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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Int. The Beach]
(Greg plays his guitar.)
Steven *cheers* That sounded great!
Greg Oh thanks! I'm thinking about calling it "Water Witch".
Steven Cool.
Greg And check this out, I can add some vocal distortion too. *robotic machine voice* Steven, your dad's a robot now. And now that I'm a robot *distortion* things will be better and cooler. Please forgive me for being an amazing machine.
Steven I can't stay mad at my robo dad. Where's all this awesome energy coming from?
Greg Actually, I was inspired to make some new songs after the ocean got sucked up into space a while back. I even drew up some freaky album artwork.
(Greg shows Steven his drawing of his album cover.)
Steven It looks like *puts finger on drawing* Lapis Lazuli.
Greg *takes drawing back* Easy with the tender touches, don't want it to get all smudged. Here, plug this up and help your old man work out this witchy jam.
Steven Yeah! Let's! Jam!
(Steven strums the electric guitar but it makes no sound.)
Steven Uh? Where my jams at?
Greg I don't think it's plugged in.
Steven Ah ha!
(Steven plugs the electric guitar into a T.V.)
Steven All right, here we go. Let's *strums guitar*... jam!
(The guitar still makes no sound.)
Steven Uh... hmm. *strums it again* Jam!
(The guitar still makes no sound.)
Steven Hm *strums it again*... Jam!
(He repeatedly tries to strum guitar but still no noise is heard from it.)
Greg *points to the TV* Oh, sorry, that's just the T.V. See, you plugged into the video jack but were making audio here. Don't you know video killed the audio star?
Steven *looks around, dazed and confused* I have no idea what you are talking about.
Greg That's okay, you leave the details to me. When you're a one-man band you got to know how to do it all lyrics, graphic design, forum moderation, but for me it was all about the audio.
Steven What a lovely poem.
Greg Ok, we need a catchy hook! Something like-
(Greg starts singing and playing guitar.)
Greg Well she's a riptide queen and she's super mean!
Steven Woah, hold the phone, now give the phone to me. Lapis was not mean, she was just trying to get home. How 'bout this instead?
(Steven starts singing Lapis Lazuli while playing guitar.)
Steven She was trapped in a mirror and it couldn't be clearer, she wanted to leave this place and get herself back in space. And dad you might think she's a criminal, but her friendship comes through, subliminal.
(Steven is still singing, a montage of Lapis Lazuli starts playing.)
Steven Lapis Lazuli... you fled into the bottom of the sea... Lapis Lazuli... you were so mad but then you came around to me.
(Steven stops singing and the montage stops when a strange, loud noise startles him.)
Steven *trying to talk over the noise* Uh, what the heck is that?!
Greg It must be some kind of weird feedback!
(He unsuccessfully tries to stop the noise by changed his audio keyboard.)
Greg Hm, it's not us, it must be coming from the temple!
Steven Let's go check it out!
Greg You go on ahead, this is a gem thing and I don't want to get in the way. Plus I get to eat the rest of this pizza.
Steven Good thinking. I'll be back.
(Noise intensifies as Steven opens the door)
Steven What's happening?!
Pearl It's the Wailing Stone!
Amethyst Make it stop!
Pearl It just activated on its own!
Amethyst It won't shut up!
(Amethyst whines and Garnet momentarily stops the noise, but it soon continues.)
Everyone Uh... !
Pearl Stand back! *bubbles Wailing Stone and the noise stops*
Pearl Ha, it worked, now we can get back to...
(The bubble grows large and pops, the noise comes back.)
Everyone Ah... !
(Steven sticks his arm through the hole and the noise stops, but open his mouth and the noise continues.)
(Garnet removes Steven, shoves a couch cushion through the hole and places the rest around the stone and sits Steven on top of it.)
Garnet I don't understand, that thing has laid dormant since we found it.
Pearl I haven't heard a Wailing Stone activate since we used them for the rebellion, and I've never heard it sound like that!
Garnet Someone is trying to send us a message.
Pearl But who? We've rounded up all the Wailing Stones on Earth, and we're not sending this message to ourselves. Unless... Amethyst?! Is this a prank?!
Amethyst No way! I want it to stop! I don't like it!
Garnet If it's not coming from Earth, then a Gem must be sending this message from space.
Steven Is that what some Gems sound like?
Pearl No, no, we should be hearing a voice. Maybe this signal is too advanced for the Wailing Stone to process. That would explain the distorted audio.
Steven Audio... my daddy-o knows audio!
Amethyst Uh... you mean Greg.
Steven Yeah!
Pearl I don't know...
Garnet Don't whine, let's try it.
(Greg is searching through his van on the beach.)
Greg I can't believe it! You need help with sound stuff? You've come to the right guy! Ah ha! The Lubitz Cardioid Condenser 680! It's got warm tone without too much top end.
Amethyst Uh, plus it's got a big honking sponge thing.
Greg I know, isn't it awesome!
(Greg removes the couch cushions from the stone, causing Steven and the Gems to cover their ears, and plugs in his device.)
Greg Now I'm going to add some reverb and some low octave effects, I'm also adding some fuzz 'cause who couldn't use more fuzz? Now if I directly input the Wailing Stone and put it through a flanger we might get what you're looking for.
Pearl Flangers aside do you really think a signal like this is compatible with your analog devices?
