- "Trust is the greatest of gifts, but it must be earned."
In the Jedi Temple, the members of the Jedi Council along with Anakin and Ahsoka, discuss the security measures for Chancellor Palpatine’s visit on Naboo for its traditional Festival of Light. Mace Windu and Yoda have since disclosed to the others that Obi-Wan is still alive and in disguise, infiltrating Count Dooku’s plot to strike against and kidnap the Chancellor. Anakin proves confident and determined to see the mission done – but perhaps a little too much, earning him concerned glances from Windu, Yoda and Ahsoka.
In the meantime, Count Dooku, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane and his team consisting of Obi-Wan, Embo, Derrown and Twazzi claim possession of a small hangar in Theed, by murdering the mechanics inside. The group congregates, and Bane proceeds to assign his fellow members’ individual roles in the plot: Derrown is to take down the deflector shield erected for the Chancellor’s protection, Eval is to provide the getaway transport, Embo and Twazzi, disguised as Senate Guards are assigned to escort the Chancellor, and a disguised Obi-Wan is to provide cover fire and incapacitate the Chancellor with a sniper blaster. Also, a special mapping device is issued to each of them, to lead them to the rendezvous point once the mission has been complete, and a special holographic disguise matrix is used to make them appear as Senate Guards. But as they leave for their posts, Dooku takes Bane aside for a moment and advises him to keep a special lookout for Hardeen, of whom the Count has grown suspicious. Finally, Palpatine and his escort, which includes Windu, Anakin and Ahsoka, arrive in Theed, where the Chancellor is welcomed by Queen Neeyutnee and a group of esteemed Galactic senators, among them Naboo’s own representative Padmé Amidala and Sio Bibble, governor of Naboo. While security is in place, Palpatine shows little concern for the Count’s imminent strike, and in worry of Padmé’s safety, Anakin assigns Ahsoka to accompany his wife and the Queen while he takes his place in the mission’s front line. While assuming his position, Obi-Wan is finally able to contact Windu and inform him of the important elements of the Count’s plan.
On that evening, the Naboo and their Senate guests gather at the Royal Palace to perform the initiation of the festival, with Bane infiltrating the crowd holographically disguised as a Neimoidian. However, when Dooku’s operation commences and Derrown prepares to disable the deflector shield generator, Obi-Wan gives a warning to Windu, but he and Anakin are unable to prevent the shield’s deactivation or Derrown’s escape. Obi-Wan attempts to prevent the latter, disabling Derrown’s jetpack, but his blaster packs one shot only. The Chancellor is knocked out by the shield generator’s explosion, and amidst the resulting confusion Embo and Twazzi make Palpatine look like a fallen Senate Guard with a holographic matrix while Twazzi takes on the Chancellor’s appearance. Anakin and Windu intercept the two and fall for the ruse, whilst Bane and Eval make their escape with the unconscious Chancellor. As the only one closest to the kidnappers, Obi-Wan commandeers a speeder and follows Bane and Eval to the rendezvous point, where their escape ship is waiting (though Dooku apparently is not). When Obi-Wan arrives, he claims custody of the Chancellor at gunpoint, triggering a vicious fight against Bane. Obi-Wan eventually overpowers the two criminals and hands them over to the authorities (who just arrived, along with Anakin and Windu), and when his true name is revealed by Windu, Bane swears bitter revenge against the Jedi.
The next morning, Palpatine and the Jedi prepare to return to Coruscant, but even though the kidnapping was successfully thwarted, Anakin is still furious at Obi-Wan and the Jedi Council about having withheld the truth from him, even if this was meant to convince Dooku of ‘Hardeen’s’ sincerity. An angry comment of his, however, triggers a suspicion in Obi-Wan, and before shedding his disguise, he returns to his position from the previous night and finds an activated com device in his sniper blaster’s case, meaning that Dooku had not shown because he had listened in on Obi-Wan’s com calls to Windu. In fact, the Count awaits Palpatine and Anakin in an ambush, which was subtly arranged by Palpatine in order to draw out Anakin’s frustrations and anger to their fullest and thus make him pass to the Dark Side of the Force for good. Anakin dispatches the two Magnaguards that accompanied Dooku quickly but when Palpatine tries to run away at Anakin's orders, a third Magnaguard intercepts him and holds him in place. Both watch as Anakin and Dooku duel across the halls and although Anakin holds Dooku down for a few seconds, Dooku manages to overpower him with Force lightning. Obi-Wan, however catches up to Anakin and together they manage to thwart Dooku's plan once again, destroying the lone Magnaguard and rescuing Palpatine, forcing Dooku to leave empty-handed, escaping in his shuttle. While Palpatine thanks the Jedi for their timely rescue, he makes an expression of mock concern about what the galaxy would become if the Jedi were no more.
- James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon
- Terrence Carson as Mace Windu
- Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker
- Corey Burton as Count Dooku and Cad Bane
- Ian Abercrombie as Chancellor Palpatine
- Catherine Taber as Padmé Amidala and Twazzi
- Stephen Stanton as Moralo Eval and Naboo Guard
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
- Dave Filoni as Embo
- Tom Kane as Yoda and Narrator
- Matthew Wood as Derrown and SG-194
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Behind the scenes
The clone trooper who is taking Cad Bane in the prison is a shock trooper, but after the scene cuts, he turns into a normal clone trooper.
One of the fire works that Palpatine launches resembles the Star Wars opening crawl.
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