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Steven, Garnet, and Amethyst chase after a monster loose in the temple.


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  • Anime Hair: Parodied when, in an attempt to emulate Pearl, Amethyst puts up her Rapunzel Hair in the same updo. It even hits Steven and Garnet when she twirls.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Steven at one point asks Amethyst if she's taking the quiz seriously. Then it cuts to his phone, and this is actually a question on the test.
  • Be Yourself: The Aesop that Amethyst learns; things go a lot better for her new form when she stops caring too much about the opinions of the other Gems.
  • Black Comedy Burst: Amethyst finds a skull inside a gas mask in her room.
    Amethyst: And there's a prize inside!
  • Blatant Lies: Almost all of Amethyst's answers for the Crying Breakfast Friends personality quiz.
  • Body Horror: Amethyst's regenerations before her last one suffer various levels of deformity because she made them too quickly:
    • The first has legs where her arms are supposed to be and a giant ear.
    • The second, a mockery of Pearl's form, is mostly just strange-looking, but their very differently shaped feet causes Amethyst to have what are either very loose-fitting ballet shoes or feet with ends shriveled up like noodles.
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    • Her second-to-last is horribly and inconsistently muscular, with an arm and a leg bigger than their counterparts, and starts to break down when Amethyst begins exerting herself. Steven lampshades this, asking if the form hurts.
  • Broken Bird: Just like her previous episodes, even after she seemingly got over it on "On the Run", Amethyst still has self esteem issues over her Kindergarten origins, and still tries to unsuccessfully impress Steven and Garnet by changing her forms, and doesn't think for herself. Though at the end of the episode she does finally find a form she was fully comfortable with.
  • Call-Back:
    • Both Greg and Pearl are unable to understand the Crying Breakfast Friends show from "Space Race".
    • Just like in "An Indirect Kiss", Amethyst goes through Body Horror. Her second-to-last form even gets the noodle arms when it starts deteriorating.
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    • We see once again that Amethyst is a hoarder. Furthermore, she's upset when someone is in her room without her knowledge because something they're seeking has found its way in there.
    • Amethyst's self-esteem issues show up once again.
    • The fact that Gems' bodies are illusions is brought up again.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Garnet says that Amethyst should have taken her time with her regeneration like Pearl did, Amethyst interprets this as Garnet wanting her to be "more like Pearl" and regenerates with a new form that looks like a parody of Pearl's.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • This is the third time Pearl's helped Greg fix his van. The first was in "House Guest". The second was in "The Message", though Garnet & Amethyst also helped.
    • Greg once again mentions how he doesn't get Crying Breakfast Friends.
    • Garnet's ability to fire her Power Fists like rockets was first introduced in "Watermelon Steven". Here, it's shown that she is literally launching her fists off — everything above mid-forearm level has to be regenerated before she can do it again, with her gems at the end of her arm stumps.
    • Pearl's long regeneration in "Steven the Sword Fighter" comes up again; apparently it took so long because she was putting a good deal of thought into it. Amethyst proves Gems can regenerate in under a minute if they really need to, and four hours is considered long for her.
    • The fact that Amethyst frequently regenerates is brought up again.
    • Among the junk in Amethyst's room is the "Foine" magazine summer special and a No-Home Boys book ("Mystery Train").
  • Came Back Wrong: Amethyst keeps rushing her regenerations and distorting her form. Her last form averts this because she put an unusual amount of time into it (four hours).
  • Death Is Cheap: Amethyst keeps regenerating throughout the episode, doing so a total of four times.
    Steven: Is it weird that I'm getting numb to this?
  • Didn't Think This Through: Part of the problem with the Body Horror is that Amethyst keeps rushing her regeneration.
  • Empathic Shapeshifter: Amethyst's forms are highly influenced by the opinions of others—not because she's psychic, but because she's just trying to reconcile her regenerations with what she thinks others want when criticized. She regenerates unusually fast when Steven is distraught over her "poofing" which slightly messes up her anatomy. Then she regenerates as an approximation of Pearl when unfavorably compared to her. When she feels Garnet implies she's weak, she overexerts her form trying to be strong.
  • Evil Slinks: The corrupted gem they fight is nicknamed The Slinker, and pretty much is a malformed mass of oozing, slinky tentacles attached to a plant-like bulb.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Amethyst starts the episode trying to make a sandwich with motor oil on it, though she eats it without any when she can't immediately get it.
  • Face Palm: Garnet does this when Amethyst regenerates as Pearl.
  • Giant Waist Ribbon: Amethyst's attempt at being like Pearl includes an even larger waist ribbon than hers.
  • Group Hug: The Crystal Gems do one at the very end.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Amethyst shows shades of this with her thoughts on Pearl. She feels like her perfectionist neuroses are her being needy for approval and her Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness an attempt to show off.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Steven tells the other Gems to be supportive of Amethyst's final regeneration, only to immediately complain that she's barely changed once she emerges.
  • In Medias Res: The Slinker had already been spotted around the temple before the episode begins and is still at large when it ends.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Amethyst shows some serious self-esteem issues over being scolded for her reckless behavior, being compared to Pearl and constantly wanting Garnet's approval while hiding her obvious frustration and stress with jokes until she finally snaps.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Amethyst keeps doing this with Steven's quiz questions.
  • Iris Out: Over an embarrassed (but smiling) Amethyst.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • While looking through the Crying Breakfast Friends online quiz, Steven wonders aloud what it would be like to be a cartoon character.
    • Amethyst says "Who wants to watch a cartoon about people crying?", when in literally EVERY OTHER episode of Steven Universe, you see someone crying.
  • Luminescent Blush: Amethyst has this for a good amount of scenes, as she gets really flustered over Garnet's criticisms of her recklessness. At the end, she has it out of embarrassment for being hugged and congratulated over taking her time on regenerating, getting a form that pleases everyone.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Pearl is surprised when she hears that Amethyst has put a few hours into her new form, saying that it's the longest she's spent regenerating.
  • Running Gag:
    • Steven asking the other Gems a quiz to find out what Crying Breakfast Friends character they are.
    • Amethyst getting "poofed".
  • Super OCD: Amethyst mocks this trait of Pearl's when in a form based off of hers, and when she emerges in her final form, Pearl mentioned how much the loose strap bugged her.
  • Shout-Out: Amethyst's room has a Tanuki leaf, a Gyroid, and a wicker basket of purple pansies among the stuff in her hoard.
  • Surprise Creepy: Towards the beginning, Amethyst briefly dons a gas mask as a joke. After she takes it off, she pulls a human skull out of it, thereby raising a lot of uncomfortable questions about where the mask came from and how she got it.
  • Tentacle Rope: How the Slinker keeps catching Amethyst.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Amethyst and her various regenerations. Steven even lampshades how he's getting numb to it.
  • Tunnel King: The Slinker can burrow large holes through the ground.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Garnet feels that she was too hard on Amethyst by the end of the episode.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Gal: After being scolded for regenerating too quickly without thinking, Amethyst starts to use her constantly new chances to get a form "according" with Garnet's lectures and it's very obvious that the young Gem wants her approval.
    Amethyst: Well, what do you want?! Just tell me and I'll do that!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never did learn which Crying Breakfast Friend Amethyst was, and they never catch the Slinker.
    Amethyst: (being hugged) We gotta go catch the Slinker!
    Steven: No, it's hug time.

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