You're perfect. You're the perfect relationship, you're always together, I just... I wanted to be a part of that.
The episode begins with Peridot trying to fix the Homeworld Warp at the Galaxy Warp. The Crystal Gems warp to her location, and Pearl is enthusiastic that her plan worked perfectly. Peridot questions how they found her, and Steven responds by telling her they found a secret way to track her and he would never tell her how, even if she asks nicely, taunting her by making a face. Peridot shoots an energy blast at the Crystal Gems. They all duck, and the blast hits a rock instead, causing it to fall on the Gems. Steven summons his shield in quick response and stops its momentum. Pearl charges at Peridot against Garnet's order; her reckless attack causes Peridot to trap her in a tractor beam and launch her back to Steven, disabling his shield. While Garnet holds the giant rock, Amethyst rolls to Peridot quickly but misses and hits the broken galaxy warp. Peridot hurries over to a Warp Pad, only to find it broken. Steven throws his shield at Peridot, which stuns her long enough to allow Garnet to throw the boulder at Amethyst, who slings it back to Peridot with her whip. Peridot is launched by the impact, and Garnet and Pearl race to catch her. During the tangle, Pearl stumbles into Garnet, making them both fall. Peridot flies and falls onto one of the warp pads, taunts the Gems the same way Steven did, and warps away.
The Gems warp back to the Crystal Temple, all feeling down except for Pearl, who clarifies that they now at least know they can track Peridot accurately. She starts defining how she has wired up Peridot's escape pod to the Warp Pad and that the device will light up every time Peridot uses the Warp system, revealing her destination. Pearl is confident that with this, they will be able to catch Peridot eventually and end the problem. She says this while addressing Garnet, who walks to her but ignores her. This prompts Amethyst to ask if there is something they should talk about. The escape pod lights up, and Pearl projects a globe with Peridot's location. Pearl and Garnet walk over to the warp pad, while Steven mentions that at least Pearl is optimistic. Amethyst disagrees, saying that even if Pearl catches Peridot, Garnet will not forgive her for using her to fuse into Sardonyx.
The Crystal Gems warp to a derelict Ancient Gem Colony Ship. Pearl asserts that Peridot is running out of options and has cornered herself inside the ship. Steven is about to ask something, but Pearl interrupts him with the assumption that he wanted information on the warship. She explains that long ago, Gems used ancient vessels to fly to Earth before the warp system was built. Pearl adds that the ships were abandoned in favor of the Warp Pads; using them as a means of transportation off the planet is impossible. Garnet begins to remind Pearl that they need to move on - Pearl interrupts and exclaims about their task to catch Peridot. As Pearl enthusiastically leads on, Steven and Amethyst exchange nervous glances.
They all enter the ancient ship, which is completely overgrown by wildlife. A small object lights up and projects a holographic screen revealing it to be Peridot. She insults the Gems' intelligence, and Pearl retorts by saying that she must be "dull as dirt" if she thinks she can use the vessel to fly away. After cleaning a vocal transmitter, Steven relays the messages to Peridot, which makes her laugh maniacally. She reveals that she was luring the Gems into the ship as a trap instead of flying away, and the ship's entrance closes. Pearl realizes her mistake, and after an unsuccessful attempt, Peridot activates the vessel's internal defense systems. The system begins to fire lasers at the Gems but Steven summons a shield that is able to deflect the lasers and cover everyone. They run towards a tunnel to safety. Amethyst compliments a tired Steven, who exhaustively mentions that he summoned his shield three times today already. Suddenly, spikes appear out of the walls and floor, and the Gems make haste. The Gems run into Peridot at the end of the hallway and, against Garnet's command, Pearl charges and attacks Peridot, slicing through a hologram instead. Pearl becomes enraged and repeatedly cuts through the hologram. Garnet tells Pearl to stop, but she exclaims that she must do something to make up for leading the Gems into Peridot's trap.
The floor below them suddenly opens up into a deep pit. Although Steven falls more quickly than the others, Amethyst is able to save him by catching him with one end of her whip and the other on a branch using a different whip, safely suspending them. Steven asks Garnet and Pearl if they are fine, who landed at the bottom of the pit. A horizontal door closes, trapping Garnet and Pearl in a small room. Amethyst and Steven descend to the bottom to reveal a floor level above the room. There is a screen that displays everything inside the room, whose walls are quickly closing in, and shows that Garnet and Pearl are trying to break out by trying to damage the walls. Pearl apologizes to Garnet, saying that things should not have turned out the way they are. Garnet reassures Pearl that they will escape somehow, but Pearl clarifies that she wanted to catch Peridot in order to regain Garnet's trust and show that everything can go back to normal. Garnet tells her that this is not about Peridot, and catching her would not restore their relationship. Steven and Amethyst are happy that they are now both consulting with each other.
