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Terri Juanita Vaughn (born October 16, ) is an American actress, director and producer. She is best known for her role as high school secretary Lovita Alizé Jenkins-Robinson in The WB sitcom The Steve Harvey Show (–), had the regular role on another Perry's production, Meet the Browns ( ). The Maheswarans, impressed with the Gems' parental abilities, allow Connie to hang out with Steven. Steven, overjoyed, hugs Connie, and Mr. Maheswaran. But some movies in the Madea Cinematic Universe are gleefully Not counting her cameo in “Meet the Browns," or "Madea's Tough Love,".
Since then, Connie has become a skilled swordswoman and often aids the Crystal Gems during times of conflict. She debuted in the episode " Bubble Buddies ". Contents [ show ] Appearance Connie is a young Indian-American girl with dark brown skin and waist-length dark brown puffy hair, a prominent nose, thick eyebrows, and is slightly taller than Steven.
She wore a pair of magenta glasses with rose-colored lenses until " An Indirect Kiss ", when Steven fixed her eyesight, after which she continued to wear the empty frames.
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After the events of " Nightmare Hospital ", she no longer wears the frames. Connie is usually seen in a variety of different outfits and dresses. She usually wears light blue, green, and white clothing. In the first intro, she is shown wearing a white and mint green dress, peach colored boots, a sunhat, and no socks.
In the second intro, she wears a white, button-down, collared tank top, gray button-up shorts, her pink glow bracelet, peach sneakers with white bottoms and laces, and white socks. Personality Connie is introverted, curious, and intelligent. Due to her parents' lifestyle, specifically her father's job, Connie rarely stays in one place for long and has been unable to form lasting friendships, which left her frequently feeling lonely.
Her parents are very strict and do not allow her to participate in common childhood activities such as eating donuts or anything with trans fats, although she ate one in " Crack the Whip ". This has led her to flat-out lie about Steven's non-nuclear familydue to paranoia at how her parents may react. Despite her obedience to them, Connie is not above exploiting loopholes, such as not buying snacks at a theater and instead bringing them from Steven's home.
Connie has grown used to the strange dynamic of her friendship with Steven despite her initial uncertainty of it. For example, in " Marble Madness " when the Gems destroy one of Peridot's robonoids in front of her, she reacts passively awed and only comments that she loves hanging out at Steven's place.
She can be a bit deadpan at times, such as when she jokes about cutting off Steven's hand in " Lion 2: Her hobbies appear to include tennis and reading, and she also plays the violin, as seen in " Fusion Cuisine ", " Sworn to the Sword ", and "Nightmare Hospital".
Due to Pearl's negative reinforcement, she also began to display a reckless side, but this was quickly put out by Steven. The episode also highlights her strong feelings for Steven through her dedication to becoming his knight.
This boost in confidence is also shown in "Nightmare Hospital", when Connie stands up to her mother about her strict upbringing and rules, and also even revealed her involvement in magical affairs. She is also revealed to have prepared for surviving in the wilderness by reading a book on wilderness survival.
However, despite all her training and preparedness, Connie freezes during an encounter with one of the Gem monsters they are hunting. In the end, she chooses to call Pearl via Steven's walkie-talkie, which Pearl commends her for after their subsequent encounter with Jasper who they found had been hunting the Gem monsters.
The episode also shows a lighter side to her when she, Steven, and Amethyst have fun around Beach City.
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Connie even eats a donut despite it going against what she told Steven in " Bubble Buddies ", demonstrating her growing independence. She also confides in Steven and Amethyst about freezing during her first mission, causing Amethyst to tell her she should stop overthinking things and follow her instincts in battle. She takes Amethyst's words to heart as she fares far better when the two of them along with Steven and Lion encounter Jasperand the two Gem monsters from "Gem Hunt" that Jasper had tamed to take on the Crystal Gems.
Together with Steven, Connie bravely confronts Jasper to prevent her from shattering Amethyst, fusing in mid-battle which allows Stevonnie to save Amethyst and force Jasper and her remaining Gem monster to retreat. After Amethyst regenerates, Connie tells her she was right about how she should follow her instincts.
A softer side to Connie's internal struggles with her emotions are shown, as the guilt from the result of her actions at school left a noticeable change in her behavior.
