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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Ext. Beach Citywalk Fries]
(Steven and Greg visits the BC Fries, as Steven slams his fists on the counter in slow motion to get his regular order.)
Steven Give me the- *gets interrupted by a bag of fry bits pushed in front of him* Oh, thanks!
Peedee Eh, I saw you guys coming.
Greg Are you closing up all by yourself?
Peedee Yeah, it's just me tonight.
Greg Wow, that's a lot of responsibility for a kid your age. Your dad must really trust you.
Peedee *unamused* Don't patronize me, sir.
(Steven and Greg leave Beach Citywalk Fries and walk towards the beach.)
Steven See you, Peedee!
Steven So, like I was saying, Peridot's been shooting huge robots here from space. And when you smash them, they explode into goo! *eats a handful of bits*
Greg That sounds scary. You know, I'm not sure if... Do you ever feel like this Gem stuff is too much for you?
Steven What are you-
(The area suddenly rumbles as a loud noise is heard, causing Steven to trip over and shattering the windows of local businesses. Everyone then look up to the sky in shock.)
Greg What the hey was that? ...Steven?
(Steven looks up at the sky too and see a giant green hand approaching from the atmosphere.)
Steven Is that... a hand?
[Trans. Beach]
(The Gems are gathered at the beach, observing the occurrence through a telescope.)
Pearl The Light Cannons should be ready.
Steven Guys! *runs in with Greg* Did you see that thing in the sky?
Pearl It's a ship. We have to assume it's Peridot.
Garnet Lapis told us she'll be coming. With advanced weapons and reinforcements.
Greg It's happening...
Steven I wanna see. *looks into the telescope and sees the green hand pointing towards him* Woah.
Garnet Ready the light cannons!
(Pearl activates a lever and the Quartizine Trio appear from under the deck of the Beach House. Amethyst pushes the fourth Laser Light Cannon into position on the porch.)
Garnet Steven, light them up.
Steven *talks into a walkie-talkie* If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs.
(The phrase is spoken through another walkie-talkie strapped near the deck, activating all four Light Cannons. Four Rose-shaped beams are fired and twirl towards the hand ship. The ship opens itself into a palm and blocks the attack, and continues to descend in a pointing position.)
Garnet *looking through the telescope* No effect.
Greg What now?
Garnet We'll have to take them head on. The whole town might be in danger.
Steven I better make a call. Time for some... political favors. *takes out his phone and taps on Mayor Dewey's nicon*
[Trans. Int. Mayor's Office]
(The phone in the mayor's office starts to ring, and Mayor Dewey quickly picks it up, while hiding behind a curtain.)
Mayor Dewey *worriedly* Hello?
Steven Mayor Dewey! It's me, Steven Universe!
Mayor Dewey Universe, what's this thing in the sky? As a politician, pointing fingers make me very nervous. *covers the windows with the curtains*
Steven Mayor Dewey, the whole town's in danger. We have to evacuate the city.
Mayor Dewey Evacuate? Hmm. Evacuate. Could be tough. I'll need a catchy slogan.
[Time Skip - Night Time]
(Mayor Dewey proceeds to drive his van towards the boardwalk, with the siren chanting "E-VA-CU-ATE". A crowd of citizens are already there to watch the descending hand ship, when they see Mayor Dewey's van and gather around it.)
Mayor Dewey *climbs onto the roof of the van* People! I need everyone to consider evacuation! Evacuation is something we all depend on in times of-
(Steven watches in worry from a distance as Mayor Dewey delivers his speech. He turns around and sees the Gems helping Greg to pack and load luggage into his van.)
Steven Hey! That's a great idea, Dad. You should leave with the rest of the-
(Steven then spots his cheeseburger backpack at the feet of the visibly worried Greg and Pearl.)
Steven Is that my luggage?
Greg & Pearl Uuhh...
Greg *looks at Pearl* Who wants to tell him?
(Greg and Pearl look at each other awkwardly, before turning to Amethyst.)
Amethyst Hey, I'm not good with this stuff! *turns away defensively*
(Pearl pats Amethyst to comfort her.)
Garnet Steven, I know you don't think we trust you. I know more often than not we treat you like a human child. But the truth is, we rely on you. *hands Steven a megaphone* Your voice inspires us, binds us, reminds us why we promised to protect the planet. You must now be that voice, for them.
(Garnet points Steven towards the boardwalk, when the Beach City citizens are seen panicking and worrying in the chaos.)
