Heartwarming: Steven Universe
- In an overall sense, the parental relationship between Steven and the rest of the Gems is so strong and genuine, that one would think they actually are related. This is best exemplified by the fact that Steven has three distinctive relationships with the Gems. When he's with Amethyst, she's like a Cool Big Sis whom he's able to have fun and run around with; Pearl is constantly worried over his safety and well being, and with Garnet he's most eager to impress her because she has such complete faith in him and is able to call off Pearl and Amethyst when they're being a bit overbearing.
- The relationship between Greg and Rose. Despite what the other Gems seem to think of Greg, Rose obviously loved him very, very much.
- And it was mutual, because it's clear that Greg still adores Rose.
- The relaxing credits. And the lyrical version played after the season finale.
- The Gems playfully tossing Steven around in the Cartoon Network logo.◊
- In contrast to the first opening, the second opening has the Crystal Gems are all seen close together. A visual representation of their character development from season 1, that had them growing closer.
- The second opening also has Connie and Lion joining the beach cookout. They're part of the family now.
- Connie runs off happily to follow the van instead of just watching, and Greg's reclining on Lion as he happily strums a chord on his guitar.
- Seeing all three gems tussling Steven's hair (instead of just Garnet) and the four of them sitting on the beach together is liable to make you squee. Steven also grins at the sign of affection rather than express annoyance at being treated like a kid.
- Garnet, heck everyone, smiles a lot more during this version of the opening.
- Steven also gets a part when the gems sing "We are the Crystal Gems"!
- The extended version amps it up even more. Wittle baby Steven, just learning to play the ukulele, and singing his song for his whole family? Pearl tenderly sharing their history, vowing to protect Rose's ideals, the Earth, and Steven from harm? Amethyst reaffirming her existence as an Earth-made Gem? Garnet (and Ruby and Sapphire) protecting Earth as a place that allows them to love freely? Hearts may explode upon watching it.
- As pointed out here (warning, some spoilers), every character in the show, no matter what the body type, appearance, or traits, is depicted as beautiful in some way. Everyone has someone who loves them or finds them beautiful.
- Also see: for non-canon work.
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- The adorable theme song Steven strums out on his ukulele and how Garnet is the one who starts everyone clapping for him. Steven gets stars in his eyes when he's excited.
- The theme song for the show (which is the song from the pilot, but in a higher tempo and keyed up). Steven's song holds so much meaning to the Gems that they'll sing it altogether.
- Garnet calling Steven a buttface. It's not because she actually thinks he is a buttface as much as she knows that he'll be able to use a comeback to return before the fight with the knowledge to save the day.
- Sadie letting Steven take the Cookie Cat freezer home.
- The reason why the Gems went out and stocked up on his favorite ice cream snack: because they knew it was Steven's favorite and heard it got discontinued. There's just something incredibly simplistic and sweet about the fact that they did that just because they wanted to do something nice for him for no reason other than just because.
- "You're one of us, Steven! We're not the Crystal Gems without you!" After Amethyst says this, Garnet smiles and nods.
- At the end of the episode, the Gems assure Steven that he'll discover how exactly he summons his weapon. And Garnet remarks:
Garnet: Yes... in your own Steven-y way!
"Laser Light Cannon"
- Amethyst and Steven hanging out at the beginning of the episode
- Greg may be a Bumbling Dad, and he knows that what the Gems do is way out of his league, but he still loves his son enough to help him out with whatever he might need, whenever he comes looking for him.
- "Let Me Drive My Van into Your Heart" is a song by one-man-band Greg Universe. When he performed it in concert, no one showed up... except Rose Quartz, the woman who would eventually give birth to Steven Universe. Hell, the song itself is pretty heartwarming in its own right.
- Rose using one of Greg's silly Catchphrases as the activation Code Phrase for the light cannon.
- The Gems helping Steven hold the Light Cannon.
- Greg shedding a few tears at seeing Rose in the beam of the light cannon.
- The motherly, almost neurotic concern Pearl shows for Steven. Once they show up at the Crystal Spire, she saves him from falling down a chasm and immediately wants to send him back to keep him safe.
- Even though Steven did botch the mission, none of the Gems blame him. They even try to make him feel better about it afterwards, despite how much the tower obviously meant to them.
- The entire premise of the episode, which is simply Steven trying to gather all the Gems in one place, just so they can all eat breakfast together.
- Steven finds himself in Amethyst's "room", where she declares she's going to add him to the Junk Pile, but in a fun, sisterly, teasing manner, making it impossible to be anything but heartwarming.
- Steven spends most of the episode trying to comfort and be a good friend to a fellow child named Peedee, who's having some serious daddy issues and is depressed by his new job. It just goes to show what a sweet, outgoing kid Steven is. There's something really adorable about the way that Steven tries to help Peedee feel better, even though it's clear he doesn't understand why Peedee is sad. Even if he can't comprehend or fix the problem he can still try and support Peedee through it.
- Peedee standing between his dad and Frybo in an attempt to defend the former, despite clearly being scared out of his mind.
- "Dad, I'll... (beat) Are you gonna get another costume?" "(beat) Nah... I don't need another Frybo. I've got the Fry-man."
- Steven and Greg bonding with a playful water fight.
- A YouTube comment summed up the climax as thus: Someone cares about you when they're concerned when you're in danger. Someone loves you when you've turned into a metamorphing cat monster and they still only see you as their son.
- After the Gems have returned and found that Steven has got his shapeshifting under control, Garnet tells the others that they should have more faith in Steven.
- The first thing Pearl does when they get back? Jump off the boat, ask if Steven's okay, and instruct him to "let me see it" while inspecting his fingers. She treats him like a toddler who's just banged his finger, and it's absolutely precious.
- Garnet tells Steven to just talk to Connie, rather than let Pearl over-plan it.
- Steven unconsciously creating the bubble to protect Connie and himself. Especially when you realize that this was by accident, and he was risking his own life to save Connie.
- Steven kept Connie's bracelet safe for over a year until he saw her again. He finally worked up the nerve to talk to her and gave it back to reassure Connie when she's feeling overwhelmed. They both recall each other even after an entire year.
Connie: I'm going to disappear without making a single friend... (crying)
Steven: (shows her the bracelet) ...We could be friends.
- Heck, the way Steven gives Connie her bracelet is a reminder of a proposal.
- After Steven takes down the monster, he and Connie hold hands.
- When Amethyst and Pearl start to be too meddlesome with Steven and Connie, Garnet steps in to keep them from being a bother while repeating how Steven asked not to "Mess up his funky flow". While it's funny that she took a comment like that so seriously, it's also very heartwarming that she listened, took note and indeed took it completely seriously. Simply because Steven asked her to.
- Steven and the Gems all going to the Amusement Park to ride the Teacups. Double as a Funny Moment as well when Steven is riding with Garnet.
- Just how nice Garnet is to Steven. She's always really kind and supportive of him but it really comes out in this episode due to how much time they spend together. A particularly notable moment is when Steven ends up fainting from seeing the third trap and the spinning nature of the pyramid giving him nausea. When he comes to and finds that Garnet had carried him through the chamber, she just tells him that he was taking a nap and remains encouraging, rather than telling him that he fainted or collapsed.
- While all the Gems obviously love Steven, Garnet also shows him a lot of respect. When Pearl goes into exposition-mode about how the place worked to begin with, Garnet immediately tells her "Steven already figured that out". Garnet clearly listens to what Steven says and always takes him seriously, which Pearl in this case, probably with her tendency to think a bit highly of herself, apparently forgot. Given Steven's insecurities about being a full member of the team, it's really very sweet.
- Steven's speech about Purple Puma's backstory, which is pretty heartwarming in itself, is followed by this plea to let Amethyst keep at it:
Stephen: Can't we have this? Can't we just... wrestle?
- Pearl looks genuinely horrified and concerned when it seems Garnet disapproves of Amethyst's need to wrestle.
