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I want to know what she thinks we're going to do with her because I want to do something worse.

Blue Diamond

"The Trial" is the 2nd episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe and the 130th episode overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven goes on trial.[3]


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Steven is standing in a vacant room on the Gem Homeworld awaiting his punishment for "shattering Pink Diamond". A fraught blue Zircon enters, rushing to come up with a defense as Steven's defense attorney for the upcoming court case, to no avail. The trial begins shortly after that. Steven waits for the trial to begin in the trial room with Zircon. A yellow Zircon teleports in as the prosecutor. Yellow and Blue Pearl introduce Yellow and Blue Diamond.

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The Zircons do the pleasantries and then proceed to the case. Yellow Diamond appears very apathetic, and Blue Diamond looks attentive and melancholic. As Blue Pearl illustrates the scene and Yellow Pearl transcribes their speech, the yellow Zircon makes her case and brings in Lars as evidence of human incompetence. She then impetuously bubbles his head to quiet him. She then brings in an "eyewitness", Eyeball. She testifies against Steven and angrily calls him a "war criminal", saying that he is Rose Quartz, bringing up his healing and shield, just before she was thrown into space, much to the blue Zircon's dismay. The yellow Zircon ends her case, and the blue Zircon begins.

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She gets off to a bumpy start, until Steven interrupts, declaring himself guilty. Blue Diamond elevates his platform to her eye level, and then asks Steven how she did "it" (shattering Pink Diamond); Steven stumbles, clearly not knowing what happened, since he is not Rose Quartz. After mentioning the Breaking Point, Blue loses her composure, exclaiming that Rose used a sword. After releasing an energy wave causing everyone to tear up (except the partially bubbled Lars), Yellow Diamond comforts Blue Diamond, and the court takes a recess. The blue Zircon confronts Steven, who admits that he had no idea what really happened. Zircon eventually realizes that Blue Diamond wants Steven to explain how he shattered Pink Diamond because the official records describe a scenario that does not make any sense.

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Steven and his lawyer return to the court. Starting off shaky, the blue Zircon gradually picks up speed, eventually intriguing Steven and both Diamonds. She first restates the details in the official records: Pink Diamond had been shattered from the front by Rose after stepping out of her palanquin. After asking for Blue Diamond's Palanquin to demonstrate, Zircon asks how Rose was able to get so close considering that she was at that point a known threat, adding that there were no other Rose Quartzes in Pink Diamond's entourage. Zircon further questions why none of Pink's Agates, Sapphires, or even her Pearl saw Rose coming. Zircon argues that her Agates would have attempted to intercept Rose, her Sapphires would have predicted the attack, and her Pearl would have cried out an alarm. The blue Zircon then declares that the murderer had to have been someone who was close to Pink, whose presence would not have alarmed her entourage, and who had the authority to cover up the crime.

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On a roll, the blue Zircon concludes by accusing one of the Diamonds of shattering Pink Diamond, shocking Blue Diamond and infuriating Yellow. In the face of Yellow's displeasure, Zircon hurriedly asks the Diamonds to disregard her accusation, but Yellow poofs both Zircons before being stopped by Blue Diamond. Steven and Lars manage to slink aside as Yellow and Blue Diamond begin to quarrel while their Pearls remain silent. Both enter Blue Diamond's Palanquin and attempt to escape; after briefly struggling with the controls, Steven manages to steer the palanquin out of the building. Yellow Diamond blasts a diamond-shaped hole in the wall near them, threatening Steven as he and Lars plummet into the depths of Homeworld. The episode ends with the screen turning black, leaving their whereabouts unknown.






Instrumental Songs


  • It is likely Navy brought Eyeball back after she reclaimed their squad's ship.
  • Contradicting Blue Diamond's assertion that Pink was shattered with a sword, in "Bismuth", Bismuth claimed she forged the sword such that it couldn't shatter Gems.
  • This episode marks the first time a Gem is poofed by a Diamond onscreen. It is also the first time a Diamond is shown to have combat abilities.
  • This episode marks the first time that a Gem on Homeworld is seen producing a bubble; in this case, it was the yellow prosecuting Zircon bubbling Lars' head.
  • It is likely the episode's title is a reference to the Pink Floyd song of the same name.


  • This episode marks the very first appearance of Homeworld.
  • This episode takes place shortly after "Stuck Together".
  • Eyeball mentions Steven healing her and throwing her into space in "Bubbled".
  • Steven assumes that the Breaking Point, an invention of Bismuth, was used to shatter Pink Diamond, but according to Blue Diamond, he is apparently wrong.
  • Steven and the defending Zircon mention Pink Diamond's Palanquin from "Steven's Dream".
  • The prosecuting Zircon addresses the Diamonds with plenty of positive adjectives before saying "My Diamond", something that Holly Blue Agate did in "That Will Be All".
  • Blue Diamond's Palanquin, which first appeared in "The Answer" and later in "Steven's Dream", reappears in this episode.
  • Flashbacks from this episode are shown in "A Single Pale Rose".


Note: Time is displayed in [mm: ss]; [00:00] refers to the point after the title card is displayed and before the episode's start.


  • [10:18] While Blue Diamond is arguing with Yellow Diamond, and Steven and Lars are escaping, Yellow Pearl and Blue Pearl disappear.


  • [08:51] While the prosecuting Zircon has been confirmed to be a Yellow Zircon, she appears green even when standing in yellow lighting.


  • [08:51] The prosecuting Zircon's monocle shifts from her left eye to her right when Yellow Diamond exclaims that Pink Diamond's entourage witnessed her demise.


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