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Okay, Onion, let's do this. Whatever weird or horrible thing you have planned for me, I can take it.
The episode begins with Steven making a bagel sandwich. He happily assembles all the ingredients into the sandwich but hesitates to eat it, stating that it requires a side. Amethyst exits her room, and Steven greets her, asking if she has seen Garnet or Pearl, to which she somberly replies that she has not (implying that Garnet and Pearl are still not talking to each other due to the events of "Cry for Help"). Amethyst slowly walks to the couch and lays down. Steven finally decides what should go with his sandwich and goes for a bag of Maximum BBQ Chaaaaps, only to find Onion in his cupboard. Onion grabs the bag and jumps from the cupboard. Steven blocks him from the door, causing Onion to jump through the screen window. He runs away as Steven gives chase.
Steven eventually chases Onion down to a house and enters through the garage. When he does so, he is shocked to see paintings of Amethyst all over the garage. Later, Steven returns to the garage with Amethyst and tells her that it is possible that Onion is obsessed with her. A mysterious voice asks them who is there, and someone enters the garage with a double-barrel shotgun. Amethyst recognizes the figure as Vidalia, and Vidalia recognizes her as well. They run up and hug each other in a happy reunion. Steven asks who Vidalia is and how Amethyst knows her. Amethyst explains that she knows Vidalia through Steven's dad and started hanging out with her, but left Greg out because she believes Vidalia is cooler than him. Vidalia asks if that really is Steven, and says that he looks just like Greg, clarifying that she means in a positive light by saying that Greg used to be hot, making Steven blush. Steven asks Vidalia if she painted all the pictures of Amethyst in the garage, and she confirms that she did, since Amethyst was her favorite model. She then asks whether or not Amethyst can still shape-shift, and Amethyst shape-shifts into a strange figure painted on a canvas. Vidalia shows a picture to Steven and she and Amethyst pose the way they do in the picture, asking if they look like the image of mischief. Amethyst teases her about her remark. Onion enters the garage and clings to Vidalia, to which Steven yells in surprise that she is Onion's mother. Vidalia says that Onion loves talking about Steven. Onion then whispers something to Vidalia, and she says that Onion wants to know if Steven wants to stay for dinner. Steven seems reluctant, but Amethyst agrees that they will stay.
Vidalia, Amethyst, Steven, Onion, and Sour Cream are seated at the dinner table in the kitchen. Amethyst finishes her meal and says that it is surprising how long it has been since they had last seen each other, remarking that she used to be bigger than Sour Cream, who is listening to his music and displaying hand motions. She asks Vidalia if she ever hears from Marty, to which she laughingly replies that she does not know where he is and does not care about him. She then exclaims that it is just been her and Yellowtail for quite a while. This shocks Amethyst and she and Vidalia continue to converse. While the two talk, Steven is eating his meal and greets Sour Cream who gives him a peace sign, still listening to his music. Onion is seen sculpting his mashed potatoes into something. Steven glares at Onion, and Onion then turns his plate around to reveal that he sculpted his mashed potatoes into a rough statue of Steven's head. Steven happily says that it is a statue of him, to which Onion disturbingly licks the back of the mashed potato stack. Steven glares at him again, and Onion throws up the mashed potatoes on the table. Steven sternly questions him, "Why do you hate food?"
Later, Vidalia and Amethyst begins to talk about Amethyst's recent life. She simply says that her life so far is boring, along with the other Gems. Steven hastily thanks Vidalia for the dinner, eager to leave. Amethyst does not want to leave yet, however, claiming that there is nothing else for them to do and that an Amethyst and Vidalia party does not end until the Sun comes up. Onion murmurs something to Vidalia, and she relays to Steven that Onion wants to show Steven around the house. Steven is visibly nervous at the idea, and when he looks at Onion, the lights begin to dim and faint music starts playing. The lights begin flickering, and Steven is terrified. Vidalia explains that whenever Sour Cream starts to DJ, he uses up all the electricity in the house. She is fine with this but is thankful that Yellowtail is not here since it angers him. Onion smashes his plate of mashed potatoes, and Vidalia tells Steven that he is ready to show him around the house.
