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Recap / Star Wars: The Clone Wars S2E10 "The Deserter"

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It is the quest for honour that makes one honourable.

Obi-Wan, Commander Cody, and Captain Rex land on Saleucami to chase after General Grievous. While on patrol with Jesse, Hardcase and Kix, Rex gets shot in the chest by a commando droid. Fortunately he's not dead, but Jesse and the others take him to a nearby farm to recover. The farmer, one Suu Lawquane, isn't initially happy about the clone troopers' presence, but eventually relents and tells Jesse they can leave Rex in the barn. As Rex discovers later that evening when Suu's husband comes home, she has good reason to be reluctant about the presence of the Republic military: Cut Lawquane turns out to be a clone who deserted from the Grand Army, and Rex has to decide if he's going to report Cut's presence or not...

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  • Arrow Cam: This is used when a commando droid snipes Rex.
  • Bad Boss: General Grievous won't let any of the battle droids ride on the creatures that they commandeered to carry their supplies, so they keep running out of power.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Most of the commando droids attacking the Lawquane farm are killed this way.
  • Children Are Innocent: Shaeeah runs into the barn chasing a ball, sees Rex and informs him "You look like my daddy." The clone troopers assume that she just can't tell one male human from another. It is later revealed she meant it literally.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Averted. Cut just wants to live a quiet life, and protect his family.
  • Dangerous Windows: During the commando droids' attack on the farmhouse, Cut makes the mistake of backing up against a window. When one of the Separatist droids smashes through the window and grabs him, he headbutts it to make it release him.
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  • Doctor's Orders: After waking up, Rex tells Kix to just patch him up so they can get back on patrol. Kix firmly tells him he's not going anywhere:
    Kix: Sir, as the team medic, when it comes to the health of the men — including you — I outrank everyone. So I respectfully order you, sir, to get some– [interrupted by Suu entering the barn]
  • Dramatic Irony: While talking with Cut, Rex says that by staying in the army, he's protecting people like Cut's family because if the Republic loses, future generations might grow up under an evil he can't well imagine. Little does he know he won't have to...
  • Early-Bird Cameo: This episode introduces Jesse and Hardcase, who only play a minor role here. They won't come back until the Umbara arc, where they get much more characterization and become deeply involved in the plot.
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  • Faking Amnesia: Rex pretty much admits he's going to do this so as to avoid reporting Cut for desertion.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Suu's children Shaeeah and Jek are half-Twi'lek, half-human. Their father was Suu's first husband, who walked out on her.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: At the end of the episode, Rex mentions that he'll have to report Cut ... but he won't remember any of them "in [his] condition".
  • Interspecies Romance: Suu is a Twi'lek and both Cut and her first husband are human.
  • Mama Bear: We don't see her in action, but Suu greets Kix by pointing a rifle at him.
  • The Metric System Is Here to Stay: A rare aversion, one of only two instances in The Clone Wars (the other being the season one episode "Jedi Crash") where Imperial measurements are used. What makes this one particularly odd is that metric units ("klicks", slang for kilometres) are also used in the episode.
    Hardcase: [to Rex] A droid took a potshot, that would have gone straight through your heart had it been an inch to the left.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Suu is an attractive Twi'lek woman with pink skin who's not wearing that much on her upper body.
  • Neck Lift: The last commando droid does this to Rex before Cut kills it.
  • Papa Wolf: Cut is ferocious in his defence of his stepchildren when commando droids attack the house.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Rex, when shooing away a farm animal that woke him up by licking his face.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The episode ends with Rex riding off to rejoin the army.note 
  • Shoot the Bullet: An AT-TE turret gunner manages to intercept an RPG fired at the tank by a battle droid, prompting the trooper who warned the gunner to compliment him on his shot.
  • Sick Episode: Rex gets shot and has to recuperate at a farm.
  • Single-Episode Handicap: Rex has his left arm in a sling for most of the episode due to nerve damage from getting shot.
  • Straight for the Commander: What the commando droids who sniped Rex clearly intended.
  • Stylistic Suck: Despite being rendered in CGI, the Dejarik holo-monsters are animated like they are using stop-motion, with Dave Filoni suggesting that's how the game looks In-Universe. This aspect was carried over into later portrayals of Dejarik.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Rex picks "Good" by not reporting Cut.


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