'Sleep is a curse, and yet a curse I need to live' - Steven Universe.
The episode begins with Pearl and Amethyst on a raft in the middle of the ocean, with Amethyst holding Steven underwater by the legs. Pearl is frustrated that they have not found any leads to Malachite, and snaps at Amethyst when she asks if Pearl is tired. Steven begins to need air, but Amethyst is confused whether or not to pull Steven up, so she releases him and he resurfaces. Garnet jumps out from the water, taking Steven along with her, and states that she did not find anything underwater. Pearl's irritability increases with their lack of progress, saying that it feels like "light years" and after Amethyst inaccurately corrects her, she becomes increasingly frustrated. When Steven prompts her to put on a life jacket, she accepts it, despite saying the life jacket is pointless, but inflates it too much due to her frustration. Garnet explains that Malachite must be found, as their fusion is a ticking time bomb. Despite the fact that Lapis is powerful enough to sustain her fusion with Jasper, their fusion is highly unstable. Their fusion is bound by anger and mistrust, and if that bond snaps, they will unfuse, killing each other in the process. Steven falls asleep sleep on the raft, prompting Garnet and the gems to return home to let Steven rest. Steven wakes up, and groggily denies that he needs to sleep, and offers to go fishing. He says the first to catch something wins. Almost sleepwalking, he walks off of the raft, and Garnet catches him by the ankle, stating that she won.
At the beach house, Pearl expresses her chagrin that they are not out at sea looking for Malachite. Garnet reminds her that Steven is not like the Gems and, like a human, needs rest.
Steven asks whether or not the Gems are tired, and Garnet answers that they "look awesome", despite all the Crystal Gems appearing visibly exhausted. Steven suggests a slumber party to help the Gems forget that Malachite is still somewhere and have them take a rest for a little while. Garnet orders the rest of the Crystal Gems to participate in the slumber party (against Pearl's will) and heads off to search for Malachite alone.
Steven begins the slumber party upstairs by offering Amethyst and Pearl a slumber pal each. After they both
refuse, Amethyst immediately falls asleep, and Pearl, confused as to how to do so, attempts to fall asleep. After several unsuccessful attempts, Steven shows Pearl how to fall asleep and begins to sleep himself. He then begins to dream. Steven and Pearl are in a black & white sitcom while everyone is human, with Pearl excitedly preparing Steven for his first school dance with Connie. Amethyst rolls down the stairs on a skateboard, and Pearl chases Amethyst off-screen. The doorbell rings, and Steven answers the door to see Garnet, who exclaims "Chille Tid!" (Chill-e teed!) Steven explains to Garnet that he will attend a dance party with Connie soon and as soon as the doorbell rings again, assumes that Connie is behind the door. When he opens the door, he sees Lapis (as a fully colored Gem), with water pouring from her hollowed eyes and mouth, and the setting starts to change to that of the Malachite's Realm.
Steven wakes up from the sudden nightmare with Pearl asking if he's alright. He begins to explain his dream to Pearl, who interrupts him by saying that none of what he is saying makes sense, as Lapis is under the ocean fused with Jasper. Pearl deducts that Lapis should not have been in his dream because of this. Steven discovers that Pearl has never had a dream, which she admits. He tries to explain what a dream is, but it is difficult because they are boring to listen to. He starts telling Pearl of one of his convoluted dreams of Lion being able to drive Greg's van, which puts Pearl to sleep. Steven quickly falls asleep after her and begins to dream again.
In this dream, Steven is flying in the sky with a helicopter propeller on his back. Dogcopter appears and Steven asks for his
autograph. Dogcopter meows and flies away at a higher speed. Pearl's head appears, which eats Steven, but quickly launches him fast enough to catch up. Amethyst, riding a whale, appears from the ocean and immediately changes Steven's dream. In the darkness, Lapis appears behind Steven, yelling his name. She asks him what he is doing here, and Steven claims that he is simply dreaming. Lapis denies that, and tells him that she must concentrate. Steven wakes up to see Amethyst laughing. Steven is confused, but Amethyst points to the ceiling. Pearl is sleeping, with her dream being projected visually and with audio holographically onto the ceiling from her gemstone. She is ecstatic to spend time with Rose (while surfing on a slice of pizza). Rose then turns to face Pearl, and has the face of Greg, who expresses gratitude to Pearl for fixing his van. Pearl is terrified and wakes up, visibly tired from the dream.