- After realizing how much bottled-up anger Amethyst holds in towards their no-nonsense expectations of her, Garnet and Pearl especially decide to go along with her wrestling facade and pretend to be the Heels, allowing themselves to be "beaten" so that Amethyst and Steven can have a good time. That they decided to play up themselves as evil, fun-hating buzzkills showcases that they were willing to admit they were wrong earlier.
- The "fight" between Pearl and Steven has her pretending to be knocked out by him in an overly-dramatic fashion that's very reminiscent of a parent or older-sibling having a mock fight with a young child.
- Amethyst regretfully apologizes to Garnet while she's pretending to be knocked out, who apologizes in return.
- Lars's restored love for Tiger Millionaire by the end of the episode.
Lars: I love you, Tiger Millionaire
- Garnet gently teasing and reassuring Steven that nothing can harm him in the desert at the beginning of the episode. Very cute.
- Steven's complete and utter adoration of the lion, and the lion being completely gentle and passive to Steven in response, not to mention the lion eventually rescuing Steven and helping him reach the desert glass.
- Just the image of Steven and Amethyst taking a nap under a pillow fort they made. Further cementing their sibling-like relationship without even saying anything.
- At the beginning of the episode when Steven is in danger, all three gems work together to save him. Garnet catches him from his fall and prevent him from being hit by a monster's projectiles, then Amethyst carries him to safety while Pearl covers their escape.
- Steven wanting to treat the Gems to a day of fun at his favorite place in Beach City.
- Steven separately grabs each one of the Gems by the hand as he leads them to a game he thinks they'll enjoy.
- It seems the only thing that can get Pearl and Amethyst to agree with each other is seeing Steven in danger.
- Steven, wondering if Opal still retains Pearl and Amethyst's memories, is reassured that it's still them by Opal gently singing "Giant Woman" to him.
- This exchange at the end of the episode:
Garnet: I also see you helped your teammates fuse.
Steven: And all I had to do was get eaten by a bird!
Garnet: Nice work. You'll be great at fusing one day.
- Steven befriending a mountain goat and naming him Steven Jr.
"So Many Birthdays"
- Steven, upon learning that Gems don't really celebrate birthdays, vows to throw a party for each Gem, hoping to make all of them as happy as his own birthdays have in the past.
- Steven pretends to fall to perform the classic pie in face gag. Pearl, not realizing the joke and being... well, Pearl, takes about half a second to stand up and catch him, preventing him from falling on his face.
- Sadie attempts to cheer up the greatly aged Steven after he has a breakdown in the donut shop, despite not even recognizing him at the time.
- Upon finding an aged Steven laying in the sand, Lion immediately grabs him and rushes him to the other Gems, showing that even Lion is concerned for his new friend's safety. After he transports Steven to the Gems, he lets Steven sit/lie against him.
- Garnet keeps wearing the cape and crown she had on for the party Steven tried to throw for her throughout the episode. When told she doesn't have to wear it anymore, she says that "it makes [her] feel important". D'aw.
- The moment when Steven finally reverts to his normal age and the Gems tackle him out of absolute joy should definitely garner a huge sigh of relief.
"Lars and the Cool Kids"
- Throughout the entire episode, Steven goes out of his way to help Lars pique the interest of the alleged "cool kids", all while just being his own sincere, goofy, loveable self.
- When it's all over, Lars tries to give Steven some very well-deserved credit for saving the day. Steven immediately interrupts him to say Lars was the one that drove them all up there. That's pretty big of both of them.
- Steven and Lars look at each other, smile, and give each other a "chest-five," nodding back to when Steven did it to Lars earlier in the episode.
- The end of the episode, in which the true nature of the moss is revealed and the kids gaze dumbstruck at the sight of the flowers floating over the city.
- The conversation Onion has with his dad. It's impossible to understand what they're saying but it's clear they love each other and that Onion really loves the little time they spend together.
- Steven giving Onion his Ranger Guy even though he tried to destroy the town because Steven realizes he needs it more.
- The conversation between Steven and his dad at the end of the episode.
Greg: You went through all that trouble for a toy?
Steven: It was more for the memories than the toy.
"Steven the Sword Fighter"
- Pearl offhandedly mentions that she'd be happy to show Steven real sword fighting techniques. Then she feels Steven's hand on her head and looks up to see him staring at her excitedly with stars in his eyes.
- The way Pearl cares much more about cheering and reassuring Steven than the sword in her chest. Even knowing it cannot harm her for good, it's still pretty strong.
- The Gems don't blame Steven for Pearl getting stabbed by her own hologram because they know she is going to be fine.
- Amethyst comforts Steven by telling her that what happened to Pearl usually happens to her. Garnet teasingly reminds her that it always happens to her. Steven laughs and cheers up.
- Steven mentions that Pearl usually helps him clean his room.
- Steven tends to Pearl's Gem the entire two weeks she's gone. He talks to it, keeps it warm, and brings it with him to watch a movie. Clearly, he's doing his best to look after her the same way she looks after him.
- And there's Steven's reaction when Pearl is finally regenerated. He runs straight over and hugs her, with Pearl just giving a chipper little "Miss me much?". Aaawe.
- The way she's shocked for a moment as he almost bowls her over before smiling gently at him and placing a hand on his hair.
"Lion 2: The Movie"
- Just about every second Steven and Connie spend together in this episode can induce diabetes. Despite having very different lives from each other, they very much enjoy having fun together.
- Connie grabs onto Steven's sword when they get attacked by the robot head and manages to make use of her tennis skills to help defeat it.
- Steven and Connie can be seen holding hands while they ask for movie tickets.
- In the short amount of time that they appear, the Gems make an effort to appear impressive to Connie for Steven's sake, in a rather parent-like fashion.
- Steven's adamant determination to show the Pizza family that the Crystal Gems aren't just destructive assholes. He wont stand for anyone thinking badly of his friends/family.
- Jenny telling Nana how hilarious she is. It's a small moment but it shows even irresponsible teens love their grandmothers.
- Pearl and Kiki high-fiving each other after scoring in the volleyball game, Amethyst and Jenny teaming up, and Garnet and Kofi actually getting along.
- Garnet calling Nana brave for taking on the gem alongside Steven.
- While this is mostly a pretty scary episode, there are lots of little heartwarming moments. Steven eating four cans of Cream Corn just so the four of them can go play minigolf is very sweet, and the Gems actually really do look sorry when they say they can't go. It's cemented further when they come back from their mission and are all happily showing him the stone they brought, clearly thinking he'll find it exciting. Too bad they interrupted him at a bad time this once... and of course, at the very end, they still end up playing minigolf.
Garnet: Guess what? We have time to hang out now.
- At the end, Steven apologizes for getting mad at the Gems, understanding that they sometimes just couldn't spend time with him when he wants it. They apologize in turn for having to always leave him behind.
- Pearl takes Amethyst biting her on the arm without complaining, because she was too concerned about Steven to care about Amethyst bothering her at the moment. Likewise, Amethyst doesn't retaliate when Pearl accidentally elbows her in the face.
- At the end, Garnet does end up wearing the golf pants Steven showed her, probably just because he wanted her to.
- It's not much, but before Sugilite starts smashing the communication hub, the way she acts towards Steven, like asking him if he wants to see something cool before summoning her weapon(s), indicates that she still retains some of Amethyst's Cool Big Sis qualities as she clearly wants to impress him.
- Pearl singing out how she wants to be an inspiration to Steven.
- While singing, she picks up and folds the shirts he left scattered on the floor in a decidedly mom-like fashion.
- How Steven hears her song, is really touched by it, and sings his own bit so it's almost like he and Pearl have a fusion of their own.
