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Steven declares his awareness that his mother has done something bad. And that whatever Homeworld has in store, he's ready. But there's no reply.

Steven stands alone in a pale, pink, featureless rounded-edged room. He is in there long enough for a montage of him moving around and yelling for anyone to let him know what's happening. He even calls for Lars. But there is no answer. Steven finally begins to settle down when the wall slides open and reveals a harried looking blue gem who introduces herself as Zircon. Zircon says they have only a brief minute to prepare his defense and asks what Steven knows about the shatterinig of Pink Diamond because the files are all unbelievable.

Steven sticks to his story, insisting he did it, much to Zircon's consternation. Zircon advises him not to say so even if it's true. Their brief moment passes, and they're summoned out into the Homeworld version of the courtroom. Another Zircon appears, this one greenish-yellow, and smirkily asks if blue Zircon isn't committing treason by defending a rebel.

-->'''Blue Zircon:''' I was ''assigned'' to this!

Yellow Pearl and Blue Pearl arrive, each giving [[ExtendedGreetings extended greetings]] to herald the arrival of Yellow and Blue Diamond. The two diamonds look at Steven. Yellow declares that they should shatter "Rose" just for looking the way Steven does. Blue says she wants the trial, to hear what her story is.

-->'''Blue Diamond:''' I want to know what she thinks we're going to do with her. Because I want to do something ... ''worse''.

Yellow Zircon begins the ExtendedGreetings to her diamond but Yellow dismisses the necessity for full formality due to time. So Yellow Zircon gives a bit of an opening, brings Lars to the room to show how hideous the creatures are that Rose turned on her own kind for. Lars tries to talk but Yellow Zircon bubbles his head to mute him. She then pulls Eyeball Ruby to give testimony. Eyeball gives a highly biased and completely shortened version of the events of "Bubbled". Steven insists that he's only glad that the Ruby is ok. Ruby is sent out of the room and Yellow Zircon rests her case. Yellow Diamond is satisfied but Blue Diamond insists that the defense be given the opportunity to speak.

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Steven declares his awareness that his mother has done did something bad. And that whatever Homeworld has in store, he's ready. But there's no reply.

Steven stands alone in a pale, pink, featureless rounded-edged round-edged room. He is in there long enough for a montage of him moving around and yelling for anyone to let him know what's happening. He even calls for Lars. But there is no answer. Steven finally begins to settle down when the wall slides open and reveals a harried looking harried-looking blue gem Gem who introduces herself as Zircon. Zircon says they have only a brief minute to prepare his defense and asks what Steven knows about the shatterinig of Pink Diamond because the files are all unbelievable.

Steven sticks to his story, insisting he did it, much to Zircon's consternation. Zircon advises him not to say so even if it's true. Their brief moment passes, and they're summoned out into the Homeworld version of the a courtroom. Another Zircon appears, this one greenish-yellow, and smirkily asks if blue Zircon isn't committing treason by defending a rebel.

-->'''Blue ->'''Blue Zircon:''' I was ''assigned'' to this!

Yellow Pearl and Blue Pearl arrive, each giving [[ExtendedGreetings extended greetings]] to herald the arrival of Yellow and Blue Diamond. The two diamonds Diamonds look at Steven. Yellow declares that they should shatter "Rose" just for looking the way Steven does. Blue says she wants the trial, to hear what her story is.

-->'''Blue
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->'''Blue
Diamond:''' I want to know what she thinks we're going to do with her. Because I want to do something ... ''worse''.

Yellow Zircon begins the ExtendedGreetings to her diamond Diamond but Yellow dismisses the necessity for full formality due to time. So Yellow Zircon gives a bit of an opening, brings Lars to the room to show how hideous the creatures are that Rose turned on her own kind for. Lars tries to talk talk, but Yellow Zircon bubbles his head to mute him. She then pulls brings in Eyeball Ruby to give testimony. Eyeball gives a highly biased and completely shortened version of the events of "Bubbled". [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E24Bubbled "Bubbled"]]. Steven insists that he's only glad that the Ruby is ok.okay. Ruby is sent out of the room and Yellow Zircon rests her case. Yellow Diamond is satisfied satisfied, but Blue Diamond insists that the defense be given the opportunity to speak.



