|Season 1, Episode 10|
|Airdate||January 27, 2014|
|Directed by||Ian Jones-Quartey|
|Storyboard by||Lamar Abrams and Aleth Romanillos|
The episode opens with the Gems and Steven trekking through the desert, littered with large sandstone columns which erect and dissipate at random. Garnet explains that the "power in the structure has turned aimless" and thus, was raising stand alone structures at random. Suddenly, a loud roar interrupts their conversation and the Gems run off to investigate, leaving an exhausted Steven behind. Shortly thereafter, a mystical pink lion with glowing eyes approaches Steven. Though initially startled, Steven quickly realizes the Lion means no harm and begins to pet and converse with it. Not too long after, however, a large explosion captures their attention. The gems approach after defeating the monster which held the gem powering the structure known as "The Desert Glass", a red velvet pillow encrusted with a large Green gem (which Amethyst claimed as hers since she delivered the killing blow.) Pearl notes that she should take care as dropping it on sand would "rebuild everything". Upon seeing Steven with the Lion they quickly take up arms, only for Steven to assure them the Lion means no harm. Steven says his goodbyes as they exit the Desert and returns to the Crystal Palace.
Back at the Palace, Amethyst and Steven nap under a pillow fort, topped with the Desert Glass, when he hears scratching from the door. Much to his surprise, the pink Lion appears at his doorstep. Steven then attempts to play games with the Lion, but to no avail, as the Lion appears largely apathetic to all of his games. Slightly disheartened, Steven believes he knows of something the Lion "has gotta like". And brings him to Fish Stew Pizza which Steven enters hoping to brag about his Lion. Inside, Onion and Ronaldo Fryman are eating while Kofi and Kiki work the counter. Steven lets them know of his lion, which excites Ronaldo while Kiki is very much reserved. Upon exiting the pizzeria, they find no such Lion (though Ronaldo initially believed it to be invisible,) which elicits a bad lion pun from Kiki and an unsettling death stare from Onion. Steven finds the Lion back at his home, getting there just as he tears the door down and it becomes apparent that he is after the Desert Glass. This revelation angers and disheartens Steven, who becomes frustrated with the lion and subsequently throws the pillow off the balcony and onto the beach.
The ground suddenly begins to quake and massive sandstone columns begin to erect around the gem. The Gems run outside and Pearl explains that the Desert Glass is attempting to "rebuild its castle". Meanwhile, the pillow engenders a massive stand storm and wall which not even Garnet is able to break through. Steven, being caught inside, realizes that he must take it from atop the central tower. Upon almost reaching the top, the sand structure morphs and forces Steven to fall from great height, only to be caught by the Lion. Steven realizes the Lion only wanted to protect them from the pillow, and the Lion uses a magical roar to destroy the sand structures around them. They then burst through the top of the tower and retrieve the gem and all the sand structures dissipate shortly thereafter. Pearl reprimands Amethyst for not "bubbling" the Desert Glass in the first place and Amethyst states that, in her defense, she forgot. Steven indirectly asks the Gems if he can keep the Lion, which they (specifically Garnet) indirectly agree to.
- Lion (debut)
- Kofi (first appearance)
- Kiki (first appearance)
- It is revealed by Steven that Gems do not have to sleep. They can, however, enjoy it.
- A three week hiatus occurred after this episode.
- This is the first episode in which Pearl laughed at an offensive joke, as Garnet allowed Steven to keep Lion, as they kept Amethyst.
- When Steven told Ronaldo that the Lion was pink, he replied with "How can it be invisible and pink?" A reference to The Invisible Pink Unicorn.
- On Ronaldo's laptop, you can see a picture he took of Steven in "Cat Fingers".
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|Season 1||Gem Glow • Laser Light Cannon • Cheeseburger Backpack • Together Breakfast • Frybo • Cat Fingers • Bubble Buddies • Serious Steven • Tiger Millionaire • Steven's Lion • Arcade Mania • Giant Woman • So Many Birthdays • Lars and the Cool Kids • Onion Trade • Steven the Sword Fighter • Lion 2: The Movie • Beach Party • Rose's Room • Coach Steven • Joking Victim • Steven and the Stevens • Monster Buddies • An Indirect Kiss • Mirror Gem • Ocean Gem • House Guest • Space Race • Secret Team • Island Adventure • Keep Beach City Weird • Fusion Cuisine • Garnet's Universe • Watermelon Steven • Lion 3: Straight to Video • Warp Tour • Alone Together • The Test • Future Vision • On the Run • Horror Club • Winter Forecast • Maximum Capacity • Marble Madness • Rose's Scabbard|
|Limbo Episodes||Open Book • Shirt Club • Story for Steven • The Message • Political Power • The Return • Jail Break|
|Miscellaneous||Pilot • Say Uncle|