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♫ I am made o-o-o-o-of lo-o-o-o-ove lo-o-o-o-ove. And I'm stronger than you. ♫

Garnet

"Jail Break" is the 52nd and last episode of the first season in Steven Universe, the 49th episode aired, and the 52nd episode overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven teams up with a new ally to rescue the Crystal Gems.[2]

Plot

Following his defeat by Jasper, Steven wakes imprisoned in a cell,

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blocked by an electric, yellow force field. Eventually after discovering that as a half-human he can walk through it, he sets out to find the others. He finds an irate Gem prisoner named Ruby, who is surprised to see him penetrate the force fields so easily without any harm whatsoever. Momentarily, they then hear a singing of a girl coming from far away, Ruby recognizes it as Sapphire's voice.

They run through the hallways, while Ruby calls for Sapphire.

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Steven discovers that they are in the hand-shaped ship orbiting above Earth. At the end of a hallway, they then find Lapis Lazuli, imprisoned as well. Before Steven tries to free her, Ruby runs off to go and find Sapphire; Lapis begs Steven not to fight their captors and stays in her cell, not wanting his friends to be hurt anymore, but Steven, promising Lapis he will come back for her, continues down the hallway.

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"The whole point of coming here, was to check on the Cluster!"

As Steven nears Sapphire's cell, he overhears Jasper ordering Sapphire to stop singing, then ordering Peridot to set a course for the Gem Homeworld, despite her original mission to check up on the Cluster, as Steven (mistaken for being Rose Quartz) is top priority.

After waiting for Jasper and Peridot to leave Steven approaches Sapphire's cell, tells her that he likes her singing, and frees her. Sapphire thanks Steven for freeing her; hearing Ruby call her once more, she grabs Steven's hand, pulling him along too fast for him to touch the ground. Finding Ruby in a large hall, Sapphire drops Steven and she and Ruby reunite, embracing. After reassuring each other of their safety, Sapphire kisses Ruby and they fuse into Garnet.

Now whole again, Garnet apologizes to Steven for meeting her halves in this situation. Steven asks if he made a good first impression on Sapphire and Ruby; Garnet responds that they already love him, then sends him to rescue Pearl and Amethyst and head to the control bridge; she kisses Steven's forehead to give him future vision for this particular event.

Garnet is able to hold her own and overpower Jasper in a rematch, while Steven rescues the others and takes over the control bridge, tying up Peridot in the process. By the end of their battle, Garnet throws Jasper into the ship's core, causing it to crash land back on Earth, near the temple. Peridot escapes her captors and falls to Earth in an escape pod, possibly somewhere in North America.

After the crash, it is revealed that Steven saved the Gems using a protective bubble, and Garnet thanks him. Steven says he "can't believe [Garnet] was a fusion the whole time!" While Amethyst shows excitement that he met Ruby and Sapphire, Pearl shows dismay at Steven finding out. Garnet explains that she had planned to tell Steven on his birthday.

Suddenly, Jasper breaks out from under part of the destroyed ship and insults the Gems, hypocritically stating that if she had someone to fuse with she'd be able to defeat the Crystal Gems; Lapis Lazuli then breaks out from another part of the ship, revealing herself; after looking about, she attempts to fly away, but is restrained by Jasper. As a last resort, Jasper convinces Lapis to fuse with her in an act of revenge, forming the enormous Malachite.

However, before she can do harm to the Crystal Gems, Lapis betrays Jasper.

I'm done being everyone's prisoner... Now you're MY prisoner, and I'm never letting you go!

—Lapis

Stating that she and Jasper will remain on the planet and be "miserable together," Lapis, using chains of water, drags Malachite's struggling body beneath the waves as Jasper struggles to defuse. The Crystal Gems stare at the ocean in disbelief and Garnet states that "[Jasper and Lapis] are really bad for each other."

Steven's phone rings. It's a distressed call from Connie, whom he left a message for earlier. This leads directly into the events of the next episode, "Full Disclosure".

Features

Characters

Locations

Objects

Music

Songs

Instrumental Songs

Production Notes

  • This episode was originally the last season one episode; however, in order to air this episode during StevenBomb week March 9–14, 2015, a few season one episodes had to be pushed back, which caused some episodes to air out of order.

Trivia

  • Two new Gems are "shown", but have technically been a part of the Crystal Gems during the entirety of the series; they are Ruby and Sapphire.
    • While "Jail Break" is Ruby and Sapphire's official debut, their silhouettes were both seen for a split second in "Fusion Cuisine" when Alexandrite unfused.
  • Peridot and Jasper used an object called a Gem Destabilizer. Its function is to cause Gems to retreat to their gems, making them unable to fight.
    • In the case of a fusion, it immediately destroys their physical form, and forces the individual Gems to retreat to their gemstones.
    • The same technology is used to create barriers in the jail cells of the Gem Warship, preventing Gems from escaping.
      • Steven managed to pass through the barriers unscathed. This is due to him being half human, which causes the field to deliver a slight shock instead of injury.
        • By the end of the episode, Steven seems to only feel a slight vibration from the fields.
  • After Garnet was destabilized and her component Gems were forced to retreat into their respective gemstones, Garnet re-emerges in a body suit with a different color scheme after Ruby and Sapphire fuse again.
    • Due to the differences in Garnet's outfit, it is possible that Ruby and Sapphire regenerated themselves, wearing different outfits than when they had previously fused as Garnet.
      • However, when they fuse into Garnet again, Garnet's body suit's pattern shows a line going down her middle, where she split apart, rather than her previous form, which had her leg separated. It is possible that Garnet has previously un-fused due to injury, something happened to her leg.
        • This is also shown when Pearl reformed with a wrap around her middle after she was stabbed in the torso by Holo-Pearl.
        • However, it could have been either Sapphire or Ruby who had the leg pattern, given that both Opal and Sardonyx have a wrap around their middle.
    • This can also be seen with Opal.
  • In one room of the Gem Ship, the current symbol of The Great Diamond Authority is shown.
  • During NYCC 2016, Kat Morris listed this episode to personally be one of her favorite episodes to have worked on. [3]

