Sadie, you're gonna sing!?
The episode begins with the residents of Beach City preparing for the Beach-a-Palooza. Steven is handing out flyers for the upcoming event to everyone in Beach City. As he approaches the Big Donut, he tries to give one to Lars but he ignores Steven. He enters the store while saying out loud a request for Sadie to attend Beach-a-Palooza, but sees the counter unattended. He tries looking for Sadie, and as he hears music coming from a room, comes into the storage room to see Sadie stacking boxes as she sings "Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)". At the end of the song, Steven cheers her on, which embarrasses Sadie and she quickly turns off the boombox. Steven says that he never knew Sadie could sing, but she admits that nobody does. Steven tells Sadie that he's helping Mr. Smiley to hand out fliers for Beach-a-Palooza, and realizes that maybe Sadie should sign up, given her good performance. She denies her talent by saying that the song she sang to is cheesy and boring and that anyone can sing to it, but she remembers all the words. Steven says that she is perfect for the song and that he can help her make a routine.
Steven notices a pile of plush toys, but resists from taking one in fear of "breaking up a family." Steven then instructs that before Sadie practices singing, they need to figure out what she will wear, referencing his act from two years ago. He asks her what her gimmick should be, but she doesn't want any, as the singing is already a lot for her. She proposes that she should just wear what's comfortable for her. They hear loud thumping from above the ceiling, and Sadie's mother, Barbara, comes in the basement. She greets Sadie and gives her a plush bear for her to keep. She asks her what Sadie is doing with Steven, and Steven interjects, surprised that Barbara is Sadie's mother. Sadie simply says that Barbara's the mailman, and she compliments herself. Barbara asks what Steven is doing with Sadie, and tries to tell her that they're planning for Sadie's performance in Beach-a-Palooza. Barbara gets excited that she will sing, and urges to start planning right away with Sadie. She offers that she takes care of herself, but Barbara simply tells her that she'd love to help, with Steven agreeing. They find Sadie's ballerina outfit, and she explains that she did ballet when she was ten.
Barbara finds her swimsuit and explains to Steven that she used to be a competitive swimmer, and Sadie elaborates that it was for a month when she was eleven. They find her softball uniform, and Sadie explains that she used to play softball, but was disqualified after Barbara punched the Umpire.
Barbara tells Sadie that she has nothing to worry about, as they will, along with Steven, plan out her event. A montage plays as Steven writes down the details of the event, while Sadie practices dancing and walking on high heels. They finish by putting makeup on Sadie's face, and Barbara tells the two that they made an excellent job at preparing Sadie for her song. Steven says that all they have to do now is add Sadie's performance on the list on the flyers, but Sadie asks maybe they shouldn't. Barbara misinterprets it as a way to make a surprise, and Steven agrees with the idea of a mystery final act.
On the night of the event, Mr. Smiley introduces Kiki and Nanefua on the stage, acting as a ventriloquist and a doll, respectively. They deliver a joke, and the audience laughs. Mr. Smiley concludes their performance and excites the crowd by saying that they're close with the mystery final guest, which even he doesn't know, despite being a host. He brings up Ronaldo to the stage and introduces him with his lecture on "rock people." Steven, Sadie, and Barbara are at the backstage. Steven is surprised that the flyers worked, and attracted many people to the event. Barbara is excited that Sadie will make a good performance.
Mr. Smiley appears backstage and finds that Sadie is the mystery guest. He recognizes that Sadie is nervous, and gives her some advice: a little smile never hurt anybody. He smiles as Steven and Barbara join in, and Sadie reluctantly joins too. Mr. Smiley leaves, and Steven and Barbara put more sprinkles on Sadie. Mr. Smiley introduces Jamie's performance, as Jamie runs up onstage and acts as a mime. Barbara sees that they have run out of glitter, and leaves to get some more, as Sadie gets up and wanders around. She overhears Jenny talking to the Cool Kids, expressing her excitement over the mystery guest. Sadie gets scared after Jenny says she'll have her phone ready in case anyone gets hurt if it's a juggler with sharp objects.
