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Recap / Steven Universe S1E18 "Beach Party"

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After a battle damages Fish Stew Pizza, Steven throws a cookout at the Temple to mend the relationship between the Pizza family and the Crystal Gems.


  • Beach Episode: Because of the setting, nearly every episode takes place on or near the beach, but this is one about an actual party there.
  • Breath Weapon: The pufferfish monster's main form of attack.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Garnet spikes a volleyball so hard the ball catches on fire and turns the sand into glass on impact, Nanefua notes that sand will actually turn into glass if heated up enough. Later, Garnet spikes Amethyst, who's turned into a ball, towards the beach, making enough glass to make the puffer fish monster burst.
  • Close-Call Haircut: The ends of Amethyst's hair get sliced off when the pufferfish monster blows Pearl's spear back at the Crystal Gems.
  • Cool Old Lady: Nanefua.
  • Destructive Savior: The Crystal Gems, although this is nothing new.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Played with. The gems say that they don't do the job just to get thanks, but Steven wants their neighbors to at least understand the danger of the job they do.
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  • Feuding Families: Albeit it just popped up this episode. And it's only one guy that's actually feuding.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: How the feud resolves. The Gems and the Pizzas work together to defeat the Monster of the Week.
  • Fourth Wall Psych: After Garnet hits the volleyball from a height that allows it to get enough friction to heat up and turn sand to glass, Nanefua seems to explain the phenomenon to the audience; but then the camera pans back a bit, and she's actually explaining it to Steven.
  • Hero Insurance: The Crystal Gems don't seem to have a plan for what to do if civilians (in this case the Pizzas) demand that they pay for (or fix) the damages their fights may cause.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: When Steven and Kofi Pizza start arguing, Nanefua remarks "Girls, I think I hear all our cell phones ringing!" and leaves with Jenny and Kiki.
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  • Instant Costume Change: When Steven asks Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl to get some casual clothes for the beach party, all they have to do was morph their clothing according with those they saw in the magazine Steven showed them.
  • Iris Out: Over Steven and his nervous laughter after Pearl asks what were they banned from.
  • Mythology Gag: The gems use the same poses for their Instant Costume Change as they did when they arrived on the warp pad in the pilot.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Jerk Kofi may be, Garnet did wreck his shop's sign then leave without so much as a word, and she never really cared about the damage she caused even toward the end of the episode.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: The Gems change into their swimsuits just by announcing their names.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Justified, as the monster of the week is a giant pufferfish.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Steven and Nanefua are entirely on the same page regarding their shared plan to defeat the pufferfish by creating glass shards to pop it on, even without having to discuss it beforehand.


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