Mr. Fryman Peedee, come on!
Peedee *clinging to the shop counter* But are we coming back!?
Mr. Fryman Ronaldo, help me with your brother!
Garnet If anything happens, you need to be there to protect them. Like your mother once did. It's your destiny.
Steven I won't disappoint you!
Garnet I know.
(Steven gets into Greg's van and he begins driving them off, waving goodbye to the Gems, visibly distressed and devastated.)
Garnet We did everything we could. Alright, pull it together!
(Steven and Greg then drive out of town, along with other citizens in their vehicles.)
Steven Maybe when Peridot gets to Earth, she'll see how nice all the people are and she won't want to hurt anyone.
Greg *forces a smile* Just like your mother.
Steven Yeah?
Greg Yeah. But these other Gems aren't like your mother. *starts sweating* They aren't like Garnet, Amethyst, or Pearl. They aren't gonna start caring about people now. They didn't the first time they... *quickly stops speaking*
Steven The first time they what?
Greg I mean, it was thousands of years ago! It's-it's not like I was there! (Steven glares at Greg in curiosity.) The Gems should be telling you all this stuff, but I get it. I mean, they don't want you thinking of them like that!
Steven Like what? (Greg does not reply.) Dad, like what?
Greg Like aliens, Steven! Aliens who invaded Earth!
Steven What!?
Greg All they do is try to make up for it. They just can't forgive themselves, you understand? Look, they were doing something awful to the planet and your mother couldn't stand it anymore. She told me that's why she had to turn on her own kind. She gave up everything just to stop what they started here and drive the invading Gems off of Earth.
(Steven recollects the times when Amethyst showed him the Kindergarten and when Pearl told him a tale in the Gem Battlefield, while Greg is explaining.)
Steven So sh-she saved the world, that's good!
Greg No such thing as a good war, kiddo. Gems were destroyed, people too... In the end, your mother could only save a handful of her closest friends. If it weren't for her shield, man, I don't know. *looks at Steven, who is overwhelmed by the facts* B-but hey, let's look on the bright side! We're gonna drive past that waffle place in a couple miles!
Steven We gotta go back! Turn the van around!
Greg No way, the Gems don't want you going back!
Steven I know they're just trying to protect me, but I have to protect them! I have Mom's shield, they need me!
Greg I need you too!
Steven Please, Dad, what if they get hurt? Dad, turn around! Dad!
(Greg, sweating profusely, does not reply again.)
Steven Turn the van around, PLEASE!!
(Steven punches the panel in front of him, causing the airbag to inflate and launches out of the van. He lands safely a distance away, encased in his bubble shield. Greg halts the van on the road and runs out after Steven.)
Greg Steven!
Steven *tears up* Dad...
Mr. Fryman Yo, Greg, are you and your kid okay?
(Several Beach City citizens begin to gather around to check on Steven's safety.)
Greg Yeah, yeah! We're fine, we're fine. Ugh...
Steven Dad, please. I have to go back. I have to! They don't have my shield, do you understand?
Greg Yeah, okay. Just... be careful, or I'm gonna run fresh out of family. *wipes away Steven's tears*
Steven Stay with everyone and keep them safe. I'll figure out some way to get back to Beach City.
(Lion suddenly appears behind Steven and places his paw on Steven's head.)
Steven Oh, this'll work!
(Steven begins riding of Lion back to Beach City. He then dials his phone.)
Steven Come on, pick up...
Answering Machine, voice of Dr.Maheswaran You've reached the Maheswaran residence. (Steven moans in disappointment.) Please leave a message after the beep. And keep it short. *beeps*
Steven Hey, Connie, it's Steven. Just... seeing what you were up to. Don't know if you knew, but there's some crazy stuff going on with a giant space hand and we all might die, so, uh, I guess call me back when you get this and talk to you soon! Uh, bye!
(Once Steven hangs up, Lion roars open a portal and warps the both of them onto the beach in front of the Crystal Temple. Opal is seen aiming at the warship with her bow, while Garnet stands beside her.)
Garnet Fire!
(Opal fires a barrage of arrows at the warship, with no impact at all. Opal and Garnet are dumbfounded.)
Steven *dismounts Lion* Stay here! If something happens, Dad'll need a new son!
(Opal and Garnet watch helplessly as the warship increases speed in its descent.)
Garnet At least Steven is safe...
Steven Hey, guys!
Garnet Steven!
