There has been much discussion of the bevy of political scenes expunged from Revenge of the Sith, yet in my mind, the true casualty concerns a filmed passage unseen in any venue: the first exchange between Obi-Wan and Padme. Quite frankly, it's beautiful, lending tremendous pathos to Obi-Wan and to the fractured Prequel family. The scene reads as follows: 93 EXT. CORUSCANT-PADME'S APARTMENT-EARLY MORNING Padme's apartment building is surrounded by the smog-shrouded city of Coruscant. 94 INT. CORUSCANT-PADME'S APARTMENT-LIVING ROOM-EARLY MORNING PADME and OBI-WAN sit on one of the couches. OBI-WAN: Has Anakin been to see you? PADME: Several times . . . I was so happy to hear he was accepted on the Jedi Council. OBI-WAN: I know ... he deserves it. He is impatient, strong willed, very opinionated, but truly gifted. They laugh. PADME: You're not just here to say hello. Something is wrong, isn't it? OBI-WAN: You should be a Jedi, Padme. PADME: You're not very good at hiding your feelings. OBI-WAN: It's Anakin . . . He's becoming moody and detached. He's been put in a difficult position as the Chancellor's representative . . . but I think it's more than that. I was hoping he may have talked to you. PADME: Why would he talk to me about his work? OBI-WAN studies her. OBI-WAN: Neither of you is very good at hiding your feelings either. PADME: Don't give me that look. OBI-WAN: I know how he feels about you. PADME: (nervous) What did he say? OBI-WAN: Nothing. He didn't have to. PADME is a little flustered. She stands and Obi-Wan follows. She walks to the balcony. PADME: I don't know what you're talking about. OBI-WAN: I know you both too well. I can see you two are in love. Padme, I'm worried about him. PADME looks down and doesn't answer. OBI-WAN: (continuing) I fear your relationship has confused him. He's changed considerably since we returned . . . They stand on the balcony and look off at the early morning city. OBI-WAN starts to leave. PADME stays looking off into the distant city. OBI-WAN: (continuing) Padme, I'm not telling the Council about any of this. I ... I hope I didn't upset you. We're all friends, I care about both of you . . . PADME: Thank you, Obi-Wan. OBI-WAN: Please do what you can to help him. Why, oh why was this left on the cutting-room floor?