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R2-D2 has fallen into the hands of a Trandoshan scavenger, Gha Nachkt, who plans to sell him to General Grievous. Locked in a closet on Nachkt's ship, R2 manages to send a transmission to Anakin, on board the Twilight, with his location — he's being brought to the secret Separatist listening post the Republic's been looking for. Anakin, Ahsoka, Rex, a squad of clone troopers, and the new astromech droid R3-S6 set out to the coordinates. Upon arriving, they find the listening post and set out to destroy it. In the process, it's revealed that R3 is a Separatist spy. Anakin manages to rescue R2 and the listening post is destroyed.


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  • Air-Vent Passageway: Ahsoka escapes from Grievous via the vents.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Ahsoka uses the shock from the station's reactor exploding to push Grievous' hand, the one holding her lightsaber, in order to slice off his other hand at the wrist and escape from his Neck Lift.
  • Bookshelf Dominoes: Ahsoka knocks over several shelves in a storage room this way while escaping from Grievous.
  • Bond One-Liner: Villain example: after Grievous makes short work of Gha Nachkt when the latter demands a bonus payment, the former responds rather smugly, "There's your bonus!"
  • Casual High Drop: Anakin and Ahsoka drop in on the listening post from their ship high above, with Anakin using the Force to make himself fall even faster, and then cushion their landing at the last second with the Force while the clones have to use Jet Packs to keep the jump from being fatal for them and to end up landing on their target.
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  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Grievous tries taunting Ahsoka into giving up her hiding place in the storeroom where he corners her.
  • EMP: The "droid poppers" Ahsoka has Rex use to disable the Separatist droids who have them surrounded during the hallway firefight.
  • Evil All Along: R3-S6 actually serves as a double agent for the Separatists.
  • The Gadfly: Ahsoka clearly enjoys telling Rex that he gets to carry the astromech droid for the jump down to the listening post.
  • Human Shield: Or "Droid Shield", if you want to be specific. During the hallway firefight, Rex uses R3 as cover.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: This is Gha Nachkt's "reward" from Grievous for demanding a larger fee.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Ahsoka says this word-for-word in response to Anakin scolding her for engaging Grievous in combat alone.
  • Jet Pack: The clone troopers use these for the jump down to the listening post.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Obi-Wan does this at the end of the episode regarding Anakin putting the mission on the line to save R2.
  • The Mole: R3-S6 is this for the Separatists.
  • Neck Lift: Grievous does this to Ahsoka when he corners her in the storage room.
  • Off with His Head!: One of the clones rips the head off a battle droid that had just been talking with its comrade about getting its head readjusted.
  • Oh, Crap!: R2's reaction when he's brought before General Grievous.
  • The Reveal: R3-S6's incompetence is because he's secretly a Separatist spy.
  • Shoot the Fuel Tank: Rex points out some fuel cells in the hangar to Anakin, so he throws one at approaching battle droids and Rex shoots it, causing an explosion that wipes out multiple Separatist droids.
  • Throwing the Distraction: Ahsoka escapes Grievous' notice (at first) by loudly moving a box from one shelf to another with the Force, so he walks right past where she's hiding.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Grievous escapes in his starfighter when the listening post's reactor is blown up.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Grievous has no problem trying to kill Ahsoka with her own lightsaber.
  • The X of Y: "Duel of the Droids".
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Grievous kills Gha Nachkt once he's finished hacking into R2's memory. He might have let him live if Nachkt hadn't demanded a bonus payment or he might have killed him anyway. It's hard to tell with Grievous.


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