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Steven brings everyone together for a special reunion.


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  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Three of them:
    • Bismuth, having freshly rejoined the Crystal Gems at the end of the previous episode — and conveniently wearing armor for the wedding! — eagerly joins the climactic battle against the Diamonds.
    • Lapis appears out of nowhere during the Blue Diamond fight and finally officially joins the Crystal Gems, stating that if the Diamonds are going to punish her like one, then she might as well be one.
    • The Cluster is forced to materialize, but fortunately for Earth, it is now in control of itself and sympathetic to the Crystal Gems. The Cluster forms a giant arm and subdues Yellow Diamond's ship, though it needs to return to its bubble afterward.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Sapphire giggles when Ruby tells her not to use Future Vision to peek at her outfit.
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  • Adorable Abomination: After the Cluster beats away Yellow's ship, it gives Steven a thumbs up.
  • Adult Fear: Yellow Diamond nearly squashing Steven is this for everyone... especially Yellow herself a few moments later when Steven finally shows her his true nature and she realizes she nearly lost Pink Diamond again, and this time it'd be no one's fault but her own.
  • Alien Invasion: Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond arrive on Earth to retake the Cluster.
  • Ambiguously Human: Played for laughs. Steven lists Onion as a guest category separately from humans, even though he saw a video of his birth in "Onion Friend".
  • Ambiguously Jewish: The wedding is held under a chuppah.
  • Animation Bump:
    • The kiss between Ruby and Sapphire is drawn noticeably delicate.
    • Pretty much everything from Blue Diamond's arrival and onward has more fluid, dynamic animation. Especially the scene where every Gem attacks her together.
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  • Anvil on Head: Lapis drops the barn on Blue Diamond, but she just gets back up again.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: The Crystal Gems stand together as they face down Blue Diamond.
  • Astral Projection: Steven's Dream Walker power turns into allowing him to project his consciousness while seeing and affecting those of the people surrounding him.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Diamonds finally get to show off their power, and it takes everyone — including Lapis — attacking Blue at once just to bring her to a knee. Once Yellow Diamond joins the fight, the Crystal Gems are hopelessly outclassed and the only hope is for Steven to talk them down.
  • Avengers, Assemble!: At the climatic battle between the Crystal Gems and Blue and Yellow Diamond.
    Steven: This is our home! Our planet! Our friends and family! We are the Crystal Gems!
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: The Diamonds activate the dormant Cluster, unaware Steven managed to befriend it. It instantly attacks them to protect the Earth and later destroys both Diamonds' ships in the process.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Yellow and Blue Diamond stand back to back on the defensive once they detect Pink Diamond's presence (in the form of the unconscious Steven trying to communicate with them).
  • Backup from Otherworld: The Diamonds creating the Cluster accidentally allows this trope: when awakened, the countless shattered Crystal Gems whose shards compose the Cluster are able to help the Crystal Gems against them, ultimately taking both of their ships out of the fight. The imagery of this trope is also invoked by it forming, which is presented by thousands of what look like wailing spirits emerging before merging into an arm.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Bismuth shouts at everyone to prepare for battle and "Let's put [Blue Diamond] in a bubble!"
    • Garnet gives one to Blue Diamond in order to distract her from Lapis's Big Damn Heroes moment. All accompanied, of course, by an instrumental of "Stronger Than You".
      Garnet: I am the will of two Gems that care for each other. To protect each other from any threat, no matter how vast or how cruel. You couldn't stop me 5,750 years ago, and you can't stop me now.
    • Lapis' response to Blue Diamond's grief attack?
      Lapis: I've felt worse.
    • Steven gives one of his own as all the Crystal Gems stand together against Blue Diamond:
      Steven: This is our home, our planet, our friends and family! We are the Crystal Gems!
    • Subverted when Peridot marches up to Yellow Diamond and shouts, "Hey, Yellow Clod! Remember me?!" Yellow Diamond replies, "No," before poofing her.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Blue Diamond catches Rose's sword between her fingers before recognizing it as the weapon she thinks shattered Pink Diamond, and snapping it like it was a toothpick — which it practically was, proportionally speaking.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Blue and Yellow are somehow capable of detecting Steven in whatever psychic realm he enters when he's unconscious, and, furthermore, are capable of attacking him there with their auras. Only when Steven manifests Pink Diamond's aura do they realize what's happening.
  • Beam Spam: Blue Diamond reveals another of her powers: energy manipulation. She showcases this by raining energy beams down on the Crystal Gems, which takes all of them bracing Steven's shield to withstand.
  • Behemoth Battle: The Cluster vs Yellow Diamond's arm ship, both of which are several miles long. The Cluster ultimately wins.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Twice: first the Cluster emerges and immediately establishes which side it's on by clobbering the Diamonds' ships. Then Lapis makes her return to drop the barn on Blue Diamond's head.
  • Big Damn Kiss: The wedding between Ruby and Sapphire caps off with the two sharing their first on-screen, on the lips kiss right before fusing back into Garnet.
  • Bigger Stick: Subverted. For the first time, this actually doesn't come into play against Homeworld despite the Diamonds bringing their ships: Blue willingly foregoes any technology as she desires to take her revenge personally, while Yellow's ship is countered by the equally powerful Cluster and by the time she joins the fray, the Cluster has wrecked both of the Diamonds' ships. Both Diamonds are so powerful they don't need Homeworld's tech edge to be a threat.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Blue Diamond says this before the barn is dropped on her.
  • Blatant Lies: Sapphire assures Steven she isn't nervous at the altar, then uses her foot to clear away a small patch of ice she's inadvertently generated.
  • Body Horror: Only a single arm of the Cluster emerges, and it looks a lot like a human arm without any skin.
  • Boisterous Weakling:
    • After Yellow Diamond emerges from her ship, Peridot attempts to chase her off by insulting her again. Not only does it fail horribly, she gets poofed as a result.