(Upon seeing Steven, Opal begins to split in surprise back into Pearl and Amethyst, throwing them back on the sand.)
Amethyst You came back!
Pearl What are you doing?! Get out of here!
Steven But-
Garnet It's too late! Just stay behind us!
(The Crystal Gems stance themselves as the warship lands on the beach, creating dust clouds at the Crystal Gems.)
Steven *shielding his eyes* Ah...
(A bubble appears from the palm of the warship. It rolls onto a finger and opens up, revealing Peridot, Lapis and Jasper.)
Peridot That's them, all right. They're the ones who keep breaking my machines.
Jasper This is it?
Peridot Jasper! They keep interfering with my work!
Jasper *sighs and steps forward* Looks like another waste of my time... *to Lapis* Hey, get over here!
(Jasper drags Lapis out from behind her, who quickly breaks free from Jasper's grip and gasps at the sight of Steven.)
Steven Lapis!
Jasper This is their base?
Lapis Yes...
Garnet You need to leave immediately!
Amethyst Yeah, step off!
Pearl This is not a Gem-controlled planet!
(Peridot and Jasper, dragging Lapis along, jump off the finger and onto the beach.)
Jasper And neither of you saw Rose Quartz? Oh, what a shame. I'd hoped to meet her. I was looking forward to beating her into the ground!
Steven Euegh...
Jasper But this is all that's left of her army? Some lost, defective Pearl, a puny overcooked runt, and 'his shameless display? Hmm? *glances at Steven* What is that?
(The three Crystal Gems bare their weapons in preparation.)
Peridot It calls itself "the Steven".
Lapis He's just a human! He isn't a threat at all! He's not one of them!
Jasper I know what a human is. You don't need me for this. Just blast them with the ship.
Peridot Ugh, fine.
(The warship lifts up and points towards the Crystal Gems. Peridot draws a wide circle on her finger screen and taps at it. The ship begins charging energy on its fingertip.)
Garnet Steven, get out of here!
Steven No!
Garnet I won't let you risk your life!
Steven But this is my home! And you're all my family!
(Steven's gem begins to shine.)
Peridot Firing.
(A beam fires out of the ship.)
Steven I- I'm a Crystal Gem too!
(Steven jumps at the beam, seemingly getting hit by it. Jasper turns around in shock, and sees a giant Rose's shield summoned in front of the Crystal Gems, protecting them from the blast.)
Jasper That shield! That symbol!
(Steven moans as his shield dispels and he collapses onto the ground.)
Jasper You! You have the power of Rose Quartz!
Peridot Now do you believe I needed an escort?
Jasper Fire a barrage! Widespread!
(Peridot swipes a finger right across her finger screen. Garnet pushes Steven out of the way as the warship cuts a line across the beach, causing an explosion with Pearl and Amethyst caught in it. Steven lands a safe distance from the blast attack, as the smoke from the blast clears up.)
Jasper Rose, why do you look like that? Why are you so weak?
Lapis Don't hurt him!
Jasper You knew about this!
Lapis It wasn't relevant to the mission!
Jasper Forget about the mission!
Peridot What!?
Jasper Yellow Diamond needs to see this... thing.
Steven Uhh...
(Garnet then emerges from the sand behind Steven and charges at Jasper.)
Jasper Good!
(Jasper summons her weapon, a crash helmet, and blocks Garnet's punch, creating a powerful draft that pushes back both Garnet and Steven.)
Garnet *quickly recovers and charges at Jasper again* STEVEN, RUN!!
Jasper *pulls out a electrical weapon* Priming Gem Destabilizer.
(Jasper dashes at Garnet and jabs her in the chest with the destabilizer. Garnet's physical body starts to fall apart as yellow currents run across her body.)
Pearl & Amethyst *watching in horror* Ah!
(Garnet falls backwards towards Steven, looking at him one last time, before poofing away. Two gemstones, one red and one blue, then fall onto the sand, as Steven watches and shivers in horror. Jasper then approaches Steven.)
Jasper I was there, you know? At the first war for this garbage planet. I fought against your armies. I respected your tactics. But this? *lifts Steven up by his shirt* This is sick!
(Pearl and Amethyst charge at Jasper.)
Pearl Unhand him!
Jasper I don't get what you're planning, Rose. But look?! Your base is taken. Your armies are ruined. You have failed!
(Jasper dispels her crash helmet and headbutts Steven, knocking him out, as the screen turns black.)

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