|"Cloak of Darkness"|
|Airdate:||December 5, 2008|
- "Ignore your instincts at your peril."
Cloak of Darkness is the ninth episode in the first season. It aired on December 5, 2008.
"Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Jedi Master Luminara Unduli escort captured Viceroy Nute Gunray to trial, unaware that Count Dooku has dispatched his deadly apprentice assassin, Asajj Ventress, to free the prisoner and eliminate the Jedi."
Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Padawan Ahsoka Tano prepare to interrogate Viceroy Nute Gunray aboard the Jedi Cruiser, Tranquility, which is delivering him to be put on trial. Luminara tries to wear him down to a confession, but Ahsoka is impatient, and threatens Gunray with disregard to the Jedi Code. Luminara pulls Ahsoka to the side and reprimands her, yet the violent threat convinces Gunray that negotiations could commerce.
Meanwhile, unknown to the Jedi, Separatist forces have boarded the Tranquility, distracting the clones. This enables Dooku's assassin, Asajj Ventress, to slip aboard unnoticed. Luminara orders Ahsoka to guard Gunray and goes to aid Commander Gree and Green company with the droids. Ventress infiltrates the engine room and sets thermal detonators, before making her way up to the detention level, where Gunray is being held. She and Ahsoka briefly duel, but manages to free Gunray and lock Ahsoka in his cell. However a timely arrival by Luminara prevents the duo from leaving, yet Ventress detonates the detonators and makes her escape. After securing Gunray, Luminara goes after Ventress alone, despite Ahsoka's protests that she is too strong for one Jedi.
Luminara, having found and engaged Ventress, finds her a formidable opponent, and eventually gets trapped under some piping which Ventress cut down. Ventress is just about to deliver the fatal blow when she is pushed back into some pipes. Ahsoka, having had a conversation with Captain Argyus who told her to do what she believes is right, followed Luminara and arrived just in time to save the Jedi Master's life.
Up at the detention level, Argyus receives a sign and shoots down the other guards. Gree, alerted to this, learns that Argyus was paid by Dooku to help free Gunray and the two fight briefly, yet Gunray, whom Argyus managed to free, knocks Gree out. They head to make their escape, and are later joined by Ventress, who managed to avoid the Jedi again. While they are escaping, Argyus displayed great satisfaction in the outcome of "his" plan and would gladly note her assistance to Dooku; Ventress then stabs him through the back with her lightsaber, informing him she'll report to the count herself.
Later, Luminara and Ahsoka report their status to Master Yoda and Anakin, but all is not lost, as they believe that the ship which was stolen by the trio is able to be tracked. Ahsoka departs to meet back up with Anakin, but not before Luminara apologized for not taking her advice.
- 327-T (First appearance)
- Padmé Amidala (Appears in flashback(s))
- Faro Argyus
- Jar Jar Binks (Appears in flashback(s))
- Boogie (Appears in flashback(s))
- C-3PO (Appears in flashback(s))
- Onaconda Farr (Appears in flashback(s))
- Kit Fisto (Mentioned only)
- Green Leader (First appearance)
- Nute Gunray
- Darth Sidious (Appears in hologram)
- Anakin Skywalker (Appears in hologram)
- Ahsoka Tano
- Unidentified clone naval captain (Tranquility) (First appearance)
- Luminara Unduli
- Asajj Ventress
- Yoda (Appears in hologram)
- Rodia's Space