Long time lurker, first time poster. Cause after this episode I just had to vent. When I first got into this series several years ago, I really got into it. The characters were entertaining (even Jar-Jar!), the stories were engaging and often suspensful, and there were decently complex arcs that focused just as much on the individual characters as on the action. Sure there were some ups and downs, but overall I loved it, it had more or less captured the Star Wars spirit. Season 2 took this even further, and after the Boba trilogy I was pumped for what came next! Now? Now, I'm starting to take a page from SFDebris and referring to this season as "the idiocy that is Clone Wars Season 3." This episode was filler - pure, pointless filler. Sure, we found out why Ziro was freed back in "Hostage Crisis," but we could've just as easily been told this in any other episode - like, maybe one that isn't yet another prequel. We already know Bane will get the plans, free Ziro, 3PO and R2 will be okay, and so forth, so there's no tension to any of the events that transpire. The story goes nowhere. That said, I do think the writers did an excellent job capturing the 3PO/R2 dynamic as well as their inidvidual personalities. I liked how frantic 3PO was about the dinner situation, and the whole mission for missing dessert fruit did fit his character. Daniels did a great job with the voicework here as well. While I think most of the Droid spa scenes were pointless and went on way too long, they were humorous enough and I think it captured a great aspect about R2 - that while yes, he is a troublemaker, in the end he's extremely loyal to his friends, which we saw in how he gave himself up to TODO in order to save 3PO. One other thing - let's talk about lost oppurtunities in this episode. While the two droids were out on their escapades/torturing, Padme's dinner party was probably well underway. Since it involved the chair of the Senate armed forces comittee, I'm assuming this episode takes place before the events of the next prequel episode involving the debate on increased clone production. This could've been a great opportunity for a few scenes involving Padme and her fellow doves trying to bring the chair to their side, while having some casual dinner conversation jousting with the more hawkish Senators like Burtoni and Deechi. This would've made for a nice lead-in to the events of "Senate Murders" and it's prequel episode (I forget the name).