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In the temple, Pearl snaps her fingers as Steven and Amethyst dance together — or, attempt to. Amethyst isn't taking it seriously, and Steven, as a result, is too giggly to do so. There's a montage of him trying to dance with each of the Gems, and each of them displaying their type of dance for him, with him trying to imitate or at least replicate their moves. He's a little awkward and doesn't have the natural grace the Gems do. In the end, he ends up winded, and the Gems offer him reassurance, telling him that fusion is not something you get on the first try.
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Pearl expresses doubt that Steven's half-human body is even capable of fusing. Amethyst says there's no telling what could happen with Steven. Garnet, as usual, expresses confidence that Steven will be successful.

Later, on the beach, Steven is sitting with Connie and telling her about the experience of trying to learn to Fusion Dance, but that he can't seem to get it. Ever supportive, Connie asks if writing the steps down will help. Steven tells her that he's not sure that's the problem, but that it's something else. Connie confesses that she likes to dance, and was really excited about a dance at her school, but ended up not going because she kept thinking about everyone staring at her. Steven points there's no one staring now (except him, as Connie notes). He clarifies that he meant he was asking her to dance. Connie accepts Steven's invitation and takes his hand. As the sun sets on the water, the two kids dance together, but as things go with kids their age, it goes from serious dancing to silly, playful dancing. Connie bumps into Steven by accident, and he begins to lose his balance. She lunges to catch him so he doesn't fall. As their foreheads touch and the pair laugh, blushing and drawing together, there's a pinkish glow from below them...

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...and when Connie opens her eyes, she wonders why Steven's sandal is too small for her... his feet. A hand goes from a foot, up past an unexpectedly long leg, to a pair of jeans shorts-clad hips, to a narrower waist with Steven's pink rose quartz gem, to Steven's pink star shirt with Connie's pale turquoise dress over it, though they're both just belly-shirt height on the new body, which has flowing black hair and big dark eyes. After a moment the pair realizes what has happened:

Their new voice: I'm a fusion.

The fusion rushes back to the house to tell the Gems what has happened. Pearl is amazed, but not in a good way.

Pearl: He... fused? With his friend Connie?
...
Pearl: But this is unprecedented! A gem fusing with a human being? It's impossible!... or at the very least, inappropriate...

Amethyst thinks it's cool, and Garnet is speechless with delight at first. Amethyst rushes up to the new fusion, full of questions.

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Amethyst: Wow! You look great together! How does it feel? Steven? Connie? Stev-onnie?!

Pearl, still alarmed, tries to get them to separate, but the fusion calls Pearl out for being worried that Steven couldn't fuse, and demands to know if she's not proud of him. Pearl stammeringly says she is, and asks Garnet to back her up. But Garnet has her own ideas on how Steven and Connie should deal with being fused.

Garnet: Stevonnie. Listen to me. You are not two people. And you are not one person. You. Are an experience! Make sure you're a good experience. Now. Go. Have. Fun!

Stevonnie does just that: they use their new, tall, powerful body to run at top speed, do cartwheels, and do a cannonball off the clifftop into the sea. After coming out of the ocean, Stevonnie goes to the Big Donut, and orders two donuts. Lars stammers and can barely speak in Stevonnie's presence. At first, it looks like Sadie is jealous of Lars' attraction to the tall, attractive newcomer, but she offers them the donuts on the house, blushing and indicating she finds Stevonnie attractive as well.

Stevonnie has a momentary bit of awkward discomfort: Steven and Connie would each get one donut, but Stevonnie is both of them in the same body with both consciousnesses. One side of Stevonnie offers to end the fusion, but the other side says not to worry. Sour Cream approaches and offers Stevonnie a flyer inviting them to a rave with a bunch of friends from the internet and free glow sticks.

That evening, at the rave, Beach City's teen population are dancing. One teen seems to think himself as outclassing the others. Stevonnie, still barefoot, steps onto the floor and shows off their moves with an elaborately beautiful routine that results in everyone staring. Stevonnie becomes self-conscious because everyone has stopped dancing to stare at them. The sneering boy decides Stevonnie is the only person there worth dancing with and joins them on the floor. Connie's self-consciousness brings on a panic attack in Stevonnie, and they run off the floor wondering why it's not fun like they expected.

Stevonnie: If we were together it would be okay.
Stevonnie: ...but we are together, and it's not.
Stevonnie: ...I'm alone.

Kevin asks Stevonnie why they left him on the dance floor. Stevonnie says they don't feel like dancing anymore but Kevin is insistent, arrogantly declaring the two of them "angels walking among garbage people". Stevonnie is put off, insisting he doesn't even know them. They say they just don't like being alone here. Kevin insists that the cure to their loneliness is to come back and dance with him. Exasperated and irritated by his clueless and arrogant persistence, Stevonnie snatches his arm and drags him back to the dance floor, making one important clarification:

Stevonnie: And it's Stevonnie. I am not your "baby".

