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"Mercy Mission"
Production information

Star Wars: The Clone Wars[1]





Production No.


Air date

October 7, 2011[1]


Danny Keller


Bonnie Mark

Episode chronology

Previous episode

"Shadow Warrior"

Next episode

"Nomad Droids"[2]

"Understanding is honoring the truth beneath the surface."

"Mercy Mission" is the fifth episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series' fourth season. It aired on October 7, 2011.

Publisher's summaryEdit

"After groundquakes have devastated the planet Aleen, a Republic relief effort arrives, including the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. When the native Aleena's pleas go unheard, it becomes the duty of the droids to embark on a surreal journey through Aleen's subterranean world to save the planet."[1]

Plot summaryEdit

Episode 5
Global crisis! The Mid Rim planet of Aleen
is devastated by catastrophic earthquakes.
As the people struggle, the future of the
survivors rests on their ability to rekindle
their way of life from the rubble of the
past. A Jedi transport, on a mission to
block Separatist annexation of the Qiilura
system, is waylaid to provide desperately
needed humanitarian relief to the people
on the surface of Aleen....

Senator Amidala and Master Yoda contact Commander Wolffe, the leader of the humanitarian relief expedition, for a status report on the situation on Aleen, which is fairly joyful considering the circumstances. A fully loaded relief force, including C-3PO and R2-D2 sent along as translators and to interface with the equipment, descends to the surface, which is planned to be only a brief stay because the troops would have to return to the war as soon as possible. The king of the Aleena, Manchucho, welcomes Wolffe and his troopers enthusiastically, though an aftershock disrupts the greeting somewhat. When C-3PO tries to calm the startled villagers just as the quake stops, the Aleena view the golden droid as some sort of divine messenger and ask the Republic troops to put the earth to rest, a request Wolffe understandably has to pass.

While Wolffe and C-3PO explain the function of the delivered supplies to Manchucho, Boost, Sinker, and R2-D2 enter the local Republican communication station to survey and repair the damage the quake has inflicted, accompanied by a few Aleena, who become increasingly impressed with the ‘magics’ their helpers make work. When C-3PO joins R2 in the station, the villagers are eager to show him something and lead the two droids to a collapsed structure, which contains a huge golden seal embedded in the ground. The seal is revealed to be the entrance of a tunnel leading into the subterranean regions of the planet; when another quake hits the area, C-3PO accidentally slips through the partly uncovered opening and plunges into the dark depths, followed by R2. 3PO’s fall is cushioned by a tangle of branches, but then the rubble shaken loose from another shock clogs the entrance tunnel, trapping the droids underground. One of the Aleena tries to fetch help, but with no knowledge of their language Wolffe misunderstands their intentions, so Manchucho and a few of his people race to the structure and initiate a chanting ritual.

While exploring the tunnels they have landed into, C-3PO and R2-D2 suddenly encounter speedy, sparkling lights chasing them and subsequently stumble into a strange subterranean ecosphere which is inhabited by sentient, tree-like beings called Kindalo, who demand them to leave since they claim that the surface dwellers ‘destroy the peace’. After C-3PO manages to convince them they are bearing no ill will towards them and mentions that they are here to help with the earthquakes, the Kindalo send the droids to Orphne, a reptilian-like humanoid with mystical powers. Orphne explains that a mutual balance has existed between the Aleena and the subterranean world, which was supposedly unsettled by surface dwellers who have breached the Underground’s most vital sanctum. The Underground dwellers are dependent on a filtering process by the soil of the planet which renders the surface air fit for them to breathe, and without this process the air proves toxic to them; the Underdwellers have therefore set off the earthquakes in an attempt to seal the opening. C-3PO offers to fix the damage, and before she dissolves into a swarm of flying fairy sparks, Orphne mysteriously asks the droids to find their true purpose and gives them a parting riddle:

You can run but can not walk
You have a mouth but cannot talk
You have a head but never weep
You have a bed but never sleep
Ask yourself, who are you?

With no other option left, C-3PO attempts to solve the riddle. By viewing the seals in Orphine’s chamber (which are in fact elemental signs), however, it is R2 who finds the answer: a river. By wetting the water seal, R2 activates a waterspout which carries the chamber’s central floor plate – with him and C-P3O onboard – through the ceiling back to the surface, right into the middle of Manchucho’s chanting congregation. Then poisonous air from the Underground then leaks to the surface through the seal tunnel, and C-3PO finally understands that, because they are droids and thus not dependent on air, he and R2 are the only ones who can close the breach, which is in fact the unsettled seal. Together, the droids put the seal back into place, putting an end to the earthquakes. Though their efforts go unappreciated with the skeptical clone troopers, the Aleena give them their heart-felt gratitude and a very cordial farewell.


While airing the episode, Cartoon Network had an error and called it "Mercy Mansion."


In this episode's online episode guide, the title has the tagline, "The Droids Are In Trouble Again!" "In Trouble Again" was the theme song to the Star Wars Droids animated television series. [1]


"Mercy Mission" was the least watched episode of the series to date with only 1.35 million views.[3]



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