Onion and Steven arrive at Onion's room. Onion starts bouncing on his bed, which confuses Steven since there is a trampoline in his room. A mouse crawls up to Steven's foot and is happy to see that Onion apparently has a mouse roommate. Onion stops bouncing and quickly catches the mouse. Steven believes that the mouse is Onion's pet, and wants to help him get the mouse to an oversized dark container. When Onion turns on the light in the container, Steven is shocked to see that the tank is inhabited by a snake. Onion wants Steven to feed the mouse to his snake, but Steven is unable to give the mouse to the snake, and gives the mouse to Onion instead, who then disposes of it. Onion turns on the television and puts in a video cassette. Steven recognizes that the video is set in a hospital, and recognizes Vidalia's voice, who says that she is "ready". Steven quickly becomes terrified of what is happening in the video and covers his eyes, and Onion gives him the cassette case. Steven realizes that this is a recorded video of Onion's birth. Onion then turns off the television. Onion carefully tears off a poster on his wall to reveal a ventilation duct. He signals Steven to come with him, but Steven simply gives up and walks out of the room.
Steven walks downstairs and tries calling to Amethyst to leave, but Amethyst is in the middle of a conversation with Vidalia. Steven then eavesdrops on them. Amethyst tells Vidalia that she has never seen Garnet as upset as she is right now, and Amethyst feels trapped at home. Vidalia understands her concern and relates to it, saying that her family does not always get along with each other. Yellowtail and Sour Cream are always at each other's throats, and this always drives Vidalia nuts. When that happens, she always thinks of Amethyst, and how she could always go with the flow of any situation. Amethyst denies her assertion and claims that Vidalia was truly like that. Amethyst just felt like a dumb sponge following Vidalia everywhere. However, Vidalia follows up with the fact that Amethyst did anything she wanted to without caring about anything, which is why Vidalia looks up to her as an inspiration and painted pictures of her. Vidalia runs out of tea in her cup and goes to get some more while saying that she is happy the children are keeping themselves busy.
Steven returns to Onion's room, ready to face any horror Onion might have planned for him. He agrees to follow Onion through the air duct and crawls through with him. They eventually arrive at an empty room, which only has a carpet, strung lights, a painting of Onion and a chest. They go to the chest, and Onion opens the chest to reveal that it is full of G.U.Y.S. Steven is awed at Onions collection, citing the rare variant of some of the figures he had collected. Steven notices that the chest also has G.A.L.S., and lists all those he sees, getting more excited after each one he finds. Onion shows Steven Explorer G.A.L., which Steven may see as a rare collectible. He tries giving Onion back Explorer G.A.L., but Onion refuses, insisting that Steven keep the figure. Steven is surprised by this kind gesture and thanks Onion for it.
Later that night, Amethyst, Steven, Vidalia, and Onion are standing by the front door of the house. As Steven and Amethyst prepare to leave, Vidalia thanks Amethyst for visiting, who replies that she can visit any time if Vidalia needs any inspiration. Amethyst adds that Vidalia and Onion can alternatively visit the Crystal Temple. Vidalia thinks that this is a great idea, and asks if Steven agrees to it. Steven looks at Onion, who slowly opens his mouth to reveal that he hid the mouse in his mouth the entire time rather than feeding it to the snake. The mouse scurries away, and Steven nervously says, "Ha-ha, Yeah, we'll see!"
- Sour Cream (non-speaking cameo)
- Greg (mentioned)
- Marty (mentioned)
- Yellowtail (mentioned and pictured)
- Pearl (mentioned and pictured)
- Garnet (mentioned)
- Onion's Snake (debut)
- Various Paintings of Amethyst
- Chest of G.U.Y.S. and G.A.L.S.
- Chaaaaps Maximum BBQ
- Bagel Sandwich
- Onion's Birthday Tape
- Vidalia's Shotgun
- Photo of Amethyst and Vidalia
- According to the "Dad's Home" list, the event of this episode occurred after the start of June, but before June 25.