- Pearl, believing herself too weak to protect the ones she cares about, almost hits the Despair Event Horizon as she faces her teamates' fusion form. Steven, having spent the entire episode worshiping Sugilite and believing physical strength to be "real strength", finally understands what Pearl told him earlier about being strong "in the real way" and begins yelling encouragement to her, reviving her fighting spirit.
- When Garnet and Amethyst are finally able to separate from Sugilite, Pearl responds by pulling both into a hug out of relief, though she forgets that they're currently in pain and can't move. Shortly after, Garnet apologizes for not listening to her when they should've.
- Sadie's story about how she waited seven hours for a game that Lars wanted and how Lars gave her favorite snack, oyster crackers and played the game with her in return.
"Steven and the Stevens"
- In the end after numerous time-travelling shenanigans, who fills in for Greg in Steven's Beach-a-palooza performance? The Gems of course!
- Steven and the Centipeedle's friendship, with the latter performing a heroic sacrifice to save Steven.
- The way the Gems comforted Steven after the event, telling him that his mother would've been proud of what he'd done.
- Garnet permits Steven to try and tame the centipeedle, in the manner of a parent allowing their child to keep a stray animal as a pet. He runs up and hugs her leg in gratitude.
Garnet: I can't say no to that face...
- Steven bubbling a bag of chips (the centipeedle's favorite food) next to its gem at the very end.
"An Indirect Kiss"
- Amethyst teasing Steven for being so worried about her. Especially in light of "On the Run," which implies she was likely doing it because she just wanted to be reminded of how much he loved her.
Amethyst: *giggles* "Steven, why are you getting so worked up? *Makes a mock-lovestruck face* What— do you care about me or something?"
Steven: *eyes glistening* "YES!
Amethyst: "Aw, Steven, I didn't mean to make you—*pretends to fall backwards* woah, woah!"
- And the callback to this towards the end of the episode, when Steven is blaming himself for what happened to Amethyst, and she manages to grin up at him and say "Ha ha... you... care... about... me." Even broken-down and incapable of speaking normally, she's still trying to lighten the mood and let him know she's not blaming him for anything.
- Connie doing her best to cheer up the down Steven.
Steven: "Everyone expects me to be like my mom...what if I never get those powers?"
Connie: "Then you'll be like me. That's not so bad."
- Connie and Steven having an Almost Kiss.
- Even if Connie puts a lot of admiration and awe in Steven's magical adventures, it's shown in this episode she cares about her friendship with him more than any of that, comforting Steven when he starts breaking out in tears about fear that he can't go on magic adventures with the gems without powers.
Connie: (shyly, while holding his hand) You don't need any powers to be here with me.
- Also remember that Steven is Connie's first friend. Of course she treasures him!
- Pearl showing an outright terrified but motherly concern over Amethyst's cracked gem, proving without a doubt that she really does care deeply about Amethyst.
- Amethyst, despite being very disorientated from her gem cracking and losing her ability to speak coherently, still pushed Steven out of harm's way and tried to comfort him when he got upset about not being able to help her.
- Lapis Lazuli's interactions with Steven. She calls him a friend while in the mirror and actually is both astonished but touched when he helps her out of it, since he was the only person who ever bothered to talk to her instead of asking for answers she couldn't give. She even risks discovery from the Crystal Gems to inform Steven that she works "just for [him.]"
- Greg, Connie and Lion teaming with Steven to bring back the ocean. Then the Crystal Gems, though they were mad at Steven for his disobdience, team along too.
Garnet: You're un-grounded, by the way.
- Despite all that happened in "Mirror Gem", Steven is the only one that tries to talk down Lapis Lazuli and the only one she allows to meet her at the top of the water tower, showing they still consider themselves friends.
- Lapis Lazuli thanking Steven for fixing her gem, allowing her to return home, the only thing she wanted.
- Steven receives a well-deserved hero's welcome from the entirety of Beach City after bringing the ocean back. And it's all set to the calming credits music, too.
- There is also a brief shot of Ronaldo and, of all people, Lars, holding up Connie and Steven respectively on their shoulders.
- Basically all the interactions with Steven and his dad are incredibly heartwarming.
- The song they sing, especially.
- After Greg puts his foot down on the space project out of concern for Steven's safety, Pearl works on the ship herself - and then, during the night, sneaks in to wake Steven up so she can show him the spaceship, and says they can take it for an "engine test". Let's reiterate: PEARL, of all people, breaks rules to pal around with Steven, acting very much like a parent who can't wait to show a child a gift they know they'll love.
- As Pearl muses about the probability of successfully building a functional spaceship, the one thing that pushes her decision is the glowing look on Steven's face.
- Pearl kind of loses it for a bit in this episode. She practically kidnaps Steven for their 'engine test' (which she reveals would take about 50 years, much to Greg's dismay) since she misses going to other worlds so much. But when the engine fails and they bail, Pearl, holding Steven tightly, immediately apologizes to Steven, who in turn assures her they'll go to space together someday. This prompts this adorable exchange.
Pearl: .You know, I think I'd rather be here on Earth.
Steven: (Cheerfully) With me!
Pearl: Yeah. With you.
- Pearl and Amethyst actually having a good time catching the gem shards. Part of why Steven wanted to have secret team was that he was seeing Pearl and Amethyst having a nice time together instead of bickering.
- Steven and Garnet doing a little secret team of their own, with Steven playing along with Garnet's scolding and trying to spare Pearl and Amethyst punishment.
- Garnet's lesson about teamwork at the end.
Garnet: Steven, I know you wanted to help them. You wanted to protect them; even from me. They made you feel like you had to take their side. (looks at Pearl and Amethyst) But there are no sides, because we're all on the same team. The Crystal Gems! (Garnet rips her Secret Team membership card and throws it on the ground. The others do the same while the main theme plays.)
- This clip, shown at the New York Comic-Con. From Steven's song of togetherness to a budding relationship between Lars and Sadie, there's no shortage or adorableness here.
- Lars kisses Sadie.
- Lars and Sadie (as well as Lars, Sadie and Steven) bonding together while cooking, fishing and eating together is really sweet. Especially since Lars started off not wanting to be anywhere near them.
- They even seem to have formed their own little family and household together while trying to survive on the island.
- Steven has to pick a Gem to pose as his mother, and sits all three Gems down to figure it out. He has a brief scene that is basically just him listing all their good qualities (and one bad to keep them from being picked), and outright acknowledges all of Pearl's very motherly qualities.
- While Steven's idea of posing Alexandrite as his mom is laughably bad, the intention is pretty sweet: he feels all of the gems could make a good mom, so he opts to have a fusion of the three of them do that role.
- Let's break this down in detail. Connie's mother has already heard Garnet's distinct accent, and that makes her the most logical choice in that circumstance. At least, it does to adult/mature viewers, and most likely the Gems. They never bring it up, instead choosing to let Steven take the lead 100% and go along with his plan, not out of what might work or what is practical, but because Steven is so convinced that all of them together are great parents.
- Greg's response "Because we love you, Steven..." after Steven asks why he is grounded from TV.
- The entire episode is basically a celebration of the close relationship Steven has with Garnet.
- Just look at Garnet playing along with Steven's silliness before he asks about her day and try claiming it doesn't melt your heart.
Garnet: Tiny hands—my one weakness.
- The episode opens with some silly and adorable father/son bonding between Steven and Greg as the two show off their watermelon seed-spitting techniques. Greg eventually concedes defeat and crowns his son "Your Watermelon-jesty".
"Lion 3: Straight to Video"
- Doubles as a funny moment, Pearl reveals that she likes to watch Steven sleep. When Steven objects to this, Pearl tells the other Gems that they'll need to take over for her.
- Rose's entire Happier Home Movie:
- Rose's speech about the beauty of the world.
Isn't it remarkable, Steven? This world is full of so many possibilities. Each living thing has an entirely unique experience. The sights they see, the sounds they hear... the lives they live... are so complicated, and so simple. I can't wait for you to join them.
- Getting to see Rose and Greg just hanging out, enjoying each others' company.