    • When the Cluster emerges, Ronaldo attempts to draw his katana on it. Fortunately for him, Peedee pulls him away before he tries something stupid.
  • Bouquet Toss: Garnet does this after the wedding, but puts a little too much effort into it. It comes back down several minutes later, hitting Bismuth on the head.
  • Brick Joke:
    • As Garnet predicted, Steven uses the razor that she gave him when he was a baby as shown back in "Three Gems and a Baby".
    • Garnet throws her bouquet so high in the air that it becomes A Twinkle in the Sky and the human girls who watched the throw lose sight of it. A few minutes later, it falls into the hands of a confused Bismuth.
  • Bridezilla: Briefly played for comedy when Garnet's Badass Boast to Blue Diamond about protecting Earth ends with shouting about how this was supposed to be "my day".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center:
    • Bismuth — who is wearing a suit of armor with retractable spikes — is struggling to stop herself from crying from Ruby and Sapphire's vows.
    • Both of the Diamonds outmatch the Crystal Gems individually, shrug off every attack and manage to poof Lapis and Peridot; all the while their thoughts show that they are more wrapped up in their own emotional baggage over the supposed death of their loved one than the fight itself.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Peridot is so self-assured in herself that she tries to walk up to Yellow Diamond and insult her until she leaves, because she thinks that's what happened last time. Yellow glances down at her, responds to Peridot's question if she remembers her with "No", and then zaps her with her Gem-destabilizing lightning.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Cluster, last seen in "Gem Drill", returns and gets to partially form.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday:
    • When Peridot gloats at Yellow Diamond to get under her skin, asking, "Do you remember me?!", Yellow replies with a blunt "No," and immediately destabilizes her.
    • Subverted with Garnet and Blue Diamond. The latter doesn't initially recognize the former, but realizes who she is when Garnet brings up how long ago it happened.
  • Call-Back:
    • Steven shaves off the single facial hair he grew in "Steven's Birthday", using the razor Garnet gave him as a baby.
    • Steven, Greg and Pearl's tuxedos from "Mr. Greg" return.
    • The Together Breakfast makes a brief return as the wedding (pan)"cake".
    • Ronaldo wears his armor from "Keep Beach City Weird".
    • Upon seeing Blue Diamond, Greg says it's time to "work the old Universe charm", which went horribly right the last time the two met.
    • In "Can't Go Back", Steven suggests Lapis drop the barn onto the beach. This is technically what happens...
    • Not the first time Lapis has brushed aside another Gem's attempts to control her and retaliated by using water chains.
    • Steven properly weaponizes the spikes on his bubble that he learned about in "Steven vs Amethyst". In fact, thanks to the Combination Attack moments prior it helps wind Blue Diamond and knock her to her knees.
    • The Crystal Gems all use their upgraded weapons from "Bismuth", something only Amethyst had done before.
    • Like in "The Return", a Crystal Gem is poofed in front of Steven's house by a Homeworld Gem, and Steven in knocked out by said Gem.
    • In "The Return", Jasper recognized Steven as Rose Quartz when she saw his shield. In this episode, Yellow Diamond recognizes Steven as Pink Diamond, who is Rose Quartz, when she sees his aura.
    • During the astral projection scene the thoughts of the Gems and Steven's encouragement might remind you of some song lyrics. Steven tells Garnet that she is made of love, which Garnet once song about in "Stronger than You". Meanwhile, Pearl's thoughts of self sacrifice come from "Do It for Him".
    • A rare one to the video games, Steven's encouraging words to Amethyst — "I believe in you!" — is one of his frequently used lines when using his Encouragement ability in the Light series.
  • Central Theme: The central theme of this episode is Reunion:
    • The reunion of Ruby and Sapphire fuse into Garnet after their wedding.
    • Steven reuniting with the Cluster when the Diamonds try to reactivate it.
    • Blue Diamond reunites with Steven who is technically Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond after meeting him in court.
    • During the battle with Blue Diamond, Lapis reunites with Steven, Peridot, and the rest of the Crystal Gems to rejoin them as a member.
    • Yellow Diamond meeting Steven again and attacks him while technically being Rose Quartz along with Pink Diamond.
    • Blue and Yellow Diamond coming to the realization that Steven is family, and learns that Pink Diamond has not been shattered but learns of her new form as the Gem-Human hybrid, Steven.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: After twice fleeing into space earlier in the season to avoid getting caught up in another fight with the Diamonds, Lapis decides to help the Gems and drops the barn on Blue Diamond.
  • Character Development:
    • Small one for Bismuth: when the time to fight Blue Diamond comes, she explicitly calls to bubble her, not shatter her, showing she's let go of her desire to shatter the "uppercrust".
    • Lapis, who went from a NEET fearing the Diamonds, to a Crystal Gem overcoming that fear in order to face them.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Steven's Astral Projection powers come into play early on briefly when he tries and fails to placate the Cluster. This later happens when he's forced into one after getting knocked unconscious by Yellow Diamond, which finally allows him to get through to the Diamonds.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends after Steven wakes up from being knocked out and getting through to the Diamonds, with them finally knowing that Pink is alive.
  • Climax Boss: Rebecca Sugar stated this arc was a culmination of everything the show had been building up, and the fight with the Diamonds represents all of that and many plot lines reaching their climax.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Bismuth wears a suit of armor to the wedding because "It's the nicest thing I own."
  • Code Emergency: After the Diamonds' ships appear, Steven informs Nanefua that they have a code blue and code yellow.
  • Colony Drop: Blue gets her own miles-long warship dropped on her. It speaks volumes of the Diamonds' durability that it only manages to slightly ruffle her hair.