-->'''Blue Diamond:''' It was a ''[[SuddenlyShouting SWORD]]''!

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-->'''Blue ->'''Blue Diamond:''' It was a ''[[SuddenlyShouting SWORD]]''!
SWORD]]''!



Realizing that the reason the Diamonds want "Rose" to explain "how" she shattered Pink is because the official story doesn't make sense, Blue Zircon comes out with renewed energy and begins to paint Rose as a flawed Gem who turned on her own kind out of a misguided attachment to the Earth, and that as the Diamond overseeing Earth's colonization, Pink was Rose's enemy- therefore, Rose had everything to gain by shattering Pink. But, Blue Zircon adds, while Rose may have ''wanted'' to shatter Pink, ''could'' she?

She then asks for (and receives) permission to present Blue Diamond's palanquin. Once it appears, she does a walking re-creation of the crime scene, describing how witnesses saw Pink exit her Palanquin and take a few steps forward before being attacked from the front by Rose, shattering under her sword's blow. She describes that while everyone knows these details, no one has asked ''how'' this could have happened.

-->'''Blue Diamond:''' ''I've'' been asking that question!

Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard - so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink Diamond, get so close in the first place? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where were Pink Diamond's attendants]]? [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.

--> '''Yellow Diamond:''' They were ''with'' her, of course! They saw the whole thing!

But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless Pink herself directly ordered her to- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

Blue Diamond is captivated as Zircon concludes her analysis, claiming that whoever shattered Pink was someone already close to her- someone her guards would allow to get near her with no questions asked or suspicions raised. Someone Pink would listen to if they asked her to stop the Palanquin and step outside. For the killer to have gotten so close that ''not one Gem'' raised an alarm or even ''attempted'' to stop them, it would have to have been someone they wouldn't have thought to be alarmed by. Someone with the authority to cover up their crime by pinning it on Rose Quartz, who was already branded as a terrorist-and the perfect scapegoat.

-->'''Blue Zircon:''' Someone with ''supreme'' authority. Someone... like ''one of you!''

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Realizing that the reason the Diamonds want "Rose" to explain "how" she shattered Pink is because the official story doesn't make sense, Blue Zircon comes out with renewed energy and begins to paint Rose as a flawed Gem who turned on her own kind out of a misguided attachment to the Earth, and that as the Diamond overseeing Earth's colonization, Pink was Rose's enemy- enemy — therefore, Rose had everything to gain by shattering Pink. But, Blue Zircon adds, while Rose may have ''wanted'' to shatter Pink, ''could'' she?

She then asks for (and receives) permission to present Blue Diamond's palanquin. Once it appears, she does a walking re-creation of the crime scene, describing how witnesses saw Pink exit her Palanquin palanquin and take a few steps forward before being attacked from the front by Rose, shattering under her sword's blow. She describes states that while everyone knows these details, no one has asked ''how'' this could have happened.

-->'''Blue ->'''Blue Diamond:''' ''I've'' been asking that question!

Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard - so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink Diamond, get so close in the first place? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where were Pink Diamond's attendants]]? attendants?]] [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And ''[[ForeShadowing ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already — already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.

--> '''Yellow ->'''Yellow Diamond:''' They were ''with'' her, of course! They saw the whole thing!

But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- Pearl]] — her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] handmaiden]], who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless Pink herself directly ordered her to- to — have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

Blue Diamond is captivated as Zircon concludes her analysis, claiming that whoever shattered Pink was someone already close to her- her — someone her guards would allow to get near her with no questions asked or suspicions raised. Someone Pink would listen to if they asked her to stop the Palanquin palanquin and step outside. For the killer to have gotten so close that ''not one Gem'' raised an alarm or even ''attempted'' to stop them, it would have to have been someone they wouldn't have thought to be alarmed by. Someone with the authority to cover up their crime by pinning it on Rose Quartz, who was already branded as a terrorist-and terrorist — and the perfect scapegoat.

