Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S3E8 "Evil Plans"

A failure in planning is a plan for failure.

While Padmé is planning an important banquet, C-3PO and R2-D2 are sent on a mission to acquire some jogan fruit to garnish the dessert. However, bounty hunter Cad Bane, planning a big job, is looking for a Senator's personal droid, because he needs the plans to the Senate building.


Tropes:

  • All There in the Manual: Since Todo-360 was destroyed in "Holocron Heist", and given the series' penchant for airing episodes in Anachronic Order, one would assume that this episode takes place before "Holocron Heist". However, the episode guide revealed that this episode took place after the Season 2 première's Holocron trilogy, and Todo was simply rebuilt by Anakin in order to gain information on Bane, but the droid escaped and returned to his master.
  • Anachronic Order: This episode takes place sometime after the Season 2 première's Holocron trilogy, directly preceded by "Assassin" (which means that the Season 2 finale's Boba trilogy also predates this episode), and followed up by the Season 1 finale, "Hostage Crisis", with the arc concluding with "Hunt for Ziro".
  • Breather Episode: Between the rather dark episodes "Assassin" and "Hunt for Ziro", but it still had some dark moments.
  • Call Back: This is the second time in the show that R2-D2's lack of memory wipes and vast stores of knowledge have made him important to the villains.
  • Canon Immigrant: Gorga Desilijic Aarrpo, one of the Hutt Council members, was first introduced in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
  • Continuity Nod: The interrogator droid is the same type as the one seen in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For C-3PO and R2-D2.
  • Do You Want to Haggle?: This episode reveals that C-3PO is terrible at haggling, as the fruit vendor takes advantage of him, to R2's disgust.
  • Dramatic Irony: When R2-D2 and C-3PO finally get back to Padmé's apartment, Anakin is rather annoyed with them for apparently wasting time getting the jogan fruit. None of them know about the bounty hunters.
  • Electric Torture: Subverted by being used on C-3PO and R2, who are droids. Also the device appeared to have some sort of scanning function, as it gave access to the information in the memories of the droids.
  • Fembot: The attendants of the Droid Spa.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At one point, R2 pulls over a stall while being chased by Todo-360 and an assassin droid, and the irate vendor yells what sounds like a slightly garbled "What the hell?!"
  • Idiot Ball: R2-D2, so clever and heroic in the movies, and assigned by Anakin specifically to keep C-3PO out of trouble, is immediately suckered by Todo-360's sales pitch, and pays no attention to Threepio's whereabouts until after his spa day is over.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Cad Bane has the droids' memories of the events erased so they can't tell anyone what happened. This, incidentally, is the only time since before The Phantom Menace that R2 has had his memory wiped of anything.
  • Loose Lips: C-3PO, after Bane insulted him by claiming that he's useless, revealed that plans and schematics were never part of his programming, because it was always Artoo who handled that kind of information.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: C-3PO right after his Loose Lips moment.
  • Not So Above It All: While R2 has many cute moments throughout Star Wars history, here he's completely tempted and distracted (after Anakin explicitly told him not to get distracted from his assignment to buy some cakes for Padme) by droid maintenance bar (filled with cute fembots, too!) and is obviously enjoying himself there. He also didn't realize C-3PO wasn't there with him until it's too late.
  • Shout-Out: Senator Aang.


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