Steven tries to ask Sadie something, but she says she can't breathe, and runs up to get a cup of water. Steven notices that her lipstick washed off, and sloppily reapplies it. She yells and drenches her head in the water tank she drank from, washing off everything. Steven asks her why she did that, and she exclaims that he is just as bad as her mother. Barbara comes back, and drops her bucket of glitter in shock as she overheard Sadie. She tells her mother not to make her do this, but she answers that Sadie wanted to sing. Sadie responds by saying that she said lots of things, such as signing up for swimming and later being discontent with a competition, and signing up for softball but still getting softball supplies six years later. She wanted to plan her Beach-a-Palooza night her own way for once, but Barbara interfered just as she had done so every time. Barbara says that she wants to show everyone how talented Sadie is, but she says that she isn't acting like she wants to be for the event. Barbara apologizes, as Mr. Smiley introduces the mystery guest. Sadie does not want to sing the song, and Steven apologizes, saying that it was always him that wanted Sadie to perform, not she herself. Steven runs up to the stage, in Sadie's outfit, as he sings Sadie's song. While he is performing, Sadie and Barbara talk to each other backstage. As Steven is singing, the setting is transitioned to the Big Donut's storage, where Sadie sings and Steven plays the ukulele, just as the star iris closes on Sadie's face.
- Steven Universe
- Sadie Miller
- Barbara Miller
- Lars Barriga (non-speaking cameo)
- Greg Universe (mentioned)
- Peedee Fryman (non-speaking cameo)
- Mayor Dewey (cameo)
- Sour Cream (cameo)
- Buck Dewey
- Jamie (non-speaking cameo)
- Mr. Smiley
- Ronaldo Fryman
- Kiki Pizza
- Nanefua Pizza
- Jenny Pizza
- Nut-Dog (poster)
- Spicy Pretzels (poster)
- Beach-a-Palooza (flyer poster)
- Steven's Ukulele
- Purple Puma & Tiger Millionaire poster
- In this episode, Mr. Smiley isn't voiced by Sinbad, but by Colton Dunn instead.
- Steven learns that Barbara is Sadie's mother.
- This episode is skipped in a number of countries for unknown reasons. It is possible that Steven dressing up as Sadie and performing her song is a contributing factor.
- In the U.K., this episode was aired as part of Season 3 in June. However, in iTunes and on-demand listings, it still appears as a part of Season 2, albeit being placed in between "Back to the Barn" and "Too Far".
- Steven's brief consideration of taking one of the plush toys is an animation in-joke: one of the toys, the teddy bear that Sadie kicked onto the pile earlier, is very clearly the only object in the pile that can be animated to be moved around, the expectation is that Steven will pick it up. The fact that he doesn't means the bear was only animated that way for the purposes of a visual gag.
- The star make-up applied to Sadie is similar to the character Jem from Jem and the Holograms.
- In the pile of Sadie's stuffed animals, one of them looks like Gunter from the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time.
- One of the audience members is wearing a shirt with what resembles a super mushroom from Super Mario Bros..
- Sadie's outfit resembles that of Bloom's outfit in her Winx Form from the Winx Club franchise.
- Jamie does a classic mime routine.
- The Beach-a-Palooza event is a nod back to "Steven and the Stevens," where the same event occurs, suggesting it might have been a full year since this episode, which lines up with Connie's words in "Nightmare Hospital" (the previous episode), "I haven't needed actual glasses for almost a year!".
- Steven also mentioned that there was a Beach-a-Palooza two years ago.
- Sadie's scar from "Island Adventure" is still present.
- Many of the members of the audience also attended the Boardwalk Parade from "Bubble Buddies."
- Barb is still wearing her knee brace from "Love Letters."
- Barb again refers to Steven as "Greg's boy", once more hinting at some kind of relationship between herself and Greg.
- Ronaldo can be seen carrying what looks to be a chalkboard with Gems and Gem symbols drawn on it, meaning he is still true to his theories from "Keep Beach City Weird."
- Lars is still hanging out with the Cool Kids and appears more relaxed about it than previously.
- In the song "Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)", one of the lyrics in the song is "Stepping out of my hot pink limousine," which could be foreshadowing to Pink Diamond stepping out of her palanquin before her "shattering".
- When Steven first walks into the back room of the Big Donut, Sadie puts a box on the top shelf, completely filling it. A few shots later, the top shelf now has a large space between the box she placed and the other three items, big enough to fit two more boxes.
- At the end of the episode, when Sadie is singing and Steven is playing of his ukulele, a chunk of Steven's left shoulder overlaps his head and hair. This is fixed after we see a close-up of Steven playing and then comes back to Sadie and Steven.
View the episode's transcript here.