"The Vacuum" consists of four shorts:
- "The Vacuum" - After Weiss Schnee finishes vacuuming the dorm room, Zwei and Blake Belladonna come out of hiding and commiserate on their shared fear of vacuums.
- "Cape Trubs" - Ruby Rose experiences trouble with her cape, including getting stuck in doors, Jaune Arc walking over it with muddy shoes and accidentally hanging herself.
- "Book Swap" - Blake has to swap out a load-bearing book from the Team RWBY bunk beds.
- "The Fourth Wall" - Team RWBY are chatting when Team JNPR shows up with Pyrrha Nikos. Nora Valkyrie vehemently insists that "nothing bad ever happened".
In a space of pure whiteness, the giant blocky title and a certain rose emblem drop from the sky to the ground, where the four miniaturized members of Team RWBY pop out from behind it to smile, wave and adopt poses for the audience while an unseen speaker announces the show as: "RWBY CHIBI"!
In Team RWBY's dormitory, Weiss is seen vacuuming enthusiastically and humming to herself. After she leaves the scene a fearful Zwei and Blake Belladonna come out of hiding.
Blake: (to Zwei) I know, right?
Team RWBY is seen returning from class.
Yang: Ugh, Oobleck is the worst!
Blake: Yeah, but not as bad as Professor Peach.
Weiss: I like her.
Ruby: Yeah, but she's not around very often.
After Ruby has entered the room, Yang shuts the door and Ruby's cape gets caught in it.The scene transitions to Ruby reading a Camp Camp comic on top of her bed.
Yang: Ruby! Time for class!
Ruby: Coming! (to herself) Ah, crazy kids.
Ruby jumps down from her bed, but just as she is about to reach the ground her cape gets snagged an chokes her.
Ruby: Not like this, NOT LIKE THIS!
At another scene Ruby is seen reading another comic as Jaune leaves muddy footprints on her cape.
Ruby: Ugh! Dude!
Blake Belladonna is lying on her bed reading The Man with Two Souls. She finishes her book and looks at another book that is supporting the bunk beds which is titled: The Man with Two Souls 2, The Man with Four Souls. She tries to find a substitute for the book which is supporting the bed. Her first choices are a thick book, one of the two gauntlets Ember Celica and Zwei. She then finally settles on The Man with Two Souls However Ruby is revealed to have been in the room the entire time.
Ruby: Hey Blake! Can I borrow that book you're reading?
Blake falls over in despair.
Yang: And I said, "Bumblebee? More like-"
Jaune: Hey guys! Check out who we found!
Pyrrha: Hello again!
Ruby: You're okay!? How are you even here!?
Pyrrha: What do you even mean?
Ruby: I mean, I watched you di-
Nora: Nope! Never happened!
Nora: NOPE! Everything's fine! PYRRHA IS FINE! Nothing bad... ever... happened! EVER.
Ren: So, you guys wanna keep doing comedy segments?
Pyrrha: That sounds lovely!
- "Book Swap" was previewed during the Rooster Teeth "Summer of Animation" Live Stream on 9th June, 2016.
- At RTX 2016, sound designer Alena Lecorchick revealed the vacuum noise is herself blowing into the microphone, because the only such archive in RT's sound library did not convey what she wanted.
- The Achieve Men poster in Team RWBY's dorm room has been replaced with a chibi version. In this episode, it can be seen that Ray Narvaez, Jr. has been replaced by Jeremy Dooley, mirroring the real-life roster change at Achievement Hunter.
- The comic book Ruby is reading in "Cape Trubs" is a reference to another Rooster Teeth animated series, Camp Camp. Later, Jaune hums the theme song of the show.
- The two books in Blake's collection, The Man With Two Souls and The Man With Two Souls II: The Man With Four Souls, written by Ursula Berpdioloo, is a reference to the book Blake was reading in "The Shining Beacon, Pt.2".
- During the "Book Swap" short, an instrumental version of "From Shadows" is used as a soundtrack.
- Pyrrha's death in "End of the Beginning" is referenced in this episode.
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