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* DareToBeBadass: Sapphire admits from the start that the plan to infiltrate the Zoo won't work, but regardless declares "Stick together. Play it straight. Let's... change the future!"

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* DareToBeBadass: Sapphire admits from the start that the plan to infiltrate the Zoo won't work, fails in the future she sees, but regardless declares "Stick together. Play it straight. Let's... [[ScrewDestiny change the future!" future]]!"


Steven and the Gems try to pull off a heist.

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The Crystal Gems approach Pink Diamond's Zoo in the Roaming Eye, a Red Eye watching from the distance as a sentry. Entering the Zoo, the Crystal Gems witness two Amethyst guards next to the entryway. After unfusing from Garnet, Sapphire comes up with a plan to infiltrate the facility. The Crystal Gems will assume the roles they were originally made for: Sapphire is an aristocrat on a special assignment, accompanied by her Ruby guard and Pearl servant, with an Amethyst for additional muscle. They approach the Amethyst guards who ask the Crystal Gems to state their purpose, Sapphire answering, "I'm here to make a delivery to the Human Zoo." The Amethysts inform the group that the Zoo has shut down and Steven has to be thrown into space, only to reveal it was a cruel joke. Holly Blue Agate enters and scolds the guards for not informing her a Sapphire has arrived and orders them to apologize to Sapphire for their incompetence.
Sapphire informs Holly Blue that she has a human for the Zoo. Holly Blue is surprised with the delivery of two humans after nothing for millennia and says Blue Diamond will be most pleased. She orders the guards to take Steven into the Zoo, but Sapphire requests a tour of the facility (enabling Steven to remain with them for the moment). Amethyst cannot join the group, for Holly Blue orders her to help the others guard the door. Holly Blue describes the history and areas of the facility. She emphasizes Blue Diamond's "merciful and giving nature", shown in her "selfless" act of preserving the facility in Pink Diamond's memory. Sapphire asks Holly Blue how to enter the Zoo, to which she answers via the service door, a one-way access point that ensures no escape or compromise. Steven whispers to Ruby and Pearl his idea to create a distraction so they can enter the containment area.
Ruby quickly comes up with a plan and shouts "Explosion!" She explains to the group she "left the gravity engine idling." After Sapphire understands her plan, she clarifies to Holly Blue that the Roaming Eye's engine will overheat and explode. Sapphire and Holly Blue walk back to the ship to avert the impending crisis. When they leave, Ruby rants about Holly Blue's claims about Blue Diamond being merciful before being reminded by Steven to focus on the mission. Ruby tells Pearl to open the door, but the panel displays a different interface than last time, making Pearl confused and unable to open the door. As Pearl continues interacting with the panel,
Steven and Ruby help out by bashing the Gems try door. They all stop when Sapphire is heard yelling to pull off let the trio know she is returning. Holly Blue notices the marks on the door and asks Ruby and Pearl if they saw the Amethyst who did it, which relieves the Crystal Gems.
Two Amethysts approach to inform Holly Blue of important news. They are at first scolded by Holly Blue but manage to eventually blurt out that Blue Diamond is on her way back to the Zoo. Holly Blue reminds the Amethysts to be on their best behavior and tells Sapphire that Blue Diamond will want to thank her personally for the delivery. Holly Blue tells the Amethysts to take Steven to the assimilation bay. Steven goes through the assimilation process on
a heist.conveyor belt. He gets his face photographed for identity, has his body examined for things like temperature and photon sensitivity in the pupils, and is stripped to his underwear. He is then dressed in an outfit with earrings and a loincloth. Afterward, he is taken up through a water chute into the containment area of the Zoo, where he sees Greg being groomed by two humans.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "We won't stand out if we look the parts we were made for." Perhaps the single most on-the-nose metaphor for cis-heteronormativity this show has made so far. And if it wasn't obvious enough, Saphire tells them all to "play it straight."

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: "We won't stand out if we look the parts we were made for." Perhaps the single most on-the-nose metaphor for cis-heteronormativity this show has made so far. And if it wasn't obvious enough, Saphire Sapphire tells them all to "play it straight."


* OneDimensionalThinking: While on the assimilation bay's conveyor belt, Steven fruitlessly tries to avoid the press that changes his clothes by running against the path away from it, even though there's enough room on the sides to have squeezed by it.



* BeautifulSlaveGirl: Pearl has to pretend to be this.

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* BeautifulSlaveGirl: Pearl has to pretend to be this.Sapphire's maid servant.



