Greg the Babysitter (Steven Universe) – Overly Animated Podcast #219

By: Dylan Hysen


Dylan Hysen and Justin Cummings discuss the July 29 episode of Steven Universe, “Greg the Babysitter”.

Dylan is a software developer from the DC area who hosts the Overly Animated podcast discussing everything animation.



  1. Steve says:

    I heard there is a last minute change on the schedule, this Friday we are not getting an episode, instead is moved to next Monday and Monday we will have two episodes. That sounds good only problem Canada is getting that episode on Friday. So again nice job Cartoon Network nice job.

    • Dylan Hysen says:

      That is what the schedule says as of now, but again and as always, Cartoon Network’s schedule isn’t reliable at all. I’d say we’re still very likely to get an episode Friday and they just messed up the sched for some reason.

      • Steve says:

        I hope you are right. It would be another black eye for Cartoon Network, not only would Canada be getting the episode on Friday first, the episode next Monday 15 minutes early if this happens.

  2. akp13 says:

    This episode actually went a long way in confusing me even more about people’s ages. I thought sour cream was a teen. So he was an infant here, and right now he’s 18 at the most…right?. Steven is 14 so at most he’s 4 years younger. So 4 years after the events in this episode Steven had to have been born, but a 4 year difference between this Greg and the Greg who looks like he’s in his mid 30s is pretty drastic. I wish I could stop focusing on this.

    Also morally gray Rose theorists, I can’t believe you missed an opportunity here. How did Sour Cream climb an entire roller coaster? Cleeeearly Rose put him up there to observe (and instill lessons in Greg? I dont know) and was watching to make sure he didn’t die or something but she definitely put him in danger. Or this show is absurd and an infant can climb that high on a coaster. I can believe either honestly.

    Rose was very big on it being incredible and amazing that humans get to grow and change and forge their own paths. I enjoy that because It wasn’t “maternal love” or whatever that made her give up herself for Steven I think. Which is fascinating to me.She doesn’t even know that much about humans, she was very superficially engaging with them for thousands of years, we can gather. Her love is more real that way to me. It’s grounded in curiosity and wanting to experience things she can’t as a gem. Not some inherent all encompassing maternal love. That can get sketchy though, because how much of this is her not believing Steven was going to ever be anything but an extension of her. Like some parents do, they just can’t accept that their kids are their own people and aren’t conduits for the parents to live another life. I wonder if we’re going to get into that with the show. In the most literal sense, the show could tackle that. And it feeds into Rose being loving clearly, but not very empathetic. She just doesn’t pick up on these things immediately, the nuance there would be nice to explore some more.

  3. Roy says:

    It’s okay Justin I understand your comicbook references.

    I love Vidallia in this episode. The “That doesn’t really relate to my question” killed me.

    I looked that Rose had zero parenting instincts. It makes sense since Gems wood never actually need them. Honestly it gives me more respect for what Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl have managed to accomplish with Steven. Even when to take their sort comings into consideration.

    In “It Could have Been Great” Peridot says the Cluster was under the Beta Kindergarten of Facet 9. Possibly that’s what Friday’s episode is referencing.

    • Dylan Hysen says:

      Yeah Beta Kindergaarten is a good guess at this. And yeah agree, Garnet Amethyst and Pearl seem super impressive given all this.

  4. Steve says:

    This does remind of old cartons from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s with the whole babysitting plot.

    I always found Greg and Vidalia’s relationship very unique, not a male and a female being platonic friends, but they meet through Marty, the guy that knocked her up, so at very least you think it would awkward.

    I do think Greg was in Vidalia and Sour Cream not only to mooch off them, but he feels guilty, he blames himself because if it wasn’t for him, Vidalia never would have meet Marty, what do you think?

    • Dylan Hysen says:

      Yeah Justin gets into some of this stuff a little, it’s interesting and not presented on the surface of the episode at all.

    • Tyrone Wells Jr. says:

      I don’t think there’s guilt. I think Vidalia trusts Greg as a good friend (through Greg she eventually met Amethyst, who acts like a young Greg even now). She clearly has a buddy standard.

      • Steve says:

        Tyrone maybe not at this point. Yes Greg and Vidalia develop a friendship that wasn’t about guilt, but how began is what I am talking about.

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