Study Guide

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Scene 2

Scene 2

Scene 2

  • C-3PO and R2-D2 walk through the desert on Tatooine. Technically, R2-D2 is rolling, but you know what we mean. The droids are headed toward Jabba the Hutt's palace, and they're scared.
  • They arrive at a monstrous metal door, and C-3PO knocks. He gives it about a second-and-a-half, and then tells R2-D2 nobody's home, so they should leave.
  • A robotic arm emerges from the door and interrogates C-3PO in a foreign language. C-3PO tells R2-D2 that it doesn't sound like they're going to be let in, so they should probably skedaddle.
  • Can you tell that C-3PO really wants to get the heck out of there?
  • The door opens, and the droids head inside. The door closes behind them, and they meet some seriously creepy looking dudes.
  • One, Bib Fortuna, has a giant tentacle coming out of his head, red eyes, and super-sharp teeth.
  • C-3PO says they have a message from Luke Skywalker that they must deliver only to the big "man" himself, Jabba.
  • Cut to Jabba's lair. He looks like a gigantic slug, and a menagerie of equally creepy creatures surrounds him. C-3PO and R2-D2 are ushered inside.
  • R2-D2 plays the message. It's a hologram of Luke. He wants to meet with Jabba and strike a deal for Han Solo's release.
  • Oh, and as a demonstration of good will, he's going to give Jabba a gift: C-3PO and R2-D2 (who are pretty shocked with this bit of info).
  • Jabba, through subtitles, says there will be no deal. He's not giving up his favorite piece of home décor: Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, hanging on his wall like a demented dorm room poster.
  • C-3PO and R2-D2 are led away through Jabba's house of horrors to the droid acquisition room.
  • C-3PO will be Jabba's new translator droid. R2-D2? He'll be sent to Jabba's sail barge.
  • Back in Jabba's lair, a dance party's going down. There's a live band and everything. It's as weird as you'd expect from a house party thrown by a massive, drooling slug.
  • Suddenly, a trap door in the floor opens and one of the dancers is dropped through it. She looks terrified. Party foul.
  • Just then, a petite bounty hunter shows up with Chewbacca—although, to be fair, everybody looks petite next to Chewbacca. The bounty hunter wants to get paid for the wookiee.
  • When Jabba doesn't want to pony up the cash for Chewie, the bounty hunter produces a bomb and threatens to blow the joint up.
  • It works. They agree on a price, and the dance party resumes.
  • As Chewbacca gets led away, howling, a nearby guard lowers his mask. It's Lando Calrissian! If you've seen Empire Strikes Back, you'll know that he's one of the good guys—except for that whole temporarily betraying Han Solo thing.

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