  • Combination Attack: The Crystal Gems attack Blue Diamond in tandem thanks to a Fastball Special from Lapis and Peridot being a Personal Space Invader.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: From little things like Steven shaving his one facial hair and Jamie still having a little crush on Garnet to big things like the return of the Cluster and Lapis, this episode has a lot of continuity.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: During his Out-of-Body Experience, Steven creates a powerful aura that is unique to Pink Diamond. This is how Yellow and Blue realize that he’s telling the truth about Pink Diamond being (technically) alive.
  • Cowardly Lion: Peridot is clearly terrified of the Diamonds, but she goes into battle with all that she has, which includes soda cans and her words.
  • Crossover: Kelsey and JP from Craig of the Creek appear in the promo art to call Steven out for Tempting Fate, and also delivering a subtle Take That! towards the individual(s) responsible for leaking footage from the bomb several months before it aired.
  • Darkest Hour: Yellow Diamond joins the fray, taking out Peridot and Lapis in one shot and incapacitating Steven, and we get to hear the desperation in everyone's mind. Only by Steven's interference did they get a Heroic Second Wind, and for the Diamonds to stop their assault.
  • Did Not See That Coming: The Diamonds decidedly did not expect the Cluster to instantly take Earth's side in the conflict.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Garnet implies the Crystal Gems are capable of beating Blue Diamond, but subverted in that they ultimately don't need to. Also subverted that their best effort only manages to slow Blue down, and they can barely hold back once Yellow joins the fray.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Peridot trying to tell off Yellow Diamond gets her poofed with a single lightning blast.
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: After Yellow Diamond's ship is brought down on top of Blue Diamond's and Blue herself, the Crystal Gems begin to celebrate, and the Cluster rebubbles itself. Bismuth interrupts by pointing out that they're not done yet. Yellow Diamond then comes out of her ship and pulls Blue Diamond unharmed from the wreckage.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Actually a Triple Meaning Title. The title not only refers to Sapphire and Ruby's reunion as Garnet, but also Lapis returning to the Crystal Gems and Yellow and Blue Diamond reuniting with Pink (well, sort of).
  • *Drool* Hello: Not drool, but the principle is the same; Blue Diamond is signaled to Lapis' presence when a few droplets of water from the barn she's holding above her fall on her.
  • Dynamic Entry: Lapis enters the scene by dropping the barn on Blue!
  • Easily Forgiven: Though it's not clear if he's forgiven them, even after corrupting the Gems on Earth and nearly killing him twice, Steven still considers Yellow and Blue Diamond to be part of his family, as they're related.
  • Emotion Bomb: While Blue Diamond's ability to project her grief onto others has been established, here she uses it as a Status Ailment, overwhelming every Gem on the beach with sadness and destabilizing Alexandrite in the process. The only ones able to withstand its effects are Connie, whose lack of a gem means it doesn't affect her, Garnet, whose combined willpower gives her the resolve to distract Blue long enough for Lapis to drop the barn on her, and Lapis, whose prior traumatic experiences allow her to just shrugs it off.
  • Evolving Credits: The credits since "A Single Pale Rose" turn out to be a Fake-Out Fade-Out, and this episode reveals that the second ending theme is a Triumphant Reprise of "Love Like You".
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Steven starts crying, which he initially thinks is Tears of Joy over the wedding. But when the tears are uncontrollable, he realizes that it's a sign that the Diamonds have returned. Then both Yellow and Blue's ships show up at the wedding reception.
  • Extra Long Episode: "Reunited" is a double-length episode, like Bismuth's debut.
  • Exty Years from Now: Back in "The Answer" (set in summer), Garnet said she was first formed 5750 years ago. In this episode (set in the following spring), Ruby says they've been together for just as many years, and Sapphire adds "and 8 months". Apparently Garnet really meant exactly 5750 years.
  • Fastball Special: Twice in quick succession:
    • Bismuth tosses Peridot into Blue's face to distract her.
    • Lapis uses her powers to toss everyone at Blue while Peridot has her blinded. Bonus points for the windup pitch, which could be a Call-Back to "Hit the Diamond".
  • Faster Than They Look: For most of the fight, Yellow and Blue Diamond are stationary and let the Powers Do the Fighting. But when Yellow Diamond sees Steven, she dashes across the beach like a speeding car to step on him.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: While Steven and Garnet hug and admire the latter's wedding, Steven suddenly starts crying heavy tears. He initially mistakes them for Tears of Joy, though many viewers might have gotten a foreboding feeling, which is then confirmed when the tears continue to flow, giving Steven an Oh, Crap! moment as well when he and Garnet realize it means the Diamonds are coming.
  • Flower in Her Hair:
    • Ruby and Sapphire are both wearing blue flowers in their hair as part of their wedding outfits. As a result, Garnet has them when they fuse into her.
    • Amethyst also has a flower in her hair earlier on.
  • Foil: As has been noted under discussions of their characters, Lapis and Peridot make good foils for one another. In this particular case, Peridot has a notable change in attitude after Lapis returns. At the beginning of the episode Peri is seen lamenting Lapis and worrying that everyone is living on borrowed time until the Diamonds show up. When Blue Diamond does arrive Peridot is muttering to herself "This is bad this is bad", still clearly afraid. After Lapis arrives, Peridot suddenly becomes extremely eager to fight, to the point where she is excited to be hurled at Blue Diamond and makes the rather suicidal decision to insult Yellow Diamond to her face. Whether she's putting on a brave face for Lapis, or feels more secure having a powerful gem back on their side, or whether Peridot simply feels inspired by the way Lapis overcame her fears enough to put her own doubts aside the end result is that Lapis' courage very quickly brought out the courage in Peridot.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • While talking to Peridot during his song, Steven brings up the Diamonds, the Cluster, and Lapis shortly before all come back into play.
