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After Ahsoka has been captured by Republic forces, she is tried for crimes she did not commit. While Ahsoka is facing penalty of death on the Military Court, Anakin searches for evidence of her innocence.


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  • Broken Pedestal: With the exception of Anakin, the Jedi Order ends up becoming this to Ahsoka.
  • Call-Forward: Towards the end of their duel, Anakin quite clearly begins Force-choking Barriss—and earlier, he goes a bit further with Ventress.
  • The Cameo: Anakin and Barriss' duel takes them out onto the Temple roof, where Tera Sinube (who is introduced in "Lightsaber Lost") is training a group of younglings, including Petro and the others first seen in "The Gathering".
  • Clear Their Name: With Ahsoka in custody, Anakin conducts his own investigation to prove his Padawan's innocence.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Anakin's fight with Barriss Offee. Barriss provides a good fight for someone who lost utterly to Ahsoka only two years earlier, but the duel is in Anakin's favor from the start.
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  • Dark Action Girl: Ventress and Barriss.
  • Dual Wielding: Anakin with Barriss' and his own lightsabers, Barriss with Ventress'.
  • Double Weapon: The Jedi Temple Guards wield staves with a short lightsaber blade on each end.
  • Easily Condemned: Ahsoka feels betrayed by the Order she fought for, and can't forgive them.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Ahsoka's reaction when Anakin reveals Barriss as the traitor is to simply and quietly ask her if it is true.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Tarkin is perfectly okay with sentencing Ahsoka to death — but only as long as she's guilty, and he's appalled when Anakin proves Ahsoka's innocence.
  • The Extremist Was Right: Despite how extreme Barriss' actions are during the Fugitive arc, she has a very good point about the increasing militarization of the Jedi Order.
  • Force-Choke: Anakin does this first to Ventress and later to Barriss.
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  • Guilty Until Someone Else Is Guilty: Aside from her closest friends, all the characters believe Ahsoka Tano killed Letta Turmond, who was instructed by a Jedi to bomb the Jedi Temple. The characters also believe that Ahsoka is the mastermind behind the bombing. Once Anakin captures Barriss Offee and makes her confess that she was responsible for the crimes, everyone is finally convinced of Ahsoka's innocence.
  • Hypocrite: Tarkin demands that the Council expel Ahsoka from the Order so she can receive an impartial judgement from the Senate tribunal. Needless to say, nothing is impartial in that trial, especially not him.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: While important in its own right, Ahsoka leaving the Jedi- and all the events surrounding it- play a major role in weakening Anakin's faith in the Jedi, playing a role in his eventual turn.
  • Kangaroo Court:
    • The freaking Jedi Council has decided in advance that Ahsoka is guilty of the crimes she's been accused of, without even hearing her out first! Anakin even lampshades it:
      Anakin: You've already made your decision, haven't you?! This meeting is just a formality!
    • The Senate Trial is very biased as well, although we don't learn their actual decision as they were interrupted before they could pronounce her guilty.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Padmé serves as Ahsoka's defense.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Mace Windu doesn't actually apologize to Ahsoka for the Council's treatment of her, saying that the tribulations she's faced were the Force's way of testing her worthiness to become a Jedi Knight. Ahsoka's clearly unimpressed.
    • Plo Koon however, does apologize on the council's behalf.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Jedi Council's dismissive treatment of Ahsoka further turns Anakin against them, and ends up being one of the biggest factors behind his turn to the Dark Side.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order at the end of this episode.
  • Papa Wolf: Anakin goes to great lengths to prove Ahsoka's innocence.
  • The Reveal: It turns out Barriss is the traitor who is responsible for bombing the Jedi Temple hangar and framed Ahsoka.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order for good, through with their betrayal.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: During Anakin's final conversation with Ahsoka, it's implied that she knows about Anakin and Padmé's relationship. This was later confirmed by Word of God.invoked
  • This Is Something She's Got to Do Herself: Ahsoka's decision to leave the Order.
    Anakin: Ahsoka, you are making a mistake!
    Ahsoka: Maybe, but I have to sort this out on my own, without the Council and without you.
  • Title Drop: During Padmé's opening remarks as Ahsoka's defense in the court-martial.
    Padmé: A Jedi might be behind the attack, but that Jedi is not Ahsoka Tano. Members of the Court, you're prosecuting the wrong Jedi.
  • Tranquil Fury: Anakin starts out his confrontations with both Ventress and Barriss this way, but the "tranquil" part doesn't last long in either case.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Anakin is so outraged and desperate to save Ahsoka that he easily overpowers both Ventress and Barriss, the latter in particular in a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Barriss Offee reveals that she was the one who bombed the Jedi Temple hangar because she feels the Jedi have failed in their duty as peacekeepers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Ventress delivers an indirect one through Anakin by comparing how the Council abandoned and effectively betrayed Ahsoka to how Dooku did the same to her. Anakin is outright horrified when he realizes she's right.
    • Anakin calls out Barriss on betraying Ahsoka's trust.
    • Barriss justifies her attack on the Order as a stand against the growing corruption of its principles, claiming that they've become the very menace they are supposed to be fighting. She's right, too, even if none of them realize why.
    • While Ahsoka doesn't call them out on it directly after she's been cleared of the charges, her expression speaks volumes of her opinion when the same men who praise her strength and resilience had given her up to the Senate Court as a traitor not long before.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Tarkin is outright gleeful when he states he'll ask the Court to sentence Ahsoka to death. His only saving grace is that he's fully convinced she's guilty.


"I understand. More than you realize, I 'understand' wanting to walk away from the Order."
"I know"
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