing around the house and smashes into the TV, which Amethyst finds hilarious.
Steven concludes that he can summon his weapon by eating ice cream. When Pearl looks at the wrapper, wondering what its ingredients are, the ground suddenly starts rumbling, and the mother Centipeetle appears outside. Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet go outside, but tell Steven to stay inside. They engage in battle, but Steven grabs the Cookie Cat freezer along with the Cookie Cats and goes outside to help. The Gems were trapped, apparently losing the battle. Steven captures its attention and eats a Cookie Cat, ready to summon his shield. However, he fails to summon his it and decides to retreat. He desperately eats the remaining Cookie Cats, wondering why it's not working. When he sees the Cookie Cat freezer is damaged by the mother, he is distraught and gets a new wave of courage. He grabs the freezer by the plug and throws the broken freezer at the mother, electrocuting it. The Gems then defeat the mother, and Garnet bubbles its gem, sending it to the temple.
Steven buries the wrappers of the Cookie Cats and begins to sob. With the aid of the Crystal Gems, he resolves that he is unable to summon his weapon by eating ice cream. Then the Gems cheer him up by saying that he'll be able to figure it out, "in his own Steven-y way". He then announces he might have eaten too many Cookie Cats and Pearl and Amethyst laugh. Before the iris closes in on him, he becomes queasy and throws up.
- Centipeetles (debut)
- Centipeetle Mother (debut/antagonist)
- Cookie Cat (debut)
- Rose Quartz (pictured)
- The Crystal Palace, referred to in the Pilot, is now called the Crystal Temple.
- In the storyboards, Pearl had an extra line, but it was removed for unknown reasons.
- "Steven's Shield", the song that plays when Steven activates his gemstone, was the first piece of music composed for Steven Universe.
- This episode was available on iTunes as a free download before it officially aired on Cartoon Network.
- The iTunes/digital HD version of the episode has an audio mixing error during the first shot. The original broadcast version fades the ocean soundscape in smoothly instead of using an abrupt cut.
- When Garnet was demonstrating how to summon her weapons, a soundtrack similar to "Synchronize/Sugilite" can be heard playing as background music.
- If one looks closely, one can see that the recurring TV show, Crying Breakfast Friends!, was airing on Steven's T.V. when he got home.
- The background music for the Cookie Cat song was composed on a GameBoy.
- Before he got into the house, Steven was humming the Cookie Cat song.
- "I'm stocking here", said by Lars at the beginning of the episode, is a reference to busy New York as portrayed on TV. "I'm walking here!" is a common phrase.
- The sequence in which Steven's gem glows and summons his shield for the first time is similar to transformations of magical girls often seen in anime and manga.
- Centipeetle Mother's gem resembles a Pokeball from Pokemon.
- The Centipeetle Mother returns in "Monster Buddies" in a much-reduced form.
- In "Steven and the Stevens", multiple Stevens travel back in time to the ending of the episode where Steven throws up due to eating too many Cookie Cats.
- Connie's Glow Bracelet, which will later be returned to her in "Bubble Buddies", can be seen behind the Cookie Cats in Steven's freezer.
- Crying Breakfast Friends! was airing on Steven's television. The show would later appear in "Space Race". Additionally, a sticker from the show also appeared in "Warp Tour" and once again in "Marble Madness". Steven took a personality test about the Crying Breakfast Friends! characters in the episode "Reformed". More recently, Steven, Amethyst, and Garnet were seen watching the show in "Cry for Help" when it was interrupted by Peridot's signal.
- In "Say Uncle", Uncle Grandpa references this episode by showing a flashback where he appears as a promo in the corner, trying to get the Gems' attention.
- The Centipeetle Mother has the ability to create minions to fight for her. This is similar to Steven's ability in "Watermelon Steven" where he created watermelons that fought for him.
- When Steven hugs Lars, the cash register looks one way, but in the next shot, the register is a mirror image of what it was.
- In some scenes in the Big Donut a yellow shoe advertisement is partially behind the Cookie Cat fridge, but it can be fully seen in other scenes.
- When Steven turns his head, his reflection on the mini freezer is the complete opposite of the direction of where his head is.
- When Steven is panicking as his gem's glow is fading, the star on his shirt disappears.
- At one point, the Cookie Cat wrappers on the ground near Steven disappear in the next scene.
- When Amethyst was telling Steven how she "didn't try at all" in summoning her weapon, her tongue appears to be deep purple for a second.
- After Steven rushes through the Cookie Cat song a second time, the colors of Garnet's stars and shoulder pads are reversed.
- When the Centipeetle Mother attacks, the Crystal Gems hide behind a fallen hand from the statue. Garnet and Amethyst pass through a gap between the thumb and index finger. While the Centipeetle Mother spews acid, the gap is gone.
- When Steven draws the Centipeetle Mother's attention, the acid is gone. The acid returns in a closer shot of the Gems.
- When the Centipeetle attempts to spew more acid on the Crystal Gems, the lower part of Amethyst's tank top is colored white.
- When Steven overeats on Cookie Cats, the mini-fridge's cable is in a loop, but when the Centipeedle Mother attacks, it is not in a loop.
- When the Crystal Gems brought Steven the Cookie Cats, there were a lot in his fridge. However, when battling the Centipeetle, after Steven eats 4 or 5 Cookie Cats, all of the other Cookie Cats disappear.
- When the Gems were fighting the Centipeetle, the beach was a grassland rather than a sandy beach like it's supposed to be.
- When Garnet picks up the Centipeetle's gem, she uses her left hand, but when she bubbles it away, she is seen using her right hand.
- When the Centipeetle Mother climbed the house, Garnet's star colors are reversed again.
- When the Centipeetle Mother climbs the Temple, she is also followed by a few Centipeetles, which disappear as the Gems leave the Beach House.
- When Steven is done rushing the Cookie Cat song, Pearl's socks disappear.
- When Steven is mad about how the Centipeetle Mother ruined his Cookie Cat fridge, the star on his shirt has an outline when it should not.
View the episode's transcript here.