Steven tells Pearl that he had another dream about Lapis, and she exclaims that it's alright, implicitly denying her own dream. Steven claims that he was talking to Lapis, and Pearl says that he might be using his dreams to mentally connect with her [Lapis]. Steven tries to go back to sleep to find Lapis' whereabouts, and falls asleep before Pearl begins explaining her dream to put him to sleep. Steven tries to lucid dream, but fails, navigating the remnants of his previous dreams. He then lands in a tuft of white hair. He assumes it is Lion's mane, before sinking into it. He quickly finds Lapis in Malachite's Realm, who is chained to the water. Surprised at his sudden reappearance, Lapis tells Steven that he must not distract her, for she must use all of her concentration to use the weight of the ocean in order to keep the fusion trapped beneath the ocean. Her energy waning, Lapis sinks and Jasper, also chained to the water, appears behind Steven.
When she sees him, she angrily crawls towards Steven, but quickly sinks, with Lapis flying out of the water. Lapis can't stop concentrating even for a second, and tells Steven not to look for her. Steven repeatedly offers help, but Lapis denies his offer, refusing to tell him where Malachite is. Malachite appears from the water, visibly fusing, and screams at Steven to leave.
Steven wakes up, terrified from his encounter. He tells Amethyst and Pearl that he did see Lapis, who is
fused and is still in control, but was unsure for how much longer. Garnet arrives home and says that this is a strange slumber party. Steven hastily tells Garnet some of his dreams, but does not reach the part about Lapis. Garnet reassures Steven to relax, and shows him and the gems how a slumber party is really done. She falls face-down on the floor and begins to snore. The episode ends with Steven saying, "Garnet?" probably wondering if she is okay right after Pearl says, "That's pretty convincing."
- Malachite (Malachite's Realm/dream/message)
- Rose Quartz (dream)
- Dogcopter (dream)
- Greg Universe (dream)
- Connie Maheswaran (mentioned)
- Lion (mentioned)
- This is the final episode of the second StevenBomb.
- This episode was not hinted in the promo art. It was represented only by a question mark.
- The title "Chille Tid" translates roughly to "Chilling Time" in Norwegian Bokmål.
- When Pearl complains that "we have been searching for light years", Amethyst remarks that "light years measure light, not years". Neither of these are true, since light years measure distance (the distance something travels in a year at the speed of light).
- This is the first time Pearl and Garnet are shown sleeping.
- This episode also reveals Pearl has a hard time sleeping, while Garnet can sleep easily.
- It is revealed that when Pearl dreams, her dreams are projected through a hologram produced by her gem.
- It is assumed that she does this unintentionally, as she had never dreamed or slept before.
- This is the first time Malachite is mentioned by name.
- The way Steven fell into Malachite's hair in his third dream was similar to how he "warps" through Lion's mane in "Lion 3: Straight to Video" and "Rose's Scabbard".
- It is revealed that Steven might be able to communicate with other Gems through dreaming.
- He may only be able to do this with Lapis (and Jasper because the two are fused) because Steven used his healing spit on Lapis' gem in "Ocean Gem".
- This is the second time Steven connects with another Gem, the first is in "Horror Club" where Steven senses the Lighthouse Gem Monster's presence and its feelings of hurt.
- It is revealed that Gems can dream and sleep like humans, but simply have no need for it.
- This was first implied in "Steven's Lion". However, Amethyst is only shown faking it.
- It is also revealed that Gems have the ability to tire physically when exhausted, like humans.
- This was first implied in "Steven's Lion". However, Amethyst is only shown faking it.
- In Steven's sitcom dream, the human version of Pearl is wearing an outfit similar to one of her early pre-pilot designs.
- When Steven is dreaming for the second time, Pearl shows up only as a head. When she turns her head to the side, however, it is the same image of Pearl that is shown on several of Cartoon Network's clothing items except with different coloring.
- Amethyst called Pearl "Pierogi" while on the life raft. Pierogi is a type of dumpling made out of unleavened bread that can have a triangular shape to it.
- In Pearl's dream, Rose appears to be pregnant as she was in the episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video".
