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Speaker Dialogue
[Close-up shot of the counter of Beach Citywalk Fries]
(Slow motion of Steven's fists hitting the surface of the counter.)
Steven Give me the (attempts to bang counter) [In regular time] (interrupted by a bag of fry bits put in front of him by Peedee) Oh, thanks!
Peedee Eh, I saw you guys coming.
Greg Are you closing up all by yourself?
Peedee Yeah, it's just me tonight.
Greg Wow, that's a lot of responsibility for a kid your age. Your dad must really trust you.
Peedee *makes an annoyed face* Don't patronize me, sir.
Steven See you, Peedee!
(Steven and Greg leave Beach Citywalk Fries and walk towards the beach.)
Steven So, like I was saying, Peridot's been shooting huge robots here from space. And when you smash them, they explode into goo!
Greg That sounds scary. You know, I'm not sure if... Do you ever feel like this Gem stuff is too much for you?
Steven What are you-
[Loud explosion noise]
(Steven drops the bag of bits.)
(Windows of local businesses shatter.)
Peedee *carrying garbage bag* Ngyaaah!
Greg What the hey was that? ... Steven?
(Steven is looking up at the sky, where a giant green hand is floating.)
Steven Is that... a hand?
[Trans. Beach]
Pearl The Light Cannons should be ready.
Steven Guys! Did you see that thing in the sky?
Pearl It's a ship. We have to assume it's Peridot.
Garnet Lapis told us she'll be coming. With advanced weapons and reinforcements.
Greg It's happening...
Steven I wanna see. *looks into telescope and sees the green hand* Woah.
Garnet [Camera zooms out from Garnet's face] Ready the light cannons.
(The Quartizine Trio appear from under the deck. Amethyst pushes the fourth Laser Light Cannon into position.)
Garnet Steven, light them up.
Steven *talks into walkie-talkie* If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs.
(Cannons shoot beams into sky at the spaceship. The warship opens itself and blocks the crossed beam with the palm area.)
Garnet No effect.
Greg What now?
Garnet *lifts the telescope and looks into it* We'll have to take them head on. The whole town might be in danger.
Steven *gets phone and taps on Mayor Dewey's name* I better make a call. Time for some... political favors.
[Trans. Int. Mayor's Office]
Mayor Dewey *worriedly* Hello?
Steven Mayor Dewey! It's me, Steven Universe!
Mayor Dewey *hides behind curtain* Universe, what's this thing in the sky? As a politician, pointing fingers make me very nervous.
Steven Mayor Dewey, the whole town's in danger. We have to evacuate the city.
Mayor Dewey Evacuate? Hmm. Evacuate. Could be tough. I'll need a catchy slogan.
[Trans. to Mayor Dewey driving his van through town]
Mayor Dewey People! I need everyone to consider evacuation! Evacuation is something we all depend on in times of... *voice fades out*
[Camera pans to Steven, Greg, and the Crystal Gems]
Steven Hey! That's a great idea, Dad. You should leave with the rest of the- *spies his cheeseburger backpack* is that my luggage?
Greg and Pearl Uuuhh...
Greg *looks at Pearl* Who wants to tell him?
(Both look at Amethyst, who turns away defensively.)
Amethyst Hey, I'm not good with this stuff!
Garnet Steven, I know you don't think we trust you. I know more often than not we treat you like a human child. But the truth is, we rely on you. Your voice inspires us, binds us, reminds us why we promised to protect the planet. You must now be that voice, for them.
[Camera switches to Beach City's boardwalk, all of the citizens in chaos]
Fryman Peedee, come on!
Peedee But are we coming back!?
Fryman Ronaldo, help me with your brother!
[Camera switches back]
Garnet If anything happens, you need to be there to protect them. Like your mother once did. It's your destiny.
Steven I won't disappoint you!
Garnet I know.
[Trans. Steven and Greg getting in the van]
(They drive off, leaving the sad Crystal Gems.)
Garnet We did everything we could. Alright, pull it together!
[Trans. Steven and Greg leaving Beach City]
Steven Maybe when Peridot gets to Earth, she'll see how nice all the people are and she won't want to hurt anyone.
Greg Just like your mother. *sighs*
Steven Yeah?
Greg Yeah. But these other Gems aren't like your mother. They aren't like Garnet, Amethyst, or Pearl. They aren't gonna start caring about people now. They didn't the first time they...
Steven The first time they what?
Greg I mean, it was thousands of years ago! It's-it's not like I was there! *looks at Steven* The Gems should be telling you all this stuff but I get it. I mean, they don't want you thinking of them like that!
Steven Like what? Dad, like what?
Greg Like aliens, Steven! Aliens who invaded Earth!
Steven What!?
Greg All they do is try to make up for it. They just can't forgive themselves, you understand? Look, they were doing something awful to the planet and your mother couldn't stand it anymore. She told me that's why she had to turn on her own kind. She gave up everything just to stop what they started here and drive the invading Gems off of Earth.
Steven So sh-she saved the world, that's good!
Greg No such thing as a good war, kiddo. Gems were destroyed, people too... In the end, your mother could only save a handful of her closest friends. If it weren't for her shield, man, I don't know. *looks at Steven's face* B-but hey, let's look on the bright side! We're gonna drive past that waffle place in a couple miles!
Steven We gotta go back! Turn the van around!
Greg No way, the Gems don't want you going back!
Steven I know they're just trying to protect me, but I have to protect them! I have Mom's shield, they need me!
Greg I need you too!
