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This is a transcribed copy of "Space Race". Feel free to edit or add to this page, as long as the information comes directly from the episode.
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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Int. Galaxy Warp]
(The Crystal Gems arrive on a Warp Pad, leading a series of other Warp Pads.)
Steven Woah.
Garnet *steps on a Warp Pad* Inactive.
(Steven proceeds to paste a sticker of a crying apple on the Warp Pad.)
Amethyst *jumps onto another Warp Pad* Inactive!
(Steven runs over and paste another sticker on the Warp Pad, this time of a crying crossiant.)
Pearl *standing on another Warp Pad in disappointment* Inactive.
(Steven pastes another sticker of a crying pear on the Warp Pad.)
Amethyst Do we have to check all of them? They're all still inactive, like always.
Garnet We need to make sure.
Steven I've never seen so many Warp Pads before! *gets two stickers* I hope I have enough of these Crying Breakfast Friends stickers. Where do all these Warp Pads go, anyway?
Pearl *sits on the Warp Pad she was standing on* Well, Steven, these Warp Pads were used to travel off-planet. They were our connection to the Gem Homeworld and to Gem-controlled planets all over the universe.
Steven *gasps* You mean we could go anywhere we want in outer space?
Amethyst Yeah... We could do that if they weren't all busted.
Pearl It's true. The Galaxy Warp have all been inactive for thousands of years.
Steven Can't we fix them?
Garnet ... No.
Pearl It's fine. *chuckles* I'll always have my memories of other worlds. But now I'm here. On Earth. Forever.
Steven With me!
Pearl Right, with you. *walks up to a broken Warp Pad* It really is incredible out there, though. I wish you could see it, Steven.
(Steven, seeing that the Warp Pad is visibly broken, pastes asticker of a crying waffle on it.)
[Trans. Ext. It's A Wash]
(Greg and Steven are watching 'Crying Breakfast Friends!' outside. On-screen, various breakfast-themed characters are crying, such as Crying Waffle, Crying Pear, Sad Apple and Spilled Milk.)
TV Narrator Stay tuned for another episode of Crying Breakfast Friends!
Greg Yeesh. I must be getting old. I used to like cartoons.
Steven Hey, Dad, did you know the Gems used to travel all over outer space?
Greg *chuckles* Yeah. They're pretty far out, son.
Steven I think Pearl really misses going out there. *sees a comet print on Greg's Van* Dad, can you help me build a spaceship?
Greg ... You know, that might be a little outside my skill set. How 'bout a bunk bed with wings? I could probably do that.
Steven No way! We could totally build a spaceship! *stands up on a chair* People have done it before, and we're people!
Greg We are people.
Steven And Pearl would love it so much to see space again.
Greg ... Sure. Why not? How hurt could we get?
[Trans. Ext. the Barn]
(Greg brings Steven to a barn full with various junk.)
Greg My aunt and uncle had a great love for aviation and each other. They cherished the years they spent together, and they held on to every belonging they ever owned, kind of like me and my storage shed. I'm starting to think our family has a problem.
Steven This is great! I hereby declare this barn to be Universe & Universe's Universal Space Travel HQ!
(Steven and Greg begin to draw on a chalkboard and begin to build a spaceship using wood and duct tape. Steven then bring Pearl, covering her eyes, to the barn as a surprise.)
Steven Okay, now. *lifts his hands off Pearl's eyes*
Pearl *reads a sign on the barn* "UUU Space Travel"? What is this?
Steven We built a spaceship!
Pearl A spaceship?
Steven A spaceship! *gestures to a wooden box on wheels, with wings taped on the side*
Pearl *raises an eyebrow* A spaceship.
(Steven gets in the "spaceship", as he prepares to pilot it down the hill by the barn.)
Greg Now, remember, Steven, if you run into any trouble out there, you can always bail. There's never any shame in bailing.
Steven Fatherly advice understood! Thank you, Dad. Light the engines.
Greg Roger that! *lights a sparkler and places it at the back of the "spaceship"*
Steven Next stop: Outer space!
Greg Blast-off!
