Thank you for the up, Star-Foozle Re falling out over Xanatos: I think Dooku's misstep might have been trying to 'comfort' Qui-Gon by diminishing his grief. I can just see Dooku telling Qui-Gon the GFFA equivalent of c'est la vie; and then Qui-Gon, whom I fully admit can be prickly at best where his hurt feelings are concerned, flounces off in a huff. And then of course, they're both too damn proud and stiffnecked to kiss and make up, each alternately trying to make conversation whenever they bump into each other. Boys? Personally, I like to think that Dooku had a certain fondness for Obi-Wan. I know, I know?complete lack of canon and/or EU evidence. But still! There are quite a few similarities between the two of them, and I think Dooku sees a little of himself in teh Padawan. I sometimes theorise that could have caused a bit of that blow-up with Qui-Gon over Anakin. They meet on Coruscant during TPM, exchange pleasantries; then Dooku goes 'You know, about that kid you're dragging about?' Qui-Gon, frustrated at Obi-Wan's coolness toward the Chosen One, pouts. 'Oh, Master, not you too!' and leaves for Naboo with both of them seething self-righteously, which eventually causes Dooku a lot of anger and guilt when Qui-Gon gets skewered, and he beats himself up over it. He then goes into denial, and starts beating the Council up over it, and then leaves the Order. Just my tuppence worth. I like using that to explain why Dooku seemed so reluctant to kill Obi-Wan on a few separate occasions in the two films. And perhaps it's just the way I looked at Mr Lee's performance, but I think the scene with Obi-Wan in the Geonosian dungeons show us Dooku interacting with another character as honestly and sincerely as we'll ever see him on screen.