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I'm not letting myself get caught up in another war.

—Lapis Lazuli

"Raising the Barn" is the 7th episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe and the 135th episode overall.[2]

Official Synopsis

Pumpkin goes missing.[3]

Plot

Following the events of “Dewey Wins” and “Gemcation”, Steven is still eagerly waiting for Connie to respond to his several text messages. Steven tries to vent by playing his ukulele out on the beach, and just as he’s easing into a new song, his phone starts to vibrate. Praying that it’s Connie finally responding to him, it turns out to be Peridot requesting to video chat with him. He accepts and is greeted by Peridot, Lapis Lazuli, and Pumpkin, who point out that Steven hasn’t been communicating with them since his return from Homeworld. He tells them that Connie has not been responsive lately, which they’re not interested in at all and request to hear about his visit to Homeworld. So Steven explains how Beach City citizens were being abducted and how he had to turn himself in to protect them and how he was then put on trial before Blue and Yellow Diamond, and the second he does, Lapis starts wigging out and informs Peridot that they need to leave the Earth immediately, and abruptly hangs up on Steven.

Steven then rushes to the family Barn, where Peridot is struggling to reason with Lapis. Steven arrives just as Lapis plans for them to live in some remote place in the universe where the Diamonds will never find them. Steven lets them know that as far as the Diamonds know, he’s still on Homeworld evading their detection. As Peridot comforts her, Lapis grows persistent by explaining that Steven is too valuable and of their piling transgressions and states that the Diamonds are gonna take their anger out on the Earth just as they did thousands of years ago. Then she declares that she will not get caught in the middle of another war.

While devastated, Steven lets her know that he won’t stop them from leaving if they want to, but Peridot points out that if they take their Meep Morps from the barn, they won’t be as special as they were previously. After an emotional outburst, Lapis uses her powers to drain the water from their smaller than average lake to lift the barn all of its contents and is prepared to bring their lives with them and takeoff. Steven gets emotional when Lapis attempts to leave then and there, so after a tearful goodbye hug, Peridot notices that Pumpkin is MIA. Lapis puts the barn down and they split up to find her.

Peridot and Steven search far and wind to locate Pumpkin, where he tells her how much he’ll miss them, and she reassures him that they’ll stay in contact with him through her tablet, the only problem is there’s no WiFi in space. As she explains that it’s for the best that they remain out of contact and how she wants to keep Lapis happy, they come across a vegetable stand selling onions, by none other than Onion.

Returning to the barn, the two find Pumpkin hiding sadly in the crop field the entire time. Peridot tries to get her out so they can leave, only she doesn’t want to leave, and neither does Peridot. Steven insists that she talk this matter out with Lapis, but she states that she doesn’t have a choice. Just then Lapis returns and is glad to find Pumpkin safe and sound, now they can proceed with their departure from the planet.

Peridot then tells Lapis that Pumpkin doesn’t want to go, but Lapis claims that they know better and she doesn’t. So Peridot finally admits that she doesn’t want to go either, which surprises Lapis, and demands to know why she’s telling her this now but not earlier, and why she lied to her. Peridot states that she doesn't want to upset her and explains that if something happens on Earth, she wants to be there when it does, and that if the Diamonds do try to attack the Earth, that they should stay and fight to protect it, instead of running off with what they can carry on their backs, because she knows they’ll win together. And so as Peridot attempts to reason with Lapis one last time, she lets her know that Earth is their home now, extends her hand to her, and asks "Isn’t it worth fighting for?"

In spite of this tender moment, her past trauma of 1000 years of imprisonment during the Gem War makes Lapis reject it, so once again, using her powers, she raises the barn and takes flight. Lapis then takes one final look at the Earth and Peridot, Pumpkin and Steven, and as she fights back the tears in her eyes, she flies off with the barn into space, presumably leaving Earth forever. Emotionally shattered, the three then return to Steven’s house, where Steven allows Peridot to take refuge in his bathroom once again, only this time with Pumpkin, for as long as they need. After Steven checks his phone one last time for any responses from Connie, the episode ends with Peridot asking Steven what they are going to do now with the response of silence.

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Trivia

  • This episode's title may be a play on the phrase "raising the bar" or having a more literal meaning, as in the episode, Lapis raises the barn out of the ground to transport it into space. It may also be a play on the phrase "barn raising," which is a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt by community members.
  • It is revealed that Onion owns a fresh produce vendor known as Onion's Onions.
  • This episode marks the second time Lapis leaves the Earth and it is also shown that Lapis still hasn't overcome her past trauma concerning her imprisonment during the Gem War.
  • The title card of this episode, as well as the one from "Gemcation", use the credits font for the name of the episode. However, it changes back to the regular font in "Back to the Kindergarten".
  • It is possible for Steven to convince Lapis not to leave since Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond still believe the Cluster will get rid of Earth for them, while unaware of the fact the Cluster had been bubbled by Steven, rendering it inactive. Therefore, it is nearly impossible for the Diamonds to come to destroy the Earth since none of them know the status of the Cluster. Despite this, it seems that Steven, Peridot, and the Crystal Gems are unaware of this fact.
  • Lapis was notably more alarmed about Steven confronting Blue Diamond then Yellow Diamond. This could mean Lapis, like Garnet, knows Blue Diamond more then the other Diamonds.

Cultural References

  • The episode’s title is a play on words of the expression “Raising the Bar”.

Continuity

  • Steven is still awaiting a response from Connie since the events of "Dewey Wins".
  • Peridot seems to know how to video chat, as seen in the short, "Video Chat". Lapis also seems to have gotten used to the idea and doesn't think he's trapped in the tablet like before.
  • Onion wears Steven's straw hat from "Watermelon Steven". He even comments on it, revealing that it is, in fact, the same hat.

Errors

  • At the start of the episode, Steven leans on the hand that was destroyed by the Centipeetle in Gem Glow.

Transcript

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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 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 Party
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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