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* CompressedVice: Lars makes some lecherous comments about female summer tourist in this episode and the next, a trait he doesn't exhibit anywhere else in the series.


-->'''Garnet:''' That little boy is in BIG trouble!

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-->'''Garnet:''' That little boy is in BIG trouble!''big trouble.''

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* PartingTheSea: When Lapis is telling Steven to follow her, she opens up a path in the ocean for him. When Steven hesitates, she lets the water swallow the path up and leaves.

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* ThemeSongReveal: When Pearl first gives Steven the mirror, a distinctive motif plays, foreshadowing the fact that the mirror is connected to a new character. Later in the episode, this turns out to be Lapis's theme, and we hear it again when she's released from the mirror.


After hearing of Connie speak of school and summer vacation, Steven gets Pearl to set up a school for him since he's never been. He doesn't know what he needs to do afterward, but when he mentions wanting to learn, Pearl conjures a mirror that they found at the galaxy warp that can show the viewer anything from Gem history and culture. But when Pearl tries to activate it, nothing happens. She decides it's broken, and declares that's the end of school. Steven figures that even without the magic, it's still good as a mirror. He runs off with it in his hand, excited about summer vacation.

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After hearing of Connie speak of school and summer vacation, Steven gets Pearl to set up a school for him since he's never been. He doesn't know what he needs to do afterward, but when he mentions wanting to learn, Pearl conjures a mirror that they found at the galaxy warp Galaxy Warp that can show the viewer anything from Gem history and culture. But when Pearl tries to activate it, nothing happens. She decides it's broken, and declares that's the end of school. Steven figures that even without the magic, it's still good as a mirror. He runs off with it in his hand, excited about summer vacation.



->'''Mirror:''' ''(as Lars)'' Hey! Watch where you're going, you little --!

He realizes the mirror is not just what it seems, and asks it what else it can do. It repeats Steven's raspberry noises all through the mayor's speech, amusing Steven and the crowd. Steven lies on the beach to talk to the mirror...all afternoon until dusk. It shows several other reflections to tell him:

->'''Mirror:''' ''(using various voices of Steven, Lars, and Sadie)'' Steven... is... a new friend!

When he excitedly tells the mirror he wants to show the Gems, it uses a reflection of Steven and tells him [[BigNo "Nooooo!"]] in no uncertain terms. Steven insists it will be okay, even as the mirror repeats "No!" over and over, finally going silent when Steven tries to tell the Gems about the mirror. It plays possum but Steven tries to coax it into revealing itself. When the Gems realize it's talking, they react with alarm and distress because it shouldn't be able to do that. Steven tries to get the mirror to show it can talk to him, but it tells him that it only wants to interact with him. When the mirror sees the Gems approaching, it cries "No!" again, obviously upset. Garnet wants to take the mirror. Amethyst wants to bubble it. Steven tells them to back off because the mirror is screaming, and he obviously feels bad it's so upset. He attempts to slap Garnet's hand away when she reaches for the mirror. But he hits her face and knocks her glasses off, enraging her. Steven runs off with the mirror, calling back an apology for striking Garnet. The Gems then chase after him.

When he gets to the beach, Steven asks the mirror why it's so upset and freaked out. It responds by saying "Away from home. Let Me Out!". Steven, ever compassionate, asks what he must do. The mirror gives him a silhouette animated image of himself removing the cracked gem off the back. Steven does so, and the teardrop shaped gem forms into a blue person in a blue gown. She introduces herself as Lapis Lazuli and enthusiastically thanks Steven for talking to her and helping her.

The Gems arrive at the beach, ready to fight. Steven gets between the Gems and Lapis, not wanting to see the Gems fight, since he recognizes the new person as a Gem. Lapis, on the other hand, very much wants to fight -- she conjures a giant arm out of the seawater and raises it to attack. She accuses Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl of knowing she was in there and not doing anything to help her, or even trying to find out who she once was. She tells Steven to come with her, and when he hesitates, she leaves him with a warning to not trust the Gems, and departs.

Pearl confirms Steven's inquiry that Lapis Lazuli was indeed another gem. Garnet declares Steven grounded as the scene focuses on a star in the distance, and [[IrisOut irises out]].

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->'''Mirror:''' ''(as Lars)'' ''[as Lars]'' Hey! Watch where you're going, you little --!

little–!

