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Call for help! There's one Crystal Gem left that hasn't been poofed, and that's Bismuth! Maybe I can reach her with my psychic sleeping mind powers!


"Escapism"[2] is the 28th episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe, the 156th episode overall, and the fourth episode in the Diamond Days event.

Official Synopsis

Steven uses his psychic powers to find help.[3]


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The episode starts off with Stevonnie trying to break out of the prison tower, but this fails; they then see a window and look out, but fall down and unfuse. Connie gives some snacks to Steven, but he says that they never should have come to Homeworld, as only bad things have come of them being there. Steven then realized what Connie said "call for help" that he might be able to reach Bismuth with his psychic powers, and he falls asleep and enters a psychic plane.

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Upon finding Earth, he is transported into the body of one of the Watermelon Stevens on Mask Island. Steven goes into their village but leaves after seeing they are doing a ritual. He jumps off a cliff into the sea but is washed up on the island and collects sticks to make a boat. The Watermelon Stevens take him back to a village, but it appears to be a different tribe, as they worship a statue of Steven when he led them into fighting Malachite. The tribe that worships baby melon arrives and the two fight. Steven leaves and once again tries assembling a raft. The two sides stop fighting and help him build it so he can sail away. In the open ocean, Steven is attacked by a watermelon shark, losing a foot in the process, but he tames it and swims away by clinging to a piece of driftwood.

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Eventually, Lion finds him floating in the ocean and takes him to Greg. Greg takes him to Bismuth, who is busy fixing the Beach House. Steven tries acting out what has happened on Homeworld, then attempts to draw a picture, but his friends only understand him when he writes a message asking for help. As Steven goes back to sleep to leave his watermelon body behind, Greg gives him a thumbs-up, indicating that he, Bismuth, and Lion have received the message. Steven wakes up in his real body, hoping for the best.







Instrumental Songs


  • This is the first episode to air in 2019.
  • This episode shares its title with the song "Escapism".
  • As Steven tries to make his way back to Beach City as a Watermelon Steven, he literally loses an arm and a leg during the journey.
    • The idiom "cost an arm and leg" means "a high price to pay", which signifies Steven's journey as a costly and difficult one.

Cultural References

  • The promo art done by Joe Johnston is a reference to the mobile game Monument Valley.
  • The two Watermelon Steven tribes are a reference to the titular characters from the Dr. Seuss story The Sneetches, in which the tribe that has stars discriminates against the tribe that does not have them and vice versa.
  • The Watermelon Shark scene pays homage to the 1975 film Jaws.
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  • Stevonnie's attempt to escape a lightless prison through a narrow window (and subsequent fall) is a visual homage to Pazu's doing the same in the 1986 film, Castle in the Sky.


  • This episode continues from "Together Alone".
  • This episode marks the return of Mask Island and the Watermelon Stevens from "Super Watermelon Island".
    • Mask Island is ripped in half due to the outcome of the fight against Malachite, as well as the attempted formation of The Cluster in "Super Watermelon Island".
  • Bismuth is seen fixing the house, which is what she said she would do after it was previously destroyed by Blue Diamond's ship in "Reunited".
  • After Steven fails to convey his message to Bismuth and Greg with pictures, he resorts to writing it out. This mirrors a moment in "Bubble Buddies" when Steven tried and failed to get Onion to use a harpoon gun through pictures, only for Connie to succeed by simply writing out the words "harpoon gun".
  • The ending shot of Greg, Bismuth, and Lion standing above Steven as he leaves the Watermelon Steven's body is similar to the ending shot of "Super Watermelon Island".


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  • When the baby melon tribe all arrive to perform the ritual, almost all of its members are missing the yellow star.
  • When Steven walks away from the baby melon ritual, one of the paint blotches from his star has a black outline in one frame.
  • After Steven wakes up and finds himself as a Watermelon Steven, one of the paint blotches from his star is missing its outline.
  • When Steven looks down from the cliff, one of the paint blotches from his star is missing.
  • After Stevonnie unfuses, Connie's hair is no longer the ponytail it was in "Together Alone". Her hair bobbleClarify has also disappeared.
  • When Steven dives into the ocean, the paint blotches are missing.
  • After Steven is washed up on the island, his painted star is missing.
    • This happens again when Steven runs off to search for supplies to build a raft.
  • When the warrior melon tribe leader comforts the baby melon tribe leader, the latter's painted-on star is mirrored.
  • When the Watermelon Stevens all notice their respective tribe leaders, only one Watermelon Steven has a painted-on star.
  • After the Watermelon Stevens assemble the raft, one of the watermelons is missing its tribe symbol.
  • When Steven is about to sail away on the raft, all of the Watermelon Stevens are missing their tribe symbols.
  • While it seems the warrior melon tribe identifies its members with camouflage markings in opposition to the yellow star that the baby melon tribe uses, the three warrior melons that guard their city bear both symbols.
    • This could also indicate these guards were previously "attacked" by the rival tribe, who paints the star on their opponents while fighting as shown on the battle that took place in the episode.


View the episode's transcript here.


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ve Episode List
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
Film Steven Universe: The Movie
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