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Recap / Steven Universe S2E16 "Onion Friend"

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Steven's perfect lunch is interrupted when Onion steals his bag of chips. A chase leads to Steven learning that Vidalia, Onion's mom, used to be close friends with Amethyst. Steven then explores Onion's house while Amethyst and Vidalia reconnect with each other.
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  • Absentee Actor: Garnet and Pearl don't appear, though Amethyst discusses their conflict with Vidalia.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption: "I know what this meal needs! A bag of... Onion?!"
  • Big Eater: Amethyst and Vidalia, one of many traits they share.
  • Birds of a Feather: Amethyst and Vidalia are a lot alike, especially when they hung out more.
  • Breather Episode: This episode is a break from the drama between Garnet and Pearl, instead focusing on how Amethyst is handling it.
  • Call-Back: "Onion Trade" ended with Steven giving Onion a G.U.Y.S. toy that was rather important to him (and that Onion, having stolen it once and then gone on to nearly kill some people, did not particularly deserve). Here, Onion gives Steven a G.A.L.S. toy, and it marks a softening point in their relationship.
  • Concealing Canvas:
    • Onion takes Steven to a room behind his poster, only accessible through a long air vent.
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    • In place of a garage door, only a couple of tarps block the Fish & Chips family's garage.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Steven is convinced that Onion won't even eat the chips he stole, perhaps recalling the fast food lunch Onion threw away in "Onion Trade".
    • Amethyst asks about Marty, though Vidalia doesn't care where he is.
    • Sour Cream mentioned that his stepdad doesn't approve of his desire to be a DJ rather than a fisherman back in "Joy Ride".
    • Garnet is still angry with Pearl; a part of the reason Amethyst is so adamant to linger with Vidalia is because how upsetting the ordeal is.
    • Steven successfully snatches both bagels when they pop out from the toaster when he could only catch one in "Together Breakfast".
    • The outfit that Amethyst is seen wearing in one of the pictures of her and Vidalia is the same long-sleeved, pilot-esque outfit she's seen wearing at the start of the extended intro.
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  • Connected All Along: The episode confirms that Vidalia is the mother of Sour Cream and Onion.
  • Creepy Child: Steven is on better terms with Onion by the end of the episode, but there's no denying he's still distinctly disturbed by the latter.
  • Disappeared Dad: Marty is pretty much confirmed to be this. Vidalia even says she doesn't care where he is now.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The title refers both to Amethyst reconnecting with Vidalia (Vidalias being a type of onion) and Steven becoming closer to Onion as a friend.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Amethyst eats a tea bag, and earlier Steven offered her a plastic container.
  • Housewife: Vidalia stays at home with her sons while Yellowtail is out on his boat.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: Averted; Vidalia wields a shotgun when she thinks Steven and Amethyst are intruding.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • When Vidalia puts back the picture of herself and Amethyst, a photobooth picture set can be seen in which Amethyst transforms into Marty. An aged, drooling, cross-eyed version of Marty.
    • At dinner, a piece of paper in the background can been seen listing which weeks Yellowtail will be home.
    • Among the random detritus in Onion's room is a briefcase seemingly stuffed full of money.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Steven can't bring himself to feed a mouse to Onion's snake.
  • Good Parents: Vidalia certainly tries, and she definitely seems to love her sons.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Played with. The camera cuts to Steven covering his eyes as Onion seemingly feeds a mouse to his pet snake, only for the mouse to appear unharmed at the end of the episode, inside Onion's own mouth.
    • However, at least the audience doesn't have to see the video of Onion's birth.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: As Steven is going through the various G.A.L.S. figurines, the last one he names is "Karen".
  • Literal Metaphor: Vidalia tells Amethyst she's "like a rock," then confirms that Amethyst is literally some kind of rock. Amethyst gives a Sure, Let's Go with That response.
  • Mayfly–December Friendship: Amethyst and Vidalia's friendship.
  • Mundane Utility: Amethyst used her shapeshifting powers to make things for Vidalia to paint.
  • The Muse: Amethyst was and still is this to Vidalia.
  • Myopic Architecture: When Steven blocks the front door to his home to keep Onion from escaping with the chips, Onion just jumps out the screen over the window.
    Steven: ONION! We just put that screen in!
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Vidalia did in those slippers.
  • Not Hyperbole:
    Vidalia: Don't worry about that other stuff. It's gonna blow over. You're a rock!... That's what you are, right?
    Amethyst: Ehh, something like that.
  • Old Friend: Amethyst and Vidalia used to be great friends, but they grew apart after a while. Upon meeting again, however, they're happy to pick up right where they left off.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Vidalia. She doesn't mind Sour Cream using up the house's electricity practicing his DJ craft, for one thing.
  • Pet the Dog: Onion gives Steven a rare G.A.L.S. figurine seemingly just because Steven was willing to hang out with him. He also spared the mouse Steven thought he was going to feed to his snake.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Averted. Steven is freaked out by Onion's snake and really doesn't want to feed it a live mouse, but he grants that we've all got to eat and hands over the task to Onion while he averts his eyes.
  • Satiating Sandwich: The episode opens on Steven creating the perfect afternoon sandwich, with all of its ingredients (bagel halves, a fried egg, cream cheese, and what looks like lox) perfectly timed. Treads on Genius Bonus if you cook; bagels and eggs are at their best when eaten immediately after cooking.
  • Screaming at Squick: Onion shows Steven a video of his mom giving birth to him and Steven is rather horrified.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When things get too creepy for Steven he tries to leave, but changes his mind for Amethyst's sake.
  • Shout-Out: Onion has a poster on his wall for The Door.
  • Staggered Zoom: Steven has one over the idea of spending the rest of the day with Onion.
  • Stalker Shrine: Vidalia's collection of pictures of Amethyst has this vibe, with Steven pointing out how it looked when he thought it was Onion's.
  • Stealth Pun: Onion's "The Door" poster covers up the entrance to his crawl space.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Yellowtail when he was younger looked a lot liked Onion. Sour Cream looks like Marty, who in this episode is more or less confirmed to be his father.
    • Vidalia lampshades how Steven looks like Greg when he was young.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Onion's house. There's no garage door - in place are two tarps, which don't cover all of the doorway. Vidalia lampshades it.
    Vidalia: I don't know how you got past that tarp, but this is private property!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Steven had to leave his egg and fish sandwich on the counter when he started chasing after Onion. It's possible he eats it before bringing Amethyst over to the house, but we never see this.
  • Translator Buddy: Vidalia functions like this for Onion, who is The Unintelligible.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Vidalia and Amethyst can be this:
    Amethyst: Man, you've changed. You look TERRIBLE!
    Vidalia: You look the same: TERRIBLE!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out what Onion did with the chips. The literal mouse, on the other hand, is fine.

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