So... Many... Rose Quartzes.
"Rose Buds" is the 3rd episode of Steven Universe Future and the 3rd episode of the series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Steven Universe
- Rose Quartzes
- Greg Universe
- The Famethyst
- Holly Blue Agate
- Pink Diamond (mentioned)
- Rose Quartz (seen on video)
- The Great Diamond Authority (mentioned)
- Connie Maheswaran (mentioned)
- Cat Steven (pictured)
- Beach City
- Pink Diamond's Zoo
- Pink Dimension
- Being Human (credits)
- 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.
- The three Rose Quartzes also represent certain archetypal older sister figures seen in media.
- 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.
- 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.
View the episode's transcript here.