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Speaker Dialogue
(The scene opens with a black screen, following the events of Super Watermelon Island, as Steven cuts his connection with the Crystal Gems on Mask Island.)
Garnet And Steven... We love you...
[Trans. Ext. The Barn]
(Steven jolts awake, back in his body at the barn, as the ground shakes and cracks. The chalkboard then falls on top of him, with the illustration reading "Cluster Emerges, Bye Bye Earth", and Steven screams in fright. Peridot is already standing atop a ladder leading into the cockpit of the drill.)
Peridot If you're done just lying there, maybe it's about time that we stop the world from ending! Where are the others!?
Steven *runs up to the ladder* They're stuck on Mask Island. We have to drill without them!
Peridot Ugh! AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE MEANING OF TEAMWORK?! Okay, Steven, are you ready to drill down into the planet to depths never before reached by your species to stop the Cluster before it forms and save your world!?
Steven I don't know!
Peridot Don't say that! Say "we'll do it together and it's gonna be great!"
Steven We're gonna do it together and it's gonna be great!
Peridot LIAR!
(As the ground continues to shake more violently, Peridot and Steven scamper into the drill's cockpit.)
Peridot Ready or not, we have a mission.
(Peridot starts up the drill and it begins digging into the ground.)
Peridot Increasing speed!
(The drill then quickly dive into the ground, digging deeply as it traverses.)
Steven Alright. Bracing for impact.
Peridot It's actually two more hours to the cluster.
Steven Oh. Wish I'd brought some tunes.
(Peridot turns on some elevator music.)
Steven Uh, thanks.
(Steven and Peridot remain silent as the drill continues to dig further downwards. Steven's eyes are filled with anguish as he watches the layers of rock pass by. He shuts his eyes tightly, shakes his head and begins talking to Peridot as a distraction.)
Steven It's kinda... freaky down here, huh?
Peridot Why's that?
Steven It's just dark, and cramped... Ngah, I can't even, gah, stretch out.
(The compartment rumbles momentarily, and Steven and Peridot look around in worry.)
Steven How'd you think you were gonna get everyone in here anyway?
Peridot I don't know, they'd shrink or something. We didn't have a lot of time to plan.
Steven So... what is the plan?
Peridot We have a drill. We're going to drill. Get ready - we're about to penetrate the asthenosphere!
Steven Whoa, it's all lava!
Peridot Lava is what comes out of volcanoes. That's super-heated peridotite.
Steven Peridot...ite?
Peridot Yeah. It's made of the same stuff as Peridots.
Steven You were made on Homeworld, right?
Peridot Mmhmm.
Steven What was it like?
Peridot I didn't exist. Then I did. I don't have memories of it, just feelings. I know I can never go back to Homeworld, but it's hard. Not to have some feelings for where you came from.
(Steven stares at Peridot, spotting a tear welling in the corner of her eye. She then quickly wipes it away.)
Peridot But it's fine! *blushes slightly* I have something different now.
Steven What's that?
Peridot You know! You... guys.
(Steven smiles, when banging is heard atop the compartment.)
Steven *looks up fearfully* What's that sound?
(A red hand suddenly pushes against the cockpit glass, causing Steven to back away in shock.)
Steven *gasps* A Gem mutant!
Peridot They must've buried some prototypes with the Cluster.
(More banging is heard outside the compartment.)
Steven They're all over us! They're attacking the drill! What do we do?
(Peridot presses a button on the panel and a weaponized CCTV camera pops out from atop the cockpit, knocking a Gem mutant away.)
Peridot Pearl didn't think it was necessary, but I never leave home without a blast cannon. *hands a controller, akin to the Nintendo 64's, to Steven*
(Live footage of the Gem mutants is displayed on the panel as an aiming guide. Steven begins controlling the cannon with the controller, blasting away the Gem mutants off the drill.)
Steven Something doesn't feel right about this.
Peridot Then use the D-pad.
Steven No, it's just... ngah. These things. We can't just leave their gems out there. They're going to form again later. If I could just bubble them, then, they'd be safe.
(A Gem mutant arm, climbing atop the drill, loosens its grip and falls off into the magma.)
Steven C'mon! We've gotta help them.
Peridot There is no helping them. They're too broken. The beings who used to be in those shards are so shattered, they don't know who they are, or what's happening around them. They just seek out other gems, looking for the missing pieces of themselves. Trying to make themselves whole.