Stevonnie's dance routine this time is much angrier and less graceful. Kevin is taken aback and tells them to bring it back. But now that Steven and Connie are displeased and angry with Kevin, their fusion ends: Stevonnie vanishes in a puff and Steven and Connie end up sprawled on the dance floor. Kevin is weirded out that his hot dance partner was really two kids and takes his immediate leave. Steven and Connie, happy to be two individuals again, enjoy dancing together as Sour Cream showers the floor with glow sticks.

Cue abrupt Smash to Black.


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  • Alone in a Crowd: Stevonnie starts to feel lonely in the rave, because of Connie remembering that dancing with Steven was more fun.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Stevonnie is a combination of both a boy and a girl, so it's up in the air what their gender is. The voice and character design suggests they may be female, but there's nothing definitive, and both guys and girls crush on them. Only JerkAss Kevin flat out says "girl" to Stevonnie. Word of God is that they are "an experience".
  • Animation Bump: Nearly the entire episode is beautifully animated with very fluid movements.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: As Pearl frets over Steven and Connie's unconventional fusion, Stevonnie needles her about being proud of Steven for having successfully fused with someone to begin with. Unable to think of a good response to this, Pearl instead tries to get Garnet to step in. Garnet, however, approves, so doesn't say anything in support of Pearl.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Stevonnie's taller than either Steven or Connie, and as a result, Steven's shirt and Connie's dress end up as coming only as far as their ribcage.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Stevonnie sparkles occasionally, such as the scene at the Big Donut or when dancing.
  • Blue with Shock: Kevin, after Stevonnie breaks into an unconventional dance just to placate his incessant advances.
  • Breather Episode: A heartwarming, silly and normal episode that focuses on Steven's achievement and his relationship with Connie, then Stevonnie enjoying themselves, right after the previous episode with Peridot and the foreshadowing of a major threat possibly returning to Earth (though Ian Jones-Quartey revealed it was originally meant to air directly before "Warp Tour").
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Connie leaves her glasses off when at the beach with Steven, Steven having healed her eyes back in "An Indirect Kiss".
    • Stevonnie decides to go to the rave after Sour Cream mentions there will be glowsticks. Steven saved Connie's glowstick bracelet for her all the way back in her introductory episode.
    • The rave takes place in the warehouse where the wrestling fights happened in "Tiger Millionaire".
    • Much like Pearl and Amethyst in "Giant Woman", Steven and Connie's fusion fails once they lose focus, in this case due to the fact that dancing together is no longer fun since they're only one person, especially with Kevin bugging them.
  • Dance of Romance: Steven asks Connie to dance with him, which she does. This leads to their fusion.
  • Dance Party Ending: Stevonnie heads off to a rave, ends up defusing, then Steven and Connie dance around as Sour Cream throws out glowsticks.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • After Stevonnie gets some donuts and realizes that they're eating alone, Steven and Connie have a conversation to the effect of "if you don't like it we can stop... no, it's fine...," which brings to mind a less family-friendly activity two young people have engaged in for the first time.
    • Fusion continues to have more than a little bit of a sexual feel, especially Garnet and Pearl's demonstration.
    • Pearl and Garnet's attitudes about Steve and Connie's fusion sound very much like parents with more traditional and progressive views toward sex, respectively. Pearl finds it "at the very least, inappropriate", while Garnet merely wants to ensure that those involved are safe and enjoying themselves. Though Pearl's comment could also be seen as more about the fusion being between a gem and human.
  • Don't Think, Feel: While the Gems focus on the technical aspect of the Fusion Dance, namely the dancing itself, Steven realizes there's more to it and unintentionally figures it out when dancing with Connie for fun.
  • Everybody Wants the Hermaphrodite: Both men and women are shown to be attracted to Stevonnie.
  • Eye Cam: Stevonnie's first sight of their feet upon opening their eyes is an eye-shaped shot as if regaining consciousness.
  • Favors for the Sexy: Sadie doesn't charge the donuts Stevonnie bought. Stevonnie points out that this is a bad business practice.
  • Foil: Kevin, to Stevonnie. He thinks he's the coolest teen around, while Stevonnie actually is but doesn't know it; Stevonnie demonstrates healthy communication and respect for consent, while Kevin illustrates the opposite. His status is a foil is emphasized by his appearance: his skin, hair, and clothes are exactly the same colors as Stevonnie's. Even his name could be interpreted as the opposite of Stevonnie's: the beginning of "Connie" and the end of "Steven".
  • Foreshadowing: When the Gems trying to teach Steven how to fuse at the beginning of the episode, he's discouraged about not learning, but Amethyst tries to reassure him by saying that it's difficult even for them. Garnet, seemingly out of nowhere, then says "Not for me." While this might seem like her undermining Steven's confidence - something she rarely does - it's really a clue to her being a fusion herself.
  • Fusion Dance: The Gems try to teach Steven how, and he succeeds when he fuses with Connie into "Stevonnie".