- Seeing Greg and Rose interact together on this video has an extra tugging of heartstrings when you realize that Rose and Greg both know that Rose will disappear when Steven is born, but all you can see is calmness and a lot of love between them. Rose is satisfied with her choice and Greg is supportive of her choice, and they're both just happily enjoying the time together they have left.
- Rose Quartz telling Steven how much she loves him. How it's not possible for both of them to exist together, but she'll become half of who he is when he's born. So whenever Steven loves being himself, that is her loving him. Both Steven and Sadie are driven to tears after watching it.
You're going to be something extraordinary. You're going to be a human being. Take care of them, Steven.
- Seeing how excited Greg is about how he's going to be a daddy. He even sets up a special introduction for himself, proudly declaring that his son is going to have "the coolest dad in the universe."
- The end of the video shows Greg and Rose standing together and about to share a kiss, with Greg caressing Rose's very pregnant belly.
- During all this, Steven is just glued to the screen with an expression of pure joy.
- Rose's speech about the beauty of the world.
- At the end, Sadie calls up her mom to say that she really does appreciate the lunches she packs.
- Just before then, he Call Back to "Lars and The Cool Kids", with Steven high-fiving Lars' chest.
- The fact that Steven trusts Sadie enough, and considers her enough of a friend, to share this moment with her, seeing his mother for the first time.
- Immediately after the video finishes, Lars comes into the break room, to tell Sadie they need to open the store, only to find Sadie and Steven with shocked tears in their eyes. Lars doesn't make a snide remark like usual. He just backs out of the room, understanding that something important has just happened.
- Pearl and Amethyst actually getting along and complimenting each other's fighting techniques in the opening scene.
- Garnet and Pearl trying to wake up Steven to cookies they baked. He ended up not being the one to eat them, but the fact that they made those for him (as the gems that don't even really get eating) is still adorable.
- Garnet rescuing Steven and apologizing to him when he and the droid fall out of the warp stream. The way she holds him during this is especially sweet.
- There's also Garnet admitting the Gems were wrong in doubting his word - even if she herself was the one who insisted they go check for his sake. With this line, she makes it perfectly clear that Steven is very much part of the team.
Garnet: I should have listened to you. You're a Crystal Gem too.
- Notice that she briefly sticks her fingers under her shades - she's wiping away tears, likely of sheer relief. Last time she cried at all was in So Many Birthdays when Steven nearly aged himself to death right in front of her. She really can't stand the thought of the little guy getting hurt.
- There's also Garnet admitting the Gems were wrong in doubting his word - even if she herself was the one who insisted they go check for his sake. With this line, she makes it perfectly clear that Steven is very much part of the team.
- The first scene of Steven trying to dance with the Gems is full of adorable mishaps. In particular, the problems of size difference arising when Steven tries to imitate Garnet and Pearl's dance, we see Pearl leaning down to lock fingers with Steven, Garnet holding him up so he can dip Pearl and Steven trying to pin Pearl to the wall but only coming up to her waist. And the smile Pearl gives Garnet on the last one.
- Steven and Connie dancing together alone on the beach.
- Pearl's worry over Stevonnie can come across as this when you realize that a half-gem fusing with a full-on human is an unprecedented event, and she has no way of knowing how this might affect Steven or Connie, so she has every right to worry her head off about the two. It's actually quite motherly.
- The fact that Garnet's first reaction to Steven and Connie's fusion is just a big, goofy smile.◊ Even more heartwarming when you consider that unlike the other gems, with Pearl being unsure that Steven could ever fuse due to him being half-human and Amethyst just teasing him about it, Garnet always believed that he could do it.
- Garnet's words to Stevonnie.
"Listen to me. You are not two people, and you are not one person. You...are an experience! Make sure you're a good experience. Now, go. Have. FUN!"
*gives even bigger goofy smile*◊
- Garnet's reaction to the entire event becomes an even bigger crowning moment when you realize Garnet is a fusion of two lovers.
- When she first sees Stevonnie, she's grinning while holding her hands clasped together. She's holding the gems in her hands in direct contact, as if her two halves were kissing!
- Garnet's words to Stevonnie.
- A lot of Stevonnie's actions come across as either Steven or Connie talking through them, leading to a few of these moments, such as what seems to be Steven assuring Connie that they can break the fusion if she's uncomfortable, while what seems to be the Connie side not only marvels at how amazing the fusion is, but also chastises Pearl for not showing any pride at Steven's successful fusion. In a broader sense, Stevonnie's personality seems to be largely Connie, but with Steven's self-confidence bolstering her, which is probably a big help in the moment below.
- In a way, the ending is kind of adorable. After Steven and Connie split from their fusion, they stare at each other for a moment...and then begin dancing wildly and laughing their heads off, having the time of their lives. And this time, neither one cares if everyone else is staring at them.
- At the beginning of the episode the Gems are playing a game with Steven that they clearly don't understand and congratulate him when he wins. It's really an adorable thing to watch.
- The ending. Steven discovers that the entire test is fake and designed so that he can't lose and nothing can hurt him. This makes him angry at Amethyst, Pearl, and Garnet until he overhears them talking among themselves about how much they doubt themselves as his parents. So, realizing that the rest of them need confidence as much as he does, he swallows his pride and pretends he didn't find out about the test, instead reacting as though he passed a real test so that the other Gems can feel good and be proud. Topped off with all three of the Crystal Gems hugging Steven while saying how proud of him they are.
- Pretty much the entirety of the episode, but there are a few stand-out bits.
I took a risk at your expense. There was a chance you would understand [future vision] and we'd be closer. Steven, I see so many things that could hurt you. I should never have let one of them be me. There are a million possibilities for the future! But it's up to you to decide which one becomes reality. Please understand! You choose your own future!
- Garnet catching Steven, then giving him a nose-boop and calling him a 'cutie pie'.
- The two of them spending the whole morning together; exercising, getting breakfast, walking the board-walk...It's usually Pearl and Amethyst who are seen spending time alone with Steven, so this was a refreshing change.
- Steven and Garnet exercising is adorable.
- When Lars accidentally spills hot coffee all over Garnet, he sounds genuinely concerned. (According to Garnet, there was also a very real chance where he could have high-fived Steven, and that alone seems rather kind for him.)
- Garnet's monologue at the end of the episode:
- They end the episode hugging (while Garnet casually deflects a bolt of lightning).
- We also see, for the third time, Garnet without her shades on. And she's not possessed with rage or Meat Beat Mania this time; she did it so Steven could tell how sincere she was.
"On The Run"
- Pretty much everything about Pearl and Amethyst talking in Amethyst's hole.
Pearl "You're the only good thing to come out of this whole mess. I always thought you were proud of that."
- When they come out, Amethyst looks away for a sec, then starts to cry a bit again and hugs Pearl tightly, who returns the hug after the surprise wears off.
- Complete with a heartwarming reprise of the first few notes of Opal's theme.
- All the Ship Tease moments.
- Sadie refusing to abandon anyone.
- Ronaldo's little "turn it down a notch" comment, and Lars' embarrassed reaction. That moment seems to imply they might be able to repair their friendship, or at least let go of the bad feelings associated with it. The post Ronaldo put on his Character Blog some time after helps as well.
- It's a bit misleading but when they're watching the horror movie together Steven is behind the couch, not because he's afraid but the gems told him he's not allowed to watch Tv for a thousand years. The punishment may be rough but him honoring it is just cool.
- Garnet gives Steven a kiss on the forehead. It's actually to temporarily transfer her powers to him, but that doesn't make it any less sweet.
- Steven and Connie eating marshmallows and generally being adorable together.
- Connie's parents letting Steven and Greg stay the night rather than let them try and go home through the storm.
- Connie coming down and watching the snow fall with Steven.
- At the beginning of the episode, Steven asks Greg what his favorite type of firework is. Greg responds that he doesn't have one; he just likes watching them with Steven. Cue Steven blushing.