After learning that her guilt was natural, she decides to confront her emotions by later apologizing to Jeff and make amends. After this, she is able to clear her mind and is more confident in understanding not to let her emotions negate or cloud her thoughts by keeping them in. On Connie's phone, it shows that she had taken a picture of them happy together, which is something she would have never done if not for the lesson with Garnet.
She is also able to pass this knowledge onto Steven, assuring him he had to be honest about how bad his feelings were so he could move on, like she herself did. She asks Steven to wait for her so she can go into space with him though this fails as Steven and the Gems had to leave immediately or risk losing track of Blue Diamond and Greg forever. The episode also shows her devotion to him as she took his request to protect Beach City to heart.
He tumbled lightly into the dirt, landing directly in front of the pulsing green cage. Sitting up automatically, Steven's eyes went wide as he met the faces of the Crystal Gems. Collectively, they actually looked relieved that he was no longer badly hurt, but that just made the knife of guilt twist painfully in his stomach. They had been rightfully angry and hurt before, he had betrayed them, but they still managed to feel compassion for him even after all that's happened?
Well, all except Pearl, who had turned away and held her arms across her chest, head bowed shamefully… but he could guess why, after what his Diamond had just said about her past.
Steven's senses caught up with him as deadpanned, looking at the faces behind the veil, and he started to shiver. His breath mixed with the fog once again, but the dance had lost its beauty and grace; now, it was the last waltz, the final twirl before the curtain, but the tempo was changing, too fast, too intense. Steven had to fight to keep himself from hyperventilating. She had stepped next to him once again, the pair standing at the front of her captives and his family.
Steven opened his mouth to speak, but closed it again, his voice catching in his throat. It was very, very cold. She had been amicable to the idea of saying goodbye first, and this way, by willingly going into the box, he was demonstrating that he would not try to run. Cupping her chin in one hand, White Diamond nodded her head like she was processing the idea. But remember, there is no going back, and this might make your choice harder yet.
In a fluid motion, White Diamond lowered herself and offered her palm to him, a gesture that still made him cringe and for his throat to seize up. Her fingers were pale snakes, long and dangerous, and the crevice in her hand was as cold and white as bone, but… he didn't think she would hurt him, not anymore. Carefully, he stepped upwards, and as soon as he had securely sat down in the middle, she gently closed her fingers around him.
He could feel the hardness of her skin brush against his hair, and he felt a jerk of motion sickness as her hand moved upwards and then swiftly downwards again, lowering him straight into the lutetium chamber, her hand phasing through the material effortlessly. The next thing Steven knew, he was rubbing his hands against his eyes to readjust to the sudden change.
He was leaning on his side against a slightly warmer floor, and there were six stunned faces looking down at him, all frozen as they all stared between him and each other.
No one spoke at first, all still overcome with disbelief that they were finally, finally together again. It was Sapphire who first broke the silence. Give him some space. Steven's chest had seized up and he grabbed at his lungs erroneously, feeling the tearing in his throat amplified by the damage to his gemstone. Instinctively, he had started to back away, the pressure too much as they appraised him. This was not the time to go unconscious. Lightly, Sapphire walked forward, only slightly less intimidating than the others — at least she was not nearly as intense.
He had no idea. She was heartbreakingly beautiful, and he regretted every chance he missed telling her when they were on Earth. There was something different, too — her eyes were a little less caring, her hair had been cut short, and she sported some nasty looking cuts along her right cheek, but they had scabbed over and she didn't seem to mind.
The important thing was she was alive, the sight of her making his heart swell with feeling. The human girl looked down at him and gently kneeled, lowering Rose's sword to her right and smiling very, very softly so as not to startle him.
Steven just watched her, eyes wide, unsure of what to do. She crawled lightly on her hands and knees, trying to suppress her own pain as her gaze lingered on his arms… they were both torn and damaged in very different but very real ways.
It had only been a little over two-weeks, and yet, it feels like the universe had divided them for a millennia. Once she was only a few inches away, Connie extended a hand, both of them still silent. She wanted to make sure this is what Steven wanted, the hurt and confusion all too evident across his face. He looked at it and one of his eyes twitched uncomfortably, so she gently lowered it to rest on one of his knees.