  • Good-Times Montage: Garnet tells Stevonnie to have fun, which is exactly what they do.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: The Fusion Dance flavor. Steven eventually does it by accident with Connie.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Stevonnie's interaction with Lars and Sadie.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Connie says that she hates the thought of people staring at her while she dances. Steven says that nobody is watching her to encourage her to dance. Then the camera shows Steven staring at her, which Connie mentions.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Stevonnie walks around barefoot with only short-shorts and a tank top (not to mention the wet hair and dancing), never once realizing why they're drawing so much attention.
  • Interface Spoiler: Close captions reveal Stevonnie's name before it is ever used in-story.
  • Jaw Drop: Lars and Sadie after Stevonnie gives them a remark about their business practices.
  • Jerkass: Kevin. He starts to invade Stevonnie's personal space, making them uncomfortable, believes himself to be better than the others at the rave and insists that Stevonnie and him are made for each other without even knowing them.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Stevonnie nearly greets Sour Cream by name, but realizes that he won't recognize them.
    Stevonnie: Hey Sour...-faced stranger.
  • Lonely Together: Played with. Stevonnie starts to get uneasy over all the eyes being on them, thanks to Connie's shyness, and Connie inside them wishes for Steven to be there. Steven then tells he's there but Connie says it's not the same.
  • Love Bubbles:
    • While Steven and Connie playfully dances in the beach.
    • When Connie caught Steven after she bumped into him.
    • As Stevonnie runs through the clifftop into the sea.
    • Briefly when Stevonnie approached Lars and Sadie.
  • Mind Hive: Connie and Steven both seem to be active mentally in their fusion, to the point that you can actually see which dialogue Steven says, which dialogue Connie says, and which Dialogue is both at once.
  • Not So Stoic: Garnet's reaction to Steven and Connie fusing is an excited voice and a huge grin. She then tells them to go and enjoy the experience.
  • Oblivious to Love: Stevonnie doesn't seem to realise why people are acting weird around them.
  • Off-Model: There are several shots in the Big Donut scene where the heights of Lars and Sadie relative to each other and to the counter don't make sense. And when Stevonnie turns to leave, they are too short relative to the doorway.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In a lighthearted version, Garnet is practically giddy when Steven successfully fuses with Connie, encouraging Stevonnie to make the most of the experience.
  • Performance Anxiety: Stevonnie gets this when several people stare at her, most likely due to Connie's shyness of dancing in front of other people.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: In-universe, Amethyst combines Steven's and Connie's name together for Stevonnie.
  • Power Incontinence: Steven doesn't intentionally fuse with Connie. He just happened to stumble on the trick behind it while dancing with Connie.
  • The Power of Love: As is the case with every successful use of his powers to date, Steven succeeds in Fusing when Connie lovingly protects Steven from falling while they're dancing.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Garnet's manner of speaking when addressing Stevonnie for the first time:
    Garnet: Now. Go. Have. FUN!
  • Puppy Love: We get some more of it between Steven and Connie.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Kevin quickly makes his exit when he learns Stevonnie is actually two kids.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sour Cream's DJ setup includes two Game Boy Pockets/Colors and a Game Boy Advance. Truth in Television; this is known as chiptune.
    • One of the dances that Amethyst tries to teach Steven is The Macarena, which was a pop culture craze for a while after it came out.
  • Smash to Black: The third episode in a row to use this instead of an Iris Out.
  • Something Completely Different: The crew states that this episode is "unconventional"; it focuses on anxiety and feelings of intimidation around other people.
  • Squee!: The normally unemotive Garnet was very excited to see Stevonnie.
  • Talking to Themself: Stevonnie sometimes talks like Steven and Connie are conversing to each other.
  • This Is Wrong on So Many Levels: Pearl was as unenthusiastic about Steven and Connie fusing as Garnet was absolutely excited.
  • Totem Pole Trench: This is what Ronaldo assumes Stevonnie to be when Steven and Connie pop out after their fusion ends. He even posted an artist's rendering on his blog.
  • Wall Pin of Love: While showing Steven an example of a Fusion Dance, Garnet suggestively pins a madly blushing Pearl to the wall with both of her hands. Later gets parodied by Steven himself. And then even later, in the same episode, Kevin invades Stevonnie's space with one of these, boxing them against the wall with his body.
  • When She Smiles: Garnet breaks into a big, goofy grin when Steven manages to fuse with Connie, which is more outward emotion than she's ever demonstrated.
  • "YEAH!" Shot: Parodied. At the end of their dance training, Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst all jump in the air and hang there. Steven tries to copy them... and falls right back down. While they're all still hanging in the air.
  • Younger Than They Look: For all that Stevonnie looks like a late teenager/young adult, they have the mind you'd expect if you fuse two kids together.

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