(Greg pushes the "spaceship" with his legs and Steven rides down the hill. He begins riding towards a ramp at the bottom of the hill, when the "spaceship" starts falling apart.)
Pearl *panics* Aah!
Steven No shame! *jumps out of the "spaceship"*
(The "spaceship" rams into the ramp and breaks into pieces.)
Pearl I think your calculations may have been off.
Greg Well, they can't be off if you don't do any.
[Trans. Ext. the Barn]
Pearl *points at Steven's drawing on the chalkboard* Did you really think this was gonna work?
Steven & Greg *shrugs* Mnh-mnh-mnh.
Pearl Here, look. *flips the other side of the chalkboard and starts drawing* You need smooth, curving surfaces. Otherwise, you're never gonna get enough speed to break Earth's gravitational pull. Probably swept-back wings for supersonic flight, airtight cockpit with ejector seat, and we'll need some serious engines, or maybe rockets would be better.
Steven I vote rockets!
Greg Whoa, whoa. Hold on a sec. We're not actually talking about building something like this, right?
Pearl What? This?! *reveals a detailed diagram of an actual spaceship on the chalkboard* Of course not. That would be ridiculous. I mean, yes, theoretically, it's not a stretch. You've got plenty of spare parts here, albeit for incredibly primitive propulsion-based space travel. The idea is ludicrous. It would never work, although... Several humans, a monkey, and a dog did make it into space. I don't know why I've never even thought of it before. This could actually work!
Steven & Greg Uh...
Pearl I hear what you're saying, and I agree— it would be incredibly dangerous; a fool's errand.
(Pearl pulls a lob of stuffing out of Greg's love seat.)
Pearl This chair is disgusting. But aren't the true fools the ones who don't seize an opportunity, despite all the inherent risks? *hands Greg the lob of stuffing* And I'd be able to show Steven the wonders of the cosmos! And maybe just for a second, from a distance, I could see what's been going on without me. (Steven gazes excitedly at Pearl.) All right! Let's do it!
Steven UUU Space Travel, GOOOOO!
(Steven and Greg begin helping Pearl to construct the spaceship with various spare parts from the barn. They even constructed a small seated glider for Steven to ride in.)
Steven *piloting the glider* Waaa-hooooo!
Greg *using a walkie-talkie* Ground Control to Mach 2. Come in, Mach 2. How you doing, buddy?
Steven Aah! Aah-aah-aah-aah! Woow! *muttering in the winds*
Greg You think we're taking this a little far?
Pearl We're not even close to being done.
Greg We're not?
Pearl Okay, Steven. Go ahead and bring her down.
(Steven lands the Mach 2 smoothly on the ground, and it collapses immediately, ejecting Steven out of the seat.)
Steven Ugh! Wooo!
Greg Was it supposed to fall apart like that?
Pearl Don't worry. This was just to test my engine concept. I'll work out the kinks in the next one.
Greg Hang on, hang on. Next one?
Pearl Is there a shop in town that carries F-1 single-nozzle liquid-fueled rockets?
Greg *startled and shocked* You really are serious!
Pearl Of course! We're also going to need a spacesuit for Steven so he doesn't freeze or explode.
Steven *imitates an explosion*
Greg *irritated* Whoa! You are not taking him to space.
Pearl Yes, I am.
Greg No! I'm not allowing it!
Steven But why? This is why we founded Universe & Universe.
Greg Steven, you're grounded.
Steven What?!
Greg No, no. I mean you're grounded! You don't get to leave Earth.
Steven Oh... What?!
Greg As C.E.O. and Supreme Space Commander, I hereby ground this astronaut and cancel this mission.
Steven Aw, man! Stupid company by-laws.
Pearl Hey! Who made you C.E.O.?
Greg *tilts head towards Steven* He did.
Pearl Fine! If neither of you will help, I'll just do it by myself! Not like it'll be much different. *storms off into the barn and shuts the door*
Steven Pearl!
Greg I'm sorry, bud. Sometimes you just got to know when to bail.
[Time Skip — Night time]
(Greg is fast asleep in his van, parked next to the barn. Steven sleeps on top of the van in his caterpillar sleeping bag, when Pearl comes in and pokes him in the face.)
