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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Beach]
(Greg is playing his guitar to Steven, with his van parked outside the Crystal Temple.)
Steven *cheers* That sounded great!
Greg Oh thanks! I'm thinking about calling it "Water Witch".
Steven Cool.
Greg And check this out, I can add some vocal distortion too. (Greg pulls down a microphone from the ceiling of the van, adjusts a control panel and speaks into the microphone, distorting his voice into a robotic one.) Steven, your dad's a robot now. And now that I'm a robot, things will be better and colder. Please forgive me for being an amazing machine.
Steven I can't stay mad at my robo-dad. Where's all this awesome energy coming from?
Greg Actually, I was inspired to make some new songs after the ocean got sucked up into space a while back. I even drew up some freaky album artwork.
(Greg shows Steven his drawing of his album cover, titled "Water Witch".)
Steven It looks like... Lapis Lazuli.
Greg *takes the drawing back* Easy with the tender touches, don't want it to get all smudged. Here, plug this up and help your old man work out this witchy jam. *hands Steven an electric guitar*
Steven Yeah! Let's... Jam!
(Steven strums the electric guitar but it makes no sound.)
Steven Uh? Where my jams at?
Greg I don't think it's plugged in.
Steven Ah ha!
(Steven plugs the electric guitar into the TV in Greg's van)
Steven All right, here we go. Let's ... jam!
(Steven strums the guitar again, but it still makes no sound.)
Steven Uh... hmm. *strums it again* Jam!
(No sound is made.)
Steven Hmm... Jaaaam!
(Steven repeatedly strum the guitar, but still no sound.)
Greg Oh, sorry, that's just the TV. *points to the TV* See, you plugged into the video jack, but were making audio here. Don't you know video killed the audio star?
Steven *looks around in confusion* I have no idea what you are talking about.
Greg That's okay, you leave the details to me. When you're a one-man band you got to know how to do it all lyrics, graphic design, forum moderation, but for me it was all about the audio.
Steven What a lovely poem.
Greg Ok, we need a catchy hook! Something like- *starts playing his guitar and singing* ♫ Well she's a riptide queen and she's super mean-
Steven Woah, hold the phone! *halts Greg from singing* Now give the phone to me. Lapis was not mean, she was just trying to get home. How 'bout this instead?
(Steven starts to sing "Lapis Lazuli" while playing his electric guitar.)
Steven ♫ She was trapped in a mirror / And it couldn't be clearer / She wanted to leave this place / And get herself back in space / And dad you might think she's a criminal / But her friendship comes through subliminal ♫
(A flashback of the events in Mirror Gem and Ocean Gem starts to play as Steven continues singing.)
Steven ♫ Lapis Lazuli~ You fled into the bottom of the sea~ ♫ Lapis Lazuli~ You were so mad but then you came around to me. ♫
(Steven stops singing and the flashback ends, when a strange loud noise startles him.)
Steven Uh, what the heck is that?!
Greg It must be some kind of weird feedback!
(Greg tunes his audio keyboard, unsuccessfully removing the noise.)
Greg Hm, it's not us, it must be coming from the temple!
Steven Let's go check it out!
Greg You go on ahead, this is a Gem thing and I don't want to get in the way. Plus I get to eat the rest of this pizza.
Steven Good thinking. I'll be back.
(Steven runs back to the Beach House, and the noise intensifies when he opens the door)
Steven *covering his ears* What's happening?!
Pearl It's the Wailing Stone!
Amethyst Make it stop!
Pearl It just activated on its own!
Amethyst It won't shut off!
(Amethyst continues as Garnet sets the Wailing Stone on the floor. She summons her gauntlet and slams the button at the top of the stone, momentarily stops the noise. As soon as she lifts up her gauntlet, the noise returns, and everyone continues to whine.)
Pearl Stand back! *approaches the Wailing Stone and bubbles it, and the noise disappears* Huh? It worked! Now we can-
(Pearl's bubble then begins to expand and pops, releasing the Wailing Stone and everyone screams at the returning noise. Steven runs up and sticks his arm through the hole of the stone. The noise momentarily stops, but blasts out again through Steven's mouth. Garnet then quickly removes Steven from the stone, shoves a couch cushion through the hole, surrounds the stone with more cushions, and places Steven on top.)