    • When Steven resurrected Lars in "Off Colours", his tear emitted a room-covering pink aura, something his normal healing powers don't do. In this episode Steven once more emits a pink aura, which the Diamonds (unlike the Off-Colors who don't know Pink) recognize as Pink Diamond's counterpart to their auras.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • If you closely in the bathroom scene, you can see that Steven shaves with "Big Boy's 1st Shaving Cream".
    • Unlike the other times Alexandrite was forcefully defused, Ruby and Sapphire's silhouettes do not appear.
  • From Bad to Worse: The entire Crystal Gems had to put their all just to send Blue Diamond to her knees. Then Yellow Diamond enters the fray, and it becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: A furious Blue Diamond after Lapis drops the barn on her:
    "Lapis Lazuli? Does every Gem that comes in contact with this planet turn traitor?!"
  • Gentle Giant: Unless you're the Diamonds, the Cluster turns out to be this, being friendly towards Steven and the Crystal Gems. It even gives them a thumbs up before going to wrestle Yellow Diamond's ship and again when it checks on the Crystal Gems after destroying the Diamonds' arm ships.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Upon seeing Steven again, Yellow Diamond dashes and stomps on him.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: The Diamonds' hand-ships prove capable of fighting like this, and the Cluster assumes a similar form to fight back against them.
  • Gone Horribly Right: From the perspective of the Diamonds, the Cluster. Their goal was to create an unstoppable geoweapon, and they created one so powerful it kicked their asses.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: The Cluster uses Yellow Diamond's arm ship as a club to destroy Blue's and send both crashing down on top of her.
  • Grin of Audacity: When Steven awakes after finally convincing the Diamonds to stop fighting, everyone is standing over him with shock or relief on their faces save for Bismuth, who's wearing a big grin.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The Cluster is essentially this, keeping Yellow Diamond's ship occupied while the others fight Blue. After Yellow's ship is destroyed, the Cluster returns to its bubble.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Blue's Emotion Bomb powers are capable of bringing every Gem besides Garnet and Lapis to their knees (and even Garnet only manages to move via a lot of Heroic Willpower, and Lapis because she's experienced worse), and breaking apart the most powerful Crystal Gem fusion almost immediately.
  • "Hell, Yes!" Moment: Steven's reaction when the Cluster reveals it's in control of itself and on their side. Connie joins in quickly.
    Steven and Connie: Go, Cluster, go!
  • Heroic RRoD: Shortly after the Cluster wins its fight with Yellow Diamond, its form starts to glitch, either implying that the fight took a lot out of it, or that it's simply incapable of maintaining its form for long periods of time. Once it's made sure that Steven and the others are okay, it retreats back into its bubble.
  • Heroic Willpower: While Lapis withstands Blue's Emotion Bomb due to having a life of suffering, Garnet does it by sheer force of will.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: The Cluster forms into a hand when the Diamonds start awakening it. Then it starts attacking Yellow's ship. In the subsequent arm wrestle, Yellow Diamond loses, and the Cluster destroys both Diamonds' ships.
  • Hope Bringer: When Steven is unconscious, he is able to influence the thoughts of others, allowing him to give the remaining Crystal Gems each a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Connie and Lion turn out to be immune to Blue Diamond's emotion bomb, and charge at her with Rose's sword (which we've seen can poof a Diamond). Blue Diamond catches it and breaks it.
    • The Crystal Gems manage to knock down Blue and the Cluster wrecks both of the Diamonds' ships, until Yellow Diamond appears and recovers Blue.
    • There's a brief moment where Peridot starts to withstand Yellow Diamond's energy attack, since Peridots are tougher than a good number of gems. But her form disintegrates and she gets poofed.
  • Humans Are Insects: When Connie attacks Blue Diamond with Rose's sword, Blue grabs the sword, recognizes it at the one used on Pink Diamond, and breaks it like a toothpick without acknowledging Connie at all.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Yellow bangs on the planet's surface like it's an old TV set with bad reception, gets megaton-punched by the Cluster, spends twenty minutes arm-wrestling the Cluster, snubs Peridot, is so offended that she zooms over to personally stomp Steven into the ground instead of flinging a lightning bolt or something, and blames herself for Pink's fate. Even after all that, she still pauses in the middle of a fight to call Blue 'hysterical'.
  • Insanity Immunity: Lapis' various traumas (being trapped in a mirror for thousands of years, the Jasper/Malachite situation) allow her to No-Sell Blue Diamond's tear powers.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong:
    • Connie doesn't think a lullaby is enough to get Steven asleep so he can talk to the Cluster. She doesn't even finish her sentence before Steven is snoring.
    • Lapis declares that she's just begun to fight. Literally the next thing that happens is she gets zapped and poofed.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Steven quickly explains the Cluster to Bismuth as the Diamonds try to wake it up.
    • In an attempt to stop the fighting, Steven desperately attempts to convince Yellow and Blue Diamond that he is actually Pink, and he finally succeeds in the end in his Out-of-Body Experience.
  • It's All Junk: Lapis has realized that the barn didn't mean anything without her friends, and shows it by using the place as a bludgeon.
  • It's All My Fault: In her thoughts, Yellow blames herself for the loss of Pink, believing she wasn't ready for a colony and only got it because Yellow allowed it.
  • It's a Small World After All: Blue and Yellow Diamond come to Earth to retrieve the Cluster, and land within view of the temple. It's unclear whether they were planning to attack the Crystal Gems or just in the vicinity by coincidence. This is at least partially justified by the Cluster being directly underneath where the barn was, and the barn having been relatively close, so there is a reason they were where they were. It still loops back to this trope, though, since the Cluster just happens to be that close to the Gem base to begin with.
  • In-Universe Catharsis: It seems the Diamonds were hoping for this trope, with Blue trying to make the Crystal Gems suffer (and seeming especially emotional over destroying the weapon she believes killed Pink) and Yellow previously stating how happy she'll be with Earth and the reminder of Pink gone. Subverted as in the end, it's clear neither feels any better.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: After getting knocked unconscious, Steven awakens inside a place where he can stand on statues of everyone and hear their thoughts and see their actions.