- Greg and Amethyst spending time together was pretty nice, unfortunately they got totally sucked into the show and started neglecting Steven.
- Amethyst moving all of Greg's stuff to her room so he won't have to throw anything out and getting a new frame for the picture of him and Rose as an apology.
- Pearl and Garnet attending the New Year fire-works with Steven, even putting on human clothes to do so.
- Connie obviously loves "Unfamiliar Familiar", so it's nice to see her try and share it with Steven.
- Though it was mostly a funny moment, the Gems hugging while covered in Robonoid goo was pretty sweet.
- During the initial argument, Steven speculates that Rose might have kept secrets from Pearl to protect her, and Pearl snaps and yells at Steven that he doesn't know what he's talking about because "You never even met her!" Last time someone used his mom against him in a fight (when Lars insulted her during the moss incident) he angrily talked back, and by God he had every right to do the same here. But no, he asks if Pearl is alright even though her outburst left him in tears. As sad as the scene is, that is beyond sweet of him.
- Pearl reveals that she stayed on Earth because of her loyalty to Rose, and she even reenacts the scene with a hologram. It does cross with being a Tear Jerker though.
- Steven chases after Pearl to cheer her up after her Heroic BSOD. When he finally catches up to her, she reveals that she decided to stay on Earth because Rose Quartz did, but now she's wondering if Rose is seeing her through Steven's eyes and what she's thinking.
Steven (hugs Pearl from behind) Well... I think you're pretty great.
- The torment and salvation on Pearl's face, and the fact that Steven, her own sorta-adopted son and an aspect of her beloved Rose, is holding her and telling her she's pretty great, after she has been so vindictive towards him, just puts so many emotional layers on this scene.
- They then proceed to have a tender moment, with Steven doing a couple of 'magic' tricks with Lion, and Pearl telling him a story of the battle. The fact that we don't hear them makes it loads more intimate.
- Steven's ode to Lapis Lazuli, as he improvises lyrics to his father's song in order to help him understand her better and not see her as just another villain.
- The origin of the message. Even though she obviously fears what her home has become, she still tries to contact and warn Steven about what's coming. And in turn, the fact that despite how scary the warning is, Steven's first reaction is to be sad at how unhappy Lapis looked.
- Garnet keeps calm in face of the bad news to give a sincere thank you to Greg for all his help. It's probably the nicest thing any of the Gems have ever said to him, recently.
- Steven's unwavering support for his dad throughout the episode.
- Mayor Dewey's crush on Pearl is adorable. When listing off the Gems, he refers to her as "the hot one"; his first reaction to hearing Pearl coming to the door is to straighten his tie, blushing the whole time; and when she asks if she can help him, he replies with a dreamy "yes" before pulling himself together.
- Steven talking down the angry mob by appealing to the best in all of them, then covering for Mayor Dewey.
- While defending Mayor Dewey's deceptive actions, Steven realizes that the Gems keep him in the dark because they're trying to protect him and keep him from panicking. Steven lets them know this but demands the truth anyway. When they finally let him know the severity of the situation, does he panic? No:
Garnet: The truth is... we're scared.
Steven: We've been scared before, right? None of us knows what's gonna happen, but that's okay. We'll figure things out. Together.
- And then the lights come back on. It's cheesy, but touching.
- The Gems sending Steven off with Greg, telling him that he might be needed to save the townspeople if they fail.
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 [the townspeople].
- How about this completely defining Steven quote:
"Maybe when Peridot gets to earth, she'll see how nice all the people are. And she won't want to hurt anyone."
- When Steven and Greg swerve off the road, Fryman and Peedee shows up to see if they are okay, and then camera pans to show the entire town. They might be bemused and exapserated by Steven from time to time, but they do care about him.
- Greg leaves with Steven fully knowing the weight of the situation, and just how hopeless it might be. He was willing to risk dooming his town and possibly the planet to protect his boy, however slim the chance it might be.
- Lion shows up to get Steven back to Beach City. And then the latter calls Connie to say goodbye.
- Pretty much everything about Ruby and Sapphire is incredibly heartwarming, both in this episode and in hindsight. Note that it basically covers this entire entry, which shouldn't be a surprise since it makes up more than half the episode.
- When they reunite, Ruby asks if Sapphire is hurt, and she answers no. When Sapphire asks the same, Ruby just exclaims "Who cares?", merely being glad to have found Sapphire. Sapphire's answer? "I do!" and then proceeds to kiss away Ruby's Tears of Joy from her eyes. AWWWWWWWWW~
- Ruby grabbing Sapphire for a Twirl of Love as they re-fuse into Garnet, laughing all the while.
- Ruby and Sapphire love each other so much that they choose to be Garnet, and have no desire to be anything else. Practically making Garnet the walking embodiment of Gem marriage.
- This also explains Garnet's reaction back in "Alone Together". If anyone can appreciate what it means for two beings to fuse simply because they just naturally connect, it'd be Garnet.
- Garnet is a little upset Steven got to see her as Ruby and Sapphire... because she wanted it to be a birthday surprise.
- When Steven asks Garnet if he made a good first impression on Ruby and Sapphire.
Garnet: Oh Steven. We already love you.
- When Steven asks Garnet if she can beat Jasper on her own:
Garnet: It's okay, Steven. I'm never alone!
- The creators of the series managed to make Garnet singing an "I Am" Song/Badass Boast into this, due to being about how her nature as a fusion between two gems who are so perfect for each other makes her stronger than the two of them combined.
Garnet: And you're not gonna stop what we made together./We are gonna stay like this forever.
Garnet: I am made oh-oh-oh-oh-of/Lo-oh-oh-oh-ove, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
- Garnet's song is both more awesome and heartwarming when you realize the melody is a triumphant version of the song Sapphire was singing to calm down Ruby. The song is indeed a true representation of their love.
- There's also this line from Garnet: "I won't let you hurt my planet. I won't let you hurt my friends." The former part of that lyric is especially heartwarming because she says "my planet", not "this planet". It doesn't matter to her if Earth is not her homeworld. It's her home, and she won't let anyone harm it.
- Even though Lapis has totally given up hope, Steven refuses to give up on her, promising to come back even though she doesn't want to be rescued.
- The fact that the Gems wanted to show Ruby and Sapphire to Steven for his birthday implies that they may have intended to throw him a birthday party. This would, in turn, imply that they're learning about human culture and might be slowly inching away from their Noble Bigot/Smug Super tendencies. It also counts as a bit of Fridge Brilliance when you realize how important birthday parties are for Steven and what nearly happened the last time the Gems knocked/didn't understand the concept of birthdays.
- Lapis sacrificing herself. She doesn't care about the Crystal Gems and she doesn't care about Earth, so the only reason to take Jasper into the ocean was to save Steven.
- Blink and your miss it, but at the very end of the episode, after everything has gone down, you can see Pearl gently leaning on Garnet.
- Greg still trying to be a good supportive father to Steven despite pretty much having a panic attack after Steven tells him what happened after they parted ways in "The Return." Dude's having a damn meltdown over his son nearly dying in a spaceship crash, and he still takes the time to say he loves and supports him before immediately digging for the relaxing music and driving away.
- Garnet's insistence on "no fences" on the grounds of Steven needing to stay in touch with his father and Connie is a quiet one, but it's a subtle reinforcement of what we've learned about her last episode: Garnet knows love and strong relationships are a source of strength (both emotional and literal, at least for her) and doesn't want Steven to lose that, especially after his fusion with Connie.
- As heart breaking as it was to see, Steven deciding to break off his friendship with Connie solely because he doesn't want her getting hurt on his account is one of the most selfless things he's ever done, and this is Steven we're talking about! "Selfless" may as well be his middle name and this is still the most heartwarming act he could have done for her.
