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1[[quoteright:362:]]˛Steven accidentally releases a monster from a gem bubble and attempts to tame its wild, violent instincts.˛----˛!!Tropes:˛˛* AnIcePerson: The monster the Gems are fighting at the beginning of the episode is at least made of ice, though it doesn't display any ice powers.˛* BittersweetEnding: Steven may not have been able to heal the centipeetle as his mother tried and failed to do, but he proved he could tame it and may even do better when he has more control over his powers.˛* CallBack: The centipeetle from the first episode returns.˛* CooldownHug: Steven hugs Centipeetle after seeing Garnet's PowerFist (she had hit it earlier before Steven stopped her) causes her to go berserk. Despite the creature's acid burning him, he ignores the pain and calms her down. Unfortunately, a stalactite falls down towards just as he succeeds, prompting the centipeetle's HeroicSacrifice. ˛* DesecratingTheDead: The Crystal Gems run into the skeleton of a miner, which Centipeetle hastily smashes through.˛* FluffyTamer: Steven manages, to the Crystal Gems' surprise, to actually somewhat tame the centipeetle. Especially impressive is that Rose also attempted this, but could never manage it.˛* FreezeFrameBonus: When the centipeetle is released, she momentarily assumes a humanoid female form before turning into her regular monster form.˛* FromASingleCell: Gem monsters can regenerate from their gem core, just like the Gems themselves.˛* GameFace: Centipeetle's man flares up when she's distressed.˛-->'''Steven:''' Just relax and let your hair down.˛* HeroicSacrifice: The centipeetle saves Steven from a falling stalactite, but gets crushed in his place.˛* HollywoodAcid: The centipeetle's saliva can disintegrate wood, rocks, and crystal yet people can get right next to it without being burned by fumes.˛* InvisibleAnatomy: Steven lampshades this, asking how the centipeetle can eat with an eye in her mouth.˛* IrisOut: Two stars close out on the bubbled centipeetle gem and the bubbled bag of Chaps.˛* ItIsDehumanizing: Everyone initially describes Centipeetle as "it", but Steven starts using female pronouns after bonding enough that she fends off a seagull.˛* LostFoodGrievance: Amethyst was NOT too pleased when a stray shot of acid spit hit the sandwich she was in the middle of enjoying.˛-->'''Amethyst:''' [[BigNo NOOOO!!!]] [[GratuitousSpanish MI TORTAAA!!!]]˛* NotSoStoic: Garnet admits that she can't resist Steven's pleading face.˛* PetTheDog: Garnet lets Steven keep the centipeetle, despite the dangers she poses.˛* PersonAsVerb: Pearl gets her concerns over Centipeetle overruled by Garnet, which Amethyst calls getting "Garneted".˛* PhlebotinumHandlingEquipment: The Shooting Star is so hot even [[SuperToughness Garnet]] needs to wear her gauntlets so as not to get burned.˛* PoisonousFriend: Pearl's protectiveness towards Steven causes her to act rather cruel to Centipeetle, chaining her to a rock for being quick to react violently.˛* ThePromise: Garnet reveals that Rose Quartz attempted to "heal" the Gem monsters, but was never able to. Steven promises the centipeetle that he'll heal her once he gets more of a hold of his powers.˛* RedemptionEqualsDeath: The centipeetle sacrifices herself to save Steven from the falling stalactite.˛* SleepModeSize: When the centipeetle regenerates, she is reduced to the size of a small dog, rather than the house-sized monstrosity she was when they beat her.˛* TakingTheBullet: The centipeetle performs a HeroicSacrifice to save Steven, getting crushed in his place.˛* TalkingYourWayOut: Steven attempts to talk centipeetle into calming down by talking about their experiences together. ˛-->'''Steven:''' You have to remember -- [[LampshadeHanging this all happened today!]]˛* TastesLikeFriendship: Steven tries to tame the centipeetle by feeding her [[InsistentTerminology chiaaaaaaaaaps]].˛* TenderTears: ˛** When the Centipeetle begins to show threat response at the sight of Garnet's gauntlets, Steven cries at the idea of it going wild and untamed again. He begins to cry as he tries to get it to remember that it made friends with him earlier. ˛** He cries again as the Centipeetle remembers him and does a HeroicSacrifice to save him at the cost of its own life.˛* TraumaButton: Garnet summoning her gauntlets causes Centipeetle to panic even when she doesn't intend fight with them.˛----


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