  • The Juggernaut: Both Diamonds prove to be nigh unstoppable. Having their gigantic ships crash on her head is only enough to slow Blue down.
  • Just Whistle: After Blue Diamond releases her Emotion Bomb that incapacitates Steven and the others, Connie whistles for Lion so they can head in and help them.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Steven choosing to spare and befriend the Cluster instead of kill it pays off big time when it's awakened and joins the Crystal Gems in fighting the Diamonds, ultimately crippling their warships.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Since the Diamonds crash Ruby and Sapphire's reception, everyone's fighting in their wedding attire. This is mostly tuxedos, plus Peridot and Connie's relatively sensible dresses (and Bismuth's armour), but Garnet herself spends the entire battle in her wedding dress/tuxedo fusion (and looks frigging badass).
  • Kubrick Stare: Yellow Diamond has such an expression as she gets out of her destroyed ship.
  • Ladies and Germs: Among the attendees Steven lists in his opening speech are, in order:
    "Dearly beloved. Gems. Humans. Lions big and small. Living gourds. Onion."
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Creating the Cluster backfires on the Diamonds by giving the Crystal Gems an ally powerful enough to actually cripple both of their warships.
  • Light 'em Up: Blue demonstrates a power that seems to be either beams of energy or light.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Pun aside, Yellow Diamond proves to be frighteningly fast, especially for her size.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • Steven realizes Dream Walker powers are hard to use in an emergency if you're currently awake, especially if the source of danger is loud, although Greg's music manages to do the trick.
    • An Emotion Bomb of grief can only do so much to a person who's already been through that amount of shit, and then some.
  • Made of Diamond: Pun aside, the Diamonds prove themselves tougher than anything the Gems have faced so far. Combination attack by the entire gang, having a barn dropped on her head, and having their own mile-long spaceship slammed on her only slightly ruffled Blue Diamond's hair, at best.
  • Magic Pants:
    • It's implied some or all of the gems are wearing physical clothing, instead of shapeshifting clothes made of Hard Light. However, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl fuse into Alexandrite, and are then forcibly defused, without any damage to their wedding clothes.
    • As an Era 2 Gem, Peridot cannot shapeshift, so her wedding clothes pretty much have to be physical. However, when she's poofed by Yellow Diamond's lighting (implied to work like the gem destabilizer and only damage Gems' physical forms), her dress and shoes disappear with her body.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond think they are avenging Pink by taking on the Crystal Gems. They are horrified when they realized that they actually nearly killed the very gem they were trying to avenge.
    • The Cluster is made of thousands of female gem shards. When Yellow Diamond awakens it, the Cluster goes for the ship and offers a comforting thumbs up to Steven.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone when Blue and Yellow Diamond appear just after the wedding ceremony, and another when Yellow Diamond enters the fray.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Played with; Ruby wears a dress, while Sapphire wears a suit. Likely a deliberate attempt to prevent foreign countries from censoring it by calling Ruby male.
  • Morality Pet: Steven is already this to a lot of characters, but in this episode he becomes this to Blue and Yellow Diamond at the end of the episode, thanks to his psychic aura, something his mother couldn't do!
  • Metaphorical Marriage: Ruby and Sapphire get married, and the grand ceremony, with everything from vows to exchanged rings, is attended by Beach City residents and officiated by Steven. Because the couple are Gems, aliens from another galaxy, and the Crystal Gems have ignored human-made processes such as getting a driver's license, they can't legally be married. But the event is meaningful to them and their friends.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The fight between the Cluster and Yellow Diamond's ship largely consists of them literally arm wrestling. It's made awesome by the fact it's two several-mile-long arms doing the wrestling, one being a Kaiju and the other being an alien invader's flagship.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Steven uses his Not Quite Flight to enhance his musical number.
    • Ruby uses her fire powers to rocket down the aisle faster.
  • Musical Exposition: The episode opens with "Let's Only Think About Love", Steven singing about the last 4 seasons, The Reveal Rose was Pink Diamond, and Ruby and Sapphire's upcoming wedding.
    Steven: Mom was a Diamond who invaded Earth,
    Saw its beauty and its worth.
    Mom made an army and she fought herself.
    Did that even end up mattering when she faked her own shattering?
    Mom lived in hiding by the name of Rose
    With the friends she'd made and the form she chose.
    Now all that's left of her exists in me
    And I think that we can all agree:
    That is a little bit upsetting.
    I'd rather think about... a wedding!
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Steven addresses everyone at the beginning of the wedding ceremony, he gives Onion his own category.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Yellow Diamond looks worried as Steven regains consciousness, after she and Blue have realized he was telling the truth about being Pink Diamond. She nearly lost Pink a second time, and it would have been her fault.
  • My Greatest Failure: Yellow is revealed to blame herself for Pink's apparent shattering since she gave her a colony before she was ready for it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Waking up the Cluster backfires on the Diamonds, as it instantly turns on them and helps even the odds by keeping Yellow and her ship occupied before ultimately destroying both Diamond ships. This combined with Blue deciding to take on the Crystal Gems personally to settle her grudge takes Homeworld's tech edge out of the fight, something the Crystal Gems had consistently struggled to counter in the past, as well as letting them fight only Blue rather than both Diamonds.
    • Yellow Diamond knocks Steven unconscious, allowing him to telepathically communicate to them that he has Pink Diamond's gem.
  • No Endor Holocaust: During the battle, the Cluster and Yellow Diamond's ship arm-wrestle, anchored in the sea. Ordinarily, displacing that much water would cause massive waves, which are actually shown, but there's no indication that the waves actually reached the land, let alone done the kind of damage that would be expected from a sudden tidal wave.