(A red Gem mutant hand tries to reach out to the camera, and Steven blasts it away.)
Peridot These early experiments only combine two or three shards. The cluster will be a billion times bigger. An inseparable fusion capable of destroying worlds, starting with this one.
(The drill eventually hits a layer of dense rock and begins to shake.)
Peridot We're hitting some denser rock! This is it!
(The drill pierces through the ceiling of a huge opening and stops. Peridot looks around the opening with mobile binoculars with a flashlight attached to it.)
Peridot Recovery depth achieved. Target found.
Steven Is that...
Peridot The Cluster.
(The Cluster and its surroundings start to tremor. Steven and Peridot shout in panic.)
Steven What's happening?
(White matter begin to ripple and surrounds the surface of the Cluster.)
Peridot It's too late! It's taking form!
(The white matter begins to expand and rises up from the Cluster towards the drill.)
Peridot Steven, I'm sorry I couldn't save you or the billions of other lifeforms who matter far, far less to me. Do you have any last words?!
Steven I love you, Peridot. *hugs Peridot*
Peridot ... Wow, thanks.
(The cockpit shakes violently and Peridot hugs Steven back. The white matter begin rushes upwards up the hole, surrounding the drill in it. The lights in the compartment flicker and voices can be heard crying out from below. After a moment, the white matter stop rising, shaping into white hands, and reside back down to the Cluster, brushing past the drill. Steven and Peridot observes the Cluster's activity on the compartment screen, as white outstretched arms wiggle around on the surface.)
Peridot It's still struggling to take its form! This means we still might have time. There's still a chance! *taps a couple of buttons on the control panel and holds onto the steering handles* Just a little repositioning.
(Peridot pushes the steering handles forward, and the drill climb through the hole in the ceiling with mechanical legs, suspending itself above the Cluster.)
Steven Peridot, I don't think we should hurt the cluster. I don't think it knows what it's doing.
Peridot It doesn't matter if it knows what it's doing. It's still going to do it.
(Peridot presses a button on the steering handle, and the drill begins diving towards the Cluster. The white matter, with visibly shaped hands, then erupts towards the drill, attempting to push it back from reaching the Cluster. Steven and Peridot scream as the drill struggles against the force of the white matter. It eventually makes contact with the Cluster, and Steven covers his face, groaning in pain.)
Peridot What? Is the increased vibration causing damage to your head holes?
Steven I don't know!
Peridot We're not even piercing the crust yet! I need to increase power! Are you going to be okay?
Steven Yeah, yeah. I think it's just the noise... I think. Keep going.
Peridot Affirmative. Activating triple tip penetration mode!
(The drill separates into three more drills in a triangular formation, forcing the Cluster's outreached arms to retreat. Steven, still holding his head in agony, gazes down at the cockpit floor and sees flashing hallucinations of ghoulish faces floating up towards him. He gasps in horror, as one of the drills breaks off from the comtraption.)
Steven Runaway drill!
(Peridot balances the contraption on its two remaining drills.)
Peridot There! Just, gotta, keep balance!
Steven Okay...
(Steven looks out the window at the Cluster, with a nauseated frown. He then sees another ghostly face, its mouth widens in a groan as it rushes towards him. He screams and flinches backwards in shock, colliding into Peridot. A second drill breaks off and the contraption starts spinning around in unbalance.)
Peridot I don't know if it's going to hold!
(The force of the spinning machine throws Steven and Peridot against their seats. Steven grips his head and stomach, gritting his teeth in pain and begins sweating profusely.)
Steven I don't understand what's happening! Argh!
Peridot What's wrong?!
Steven I don't know!
(Steven's gem then begins to glow. Steven sits upright in pain, panting and breathing heavily. Peridot quickly notices and rushes over to face him.)
Peridot Steven! Steven!
(Steven sweats and pants heavily. He looks up again and sees a hallucination of ghoulish faces floating upwards. His seat is suspended among them, and Peridot is gone.)
Steven Peridot? Peridot?
(Steven's gem glows brighter and his seat dissipates, causing him to float into the darkness. Steven then slowly wakes up, finding himself suspended in what appears to be a starry sky with multiple voices echoing all around.)
Gem Shards Must... Have to... Want to... Need to... Have to...
(Steven soon realizes the "stars" are actually Gem shards, floating all around him.)
Gem Shards Want to... Need to... Want to...
