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Speaker Dialogue
[Episode begins with Ronaldo documenting.]
Ronaldo (narrating) Beach City, a sleepy seaside town. From far away, it looks ordinary, but take a closer look, and you'll start to notice the cracks in the facade. My name is... (His chair turns the other way.) Uh... *clears throat, blushes* My name is Ronaldo. For years, I've run a blog called "Keep Beach City Weird". My mission: keep Beach City weird, and also to expose the truth. Most people choose to ignore my mind-blowing revelations, but no one can deny it when the truth was pointing right in the town's collective face!
[Footage from "Jail Break" where the Gem Warship is about to land plays]
Ronaldo (from footage) *gasps* It's an invasion! Look at that thing, it's right there! *narrating* Beach City needed to be saved, but from what? *shows a picture of the Crystal Gems* Duh duh duh!
[The "Rising Tides/Crashing Skies" documentary title card is played]
Nanefua Ehh, I was just cleaning up some fish for a very big order when it happened. I heard this veeery peculiar rumbling, like "boom boom boom boom boom boom!" and then a sonic "BOOM!" and the fish I was preparing flew up into the air and fell on the ground! (A re-enactment that features a lax animated fish tumbling around plays.) I ran outside and saw this great big thing in the sky.
Ronaldo The town was under attack!
Nanefua What is this for again?
Ronaldo It's a web exclusive for my blo—
[Camera cuts to Peedee]
Peedee Oh! Uh, yes! That day was crazy. The Mayor said—
Ronaldo Were you scared?
Peedee What?! No! I wasn't. I was just concerned that something bad would happen to the shop...
Ronaldo So, you cried a lot.
Peedee I don't know what you're talking about.
[Footage shot during "The Return" is played.)
Mr. Fryman (from footage) Let it go!
(Mr. Fryman tries to pull Peedee away from the Beach Citywalk Fries counter table.)
Peedee (from footage) Dad... dad... no! Please, no!
(Peedee cries and holds the Beach Citywalk Fries counter table. The footage ends.)
Peedee I was under a lot of stress at that time, argh!
Ronaldo Aww... hey.
Peedee What?
Ronaldo I'm here for you, bro. *hugs Peedee*
Peedee I'm fine, let me go!
Ronaldo You can't make up drama this good!
[Footage from "The Return" plays]
Ronaldo (narrating) With the space hand closing in for a high-five of the third kind, we fled the town. But then, just as mysteriously as the space hand appeared, it exploded into an explosion.
Mr. Fryman (from footage) What in blue blazes was that?
Peedee (from footage) I think it was an explosion!
Ronaldo (from footage) Unbelievable, I missed it!
Ronaldo There's no actual footage of the giant hand thing crashing into the beach, but here's a little re-enactment for you.
[Re-enactment plays]
Ronaldo (from re-enactment) Whoooaahwooo-phhhh-woah! (He slams fist against a board, making a sand explosion, then a one-eyed crab grabs Ronaldo's finger.) Ouch! Ouch, ouch, ouch! Ahhhh... My hand! Ah!
Ronaldo (narrating) Beach City was saved, but by whom?
[Trans. Int. the Big Donut]
(Sadie is preparing a donut for Mr. Smiley.)
Ronaldo Miss?
Sadie Huh?
Ronaldo Who do you think saved Beach City from the giant handcraft?
Sadie Oh! Hey Ronaldo... Wait, a-are you filming? *blushes*
Ronaldo Just answer the question!
Sadie Oh, okay... Um, yeah sure... Who saved us? Um... well... wasn't it Steven's... family? I-I think they pretty much keep to themselves... Steven says that they protect the planet and the human race and that they have magic powers... It sounds hard to believe, but I've seen some pretty wild stuff...
[Trans. Int. Fish Stew Pizza]
[Camera cuts to Kiki]
Kiki Once, they made us hamburgers, and we were having a pretty good time, but then we were attacked by a huge creature!
(Jenny walks into the camera shot.)
Jenny Hey... you makin' a movie?
Kiki Oh, let him be...
Ronaldo It's a docu-web-a-mentry about the Crystal Gems.
Jenny Oh, they are c-ray-zy! One of them tried to knock me in the face! I ain't mad though...
