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It's not fair! We shouldn't have to deal with any of this. We shouldn't have to fix any of this. We weren't around for her stupid war. This... this is everyone else's problem. This has nothing to do with me.


"What's Your Problem"[2] is the 20th episode of the fifth season of Steven Universe, the 148th episode overall, and the second episode in the seventh StevenBomb.

Official Synopsis

Amethyst convinces Steven to take a day off for himself.[3]


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After Steven, Pearl, and Sapphire return from Rose's fountain, Sapphire finds a letter from Ruby explaining that she's leaving. Steven, Pearl, and Sapphire ask Amethyst if she knows where Ruby went, but she hasn't seen her since supplying the pen and paper to write the note. Sapphire breaks down in guilt while Pearl attempts to console her. Steven goes off to find Ruby and Amethyst follows.

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Steven and Amethyst unsuccessfully search the ocean for Ruby. Amethyst jokes about how Ruby could have made herself small and hidden inside a shell. The two later are seen passing around flyers asking if anyone has seen Ruby. Amethyst takes Steven to a bunch of fun places, but he is only focused on finding Ruby.

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Amethyst convinces Steven to join her for a pizza with everything on it, where she convinces Steven to talk about how he feels about learning about Pink Diamond. Steven recounts how he is confused about everything that's happened, but not surprised that Rose Quartz lied about it. He also recounts how he's glad that she didn't shatter anyone, but is still confused about how to feel about it. Jenny Pizza shows up and tells Kiki about how Greg is up on Brooding Hill with someone who's crying so hard that they look red, making the two realize Ruby is with Greg.

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Steven then asks Amethyst about how she feels in all this, and she dodges the question and attempts to flee. Amethyst turns into a helicopter and attempts to fly away, but Steven uses his gravity powers to catch her and repeatedly asks how she feels. Amethyst attempts to shake him off, and he ends up making his way inside her helicopter's pilot seat. She then tells Steven to get out of her head, to which he asks if he's getting too personal. Amethyst responds by mentioning that he's literally inside her head. Steven then tells her to look out, and she looks up just in time to see the Beach City water tower. They crash into the water tower but don't damage it.

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Amethyst and Steven then crash on the beach, where Steven realizes that she's been trying to cheer him up. Amethyst then unloads on Steven, telling him in no uncertain terms that she refuses to unload millennia of her problems onto Steven while he is already dealing with his own feelings and everyone else's, and that no matter what happens, she will not fall apart on him as Pearl, Sapphire, and Ruby did. Processing this, Steven tells Amethyst that this reaction makes her the most mature Crystal Gem, which leaves the two of them in stitches. Amethyst then asks Steven if he still wants to search for Ruby, to which Steven says yes. The episode ends showing them on their way to Brooding Hill to meet up with Ruby and Greg.






Instrumental Songs



Cultural References

  • Amethyst pointing at the sky and giving her speech to Steven about not falling apart on him is a reference to the anime series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, where the characters pointed to the sky while giving inspirational speeches. This has been repeated in other series as well.
  • While Steven and Amethyst are throwing missing Ruby posters from a teacup ride in Beach City Funland, a woman and a child resembling Lisa and her son Sōsuke respectively from the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo can be seen on the left.


  • This episode begins immediately after "Now We're Only Falling Apart".[4]
  • When Steven and Amethyst went underwater as a first attempt to find Ruby, Steven uses his bubble as he did with Connie in "Bubble Buddies".
  • Sapphire, using her future vision, sees Ruby being, and questions why she would be a cowboy. "The Question" shows her vision coming to pass.


  • Although the episode's official title ends with a question mark, it is absent from the title card.
  • The Cartoon Network screen bug did not display the "new episode" banner when this episode first premiered.
    • It also happened with "Now We're Only Falling Apart" and later "The Question".
  • At the beginning of the episode, it is morning. However, at the end of the previous episode, the inside of the house is dark, indicating that it's still night-time.
  • Sapphire's name on the note is thin; however, at the end of the previous episode the words were bold.
  • In the shot where Pearl tries to comfort Sapphire, the camera pans down as she kneels on the floor, in turn revealing Steven is partially standing in mid-air. Although Steven has been shown with the ability to float, this is likely the result of an animator not realizing the lower half of his body would not be covered.
  • Sapphire reads Ruby's letter right-side-up; however, Pearl reads it upside down.
  • In one scene while Amethyst is playing Steven's GameCube, the plug for the controller is facing front. In the next shot, it's on the left.
  • When Pearl kneels down Steven's left foot is not standing on solid ground.
  • When Amethyst says "Rose Quartz, eh?" to Steven while eating in Fish Stew Pizza, her crumbs pause with the frame and float in mid-air.
  • When Steven says that Amethyst needs help, the facet on her gem is outlined.


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