Yeah I know this is going back, but a lot of things in this episode always bothered me, and hardly anyone ever seems to mention them.
One of the things I feel gets totally overlooked or brushed aside both within the episode itself and by fans,is that Amethyst was actively encouraging Peridot to make jabs at the other Gems. It started out as a single mildly frustrated comment about “permafusion” from Peridot and her venting about her lack of understanding, and probably wouldn’t have gone any further, but then Amethyst started egging her on.
Also don’t forget Amethyst found Peridot insulting the other Gems, including Steven really funny up until a negative comment was made about her. Then suddenly Peridot was wrong, being mean, and had to apologise to Amethyst and ONLY to Amethyst (Steven got made fun of too, and at Amethyst’s request "do Steven next!!“ ) .
Peridot at this stage was still new to Earth social skills and what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour on Earth , so I can understand why she was confused by Amethysts sudden angry reaction when she was doubled over laughing at similar comments made just moments before.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Amethyst, but I feel like she was being a total hypocrite here , and her own blame and behaviour was never, and has never, even been acknowledged, let alone addressed.
Yes, Peridot was wrong and needed to apologise, and to Steven as well, really, not just to Amethyst, but it wasn’t exactly unprovoked and Amethyst was in the wrong too.
I liked the episode overall, just not how all the blame was dumped on Peridot (who by her own admission was still learning, and did feel bad that she upset Amethyst even if she initially didn’t understand how) , yet Amethyst who encouraged her to throw insults around and so escalated the whole thing in the first place , was made out to be the poor innocent victim by everyone including Steven.
Also, getting away from Amethyst for a moment, the whole leash thing in this episode bothered me too. I can understand why Garnet would find being asked to unfuse offensive, but Peridot didn’t, and at least tried to be polite in how she asked. Keep in mind that on Homeworld fusion is only done for practical reasons (officially anyway, the off colours prove some Gems break the rule, but its frowned on and they are severely punished if caught), and mostly that practical reason is fighting.
Peridot later reveals she understands and is fine with Opal because she can clearly see and understand the practical reason for them fusing. Peridot’s initial discomfort with Garnet was not her objecting to the romantic relationship but her feeling intimidated because, thanks to Homeworld mentality, she associated fusion with violence/fighting. She’s actually fine and very quickly accepting when Garnet actually takes the time to talk to her and explain why, and that their fusion is romantic in origin, and doesn’t say another word about it.
In fairness to Peridot if someone was hanging around me with a sharp knife drawn and I could see no rational practical reason as to why they needed it in context, I’d get uncomfortable and nervous too. Ok probably not the best metaphor, but you get the idea, and Peridots are not trained or meant for combat in the first place. She was probably feeling especially vulnerable from the still quite recent loss of her limb enhancers too. and all Garnet had to do was actually talk to Peridot about it. Instead Peridot was simply tied up and kept on a leash like some disobedient animal, which would be a completely humiliating and degrading punishment for anyone, and again, no one objects or questions it and she’s even left leashed for most of the episodes remainder.
Apart from Steven she’s also pretty much excluded from the group for the rest of the episode too.
This is also hypocrisy, because they are all expecting Peridot to empathise with and understand them and their viewpoint without taking the time or effort to extend the same courtesy to her.
The Gems got better in subsequent episodes, but I feel like their treatment of her in this episode especially was overly harsh and very unfair in general.
She was not going to instantly understand or magically just know all the new rules , and confusing her by teaching her the wrong behaviour (Amethyst) was completely unhelpful.
<sarcasm> But hey, it was all Peridots fault, and humiliation as a punishment is a great teaching tool… </sarcasm>