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This is a transcribed copy of "Too Short to Ride". Feel free to edit or add to this page, as long as the information comes directly from the episode.
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Speaker Dialogue
[Open Int. Beach House]
(Steven holds out a rectangular-shaped gift, wrapped in light green paper, to Peridot.)
Steven Special delivery!
Peridot Oh. Wow. Thanks. *rips open the gift* It's a... a rectangle.
(Steven puts the ribbon from the gift wrapping on Peridot's hair.)
Steven And a tablet! *takes the tablet and turns it on* My dad bought it, but he decided he didn't need it. He said something about over-saturation of media being a plague to one's mind, so I thought you might like it. Here.
(Steven starts demonstrating how to use the tablet, and Peridot is awe-struck.)
Steven You can use your fingers to work it.
Peridot Like my old finger screens!
(Peridot scrolls through the screens of apps on the tablet.)
Steven But now you have the Whole Worldwide Web to hang out on.
Peridot Worldwide? Ha! I had the ability to search and retrieve data from across multiple star systems.
Steven Hmm, impressive. But I can do you one better: TubeTube.
(Steven taps the TubeTube icon and it opens up to a cat video. Peridot watches it in perplexity.)
Peridot Why was this documented?
Steven You can log your thoughts on the internet, too. You just have to keep it under 140 characters.
Peridot *in awe again* That's so many people!
(Peridot continues watching the cat video, emitting clattering sounds and cat yowls.)
Steven I can make you an account so you can start logging as soon as you want.
(Peridot chuckles in anticipation as Steven sets up a social media account for her.)
Peridot I really, really like this, but it's a shame it doesn't come attached to your body. *gasps* Oh wait!
(Peridot runs to the Steven's storage cabinet inside the steps and begins rummaging through it.)
Steven I'm gonna leave the profile stuff blank for you to fill in later. There.
Peridot Gimme!
(Peridot snatches the tablet off of Steven's hand and tapes a strap of velcro onto its back.)
Peridot *chuckles* Behold! My innovation!
(Peridot dramatically shows off her handiwork, strapping the tablet on a velcro band on her waist while making robotic noises, and does various dramatic poses.)
Peridot I've harnessed the power of your interlocking fabric strips.
Steven *chuckles* Good thing I grew out of those shoes.
Peridot *caresses her tablet and sighs* To have tech again. It feels good when everything is at your fingertips.
Amethyst Yo. *walks in* You guys look like you're having fun.
Peridot Oh, Amethyst. *shows off her handiwork* What do you think?
Amethyst You look like a square.
Peridot It's a rectangle.
Amethyst Heh, truth. Anyway, you two ready to go or what?
Peridot Go?
Steven Yeah. Amethyst and I were gonna go out, and we wanted you to come, too.
Peridot "Hang out"? Oh, yeah. *blushes slightly* That's a friend thing to do. So, where are we hanging out, friends?
[Trans. Beach City Funland]
(Steven and Amethyst brings Peridot to the Beach City Funland.)
Steven Ta-da! Welcome to Funland!
Peridot *looks at the entrance* You brought me to a sign!
Amethyst Nah, nah. You got to go inside.
(Steven and Amethyst pushes Peridot into the fun fair, and the trio watches a roller coaster ride by with people screaming.)
Peridot Aha, a speed pattern transportation circuit.
Steven And a roller coaster.
Amethyst You've got to do the most fun thing in Funland first.
Peridot Hmm. Bold. Let's follow this logic!
(Steven, Amethyst, and Peridot run to the The Appalachian ride, which Mr. Smiley is the operator of.)
Steven Three, please!
Mr. Smiley Sure. We got some new rules, first.
(Mr. Smiley points to a height chart and the trio measures their heights for eligibility to ride the Appalachian. Steven and Amethyst grunts in disappointment, being too short. Peridot smiles widely as she surpasses the height limit, but Mr. Smiley gets skeptical. He then pushes Peridot's hair down to see her real height, and it aggravates Peridot as she bursts into a tantrum.)
Mr. Smiley Ha-ha! Sorry, guys. Looks like this squad has some growing to do before you can ride.
Peridot I do not have to grow. This height is indicative of my rarity and importance. I demand entry, you CLOD!
Mr. Smiley *clears his throat* You kids want another lifetime ban?
Steven No thanks, Mr. Smiley. *pulls Peridot away and leaves*
Amethyst Shorty Squad out. *leaves as well, and joins up with Steven and Peridot* Well, that stinks.
Steven *sighs* We'll just have to maintain a healthy lifestyle in hopes we grow before the end of the season.
Amethyst *slaps her forehead in epiphany* Ah, of course. Let's just grow!
(Amethyst shapeshifts herself to look like a human teenager.)
Steven *gasps* Shape-shifting!
(Steven uses his gem power to stretch his legs up to Amethyst's height. Peridot then attempts to shapeshift herself, as she starts straining, grunting and sweating.)
