So Clone Wars has returned from its holiday break with another chapter in the misadventures of Gascon, WAC, and the Astromechs. But the good news is that this episode centers not on pointless arguments between the tiny colonel and his annoying right-hand Droid, but on an MIA clone trooper who has forgotten who he is.
After conquering the Void, Gascon and his team have arrived in an Abafar city. Gascon figures they'll be able to find transportation off the planet, but first, he needs to fuel his belly. He and WAC find a diner run by the Sullustan Mr. Borkus. Borkus, in a nod to A New Hope, refuses to allow the Droid in his diner. Since this is a culturally approved bit of prejudice, Gascon waves WAC away until Borkus tells him, "We don't serve your kind either." Chased away at knife point, Gascon's only hope for sustenance seems to be the dumpster behind the diner. WAC, for his part, genuinely doesn't understand the problem with eating from the dumpster; happily, the writers have toned down the disagreements between Gascon and the Droids. They may not agree on everything, but they've won each others' respect.
There is even a cute pro-Droid line later in the episode: When Gascon accuses the Droids of mental inflexibility, R2-D2 quips (using WAC as a translator), "Droids are not known for being flexible, because we are programmed for being right the first time." Maybe that's true for Astromechs, but someone should really update WAC's programming.
Gascon is spotted by Gregor, Borkus' employee, who, bemused by the Zilkin's trash-picking, offers to get him some food. Despite Gregor's shaggy hair and beard, Gascon instantly recognizes him as a clone. Gregor seems confused; not only does he not know that he's a clone—he doesn't even know what a clone is. We've seen a clone who escaped the war to settle down, but that's not the case here. Gregor is an amnesiac, and Borkus has used his convenient memory loss to turn the clone into his personal slave.
There are Separatist Droids hanging about this town, and Gascon deduces that there must be a landing zone nearby. Sure enough, they spot a shuttle that Gascon figures they could sneak aboard, hijack, and fly home. There's just one problem: after that incident aboard the Separatist ship a couple episodes back, the Separatist Droids will know D-Squad on sight. They're going to need that clone trooper to remember who he is so he can help them get aboard the shuttle.
When the team finds Gregor, R2 shoots a hologram of Captain Rex through Gregor's window as the rest of D-Squad bursts in. "Is that me?" Gregor asks in wonder. No, Gascon, explains, you are one of a million clones, but they are clones, not dishwashers. When R2 scans the identifying code in Gregor's wrist, it turns out that Gregor was once a highly decorated officer, lost in action during the tragic Battle of Sarrish. Gregor, enchanted by Gascon's description of the clones as noble soldiers, starts to recover his memories, and decides to hunt down the equipment he had when he crashed on Abafar. Mr. Borkus tries to stop Gregor and D-Squad from recovering the equipment, ridiculing Gregor as a mere dishwasher. The Droids quickly take Borkus down however, and Borkus, angered, tells them that they'll never get home; that shuttle they were planning to hijack is being loaded up with explosive material in order to blow up a Jedi cruiser.
Gregor, now in his trooper gear (with a pretty badass series of hash marks on the helmet), spots a Jedi cruiser and confirms that the Separatist Droids are loading the shuttle with an explosive mined on Abafar. D-Squad goes in to commandeer the shuttle while Gregor, his training and reflexes apparently restored, covers them, picking off the Separatist Droids. Gascon and BZ go down during the trek, and Gascon tells the Astromechs to go ahead without them. Gregor rescues them both, ushering them onto the shuttle. Once D-Squad is safely on board, Gascon offers to swing the ship back around and pick up Gregor, but Gregor tells them not to risk it; it's enough that Gascon reminded him who he was. Wistfully, the Droids fly away from Abafar, and Gascon tells an absent Gregor that they will take the story of his heroics back to the Republic and look for his return.
I was dreading another D-Squad episode, but it turned out this one wasn't half bad. With something to focus on besides one another, the team is a lot more tolerable. Plus, it was nice to have an episode honoring the clones again. It's been a while since we've gotten up close with a clone, and this one certainly brought out the best of a troublesome group of characters.