Steven M-mm... Wha?
Pearl Shh! *whispering* Want to see something really cool?
Greg *snoring and sleep-talking* No. Don't give him the banana. That's what he wants.
(Pearl and Steven sneak past Greg and towards the barn. Pearl opens the barn door to reveal a completed spaceship.)
Pearl Presenting the brand-new ballistic-flight-capable Universe Mach 3!
Steven *gasps and shouts* Spaceship! *runs to the spaceship, laughing happily*
Pearl Wait, Steven. Keep your voice down.
Steven *grunts* *laughs* Whoa! It's even got the logo from the van!
Pearl And if your dad asks, we'll say we borrowed it.
Steven *climbs into the cockpit of Mach 3* Whoa. Look at all the buttons! I must press them all.
Pearl If you want, Steven, we could take her out for an engine check. *changes her outfit into a space suit* It'll be quick.
(The place begins to rumble, waking Greg up.
Greg Wha?! What the...? *notices his van has been tampered with* Pearl! *runs up and sees Steven and Pearl piloting the Mach 3 away* Steven, what are you doing?!
(Greg chases after the Mach 3, when the rockets fire up, creating a blast that knocks Greg back. Greg quickly gets up and runs towards the barn. Pearl begins to gliding the Mach 3 over the ocean.)
Steven *laughs* Wow! Look! You can see the temple!
Pearl *adjusts the ship controls* Mm-hmm.
Greg *over the radio transmission* Hey, can you hear me!? Where do you two think you're going!?
Steven Hey, Dad, guess where I am.
Greg *using a walkie-talkie* I know where you are! It's where you're going that concerns me!
Steven Don't worry, Dad. This is just a quick test flight.
Pearl This will be perfectly fine, just a pop over to the nearest star system. I'll give him back in 50 years.
Steven 50 years?
Greg What?! I'll be dead in 50 years! Pearl, you bring him back right now, or I'll -- (Pearl turns off her end of the transmission.) Hello? Hello?!
Steven Pearl, I'm not supposed to go. Pearl!
Pearl Oh, this is so exciting! Steven, you're gonna love it. *plays a keyboard panel, activating the boosters* Hang on tight!
(The Mach 3 darts across the ocean and then upwards into the sky. Pearl and Steven pilot all the way to the atmosphere of the Earth, when Steven see a piece of scrap metal flies by.)
Steven What was that?
(The warning lights in the cockpit begin to flash on. More scrap metal pieces are seen falling off the Mach 3 as it penetrates the atmosphere.)
Steven Pearl!?
Pearl We can make it. We're almost there.
(The Mach 3 begins to fall apart with visible tears in its shell.)
Steven Pearl!
Pearl I'm gonna show it to you.
(Steven looks around in panic and see a release mechanism. He pulls on it and it releases the glass hatch covering the cockpit, exposing him and Pearl to the atmosphere.)
Pearl Steven! What are you doing?!
Steven We need to go, Pearl! We're not gonna make it!
Pearl But we're almost there!
Steven Pearl! I know you miss space, and I know you worked hard, but sometimes... You just got to know when to bail.
(Pearl sheds a tear as she gazes up to space. She then pulls a lever on the side of the chair she is sitting on and hugs Steven tightly. The chair ejects both of them out of the spaceship just as it explodes.)
Greg Nooooo! *scans the sky with his binoculars* Please-please-please-please-please! *sees the ejected Pearl and Steven, floating back to Earth with a parachute* Ahhhh... *kneels on the ground* Ohhhhh... *holds his chest* Ohh, this kid's killing me... *lays down and cowers* Ughhhh...
Pearl *floating back to Earth with Steven* I'm so sorry. I almost got us killed.
Steven I'm used to it. I'm sorry I couldn't help you go to space. We'll get there someday— I promise.
Pearl You know, I think I'd rather be here on Earth.
Steven With me!
Pearl Yeah. With you.
(The star iris zooms in on the distant sunset, ending the episode.)

ve Transcripts
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 GreatMessage 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 The 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
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
Other We Deserve to ShineCrossover Nexus