It's been a while since we've seen Anakin and Ahsoka together, and this week, they're reunited not just as Jedi Knights, but as detectives as well. After a bombing at the Jedi Temple, Anakin and Ahsoka are tasked with finding the perpetrator. They may not be crack investigators, but they do pick up some hints that life isn't all peace and lightsaber crystals for the people who work in the Temple—and some people won't just sit back and quietly serve the Jedi while they engage in a devastating war. As always, spoilers below.
We kick off this episode with Anakin and Ahsoka fending off a Separatist attack on Cato Neimoidia. Even though this sequence has little to do with the episode, it's a nice check-in that signals how Anakin and Ahsoka's relationship has grown. Anakin still views Ahsoka as a younger sister, but he's not treating her like a kid. We've seen her come into her own a lot more this season, and it shows in Anakin's easy respect for her. After Anakin passes out in his fighter and Ahsoka comes to his rescue, he greets the news of her heroics with an admiring grunt. "Alright," he says, standing up. That one word is enough.
Yoda calls the pair back to Coruscant with news that the Jedi Temple has been bombed. They report to the Jedi Council, where Mace Windu explains that they'll have to lead the investigation. After all, there are whisperings that a Jedi is responsible for the bombing, and they can't rule anyone out, except Anakin and Ahsoka, since they were off-world at the time of the attack.
Ahsoka is unnerved by the idea that a Jedi could have attacked the Temple, and she and Anakin have an uncomfortably foreshadowy conversation about it. Ahsoka can't believe that a Jedi would attack a place so sacred. (And we all think: Wait until you see what Anakin does. Oh, nevermind, you'll probably be dead by then.) Anakin notes that there are a lot of political idealists among the Jedi, and that many a Sith is born out of political idealism. "There will always be Jedi who disappoint us," Anakin tells her.
Brief aside: Every now and then, I get it into my head that there is a teensy, minuscule chance that Ahsoka will survive to see Anakin become Vader. (Then, in my head canon, she confronts him and tries to kill and/or redeem him, and then he kills her, cementing his place with the Dark Side.) It's lines like that one, "There will always be Jedi who disappoint us," that flame that notion.
Anyway, our Jedi detectives are teamed up with a CSI Droid, Russo-ISC. There's something about Russo that I don't trust, but he's there to analyze the crime scene while the Jedi go do some interrogating. They're quickly pointed to a likely suspect: Jackar Bowmani, a maintenance worker who hasn't shown up for work since the blast.
Meanwhile, an anti-Republic protest has formed. Friends and family of the Temple bombing victims are frightened and angry, and a growing number of them suspect that a Jedi was responsible for all those deaths. Between the interminable war and the bombing, public support for Jedi is at an all-time low. The protestors wield anti-Clone Trooper holograms as they shout angrily at the Jedi buildings.
Anakin questions Jackar's wife, Letta Turmond, who is a bundle of barely contained fury. She's distraught that the Jedi have failed to find her husband, and when Anakin asks if her husband could have planted the bomb, she snarls. "Do you have any idea what someone has to go through to work in your Temple?" she asks. That's right, lady, expose his privilege!
Anakin joins Ahsoka and Russo in Russo's magical murder room, where Russo is analyzing the debris to create a simulation of the blast. I love the magical murder room, because 1) it reminds me of the magical murder computer on Bones, and 2) it gives the animators an excuse to tumble ghostly images from the bombing in the background. Russo discovers that there were highly volatile nanodroids at the scene, and, of course, it turns out that Jackar was a munitions expert who specialized in nanoweaponry. Russo and his fellow CSI droids (whom I still don't trust) scan the security footage, but find nothing.
Finally, Jackar turns up, or at least a piece of him does. His hand is the only piece of him left, because the rest of him exploded. Apparently, Jackar was hosting the nanodroids inside his body and became a living bomb.
Anakin and Ahsoka head over to Letta and Jackar's apartment, which is, to their surprise, in a really run-down part of town. "I would have thought that working at the Temple paid better," Ahsoka mutters. Now you're onto something, Ahsoka.
They execute a warrantless search (Jedi need worry not about the fruit of the poisonous tree), and find the apartment filthy. Anakin stumbles across the anti-Clone Trooper hologram beaming from a device on Letta's coffee table, and Ahsoka detects nanodroids in the food. Just as they're wondering whether Jackar ate the nanodroids voluntarily, Letta appears in the doorway. At first, she seems willing to come in for further questioning, but as soon as they get outside the apartment building, she gives them the slip, and they chase her through the grimy streets. By the time they catch up with her, they're convinced that she's guilty of the bombing. She accidentally lets it slip that she knows Jackar is dead, which only convinces them further. Finally, she confesses that she fed the nanodroids to Jackar. Ahsoka is horrified, "You set up your own husband to die?" Letta is defiant. "You are dealing with things you don't understand," she tells them.
Once Anakin and Ahsoka bring Letta in, there are back-pats all around. Russo announces that he has definitively found that Letta acted alone, and flips down his visor. Was that supposed to be a CSI: Miami sunglasses nod? Shouldn't there have been a pun?
The episode ends feeling weirdly off-balance, since the characters think everything is wrapped up when it's clearly not. But I'm all in for a little class struggle and some critiques of the Jedi from inside their own house.