-->'''Blue ->'''Blue Zircon:''' Someone with ''supreme'' authority. Someone... like ''one of you!''



Blue Diamond jumps to her feet, scolding Yellow for being so angry and poofing the Zircons. They begin arguing. Steven and Lars realize they have an opportunity to escape and race to the palanquin. As Steven gets a rudimentary grasp on the controls, they look up, distracted from their argument by the motion. Steven sends the Palanquin leaping into the sky, through the roof, and it wobbles then falls from the high tower.

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Blue Diamond jumps to her feet, scolding Yellow for being so angry and poofing the Zircons. They begin arguing. Steven and Lars realize they have an opportunity to escape and race to the palanquin. As Steven gets a rudimentary grasp on the controls, they look up, distracted from their argument by the motion. Steven sends the Palanquin palanquin leaping into the sky, through the roof, and it wobbles then falls from the high tower.



-->'''Yellow Diamond:''' You're on ''our'' world now.

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-->'''Yellow ->'''Yellow Diamond:''' You're on ''our'' world now.



* AmbiguousSituation: Blue Diamond claims that the culprit used a sword to shatter Pink Diamond. We already know from Bismuth that the sword Rose normally used (the one Connie now wields) was incapable of shattering gems, but it's unclear whether or not Rose had another sword that did the trick, or if it's a clue that Rose could not have shattered Pink Diamond as was claimed.

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* AmbiguousSituation: Blue Diamond claims that the culprit used a sword to shatter Pink Diamond. We already know from Bismuth that the sword Rose normally used (the one Connie now wields) was is incapable of shattering gems, Gems, but it's unclear whether or not Rose had another sword that did the trick, or if it's a clue that Rose could not have shattered Pink Diamond as was claimed.



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Zircon defending "Rose" asks a very pointed question during her closing argument -- how was Rose, already a recognized threat for several centuries at the time of Pink Diamond's shattering, able to get close enough to kill her? There were no Rose Quartzes in Pink's army or entourage by this time that she could disguise herself as, and surely somebody in her entourage would've attempted to stop Rose, or at least warn Pink Diamond. Yellow and Blue Pearl noticeably react when she asks where Pink's Pearl was during all this, if not by her mistress's side, where she could have warned her.

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Zircon defending "Rose" asks a very pointed question during her closing argument -- how was Rose, already a recognized threat for several centuries at the time of Pink Diamond's shattering, able to get close enough to kill her? There were no Rose Quartzes in Pink's army or entourage by this time that she could disguise herself as, and surely somebody in her entourage would've attempted to stop Rose, or at least warn Pink Diamond. Yellow and Blue Pearl noticeably react when she asks where Pink's Pearl was during all this, if not by her mistress's mistress' side, where she could have warned her.



** Defense Zircon's case is built on the fact that ''no one'' saw Rose's shattering of Pink Diamond coming- despite the fact that Rose couldn't hide (there were no other Rose Quartzes active) and Pink's entourage would have included Sapphires, who of all gems ''should'' have seen it coming.

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** Defense Zircon's case is built on the fact that ''no one'' saw Rose's shattering of Pink Diamond coming- coming — despite the fact that Rose couldn't hide (there were no other Rose Quartzes active) and Pink's entourage would have included Sapphires, who of all gems Gems ''should'' have seen it coming. coming.



** Yellow Diamond poofs the Defense Zircon for accusing the diamonds of shattering Pink Diamond, and the prosecuting Zircon for speaking out of turn.

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** Yellow Diamond poofs the Defense Zircon for accusing the diamonds Diamonds of shattering Pink Diamond, and the prosecuting Prosecuting Zircon for speaking out of turn.



* EurekaMoment: Steven has been brought to the Gem Homeworld to be put on trial for the shattering of Pink Diamond by Rose Quartz. While trying to prepare his case, Defense Zircon is exasperated to learn that Steven doesn't really remember what happened way back when- and realizes that the reason he's being put on trial at all is that the official story has glaring contradictions.