- In Steven's first dream, Steven, somewhat appropriately imagines Pearl, Amethyst, and Garnet as the mother figure, the older sibling figure, and as the cool relative figure, respectively.
- According to Lauren Zuke, the line, "It's always a Monday for Lapis!" said by Steven, ended up not making it into the final episode.
- Amethyst's catchphrase during the sitcom dream, "Bungacowa!", is a flipped version of Michelangelo's catchphrase "Cowabunga!" in the show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Steven's first dream was in the style of old sitcoms.
- At the start of the dream, Greg narrates "Steven Universe was filmed before a live studio audience", which is used in many sitcoms.
- Canned laughter was often used in the background.
- With the exception of Lapis Lazuli, everyone is in black & white and appears to be human.
- Pearl doesn't have her gem, Garnet doesn't have her third eye and her gems aren't visible, Amethyst's gem is also not visible and everyone is wearing old-fashioned, human-style clothes.
- Garnet in the first dream acts similar to Arthur Fonzarelli (also known as "The Fonz") on the 1970s TV comedy, Happy Days, complete with the title of the episode being similar to his typical greeting of "Aaay!" whenever he enters the scene.
- When Steven falls off the raft and is caught by Garnet, his pose resembles the signature pose of Cactuars from the game franchise Final Fantasy.
- The scene in the Malachite's Realm mirrors a segment from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the Chain Necklace Deathmatch, in which two competitors are chained together and must fight for dominance over the other. Even the combatants match the ones in Jojo - Jasper as the large, muscled warrior (representing Tarkus) and Lapis as the smaller fighter (representing Jonathan). The main difference is that the chain connecting them seems to go underground, rather than into the ceiling as in Jojo.
- The way Pearl was holding Rose in her dream resembled how Jack Dawson held Rose DeWitt in the movie Titanic.
- When Pearl gets frustrated at the fact that they had to wear life vests, the anime sign for anger is shown briefly.
- The whale that Amethyst rides in Steven's second dream resembles Wailord from the Pokémon franchise.
- The shape that Lapis's water-wings take after they move over her torso, and the way that she appears to sink into the ground in Malachite's Realm, resembles the way the character Zetsu travels underground in the manga and anime Naruto.
- Malachite is still at the bottom of the ocean.
- Steven learns the name of Lapis and Jasper's fusion. This is the first time the fusion's name has been explicitly mentioned in an episode.
- This is the second time Steven dreams about Dogcopter, the first being in "Lion 3: Straight to Video".
- When Steven awakes from his first nightmare (after the sitcom dream), Pearl appears to have been watching him sleep, much like in "Lion 3: Straight to Video".
- Amethyst says "Bungacowa!" during Steven's sitcom dream, which is similar to "Bowacunga!", one of her victory cries in Attack the Light.
- In Pearl's dream/nightmare Greg-Rose thanked her for fixing "his" van. This was a callback the couple of times she has done so, for example in the episode "Reformed" as well as after it was wrecked during the events of "Ocean Gem".
- This is the third episode where Garnet wears her goggles, the first being "Giant Woman" and the second being "Love Letters".
- Pearl wanting to travel space with Rose without Greg resembled how she almost ran away with Steven against Greg's wishes in "Space Race".
- Pearl used her photokinesis ability that she used in "Keeping it Together" in this episode.
- At the end of the episode, it shows the left part of Garnet's uniform white instead of pink.
- The same thing happens in this scene when Steven asks the Crystal Gems if they are tired.
- At the end of Steven's first dream, the door doesn't line up with the frame.
- During the Malachite's Realm scene, the triangle on Lapis' skirt disappears before she is dragged under the water.
- When Jasper (in Malachite's Realm) tries to catch Steven, the black lines of her skin's marks are un-erased, making it look like she's wearing gloves.
- When floating in the background in Steven's last dream, Garnet's skin color is confused with her shoe color on one leg.
- Before Malachite tells Steven to go, you can see Lapis' gem, but it's blue like Lapis herself. Malachite is a fusion gem so the gem should be green.
- Steven's mouth briefly disappears while he was trying to tell Garnet about his dreams.
- When Garnet says "Steven, you're still awake!", her shoulder pads are blue.
- Jasper's reflection in Malachite's realm shows that her leggings are red instead of being a greenish color.
- A glitch can be seen as the star iris closes over Garnet.
View the episode's transcript here.