- The fact that Steven values their relationship enough to not only rescind his request that they not see each other again, but also spill his guts to her about all that he's feeling in light of the revelations from "Jailbreak" and Lapis' sacrifice. She then promises to always be there for him, even if she's just there to listen or be a shoulder to lean on. If there was any doubt about how powerful their friendship is, it's in this episode.
Steven: Are you ok?
Connie: Are you okay? You're the one who's been through everything. The least I could do is just listen.
Steven: I can't ask you to do that.
Connie: I want to Steven, I want to be a part of your universe!
- At the end of the episode, Greg (having recovered from his Heroic BSOD) finds Steven and Connie talking and asks if Connie needs a ride home. As they drive through Beach City, Steven sees all the townspeople working to fix the buildings that had been wrecked during the invasion. It's a great way to show Steven that while things looked grim at first, Greg and the other townspeople are pretty good at bouncing back.
- Steven's song in this episode. It's all about how much he cares about Connie and doesn't want to see her get hurt accompanied with images of them having fun and fooling around.
- Connie being alright with Steven loving the ending of the book, considering how passionate she was about hating it.
- Connie realizing that she was basically forcing her interpretation of the book on Steven without really asking how he enjoyed it, and then backing off after the confession was forced out of him by Room!Connie
Connie: Oh, of course you liked the wedding. You're Steven, you love schmaltz.
- Steven using a piece of ancient Gem tech that he doesn't fully understand and had already run afoul of once before just so he could give Connie the ending to the book that she wanted was a really sweet gesture, even if it didn't quite work out.
- Jenny, Buck, and Sour Cream notice that Steven isn't his usual fun loving self, so they decide to show him a good time.
- When he tells them his many major life problems and ends it with his worries that the Gems blame him for his mother dying, they treat it with all the somberness and seriousness such a thing deserves.
- Jenny, Buck, and Sour Cream all standing up for Steven when the Gems get upset at him for playing with Peridot's escape pod instead of bringing it straight to them, even though they admit they don't understand a lot of what's going on in Steven's life.
- Before that, Jenny steps in the way of one of Garnet's punches to keep her from punching the escape pod with Steven still inside.
- Garnet ungrounding Steven from his 1000 year ban from watching TV after Jenny, Buck, and Sour Cream talk them into cutting Steven some slack was really touching.
- The gems actually joining on selfies with them, although the concept seems to confuse the hell out of Pearl.
- The Cool Kids wanting to hang out with Steven in general. When you consider that they're young adults old enough to drive, have jobs, and have their own social lives, yet they choose to spend that time with a kid likely half their age, it's a very rare yet incredibly awesome sight. They just find him that much of a blast to be around,
- Likewise, consider that when they're discussing the various issues they have with their parents and family, not once do they question or deride Steven for his own outstanding and unconventional issues. They acknowledge the gravity of his problems, especially for his age and work to show him a good time to help him relax in response. They don't treat him as just a kid; they treat him as an equal and accept his word at face value, no matter how unusual it sounds.
- The premise of the episode is that Uncle Grandpa crossed dimensions to help Steven with his problem, and the end shows that he's done it before to help others and is going to do it at least once more.
- Not only that, but the people he's helped before are all characters of other Cartoon Network series. Billy and Mandy, Mac, Finn, etc.
- Hell, he's even helped out the SWAT Kats! And that's the first time the series has been acknowledged by CN or anyone in more than a decade, especially given the series' online following.
- Not only that, but the people he's helped before are all characters of other Cartoon Network series. Billy and Mandy, Mac, Finn, etc.
- While the episode as a whole is a Crowning Moment of Funny, when Pearl sees Pizza Steve dressed up as Steven, her immediate reaction is to scream "That's not my baby!" while clinging to Garnet's leg.
- Steven quickly bonds with Uncle Grandpa, and he ultimately manages to summon his shield and not his bubble protecting the man from the Gems.
- Lion and Giant Realistic Flying Tiger briefly bonding, and Lion being sad when she has to go.
- After Pizza Steve defaced Mr. Gus' picture, Uncle Grandpa called in a favor from Rebecca Sugar herself and got her to draw Mr. Gusite fanart in order to cheer Mr. Gus up.
"Story For Steven"
- A younger, shorter-haired Amethyst running around Greg like an excitable child.
- Bonus points: She says she really likes his hair. Next we see her (chronologically at least) she has almost the exact same hairdo. She based her new 'do off of his! And still does, even after their apparent falling out in Maximum Capacity
- Amethyst taking an immediate liking to Greg as if he's some potential new pal for her.
- Amethyst holding onto Rose's dress, she is like a child clinging to her mother.
- The full set of the Crystal Gems are adorable together, laughing with each other like best friends.
- Greg calling out his manager about being a womanizing prick is a nice touch.
- Greg putting the moves on Rose at the end:
Rose: *sigh* You're awfully cute, and I really want to play with you, but your life is short and you have dreams. I won't let you give up on everything you want.
Greg: Well, that's gonna be a problem.
Greg: You're everything that I want!
* Rose's pupils become star-shaped just like Steven's.*
- Bonus points for her coming out of the temple wearing the T-shirt from his show that he gave her.
- Steven teasing Greg about Rose.
Steven: ♫You loved her~♫
- Steven having the same laugh as Rose.
- The revelation that Greg's music career wasn't just a dream that never got off the ground. He had a decent shot at making it big, gave it up to be with Rose, and doesn't appear to have a single regret about this (of course, it helps that his manager Marty was a total jerk).
- In the scene where Greg meets the Crystal Gems for the first time, you can notice none had the five-pointed star on their outfits, but Greg did. And now in present time, all Crystal Gems have it, and it's their symbol.
- Despite being a consistent source of embarrassment for his son Buck, and his frequent requests for Buck to get into politics, Mayor Dewey does seem to genuinely support his artistic pursuits, and cherishes the campaign flyer that Buck drew for him as a little boy.
- Although it made things worse, Steven and Connie tried to let Jamie down gently.
- Garnet's surprisingly gentle advice to Jamie. Made all the more touching when you realize it's coming courtesy of Ruby and Sapphire.
Garnet: Love at first sight doesn't exist. Love takes time and love takes work.
- Steven, Pearl and Garnet giving Amethyst a hug after her final regeneration. She likes it, even if she pretends she doesn't.
- Her smile is just precious.
- Considering their history, and the general assumption that Pearl would dislike Greg, Pearl and Greg fixing Greg's van together and shared confusion about Crying Breakfast Friends counts. They seem to get along well.
"Sworn to the Sword"
- Steven and Connie having a "jam" session at the beginning is just precious.
- Pearl's wibbling, teary-eyed joy and pride at Connie's resolve to fight alongside Steven to protect the planet is extremely sweet considering she probably saw herself in Connie at that moment.
- It's a bit sad and entirely adorable that Steven's reaction to Pearl summoning a Holo-Pearl is to reflexively form a bubble around Connie.
- Steven's insistence that he'll always be there to fight alongside Connie.
- Pearl, at the end. It's clear that while she was almost insanely devoted to Rose, Rose tried to get her to throttle it back and spare some care for herself - the argument she has with Steven is pretty clearly a reprise of one she had with Rose at some point.
Connie: Did Rose make you feel like you were nothing?
Pearl: (smiling through the tears) Rose made me feel like I was everything.
- Steven and Connie instantly going to sit next to Pearl and talk it out with her after her outburst.
- It's also nice to see that, unlike the last time Pearl had to confront her feelings for Rose and Steven, she gets over her turmoil very quickly this time.
- Pearl is actually a very good teacher when she has a genuinely interested student. While it showed something really lovely that she never got angry at Steven for her being stabbed, her lessons with Connie really showcase what a good teacher she is. She's speaks gently when correcting technique, telling what to do and not simply what not to do, she's not shy with the praise, and she recognizes Connie's limitations while also expecting her to do her best. While it's obviously not good, even the "sacrifice yourself" message doesn't seem to be malicious - Pearl has been shown to have a tendency to get a little carried away in other episodes when she's passionate about something, like Space Race.
