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How did you get such handsome watermelons?


"Watermelon Steven" is the 34th episode of the first season of Steven Universe, and the 34th episode overall.

Official Synopsis

Steven discovers a new power when he grows a patch of Steven-shaped watermelons! [2]


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Steven and his dad are eating watermelons near Greg's car wash in the afternoon. They then have a competition to see who spits out the seeds in the 'coolest' manner, ending in Steven winning with his "Hurricane Spin Spit." This ultimate move results in Steven being awarded the crown becoming "Watermelogisty". When Steven wakes up the next day, still outside the car wash, he sees that he is surrounded by watermelons. Shocked to see the watermelons are shaped like him, he immediately calls the Crystal Gems, to which Pearl explains that Steven's mother had the ability to grow sentient plant life that protected her and that he may have inherited this. Amethyst then states that Rose's plants could move and defend Rose herself, while his plants appear to be completely immobile. Greg then asks what to do with the watermelons after stepping on one. This gives Steven the idea of starting a business off of them.

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As Steven is setting up for his business at the entrance of Funland, Mr. Smiley comes over to Steven asking for proper permits for his business stand. Steven tries to bribe Mr. Smiley with a watermelon, which Mr. Smiley accepts and walks away, leaving Steven alone. Sadie then comes over wanting to buy a watermelon after being amused by Steven's salesmanship. Steven explains to Sadie that he did not want money and was initially going to give the watermelons for free. Ronaldo then comes over, taking pictures with his phone of the "weird watermelons" and blogging about it. While Ronaldo is still writing his blog, Sadie becomes bored, giving Steven some money and taking a watermelon before walking away. Surprised at the low price, Ronaldo causes an uproar saying Steven is practically giving away his watermelons, which gathers a crowd of people around Steven and his stand. When they are all sold out, Onion crawls from under the table asking for Baby Melon, but Steven explains how he is not for sale. While Steven is distracted with his own explanation, Onion then steals Baby Melon and begins to run.

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Steven chases Onion in pursuit of Baby Melon, who springs to life and jumps out of Onion's arms to hug Steven. Steven is then shortly surprised, then after he exclaims that he really shouldn't be surprised about it, he realizes that all the Watermelon Stevens are alive and goes through town reclaiming the ones he sold. Steven goes to get the last one from Ronaldo, who is about to upload and perform a live "autopsy" on one of the watermelons to a video website. Steven then interjects, asking for him to stop and saying that the watermelon is alive, to which Ronaldo replies with "not for long." As Steven tries to stop Ronaldo, he gets his hand slapped by a spatula. The Watermelon Stevens become upset and begin attacking Ronaldo, due to him being seen as a threat to Steven. Ronaldo, while being attacked by the Watermelon Stevens, asks Steven if the camera is still capturing the event, to which Steven pans the camera towards Ronaldo. Steven then alerts the Crystal Gems that the Watermelon Stevens came to life and are attacking people.

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Surprised, the Gems go outside, only to be immediately greeted with a small army of Watermelon Stevens. Garnet then explains that Rose's plants lived to fight. Though initially peaceful, they become slightly aggressive when Pearl abruptly puts both of her hands on Steven's shoulder, as they see Pearl's actions as a threat towards Steven. After seeing the signs of their aggression, Pearl then shoves Steven inside the house, causing the Watermelon Stevens to go on the offensive.

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An all-out battle then begins with Garnet at the lead, which is followed by Amethyst and Pearl. The Gems start out strong, fighting off the sentient watermelons, only to be quickly overpowered by their numbers. Steven then shows up, explaining to the Watermelon Army that he is okay, and there is no need to fight, only to be ignored. Steven then turns to Baby Melon asking him what to do to stop the fighting, to which Baby Melon replies by punching Steven in the stomach, sending him flying back. The Watermelon Stevens then stop their fight with the Crystal Gems and begin to attack Baby Melon, who has accepted his fate, closing his eyes and appearing to embrace the oncoming attack.