He tensed, but did not move to pull away, so Connie gingerly moved her free hand to his other knee and came another inch closer so that their legs were just barely touching. They sat like this for several minutes, just searching each other's eyes for words that were beyond them. What could he say? I can't believe I let this happen? I'm so, so, so sorry? Incidentally, she was asking herself the same series of questions: How did I let you get so hurt?
You deserve someone better, someone stronger who could have protected you. I love you, and I'm so sorry… Steven was vaguely aware that White Diamond was watching them, which only added to the pressure to do something, to say something, so eventually he let out a weak mumble.
It looks…" then he placed a hand against his cheek as it flushed red, embarrassed. You have to say good-bye, and then literally kill her, and that's the best you can come up with? He spoke softly, covering one of his eyes with his hand in embarrassment. I don't… really know how this works. The girl quickly realized her mistake so she stopped abruptly and scooted forward, not allowing him to hide from her again.
I don't think anyone knows how this works. It was the first time he smiled like that since Pearl's dream, and those circumstances were very different. This felt like just another day at the Beach House, playing a video game or talking about a book or making snacks. They were here, together, and it was all they could have asked for.
Steven's smile flickered, though, his eyes focusing on the many faces beyond Connie's own. His words started to pour out in a rush. I never wanted you, or any of you," he re-positioned himself a bit so the others could see him, hopefully hear the truth in his voice. This, everything, it's so messed up. I've done… bad things, Connie.
Really, really bad things. You never had to be a part of this, it was my fault from the beginning, and I could have stopped it. Gar- I mean, Ruby and Sapphire, you were both right. Everything he's kept within started to explode in a tidal wave of emotion.
It, I was so stubborn, and then the zoo and Dad and the Famethyst and…" he was about to say Holly Blue Agate, but the name caused him to almost choke. He covered his mouth with a hand, his eyes flickering involuntarily over Amethyst who was crossing her arms and looking down, trying to fight back her own tears. A million thoughts bubbled to his mind, trying so hard to find the words, to manifest an apology great enough to wash away everything he's done. I wanted the truth, and I finally got it.
But, it wasn't worth this… It was my fault, I'm what brought you here. I…" he looked at his hands, eyes hard and voice almost inaudible. Three of them… and I hurt so many more, all of the trials…" He raised his head, but his gaze was far away, looking past them all, back to that horrible white room, but he couldn't waste any more time. Just… I didn't — I don't have any choice, I have to…" weakly, Steven glanced to his side and saw his mom's sword that Connie had left behind.
He crawled towards it and looked at his reflection in the blade — he looked like a ghost of himself, pale and thin and haunting.
There was a tense silence as Steven stared at himself, his tears finally betraying him. He had gone on as long as he could, but now that he started he couldn't stop. There was so much pain, so much regret, so much fear and anger and shame bottled up and he had finally lost his nerve, and everything blurred together like a vindictive tempest, threatening to wipe him away with his feelings. Not you…" Squeezing his eyes shut, Steven seriously thought about taking the sword and using it against himself, but White Diamond would stop him, and it couldn't shatter him anyways.
It was just another painful reminder of his mother and her legacy, and he was following right in her footsteps. Betrayl, shattering, abandoning the ones who mattered most… Steven wanted to look up at them, to continue to apologize, to try to iterate how badly this hurt him, but all he could do was continue to clench his eyes and let the waves of guilt crash over him — he didn't even mind the numbing pain that exuded from his cracked gemstone anymore. Involuntarily, the thought triggered the devious words of White Diamond in his brain.
Sometimes, emotional pain is just as effective as physical pain. Did she want this? Had he not been so consumed in grief, Steven might have noticed the tears being pulled from his cheeks by invisible hands, or the flash of a fusion in front of him, or a hand moving the sword away from him.
Then there were arms, mostly cold but a few warm, lifting him off the ground, propping him up, and then there was the smell of strawberries and salt that swam through his brain, and when he finally opened his eyes he was surrounded by all of them. Pearl and Lapis and Garnet and Amethyst and Connie were all holding him gently, trying to weather the storm with him, letting him calm down and come to an understanding in his own way.
They were silent for a moment as Steven just sat there, not bothering to try to hide his arm, nearly collapsing from exhaustion as they squeezed him lovingly. For just a brief moment, it felt like home. Finally, Pearl pulled back, and the others started to withdraw along with her.
