But it was real! Something was warping somewhere in the warp!
PlotThe Gems warp back home after a mission in Flower Meadow. Pearl and Amethyst are even complimenting each other's contributions. Steven is allergic to the flowers in the meadow; while warping back, Pearl tells Steven to sneeze into his antecubital fossa (the inside of his elbow), but his sneeze propels him to the edge of the warp stream. Steven's head pops out of the stream, revealing space and another warp stream adjacent to the one the Gems are using. Steven sees a fast and circular object warping through one of them. Garnet pulls Steven back and tells him not to stick his head outside, as there is not much air and it's cold. Steven tells Pearl there was something there, but she doesn't believe him. Garnet agrees with Pearl, telling Steven that there hasn't been anything else out there for a long, long time. That night, Steven can't sleep due to his fear of the warp monster he saw earlier in the warp stream. Amethyst appears, grabbing a midnight snack and offers Steven the macaroni cheese she is eating. Steven declines and tells Amethyst that he can't sleep, and she teases him about something jumping out from a Warp Pad while he is asleep. Steven tentatively denies this. Amethyst tells him not to let a "warp monster bite" and leaves joyfully. Armed with a water gun, Steven decides to stay up and watch over the warp pad for any dangers that lurk. While on his post, however, he eventually falls asleep. In the morning, Pearl wakes up Steven, saying the Gems have a surprise for him, which startles him into spraying her with his water gun. Garnet states that he can't get any of cookies they made as a surprise, and Amethyst then eats them all instead. Steven apologizes for spraying Pearl and blames it on his lack of sleep. Pearl questions if it was about the thing he saw in the warp stream, and Steven snaps at her that it was real. Pearl snaps back, "Nothing on Earth can use these warps but us!" Garnet suggests that the Gems check the warps to ease Steven's paranoia. Steven and Pearl agree both believing that they will be right. They check back at the Flower Meadow. Steven sneezes and Garnet says bless you. Then at the Geode, Pearl confirms that nothing is there either, and comments on the Geode's good condition before they leave. They check the Sky Spire, and find Steven Jr., who is now a father to three children. Amethyst rejoices for Steven who is now a grandpa. Pearl smugly claims victory, and says that they looked all over, and there's nothing to find because there was never anything to begin with. Steven claims that she's wrong, which angers Pearl. Pearl, through a fierce glare, says she doesn't like Steven's tone. At the Galaxy Warp, Pearl chastises Steven, showing him that all warp pads are broken. She even shows Steven the sad cartoon stickers Steven put on each of the pads to mark them as inactive. Steven agrees with the Gems that they are safe. While they talk about how Steven now feels safe, and that is important for him to feel that way, Steven snaps back at them for telling him how he feels and knows something was inside the stream, which leads to Pearl and Steven arguing again. Amethyst states that the arguing between the two is a new thing, and she likes it. Pearl tells Steven that he doesn't know what he's talking about, to which Steven yells back that she doesn't know what he is talking about. This aggravates Pearl, and Garnet firmly tells Steven to let it go.
That night, Steven sits in the house staring at the warp pad while eating dry macaroni (as Amethyst had eaten the cheese packets the previous night). Amethyst comes out of her room and tries to cheer Steven up, but seeing he is still in a bitter mood, she gives up and leaves the house. Just as Steven is about to give up his watch and admit that he was wrong, a small metallic ball crashes through the roof. Legs expand from the ball, revealing it to be a robot. The robot goes for the warp pad, but Steven blocks it, and the robot tackles him and shoots a liquid at him which he avoids. Steven grabs one of its legs and throws it into the side of the warp pad, damaging both the robot and the warp pad, for which he apologizes. The robot shoots some goo on to the warp pad fixing the crack before activating the pad. Steven then jumps into the stream after it.
As Steven struggles with the robot, others just like it appear in the stream and begin to crowd Steven, pushing him towards the edge of the stream. Steven tries to break free, but accidentally tumbles out of the warp stream and begins slowly floating away, still holding one of the robots. Steven takes comfort in the fact that he was right all along, but that quickly turns to despair as he realizes he is going to die cold and alone. Suddenly, a warp stream opens right behind him, and Garnet sticks her arms out and pulls Steven to safety. She comforts him, telling him to take deep breaths. Pearl and Amethyst appear just a few seconds later and are relieved to see Steven is all right. Garnet notices the robot Steven still has with him and says that must have been what he saw in the stream. Steven says he doesn't care about that anymore, but Garnet says that she does. She apologizes to Steven, telling him that he is Crystal Gem too, and they should have listened to him before.