  • No More Lies: While Pearl still feels guilty keeping the truth of Rose's identity a secret, Steven reassures her that while all the lying and hurtful truths still happened, he is just happy that there are no more secrets between them.
  • No-Sell: Blue Diamond's tears don't do anything to Connie or Lion, as they don't have gemsnote . And while Lapis does tear up briefly, it doesn't keep her from fighting at all.
  • Not So Above It All: After her Badass Boast, Garnet vents her frustration by banging her fist against Blue Diamond's leg shouting "This is supposed to be my day!"
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: Connie jumps off a patio and falls from Blue Diamond's eye level, but isn't hurt either time because she lands on Lion.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Yellow and Blue learn the truth about Pink's fate, or at least some of it.
  • Off-Model: Pumpkin is shown with hollowed-out eyes instead of having pumpkin seeds for eyes.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Shortly after Yellow Diamond joins the fight, she knocks Steven unconscious, leaving the rest of the battle offscreen during Steven's Journey to the Center of the Mind.
  • Oh, Crap!: Blue is understandably taken off guard when she sees Lapis drop a building on her head. She has a bigger one when she sees her own ship about to crush her.
  • One-Hit KO: Yellow Diamond poofs Peridot and later Lapis with a single zap of lightning.
  • One-Word Title: "Reunited".
  • Pair the Spares: Played for Laughs. Jamie and Mr. Dewey are shown sad that they seem to be the only ones with no one to dance with, so they start dancing with each other.
  • Please Wake Up: After Steven gets knocked unconscious, Connie frantically tells him to wake up, her tone implying she's afraid he's dying. However, Steven really is just unconscious, and uses his Astral Projection to tell her such, after which she decides to guard his body.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The Diamonds don't know that Steven technically is Pink Diamond and that she didn't get shattered, so they try to kill him and the Crystal Gems. When Steven finally manages to get them to understand, they stop fighting.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Blue and Yellow's battle strategy consists almost entirely of standing in one spot and using their powers to attack the Crystal Gems. It says something about how powerful they are that it works pretty well.
  • Properly Paranoid: Peridot ends up finding her Cluster worries proven right, much to her dismay.
  • Psychic Link: It is implied that all of the Diamonds are capable of communicating on some telepathic level, Yellow and Blue managing to pinpoint Steven in the mindscape and attacking him.
  • Psychic Static: Blue and Yellow's thoughts are so powerful, they deflect Steven's attempt to contact them in the mental plane. He has to put in extra effort to cross their psychic auras without getting blown away.
  • Punched Across the Room: Proportionally scaled up case. The Cluster's first act upon forming is to punch Yellow Diamond's ship clear across Beach City's bay. Justified, as Yellow Diamond's ship is free floating in the air while the Cluster is rooted in the ground.
  • Purple Prose: Sapphire gets carried away when it's her turn with the vows.
    Sapphire: Ruby, my future used to look like one single, obvious stream, unbending 'til the end of time. In an instant, you pulled me from that destiny and opened my eye to an explosion of infinite possible futures, streaking across space and time, altered and obliterated by the smallest force of will. [Steven and Ruby look stunned] What I mean is you changed my life. And then, I changed your life.
  • Raised Hand of Survival: Yellow Diamond's arm is the first thing the Crystal Gems see of her as she emerges from her destroyed ship, having punched a hole through the side.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Steven does this when he fails to get the Cluster to keep calm. Fortunately, they know exactly who to pummel.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Trauma doesn't just go away because of one happy event. The Gems are feeling the aftermath of the Pink Diamond bombshell and Lapis leaving.
    • An untrained, normal human going up against an unfathomable disaster is borderline Too Dumb to Live. When Ronaldo dons his Gemsona armor and prepares to join the fight, he's tackled and forced to go to the evacuation shelter.
    • The Cluster was scheduled to emerge months ago. After such a long delay, the Diamonds have apparently decided they're done with waiting; they travel to Earth themselves, and forcibly try to make the Cluster emerge.
    • Making the Cluster from shattered Crystal Gems makes sense as a punishment tactic, and may have worked as a super weapon had its components remained scattered individual pieces. However, after being convinced to form a Hive Mind by Steven and thus capable of cognitive thought, the Cluster's first reaction to waking up and seeing the Diamonds there is to punch Yellow's ship across Beach City's bay.
    • Steven attempts to reason with the Diamonds with the truth of Pink Diamond. They're not exactly rational, since they're still grieving and still think Steven is Pink's murderer. Hence, their response is to lash out at him.
    • Connie and Lion might be immune to Blue Diamond's Emotion Bomb, but Connie's still a young girl who barely comes up to Blue's ankle with a sword that might as well be a toothpick and Lion is about the size of a kitten compared to Blue. In a physical match-up, they're hopelessly outclassed, and Blue easily takes them out while shattering Rose's sword into pieces between her fingers.
    • Rose's sword is an extremely powerful weapon and, as shown in the past, capable of poofing a Diamond (something that is incredibly difficult to do). However, Pink threw her fight with Pearl to fake her death, while Blue is actively fighting back. As a result, the sword doesn't get a chance to repeat history.
    • When the team's best efforts only add up to slightly displaced hair against the weaker Diamond, fighting two Diamonds at once, including the more martially inclined, is practically hopeless and they know it.
  • Revenge Before Reason: After they received evidence that Rose Quartz might have been framed for shattering Pink, Blue Diamond and Yellow Diamond nevertheless activate the Cluster and attack the Crystal Gems, even when "Rose Quartz" is trying to parley with them. They've become so obsessed with destroying the assumed perpetrators that they'll throw away any chance of finding what really happened, even as it stares them in the face.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Peridot confidently walks up to Yellow Diamond, telling the other Crystal Gems that she's told Yellow off before and can do it again. She apparently forgot that she had immediately regretted insulting Yellow and ended the transmission herself.