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* EurekaMoment: Steven has been brought to the Gem Homeworld to be put on trial for the shattering of Pink Diamond by Rose Quartz. While trying to prepare his case, Defense Zircon is exasperated to learn that Steven doesn't really remember what happened way back when- when — and realizes that the reason he's being put on trial at all is that the official story has glaring contradictions.



* ExplainExplainOhCrap: A variation. Defense Zircon has a EurekaMoment about the shattering of Pink Diamond and launches into a SpottingTheThread monologue, where she points out that Rose Quartz was already a recognized enemy of the state by the time she would have allegedly killed Pink Diamond, all gems of that type had already been removed from Pink Diamond's court (so subterfuge wasn't an option), and Rose would have had to get past Pink Diamond's court of Agates, Sapphires, and her Pearl to get close enough to do the deed. She realizes Pink's death could only have been orchestrated by someone with enough authority to cover up the actual events...culminating in accusing the most likely suspects: [[GodEmperor the Diamonds]], ''[[ImStandingRightHere who are presiding over the trial]]''. In this case, the OhCrap is not because of the implications of the explanation itself, but rather due to the realization that she just accused her supreme leaders of killing their own sister [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu right to their faces]].
-->'''Defense Zircon:''' Uhh, disregard that last statement, [[{{Understatement}} I might have gotten carried away!]] ''(POOF!)''

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* ExplainExplainOhCrap: A variation. Defense Zircon has a EurekaMoment about the shattering of Pink Diamond and launches into a SpottingTheThread monologue, where she points out that Rose Quartz was already a recognized enemy of the state by the time she would have allegedly killed Pink Diamond, all gems Gems of that type had already been removed from Pink Diamond's court (so subterfuge wasn't an option), and Rose would have had to get past Pink Diamond's court of Agates, Sapphires, and her Pearl to get close enough to do the deed. She realizes Pink's death could only have been orchestrated by someone with enough authority to cover up the actual events... culminating in accusing the most likely suspects: [[GodEmperor the Diamonds]], ''[[ImStandingRightHere who are presiding over the trial]]''. In this case, the OhCrap is not because of the implications of the explanation itself, but rather due to the realization that she just accused her supreme leaders of killing their own sister [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu right to their faces]].
-->'''Defense Zircon:''' Uhh, disregard that last statement, [[{{Understatement}} I might have gotten carried away!]] ''(POOF!)''''[POOF!]''



* MoreExpendableThanYou: Steven keeps begging for Lars's life.

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* MoreExpendableThanYou: Steven keeps begging for Lars's Lars' life.



* TheReveal: The story of how Pink Diamond was shattered is revealed- and it ''doesn't add up''.

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* TheReveal: The story of how Pink Diamond was shattered is revealed- revealed — and it ''doesn't add up''.



'''Zircon:''' ''(nervously)'' And right you are to ask, my Diamond!

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'''Zircon:''' ''(nervously)'' ''[nervously]'' And right you are to ask, my Diamond!



* SpottingTheThread: Defense Zircon spots several inconsistencies with the story of how Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond. At this point, Rose was infamous, wanted criminal, and the only one of her gem type that was active at the time. So how did she get past ''all'' of Pink Diamond's entourage without somebody recognizing her and at least sounding the alarm? On top of that, the explanation that Rose's sword shattered Pink Diamond makes no sense because it was made so it couldn't shatter Gems, much less one of the most powerful Gems in the entire universe. Defense Zircon concludes that Pink Diamond was killed by someone close to her, someone who could get past Pink's entourage with no interference, someone who'd have the authority to have the entire situation covered up, someone... like another Diamond. Of course, right after this, Defense Zircon [[ExplainExplainOhCrap realizes what she just said]] and tries a VerbalBackspace, but Yellow Diamond poofs her immediately.

