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Steven's desire for alone time unlocks a new room in the Temple that answers his every wish.


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  • A Glitch in the Matrix: Steven winds up in his mother's room, which can manifest anything the user wants. When Steven poorly words a desire to leave and get doughnuts (since nothing in the room is real), it manifests a copy of the entire town, the scale of which is too much for the room to handle. All the people are thus crude reflections of their real counterparts spouting a mish-mash of things Steven has heard them say before, before the entire illusion collapses.
  • Affectionate Parody: Golf Quest Mini is a parody of Pokémon, with references to other games like The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.
  • An Aesop: A more fitting moral than the one Steven ignores might be "Good things come to those who wait" or something about learning the difference between what you think you want and what you really want.
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  • Armor-Piercing Question: The tiny whale asks, "What do you want, Steven?" to make him realize he wants to be with the Gems after all.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The room conjures whatever the user asks for, but Steven doesn't voice his desires with explicit clarity.
  • Big Bad Friend: The Game Within A Show Golf Quest Mini has a character called Prof. Sandtraps, who gives the main character his first weapon. He turns out to be the game's Final Boss.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • Early in the episode Steven laments his bad luck, saying "I can't go mini-golfing, I can't play my game, I can't stop going to the bathroom because I ate all that creamed corn... so much corn..."
    • Virtual!Greg's advice eventually degenerates into "The important thing is family and friendship, honesty, values, and no one got arrested."
  • Brick Joke:
    • Steven suggests Garnet wear goofy golfing pants to mini-golf, but Garnet just stares at him. When they do go mini-golfing in end, she does wear them.
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    • Steven realizes he's still in the room when he can't bite into a donut. Near the end, he bites Garnet's arm to see if he's still in the room.
  • Broken Record: The room's version of Connie can only cry "He was incredible!" over and over.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Steven can't eat anything Rose's Room makes for him. When the room makes a facsimile version of Beach City, Steven realizes it's fake when he tries to eat a donut.
    • One of first things Steven creates in the room is a tiny pink whale. In the end, the whale helps him escape the room.
  • Continuity Nod: Frybo is working the french fry stand in the virtual Beach City.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Steven's reaction to the tiny floating whale.
  • Expy: In Golf Quest Mini, the main character's companions resemble Brock and Misty. Prof. Sandtraps resembles both Professor Oak and Dr. Robotnik.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: Steven finds Connie staring at the ocean. When he gets close, turns around, revealing she's a fake with Scary Shiny Glasses.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Played with. Amethyst thinks the wailing stone noise is hilarious and eagerly shows it to Steven. He might've found it funny another time, but she caught him at the good ending for his video game and destroyed the TV.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: Steven gets trapped in a recreation of Beach City.
  • Human Popsicle: The secret ending Steven tries to see in his video game features one; it turns out to be the main character's father.
  • Ignored Aesop:
    Steven: I get it now. Things can't always go exactly how I want.
    Garnet: But guess what: we have time to hang out now.
    Gilligan Cut to the Gems playing mini-golf
    Steven: I always get what I want!
  • Innocently Insensitive: Steven says his dad's oversized golf pants could probably fit on Garnet. She doesn't seem to take offense and actually does put them on in the end. Pearl and Amethyst both catch themselves before they laugh.
  • Iris Out: Over Steven exclaiming that he always get's what he wants.
  • Leave Me Alone!: The enticing situation of the episode. Funny, considering how much Steven likes to help out.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: When Steven says he wants to leave the room, or more specifically, "now I have to go out for donuts", it makes a simulation of the town instead of letting him leave.
  • Mini-Golf Episode: The episode starts and ends with Steven wishing to take the Gems mini-golfing, and the video game he plays is a mini-golf themed spoof of RPGs
  • Missing the Good Stuff: Steven unlocks the secret ending of a video game when the Gems arrive and try to show him an artifact they retrieved from the mission. At this moment Steven just wants to see the ending and wants the Gems to step out of the way until it's over, but then Amethyst activates the artifact, causing a loud noise that breaks the TV.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Frybo gives Steven a basket of fry bits. Before Steven even picks it up, Frybo puts another, identical basket in the spot the first one was still occupying. It even looks like an animation error with the way the second basket overlaps and they fuse together.
  • Pun: At the end of Steven's golfing-themed game:
    Protagonist: Saving the day is just par for the course!
  • Show Within a Show: Steven plays a Golfing RPG. Amethyst breaking the TV when Steven triggered the Golden Ending kicked off the plot.
  • Speak in Unison: Lars and Sadie do this in the virtual version of Beach City, one of the first signs that something's amiss.
  • Toilet Humor: "...I can't stop going to the bathroom because I ate all that creamed corn...so much corn..."
  • Uncanny Atmosphere: The entire experience of Steven exploring and interacting with the holographic Beach City fabricated by Rose's Room.
  • Wham Line: Near the end, the tiny floating whale is Suddenly Voiced and says this line in what is implied to be Rose's voice.
    "What do you want, Steven?"

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