"Rising Tides, Crashing Skies"
- The group picture of the Crystal Gems together. Here's a transparent version of it.
- Garnet lifting Steven so he can sit on her head. Here's the cute moment.
- It's kind of touching that Mayor Dewey's desk has a "#1 Rad Dad" mug on it.
- Even after everything Ronaldo did, just to make his crappy video, Steven decides to click the like button when he sees that he and the Gems were the only ones to see it.
- Hell, Steven is adorable throughout the whole episode. Whilst most of the citizens Ronaldo interviews are annoyed or apathetic, Steven always remains his normal, cheery, friendly self. Plus, bear in mind that Ronaldo once kidnapped Steven, believing him to be an evil snake person.
- In the lower thirds on his interview with Steven, he calls Steven "gracious host."
"Keeping it Together"
- The Gems all folding laundry together at the start of the episode.
- The look on Steven when Garnet asked him to come along with the mission.
- He later compliments Garnet for being a Genius Bruiser when she observes the area for what Peridot was really looking for after Peridot flees from Pearl and Amethyst.
- Steven showing concern for Peridot when Pearl knocks an Injector on her. It's classic Steven.
- The implication that the Crystal Gems did their best to find all the shattered pieces of their fallen comrades.
- Steven and Garnet talking about fusion at the end of the episode.
- The "wouldn't want to split up a pair" scene with the red and blue socks.
"We Need To Talk"
- Steven and Connie dancing and fusing Stevonnie again.
- Also, the fact that fusing, an act that usually requires great care and effort, comes so easily and naturally to them that they can do it by accident. It really shows just how close these two are.
- It actually calls to mind how Ruby and Sapphire simply did a Twirl of Love to fuse again in "Jail Break".
- Even just the two of them dancing before fusing. Both blushing while staring at each other and laughing. They have so much fun and joy just being together, it's absolutely adorable.
- Greg being supportive of Steven and Connie fusing once he gets past the initial surprise.
- Greg, Rose, Garnet, and Amethyst doing a homemade music video together, also counts as an Awesome Music moment too.
- Although Pearl's doing it for all the wrong reasons, the effortlessness with which she fuses with Rose (even while trying to stick it to Greg) and the way Rose immediately trusts her and goes along with it is (mostly) heartwarming.
- Greg attempting to fuse with Rose.
- Garnet's advice to Greg about his attempts to fuse with Rose - he shouldn't dance like Pearl he should dance like himself. And while they don't fuse they do get closer together as a result.
- There's something very cute about Garnet giving Greg this advice, even going as far as to admit she believes Greg and Rose can work it out. Given two months ago, she was willing to, essentially, beat him up if he didn't play good enough music. And it's not at all sarcastic or anything - Garnet genuinely wants to help Greg.
- Garnet's advice to Greg about his attempts to fuse with Rose - he shouldn't dance like Pearl he should dance like himself. And while they don't fuse they do get closer together as a result.
- Greg and Rose coming to terms with just how many problems their relationship has, how quickly they rushed into things, and how vastly different they both are. It's a tearjerker, but after talking it out, they realize that being lost and confused about the whole business is the one thing they have in common. They laugh and dance together, relieved and happy as can be. Also of note is that at around this point Rose moves from calling him "Mr. Universe" to just "Greg".
- Greg promising Connie that if she ever feels overwhelmed with all the magic stuff, she can talk to him about it.
- Steven's determination to find and help Lapis.
- Though it's a bit of a tearjerker too, especially with the similarities to "Sworn to The Sword", Lapis's desire to protect Steven is pretty heartening. Lapis was trapped in the mirror for ages, finally got free only to discover her home was as good as gone, got shoved right back into being a prisoner, willingly condemned herself to something that would be a living nightmare for herself and still chooses to give up the only things she has left, her freedom and her very identity, all so she can keep the first person in a very long time to show her any kindness safe. Lapis is a Crystal Gem in all but name by this point for the sacrifices she has chosen to make.
- When scared, Steven immediately running to Pearl and Garnet for cuddles.
- In Steven's sitcom dream, he's taking Connie to the School Dance and Pearl is fussing over his suit like a typical mom.
- The WHOLE dream is pure delight (well, until Lapis shows up). It shows that Steven always thinks of the Crystal Gems as his family.
- In the dream, the Crystal Gems are all human. It shows that Steven just thinks of them as people and doesn't really think about them as being different.
- Garnet supporting Steven's sleepover idea.
"Cry for Help"
- Amethyst and Garnet watching Crying Breakfast Friends with Steven, even if they don't like/understand the show.
- The fact that Pearl's initial reaction to Garnet deciding to fuse with her is her bursting into tears.
- After The Reveal that Pearl had been fixing the hub in order to keep fusing as Sardonyx, despite their usual animosity, Amethyst goes to her defense and tries to explain why she acted the way she did. It doesn't work, but it helps mitigate the Tear Jerker nature of the ending just a bit.
- It's worth emphasizing this. Until the halfway point, it looked like the episode would explore Amethyst's jealousy over Pearl and Garnet fusing, and given their prior interaction one would expect Amethyst to be hostile towards her. But when it turns out that Pearl is lying to them all Amethyst is devastated, tries to clue Pearl in without telling Garnet the truth, and leaps to her defense when Garnet figures it out. She doesn't even take a moment of satisfaction, even though she gets what she wanted at the beginning of the episode.
- It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but in Steven's room, you can see he has a picture of Connie.
- While waiting outside the communication hub hoping that they can catch Peridot repairing it, Steven and Amethyst pass time by playing with their fingers to make optical illusions. It's the happiest they've been for the entirety of the episode, especially Amethyst.
- When Steven realizes that Amethyst is feeling down because of Pearl and Garnet fusing, he decides to plan a stakeout for Peridot for them so she'll feel better.
- The fusion dance between Pearl and Garnet, and especially when they unfuse. They're so happy that Garnet twirls Pearl around, laughing the entire time, in a manner rather reminiscent of Ruby and Sapphires' reunion in Jailbreak. It also strengthens Garnet's beliefs on fusion as opposed of her distressful reaction in "Keeping it Together". Which makes the later half of the episode even more of a Tear Jerker.
- Sardonyx playfully teasing and entertaining Steven while he's completely amazed by her, and showing genuine excitement and joy at meeting him for the first time.
- Lion being Lion and doing cute cat things like trying to eat Sardonyx's dragonflies.
- After an entire episode spent arguing, Ruby and Sapphire make up.
Ruby: You know what's nice about being split up?Sapphire: What?Ruby: I get to look at you.
- Though Garnet is still mad at Pearl by the end, she's at least speaking to her again.
- The Oh Crap! look shared between Ruby and Sapphire when Steven storms off. Argument or no argument, Garnet never wants to hurt Steven.
- While their argument gets much more focus, we get quick insights into Ruby and Sapphire's individual connections to Steven — appropriately, they're Garnet's reactions split down the middle. In short, Sapphire apparently provides Garnet's parental side, while Ruby confers the respect and belief Garnet has in him.
- Sapphire tries to be both reassuring and practical, assuring him that the conflict won't last and downplaying the drama, as many responsible parents would. Basically, she tries to avoid involving him in the fight. However, when Steven's upset, she immediately realizes why he's upset...and the part she and Ruby have played in upsetting him.
- Ruby speaks to Steven as an equal, being honest with him and expecting him to understand why she's so angry. If anything, she overestimates his maturity and is horrified when he blames himself for the situation — why would it even occur to him that he was somehow at fault?
- Steven's reaction to seeing Garnet, fused and whole, again.
- When the gang gets back to the Temple, Amethyst is apparently trying to comfort Pearl. Blink and you miss it, but she even had a reassuring hand on Pearl's knee.
