"Gem Glow" is the first episode of the first season of the American animated television series Steven Universe. Originally airing on Cartoon Network on November 4, 2013, the episode was directed by Kevin Dart and written and storyboarded by Joe Johnston and Jeff Liu.
When a menacing red eye is about to hit Beach City, the only thing that can destroy it is a Laser Light Cannon which once belonged to Steven's mother, Rose Quartz. Thus, Steven enlists the help of his father, Greg, and they search through his storage for the cannon.
The Crystal Gems go on a mission to place a Moon Goddess statue on top of the ruined Lunar Sea Spire, and Steven tries to prove he can be useful with the help of his new novelty Cheeseburger Backpack.
Steven's attempt to get the Gems to share his special breakfast tradition lands him on a journey through their ancient Gem temple.
Steven brings a mascot costume to life with a magical gem shard in order help his friend Peedee, but it backfires when the mascot goes rogue.