"Cry For Help" - Amythyst's self esteem issues, shown in "On the Run" and "Reformed", had made me think that part of why Sugilite refused to defuse was that Amythyst wanted a break from being herself. Seeing her relate to Pearl's general wanting to be stronger was a bit of a letdown.
The only thing I didn't like was Sardonyx, who's pretty annoying. I did like that she had a British accent, but less thick than Garnet's. It was a reasonable combination of Garnet and Pearl's voices. Nicki Minaj was fun as Sugilite, but sounded much more like Amythyst than a hybrid of her components. I wonder if we'll ever get an episode explaining why Garnet has a British accent while Ruby and Sapphire have American accents.
Amythyst's short "Is there something I can do" tune was the only song this entire Stevenbomb. SB1 had "Stronger That You" and Steven's rigntone song. SB2 had "Jam Buds", "Do it For Him", and the Greg/Rose duet. This song wasn't much, but Amythyst's singing sounded a lot better than in "On the Run".
"Keystone Motel" - Like lots of people, I've been waiting for a Ruby & Sapphire episode since we saw them in "Jailbreak". We got one, and it was good, but they both kind of came off as jerks. That's understandable, since they only separated because they were having a serious fight. But, I'm still hoping to see an R&S episode where they split willingly, like if Garnet needs to be in two places at once for a mission more critical than folding laundry.
At first I thought Steven wondering if the fight was his fault was a stretch. Maybe it would've been better to confront Pearl privately and give her a chance to confess, but it's still Pearl who tricked Garnet. Then, I remembered "Joy Ride", when Steven wondered if the Gems blamed him for his mom not being there. Hearing the Gems talk so highly of his mother's leadership must make him proud, but also cause him to blame himself a little for anything that goes wrong at all.
There was a meta level to this one, too. As viewers, we're pretty sure that Garnet and Pearl will make up sooner or later. So, it's easy to take a view like Sapphire's, and just wait for it all to play out. But, Ruby's points about how people/characters are feeling now reminds us that it's about the journey, not the destination, and the point isn't to see if the fight is resolved, but how the characters will be affected by the resolution.
"Onion Friend" - Seeing Onion in the promos got me pretty psyched. He's probably my favorite Beach City resident. Given Onion's skill with a harpoon gun, and seeing Pearl get poofed by the holo-spear, I'm hoping Onion takes out a few Homeworld Gems at some point.
That Steven only hung out with him to give Amythyst time to vent with her friend about Garnet and Pearl's fight made what could have been a pure filler episode relevant to the main plot while providing character development for both Steven and Amythyst. Plus, I still laugh when I think of the mouse's body language when Steven says, "We all gotta eat."
"Historical Friction" - Seeing Jamie in the promos did not get me psyched. But I ended up liking this one, since his acting dreams were the framework for the Beach City backstory instead of the main focus. I just don't think he's an interesting enough character to carry an episode.
And it turns out that Mayor Bill Dewey is the direct descendant of Capt. William Dewey, who founded a town beset by magical forces. I wonder if this means he'll ascend into a snake demon at the end of Season 3. Ronaldo was right all along.
"Friend Ship" - I always get kick out of watching Steve and Periot interact with each other. I just hope Peridot episodes don't always end with her just hovering away. At least have Amythyst shapeshift into a bird and chase her for awhile. The resolution between Garnet and Pearl might have been less predictable is this was part of a regular, weekly airing instead of the finale of a Stevenbomb called, "The Week of Sardonyx."