Something about Room for Ruby I really enjoyed, was the play on the episode summary. “Steven’s Gem family continues to grow.” And we assumed, with a variety of reactions, that a new character would be entering the mix
When I was talking about the episode in this post I posited a question of whether the gems recognised Navy’s treatment of them, deceiving them and manipulating them, was exactly what they had done to the Ruby Squad, not once but twice.
That they expected a member of that set to come to them with open arms and without any hard feelings was presumptive and patronising. Given their reaction at the end, shrugging off Navy’s escape and acquiring a ship, it seemed as though they were unapologetic and unaware of the irony.
The thing is, episode summaries have always been accurate and the play on the family’s “growing” fit in really nicely with the theme of the episode and what we might be expecting from the show.
With the current main cast, we have a lot of stories that haven’t yet been told. We still don’t know about Lion, about Lapis, about Bismuth and Jasper, and even the senior Crystal Gems have a lot of “lost years” that we have yet to hear about. This episode implies that these characters will not be forgotten in lieu of the new characters we’ve seen.
Also, to answer the question I asked in my post, it implies the gems are indeed growing and learning, distancing themselves from their own prejudice towards Homeworld gems like the Rubies. Because there was definitely a difference in the way they regarded the Ruby Squad compared to the way they reacted to the Diamonds. It shows that the typecasting they escaped on Homeworld is something they’re still guilty of. And in some respects, they have tried to move past this static thinking.