Steven Uh, Peridot?
Peridot *stops straining, panting* Uh, I... I must be a little rusty. Why don't you two just go?
Steven Aw, what?
Peridot What?
(Amethyst and Steven stare at the dejected Peridot.)
Amethyst You sure?
Peridot Sure I'm sure. I can just look up what a roller coaster feels like. Just hurry up and go so you can hurry up and come back. *flails her hand at Amethyst*
Amethyst Oh, okay.
(Amethyst and Steven, now heightened thanks to shapeshifting, passes the height limit and ride the Appalachian. Peridot watches from below as the two have fun. They both eventually rejoin Peridot's side, back in their normal sizes.)
Amethyst So good!
Steven What next? What next?
Peridot Yes! What next that doesn't have a height restriction?
Amethyst Uh, there!
(Amethyst points off to a distance and the trio enters the House of Mirrors. Amethyst and Steven are already having fun, laughing and shapeshifting in front of the mirrors, while Peridot just stares gloomy at her deformed reflections in the mirrors, unable to shapeshift to alter them.)
[Time Skip]]
(Steven, Amethyst and Peridot begin walking around and checking out the game booths.)
Amethyst Ha, this place is fun.
Steven Yeah! It totally does live up to its name!
(Peridot searches "am I having fun?" via a search engine, and the dictionary definition for "fun" pops up, causing Peridot to sigh in disappointment.)
Amethyst Let's see who can eat the most chili dogs before we go on the Tilt-a-Whirl.
(Peridot stops in front of a ring toss game booth and stares at the various alien plush toys hanging around the booth. She then gasps in excitement.)
Peridot Steven, Amethyst! Look at this being! Its large head, swollen with thoughts! Those compassionate eyes. It understands. I need it. NOW!
Steven Peridot, that's a prize. You have to win it first.
(Steven rings a bell at the booth, and Mr. Smiley runs around to stand inside the booth, panting heavily.)
Mr. Smiley Hey there, Steven.
Steven Mr. Smiley, you're working the ring toss, too? *hands Mr. Smiley some tickets*
Mr. Smiley Yeah. You can say we're a little "funderstaffed". *pulls out a bunch of rings*
Steven Ha! I get it.
Mr. Smiley I'm glad you seeing the humor in it, Steven, because I haven't seen a bed in six days!
Steven ... Oh. *laughs nervously*
(Peridot grabs a ring and tosses it flying over the bottles and hits something off-screen.)
Peridot I win!
Steven Um, well...
Amethyst You have to land the rings first, broski! Shorty Squad throw!
(The trio begins throwing rings together at the bottles, with none landing on the bottles, much to Mr. Smiley's growing boredom.)
Amethyst Okay, last chance. We got this.
(The trio throws their last rings in unison, which collide into one another and missing the bottles, and they groan in defeat.)
Amethyst This biz is rigged!
Peridot I didn't save Earth for this.
Steven Sorry, Peridot.
Amethyst Hmm. No. We're gonna get you that prize. Hey, Mr. Smiley. Is that Onion trying to light the roller coaster on fire?
Mr. Smiley I'm not falling for that one again. Woah!
(Screams are then heard in the distance, grabbing Mr. Smiley's attention. Onion is then seen holding two cotton candy cones lit on fire in front of a screaming crowd, next to the Appalachian.)
Mr. Smiley NO! I'm still paying off the last lawsuit! *rushes out of the booth*
Amethyst Heh, good old Onion.
(Amethyst grabs a ring, extends her arm and drops it onto a bottle. Mr. Smiley then returns, his clothes visibly tattered.)
Mr. Smiley All this running around. I'm not even in a union.
Amethyst Yo, Mr. S. While you were gone, Peri got a ring.
Peridot I did?
Amethyst *whispers* We're lying.
Peridot *begins sweating* Oh, uh, yes, I did land the ring. I also do not steal Steven's clothes when he's not looking.
Steven What?
Mr. Smiley Huh. Would you look at that? And I thought this thing was rigged. Here you go, kid.
(Peridot smiles and opens her arms widely, anticipating a big alien plush toy, but Mr. Smiley places a small alien figure on her finger instead. Peridot, still smiling, then stares at the finger puppet in slight disbelief.)
Mr. Smiley It's a little sister. *laughs*
Peridot Um, excuse me, but you're wrong. I'm supposed to win that one. *points at the alien plush*
Mr. Smiley You mean the big guy? Sorry. That one's 10 rings.
(Peridot stares at the alien finger puppet in sheer disappointment. Time passed by, Steven and Amethyst are relaxing and eating corndogs, while Peridot tries to click away from a "Find Roommates" ad on her tablet using the alien finger puppet.)
Tablet Ad "Find cute roommates in your area."
Peridot I'm all set, thanks.
Steven That toy you won is really cool, Peridot.