A floating gear system begins to turn, which makes the walls of the trap room close in on each other. Pearl asks Garnet what she can do to be forgiven, but Garnet asserts that she can not forgive Pearl. She lied to Garnet, and she must learn that there are consequences to her actions. Pearl explains that she could not help herself. She tried to be strong like Garnet, but she could not, and she believes she is useless on her own and needs someone to tell her what to do. Amethyst jams the gear system using her whip, which stops the walls from moving. Pearl goes on to explain to Garnet than when she fuses with Garnet, she is able to feel like Garnet. She inherits Garnet's confidence, security, and completeness. In her eyes, Garnet is perfect, since Ruby and Sapphire are in a perfect relationship and Pearl simply wanted to be a part of that. Garnet denies Pearl's statement and says she is not as strong as Pearl thinks she is. Garnet reveals that she had fallen apart because Ruby and Sapphire had conflicting thoughts on Pearl's act of deception. Garnet explains that she has weaknesses too, but she chooses not to let them consume her, and she knows she must stay composed because of her effect on the team. There are times that Garnet looks up to Pearl's strength, and asserts that Pearl is her own Gem. She is unique in her own way, and she must choose to be strong in her own way in order to move on in order to regain Garnet's trust. Pearl understands and says that she cannot give up anymore. Amethyst's whip snaps and the gear system continues to work, closing Garnet and Pearl in the room very closely. Garnet tells Pearl that there is only one way to get out of the room, and Pearl asks for her confirmation in agreeing to Garnet's plan, to which she agrees. Amethyst and Steven panic, but Sardonyx jumps up, apparently having drilled her way out of the room. Having fulfilled her role for now, Sardonyx quickly unfuses.
The Gems corner Peridot in the ship's control room and demand that she surrenders. Peridot simply says that this is only the beginning of her escape, and blasts a hole in the ceiling of the ship. Peridot starts to slowly fly away from the ship while taunting the Gems once more. Her ascension is halted by Steven, who jumps up and grabs on to Peridot's foot.
She tries to drop Steven, but Amethyst and Pearl grab on to Steven, and Garnet grabs on to Pearl, preparing to pull the group to her. After failing to force Steven to release his grip, Peridot ejects her foot and flies away. Pearl and Steven sadly look into the sky where Peridot had flown off. Holding Peridot's smoking foot, Pearl regains her optimism and says that next time, they will get the rest of her. Garnet says that they went a step forward. Pearl and Garnet make up, and Amethyst lays down in relief, saying, "Finally.", as the star iris closes over her smiling face, thus concluding the Sardonyx arc.
- Steven Universe
- Peridot (antagonist)
- Sardonyx (non-speaking)
- Ruby (mentioned)
- Sapphire (mentioned)
- Rose Quartz (mentioned)
- Beach City
- Galaxy Warp
- Communication Hub (mentioned)
- Gem Homeworld (mentioned)
- Pangea (South America)
- This episode is represented in the promo art for the third StevenBomb by a question mark.
- Steven has become more efficient in battle. He summoned his shield three times, two of which were larger versions.
- However, Steven became fatigued after doing so.
- Pearl is more proactive than usual in her attempts to catch Peridot, in order to regain Garnet's trust.
- When Peridot first fires her arm cannon she is knocked back and briefly stunned, implying she does not use it often and is inexperienced in combat.
- It is unknown if Peridot's holograms were created by the ship, from her limb enhancers or from her gem, like Holo-Pearl.
- In "Too Short to Ride", it's revealed that Peridot believes herself not to have special powers, making it unlikely she used her gem.
- In this episode, the gloves on Sardonyx's upper arms are the same style as Garnet's gloves. In "Cry for Help", each has a separate piece covering the middle finger with nothing connecting the fingers to the rest of the glove. It is not yet known if this was intentional or an animation error.
- Peridot's appearance at the Galaxy Warp indicates that the Crystal Gems' plan to destroy it with the Shooting Star failed.