[Trans. Int. Mayor's Office]
(Camera cuts to Mayor Dewey.)
Ronaldo Mayor Dewey, who do you think saved Beach City from the handcraft?
Mayor Dewey Why, young man, I credit the voters with saving Beach City! My constituents know they've elected a mayor they can trust to—
Ronaldo Huh? No, I'm talking about the Crystal Gems.
Mayor Dewey Heh, w-why?
Ronaldo Well I'm covering the story—
Mayor Dewey Cover-up? WHAT COVER UP?!
Ronaldo But—
Mayor Dewey SECURITY!
(Mayor Dewey's bodyguards enter.)
Ronaldo H-hey! You can't suppress the truth!
[Video fizzles out, then goes to a shot of Ronaldo sitting]
Ronaldo Obviously, the Crystal Gems were involved, even at the highest levels of local government. I decided to go to the source.
[Trans. Ext. Gem Temple]
(Ronaldo is in front of the temple speaking inaudibly.)
Peedee *shouting* Speak up!
[Trans. Ext. Beach House]
Ronaldo I'm now going to attempt to make contact with the mysterious, reclusive, and—
(Steven opens the door.)
Steven Hi, Ronaldo! Uh, hi, Peedee! Is that a camera?
Peedee Yeah! We're making a movie about—
Ronaldo It's an investigative report, shot camera vérité.
Steven Cool!
Ronaldo So, want to participate in a groundbreaking interview?
Steven Hmm, only if you... participate in a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade!
[Trans. Int. Steven's living room]
Steven Oh, that giant hand? It was a spaceship coming to get us!
Ronaldo Us? I knew it! Steven, we know too much!
Steven No, not us us. (He gestures to both himself and Ronaldo.) I meant me and the Crystal Gems.
Ronaldo Wait, so the hand wasn't here to snatch up humans for a human zoo, or interfere with our subsidized Beach City wind farm, or thaw out the cryogenically frozen pets of the one percent?!
Steven Um... no, I'm pretty sure it just came to Beach City for me and the Crystal Gems.
Ronaldo Oh. So... if you and the Crystal Gems weren't here... we wouldn't have been attacked by the giant hand?
Steven Oh-ho-ho, definitely not!
[Close-up to negative of Steven's face]
Ronaldo And there it was.
[Cut to pictures from "Keep Beach City Weird"]
Ronaldo The Crystal Gems weren't saving us, they were putting us in danger!
(He shows red X drawn over picture of Steven and the Crystal Gems.)
Ronaldo I felt I had no choice but to lay bare this ugly truth to the unwitting citizens of Beach City!
[Cut to shot of Nanefua and Kofi putting trash in the dumpster]
Ronaldo Ma'am!
Nanefua *sound of surprise*
Ronaldo Are you aware that the Crystal Gems not only saved the town, but also caused the invasion in the first place?
Nanefua Oh, well... no more fish are getting knocked out of my hands, so I'm not complaining.
[Cut to Onion on the boardwalk]
Ronaldo Sir, sir! How do you feel about the Crystal Gems attracting an onslaught of dangerous space beings? Do you feel safe?
(Onion inhales to speak, only to knock the mic out of Ronaldo's hands and run away.)
Ronaldo Hey, you can't keep quiet forever!
[Cut to Mr. Fryman inside "Fryman Brothers Incorporated"]
Ronaldo How can you possibly go on, knowing that we are under siege by forces meant to destroy the Crystal Gems?
Mr. Fryman How close are you to being done with this project?
Ronaldo Just answer the question, Dad!
Mr. Fryman Ugh. I-I guess its pretty bad, but what's a regular old guy like me supposed to do about it? I've got work to do... and so do you, put down that camera.
[Cut to Ronaldo setting up camera in the kitchen]
Ronaldo (narrating) Everyone was too afraid to realize that they were actually afraid. (Peedee starts mopping the floor behind Ronaldo and puts up a "wet floor" sign.) Beach City needed a hero, and that hero would have to be me. (Ronaldo slips on wet floor.) WHOA, WHOA—
[Cut to night vision shot of the Temple Beach]
Ronaldo Okay, everything's ready for our full on night time stealth coverage.
Peedee Is it really okay for us to be lurking around like this?