Peridot You mean that Amethyst won, with shapeshifting. Maybe they should call it shapeshift land because it's a land where you go to shapeshift.
Amethyst What's wrong with shapeshifting, bro?
Peridot You mean besides being an insult to your intended form?
Amethyst ... Okay, what's really wrong with it?
Peridot I can't do it... at all.
Steven Well, we can help you try.
Peridot What?
Steven I didn't ever think I could use my powers, either, but then the Gems helped me out. We can help you, too.
Amethyst Yeah, man. *chomps down the rest of her corndogs* Mmm! We'll give you the shapeshifting lowdown. *noogies Peridot* Shorty Squad style.
(Peridot looks down in uncertainty.)
[Trans. Beach.]
(Steven and Amethyst begins demonstrating various shapeshifting acts for Peridot to follow. Firstly, they extends their tongues to lick their elbows, which Peridot is unable to do. Secondly, Amethyst shapeshifts into a cat, Peridot simply can only curls her hands like a cat. Steven shapeshifts one of his fingers into a cat head, which frightens him, and he quickly dunks it into the sea to get rid of it. Meanwhile, an unamused Peridot uses her tablet to send a "cheep" regarding her earlier remark about "shapeshift land", chuckling in the process. Lastly, Amethyst shapeshifts into a ball and throws herself at Steven. Steven extends his arms to catch Amethyst and bounces her towards Peridot. Peridot fails to catch Amethyst and takes a direct hit in the face, leaving her laying face-down on the sand and moaning in pain. Amethyst shapeshifts back to normal and walks up to Peridot with Steven.)
Amethyst Uh, okay. Maybe we just have to activate it manually. You grab her feet. I'll grab the arms.
Steven Okay.
Amethyst Ready? Pull.
(Steven and Amethyst starts pulling on Peridot, causing her to chant "Ow" monotonously.)
Steven Is it working?
Amethyst I think so. Pull harder!
(Steven and Amethyst tugs on Peridot harder, and Peridot begins chanting "Ow" faster.)
Steven I think I just heard a crack
Amethyst That's her powers opening, Steven.
Peridot Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow-ow-ow-OW! Drop me now!
(Steven and Amethyst let go of Peridot, dropping her back on the sand.)
Peridot This isn't going to work.
Steven Maybe if we keep trying...
Peridot No. *gets up and sits up on the beach shore* My lack of skill is an objective fact. I'm an Era-2 Peridot. I am new. Resources are dwindling on Homeworld. They can't make Gems like they used to. That's why they give Era-2 Peridots technological enhancements because we... don't have powers. *clings onto her tablet*
Amethyst *walks up to Peridot, slightly irritated* Per, I'mma be really real with you for a sec. This whole time we've been here, you've just been focusing on what you can't do. Of course you're not having any fun. (Peridot begins typing on her tablet.) You think that all you are is who you could be, but we don't hang out with you because of who you could be. We like you.
(Peridot ignores Amethyst and continues typing on her tablet.)
Amethyst I know you just heard me.
(Peridot, in her frustration, types "CLODS" fifteen times to "cheep", exceeding the characters limit.)
Amethyst Stop playing with that thing. Ugh. Gimme that! *grabs Peridot's tablet*
Peridot *tightly holds onto her tablet* NO!!
Amethyst You don't need it!
Peridot You don't know that!
Amethyst Yes. I. do! *manages to snatch the tablet away*
Peridot Wait! Wait-wait-wait-wai-w-w-w-wait!
(Amethyst hurls the tablet to the ocean.)
Peridot NO!! IT'S ALL THAT I AM!
(Peridot reaches her arms out in desperation.)
Steven Peridot...!
(Peridot slowly opens her eyes and realizes she is suspending her tablet in mid-air.)
Steven Metal powers!
Amethyst ... Dude.
(Peridot giggles as she begins maneuvering her body around to draw the tablet towards her, while Steven paces around the beach in excitement.)
Steven Do you know what this means? You can open really tight jars. You can remove staples without a staple remover. You can open doors without having to touch them after you wash your hands.
Peridot *successfully retrieves her tablet* No! I know exactly what I can do.
[Trans. Beach City Funland]
(Back at the ring toss game booth, Peridot uses her newly-found power to levitate and drop the ten rings onto the bottles, while an unsuspecting Mr. Smiley is fast asleep.)
Peridot *excitedly rings the bell* 10! That's 10!
Mr. Smiley *jumps awake* Wah! That's 10, alright! Well, I guess you won fair and square, or fair and triangle. *laughs* Because your head looks like a triangle. Here you go, kid.
(Peridot reaches out with open arms as she receives the big alien plush reward, hugging it tightly.)
Steven Hehe, You did it, Peridot.
Amethyst Give it up for Pea-Pod!
(Three star irises close on the trio.)
Peridot No. Give it up for the Shorty Squad.

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