Controversy

There was some controversy when this episode first aired in France. This is because the song "Stronger Than You" was incorrectly translated at first. The song had been translated to make it a song of Ruby and Sapphire's friendship, rather than their relationship. This caused outrage amongst French fans of the show, believing the change in meaning to be a form of homophobic censorship. However, it appeared to be a simple error in translation. The French version of the song was then re-dubbed to retain the original meaning[4].

Cultural References

  • In an effort to find Sapphire, they end up finding Lapis Lazuli instead, which could be a reference to how people have often confused the gemstone lapis lazuli for sapphires throughout history.
  • Peridot's line "Go to Earth, they said. It'll be easy, they said..." is a possible reference to a line from the 1995 game Warcraft 2 (1995).
  • Garnet's glass-placing animation just at the beginning "Stronger Than You" is a reference to Mega Man X, where in the intro cutscene as soon as the game starts, Mega Man places an incorrect helmet instead of his original, but later recorrects it, the animations are very similar. Also, more proof to this was that the intro cutscene was a popular joke during mid-80s.
    • It may also be a reference to Tokuemi Sentai Go-Busters, as a part of their transformation has a visor attach over their eyes.
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Continuity

  • Prior to this episode, Garnet hinted that she was a fusion in "Alone Together", saying it wasn't hard for her to fuse and when she was euphoric that Steven had fused out of love, this is based on a theory created after "Giant Woman" aired.
  • The Cluster's threat is later described in depth in "When It Rains".
  • Jasper alludes to when Lapis was a prisoner on Earth, as seen in "Mirror Gem".
  • The change in Garnet's shades is later foreshadowed in "Love Letters".

Errors

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Peridot's Hand Error

  • Peridot can be seen with a full hand during the song "Stronger Than You". This happens when Steven grabs onto the Gem Destabilizer.
  • When Sapphire grabs Steven's hand to run towards Ruby's voice, she holds his right hand. However, while she's running, she's holding his left hand. Then when she stops, she's holding his right hand again.
  • When Garnet sings the line "But I think you're just mad 'cause you're single", her glove is on her bicep instead of on her forearm where it should be.
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    Jasper's broken visor error

  • During the song "Stronger Than You", when Jasper and Garnet are by the ship's core, Jasper's visor can be seen broken before it should have been, which happens just a few seconds later.
  • When Garnet punches Jasper up in the air her hand appears to be behind Jasper for a split second.
  • When Steven looks out of the window to find they are in space, the Gem Warship is shown to resemble a right hand, but, in every other scene, the ship is shown to be a left hand.
    • This also happens in "The Return"; while the Gem Warship is seen through the telescope, it appears to resemble a left hand. While being hit by Opal's arrows, it resembled a right hand. However, upon landing on the beach, it is a left hand again.
  • Throughout the episode, the knot on the back of Ruby's head strap can be seen and not seen.
  • When Malachite appears, her back right leg is light green with a dark green stripe, then in the next scene, it is dark green with a light green stripe, then in the next scene, it is light green with a dark green stripe again.
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    Steven's eye error

  • The moment before Steven turned his head to look in Sapphire's cell, his eye was unbruised.
    • This happens again when Garnet enters the ship's cockpit after beating Jasper.
    • And again in Peridot's full hand error.
  • When Peridot grabs a destabilizer from the ship's control panel, she grabs it with her right hand, but when she uses it on Steven, she uses her left hand.
  • When Garnet and Jasper were at the reactor room, Jasper's visor was still whole, but when Garnet was charging towards Jasper, Jasper's visor is now broken. Again in the next scene, Jasper's visor is whole again, but then finally shatters when Garnet punched her helmet.
  • When Jasper spin dashes herself at Garnet, the core of the ship is behind them, but after Garnet throws Jasper directly at the core, the core is located at their left.
  • When Garnet sings the part saying that she is a conversation, the core disappears.
  • When Pearl says "Okay, ship! Turn us around!", Steven was behind her, but on the next scene, he was standing to her left.
  • The title card lists the episode title as "Jailbreak" while the episode's model sheets and the Cartoon Network website correctly list the episode title as "Jail Break".
  • During the beginning of the fight, when Jasper still has her gem destabilizer, when she tries to use it on Garnet, her left arm color palette is reversed.
  • When Ruby says "Just go away!" to Steven, her gem in her left hand is missing.
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    Amethyst's eye error

  • When Malachite is finished taking form, just after her hair was formed and she's revealed, the neckline on her top is missing, as you can see her shoulders.
  • When Malachite is forming, Lapis' gemstone is green, but Jasper's is still orange for a few frames.
  • When Amethyst attempts to grab Peridot's escape pod, her eyes are disconnected from her head when she moves into frame.
  • In the beginning of the fight between Garnet and Jasper, after Garnet summons her visor, Jasper tries punching Garnet but ends up doing damage to the floor, but her fist never touches the floor.

Transcript

View the episode's transcript here.

Gallery

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Videos

References

ve Episode List
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 Great/Message 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 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 Philanthropist
Season 5 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

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