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After the attack, Steven sees that Baby Melon has been reduced to a pile of watermelon pieces. Upset, Steven tells the Watermelon Stevens to look at what Baby Melon did to stop the fight, and to think about what they did and tells them to go and not return until they understand what true loyalty is. The Watermelon Stevens begin to leave, all of them walking towards the ocean and one being carried away by a seagull. Garnet then compliments Steven and his actions, which he humbly dismisses with Pearl and Amethyst putting one of their hands on each of Steven's shoulders and Garnet behind Steven. The episode ends with Steven taking a bite of the Baby Melon slices, to which the Gems show slight disgust and confusion as the iris closes in on him.






Instrumental Songs


  • It is revealed that both Garnet and Pearl's weapons harbor ranged capabilities (Garnet's gauntlets were able to be fired from her fists, while Pearl had an energy blast from her spear).
  • A different ending song is played at the end of this episode that mainly utilizes percussion instruments.
  • This is the last episode where Sinbad voices Mr. Smiley.

Cultural References

  • Greg's statement about the seeds after Steven's Hurricane Spin Spit is a direct reference to a similar quote in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Ronaldo is using a streaming website called Weirdstar. This may be a reference to WorldStarHipHop, a site created in 2005 infamous for violent fight videos.
  • Amethyst's attack on the Watermelon Stevens highly resembles the Spin Dash from Sonic the Hedgehog.
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  • One of the poses Garnet does while fighting the Watermelon Stevens resembles the Frogner Park Baby fighter statue in Oslo, Norway.
  • Pearl makes a reference to The Fairly OddParents! when she called the melons "twerps" and then said that she would destroy them, just like Vicky to Timmy.
  • The ending of this episode with Steven holding Baby Melon's body and telling off the Watermelon Stevens for their violence is a possible reference to the ending of West Side Story where Maria gives a similar speech blaming both of the film's gangs for Tony's death due to the hate they display towards each other. It is also visually and thematically similar to the scene in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind when Princess Nausicäa, in an attempt to return a damaged Ohmu baby to its herd, is stampeded and killed by the enraged Ohmu.
  • Steven's pose and aside comment, "I really shouldn't be so surprised about this," is a reference to the signature style of classic comedian Jack Benny, who would often make similar aside comments and meta observations while adopting the same pose in his own long-running series.
  • The Watermelon Stevens' story bears a significant resemblance to the story of the Israelites in the Bible. They are created by a supernatural being, sold into slavery, redeemed thence, act contrary to the wishes of their creator and ultimately are exiled, but retain his affection nonetheless.


  • Sadie is shown to have a scar on her cheek from the events of the episode "Island Adventure".
  • The Magic Moss ("Lars and the Cool Kids") and the bramble guarding the spring ("An Indirect Kiss") could have been sentient plants that were made by Rose Quartz.
  • A billboard for "Dogcopter 3" appears (the movie Connie and Steven go to see in "Lion 2: The Movie") was seen when Steven is running around collecting the Watermelon Stevens.
  • The Watermelon Stevens reappear in the Season 3 episode "Super Watermelon Island"
  • Sadie's Lunches, which are featured in the following episode "Lion 3: Straight to Video", can be seen when Steven retrieves a watermelon from the Big Donut.
  • In 'Escapism,' a large statue shaped like Baby Melon (and doing the same pose and facial expression he does before he is killed by the other Watermelon Stevens) can be found on Mask Island, the species' current place of residence


  • The signboard advertising the free Watermelon Stevens is not attached to anything, but the signboard still hangs off the table.
  • When Onion signals his want for a Watermelon Steven, part of the table is not colored.
  • At 7:36, Baby Melon disappears from Steven's front pocket.
  • After Garnet states that the watermelons Steven made were impressive, the color of the star on her back is black instead of its usual color pink.
  • In the beginning, when Steven blew a seed off his face, it was on the ground, then in the next scene, it disappeared.
  • When Greg spits watermelon seeds, he inclines and spits. In one scene, there were four seeds in his hand. When he drops them, there are three, and in the next, they disappear.
  • When Ronaldo was editing his blog on his phone about the Watermelon Stevens, his phone is not even turned on, yet he is typing on it.


View the episode's transcript here.


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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
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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
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