TATOOINE - DESERT - NABOO SPACECRAFT - DAY
cruises ahead of QUI-GON and PADME, who are riding one
of the EOPIES; JAR JAR ridses the other. They stop in
front of the sleek Naboo spacecraft. OBI-WAN comes out
of the ship and joins them.
: Start getting this hyperdrive generator installed.
I'm going back...some unfinished business. I won't be
OBI-WAN : Why do I sense we've picked up another pathetic
QUI-GON : It's the boy who's responsible for getting
a hill far overlooking the Naboo spacecraft, the SITH
PROBE DROID turns and speeds away.
TATOOINE - STREET - SLAVE QUARTERS - DAY
and A GREEDO are rolling around on the floor, fighting.
About A DOZEN OR SO KIDS are standing around them, yelling.
Suddenly, a long shadow is cast over the TWO BOYS; they
stop fighting and look up. QUI-GOMN is towering above
them. KITSTER is with them.
: What's this?
ANAKIN : He said I cheated.
QUI-GON : Did you?
ANAKIN : No!
QUI-GON : Do you still think he cheated?
GREEDO : Yes.
QUI-GON : Well, Annie. You know the truth... You will
have to tolerate his opinion, fighting won't change
moves off down the street. Anakin follows. The GREEDO
wanders over to WALD who has been watching the goings-on.
: Keep this up, Greedo, and you're gonna come to a bad
down the street QUI-GON and ANAKIN head toward Anakin's
hovel. QUI-GON takes a handful of credits from beneath
his poncho and hands them to the boy.
: These are yours. We sold the Pod.
ANAKIN : (suddenly beaming) Yes!
ANAKIN'S HOVEL - MAIN ROOM - DAY
is cleaning up as ANAKIN bursts through the door, followed
: Mom, he sold the Pod. Look at all the money we have!
pulls a bag of coins out of his pocket.
: Oh, my goodness, That's wonderful.
QUI-GON : And Anakin has been freed.
ANAKIN : What?!?
QUI-GON : You're no longer a slave.
jumps for joy! SHMI is stunned.
: Did you hear that, Mom? (to Qui-Gon) Was that part
of the prize, or what?
QUI-GON : Let's just say Watto has learned an important
lesson about gambling.
SHMI : Now you can make your dreams come true, Annie.
You're free! (turns to Qui-Gon) Will you take him with
you? Is he to become a Jedi?
QUI-GON : Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing
happens by accident. You are strong with the Force,
but you may not be accepted by the Coucil.
ANAKIN : A Jedi! Mighty blasters, you mean I get to
go with you in your starship and everything?!
kneels down to the boy.
: Anakin, training to be a Jedi will not be a easy challenge.
And if you succeed, it will be a hard life.
ANAKIN : But it's what I want. What I've always dreamed
about. Can I go, Mom?!
QUI-GON : This path has been placed for you, Annie;
the choice to take it is yours alone.
thinks, looks to his mother, then to QUI-GON.
: I want to go.
QUI-GON : Then, pack your things. We haven't much time.
ANAKIN : Yipee!!
hugs his mom and starts for the other room, then stops.
SHMI and QUI-GON give each other a knowing look. ANAKIN
has realized something.
: (Cont'd) What about Mom? Is she free too? You're coming,
aren't you, Mom
QUI-GON : I tried to free your mother, Annie, but Watto
wouldn't have it.
ANAKIN : But the money from selling...
QUI-GON : It's not nearly enough.
comes over to her son and sits next to him. Taking both
of his hands in hers, she draws him close.
: Son, my place is here. My future is here. It is time
for you to let go...to let go of me. I cannot go with
ANAKIN : I want to stay with you. I don't want things
SHMI : You can't stop change any more than you can stop
the suns from setting. Listen to your feelings; Annie,
you know what's right.
takes a deep breath, drops his head. QUI-GON and SHMI
exchange a look of concern. When ANAKIN raises up, there
are tears in his eyes.