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* SpottingTheThread: Defense Zircon spots several inconsistencies with the story of how Rose Quartz shattered Pink Diamond. At this point, Rose was an infamous, wanted criminal, and the only one of her gem Gem type that was active at the time. So how did she get past ''all'' of Pink Diamond's entourage without somebody recognizing her and at least sounding the alarm? On top of that, the explanation that Rose's sword shattered Pink Diamond makes no sense because it was made so it couldn't shatter Gems, much less one of the most powerful Gems in the entire universe. Defense Zircon concludes that Pink Diamond was killed by someone close to her, someone who could get past Pink's entourage with no interference, someone who'd have the authority to have the entire situation covered up, someone... like another Diamond. Of course, right after this, Defense Zircon [[ExplainExplainOhCrap realizes what she just said]] and tries a VerbalBackspace, but Yellow Diamond poofs her immediately.



* VillainBall: Yellow Diamond makes no effort to chase after or use her lightning powers on the escaping Palanquin, instead choosing to taunt Steven and Lars from afar as she points out this is their planet and she has no reason to suspect that "Rose Quartz" won't get shattered.
* WhamEpisode: Thanks in part to Steven's testimony, Zircon spots a lot of holes in the story of how Pink Diamond was assassinated, and infers that the killer was probably ''not'' Rose Quartz- and ''may'', in fact, have been one of the Diamonds.

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* VillainBall: Yellow Diamond makes no effort to chase after or use her lightning powers on the escaping Palanquin, palanquin, instead choosing to taunt Steven and Lars from afar as she points out this is their planet and she has no reason to suspect that "Rose Quartz" won't get shattered.
* WhamEpisode: Thanks in part to Steven's testimony, Zircon spots a lot of holes in the story of how Pink Diamond was assassinated, and infers that the killer was probably ''not'' Rose Quartz- Quartz — and ''may'', in fact, have been one of the Diamonds.



--->'''Zircon''': No, whoever did this was already close to Pink Diamond. [...] and someone with the authority to cover it up afterwards! Someone with supreme authority, someone... like ''one of '''you'''''! ''(points at the Diamonds)''
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Invoked. Prosecutor Zircon points out how Rose sacrificed her Diamond and her status to protect humans and betray her kind, and uses this as 'evidence' of how guilty and despicable Rose is.

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--->'''Zircon''': --->'''Zircon:''' No, whoever did this was already close to Pink Diamond. [...] ''[...]'' and someone with the authority to cover it up afterwards! Someone with supreme authority, someone... like ''one of '''you'''''! ''(points ''[points at the Diamonds)''
Diamonds]''
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Invoked. Prosecutor Zircon points out how Rose sacrificed her Diamond and her status to protect humans and betray her kind, and uses this as 'evidence' "evidence" of how guilty and despicable Rose is.



* ZorroMark: Yellow Diamond exits the trial room to make her declaration to "Rose Quartz" by cutting a diamond shaped section of the thick walls and sending it flying with one hand.

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* ZorroMark: Yellow Diamond exits the trial room to make her declaration to "Rose Quartz" by cutting a diamond shaped diamond-shaped section of the thick walls and sending it flying with one hand.hand.


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless Pink directly ordered her to do so- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless Pink herself directly ordered her to do so- to- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless Pink directly ordered elsewhere- her to do so- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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** This episode confirms that not only did Navy rescue her teammates, she also ratted the Crystal Gems' continued existence out to the Diamonds.


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would [[UndyingLoyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] have seen Rose's assassination attempt coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting handmaiden,]] who would [[UndyingLoyalty never ''[[UndyingLoyalty never]]'' leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- elsewhere- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[LadyInWaiting personal handmaiden,]] who would [[UndyingLoyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was indeed with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't wouldn’t her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see have Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't coming? Wouldn’t her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[SlaveRace made-to-order]] [[LadyInWaiting personal handmaiden,]] who would [[UndyingLoyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[LadyInWaiting personal handmaiden,]] who would [[Undying Loyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- her [[LadyInWaiting personal handmaiden,]] who would [[Undying Loyalty [[UndyingLoyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered elsewhere]]- have noticed Rose and cried out in an attempt to warn Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- expected to be by her Diamond's [[LadyInWaiting personal handmaiden,]] who would [[Undying Loyalty never leave her side unless directly ordered otherwise- elsewhere]]- have noticed the interloper Rose and attempted cried out in an attempt to warn her mistress? Pink? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - her personal, loyal handmaiden, expected to be by her side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - her personal, loyal handmaiden, [[BeautifulSlaveGirl Pearl]]- expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - her personal, loyal handmaiden, expected to always by her side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - her personal, loyal handmaiden, expected to always be by her side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her ''Pearl''- who, as her personal handmaiden, should've been by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her ''Pearl''- who, as Pearl - her personal personal, loyal handmaiden, should've been expected to always by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard - so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink Diamond, get so close in the first place? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where were Pink Diamond's attendants]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy Her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.

