Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S4E16 "Friends and Enemies"

Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

A disguised Obi-Wan, Moralo Eval, and Cad Bane flee the Republic while pursued by Anakin and Ahsoka.


Tropes:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Cad Bane is about to execute an unconscious Anakin when Ahsoka comes flying in, lightsabers blazing, to stand over his body in defense.
  • The Cameo: A drunk Sy Snootles is seen exiting a bar on Nal Hutta.
  • Choke Holds: Obi-Wan subdues Anakin by choking him into unconsciousness, giving him enough time to whisper a warning that lets Anakin realize that he's disguised as his own killer.
  • Groin Attack: Anakin slams a knee between Obi-Wan's legs, which almost gives him enough time to retrieve his lightsaber and kill Obi-Wan before Cad Bane joins the fight.
  • Honest John's Dealership: The Bith owner of the used spaceship lot Obi-Wan gets two spaceships from only sells the ships with enough fuel to make it to his brother's fuelling station on Orondia.
  • Interspecies Romance: Pablo, the Rodian owner of the pawn shop Obi-Wan, Bane and Eval get new clothes from, has a Twi'lek girlfriend.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Anakin and Ahsoka weren't told the truth about Obi-Wan's "death" because their reactions needed to look genuine. Palpatine takes advantage of this to try tricking Anakin into killing "Rako Hardeen" in revenge.
  • Mythology Gag: The ship Obi-Wan buys is of the same design as Lando Calrissian's yacht, the Lady Luck, from Legends.note 
  • Nice Hat: Cad Bane's propensity for distinctive headwear helps Ahsoka recognize him at a distance on Orondia.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Anakin and Ahsoka are kept out of the loop regarding Obi-Wan's faked death and undercover mission, which almost gets all three of them killed when the Chancellor overrules the Jedi Council and allows Anakin to pursue "Rako Hardeen" himself. To sell Obi-Wan's death, the Jedi needed Anakin's reaction to look natural, but could have told him the truth at any point after the event, as Yoda notes too late.
  • Shout-Out: When Cad Bane is picking out a new hat, the first one he picks up is Indiana Jones' fedora.
  • Tracking Device: Obi-Wan plants one on the first ship he buys because he expects Bane and Eval to betray him, and he's got a plan to make himself indispensable.


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