- Despite the fact that they're too incensed with each other to pay much heed to Steven, both Ruby and Sapphire do make their separate attempts to humor him. Ruby does end up entering the pool at Steven's request, although her anger and continuing rant about Sapphire causes her to forget that he's in the pool (and as a result almost boil him to death). Sapphire likewise agrees to Steven's request for her to watch TV with him and suggests the channel he'll enjoy the most, but also is too absorbed in her anger to notice that she's freezing the whole room (and him by extension). The other half of it borders on Tear Jerker though due to their being busy being angry.
- The fight itself, ironically, has some sweetness to it. Ruby and Sapphire never result to petty insults to one another, even after Ruby apologizes to Sapphire and calls herself "stupid", Sapphire quickly responds that Ruby isn't.
- Greg's unwavering patience with Ruby and Sapphire's antics, and his repeated attempts at distracting Steven from their bickering in the diner. Throughout the whole episode, he tries desperately to downplay the tension because he knows how sensitive Steven is, and is disappointed in himself when he fails to prevent Steven's impending tantrum. Despite Steven's outburst ultimately being Ruby and Sapphire's fault (along with the two of them costing him a lot of money in property damage), he doesn't get angry at them, possibly realizing more anger will only make the situation worse. Greg definitely won the MVP award for this episode.
- Amethyst and Vidalia's friendship. They presumably haven't talked since Steven was a baby, but they don't hold any animosity towards each other. If anything, they're delighted to finally talk to each other again.
- We see a couple of adorable pictures of Amethyst and Vidalia at one point, two friends just goofing off together.
- After getting fed up with Onion's antics, Steven's ready to leave Onion behind and head for the hills... only to spot Amethyst pouring her heart out to Vidalia. Realizing how much Amethyst needs to get away from the drama at home, he turns around and plays with Onion some more.
- Onion showing Steven his private collection of toys, and then giving one to him. As creepy as he may be, Onion really seems to like having Steven around.
- Amethyst inviting Vidalia over to the Temple sometime at the end.
- Runs into Nightmare Fuel, but the mouse that came out of Onion's mouth might have been the one he was going to feed to his snake; if so, he kept it alive for Steven!
- It's a quick moment, but it's shown here that Vidalia, Onion, and Sour Cream have a list of dates of when Yellowtail will come back.
- Sour Cream giving Steven the peace sign after the little guy greets him.
- Its very subtlety implied, but the whole episode could be seen as Onion getting Steven to chase him so he'd discover his mother's paintings of Amethyst and reconnect them. No matter how creepy or insidious he can act, he clearly loves his mother and wanted her to be happy.
- And for as... interesting as Onion is, Vidalia clearly adores her youngest child.
- When Steven learns about their relation, Onion clings to Vidalia like a completely normal, shy little boy, nothing like the Creepy Child we're used to.
- It's implied that Onion wanted to make a genuine connection with Steven.
- When Steven starts talking with Pearl about William Dewey's Her Codename Was Mary Sue depiction in the play, his talk about how Perfection Is Impossible (as well as the play itself) seems to help get Pearl out of her funk a bit and feel better about her mistakes, asking Steven when he became so smart.
Steven: Yeah, but nobody's like that. Everybody gets stuff wrong. And then you have to keep going, and it's hard, which is why it's great when you never stop trying!
Pearl: When did you get so smart?
- Pearl going into full on mom mode during the play, loudly calling out to Steven and gushing over how talented he is. Moreover, her encouragement visibly helps Steven get over his nervousness. Team Mom at her finest.
- Buck Dewey praises his dad for choosing to portray William Dewey as a troubled figure, rather than a perfect role model. The praise seems to be the final clincher for Mayor Dewey's decision to promote Jamie rather than destroy his career.
- This caps off a running theme of the Sardonyx arc of Steven being emotionally supportive of all the Gems equally. It would be so easy for him to take sides in the conflict, but he chooses to remain a neutral party and focuses all his energy on simply making them happy: he tries to play peacemaker between Ruby and Sapphire during their argument, he bears with Onion's creepy tendencies so Amethyst can receive emotional support from Vidalia, and he gives Pearl much-needed validation and encouragement with his Perfection Is Impossible speech and needing her assistance with fixing the play. Despite his emotions getting the better of him in the first third, he ultimately succeeds three-for-three in lifting their spirits independently of one another. It shows just how much he loves them all, and how much they love him to be that genuinely receptive to his efforts.
- After the events of last episodes, Garnet and Pearl finally have a talk, somewhat cooling down the tension between them.
- Not only somewhat cooling down the tension, either: Sardonyx makes a reappearance, which many thought would be impossible after what happened in Cry For Help. With Sardonyx representing Garnet and Pearl's friendship and trust, and that being what made her reappearance possible again in this episode, reconciliation finally occurred between her components.
- Garnet is finally able to speak of her true feelings to someone rather than hiding them behind a stoic face for the sake of leading the team. She also assures Pearl, who has cripplingly low self-esteem and implications that her kind are a Servant Race to the Gem species as a whole, that her actions have an impact and that she is her own gem, whose fate is to be decided be herself and herself alone.
- Garnet admits that sometimes, she looks toward Pearl for strength, which visibly surprises her.
- Between this episode and "Keystone Motel," it's become clear that Steven is very good at keeping highly personal information to himself. In "Keystone Motel", Greg was unaware of the infighting between the Gems, and even when Steven can't keep a lid on the fact that something's wrong (evident from the two very angry small Gems running around, with the one who dried out an entire pool and the other one who made their room a big meat locker), he doesn't tell his dad why they're fighting. Greg notes that something serious must have happened, but Steven doesn't provide details. Here, we learn that Amethyst and Pearl were completely unaware of what happened between Ruby and Sapphire: Garnet has to explain what happened to Pearl, and an eavesdropping Amethyst is clearly stunned, turning to Steven for confirmation. Given how open Steven usually is, and that anyone living under the horrible atmosphere he'd been stuck in would want to vent to someone, the fact that Steven kept his mouth shut says a lot about his respect and empathy for others: apparently, he decided that it wasn't his place to comment.
- He might not interfere directly because he knows that he can't solve their problems overnight just by talking sense to them and lashing at them (or to unfortunate ones) because it would just aggravate the problem even more but because he believes that his friends will do the right thing in the end. Because he respects them and tries to understand why his friends act and think that way. Counts as an Crowning Moment of Awesome too, since normally people will snap at the dysfunction they'd face. But Steven, being Steven, works hard to keep himself and Crystal Gems together.
- Even after everything she's pulled, Steven greets Peridot with a cheery "Good morning!"
- Amethyst, though she acts annoyed by the other Gems joking around at the end, is glad that Garnet and Pearl have finally made up.
- In a bizarre way, Peridot finger-flicking Steven when he tries to stop her escape. She's established, in this episode, that she has the ability to turn her hand into a cannon, and there's no reason why she couldn't do so with either hand. That said, rather than using the simplest, most efficient, and above all most ruthless method of removing an obstacle (That being to shoot Steven in the face, or at least just threatening to do so), she used a non-violent method of trying to force him to let go. Why would a character normally portrayed as ruthless do something so... out of character? Maybe because Steven is so relentlessly nice to her?
Steven Universe: Attack The Light
- One of the beginning of mission quips Garnet sometimes says is to request that Steven "Keep the Harmony", which is this game's health bar stand in, and boy does he! One of his support moves is basically encouraging the other three Gems, and they regain health every time he does!
- Steven's sheer child-like glee at going on an adventure with the Crystal Gems that is so much like his video games is sure to bring a smile to your face, especially those who have felt a deep connection to a video game and wished that they could live it.
- At the end of the game, Steven realizes that the light army was acting on what it thought he wanted the whole time, and tells it that it can be whatever it wants and not a weapon. It then proceeds to transform into a copy of Steven and peacefully fade away.