He realizes the mirror is not just what it seems, and asks it what else it can do. It repeats Steven's raspberry noises all through the mayor's speech, amusing Steven and the crowd. Steven lies on the beach to talk to the mirror... all afternoon until dusk. It shows several other reflections to tell him:

->'''Mirror:''' ''(using ''[using various voices of Steven, Lars, and Sadie)'' Sadie]'' Steven... is... a new friend!

When he excitedly tells the mirror he wants to show the Gems, it uses a reflection of Steven and tells him [[BigNo "Nooooo!"]] in no uncertain terms. Steven insists it will be okay, even as the mirror repeats "No!" over and over, finally going silent when Steven tries to tell the Gems about the mirror. It plays possum possum, but Steven tries to coax it into revealing itself. When the Gems realize it's talking, they react with alarm and distress because it shouldn't be able to do that. Steven tries to get the mirror to show it can talk to him, but it tells him that it only wants to interact with him. When the mirror sees the Gems approaching, it cries "No!" again, obviously upset. Garnet wants to take the mirror. Amethyst wants to bubble it. Steven tells them to back off because the mirror is screaming, and he obviously feels bad it's so upset. He attempts to slap Garnet's hand away when she reaches for the mirror. But he hits her face and knocks her glasses off, enraging her. Steven runs off with the mirror, calling back an apology for striking Garnet. The Gems then chase after him.

When he gets to the beach, Steven asks the mirror why it's so upset and freaked out. It responds by saying "Away from home. Let Me Out!". Out!" Steven, ever compassionate, asks what he must do. The mirror gives him a silhouette animated image of himself removing the cracked gem off the back. Steven does so, and the teardrop shaped gem forms into a blue person in a blue gown. She introduces herself as Lapis Lazuli and enthusiastically thanks Steven for talking to her and helping her.

The Gems arrive at the beach, ready to fight. Steven gets between the Gems and Lapis, not wanting to see the Gems fight, since he recognizes the new person as a Gem. Lapis, on the other hand, very much wants to fight -- she conjures a giant arm out of the seawater and raises it to attack. She accuses Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl of knowing she was in there and not doing anything to help her, or even trying to find out who she once was. She tells Steven to come with her, and when he hesitates, she leaves him with a warning to not trust the Gems, and departs.

Pearl confirms Steven's inquiry that Lapis Lazuli was indeed another gem.Gem. Garnet declares Steven grounded as the scene focuses on a star in the distance, and [[IrisOut irises out]].






'''Lapis (in mirror):''' ''(Playing back Steven's voice)'' You work!

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'''Lapis (in mirror):''' ''(Playing ''[playing back Steven's voice)'' voice]'' You work!



** Mayor Dewey recognizes Steven as the "car wash kid", from when Steven and Greg were washing his truck in "Cat Fingers".

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** Mayor Dewey recognizes Steven as the "car wash kid", from when Steven and Greg were washing his truck in [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E6CatFingers "Cat Fingers".Fingers"]].



'''Steven:''' (''beat'') [[ChildrenAreInnocent Nope!]]

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'''Steven:''' (''beat'') ''[beat]'' [[ChildrenAreInnocent Nope!]]



* NewContentCountdownClock: Since "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem" were a special two-episode event, they put the countdown clock up for it.

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* NewContentCountdownClock: Since "Mirror Gem" and [[Recap/StevenUniverseS1E26OceanGem "Ocean Gem" Gem"]] were a special two-episode event, they put the a countdown clock up for it. it.



* NotSoStoic: Steven accidentally hits Garnet in the face to protect a magic mirror and she seems angrier at being hit than with the fact he refused to hand over the mirror.
* OhCrap:

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* NotSoStoic: Steven accidentally hits Garnet in the face to protect a magic mirror mirror, and she seems angrier at being hit than with the fact he refused to hand over the mirror.
* OhCrap: OhCrap:



--> '''Garnet''': That little boy is in BIG trouble!
* ParentheticalSwearing: After Steven bumps into Lars, the way Lars says "Watch where you're going, you little...''Steven''" makes it sound like [[LastSecondWordSwap he had a very different word in mind]]. Amusingly, Lapis uses this audio clip every time she wants to say Steven's name.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Lapis probably wouldn't have been released had the Gems been upfront with Steven about the true nature of the mirror. Instead, they tried to take it back without discussion, and Steven sided with the obviously frightened mirror.