Ronaldo We're not lurking, we're investigating! This is a moment of true bravery, are you brave like me? I'm so brave to be doing this. COME ON!
(Steven and Amethyst are shown falling close to Ronaldo and Peedee's pan focus.)
Amethyst Race you back to the danger zone.
Steven Wait up!
Ronaldo Steven!
Steven Uh, hey, Ronaldo! Uh, hey, Peedee! You guys should be careful—
[Short shot of Peedee's feet being recorded while running]
Ronaldo You're all a danger to our city!
Steven What are you talking about?
Garnet PEARL! NOW!
[Camera pans to Crystal Gems fighting a giant one eyed crab gem creature]
Peedee OOOOOOOOOOOOh my gosh. What the heck is that?
Garnet Pearl, NOW!
(Pearl blasts the crab monster.)
Garnet Aim for the eye!
Pearl Aye-aye, Garnet! Where's Amethyst?
Amethyst Right here! *slashes off crab monster's claw with her hair*
Garnet Let's finish the job!
[Camera pans to Ronaldo yelling at Steven]
Ronaldo This is exactly the thing I'm talking about, Steven!
Steven But the Crystal Gems are here to help people!
Ronaldo But all the monsters just come here to get you guys, and then wreck things and put us in danger! Beach City would be way safer if you guys weren't here!
Pearl Listen, Frybo, magic beings are indeed drawn to us, but we were here long before Beach City even existed.
Ronaldo Who cares how long you've been here? Innocent people are in danger as long as you're hanging around!
Garnet You're right, I guess we'll just leave then.
Pearl Excuse me?
Amethyst Really?
Steven But, Garnet!
Garnet Put your buts away, Steven, *puts Steven on top of her hair* we're not wanted here, so let's just leave.
Pearl But Garnet, we'll have to move all the bubbles, a-and what about Steven's things?
Amethyst Maaaaaaan, ugh, I kinda liked it here!
Ronaldo Uh... MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Uh, you can turn the camera o—
[Cut to BC Fries where Ronaldo sits triumphantly while Peedee peels a potato]
Ronaldo Ah, that's right, I did it! Thanks to me, the Gems are gone forever!
Peedee Hm, that's too bad, now you won't have anything to blog about anymore.
Ronaldo Come on, dude, I'm trying to finish the movie!
Peedee Well this relates to your movie, you said it yourself, the Gems cause all the weird stuff in Beach City, so now that they're gone, there'll be no more weird stuff.
Ronaldo No, NOOOOOOOOO! What have I done?! (narrating) What had I done? I done bad. [Cuts to set] I made a terrible mistake.
[Cuts to Ronaldo running toward Temple]
(Peedee is heard running behind him while filming.)
Peedee I'm going *pants* as fast as I can!
Ronaldo *starts banging on the door* CRYSTAL GEMS! You have to stay! Every messed up consequence of your presence gives me reason to wake up in the morning! Without you, my blog doesn't stand a chance! Ah, I'm too late, what have I done? I've made Beach City NORMAL! *cries* I've broken my promise to the city, and to myself!
(Garnet appears at the door.)
Ronaldo Ooooooooooh, you're still here! Please don't leave! I was wrong, stay and keep this town weird! (narrating) I had no idea how this Crystal Gem would respond to my plea. The answer will shock you.
Garnet Okay.
Ronaldo *sobbing* Thank you, thank you, thank you! *sobbing turns to maniacal laughs*
[Trans. Ronaldo standing on Brooding Hill]
Ronaldo (narrating) I had skillfully negotiated for the Gems to stay, perhaps I have a future in... intergalactic diplomacy? *laughs* In the end, I suppose the Gems really do save Beach City— from being not weird! *externally* Okay, Peedee, I think that about wraps it up! Good job with the camera, bro!
Peedee Oh, thanks!
[Cut to credits of Ronaldo's video]
(The Crystal Gems are seen watching the video.)
Garnet That was very poorly edited.
Steven Were we really gonna leave Beach City?
Garnet No, I just wanted him to get that camera out of my face.
Pearl I wonder how many people have seen this thing?
Amethyst Oh, *laughs* I think we're the only ones, see? *points to TubeTube screen showing only one view*
Steven Hm, click! *clicks 'Like' on video*
[Star wipes in, ending episode]
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 HonorReunited
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