Steven Please Dad, what if they get hurt? Dad, turn around! Dad! Turn the van around, please!
(Steven punches the panel in front of him. The airbags inflate and he is launched out of the van in his bubble. Greg stops the van and runs out after him.)
Greg Steven!
Steven Dad...
Fryman Yo, Greg, are you and your kid okay?
Greg Yeah, yeah! We're fine, we're fine. Ugh...
Steven Dad, please. I have to go back. I have to! They don't have my shield, do you understand?
Greg Yeah, okay. Just... be careful, or I'm gonna run fresh out of family.
Steven Stay with everyone and keep them safe. I'll figure out some way to get back to Beach City.
(Lion appears behind Steven and places a paw on his head.)
Steven Oh, this'll work!
[Trans. Steven riding Lion back]
(Steven dials his phone.)
Steven Come on, pick up...
Answering Machine, voice of Dr.Maheswaran You've reached the Maheswaran residence. Please leave a message after the beep. And keep it short.
Steven Hey, Connie, it's Steven. Just... seeing what you were up to. Don't know if you knew, but there's some crazy stuff going on with a giant space hand and we all might die, so, uh, I guess call me back when you get this and talk to you soon! Uh, bye!
(Once Steven hangs up, Lion teleports them to the beach in front of the Crystal Temple, where Opal has been called upon to try to attack the spaceship with her arrows and stands by Garnet.)
Garnet Fire!
(Opal fires a barrage of arrows at the ship to no effect.)
(Steven dismounts Lion.)
Steven Stay here! If something happens, Dad'll need a new son!
(Garnet and Opal watch as the ship increases speed in its descent.)
Garnet At least Steven is safe...
Steven Hey guys!
Garnet Steven!
(The surprise of seeing Steven at the beach causes Opal to separate into Pearl and Amethyst. The recoil forces them to the ground.)
Amethyst You came back!
Pearl What are you doing?! Get out of here!
Steven But-
Garnet It's too late! Just stay behind us!
(The ship lands.)
Steven Ah...
(A ball appears from the palm of the hand. It opens, revealing Jasper, Peridot, and Lapis.)
Peridot That's them, all right. They're the ones who keep breaking my machines.
Jasper This is it?
Peridot Jasper! They keep interfering with my work!
Jasper *sighs and steps forward* Looks like another waste of my time... Hey, get over here!
(She drags Lapis Lazuli out from behind her.)
(Lapis breaks free from Jasper's grip and gasps at the sight of Steven.)
Steven Lapis!
Jasper This is their base?
Lapis Yes...
Garnet You need to leave immediately!
Amethyst Yeah, step off!
Pearl This is not a Gem-controlled planet!
(The three jump onto the beach.)
Jasper And neither of you saw Rose Quartz? Oh, what a shame. I'd hoped to meet her. I was looking forward to beating her into the ground!
Steven Euegh...
Jasper But this is all that's left of her army? Some lost, defective Pearl, a puny overcooked runt, and this shameless display? *glances at Steven* What is that?
(The three Crystal Gems bare their weapons in preparation.)
Peridot It calls itself the Steven.
Lapis He's just a human! He isn't a threat at all! He's not one of them!
Jasper I know what a human is. You don't need me for this. Just blast them with the ship.
Peridot Ugh, fine.
(The ship lifts up, the index finger takes aim. Peridot draws a wide circle on her screen and taps the middle. It begins to charge power.)
Garnet Steven! Get out of here!
Steven No!
Garnet I won't let you risk your life!
Steven But this is my home! And you're all my family!
(Steven's gemstone begins to shine.)
Peridot Firing.
(A beam fires out of the ship.)
Steven I- I'm a Crystal Gem too!
(He jumps in front of them. Rose's shield forms, stopping the blast. Jasper turns around in shock.)
Jasper That shield! That symbol!
(The shield falls, and Steven collapses.)
Jasper You! You have the power of Rose Quartz!
Peridot Now do you believe I needed an escort?
Jasper Fire a barrage! Widespread!
(Peridot swipes a finger right across her monitor. Garnet pushes Steven out of the way. The ship cuts a line across the beach, causing an explosion with Pearl and Amethyst getting caught in it. The smoke clears, revealing Steven to be safe.)
Jasper Rose, why do you look like that? Why are you so weak?
Lapis Don't hurt him!
Jasper You knew about this!
Lapis It wasn't relevant to the mission!
Jasper Forget about the mission!
Peridot What!?
Jasper Yellow Diamond needs to see this... thing.
Steven Uh...
(Garnet jumps at Jasper.)
Jasper Good.
(Jasper summons her weapon and the two clash blows, creating a powerful draft that pushes back both Garnet and Steven.)
Garnet *recovering from the knock back and running towards Jasper* Steven, run!
Jasper *pulls out weapon* Priming Gem Destabilizer. *dashes towards Garnet*
(Jasper hits Garnet with the destabilizer in the chest, destroying her physical form.)
Pearl and Amethyst Ah!
(Garnet looks at Steven before disappearing and retreats to her gemstones. Two lay on the ground, one red, one blue.)
Jasper *to Steven* I was there, you know?;At the first war for this garbage planet. I fought against your armies. I respected your tactics. But this"?*lifting Steven by his shirt* This is sick!!!
(Pearl and Amethyst charge at Jasper.)
Pearl Unhand him!
Jasper I don't get what you're planning, Rose. But look?! Your base is taken. Your armies are ruined. You have failed!
(Jasper headbutts Steven in the eye, knocking him out.)
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' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale Rose
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