  • Serious Business: Peridot, as the flower-girl of Ruby and Sapphire's wedding, tosses her flowers at the guests while shouting "Flowers for you!" and reports to Steven, calling him "wedding commander", that all flowers have been deployed, like she is deploying troops for a battle.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Bismuth wears shiny armor which she claims is her best outfit. Peridot wears a pretty yellow sundress while Connie goes in blue, Ruby decks out in a white wedding dress, Amethyst wears a low-neck shirt and dress jacket, and the other Crystal Gems and Greg go for tuxedoes.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Peridot is poofed by Yellow Diamond mere seconds before the episode reaches its Darkest Hour.
  • Shooting Superman: Peridot uses her powers to throw a bunch of soda cans at Blue Diamond that have minimum effect.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The way that Steven reaches out to everyone in the mindscape is eerily similar to how the final Pacifist boss fight in Undertale plays out.
    • When Blue Diamond senses Pink/Steven's presence in the mindscape, she says "A presence! It feels like..."
    • The Cluster partially forms into a single arm without skin, which brings the Colossus Titan to mind.
    • It also mimics Master Hand's idle animation just after it forms.
  • Something Else Also Rises: When Ruby comes out of the house in her dress, the sight of Sapphire in her tuxedo causes her to start searing the steps as she walks down them, and using her fire powers to move faster causes flames to appear on the ground that Amethyst has to stomp out.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: When Steven sees the Diamonds' thoughts, he sees they're still deeply affected by Pink Diamond's supposed shattering, and it's all they think about even as they're fighting the Crystal Gems.
  • Spanner in the Works: Sapphire, in her vows, thanks Ruby for being this in her life, for changing the future that she saw in her visions for the better.
  • Speak in Unison: Steven and Garnet, during the wedding reception, say to each other, "Thanks for everything" and "I needed this".
  • Special Edition Title: There's no Episode Title Card, instead the title and credits are over a black screen that transitions into Steven's opening musical number.
  • Spikes of Villainy: She's not a villain anymore, but spikes manifest from Bismuth's armor when she flexes.
    Steven: Lookin' sharp!
  • Stealth Pun:
    • Sapphire starts getting nervous and has to kick away the ice forming at her feet. That is, she's getting cold feet.
    • Peridot is wearing very specific shoes with her sundress: clogs.
  • Stepford Smiler: Invoked by Steven when he tries to keep everyone calm and happy on Ruby and Sapphire's special day, so that they can have one peaceful moment. Even so, everyone is worried, including him.
  • Squee!: When Ruby warns Sapphire not to peek/future peek at her outfit, Steven's got this going on in a big way.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: The Diamonds think they're invoking this trope by awakening the Cluster, but are actually doing it for the Crystal Gems and giving them an ally capable of fighting their warships head on and crippling them.
  • Superweapon Surprise: Rare example of the superweapon itself pulling this trope: the Diamonds awaken the Cluster to claim their superweapon... unaware Steven befriended it and helped it become a Hive Mind. As a result, the Cluster instantly turns on the Diamonds and supports the Crystal Gems in their battle.
  • Survival Mantra: Amethyst's inner thoughts while fighting the Diamonds is initially "Don't get shattered!" repeated, but after Steven gives her a Heroic Second Wind it changes to "I can do this!"
  • Talking the Monster to Death:
    • Greg briefly plans to "work the old Universe charm" on Blue Diamond, but his allies don't let him try.
    • Steven tries to explain to Blue Diamond what happened to Pink Diamond. She blasts him instead. He has about as much luck with Yellow, who tries to stomp him into paste. He finally succeeds by astral projecting and managing to show Pink Diamond's aura.
    • Peridot tries to insult Yellow Diamond until she gives up and leaves. Yellow barely glances in her direction before destabilizing her.
  • Talk to the Fist: Steven attempts to talk Blue Diamond out of fighting him, and she interrupts him with an energy blast. Later, he tries the same with Yellow, who charges at him.
  • Tears of Joy:
    • Bismuth misses her cue to deliver the rings because she cries tears of happiness on hearing Ruby and Sapphire's vows.
    • Steven and Garnet think Steven starts crying these at the end of the reception, before realizing that he's actually being hit by Blue Diamond's passive Emotion Bomb ability.
    • Blue Diamond is seen in full tears once she finally recognizes Steven as her long-lost dearly beloved Pink Diamond.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In the promotional art, Steven is saying that he's looking forward to a drama-free wedding, with Kelsey wondering if he even watches his show and Mortimer shoving his wing into his face.
    • "Let's Only Think About Love" does this to some extent, as it focuses on Steven getting everyone to set aside their various worries for the day and simply focus on the joyful event that is Ruby and Sapphire's wedding. Much of those worries become relevant before the day's end.
    • Ruby says not even the Diamonds can tear her and Sapphire apart if they decide to show up. Guess who crashes the reception?
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Inverted; Lapis figures if Homeworld will treat her as a traitor just like the Crystal Gems, she may as well enjoy the benefits of being an actual member.
  • Thicker Than Water: Steven placates the other Diamonds by telling them that they're not enemies, but family, with a powerful aura of his own.
  • This Is Not a Drill: When the Diamonds arrive on Earth, Mayor Nanefua orders everyone to their designated shelters and that the situation is not a drill.
  • Tired of Running: Lapis, who's been running from the Diamonds since her first return, finally decides to stand up and face them for her friends, even stating that if they're going to punish her as a Crystal Gem, she might as well be one.
  • Together in Death: Temporary, nonlethal 'death', but Lapis and Peridot are the only ones who get poofed in this episode.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ronaldo had previously been told that Gem missions are too dangerous for an untrained human. What happens when the Cluster bursts? He prepares to go fight it. Fortunately, he's stopped in time.