* OneDimensionalThinking: While on the assimilation bay's conveyor belt, Steven fruitlessly tries to avoid the press that changes his clothes by running against the path away from it, even though there's enough room on the sides to have squeezed by it.

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* OneDimensionalThinking: While on the assimilation bay's conveyor belt, Steven fruitlessly tries to avoid the press that changes his clothes by running against the path away from it, even though there's enough room on the sides to have squeezed by it.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Ruby and Holly Blue Agate in regards to Blue Diamond. Ruby is correct that Blue Diamond ordering her shattered for fusing with Sapphire was incredibly cruel on her part, but Holly Blue is also correct that Blue Diamond preserving the Zoo and those stationed there was rather merciful and implies that she may have changed over the millennia.

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* HeistEpisode: Steven and the Gems try to infiltrate the human zoo to rescue Greg.


* FantasticCasteSystem: We are reminded of the Gems' structural society, with Pearl being reduced to a lowly servant, Ruby and Amethyst being treated as dumb muscle, and Sapphire being an aristocrat.


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* HiveCasteSystem: We are reminded of the Gems' structural society, with Pearl being reduced to a lowly servant, Ruby and Amethyst being treated as dumb muscle, and Sapphire being an aristocrat.


* BadBoss: Holly Blue Agate orders her subordinates around constantly and has zero respect for them; for example, alternately scolding them for talking too loud and then for talking too quietly. She also automatically blames them for any problems, like the marks on the door to the human enclosure, even though it's irrational.


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* MeanBoss: Holly Blue Agate orders her subordinates around constantly and has zero respect for them; for example, alternately scolding them for talking too loud and then for talking too quietly. She also automatically blames them for any problems, like the marks on the door to the human enclosure, even though it's irrational.


* MadeASlave: Invoked by Pearl to fool Homeworld.


* BrutalHonesty: When Pearl asks if their plan to infiltrate the Zoo is really going to work, Sapphire's initial reply is a blunt "no". But she half-heatedly assures them there's a small chance they can change the future.

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* BrutalHonesty: When Pearl asks if their plan to infiltrate the Zoo is really going to work, Sapphire's initial reply is a blunt "no". But she half-heatedly half-heartedly assures them there's a small chance they can change the future.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Despite having spent the entirety of Era 2 in charge of the Earth Quartzes Holly Blue Agate fails to notice that the Crystal Gem Amethyst is a newcomer and is wearing a uniform that displays allegiance to Yellow Diamond and not Blue.


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** Ruby, Sapphire and Pearl's reaction when Holly Blue Agate orders her Amethysts to toss Steven into the Zoo.


* GratuitousSpanish: Steven goes by the alias "[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Esteban Universidad]]" (meant to be a Spanish translation of his name, but "Steven Univers'''ity'''"), and mutters "Pobrecito Esteban..." ("Poor little Steven") as he gets "into character".

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* GratuitousSpanish: Steven goes by the alias "[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Esteban Universidad]]" (meant to be a Spanish translation of his name, but actually means "Steven Univers'''ity'''"), and mutters "Pobrecito Esteban..." ("Poor little Steven") as he gets "into character".


* GratuitousSpanish: Steven goes by the alias "[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Esteban Universidad]]", and mutters "Pobrecito Esteban..." ("Poor little Steven") as he gets "into character".
* HateSink: Holly Blue Agate's bigoted cruelty and sycophancy, which she [[KickTheDog demonstrates repeatedly throughout the episode.]]

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* GratuitousSpanish: Steven goes by the alias "[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Esteban Universidad]]", Universidad]]" (meant to be a Spanish translation of his name, but "Steven Univers'''ity'''"), and mutters "Pobrecito Esteban..." ("Poor little Steven") as he gets "into character".
* HateSink: Holly Blue Agate's bigoted cruelty and sycophancy, which she [[KickTheDog demonstrates repeatedly throughout the episode.]]
character".



* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: As part of the Crystal Gems' disguise, Steven calls himself "Esteban Universidad". Sapphire goes along with it. Though "universidad" actually means "university".

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* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: As part of the Crystal Gems' disguise, Steven calls himself "Esteban Universidad". Sapphire goes along with it. Though "universidad" actually means "university".

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* ShoutOut: Holly Blue apologizing on behalf of her Amethysts by saying "You'll have to forgive them. They're from earth" is one to ''Series/FawltyTowers''' RunningGag of "You'll have to forgive him. He's from Barcelona."

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