It's you and me, Pearl. Let's fuse.


"Cry for Help" is the 14th episode of season 2 in Steven Universe, and the 63rd episode overall.


Steven's favorite TV show gets interrupted by a magical disturbance.


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The episode begins with Steven and Amethyst watching Crying Breakfast Friends!. Steven seems to be enjoying the show, but Amethyst is confused at the cartoon's story decisions. The television stops working and receive static suddenly. The screen then displays Peridot broadcasting a message on all frequencies asking for help and extraction to Yellow Diamond. Garnet and Pearl catch the broadcast as well, and Steven confirms with Connie over the phone that he is not the only one receiving Peridot's transmission. Pearl wonders how it is possible to broadcast such a powerful message, and they deduce that it's only possible via the Communication Hub.

The Crystal Gems travel to the Communication Hub on Lion's back (and Steven in Lion's mane), as the warp pad was destroyed the last time Sugilite was destroying the hub. They find that the hub had been rebuilt with what was left of the hub the last time it was destroyed, and seems highly energetic. Steven understands that they must destroy the hub, and suggests to Amethyst that she and Garnet form Sugilite again. Amethyst seems happy about the idea, but states that it is Garnet's decision whether or not to form Sugilite. Garnet refuses to do so, stating that the previous time Sugilite was formed, she went berserk, taking over their personalities and consequently destroying the warp pad while smashing the hub. She then states the reason for it being a disaster is because Garnet can be brash and Amethyst can be reckless. Garnet states that this time, they must be careful, and suggests fusing with Pearl. Pearl seems ecstatic at the idea and happily accepts the proposal to fuse into Sardonyx.


Garnet and Pearl perform the fusion dance in order to form Sardonyx, while Steven excitedly watches them fuse. After Sardonyx is formed, she appears to debut herself in a talkshow host style. Amethyst expresses discontent. Sardonyx is happy to finally see Steven as Sardonyx and plays with him for a bit. Sardonyx demonstrates her weapon by summoning Pearl's Spear and connecting Garnet's Gauntlets at the end of the spear to form a massive warhammer. Steven asks if Sardonyx will use her warhammer to smash the Communication Hub with it, and Sardonyx suggests different alternatives to how she operates that are antonymous with Amethyst's behavior. She describes her self as "specific, intelligent, accurate, faultless, elegant, controlled, surgical, graceful, and powerful. But yes, occasionally, I am known to smash." She cites her qualities as she carefully disassembles the key components of the rebuilt Communication Hub. Sardonyx then unfuses.

Garnet and Pearl dance together in excitement and happiness after unfusing, and Steven joins them. They are happy to express their victory, and share congratulatory words. Pearl wonders why they don't do that more often, as Amethyst sulks from a distance. Back at the Crystal Temple, Steven and Garnet are watching Crying Breakfast Friends! again. Steven is invested into the show, but Garnet quitely shows apathy. Amethyst arrives from the temple gate and walks to the refrigerator, visibly annoyed, as Steven implores her to watch Crying Breakfast Friends! with him. As Pearl enters the house, the television receives static again and they all leave for the Communication Hub yet again.

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Garnet and Pearl fuse again to form Sardonyx. She gloats about how her existence is demanded due to her personality (perhaps intentionally towards Amethyst), and proceeds to disassemble the Communication Hub again exactly like last time. As she does so, Amethyst sings Tower of Mistakes, expressing her sadness that she can't be with Garnet anymore and maybe she is truly better off with Pearl. Later, Steven and Amethyst, along with Lion, arrive at the Communication Hub for surveillance. They know that Peridot had come back to repair the hub twice, and they can only assume that she will return to repair the hub again. Their plan is to keep watch and capture Peridot as soon as she is spotted. They take position, hidden from sight, and survey their surroundings. Steven tries to pass time, and teaches Amethyst the floating finger illusion, which was Steven's method of passing time.

As Steven is about to leave, saying that even though they didn't catch Peridot, Amethyst now knows a neat trick, a green flash suddenly appears. Steven and Amethyst spot Peridot's escape pod approaching the hub quickly. They are confused as to how Peridot has access to her escape pod as they had taken the destroyed escape pod into the temple since Joy Ride, and was impossible for Peridot to reclaim/repair her pod.

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The pod lifts and puts the displaced pillars in position to rebuild the Communication Hub. The pod flies up to the top and its passenger exits the pod to inspect the top of the hub. After zooming in using his telescope, he is surprised to find out that it is actually Pearl who rebuilt the hub. Pearl gets the hub to work again. Back at the Crystal Temple, in front of the television, they contemplate on why Pearl would rebuild the hub. Steven suggests that she might be studying how it works, but Amethyst doesn't believe so. Steven then believes that it might get them more channels and turns on the television, only to see static again. Pearl comes in and notices the television, and says that this is not good. As Steven and Amethyst get visibly extremely nervous, Pearl exclaims that Peridot had repaired the Communication Hub and urges Garnet to return and destroy the hub. Garnet says that Peridot is somehow evading her future vision, and she can't see her repairing the hub in any instance of the future. The Crystal Gems depart for the hub again.

