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Years ago, my dad and Kofi signed an agreement to not steal each other's business. But when I fried up those mozarella sticks, I reignited the hot oil of war.

Peedee Fryman

"Restaurant Wars" is the 12th episode of the third season of Steven Universe and the 90th episode overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven must help the Frymans and the Pizzas settle a reignited rivalry between their restaurants.[3]

Plot

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While at the Fry Shack, Steven is about to order his regular choice of fry bits. He decides however, he wants a change and orders off menu. This is much to Peedee's annoyance, but he later comes out with a plate of Mozzarella sticks, which Steven happily accepts. As Steven munches on his new snack, he walks by Fish Stew Pizza where Kofi goes into a rage upon seeing the Mozzarella sticks. Kofi declares the sticks have the same ingredients as pizza and thinks Fryman is infringing upon his business. This leads to Kofi putting up a sign saying, "Now serving fries". Fryman sees the sign, and he and Kofi both agree to a new restaurant war.

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The next day, Steven is on the boardwalk and sees massive amounts of discarded food. He learns from Peedee that when he served Steven Mozzarella sticks, he broke a food treaty that his father and Kofi signed years ago. Steven then tries to make Peedee feel less guilty by saying it was his fault for asking for something off menu, to which Peedee bitterly agrees. Steven then goes to the Fryshack asking for fries, only to learn they are out and are serving only pizza bits. He then goes to Fish Stew Pizza attempting to order a pizza, only to run away from Kofi because he will only let him order if he signs a contract and allows himself to be branded with a VIP branding iron.

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At Steven's house, Steven and all the restaurant children discuss what to do. Steven then comes up with the idea for Ronaldo and Kiki to pretend to date. Ronaldo is uncomfortable with the idea, stating he has a girlfriend, much to the others' disbelief. The next day, Kiki and Ronaldo pretend to be in love, presenting each other with a bouquet of flowers, to which Kofi and Fryman believe and take as a logical reason to stop the war. However, Ronaldo's girlfriend Jane appears to return Ronaldo's DVD and witnesses the scene. She believes it to be real despite Ronaldo immediately revealing the plan. Jane runs away, causing Ronaldo to try to chase after her but immediately falls, bursting into tears. Fryman and Kofi continue the war.

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Later that night, Kiki tells Steven the only way the original Restaurant War ended was when Kofi and Mr. Fryman teamed up to take on a more successful restaurant. This prompts Steven to make his own restaurant in his house featuring gourmet french fries and pizza. The Fryman and Pizza families go to "Steven's". Kofi and Mr. Fryman seem skeptical at first, but upon eating Steven's dishes, they find them so delicious that they both decide to plead to Steven to close down his restaurant. Steven accepts only on the condition that they stop the restaurant war, which they agree to, ending the war.

Features

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Music

Trivia

  • This episode's name was first revealed in the episode listing on the Cartoon Network website.[4]
  • This episode reveals that Ronaldo had a girlfriend named Jane whom was first seen in "Lion 2: The Movie"
  • This episode reveals that Mr. Fryman and Kofi Pizza signed a treaty not to ripoff each other's products.
  • This episode reveals that Suitcase Sam's used to be a restaurant called the Everything Buffet.
  • Ian Jones-Quartey makes a cameo in this episode.

Cultural References

  • Steven's idea of Ronaldo and Kiki pretending to be in love to end a family feud references William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".
    • Steven's comment that they should date because they were "sitting next to each other" may be a jab at "fan shipping", where fans pair characters based on arbitrary things like close physical proximity.
  • Ronaldo's shoes with wheels on them are a clear reference to the "Heelys" brand of shoes.
  • The stage of "Hearts and Minds" was also a strategy used by the US government during the Vietnam war to try and convince Vietnam forces to withdraw from combat.
  • Kofi's quote "When pizza's on a bagel, you can eat pizza any time!" is a reference to the slogan of the frozen pizza snack bagels, Bagel Bites.
  • The Hynes brand ketchup is a reference to the popular ketchup brand, "Heinz".
  • When Jane breaks up with Ronaldo, he calls her "ohime-sama", which is Japanese for "princess".
  • The scene in which Mr. Fryman is eating fries is similar to the fried lobster battle in Chūka Ichiban! episode 25, including a fried lobster with sauce in it and the "bite and shock" effect.

Continuity

  • VIP(IZZA) from "Secret Team" is possibly referenced when Kofi wants to give Steven VIP access by putting "VIP" on his skin with a branding iron.

Errors

  • The "We serve fries now" sign that Kofi hung onto his shop disappears once Ronaldo and Kiki pretended to be in love.
  • The stool Amethyst stands on when she and Steven were cooking disappears when she says that they were on break.

Transcript

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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 PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' Head
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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