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 picture of Rose Quartz, testing multiple locations like the Crystal Temple's hand, in the Warp Pad Dome, and in his shower. He puts it up in the exact same place where it was before and sighing in relief, before seeing what he has done. 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 could join him so she could go 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 reveals that Zoomans are now in control of the zoo, while the Quartz guards do not contribute much other than loafing around. Holly Blue Agate is also troubled, as the lack of authority within Era 3 displeases her as the Diamonds are just obsessed with Steven. She says this aloud when Steven is standing next to her, startling her. Steven says hello to her, in response, Holly Blue walks away nervous. Amethyst says hello to the Famethyst while Wy-Six takes Steven to the Rose Quartz Bubble Room, claiming there are some new friends who wished to see Steven.
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 the Rose Quartz, Superfan Rose Quartz, and Hippie Rose Quartz, quickly introduce themselves and talk to Steven, while the third Shy Rose Quartz, who bears a striking and similar appearance to the original Rose Quartz, remains quiet. The Rose Quartzes quickly makes Steven uncomfortable, and in his panic, he invites the three Rose Quartzes to his house for dinner. Meanwhile, the Famethyst are dancing 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, after being shunned away by the Zoomans, but leaves quickly in immerse discomfort after seeing the Rose Quartzes, especially Shy Rose Quartz. Pearl shortly then leaves the table to go to Steven's bathroom, followed by Garnet and Steven himself. Once inside, Steven, Pearl, and Garnet discuss the immerse discomfort they are feeling too from the sheer similarities of 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 the Rose Quartz and suggests they should leave. Panicking again, Steven reluctantly invites the Rose Quartzes to stay for a slumber party, which Superfan Rose Quartz excitedly accepts in an exaggerating manner.
At night, Steven and the Rose Quartzes watch movies together in his room, when Superfan Rose Quartz accidentally plays the tape Rose Quartz gave to Steven. Steven quickly shuts off the TV, just when Rose addressed Steven in the video, and puts the Rose Quartzes to bed. While conversing with the Rose Quartzes 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 does not 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 the Rose Quartzes how much they reminded him of the original Rose Quartz and how he has been pretending to be comfortable around them when he is actually not. The Rose Quartzes, in turn, confess that they are pretending to be fine too, after being punished for being a Rose Quartz. The group eventually comes to an understanding, after realizing they are all related in some ways. The three Rose Quartzes warp away in content, 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, while the painting of Rose Quartz is stashed away inside Lion's mane.
- Pink Diamond (mentioned)
- Rose Quartz (pictured; mentioned)
- Greg Universe
- The Famethyst
- Holly Blue Agate
- The Great Diamond Authority (mentioned)
- Rose Quartzes
- 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.
- 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.