CLOUD CITY - CORRIDOR: The group has crossed the narrow bridge and entered the city. They walk down the lovely Art Deco passageway, rounding several corners and passing many small plazas as they go. Threepio lags a bit behind.
HAN: How's the gas mine? Is it paying off for you?
LANDO: Oh, not as well as I'd like. We're a small outpost and not very self-sufficient. And I've had supply problems of every kind. I've had labor difficulties... (catches Han grinning at him) What's so funny?
HAN: You. Listen to you - you sound like a businessman, a responsible leader. Who'd have thought that, huh?
Lando is reflective. He looks at Han a moment.
LANDO: You know, seeing you sure brings back a few things.
LANDO (shakes his head): Yeah. I'm responsible these days. It's the price you pay for being successful.
Han and Lando laugh together, and the group moves on through the corridor.
The lagging Threepio passes a Threepio-type silver droid who is coming out of a door.
THREEPIO: Oh! Nice to see a familiar face.
SECOND THREEPIO (mumbles): E chu ta!
THREEPIO: How rude!
Threepio stops, watching the silver droid move away. Then he hears the muffled beeping and whistling of an R2 unit coming from within the room.
CLOUD CITY - ANTEROOM: Curious, Threepio enters the room.
THREEPIO: That sounds like an R2 unit in there. I wonder if...
Threepio walks through the doorway to the main room. He looks in.
THREEPIO: Hello? How interesting. Oh, my.
MAN'S VOICE (from within): Who are you?
THREEPIO: Oh, I'm terribly sorry. I... I didn't mean to intrude. No, no, please don't get up. No!
A laser bolt to Threepio's chest sends him flying in twenty directions. Smoldering mechanical arms and legs bounce off the walls as the door whooshes closed behind him.
CORRIDOR: Lando, Han, and Leia continue down the corridor unaware of Threepio's dreadful accident. Chewbacca glances around, sniffs the air, but shrugs his shoulders and follows the group.
DAGOBAH - BOG: In the bright lights of the fighter, Luke prepares his ship for take off. Artoo sits on top of the X-wing, settling down into his cubbyhole. Yoda stands nearby on a log.
YODA: Luke! You must complete the training.
LUKE: I can't keep the vision out of my head. They're my friends. I've got to help them.
YODA: You must not go!
LUKE: But Han and Leia will die if I don't.
BEN'S VOICE: You don't know that.
Luke looks toward the voice in amazement. Ben has materialized as a real, slightly shimmering image near Yoda. The power of his presence stops Luke.
BEN: Even Yoda cannot see their fate.
LUKE: But I can help them! I feel the Force!
BEN: But you cannot control it. This is a dangerous time for you, when you will be tempted by the dark side of the Force.
YODA: Yes, yes. To Obi-Wan you listen. The cave. Remember your failure at the cave!
LUKE: But I've learned so much since then. Master Yoda, I promise to return and finish what I've begun. You have my word.
BEN: It is you and your abilities the Emperor wants. that is why your friends are made to suffer.
LUKE: And that is why I have to go.
BEN: Luke, I don't want to lose you to the Emperor the way I lost Vader.
LUKE: You won't.
YODA: Stopped they must be. On this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight with the Force as his ally will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil.
LUKE: And sacrifice Han and Leia?
YODA: If you honor what they fight for ... yes!
Luke is in great anguish. He struggles with the dilemma, a battle raging in his mind.
BEN: If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere.
LUKE: I understand. (he moves to his X-wing) Artoo, fire up the converters.
Artoo whistles a happy reply.
BEN: Luke, don't give in to hate - that leads to the dark side.
Luke nods and climbs into his ship.
YODA: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.
LUKE: I will. And I'll return. I promise.
Ben and Yoda stand watching as the roar of the engines and the wind engulf them.
YODA (sighs): Told you, I did. Reckless is he. Now matters are worse.
BEN: That boy is our last hope.
YODA (looks up): No. There is another.
PLANET DAGOBAH: Luke's tiny X-wing rockets away from the green planet of Dagobah and off into space.
LIVING QUARTERS: Within the quarters assigned her on Cloud City, Leia paces in agitation. She has changed from her cold-weather pants and jacket to a lovely dress. Her hair is down, tied back with ribbons. She moves from a large, open window and turns to see Han entering through the doorway.
HAN: The ship is almost finished. Two or Three more things and we're in great shape.
LEIA: The sooner the better. Something's wrong here. No one has seen or knows anything about Threepio. He's been gone too long to have gotten lost.
Han takes Leia by the shoulders and gently kisses her forehead.
HAN: Relax. I'll talk to Lando and see what I can find out.
LEIA: I don't trust Lando.
HAN: Well, I don't trust him, either. But he is my friend. Besides, we'll soon be gone.
LEIA: And then you're as good as gone, aren't you?
Not speaking, Han considers her words and gazes at her troubled face.
JUNK ROOM: The room is piled high with broken and discarded machine parts. Chewie enters and starts searching through the junk.
Four Ugnaughts, small hoglike creatures, separate the junk and throw some pieces onto a conveyer belt which moves briskly toward a pit of molten metal. Pieces of Threepio's golden body move down the belt.
Chewie spots an Ugnaught picking up and inspecting Threepio's head. The Wookiee barks a command, startling the Ugnaught, then reaches to grab the head.
But the Ugnaught tosses it away from him to another Ugnaught. This game of keep-away goes on until Threepio's head falls from their grip and bounces with a clang onto the ground.
LIVING QUARTERS: The door zaps open. Chewbacca walks in, carrying a packing case of Threepio, arms and legs hanging over the edge.
LEIA: What happened? Chewie sets the case on a table, grunting and groaning an explanation.
HAN: Where? Found him in a junk pile?
LEIA: Oh, what a mess. Chewie, do you think you can repair him?
The giant Wookiee studies the array of robot parts. He looks at the princess and shrugs sadly.
HAN: Lando's got people who can fix him.
LEIA: No, thanks.