Seerow-- to back up what you're saying regarding Dooku's motivation, this is from the Starwars.com Trivia gallery for the episode: THE SECRET OF THE BOX REVEALED: The outcome of this episode illuminates the intent and reality of "The Box." Dooku's plan was never about getting bounty hunters to successfully kidnap the Chancellor. It was about diverting the Jedi from his real kidnapping attempt. That means Dooku suspected a Jedi would infiltrate his conspiracy, and the Box exercise was about flushing that Jedi out, which is why Dooku took such interest in Rako Hardeen's actions and abilities. Of course, the trivia should have elaborated on the other layer of deceipt at play here, Dooku's apprenticeship to Palpatine, and what Palpy was really planning to get from this. It's obvious to me that this was Palpatine's plan to pit Anakin vs. Dooku to test Anakin's skill, and drive the wedge between Anakin and the council. I have to say it was great to see Obi-Wan getting to "save the day" at the end, which was highlighted to the audience by Dooku's speech to him. A nice way to end this Obi-wan-centric arc which showed his crafty skills put to good use. On the flip-side, it was salt in the wound for Anakin to hear Dooku talk about how great Obi-wan is and how Anakin sucks after Anakin had been lied to and manipulated through the whole arc.