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"Political Power" is the 50th episode of the first season in Steven Universe and the 50th episode overall.

Official Synopsis

The Gems cause a power outage in Beach City, and Steven helps Mayor Dewey do damage control.[2]

Plot

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The Crystal Gems (and Steven, who was told to go to bed) gather on the beach, where Pearl prepares to test a new invention, a robot disruptor, on one of Peridot's robonoids. According to her, the device should be able to produce a localized energy blast that can shut down all of Peridot's robonoids. However, instead of disabling the robonoid, Pearl's disruptor creates an electromagnetic pulse that knocks out the power in Beach City. Pearl sees this as a start and plans to modify the disruptor using parts from their washing machine.

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The next morning, Steven prepares to cook breakfast, only to find the microwave not working. He then hears a knock on the door. Mayor Dewey is there, asking for the Crystal Gems; he claims that he has been mayor long enough to know they caused the power outage. Steven calls Pearl to the door, who tells Mayor Dewey that the power should be on by tonight at the earliest, or never at the latest. The distressed mayor says that the people of Beach City need their electronic distractions, so they do not realize their town is a "magnet for disaster." Steven takes responsibility for the power outage and decides to help Mayor Dewey clean up the mess around the city (as Garnet and the other Gems refuse to do so).

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They travel in Mayor Dewey's van talking to the citizens and promising that the power will come back on by sundown, all while passing out glow sticks and "Vote 4 Dewey" buttons. Steven soon learns from Mayor Dewey that he lied to the public about the severity of their current situation. Dewey explains that when working for the government, he cannot control what happens in the world, but he can control the people's reactions to events to keep them safe and prevent rioting. He vaguely relates this problem with a place called Ocean Town. Back at the temple, Steven overhears the Gems talking about the imminent arrival of Peridot and any other Gems Lapis Lazuli claims joining her. They immediately change the subject the moment they see Steven meet up with them.

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The sun finally sets, and the power has not come back on. The citizens start to riot by tipping over Mayor Dewey's van. Steven jumps on the tipped van and dissolves the commotion, saying that they will get through these tough times together. He concludes by explaining that Mayor Dewey only lied because he cares about them and does not want them to worry. Understanding what Mayor Dewey went through, Steven returns home to confront the Gems about Peridot. Garnet only tells him that Peridot is "a modern Gem with modern Gem technology", and that alone makes them fearful of things to come. Steven assures that they will all figure something out together, just as the power throughout Beach City is finally restored.

Features

Characters

Beach City Residents

Objects

Locations

Trivia

  • In the storyboard process, Onion's bat had nails on it, but they were removed.
  • This is the first episode to not have a song as the ending theme. Instead, there is only static.
Political Power Promo by Hilary Florido

Promotional artwork

  • It is revealed that the Quartizine Trio is being stored under the Beach House's porch.
  • This episode alludes to a question that fans have been pondering for quite some time – what Steven considers the Crystal Gems when it comes to a family dynamic – when Mayor Dewey asks about Steven's sisters to his puzzlement.
    • This is also rather similar to the scenario in "Fusion Cuisine" where Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl are referred to as Steven's guardians.
  • Lapis, Peridot, Mayor Dewey, Pearl, Rose, young Greg, Ronaldo, Sadie, Steven, Jenny, Sour Cream, Lars, and Mr. Smiley can be seen in the promo art.
  • It is revealed that Bill Dewey has a crush on Pearl. He calls Pearl "the hot one" and seems nervous while speaking to her.
  • A town called Ocean Town is revealed to have experienced a catastrophe, but the exact circumstances are unclear. Mayor Dewey implies that Ocean Town's mayor could not maintain control and the citizens rioted. It is further suggested that this event occurred in recent history from Mr. Fryman's laughing "too soon" after Mayor Dewey jokes about the town's fate.
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The Mayor's bodyguards as part of the angry mob.

  • When the citizens are about to revolt against Bill Dewey, his bodyguards can, ironically, be seen as part of the angry mob.

Cultural References

Continuity

  • One of Peridot's Flask Robonoids makes another appearance, this time being used to test out Pearl's robot disruptor.
  • The Quartizine Trio from the episode "Rose's Scabbard" is covered with a tarp under the house.
  • Steven eavesdrops on the other Gems discussing Lapis Lazuli's warning in "The Message" and brainstorming what to do about Peridot's inevitable arrival with other Gems.

Errors

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.

Design

  • [03:49] When Mayor Dewey and Steven meet Lars behind the Big Donut, the donut on Lars' work uniform is missing.

Animation

  • [08:19] When the angry citizens begin throwing Mayor Dewey's glow sticks and buttons at him, Mr. Smiley's mouth is not colored in briefly.

Transcript

View the episode's transcript here.

Gallery

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Videos

References

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' Head
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

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