The hub seems fixed and operational, and Pearl tells Garnet that Peridot is giving them too much trouble. She is happy to keep fusing with Garnet to make Sardonyx and to keep disabling the tower over and over again. Pearl is ready to fuse, and Amethyst realizes her motives for rebuilding the hub. She stops Pearl and Garnet from fusing, and Steven hesitantly states that they saw Pearl repairing the hub. He suggests that she confess to Garnet and, realizing her plan is revealed, Pearl apologizes to Garnet and tells her that it's just fun to be Sardonyx with her. Garnet throws Pearl to the ground, and realizes why she couldn't see Peridot in her future vision. Pearl tries to talk to Garnet and explain herself, but Garnet is angry and denies Pearl's claims that she only wanted to share a few victories, exclaiming that they weren't victories. Amethyst attempts to defend Pearl and says that fusing with Garnet is their only chance of feeling powerful. Garnet furiously yells that Peridot is out there somewhere and Pearl is distracting the Crystal Gems with trivial matters for her own selfish needs. Garnet orders Amethyst to fuse with her in order to form Sugilite and, after hesitation, Amethyst reluctantly fuses. Sugilite quickly destroys the pillars of the Communication Hub and topples the tower while Pearl stares in horror.

Steven and Amethyst are back home, watching Crying Breakfast Friends!. Pearl enters the house and walks towards the temple gate, and Garnet warps back from the pad and walks towards the door. They silently walk past each other, and Pearl is visibly saddened, indicating that Garnet is so mad at Pearl, she is giving her the silent treatment. Amethyst and Steven notice them, and Amethyst says, "Man, it sure would be nice if things worked out the way they do in cartoons," to which Steven agrees as he turns off the television.









  • This is the first episode of the 3rd Steven Bomb.
  • A picture of Connie can be seen on a shelf in Steven's room.
  • This is the second episode in which a Crystal Gem acts as an antagonist.
  • This is the second episode to have a deliberate separation of a gem fusion, the first being the un-fusion of Rainbow Quartz in "We Need to Talk".
  • This episode is symbolized in the promo art for the third StevenBomb by a picture of Crying Pear from Crying Breakfast Friends!.
  • When the TV set was vibrating, it made the same sound the Wailing Stone did when Greg was trying to adjust its audio and video properties.
  • Steven's Latin American voice actor, Leisha Medina, had previously confirmed that Sardonyx would debut in this episode. [3][4]
  • Sugilite appears in this episode, but with no dialogue.
  • Amethyst's first solo-song is introduced in this episode.
  • This episode was the first time we see the Crying Breakfast Friends! speak words, before this episode the characters would only talk in inaudible sobbing.
  • In this episode, Garnet displays a reluctance to forgive, apparent by her disagreement to the idea of forgiving Pearl and forgiving Crying Pear (when Steven asks if Garnet would forgive her), and later not letting Pearl off the hook.
  • Yellow Diamond's name is mentioned for the second time in the series.
  • Ronaldo saw Peridot's signal and made a blog post on Keep Beach City Weird.
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  • To celebrate this episode, Christy Cohen made sad pears to symbolize Pearl's guilt.[5]
  • The Crying Breakfast Friends! episode that is on when Steven watches is foreshadowing the whole episode.
  • This is the second episode including more than two fusions, the first being We Need To Talk.
  • This episode does not end with a star-sharped iris closing in on a specific object.
  • The scene with the "weird cactus" that Steven mistakes for Peridot was devised by Jeff Liu.[6]
  • This is the second time Amethyst sings, the first was in "On the Run" singing a duet with Steven.
  • The episode title is both a reference to Peridot asking for help from homeworld, and the Crying Breakfast Friends! TV show with-in the world of Steven Universe.

Cultural References

  • Sugilite's tower-smashing punch was inspired by the "Twister-Sock Punch" from Popeye and Donkey Kong's "Giant Punch" from Super Smash Bros.[7]
  • When Amethyst opens the refrigerator while Steven and Garnet were watching Crying Breakfast Friends, one of the products inside the refrigerator was labeled "MooMoo Milk" which is the same name of the drink from the Pokémon franchise.
  • Sardonyx laughed like a villain from anime shows in the 90s in one point.
    • This type of laugh is also known by anime fans as "the ojoou-sama laugh" (rough translation: "noblewoman's laugh"), as most of the characters who do it seem to be high born feminine figures (very rich girls, princesses, etc.)


  • Peridot assembled a functioning signal tower out of the ruins of the Communication Hub.
  • The Crystal Gems reached the hub with Lion's portal ability because the warp pad was broken in "Coach Steven".
  • Peridot's Escape Pod has been repaired by Pearl since the events of "Joy Ride".
  • Garnet says "What we need now is to be careful" when proposing fusion to Pearl, referencing when she said "We don't need to be careful, we just need to be huge" before fusing with Amethyst in "Coach Steven".