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Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard - so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink Diamond, get so close in the first place? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where were Pink Diamond's attendants]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy Her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.


But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - expected to be ''Pearl''- who, as her personal handmaiden, should've been by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries, and there were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage - so how could Rose ever get close enough to strike? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where was her entourage]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy Where were her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And more importantly, ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.

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Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries, and there centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage entourage, and none in her guard - so how could a Rose ever Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink Diamond, get so close enough to strike? in the first place? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where was her entourage]]? were Pink Diamond's attendants]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy Where were her Her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And more importantly, ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of questioning.



But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - a loyal, obedient handmaiden literally made for ''no other purpose'' than to to serve her Diamond, the one Gem expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise, have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - a loyal, obedient handmaiden literally made for ''no other purpose'' than to to serve her Diamond, the one Gem expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise, otherwise- have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?


She then asks for (and receives) permission to present Blue Diamond's palanquin. Once it appears, she does a walking re-creation of the crime scene, describing how witnesses saw Pink exit her Palanquin and take a few steps forward before being attacked from the front by Rose, shattering under her sword's blow. She describes that while everyone knows these details, no one has asked ''how'' this happened.

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She then asks for (and receives) permission to present Blue Diamond's palanquin. Once it appears, she does a walking re-creation of the crime scene, describing how witnesses saw Pink exit her Palanquin and take a few steps forward before being attacked from the front by Rose, shattering under her sword's blow. She describes that while everyone knows these details, no one has asked ''how'' this could have happened.



Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, saying that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard- so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink, ever get close enough to strike? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where was her entourage]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy Where were her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And more importantly, ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of question.

--> '''Yellow Diamond:''' They were with her, of course! They saw the whole thing!

But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and ''warn her about it?'' Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past all these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - a loyal, obedient handmaiden literally made for ''no other purpose'' than to to serve her Diamond, the one Gem expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise, have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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Corrected and chastened, Blue Zircon continues, saying explaining that at the time Pink was shattered, Rose had already been a recognized threat for several centuries. There centuries, and there were no Rose Quartz soldiers in Pink's entourage, and none in her guard- entourage - so how could a Rose Quartz, with no business being anywhere ''near'' Pink, ever get close enough to strike? [[SwissCheeseSecurity Where was her entourage]]? [[TheGuardsMustBCrazy Where were her Agates, her Sapphires?]] And more importantly, ''[[ForeShadowing where was her Pearl?]]'' Yellow Diamond -already impatient and eager to end the proceedings - is getting very agitated by Blue Zircon's line of question.

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--> '''Yellow Diamond:''' They were with ''with'' her, of course! They saw the whole thing!

But Blue Zircon is undeterred, pointing out that ''none of them'' saw Rose's approach. If Pink's court was with her and already knew Rose was a legitimate threat to their Diamond, then why didn't her [[{{Seers}} Sapphires]] see Rose's assassination attempt coming well in advance and ''warn her about it?'' warn her? Why didn't her [[PraetorianGuard Agates]], upon seeing Rose, ''immediately'' try to fight her off in defense of their Diamond? And even if Rose somehow ''did'' manage to slip past all of Pink's security, past all ''all'' these defenses, wouldn't her Pearl - a loyal, obedient handmaiden literally made for ''no other purpose'' than to to serve her Diamond, the one Gem expected to be by her Diamond's side unless directly ordered otherwise, have noticed the interloper and attempted to warn her mistress? How was Pink Diamond taken so completely by surprise?

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