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"Sadie Killer and the Suspects, live at Empire Ci--" My girl is playing in Empire City?! This is a huge deal!


"The Big Show" is the 14th episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe and the 142nd episode overall.[3]

Official Synopsis

Steven shoots a documentary that follows a local band as they get their first big break.[3]


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The episode starts with static, then Sadie Killer and the Suspects recording themselves play the end of "The Working Dead" in Sadie's basement. Then Buck Dewey asks Steven how the footage is coming, revealing Steven is shooting a documentary about the band's "early days". Jenny Pizza asks why Steven is recording it on an old camcorder. He responds saying it's to make the footage look old, due it being their "early days". Sadie and the Cool Kids consult how they can improve their recording before Barb walks in, realizes that Sadie is with the band, and remembers their promise that Barb isn't to interfere with their practices, to which Sadie responds saying they're done for the night anyway. Barb jokes how it's okay for them to practice while she's home and how she "can't hear a thing".

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The video cuts back to static, then to Greg Universe listening to "The Working Dead". Steven tells him he should "see Sadie Killer and the Suspects live", however, Greg can't hear over the music, so Steven tries to shout it again, scaring Greg.

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Then it cuts to Sadie Killer and the Suspects playing "Sadie Killer and the Suspects" in Sadie's basement, all wearing costumes. When the song finishes, Greg applauds, stating that when performing, Sadie turns into a totally different person. Sadie chuckles stating it feels freeing to her. Then Greg compliments Buck's "Wolf Man" costume. However, Buck then states he's trying to be a witch's cat. Jenny responds that while they may look cheap now, once they hit the big time, they'll be able to afford the best equipment and costumes they can. Sadie states how they're only just begging, playing songs in basements, but Greg responds saying that's where everyone starts, and now they have to work on the "stuff that isn't music" (e.g. booking shows, making merchandise, getting the word out, etc). Steven notes that Greg knows how to do all that stuff and states he could be their manager, to which they all agree. Greg decides to take the offer.

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The video then cuts to Greg on the phone with an unknown person and sends them a link to "The Working Dead". Greg hangs up the phone and Steven immediately asks who he was on the phone with. Greg responds saying that he was talking to "Sunshine Justice", who owns a music venue in Empire City. Then Greg gets an email from her about how she hates the recording, but loves the song, stating that if they get some decent equipment, then they'll have a gig, prompting Greg and Steven to high-five. Then, after a few star transitions and more static, we get a shot of Steven drawing some posters to advertise the gig, while Greg and the band consult what props they'll need.

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The video then cuts to when their stuff arrives in the mail, then Jenny shows off their merchandise, modeling a T-shirt with the design Steven drew. Then Barb arrives with a "Fog of War" fog machine and Lasers. Barb asks Greg why he bought so much stuff, and he responds that it's all for the band, telling Barb that he's their manager, which Barb laughs at. Then Greg begins to tell her that he got them a gig in Empire City will Sadie interrupting, telling her that it's at a no-name city, accidentally knocking down a huge poster that reads "Sadie Killer and The Suspects, Live at Empire City.", impressing Barb. She offers to help, to which Sadie angrily turns down, shouting that they discussed Barb overstepping Sadie's boundaries. Barb understands that she needs her space and leaves in the Mail Truck.

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The video cuts to show the Cool Kids fooling around with the fog machine, then turns to show Sadie in relief, stating that Barb used to be so into her life, that it's "suffocating." Greg laughs, saying he wishes he had parents who cared about his music, like Barb, causing Sadie to start to rethink her opinion about her mother's role in her life.

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The video then cuts to the band in Greg's van, headed to Empire City, excited about the gig. Then it cuts to backstage, as the band prepares the stage with the equipment. The camera turns to the Cool Kids, having a problem with how Buck not knowing how to tie a tie. It then cuts again to Sadie sitting alone, putting her makeup on. Steven asks if she's okay to which she responds saying she's fine. Steven and Sadie look out at the crowd and notice one figure that strongly resembles Barb. Sadie is un-impressed, thinking that Barb thought she could go to the concert in disguise.

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Greg arrives and says that they're on in five. Then the footage cuts to the crowd, with Sadie Killer and the Suspects playing their new song, "G-G-G-Ghost". When they finish, it cuts to backstage, showing Greg and Steven complimenting Sadie and the band, on their performance. Then the figure showing resemblance to Barb walks out. Then Greg runs out and introduces her as "Sunshine Justice", the same person he was on the phone with earlier in the episode. They have a chat before Sunshine tells the band they can perform at the venue anytime, which goes down well with the band. Then it cuts to inside Greg's van, where Sadie remarks that she kind of wanted Barb to be at the gig and that it has surprised her. The band then decides their next gig will be in Beach City, and the footage ends.







Instrumental Songs

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  • Sunshine Justice is voiced by popular American rock singer and songwriter, Joan Jett.
  • The Mystery Girl from "Last One Out of Beach City" makes a cameo appearance in the audience of the concert.
  • With the exception of the song's performance, this entire episode was seen through Greg's old camera.
  • This episode reveals that Greg's parents hated his music and wanted nothing to do with it.
    • This is later seen and explained in the episode "Mr. Universe".
  • During the band's performance of "G-G-G-Ghost", Sadie is shown making sure to carefully turn off the microphone before dropping it on stage, a technique to avoid microphone feedback.

Cultural References

  • When Greg holds his phone to his laptop and says "Well, listen to this!", it is a reference to Back to the Future when Marvin listens to the "new sound" on the phone with Chuck Berry.
  • When Steven closes the footage, he says "That's All Folks!", a reference to the outro in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
  • One of the audience members resembles Gluttony from the manga and anime Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • The title of Sadie's song "G-G-G-Ghost" references Casper the Friendly Ghost, as people scream "G-g-g-ghost!" when they see Casper. It's also famously said on Scooby-Doo, which is coincidental since Kate Micucci is Velma Dinkley's current voice actress.
  • One of the electric guitars used by Buck Dewey heavily resemble between the famous Fender Stratocaster and the Telecaster with humbucking pickups similar from Gibson guitars.
  • The electric bass used by Jenny resembles the Fender Jazz Bass .


  • Buck mentions Greg teaching him how to play the guitar in "Shirt Club".
  • Sadie and Barbara talk about Sadie being able to do things on her own without Barbara's intervention, which is a callback from "Sadie's Song".
  • Steven uses the same star effect used in Rose's tape from "Lion 3: Straight to Video".


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View the episode's transcript here.


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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