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"The Future" is the 20th episode of Steven Universe Future, the 20th episode overall, and the final episode of Steven Universe Future and the Steven Universe franchise all together, as well as the final part of the four-part series finale. 

Official Synopsis

Steven is finally ready to move on.

Plot

Steven is on the beach doing a workout when Connie and Lion come in. She asks Steven if he wants to do one last routine before he moves out.

Steven and Connie are in Steven's bedroom and are planning Steven's schedule. Connie asks him how everyone took the news about Steven moving out. He basically told everyone in Beach City, and his dad, but he hasn't told the Gems yet. He doesn't have any idea how they are going to take it because the Gems have been so protective of him since his meltdown. He wonders if there's a way he could let them down easy.

Later that day, Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl return from the Warp Pad and they see Steven waiting for them. He then shows the Gems his homemade Cookie Cats, and the Gems eat some, including Pearl. The Gems reprise the Cookie Cat song Steven sang to them years ago, singing the song themselves (minus the last two lines).

Steven compares his abandonment of everyone else to Cookie Cat, thinking the reason he left was to move forward in life, despite how difficult it was. He then quickly announces to the Gems, with hesitation, that he's decided to move out the next day, and has a plan of how he's able to visit his friends before he can decide where he wants to go and urges the Gems not to talk him out of his decision. However, the Gems seem to take his decision very lightly and are proud of him showing a desire to be independent.  

Steven goes to Little Homeworld, where Bismuth, Lapis, and Peridot do not take the news of Steven's departure so lightly. Bismuth begs him not to leave them, and Lapis tries to assure him that running elsewhere will result in what she went through in her past. Peridot bursts out crying, showing how she doesn't want Steven to leave and that there won't be anyone else like him. To commemorate everything they've been through, Steven hands out gifts for everyone to remember him.  He gives Peridot his old pink shirt, a drawing kit with watercolors for Lapis, and Bismuth gets Rose's Battle Flag since she was one of the very first Crystal Gems. They all hug him while crying, thanking him for all he's done for them, even Steven bursts into tears saying that he loves them, as they reply the same.

Before heading back to pack his things, Steven encounters Jasper, who appears by punching a hole in the wall.  She has heard about him leaving and insists that she's coming with him, but he says to her that he will move on alone, and can protect himself. Jasper punches another hole after saying to Steven, "Farewell, my Diamond," proving that even she is also upset about him leaving.

Steven heads back to the Temple and gives Amethyst his old video games. She is touched at first but appears to be excited to play his games, which isn't what Steven was expecting. He then goes outside to give Pearl his old ukelele, and she nonchalantly stores it in her gemstone. Steven says it's okay for Pearl to be sad, but she replies that him leaving is a positive thing as he's going to explore new places.

Steven holds his tears in, as he goes to visit Garnet, giving her the same book he used to plan Ruby and Sapphire's wedding. As she takes it, Steven tries to reason with her about how she should feel about his leaving, but Garnet reassures him that he'll be fine.  She says that even with her future vision, it's up to him to figure out what to do when he leaves. As she warps away, he begins to cry.

Steven has all of his things packed up, but he's a little upset over the fact that though the Gems know he's leaving, and he didn't get the reaction he was expecting. Greg tells him that they still love him, and are probably trying to support him. And Steven's gift to Greg is his old room, stating that he is now able to move in with the Gems. Laying down on the bed, Greg appreciates this gift, stating how he finally getting some well-deserved rest, and Steven departing is similar to his own childhood.

Outside the Temple, Steven says his goodbyes to Connie and Greg. Then, he says goodbye to the Gems, who are still smiling their happy faces, and each gives Steven a goodbye hug.

As Steven heads off in the Dondai, driving off to his next destination, he looks at his mirror, watching his family and Connie waving goodbye to him until he can't see them anymore. He then halts the car and quickly drives it in reverse to where the Gems are, and bursts into tears, asking why the Gems are taking the situation so lightly. However, the Gems revealed that they were holding back their tears, and are extremely sad about Steven leaving.

They all come crying together for a group hug and said they didn't want their sad thoughts to interfere with him leaving, but whatever happens in his future, they're a part of it too. Everyone stating they love each other, they give Steven one more goodbye, and he leaves his old home to a new path in his future. Steven passes by the Big Donut, where everyone waves goodbye to him as he leaves Beach City, driving on the open path, ending the episode, the season, and the series.

Features

Characters

Objects

Locations

Music

Songs

Instrumental

  • TBA

Trivia

  • This is the first and probably last time Steven and Connie are shown kissing.
  • This is the first and probably last time Pearl is shown eating something.
  • Steven is revealed to have a therapist.
  • The Cheeseburger Backpack is seen with Onion as he waves goodbye to Steven; Steven presumably had given it to him.

Cultural References

  • While planning Steven's and Connie's itineraries, Connie mentions Boogle Maps, a spoof of Google Maps. 
  • Amethyst references what saving N64 games is like.
    • She even references that "Why does it only have one save slot", which what most classic Nintendo games were like.
      • Steven is confirmed to have 4 N64 controllers.

Continuity

  • According to Steven, the episode takes place a few months after the events of "I Am My Monster".
  • Cookie Cat, as well as the song of the same name, return from "Gem Glow", the very first episode.
    • Due to the company ceasing production on the product, Steven had to make his own batch of Cookie Cats.
  • Garnet references the events of "Together Forever".
  • The workout song from "Future Vision" is played at the beginning of the episode.
  • The pilot version of the Steven Universe theme song is played by the creator of the series, Rebecca Sugar, after the behind the scenes is shown.
  • Steven's radio and fitness equipment from Coach Steven are seen again after a long absence.
  • Among the stuff Steven packed are a Ranger Guy figure and Buck's Vote for my Dad shirt from Shirt Club.

Errors

  • Patti LuPone's name in the credits is in a different font.
  • Sour Cream's phone isn't colored in.

Transcript

View the episode's transcript here.

Gallery

New Gallery

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References

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

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