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"Gem Drill" is the 2nd episode of the third season of Steven Universe and the 80th episode overall.


Steven takes a journey deep underground.[2]


Picking up immediately after the events of "Super Watermelon Island", Steven wakes up to find the ground shaking from an earthquake. Peridot yells to him to get up and get in the drill. She asks him where the others are, but he says that the Gems are stuck on Mask Island, unable to warp back, so they have to do it alone. Steven climbs up to the platform and, after an uneasy exchange of false confidence, start drilling into the Earth. In the drill, Peridot tells Steven that it'll take two hours to dig down to the Cluster. Steven expresses discomfort due to the fact that everything is dark and cramped. He asks Peridot how the Gems are supposed to fit but she isn't sure herself, only having relied upon the Gems' shapeshifting abilities. Her plan isn't too detailed, either: "We have a drill. We're going to drill."

After they penetrate the asthenosphere, Steven takes note of the fact that there is a lava-like substance all around them. Peridot explains that it is superheated liquid peridotite, a material similar to peridots. He asks her how it was like to be made on Homeworld, but Peridot can't remember what happened, having only feelings of them. She says that even though she consciously rebelled against Homeworld, she still has difficulty getting over her feelings from growing up on her home planet, but she now has something different that wasn't offered on Homeworld, that being the company of Steven and the Crystal Gems.

Several Cluster Gems suddenly attack the drill, surprising Steven. Peridot infers that Homeworld buried some of the prototypes with the Cluster itself, and allows Steven to man the turret they built for the drill. As he fights off the mutants, he feels uneasy about leaving their gemstones without bubbling them, but Peridot coldly explains that there is no way to truly help them. They are broken beyond repair, and are now severely cognitively impaired to the point where they have lost their identity and have only one objective, to find other pieces of themselves. The Cluster is exactly that, formed by millions of shards rather than just two or three.

The drill eventually arrives to where the Cluster is buried. It is revealed to be an immense spherical formation of many different Gems. It appears to begin taking its form, severely distressing Peridot. Steven offers his last words to Peridot as they face a giant ray of light. However, the Cluster calms down, and Peridot notes that it's having trouble taking form. She prepares the drill as Steven tries to offer a peaceful approach. He thinks that the Cluster doesn't know what it's doing, and it needs help. Peridot is still determined to destroy it, saying that its consciousness is irrelevant so long as it's capable of destroying the world.

Peridot descends onto the Cluster and begins to drill, facing huge difficulty in even trying to pierce the surface. Steven feels a massive pain as she drills, which progresses further as the drilling continues. Eventually they lose two of their three drill heads as they fail to get through the surface of the Cluster, while Steven begins to see what looks to be the faces of the Gems merged into the Cluster, horrifying him. Ultimately he falls unconscious, soon waking up to see himself floating in darkness, hearing many incoherent voices in unison. Steven finds out that he is talking to the Cluster and learns that the Cluster is obsessed with trying to form. He tries to convince the Cluster not to form and instead try to find other pieces of itself. Seeing as how the Cluster wants to be whole again, it will end up destroying the world along with all the other pieces of itself buried within the Earth. He shows them that perhaps all they need is company and the Cluster finally realizes that it doesn't need to be whole to achieve that purpose, as there are billions of Gems within itself. It ends up panicking, however, as it begins to uncontrollably take form, and Steven wakes up.

He yells to Peridot that the Cluster doesn't want to form and that it must be bubbled. Peridot is astonished at the idea of bubbling something as massive as the Cluster, but slowly the Gems within it begin to bubble each other. Steven helps and eventually merges all the small bubbles into one huge bubble encasing the Cluster whole. Steven and Peridot arrive back on the surface and celebrate their victory. Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst warp back with an unconscious Lapis. Pearl, visibly concerned, asks if Steven destroyed the Cluster, seeing as how he looks happy. He tells her that they didn't destroy the Cluster, but rather he talked to it and convinced it not to take form. It now has its own company and has no reason to form again, mentioning that they'll have a lot of time for bonding now that they're in a bubble. Pearl expresses her incredulity over the fact that they managed to bubble something as big as the Cluster, and Steven simply replies that they had a little help.

The Cluster is shown once more, peacefully laying deep in the Earth inside of Steven's bubble.







  • TBA

Instrumental Songs


  • This episode's name was first revealed in the episode listing on the Cartoon Network website.[3]
  • This episode reveals that Gems and gem shards can create bubbles even when they are not in their physical form.
  • It is revealed that Steven can create bigger-than-normal bubbles, albeit with some assistance.
    • It is also revealed that a gem does not have to touch an object directly in order to be able to bubble it.
  • Peridot reveals that she is happy living with the Crystal Gems.
  • It is confirmed that Gems' gemstones do in fact share many of the same chemical composition as Earth minerals.
    • Peridot stated that magma is composed of melted peridotite, the same component that Peridot gems are made out of.
  • The three drills brought down barely did any damage to the Cluster's surface.
  • The Cluster is revealed to be a gestalt entity. 
  • Cluster Gem prototypes were buried in the asthenosphere.

Cultural References

N64 Gem Drill Ref
  • The controller that Peridot gives Steven resembles a Nintendo 64 controller. However, the controller differs from its real-life counterpart, the fourth yellow C button and the letter C between the yellow C buttons and the green B button and the blue A button are missing and the words "Nintendo" on the front are gone.
  • In the drill's cockpit there are words in Russian Cyrillic saying: "БЛ ПОК", "ЦИФРЫ" (numbers), "КОНТР1" (control1), "ПАРАМ2" (parameter2), and "СХЕМА3" (circuit3).


  • This episode shows that Steven is able to communicate with fusions, similarly to as he did in the Malachite Realm in Chille Tid.
  • The Crystal Gems were still stuck on Mask Island following the destruction of the warp pad during the fight in "Super Watermelon Island".
  • Peridot refers to ears as "head holes", similar to how she referred to other body parts in "Too Far".
  • After Steven says he loves Peridot, she replies "Wow, thanks!", a possible callback to "Log Date 7 15 2".
  • The barn still has a big hole on its walls from Peridot's rampage in "Message Received", albeit covered in a blue tarp.


  • When the Cluster is taking form, the pod of the Gem Drill got smaller and the drill got bigger, however in the next scene the pod and drill are back to their regular size.
  • In closed captioning, Garnet's line "We love you" from the end of "Super Watermelon Island" is attributed to Greg.


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

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