Garnet I don't understand, that thing has laid dormant since we found it.
Pearl I haven't heard a Wailing Stone activate since we used them for the rebellion, and I've never heard it sound like that!
Garnet Someone is trying to send us a message.
Pearl But who? We've rounded up all the Wailing Stones on Earth, and we're not sending this signal to ourselves. Unless... Amethyst, is this a prank?!
Amethyst No way! I want it to stop! I don't like it! *grabs her hair in agony*
Garnet If it's not coming from Earth, then a Gem must be sending this message from space.
Steven Is that what some Gems sound like?
Pearl No, no, we should be hearing a voice. Maybe this signal is too advanced for the Wailing Stone to process. That would explain the distorted audio.
Steven Audio... my daddy-o knows audio!
Amethyst Uh... you mean Greg?
Steven Yeah!
Pearl I don't know...
Garnet Don't whine, let's try it.
[Trans. Beach]
(Greg unloads all sorts of audio equipment out of his van, while the Crystal Gems sit and watch nearby.)
Greg I can't believe it, you need help with sound stuff!? You've come to the right guy! Ah ha! *holds out a huge glowing blue microphone* The Lubitz Cardioid Condenser 680! It's got warm tone without too much top end.
Amethyst Uh, plus it's got a big honking sponge thing.
Greg (It is revealed it is just a regular microphone with a giant foam cover.) I know, isn't it awesome!?
(Greg removes the couch cushion from the Wailing Stone, causing the noise to emit and the Crystal Gems to cover their ears, and quickly plugs the microphone into the hole of the stone. He then begins to adjust his audio equipments.)
Greg Now I'm going to add some reverb and some low octave effects. I'm also adding some fuzz 'cause who couldn't use more fuzz? Now if I directly input the Wailing Stone and put it through a flanger, we might get what you're looking for.
Pearl Flangers aside, do you really think a signal like this is compatible with your analog devices?
Steven Don't worry dad. *speaks using the voice distorter* It'll work!
Greg Well, here goes nothing.
(Greg turns on the flanger, and the wailing noise is intensified even more.)
Amethyst *covers her ears in agony* This is even worse!
Greg I'm sorry!
Steven Dad you can do it, you're the audio daddy-o!
Greg Yeah!
(Greg configures his audio equipment further, and the wailing noise abates to an ambient-like sound.)
Amethyst *starts to calm down* Uh.
Steven It sounds like... music.
Greg Yeah, that's real nice. *tunes his equipment a bit more Yes, yes! Woo-hoo!
Pearl But, it's not supposed to be music. It's supposed to be a message!
Greg Okay, hold on I got this.
(Greg keeps tuning his audio equipment.)
Greg It's changing!
Steven It almost sounds like a voice.
Greg Almost got it!
(Greg adjusts more, when the system short-circuits. The noise stops playing and smoke emanates from the van engine.)
Greg Aww... Oh great.
Pearl *gets angry* What's happening? where's the signal?
Greg Uh, looks like the van battery couldn't handle all this.
Pearl I had a feeling this wouldn't work. There's just no way that Greg's equipment can interface with our ancient Gem technology.
Steven Ah... Come on Pearl, you can't be ready to give up yet.
Greg Look, we just got to keep trying. Sure we don't have the latest and greatest Gem tech, but-
(Garnet remove the microphone from the Wailing Stone, the noise momentarily returns, she then plugs the couch cushions back into it.)
Garnet It's okay Greg, you tried. Back to the temple. We'll figure something else out. *jumps off*
Pearl What a waste of time. *jumps off too*
Amethyst See you later, Gregory. *jumps off three*
Steven Ah, come on y'all! *tries to jump after the Gems, but fails*
(Greg looks down in disappointment. He picks up his guitar and sits down on the beach, facing the sea.)
Greg I really blew it, huh?
Steven Ah, Dad.
(Greg begins to play his guitar and sings "Wailing Stone".)