Steven Don't worry dad. *distorts voice* It'll work!
Greg Well, here goes nothing.
(Old noise intensifies even more)
Amethyst This is even worse!
Greg I'm sorry!
Steven Dad you can do it, you're the audio daddy-o!
Greg Yeah! *tries to configure noise*
Amethyst Uh.
Steven It sounds like music.
Greg Yeah, that's real nice.
(Noise changes into a more musical tone)
Greg Yes, yes. Woo hoo!
Pearl But, it's not supposed to be music. It's supposed to be a message!
Greg Okay, hold on I got this.
(Noise starts to change)
Greg It's changing!
Steven It almost sounds like a voice.
Greg Almost got it!
(Engine shorts out and noise stops)
Greg Oh great.
Pearl What's happening, where's the signal?
Greg Uh, looks like the van battery couldn't handle all this.
Pearl I had a feeling this wouldn't work, there's just no way that Greg's equipment can interface with our ancient Gem technology.
Steven Ah... come on Pearl, you can't be ready to give up yet.
Greg Look, we just got to keep trying. Sure we don't have the latest and greatest Gem tech, but-
(Garnet remove device, noise starts, she then puts back the couch cushions and noise stops.)
Garnet It's okay Greg, you tried. Back to the temple. We'll figure something else out. *jumps off screen*
Pearl What a waste of time. *jumps off screen*
Amethyst See you later... Gregory. *jumps off screen*
Steven Ah, come on y'all! *tries to jump off screen but fails*
Greg I really blew it, huh?
Steven Ah, Dad.
(Greg starts singing "Wailing Stone" and playing guitar.)
Greg I could have tamed you, I could have shown I could depose you from your loud throne, but in the end I wasn't good enough. I just showed the Gems I ain't got the stuff. Oh Wailing Stone, I tried so hard to fly but I was thrown. Oh Wailing Stone, I gotta tell the Gems 'cause they should know. Have a little, have a little, have a little faith in me, I just wanted to help. You know I have a little, have a little, have a little expertise, I know it's not much but I know if it could come in handy I'd want to be there. I think so highly of you, it just isn't fair that you have so little faith... *stops singing*
Greg Eh, that's a B-side.
Steven Dad, I hate seeing you like this, there's gotta be something else we can try.
Greg Eh, I don't know Steven. I mean, sound and stuff like this, this stuff's my whole world, and if I can't figure this out then I don't know, maybe it isn't even sound.
Steven Dad, if it isn't sound then what else could it be? Hm, hm. Wait, what? Dad!
Greg I'm not that far away from you, buddy.
Steven What if it's...
Greg Some other thing I'm not good at?
(Steven points at his eyes.)
Greg *struggling* Magic... eyeballs... Oh my days, it's video!
Steven We have to tell the Gems! Video! *starts running to beach house*
Greg Hey, slow down!
(Greg runs into the beach house and starts talking without facing the Gems.)
Greg I just want to help, have some faith in-
Amethyst We're over here.
Greg I know my audio equipment seems like a pile of Earth junk to y'all but-
Garnet Greg, it's okay.
Greg No it's not, you guys don't give up on anything, except for me. Come on... it's not like I can make it any worse!
(The Gems, Steven, and Greg are back at Greg's van.)
Pearl Okay, go for it Garnet.
(Garnet holds jumper cables and generates her own electrical current.)
Pearl Okay Amethyst, try it now.
Amethyst I've never started a car with a key before. *turns key and starts car* Ha, that's way easier!
Pearl The battery is ready to go.
Steven The Wailing Stone is ready.
Greg Ready with the video cord, Steven?
Steven Ready.
(Steven plugs the cord into the TV and a sound starts and video is fuzzy.)
Pearl Is that it?
Greg Just a second.
Steven I hear something.
Greg Come on!
(The video then becomes clearer to reveal Lapis.)
Lapis Steven!
Steven Lapis!
Greg I did it!
Pearl I can't believe my flipping eyes!
Garnet Everyone, listen up!
Lapis I hope you're able to hear this. There's a Gem looking for you, she even knew your name. I don't know how! I didn't tell her, I swear! She's on her way to Earth, and she's not alone. Steven, Homeworld is not the way it used to be. Everything here is so advanced! I can't even understand it. There's no way anything on Earth can stand up to it. Please, don't put up a fight, It'll only lead to devastation--
(Video cuts off)
Pearl It's Peridot, she must be talking about Peridot.
Amethyst She's coming for us!
Steven Lapis, she sounds so unhappy...
(Pearl and Amethyst freak out in background.)
Amethyst What are we going to do?!
Garnet Woo, we did it.
Pearl What?
Garnet We got the message.
Amethyst But--
Garnet It's got!
(Garnet shakes Greg's hand.)
Garnet Thank you Greg, we would not have received this message without your help.
(Greg starts to tear up.)
Greg You... you're welcome.
Steven My dad is... *auto tunes his voice to sound robotic* the best!
Greg Oh my gosh, Steven's a robot! Help, I can't relate to my robot son!
Steven *robotic voice* My mind is the internet, I know every continuity mistake ever made on television.
(Greg and Steven laugh, ending the episode.)
[Episode Ends]
ve Transcripts
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 GreatMessage 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 The 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 The 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