Steven tried to meet her eyes but his shame was still too raw to bear to look at her. She placed a gentle hand on his cheek, though, and pulled his face up to look at her. He was amazed, so struck that he almost cried, to find that she was smiling.
Her eyes were sad and hair was tousled, but somehow, she still looked happy beneath it all. Of course we don't blame you for this, for any of this. You've done so well, fought so hard… We — I…" she sniffled meekly and hugged him again, and after a pause she was interrupted by Garnet who lifted him fully into the air from beneath from beneath his arms.
Holding him out in front of her, Steven looked at all three of her eyes her visor having been removed at some point and was fondly reminded of the lighthearted way they would play when he was smaller.
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His arms dangled childlishly over her hold on him, and her eyes moved involuntarily to his shaking fists. Tiny hands… my only weakness. Resisting the urge to cry herself, Garnet smiled lightly at her little boy. We should have been able to protect you, so things never got to be like this. We were the ones to fail you, Steven. You never should have had to face this alone.
They weren't… mad at him? Before he could respond, she gently set him down on his feet again, and he found himself face-to-face with Amethyst. They were staring at each other uncomfortably, not sure how to broach all of the unspoken reality between them, until finally Amethyst sighed dramatically and rolled her eyes. You don't have to be sorry. You never did anything wrong. Tears started to line his lids again and he gratefully returned the hug, saying nothing, but gasped suddenly when the wetness around his eyes floated away.
Blinking at the odd sensation, Lapis was smiling a small, sad smile just behind Amethyst, so the purple gem released him and let them have their moment. She knelt down and placed a hands on each of Steven's shoulders, holding him at arm's length. He needed to hear this from her. Softly, she looked straight into his eyes. The blue gem had expected him to resist, but she needed to give him this peace. I can't image what that was like, but you don't have to carry it with you anymore.
You're more than they were — just like, I'm… more than I was with Jasper. You were the one to teach me that, that I could be more than Malachite. This was one of the conversations they had all dreaded the most, too private and too painful, but Lapis had no choice but to talk in front of the others.
This would be the last time she would have this chance. Steven opened his mouth to speak, but Lapis shook her head. What you did… how you must have felt… It's horrible. There aren't words… but that doesn't mean it's your fault. It feels like it's still you in your mind, but at the same time, it doesn't. Even if their situations had been different, there was something about the look in her eyes that told him that she really did understand. She had been the Holly Blue Agate, and he had been the Jasper, but still… Steven spoke this time before he could stop her, his voice cracking through the painful memory.
He shouldn't feel relieved, but he did — he was supposed to be apologizing, telling them how much he didn't mean to hurt them, and they were the ones comforting him. The blue gem pulled Steven into an understanding embrace, letting him melt into her arms.
He didn't know how much he needed this until she had said the words out loud, and he wouldn't trade this moment for anything. But, despite himself, Steven started to laugh as he felt a tickle on his toes.
Lapis pulled back and looked confused, and they both glanced down at his feet to see the robonoid that had become captive with the others pushing up against him. Connie had been standing behind them, so she lightly kicked it away, rolling her eyes. It's kind of nice company, though," her voice was as light as a cloud, her presence at his shoulder making his lungs suddenly work a little harder.
He realized the smell of strawberries from earlier had been her, something he failed to appreciate when they were on Earth. Wordlessly, Steven untangled himself from Lapis and faced Connie properly this time.
Very carefully, he grazed his thumb across the cuts on her cheek, and she sucked in a sharp breath. He sighed and lifted it up between them, not letting go of her other hand. Words like horrific, disturbing, and terrifying came to mind, but he didn't want to ruin this moment. She lightly placed her hand against the glowing skin and pushed his arm down so neither of them were looking at it anymore, and their eyes met again.
Steven felt himself redden; they were standing very close. He had to pause and take a steadying breath, starting again. But, I… I want you to know, I should have told you a long time ago, and now I wish we had more time…" The girl raised her brows curiously as Steven struggled, feigning ignorance. Steven didn't know whether or not she had heard what he said in Pearl's dream. Steven cleared his throat, the back of his neck feeling hot, forgetting about everything and everyone else for just a brief moment.