Greg ♫ I could have tamed you, I could have shown I could depose you from your loud throne / But in the end I wasn't good enough, I just showed the Gems I ain't got the stuff / Oh Wailing Stone! I tried so hard to fly but I was thrown / Oh Wailing Stone! I gotta tell the Gems 'cause they should know / Have a little, have a little, have a little faith in me! I just wanted to help. / You know I have a little, have a little, have a little expertise! I know it's not much / But if it could come in handy, I'd want to be there / I think so highly of you, it just isn't fair / That you have so little faith... ♫ Eh, that's a B-side.
Steven Dad, I hate seeing you like this, there's gotta be something else we can try.
Greg Eh, I don't know Steven. I mean, sound and stuff like this, this stuff's my whole world, and if I can't figure this out then, maybe it isn't even sound.
Steven Dad, if it isn't sound then, what else could it be? *looks around Greg's equipment* Hmm... *focuses on the TV* Wait. Whhaaaaatt!? DAAAD!
Greg I'm not that far away from you, buddy.
Steven What if it's...?
Greg Some other thing I'm not good at?
(Steven points at his eyes.)
Greg *struggles to understand Steven* Magic... eyeballs...? Oh my days, it's video!
Steven We have to tell the Gems! Video! *starts running to beach house*
Greg Hey, slow down!
[Trans. Int. Beach House]]
(Greg bursts into the house and rushes in, not noticing the Gems sitting by the windows.)
Greg I just want to help, have some faith in- *pauses and turns to see the Gems*
Amethyst We're over here.
Greg I know my audio equipment seems like a pile of Earth junk to y'all but-
Garnet Greg, it's okay.
Greg *gets serious* No it's not, you guys don't give up on anything, except for me. Come on... it's not like I can make it any worse!
[Trans. Beach]]
(The Crystal Gems and Greg return back to Greg's van. Pearl is inspecting the van engine while Garnet is holding a pair of jumper cables, connecting to the engine.)
Pearl Okay, go for it Garnet.
(Garnet begins generating electrical currents from her hands to jump-start the van engine.)
Pearl Okay Amethyst, try it now.
Amethyst I've never started a car with a key before. *turns the car key and the van starts up* Hahaha, that's way easier!
Pearl *shuts the engine hood* The battery is ready to go.
Steven The Wailing Stone is ready.
Greg Ready with the video cord, Steven?
Steven Ready.
(Steven plugs the cord into the TV. Greg starts tuning his equipment and static begins to play on the TV, emitting the strange noise.)
Pearl Is that it?
Greg Just a second.
(Greg adjusts further, the imagery on the TV becomes less fuzzy. The Crystal Gems keep watching in suspension.)
Steven I hear something.
Greg Come on!
(Greg keeps adjusting, and the imagery on the TV becomes clearer, revealing Lapis.)
Lapis Steven!
Steven Lapis!
Greg I did it!
Pearl I can't believe my flippin' eyes!
Garnet Everyone, listen up!
Lapis I hope you're able to hear this. There's a Gem that's looking for you, she even knew your name. I don't know how, I didn't tell her, I swear! She's on her way to Earth, and she's not alone. Steven, Homeworld it's not the way it used to be. Everything here is so advanced! I can't even understand it. There's no way anything on Earth can stand up to it. Please, don't put up a fight, It will only lead to devastation!-
(The video suddenly cuts off, ending the transmission.)
Pearl It's Peridot, she must be talking about Peridot.
Amethyst She's coming for us!
Steven Lapis, she sounds so unhappy...
(Pearl and Amethyst starts to freak out in background, and Garnet clutches her fists.)
Amethyst What are we going to do?!
Garnet Woo!
Others Wha...?
Garnet We did it.
Pearl What?
Garnet We got the message.
Amethyst But-
Garnet It's "got!"
(Garnet approaches Greg and holds out her hand. Greg looks at Garnet's hand in surprise and shakes it.)
Garnet Thank you Greg, we would not have received this message without your help.
Greg You're... *tears up in joy* You're welcome.
Steven My dad is... *speaks with voice distortion* the best!
Greg Oh my gosh, Steven's a robot! Help, I can't relate to my robot son!
Steven *robotic voice* My mind is the internet, I know every continuity mistake ever made on television.
(Greg and Steven start laughing together. The Gems turn and look at one another in worry.)

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