They arrive at the Galaxy Warp, and the robot joins the rest of its troop over at the Gem Homeworld warp. Pearl questions what they are doing to the warp as they spray it with their liquid. Soon all the cracks in the warp are gone, and it begins to activate. Garnet grabs her teammates and quickly takes them to a hiding spot. A green Gem appears on the warp pad and begins speaking to an audio recording log, revealing her name to be Peridot. She says the warp pad repair was successful and is about to continue when she is distracted by the damaged, now named, Flask Robonoid. She then crushes it under her foot, much to the shock of Steven, who has been watching.
When Peridot steps off of the warp pad, she notices the Crying Breakfast Friends! sticker and fears the area may have been compromised. She places an EMP device on the warp pad and warps away. The device then detonates, deactivating the remaining Flask Robonoids. Pearl and Amethyst are worried about what just happened, seemingly afraid of being found by Peridot or who sent her. Steven asks questions about Peridot's motives. Garnet then walks towards the Gem Homeworld warp, saying that it doesn't matter while summoning her gauntlets in greater size than usually seen on the show, and smashes the Homeworld warp. Garnet dramatically ends the episode by saying, "She's not coming back." The episode then cuts to black in a stark contrast to the usual star iris ending.
- Sky Spire
- Beach House
- Galaxy Warp
- Crystal Temple
- Flower Meadow (debut)
- Kindergarten (mentioned)
- Warp Space (debut)
- It is revealed that Steven is allergic to pollen.
- This episode marks Peridot's debut.
- It's revealed that there isn't much oxygen outside warp streams.
- This explains why the Gems tell Steven to stay in the stream, as he needs oxygen to breathe.
- Garnet also stated that it is "very cold," supported by the fact that Steven's snot liquid froze when he was outside the stream.
- When Peridot leaves, Pearl says, "They're coming back," which implies more Gems could come back with Peridot and that they were there before, which alludes to the events of "The Return".
- The way Garnet grabs Steven back into the warp beam may be a reference to Rebecca Sugar's short - "Singles".
- When Peridot uses her touch screen, there appears to be Arabic script on her touchscreen.
- The title seems to be a reference to Vans Warped Tour.
- Amethyst says "Don't let the warp monster bite." This is a parody of the phrase "Sleep tight, don't let the bed-bugs bite."
- The Galaxy Warp from "Space Race" reappears again.
- The Crying Breakfast Friends! stickers that Steven put on the warp pad from "Space Race" are also still there.
- The Geode from "House Guest" reappears again.
- Greg's duct tape used to mend the Geode is still there.
- Steven Jr. from the episode "Giant Woman" makes a reappearance at the Sky Spire, and is revealed to have children.
- During the dictation of her log entry, Peridot states that she was now going to "locate and manually reactivate the Kindergar..." at which point she was interrupted by the damaged robonoid. The "Kindergarten" is later revealed in "On the Run", and Peridot, despite multiple attempts, was unable access it until "Marble Madness".
- Pearl's warning that "they", i.e. the Gems from Homeworld, "were coming back" turns out to be prophetic as Peridot returns in a Gem warship with a powerful Gem called Jasper.
- Garnet's weighted gauntlets from "Garnet's Universe" appear at the end of the episode.
- When Steven was floating to the outside of the warp stream, Garnet's upper and lower lips were missing.
- When the Gems reach the geode, the bottom of Garnet's attire has the colors reversed.
- The robot that was on Peridot's shoulder disappears before she leaves.
- When the Crystal Gems hid from Peridot, Garnet's shoulder pad was colored black instead of crimson red.
- When Steven was at the front door of the temple sleeping, there weren't any keys on the coat rack, then in the next scene, there were keys on it.
- When Amethyst gobbles up all the cookies that Garnet baked, her gem is missing.
- The Cookie Cat alarm clock next to the tissue box on Steven's nightstand is missing after Amethyst offered macaroni cheese to Steven.
- When Garnet told Steven to let it go, Ruby's gem facet is tilted.
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