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* TheReveal: Garnet explains that the graphic hallucinations Stevonnie experiences are a sign of instability in a fusion.


** During "Here Comes a Thought" Ruby is shown being overwhelmed by a single butterfly and focuses all her energy on it. Meanwhile Sapphire, the seemingly more composed Gem, is overwhelmed by a swarm of butterflies showing that she has hidden anxieties. Eventually after resolving her own issues Ruby comforts Sapphire from her thoughts. This is almost exactly what happens by the end of the episode; with Connie making up with Jeff and letting go of her issues and then helping Steven when his guilt over the fates of Bismuth, Jasper and Eyeball sends him into a HeroicBSOD.



* PensieveFlashback: Stevonnie's MentalWorld allows Steven to directly see Conni's encounter with Jeff through her memory.

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* PensieveFlashback: Stevonnie's MentalWorld allows Steven to directly see Conni's Connie's encounter with Jeff through her memory.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Garnet explains Stevonnie's very intense hallucinations as a result of their fusion destabilizing. However, Steven sees a single, brief, and subtle one even while not fused at all. If this is related to his psychic/gem powers or a mundane effect of stress is not explained.

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* PensieveFlashback: Stevonnie's MentalWorld allows Steven to directly see Conni's encounter with Jeff through her memory.

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* PersonalHorror: Steven and Connie are both dealing with this. Connie from attacking a kid who bumped her out of reflex and the AllLovingHero Steven from being unable to save Jasper, poofing Bismuth and sending Eyeball out of his bubble when they were lost in space.

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* TheReveal: Garnet explains that the graphic hallucinations Stevonnie experiences are a sign of instability in a fusion.

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* DisneyAcidSequence: "Here Comes a Thought" portrays Garnet and Stevonnie meditating as their components in a featureless MentalWorld confronting butterflies made of light that represent their anxiety.


* ShoutOut: Stevonnie rapidly swinging their legs to slow their descent resembles [[Franchise/{{SuperMarioBros}} Luigi's]] or [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi's]] flutter animation in certain games.

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Stevonnie rapidly swinging their legs to slow their descent resembles [[Franchise/{{SuperMarioBros}} Luigi's]] or [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Yoshi's]] flutter animation in certain games.games.
** While falling from the Sky Arena, Steven and Connie hold onto both hands, bringing to mind Chihiro and Haku's flight at the climax of Anime/SpiritedAway. The fact that Steven's tears usually look like the usual Ghibli-style tears certainly helps.

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* AbsenteeActor: Amethyst does not appear in this episode.


* StepfordSmiler: Although Connie delves into this a bit with her conflict with Jeff, Steven is the real example here. He starts the episode pranking Connie with a bald wig and laughing at Garnet's fusion joke, and when Connie comes the next day he's happily reading a book. He's been repressing his grief over not being able to save Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball to the point that he has a nervous breakdown when they resurface. If Connie hadn't snapped him out of it, the two of them might have fallen to their deaths because he couldn't work up the nerve to use his floating powers as Stevonnie again.

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* StepfordSmiler: Although Connie delves into this a bit with her conflict with Jeff, Steven is the real example here. He starts the episode pranking Connie with a bald wig cap and laughing at Garnet's fusion joke, and when Connie comes the next day he's happily reading a book. He's been repressing his grief over not being able to save Bismuth, Jasper, and Eyeball to the point that he has a nervous breakdown when they resurface. If Connie hadn't snapped him out of it, the two of them might have fallen to their deaths because he couldn't work up the nerve to use his floating powers as Stevonnie again.

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* FreezeFrameBonus: When Stevonnie fly past Holo-Pearl instead of striking her, Garnet already has her sign flipped back to "Steven + Connie" because she already knew that Stevonnie would come unfused with her future vision.


* StealthPun: Butterflies are used in this episode as a symbol of repressed fears and anxiety. They're like butterflies in your stomach.

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Butterflies are used in this episode as a symbol of repressed fears and anxiety. They're like butterflies in your stomach.


* UnexpectedCharacter:
** Ruby and Sapphire's appearance makes sense in hindsight, but was entirely un-hinted at in the official summary.
** The cameos by Bismuth, Jasper, Eyeball, and Rose came out of nowhere, but again, they fit with the episode's theme.


* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Connie, still jittery from combat training, flips a random kid after he bumps into her in the hallway.



* ReflexiveResponse: Connie, still jittery from combat training, flips a random kid after he bumps into her in the hallway.


Steven glances at Rose's sword and sees one of the thought butterflies from the mindscape Stevonnie shared with Garnet... but soon they're back in the Sky Arena fighting holo Pearl again. Pearl compliments Stevonnie on their technique. As Stevonnie moves in for a sword thrust, Stevonnie begins hallucinating again: the sword thrust has {{trigger}}ed Steven within Stevonnie. An image of Bismuth appears before their eyes, and Steven cries out in frustration and dismay.

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Steven glances at Rose's sword and sees one of the thought butterflies from the mindscape Stevonnie shared with Garnet... but soon they're back in the Sky Arena fighting holo Pearl again. Pearl compliments Stevonnie on their technique. As Stevonnie moves in for a sword thrust, Stevonnie begins hallucinating again: the sword thrust has {{trigger}}ed [[TraumaButton triggered]] Steven within Stevonnie. An image of Bismuth appears before their eyes, and Steven cries out in frustration and dismay.

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