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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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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Bariss Offee is more Well-Intentioned Extremist than outright villain, but her goals to expose the Jedi's corruption did come to pass in an underhanded way, since it causes Ahsoka to resign and Anakin to eventually go Sith.
  • 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".
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  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl: Ventress and Barriss.
  • Dramatic Irony: Palpatine gives a dramatic speech to the Senate court about how the Separatists have repeatedly infiltrated the Republic in order to destroy it from within. He's ostensibly talking about Ahsoka, but this is, of course, his own modus operandi, and the very court session he's presiding over is yet another part of it.
  • 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.
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  • 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. Mind you, this is the same Tarkin who would later have no problem annihilating innocent children by the millions along with the rest of Alderaan's population.
  • 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. With Ventress, he pulls her towards him and begins physically choking her.
  • Foreshadowing: Unusually for him, Anakin goes after Ventress in full Jedi robes... looking like his fully unveiled Lord Vader.
  • Guilty Until Someone Else Is Guilty: Aside from her closest friends, everyone believes Ahsoka is the mastermind behind the bombing, using Letta to orchestrate it and then killing her when she was no longer needed. 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. It also helps set up important story arcs in season 7 — and, by extension, Star Wars Rebels.
  • 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 while Anakin sets out to find the real traitor.
  • Motive Rant: Barriss gets two: one during her fight with Anakin, and a second, longer one after she's brought before the Senate to confess.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: A lot of Jedi experience this as Ahsoka is repeatedly abandoned and betrayed by the Jedi Order.
  • 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.
    • Averted with Plo Koon, however, who does apologize on the council's behalf.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ahsoka's departure from the Jedi Order leaves Anakin without a confidant that he can trust, and ends up being one of the biggest factors behind his turn to the Dark Side. The fact that the Jedi Council were indeed right about a fellow Jedi being the perpetrator doesn't help matters.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order at the end of this episode.
  • Not Me This Time: Anakin, like Ahsoka, assumes Ventress must be the traitor and goes straight after her. Anakin is reluctant to believe her claim that she was helping Ahsoka, and had her lightsabers stolen by the real culprit, but when she mentions Ahsoka has spoken to Barriss, Anakin goes to investigate just in case.
  • 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.
  • Rule of Symbolism: After the Jedi Council disowns Ahsoka, we cut to a shot of a Republic avenue, full of fluttering vertical red flags... Nazis. They're Nazis. That's what we're going for here. Nazis. This is the liberal Weimar Republic falling to the Nazis. Literally Nazis.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Despite being cleared of all charges and invited back to the Jedi Order, Ahsoka leaves them for good, feeling disillusioned by their behavior.
  • 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
  • Significant Name Shift: After Ahsoka abandons the Jedi Order that abandoned her she no longer refers to Anakin as "Master", but by his name.
  • 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. Considering this is the same Tarkin who later killed millions of innocent children courtesy of the Death Star, that's not saying much.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Rather than admit their error in rushing to judgment, the Jedi Council (with Plo Koon's notable exception) simply Hand Wave the hell they put Ahsoka through as the Force's way of testing her resilience and praise her fortitude through it all instead. Ahsoka won't have any of it and resigns from the Order.


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

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