: I'm going to miss you so much, Mom...
SHMI : I love you, Annie...now hurry.
and SHMI hug. ANAKIN runs into the other room.
: (Cont'd) Thank you.
QUI-GON : I will watch after him. You have my word.
Will you be all right?
SHMI : He was in my life for such a short time.
ANAKIN'S HOVEL - SECOND ROOM - DAY
has thrown the last of his things in a small backpack.
As he leaves, he stops and pushes the button that wakes
his droid up. THREEPIO stares at him blankly.
: Well, Threepio, I'm free...and I'm going away...in
THREEPIO : Master, Annie, you are my maker, and I wish
you well. Although I'd like it better if I were a little
ANAKIN : I'm sorry I wasn't able to finish you, Threepio...give
you coverings and all... I'm going to miss working on
you. You've been a great pal. I'll make sure Mom doesn't
sell you or anything. Bye.
stares at ANAKIN as he rushes out of the room.
: Sell me?!?
MOS ESPA - STREET - SLAVE QUARTERS - DAY
runs up to ANAKIN as he and QUI-GON exit Anakin's hovel.
SHMI stands in the doorway. ANAKIN pulls a handful of
coins out of his pocket and gives them to KITSTER.
: There are so many of us who want you to stay, Annie...
You're a hero.
ANAKIN : I... (looks to SHMI) I... have to go.
has moved a short way down the street.
ANAKIN : Well.
KITSTER : Thank's for every moment you've been here.
You're my best friend.
ANAKIN : I won't forget.
hugs KITSTER and runs toward QUI-GON, then stops to
look back at his mother standing in the doorway. He
turns back to QUI-GON, then turns and runs back to his
: (starting to cry) I can't do it, Mom. I just can't.
hugs ANAKIN. QUI-GON watches from the distance. She
kneels down and looks him in the face.
: Annie, remember when you climbed the great dune in
order to chase the Banthas away so they wouldn't be
shot... Remember how you collapses several times, exhausted
thinking you couldn't do it?
shakes his head.
: (Cont'd) This is one of those times when you have
to do something you don't think you can do. I know how
strong you are, Annie. I know you can do this...
ANAKIN : Will I ever see you again?
SHMI : What does your heart tell you?
ANAKIN : I hope so...yes...I guess.
SHMI : Then we will see each other again.
ANAKIN : I.. will become a Jedi and I will come back
and free you, Mom...I promise.
SHMI : No matter where you are, my love will be with
you. Now be brave, and don't look back... don't look
ANAKIN : I love you so much.
hugs ANAKIN, then turns him around so he is facing QUI-GON,
and off he marches, like the brave little trooper that
he is. He marches right past QUI-GON, starring right
ahead, tears in his eyes, determined not to look back.
TATOOINE - DESERT MESA - DAY
PROBE DROID beeps and whistles to DARTH MAUL. The SITH
LORD gets on a speeder bike and follows the PROBE DROID
into Mos Espa.
MOS ESPA - STREET - FRUIT STAND - DAY
and QUI-GON exit WATTO'S and stop before JIRA'S fruit
stand. ANAKIN hands JIRA some coins.
: I've been freed, and I'm going away. Buy yourself
a cooling unit with this... Otherwise I'll worry about
is astonished. She stares, not knowing what to say.
: Can I give you a hug
ANAKIN : Sure.
gives him a hug.
: I'll miss you, Annie.. there isn't a kinder boy in
the galaxy. You be careful...
runs to join QUI-GON, who has already started down the
street. As they walk along together, QUI-GON notices
something out of the corner of his eye.
Suddenly, without breaking his stride, he ignites his
laser sword, swing around, and lunges forward and cuts
a lurking PROBE DROID in half. QUI-GON inspects the
sparking and fizzing DROID.
: What is it?
QUI-GON : Probe droid. Very unusual... not like anything
I've seen before. Come on.
and ANAKIN start running.