"Lion 3: Straight to Video" is the 35th episode of the first season of Steven Universe, and the 35th overall episode of the series.


Lion keeps lying on Steven's face while Steven is sleeping.


The episode starts off with Steven looking around inside the Big Donut having a hard time choosing what he wants to buy. Sadie encourages Steven, though Steven still feels conflicted. She tells him to ask Lion, who has been sleeping near the counter. Lion then abruptly stands up and points using his muzzle at the fridge containing Lion Lickers, which Steven refuses to buy. Sadie then interjects by saying that they need to hurry as she and Lars are about to close the store, though Lars leaves, leaving only Sadie to close it. Steven then notices a bunch of paper bags with Sadie's name on it in the refrigerators, and it's revealed that they're all lunch bags Sadie's mom makes her. After calling them childish, Sadie lets Steven take one home.

Back at the temple, Steven is spreading the contents of the lunch bag he got from Sadie on a counter while Lion gets his nose stuck in the bag. After several lunch puns from Steven, Lion blows the bag onto Steven. Steven then starts to wonder what his mother would've packed for him.

At night, Steven prepares Lion's bed with the couch, but Lion refuses and jumps into Steven's bed. Rushing up the stairs, Steven struggles to get Lion out of bed. Once successful, he finally falls asleep in it. Steven then finds himself in a strange, pink world. Looking around, Steven realizes that he can't breathe. Waking up to the sound of Pearl's voice, Steven finds himself lying under Lion. Steven shoos away Lion and asks why Pearl was there, and she answers that she likes to watch Steven sleep. Telling them to leave him alone, Steven once again tries to fall asleep. Feeling troubled as Pearl and Lion continue to watch him, he finally shoos them both away.

Now finally alone, Steven flops down on his bed and drifts to sleep where he dreams of him and Dogcopter playing checkers with Dogcopter winning using ridiculous moves. Complimenting Dogcopter and asking him for his ways to success, Dogcopter gives Steven terrible advice, and warns Steven to take a deep breath. In his confusion, Dogcopter flies away and the dream breaks. Steven finds himself awake in the pink grassy field again, still unable to breath, he realizes this is all Lion's doing. Annoyed, he breaks himself free from underneath Lion and scold him afterwards. Lion attempts again and again to get Steven to lay on him, much to Steven's chagrin. Eventually, Steven puts him outside as a "time out" punishment. Hearing Lion cry, Steven starts to feel guilty and apologizing for his rash behavior. As he gives lion a hug, Steven gets sucked into Lion's mane, and realizes that Lion's mane is a portal to the pink world he had kept seeing. Feeling like he had to do something there, Steven takes a big breath and sticks his whole body into lion's mane.

In the world, Steven wanders around (while constantly sticking his head out of Lion's mane to breath) and finds a large tree. Around that tree, Steven finds a "Mr. Universe" t-shirt, Rose's sword, a treasure chest, a bubbled gem (most likely a bismuth), a photo of Greg and Rose, a flag bearing Rose's symbol, and a video tape labeled "For Steven". Running out of breath again, Steven rushes out of Lion's mane, taking the tape with him. Knowing that he can't watch the video with the gems knowing, Steven hops on Lion's back to go.

At the Big Donut, Sadie opens the big doughnut while Lars listens to music. Catching up to them, Steven asks Sadie for a favor, and they hurriedly walk inside while Lars looks on confused. Using the TV in the employee room, Sadie and Steven watch the tape. It cuts to several scenes of the beach, including what the Crystal Temple looked like before the Gems had put in Steven's room. A Rose's voice comes on, and starts to talk about the amazing aspects of life on earth.

In the middle, a segment is dedicated to Greg introducing himself to Steven, calling himself, "The best dad on this side of the Cosmos!" (He also wears the same "Mr. Universe" t-shirt shown hanging on the tree in Lion's mane (also an effect on the camera includes the star that shows up at the end of each episode). As Rose continues to monologue, she turns the camera to reveal her face. She states that he will be amazing and extraordinary, as he is going to be a human. She explains to Steven that she knows that they cannot both exist at once, and tells him that once he is born, she will become half of him. She then tells him to love himself, and to never stop, as he is half of her and him doing that is like loving her. As the video ends, it cuts to one last scene of a pregnant Rose (who is revealed to be as tall, if not, taller than garnet) and Greg sharing a kiss.

Lars opens up the room and is shocked to see a watery-eyed Steven and Sadie. As Steven leaves, he pats Lars on the chest the same way he did in "Lars and the Cool Kids", and also hugs Lion outside. The episode ends with Lars asking about what they had watched, and with Sadie calling her mom, and telling her that it's okay to keep making her those bagged lunches.


Production Notes



  • This is the first episode where both of Rose's eyes are shown open.
  • This is the second time we hear Rose's voice, the first being in "Rose's Room."
  • Lion has a pocket dimension in his mane, which apparently houses objects Rose considered special.
  • It is revealed that Pearl often watches Steven sleeping.
  • It is revealed that Sadie's mother has been making and packing her lunches everyday.
  • This is the first episode where we see the Crystal Temple before the beach house was built into it.
  • It is revealed that Rose became "half of" Steven, Greg's DNA becoming the other half.
  • This is the first episode we see and hear Rose's physical form.
  • It is revealed that Rose was taller than Greg.
  • It was also revealed that the episode was originally going to be Greg filming Rose, however Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu pitched the idea of it being reverse because "she was so fascinated by him, and so in love with him." Rebecca Sugar even started how it was a beautiful thought and that she is "still dizzy about it". [2]


  • A poster advertising a "Dognut" is shown in the Big Donut, a food item that debuted in the Pilot.
  • During Steven's dream, Dogcopter from "Dogcopter 3" appears playing chess until the dream is interrupted by Lion who lays down in Steven's face.
  • Steven pats Lars on the chest the same way he and Lars did in "Lars and the Cool Kids".
  • Rose's sword is shown in the dimension within Lion's mane from "Lion 2: The Movie", revealing that the dimension is where the Sword is stored if not in use.
  • The photo of Rose and Greg first seen in "Laser Light Cannon" reappears.



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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 Pair
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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