- This means that about a year has passed since the events of "Ocean Gem", which took place at the start of summer.
- This episode is symbolized in the promo art for the third StevenBomb by a mouse.
- This episode is a collaboration between Katie Mitroff and Lamar Abrams, as Hellen Jo (Abram's former storyboarding partner) has moved on to other projects.
- The shape of her hair very noticeably resembles an onion, which is fitting considering Vidalia is the name of a type of onion.
- Vidalia is curling young Amethyst's hair to resemble Rose's curly hair in a photo.
- The episode title, "Onion Friend", may be a play on "Old Friends" as that was the working title of this episode.
- The existence of a G.U.Y.S. spinoff, "G.A.L.S.", was revealed in this episode.
- Several of the G.A.L.S. action figures are female counterparts of the G.U.Y.S. line of action figures.
- Explorer Gal corresponds to Ranger Guy.
- Hard-Hat Gal corresponds to Construction Guy.
- Invisible Gal corresponds to Invisible Guy.
- Orange Gal corresponds to Apple Guy.
- Karen corresponds to Dave Guy.
- According to Matt Burnett, G.A.L.S. are rare because they were discontinued years ago, and G.U.Y.S. are currently back in production as part of an 80's nostalgia wave
- Several of the G.A.L.S. action figures are female counterparts of the G.U.Y.S. line of action figures.
- In honor of the episode, the Crewniverse had noodles and butter.
- It is revealed that Onion will whisper in his mom's ear even though he will not talk to anyone else. This may mean he has selective mutism.
- The red variant of the G.U.Y.S. toy Ninja Guy resembles Quick Man from Mega Man 2.
- The G.A.L.S. toy Karen bears some resemblance to Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe.
- The G.A.L.S. toy Triangle Gal is a pink inverted triangle, a symbol sometimes used as a Gay Rights symbol.
- Onion's secret room and its location resembles the hidden Speakeasy room at Pixar's headquarters.
- Onion owns a poster of The Door in his room; an obvious reference to the 1965 rock band The Doors.
- The portrait of a surreal, shape-shifted Amethyst resembles Pablo Picasso's surreal cubist portraits.
- The poster of Onion in a fetal position in his secret room resembles "The Starchild" from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- When Steven is climbing in the vent, the background movement resembles the manner of movement in Attack the Light.
- The scene where Onion is sculpting his mashed potatoes resembles the famous scene from Spielberg's movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; in the movie, the main character sculpts mashed potatoes into the shape of a mountain he is obsessed with.
- Onion's poster covering a hidden vent is a nod to Andy Dufresne's infamous escape tunnel from the 1994 film "The Shawshank Redemption".
- The clock in the upper left corner when Steven enters Vidalia's garage resembles a "Lenny face".
- Garnet is still not talking to Pearl.
- Steven says he knows that Onion does not eat food, a reference to "Onion Trade", when Onion tosses his burger into the ocean piece by piece.
- A bagel sandwich can be seen in Steven's kitchen, a reference to "Cheeseburger Backpack".
- One of Vidalia paintings of Amethyst has her short hair and outfit as seen in "Story for Steven".
- Vidalia reappears in this episode.
- She is also revealed to be Onion and Sour Cream's mother, which was previously hinted in "Story for Steven".
- When Steven is chasing Onion out the door, Amethyst is not visible on the couch.
- Vidalia is seen placing her shotgun down by the wall, but the gun disappears in the next shot.
- At the table, Sour cream's plate seems to disappear when he starts raving. However, the plate returns on the table once Sour Cream is in his room.
- Vidalia is only seen wearing her wedding ring when she was talking about Yellowtail, anywhere else the ring is gone.
- In Onion's secret room, the light bulb chain seems to start at the outlet, though later on its shown to start somewhere at the ceiling.
- When Vidalia sets her teacup down, it is full, but after the screen cuts to Amethyst and then back to Vidalia, it is empty.
View the episode's transcript here.