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--> '''Garnet''': -->'''Garnet:''' That little boy is in BIG trouble!
* ParentheticalSwearing: After Steven bumps into Lars, the way Lars says "Watch where you're going, you little... ''Steven''" makes it sound like [[LastSecondWordSwap he had a very different word in mind]]. Amusingly, Lapis uses this audio clip every time she wants to say Steven's name.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Lapis probably wouldn't have been released had the Gems been upfront with Steven about the true nature of the mirror. Instead, they tried try to take it back without discussion, and an Steven sided sides with the obviously frightened mirror.



* ToiletHumor: When Mayor Dewey gives a speech about summer to Beach City, he unintentionally provides bait for [[OverlyLongGag several fart jokes]]. The mirror apparently found this joke so funny she kept repeating it for hours.
--> '''Mayor Dewey''': A warm summer breeze wafts through the air...\\
'''Steven''': ''pfrrrrrrt''\\
'''MD''': We all look forward to the sounds of the summer season...\\
'''Mirror''': (as Steven) ''pfrrrrrrt''\\
'''MD''': The smells of the busy boardwalk, (''pfrrrrrrt'') the hot, wet, ocean wind, (''pfrrrrrrt'') the time to take that pressure that's built up all year and just let it out! (''pfrrrrrrt'')

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* ToiletHumor: ToiletHumour: When Mayor Dewey gives a speech about summer to Beach City, he unintentionally provides bait for [[OverlyLongGag several fart jokes]]. The mirror Lapis apparently found finds this joke so funny that she kept keeps repeating it for hours.
--> '''Mayor Dewey''': -->'''Mayor Dewey:''' A warm summer breeze wafts through the air...\\
'''Steven''': '''Steven:''' ''pfrrrrrrt''\\
'''MD''': '''Dewey:''' We all look forward to the sounds of the summer season...\\
'''Mirror''': (as Steven) '''Mirror:''' ''[as Steven]'' ''pfrrrrrrt''\\
'''MD''': '''Dewey:''' The smells of the busy boardwalk, (''pfrrrrrrt'') ''[pfrrrrrrt]'' the hot, wet, ocean wind, (''pfrrrrrrt'') ''[pfrrrrrrt]'' the time to take that pressure that's built up all year and just let it out! (''pfrrrrrrt'')''[pfrrrrrrt]''


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* AndIMustScream: Lapis spent centuries bound inside a magical mirror. She could speak only when spoken to...''Except that the Gems did not speak to her, ever.'' The revelation about the Gems knowing that there was somebody trapped in there and doing nothing about it was quite a "WhatTheHellHero" moment.

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* AndIMustScream: Lapis spent centuries bound inside a magical mirror. She could speak only when spoken to...''Except that the Gems did not speak to her, ever.'' The revelation about the Gems knowing that there was somebody trapped in there and doing nothing about it was quite a "WhatTheHellHero" moment.had seemingly spent most of her time stored in Pearl's gem.



* AntagonistTitle: Mirror Gem naturally refers to Lapis, who was sealed in the mirror.

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* AntagonistTitle: Mirror Gem naturally refers to The "Mirror Gem" is Lapis, who was sealed in the mirror.



* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Lapis to Steven as she says the Crystal Gems can't be trusted.

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* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Lapis tries to get Steven as to come with her to get "home". When he refuses, she says the Crystal Gems can't be trusted.



** Mayor Dewey recognizes Steven as the "car wash kid", from when Steven and Greg were washing his truck.

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** Mayor Dewey recognizes Steven as the "car wash kid", from when Steven and Greg were washing his truck.truck in "Cat Fingers".



* HearingVoices: The Gems think this is the case with Steven and the mirror, until he coaxes it into talking.

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* HearingVoices: The Gems think this is the case with Steven and is just imagining the sounds from the mirror, until he coaxes it into talking.



* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Courtesy of Lars.

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* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: Courtesy of Lars.LampshadedDoubleEntendre:



* MakingASplash: Lapis has water powers.

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* MakingASplash: Lapis has water powers.powers that she uses to crash waves into shore and make a giant arm out of water.



-->"I'm Lapis Lazuli, and you can't keep me trapped here ''anymore!''"

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-->"I'm -->''I'm Lapis Lazuli, and you can't keep me trapped here ''anymore!''"''anymore!''''



** Steven, upon realizing he hit Garnet and knocked her shades off.

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** Steven, Steven is equally upset upon realizing he hit Garnet and knocked her shades off.