(A Gem shard floats past Steven. A small broken voice can be heard from it as its glow pulsates.)
Gem Shard #1 ...want to...need to...
Steven You... want to? Want to what?
(A strong white light envelops Steven and the voices cry out in unison.)
Gem Shards FORM!
(Steven screams and covers his ears.)
Steven Please! Stop!
(The light subsides and the voices calm.)
Steven It's the Cluster. I'm talking to the Cluster?! But... how did I get inside your brain? Brains?
The Cluster Have to... Want to... Need to... MUST!
Steven *gasps* Wait! Please don't take form!
(The light returns and the Cluster chants aggressively.)
The Cluster Form! Form! Form! Form! Want form! Want form! FORM!!!!
(Steven covers his ears, and the light and chanting subside again.)
Steven Maybe instead of forming you could do something else?
(The light and chant return, forcing Steven to cover his ears.)
The Cluster FORM!!!
Steven Boy, you've sure got the one-trackiest mind I ever met.
The Cluster Need FORM!!!!!
Steven Agh!
The Cluster To be whole.
Steven Whole?
(Steven notices the Gem shard that floated past him earlier.)
Steven Oh.
Gem Shard #1 Have to...
Steven You're shards. You just wanna find the rest of your gems. But forming won't help you find the rest of yourselves. You'll just destroy the Earth!
The Cluster No. No, no. No! No.
Steven But if you wanna find other gems, there's so many of you right here! Look. *pushes a shard next to another* Shard, meet shard!
(The shards glow weakly as they begin to converse.)
Gem Shard #2 Have to...
Gem Shard #3 Want to...
Steven See? You already have so much to talk about.
(The Cluster's voices raise in commotion as they begin to speak to each other. Bubbles of light surround Steven as he smiles.)
The Cluster Hi! Oh, hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Oh, hi!
(The Cluster is soon engulfed in a warm bright light.)
Steven This is great! You don't even need to form. You can just stay here!
The Cluster Want to stay.
(Links form between bubbles of light. The light then suddenly subsides momentarily, then bursts back again, with the Cluster crying out in anguish.)
The Cluster Can't stop! Going to form! Can't stop! Going to form! Help! Help! Help!
Steven It's okay. If I just bubble you, you won't have to come out. It'll keep you safe. Here, look, like this!
(Steven begins bubbling the shards near him.)
Steven I can bubble you! I can bubble you! I can bubble you! *becomes exhausted* Ah. Well, that's five. Out of... *looks at the billions of shards scattered all around* Oh jeez... I'm sorry! I can't do it alone!
(The bubbles of light pulsate around Steven, pushing him to and fro. Steven starts to float away from the Cluster and he tries to reach back out to the light with no success. As he wakes up, a worried Peridot is in front of him.)
Peridot Steven! Wake up!
(Once Steven regains consciousness, he sits upright and gasps.)
Steven It doesn't wanna form!
Peridot What?
Steven We gotta put it in a bubble!
Peridot Bubble that?! Hah, there's no way!
(Small bubbles then begin to form on the Cluster's surface.)
Steven *gasps* They're bubbling each other!
(Steven bends down on one knee and places his hands on the cockpit floor.)
Steven I've got you. You've got this. We've all got each other!
(With the help of the Gem shards, Steven manages to encase the Cluster in a huge pink bubble.
[Trans. Ext. The Barn]
(The drill climbs back out of its hole near the barn with its mechanical legs and collapses onto the ground. Steven and Peridot then tumble out of the cockpit.)
Peridot hugs Steven* You did it!
Steven We did it together. And it was great!
(Steven hears the nearby warp pad activating, and sees the Crystal Gems returning, with Garnet carrying an unconscious Lapis in her arms. Steven and Peridot then run over to them.)
Steven Guys! You're back! I-is Lapis okay?
Garnet She'll be fine.
Pearl You look happy! Uh, did you destroy the Cluster?
Steven No, I talked to it.
Pearl What?
Steven It doesn't wanna destroy the Earth. It just wants company. And it's got it now. It's like a bajillion people! They'll have lots of time to get to know each other, now that they're in a bubble.
Pearl How on Earth did you bubble that whole thing?!
Steven We had a little help.
(The scene pans rapidly down to the Cluster, now surrounded in a pink bubble, laying dormant once again in the planet's core.)

ve Transcripts
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 GreatMessage 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 The 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
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
Other We Deserve to ShineCrossover Nexus