  • To the Pain: Blue doesn't want to kill the Crystal Gems. She wants to make them feel her pain and suffering.
  • Trash the Set: Both the barn (and most of the surrounding area where it once stood when the Cluster awakens) and most of the house are demolished in the fight. Bismuth says she can fix the house at least.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: In a combination of the Gem Shards used, the Diamonds' overall treatment of the situation, and Steven having reached out to them, the Cluster very much shows what side they're on when they destroy the Diamond ships.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Garnet's Bouquet Toss results in this. During the dance, it finally comes back down, hitting Bismuth on the head.
  • Unsafe Haven: Greg decides to stay inside the house while the Gems take care of Blue Diamond, only for Blue Diamond's ship to fall to pieces in the battle and the ensuing wreckage crushes the house. Thankfully, Greg manages to evade the disaster with Cat Steven in-hand, and Pumpkin also escapes.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
    • Blue Diamond is so consumed with rage she doesn't question Rose's sword being wielded by a human child, riding a lion that matches Pink Diamond's color scheme.
    • Connie's reaction to Steven telling her it's a "psychic ghost situation" and he's speaking to her from the astral plane? "Of course!"
    • When Garnet realizes Steven is speaking to her mentally, she nonchalantly declares that he's "always full of surprises".
  • Vengeance Feels Empty:
    • When Steven sees inside Blue Diamond's mind, she admits that fighting and hurting the Crystal Gems ultimately does nothing to fill the void she has from losing Pink. If anything, it just makes her feel worse.
      Blue: What good will any of this do? The more I make these Gems suffer, the more I long to see you again, Pink.
    • When Steven sees inside Yellow Diamond's mind, her thoughts are noticeably not of satisfaction of finally getting the chance to poof and shatter the Crystal Gems for destroying Pink, but are instead calm reproach at her own failure of allowing those circumstances to happen, making it clear she finds no more closure in the fight than Blue.
  • Veteran Instructor: While her "retirement" was not at all voluntary, Bismuth is demonstrating shades of this trope during the battle, encouraging new gems like Peridot and at several intervals reminding the fighters to keep their head in the game.
  • Visual Pun: While waiting for her bride, Sapphire quite literally gets cold feet.
  • We Are Not Going Through That Again: When Blue Diamond lands on the beach, Steven, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl all shut down Greg's offer to try to talk to her (and Peridot gets an annoyed look), as they don't want to risk him getting kidnapped again.
  • Wedding Day: The entire episode takes place on the day of Ruby and Sapphire's wedding.
  • Wedding Smashers: The Diamonds invade Earth around the time of Sapphire and Ruby's wedding reception (though by coincidence).
  • We Need a Distraction: Garnet distracts Blue by throwing a fit and clinging to her so that Lapis can drop the Barn on her.
  • Wham Episode: Hoo Golly. Ruby and Sapphire marry, the Cluster rebels against the Diamonds, Rose's sword is shattered, Lapis comes back and officially joins the Crystal Gems, the house is destroyed, both Lapis and Peridot get poofed, and Yellow and Blue cease their hostility when they learn that Pink wasn't shattered after all.
  • Wham Line:
    • Garnet ineffectually tries to hit Blue Diamond's feet while under the effect of her grief aura. When Blue questions this, Garnet's answer is simply: "I just needed to keep you from taking three steps to the right." Cue the Wham Shot of Lapis holding the barn over Blue's head.
    • The final line in the episode, when Steven regains consciousness and sees the Diamonds hovering above him in total shock:
      Blue Diamond: It's you! Pink!
  • Wham Shot: Quite a few:
    • During the reception, Steven starts shedding what appear to be Tears of Joy, until he realizes he's not crying of his own volition, indicating that Blue Diamond has come to Earth.
    • The Cluster punching out Yellow Diamond's ship, then giving Steven a thumbs up to signal that it's on their side.
    • Blue Diamond grabbing Rose's sword and shattering it between her fingers like it was a toothpick.
    • Lapis floating in the sky above Blue Diamond's head, levitating the barn in a bubble next to her.
  • Wingding Eyes: Steven has starry eyes as Ruby and Sapphire go to get dressed for their big day.
  • Worf Barrage: The Crystal Gems throw everything at the Diamonds, including themselves, that would have poofed Gems like Jasper or the Corrupted Gem monsters. All it does is slow down the Diamonds and keep the team alive.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Alexandrite easily falls apart from Blue Diamond's Emotion Bomb.
    • Lapis, easily the most powerful of the Crystal Gems thanks to hydrokinesis, is taken out with just one of Yellow Diamond's lightning blasts.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Lapis gets what's probably the shortest example to date.
    Lapis: (shrugging off Blue Diamond's Emotion Bomb) I've felt worse.
  • World Building: Steven casually mentions that Beach City is in the fictional American state of "Delmarva"note .
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Garnet clinging to Blue Diamond's robes makes her think Garnet is just angrily throwing a futile tantrum at her feet, but she's actually distracting her so that Lapis can drop the barn on her.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Rose's iconic pink sword is effortlessly shattered by Blue Diamond when Connie tries to use it against her.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • After being apart for so long and questioning her relationship, Garnet finally reunites in a ceremony that honors Ruby and Sapphire's love. Then the Diamonds attack on her wedding day and threaten to shatter her and her family. Can you blame her for angrily shouting at Blue, even if it was a distraction, that it's her day?
    • Invoked by Bismuth in her thoughts: as Steven hears, she just got her friends back and she's terrified of losing them again. Steven gives her a Heroic Second Wind that restores her hope.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Blue Diamond's expression screams this as Garnet tries to attack her legs, which don't even dent her.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Yellow Diamond, upon seeing Steven right in front of her. She follows it up by immediately charging at him to do what she wanted to do back on Homeworld: shatter "her".

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