* SealedGoodInACan: Or SealedEvilInACan. The mirror is revealed to hold a Gem named Lapis Lazuli. And she desperately wants out.

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* SealedGoodInACan: Or SealedEvilInACan. SealedBadassInACan: The mirror is revealed to hold a Gem named Lapis Lazuli. And she desperately wants out.



* SilentTreatment: Pearl assumes the mirror broke, but it's implied Lapis was actually just tired of telling the Crystal Gems things until Steven started playing with her.



* ThereIsAnother: The Crystal Gems were thought to be the LastOfTheirKind until this episode introduced another one.

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* ThereIsAnother: The Crystal Gems were thought to be the LastOfTheirKind until this episode introduced another one.Gem (though she's vocally ''not'' a Crystal Gem).



* TooImportantToWalk: Mayor Dewey seems to think this of himself, which is why he's driving down the boardwalk in his campaign truck.

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* TooImportantToWalk: Mayor Dewey seems to think this of himself, which is why he's driving drives down the boardwalk in his campaign truck.



'''Mayor Dewey:''' I'm the ''mayor'', I'm not gonna walk anywhere

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'''Mayor Dewey:''' I'm the ''mayor'', I'm not gonna walk anywhereanywhere.



* WhatTheHellHero: Lapis calls the Crystal Gems out on knowing she was trapped in the mirror and not making any attempt to help her.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Lapis calls the Crystal Gems out on knowing for using a device made from her damaged gem, and even assumes they ''knew'' she was trapped in the mirror and not making any attempt to help her.still conscious.


* ToiletHumor: When Mayor Dewey gives a speech about summer to Beach City, he unintentionally provides bait for several fart jokes. The mirror apparently found this joke so funny she kept repeating it for hours.

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* ToiletHumor: When Mayor Dewey gives a speech about summer to Beach City, he unintentionally provides bait for [[OverlyLongGag several fart jokes.jokes]]. The mirror apparently found this joke so funny she kept repeating it for hours.


'''Mayor Dewey:''' I'm the ''mayor'', I'm not gonna walk anywhere!
* WhamEpisode: The mirror turns out to be an imprisoned Gem named Lapis Lazuli. When she sees Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, she reacts with intense hatred and retreats to the ocean.

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'''Mayor Dewey:''' I'm the ''mayor'', I'm not gonna walk anywhere!
anywhere
* WhamEpisode: The mirror turns out to be an imprisoned Gem named Lapis Lazuli. When she sees Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, she reacts Lazuli, who is ''not'' associated with intense hatred the Crystal Gems and retreats to in fact ''hates'' them. Before this, the ocean.Crystal Gems were assumed to be the LastOfTheirKind.


* IrisOut: Over a distant star above the ocean.

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* IrisOut: Over The star-shaped iris closes over a distant star above the ocean.ocean. At the instant it's swallowed, it shows a diamond-shaped shine.


** This is the first time that we see another Gem that wasn't part of the Crystal Gems (that wasn't corrupted by the Diamonds). In fact, this is the first time we've seen a new uncorrupted gem period.
** This is the first time that the Crystal Gems fight against another (uncorrupted) Gem onscreen.


* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Connie sets the events of this episode in motion when she mentions school to Steven. [[spoiler: This actually has ramifications that go far beyond just this and the sequel episode, as Lapis' escape to Homeworld brings Earth back to the attention of the Diamonds, setting off the MythArc for the entire show.]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Connie sets the events of this episode in motion when she mentions school to Steven. [[spoiler: This actually has ramifications that go far beyond just this and the sequel episode, as Lapis' escape to Homeworld brings Earth back to the attention of the Diamonds, setting off the MythArc for the entire show.]]


** This is the first time that we see another Gem that wasn't part of the Crystal Gems (that wasn't corrupted by the Diamonds).
** This is the first time that the Crystal Gems fight against another (uncorrupted) Gem.

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** This is the first time that we see another Gem that wasn't part of the Crystal Gems (that wasn't corrupted by the Diamonds).
Diamonds). In fact, this is the first time we've seen a new uncorrupted gem period.
** This is the first time that the Crystal Gems fight against another (uncorrupted) Gem.Gem onscreen.

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** This is the first time that we see another Gem that wasn't part of the Crystal Gems (that wasn't corrupted by the Diamonds).
** This is the first time that the Crystal Gems fight against another (uncorrupted) Gem.

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