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"Rose Buds" is the 3rd episode of Steven Universe Future and the 3rd episode of the series.

Official Synopsis

Steven gets a surprise visit from some old friends and an even more surprising introduction to some new ones.

Plot

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The episode begins with Steven trying to find a place to put the portrait of Rose Quartz, testing multiple locations like the Crystal Temple's hand, the Warp Pad Dome, and his bathroom. He puts it up in the exact same place where it was before and sighs in relief, before realizing what he just did. Amethyst and Greg walk in to distract him from his frustration when the house immediately darkens. They go outside to see Pink Diamond's Zoo floating in the air. Using a communication panel in the Warp Pad Dome, Steven and Amethyst talk to Wy-Six and Jay-Ten, who reveal that the Zoo is now piloted by the Zoomans. Greg walks in and is immediately scolded by the two for his previous actions, and leaves soon after. Wy-Six offers Steven to come to join them up in the Zoo. He accepts and asks if Amethyst can join him so she can visit the Famethyst. Wy-Six informs him that as long as she is not Greg, she is allowed to come.

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Steven and Amethyst board the Zoo to see that the human containment area is now a tropical paradise, akin to a summer resort. Wy-Six explains that the Zoomans are now in control of the zoo, while the Quartz guards do not contribute much, simply loafing around. Holly Blue Agate is also troubled, as the lack of authority within Era 3 displeases her. She complains that the Diamonds only want to talk about Steven, before getting startled when she realizes that he's standing right next to her. Steven says hello, and she responds by performing the Diamond salute and walking away nervously. Amethyst reunites with the Famethyst while Wy-Six takes Steven to the Rose Quartz Bubble Room, claiming there are some new friends who wished to see him.

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Wy-Six opens the door to the room, and a dumbstruck Steven is greeted by three Rose Quartzes, among the other Rose Quartzes who are now unbubbled and free. Two of them, Superfan Rose Quartz, and Hippie Rose Quartz, quickly introduce themselves and talk to Steven, while the third, Shy Rose Quartz, who bears a striking resemblance to Steven's mother, remains quiet. They quickly make Steven uncomfortable, and in his panic, he invites the three of them to his house for dinner. Meanwhile, as the Famethyst are dancing in a conga line, Amethyst attempts to get Steven's attention and notices the Rose Quartzes, making her feel just as unsettled and uncomfortable as Steven is before leaving the room with her fellow quartzes.

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Back home, Steven eats dinner while the Rose Quartzes, Garnet, and Pearl watch on. Greg enters the house briefly, asking how long the Zoomans will be around, but leaves quickly in immense discomfort after seeing the Rose Quartzes, especially Shy Rose Quartz. Pearl then leaves the table to go to Steven's bathroom, followed by Garnet and Steven himself. Once inside, the three of them discuss the discomfort they are feeling due to the similarities between the Rose Quartzes and the original Rose Quartz. Steven exits the bathroom to rejoin the Rose Quartzes when Shy Rose Quartz catches a glimpse of the painting of Rose Quartz and suggests they should leave. Panicking again, Steven reluctantly invites them to stay for a slumber party, which Superfan Rose Quartz excitedly accepts in an exaggerated manner.

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At night, Steven and the Rose Quartzes watch movies together in his room. Superfan Rose Quartz accidentally plays the tape Rose Quartz gave to Steven, causing him to quickly shut off the TV and put them to bed. While conversing with them in bed, Steven inadvertently invites the Rose Quartzes to stay on Earth with him. Superfan Rose Quartz and Hippie Rose Quartz quickly accept the offer, but Shy Rose Quartz announces to them that Steven does not like them. Steven doesn't deny the statement and the three Rose Quartzes shortly leave, disappointed and heartbroken.

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Steven quickly catches up to the Rose Quartzes just before they leave via the Warp Pad Dome. He confesses to them how much they reminded him of his mom and how he has been pretending to be comfortable around them when he actually isn't. The Rose Quartzes, in turn, confess that they are pretending to be fine too, after being punished for having the same cut as the Gem who supposedly shattered Pink Diamond. The group eventually comes to an understanding, after realizing that they aren't so different and are almost like siblings. The three Rose Quartzes warp away, contented, just when Amethyst warps back in from hanging out with the Famethyst and asks what she missed.

Back in his bed, Steven sleeps in peace, as the painting of Rose Quartz rests inside Lion's mane.

Features

Characters

Objects

Locations

Music

Instrumental

Trivia

  • The Zoomans are no longer wearing their earrings, as they are now in charge of the zoo.
  • The title of the episode is a play on words, referencing how blooming roses form buds and how the term "bud" is used as an endearing term for close friends.

Cultural References

  • The three Rose Quartzes also represent certain archetypal older sister figures seen in media.

Continuity

  • The Zoomans are still very upset with Greg for inadvertently hurting their feelings during the Choosening ceremony during "The Zoo".
  • The videotape that plays on the TV before Steven turns it off is the one Lion first showed him in the episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video".
  • Since Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond, this episode marks the first appearance of actual Rose Quartzes, not counting their bubbled appearance in "That Will Be All". Their personalities are revealed to be loosely based on Pink's.

Errors

  • When Steven is on the Crystal Temple's hand, the star on his shirt is missing.
  • Rose Quartz's video tape still stays on the shelf when Superfan Rose Quartz plays it.
  • After Greg says he can feel the rest of his hair falling out Hippie Rose Quartz and Superfan Rose Quartz switch places at the table and Hippie Rose Quartz appears to be wearing shoes.

Videos

Transcript

View the episode's transcript here.

Gallery

New Gallery

Click to view the gallery for Rose Buds.

References

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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