- When Steven pulled on Peridot's foot and she disconnected it, she did not retreat to her gemstone to regenerate. "Catch and Release" confirmed that this was because they were not a part of her form, but instead an extension.
- Steven exclaiming "I caught a Peridot!" is likely a reference to the dialogue shown when successfully catching Pokémon in the eponymous video game series.
- When Pearl first engages Peridot at the Galaxy Warp, Peridot traps her in a bubble that completely stops her movement, swings her around, and throws her backwards into Steven. This is similar to the villain Syndrome of the 2004 Disney/Pixar film The Incredibles, who uses "zero-point energy" to create a field of quantum energy that inhibits the majority of a victim's bodily/physical movement.
- Syndrome even uses the ability in a similar way, swinging the film's protagonist around before throwing them into a rock.
- The ships that Homeworld used to use to travel to planets such as Earth resemble "flying saucers".
- Based on the Earth hologram, the Ancient Gem Colony Ship is located in South America, presumably at the edge of the Amazon rainforest.
- Steven and Peridot both make an akanbe face, a Japanese facial gesture indicating crazy sarcasm that is also used tauntingly in anime.
- Steven uses his shield as a projectile, similarly to Captain America.
- The way Peridot escapes and taunts the Crystal Gems after blowing off her robotic foot may be a reference to Doctor Claw from Inspector Gadget, who is often handcuffed, only to escape and fly off, taunting the heroes and leaving behind an empty glove (sometimes rigged with explosives, as seen in the opening sequence).
- The way that Peridot escaped and lost her left foot might also be a reference to Gamera vs. Gyaos, where Gyaos also lost his left foot in order to escape Gamera.
- Peridot's laser finger cannon has a strong resemblance to Mega Man's Mega Buster firearm from the Mega Man franchise).
- When Sardonyx uses her hammer as a drill, her technique is similar to that of the drill attack from the anime Gurren Lagann.
- Peridot still thinks Steven is not a human, but rather a species named "Steven".
- Steven calls out "Good morning!" to Peridot, which is Uncle Grandpa's signature catchphrase; this may be a callback to "Say Uncle", though the episode is not canon.
- Garnet is still upset at Pearl from "Cry for Help", but their conflict finds resolution by end of this episode, marking the end of the story arc.
- Garnet refers to the events of Keystone Motel, in which Ruby and Sapphire unfuse.
- Most of the warp pads at the Galaxy Warp are still inactive, and the Homeworld warp is still destroyed.
- Either the Crystal Gems decided against using the Shooting Star to destroy the Galaxy Warp or the plan failed.
- Pearl's quote hinted that there are or were other pearls. Peridot confirms this in "Back to the Barn".
- Amethyst uses the same attack in "Marble Madness" when she says "DESTROY!".
- When Garnet tells Pearl that she must understand what to do herself, rather than be told by Garnet, Rose, or Steven, her mentioning Steven could be due to Steven encouraging Pearl in "Coach Steven", as well as the fact that Pearl constantly sees Rose in him.
- This is the second episode in which Pearl and Garnet fuse, the first being "Cry for Help".
- Garnet saying she struggles to stay strong may be a callback to Jamie's lament about his play in "Historical Friction".
- The way Steven laughs and says "Foot joke!" is similar to when he says "Fusion joke!" in "Cry for Help".
- When Garnet gets mad at Pearl for attacking the hologram, Sapphire's gem is on the wrong hand.
- When Sardonyx appears, her upper arms are gloved the same way as Garnet's instead of being backless, as seen in "Cry for Help".
- When the Crystal Gems first arrive on the warp pad, Amethyst's gem is missing.
- When Peridot's hologram first reforms after being attacked by Pearl, the lower portion of her legs and the tip of her feet have their colors switched.
- When Steven taunts Peridot when they first get to the Galaxy Warp, his mouth is closed when he made a sound that should be made with an open mouth.
- When Steven and Amethyst are jamming the gears, the screen projecting the contents of the room is actually showing the events prior to the room beginning to close in on Garnet and Pearl.
- After Amethyst's whip snaps, the gears turn in the wrong direction.
- In the exterior view of the ship, it is very much on its side. However, inside, the floors appear flat and the rooms appear straight, and the Gems have no problem moving around in the ship.
- When Peridot flicks Steven, it appears she flicks him with her right hand even though she was flying with her right hand.
View the episode's transcript here.