  • When Sardonyx summons her weapon, the cable holding the star is yellow, after it zooms out, it's black.
  • Sardonyx's upper gloves are drawn inconsistently. In some scenes, Sardonyx's gloves (Garnet's gloves) appear to cover the middle fingers at the back of the hands. In other scenes, they do not cover the backs of her hands, leaving the finger parts detached. It is currently unknown which of these is an error.
  • When Pearl is seen through the reflection on Garnet's glasses, her glove is missing.
  • When Sardonyx is about to hit the last pillar, her hammer changes color.
    In some scenes, the back of Sardonyx's split coat is orange, while it's supposed to be black with only the inner part being orange. Also, When Sardonyx is about to hit the last pillar, her hammer's position has changed.
  • Garnet's gauntlets are purple when fusing with Pearl's spear to create Sardonyx's weapon.
  • When Sardonyx was about to squish Steven, Ruby's square on her gemstone was a sky blue.
  • When Sugilite was destroying the Communication Hub, her armbands disappeared for a few seconds.
  • When Sardonyx summons Garnet's gauntlets, her gloves are briefly colored like Garnet's gloves.
  • The hand joints on Sardonyx's hammer alternate between smooth and sharp.
  • When Garnet is watching Crying Breakfast Friends! with Steven, her glove covers her thumb in addition to her middle finger.


View the episode's transcript here.


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Pilot Pilot
Season 1 A: Gem GlowLaser Light CannonCheeseburger BackpackTogether BreakfastFryboCat FingersBubble BuddiesSerious StevenTiger MillionaireSteven's LionArcade ManiaGiant WomanSo Many BirthdaysLars and the Cool KidsOnion TradeSteven the Sword FighterLion 2: The MovieBeach PartyRose's RoomCoach StevenJoking VictimSteven and the StevensMonster BuddiesAn Indirect KissMirror Gem/Ocean Gem

B: House GuestSpace RaceSecret TeamIsland AdventureKeep Beach City WeirdFusion CuisineGarnet's UniverseWatermelon StevenLion 3: Straight to VideoWarp TourAlone TogetherThe TestFuture VisionOn the RunHorror ClubWinter ForecastMaximum CapacityMarble MadnessRose's ScabbardOpen BookShirt ClubStory for StevenThe MessagePolitical PowerThe Return/Jail Break

Season 2 Full DisclosureJoy RideSay UncleLove LettersReformedSworn to the SwordRising Tides, Crashing SkiesKeeping It TogetherWe Need to TalkChille TidCry for HelpKeystone MotelOnion FriendHistorical FrictionFriend ShipNightmare HospitalSadie's SongCatch and ReleaseWhen It RainsBack to the BarnToo FarThe AnswerSteven's BirthdayIt Could've Been Great/Message ReceivedLog Date 7 15 2
Season 3 Super Watermelon Island/Gem DrillSame Old WorldBarn MatesHit the DiamondSteven FloatsDrop Beat DadMr. GregToo Short to RideThe New LarsBeach City DriftRestaurant WarsKiki's Pizza Delivery ServiceMonster ReunionAlone at SeaGreg the BabysitterGem HuntCrack the WhipSteven vs. AmethystBismuthBetaEarthlingsBack to the MoonBubbled
Season 4 Kindergarten KidKnow Your FusionBuddy's BookMindful EducationFuture Boy ZoltronLast One Out of Beach CityOnion GangGem HarvestThree Gems and a BabySteven's DreamAdventures in Light DistortionGem HeistThe ZooThat Will Be AllThe New Crystal GemsStorm in the RoomRocknaldoTiger PhilanthropistRoom for RubyLion 4: Alternate EndingDoug OutThe Good LarsAre You My Dad?I Am My Mom
Season 5 Stuck TogetherThe TrialOff ColorsLars' HeadDewey WinsGemcationRaising the BarnBack to the KindergartenSadie KillerKevin PartyLars of the StarsJungle MoonYour Mother and MineThe Big ShowPool HoppingLetters to LarsCan't Go BackA Single Pale RoseNow We're Only Falling ApartWhat's Your Problem?The QuestionMade of HonorReunitedLegs From Here to HomeworldFamiliarTogether AloneEscapismChange Your Mind
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Steven Universe Future Little HomeschoolGuidanceRose BudsVolleyballBluebirdA Very Special EpisodeSnow DayWhy So Blue?Little GraduationPrickly PairIn DreamsBismuth CasualTogether ForeverGrowing PainsMr. UniverseFragmentsHomeworld BoundEverything's FineI Am My MonsterThe Future
Shorts Lion Loves to Fit in a BoxThe Classroom Gems: What Are Gems?We Are the Crystal GemsThe Classroom Gems: How Are Gems Made?UnboxingThe Classroom Gems: FusionCooking with LionGem KaraokeSteven ReactsVideo ChatSteven's Song Time

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    • That is true, and you can definitely interperate the episode like that. I think there's another way to intereperate it too - when Gar...
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