There is a buzz and the door slides open, revealing Lando.
LANDO: I'm sorry. Am I interrupting anything?
LEIA: Not really.
LANDO: You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.
LEIA (coolly): Thank you.
LANDO: Will you join me for a little refreshment?
Han looks at Lando suspiciously, but Chewie barks at the mention of food and licks his lips.
LANDO: Everyone's invited, of course.
Leia takes Lando's proffered arm, and the group turns to go. Lando spots Threepio's remains.
LANDO: Having trouble with you droid?
Han and Leia exchange a quick glance.
HAN: No. No problem. Why?
Han and Leia move arm-in-arm through the door, followed by Lando and Chewie. The door slides closed behind them.
CORRIDOR: Leia walks between Han and Lando as Chewie follows a short distance behind. Long shafts of light pour across the corridor between tall, pure-white columns.
LANDO: So you see, since we're a small operation, we don't fall into the... uh... jurisdiction of the Empire.
LEIA: So you're part of the mining guild then?
LANDO: No, not actually. Our operation is small enough not to be noticed... which is advantageous for everybody since our customers are anxious to avoid attracting attention to themselves.
The group walks into another corridor and heads for a huge doorway at the far end.
HAN: Aren't you afraid the Empire's going to find out about this little operation and shut you down?
LANDO: That's always been a danger looming like a shadow over everything we've built here. But things have developed that will insure security. I've just made a deal that will keep the Empire out of here forever.
The mighty doors to the dining room slide open and the group enters the dining room.At the far end of a huge banquet table stands Darth Vader. Faster than the wink of an eye, Han draws his blaster and pops off a couple of shots directly at Vader.
The Dark Lord quickly raises his hand, deflecting the bolts into one of the side walls, where they explode harmlessly. Just as quickly, Han's weapon zips into Vader's hand. The evil presence calmly places the gun on the table in front of him.
VADER: We would be honored if you would join us.
Now standing at Vader's side and slightly behind him is Boba Fett, the bounty hunter. Han gives Lando a mean look.
LANDO: I had no choice. They arrived right before you did. I'm sorry.
HAN: I'm sorry, too.
Luke's X-wing races through space toward the Bespin System and Cloud City.
LUKE'S X-WING - COCKPIT: Luke is grim-faced as he pilots his course toward Bespin's shining city. Artoo's beeps and whistles are transmitted onto the scope.
LUKE (into comlink): No, Threepio's with them.
Artoo whistles another worried inquiry.
LUKE (into comlink): Just hang on. We're almost there.
LARGE CELL: Chewbacca is in a Cloud City prison cell. The stark room is flooded with hot light. To add to Chewie's misery, a high-pitched whistle screeches loudly. Chewie is going mad. He hits the wall with giant fists as he paces back and forth across the cell floor. The upper lights go off abruptly. The prisoner rubs his eyes and moves to a wall, where he listens for a moment.
Then, moaning to himself, he moves to a platform where the disassembled pieces of Threepio lie.
He picks up the golden droid's head and meditates on it for a moment, barking a few philosophical remarks.
Chewie sticks the robot's head on its torso and starts adjusting wires and circuits. Suddenly, the lights in Threepio's eyes spark to life as Chewie touches two connectors together. Threepio immediately begins to speak, but his voice is so slow and so low as to be nearly unintelligible.
THREEPIO: Mmmm. Oh, my. Uh, I, uh - Take this off! I, uh, don't mean to intrude here. I, don't, no, no, no... Please don't get up. No!
Chewie looks at Threepio in bewilderment, then scratches his furry head. He gets an idea and adjusts some connections, whereupon Threepio immediately begins speaking normally.
THREEPIO: Stormtroopers? Here? We're in danger. I must tell the others. Oh, no! I've been shot!
Darth Vader strides through the prison entry area as two stormtroopers prepare an elaborate torture mechanism. Han is strapped to a rack which tilts forward onto the torture device. Vader activates the mechanism, creating two bursts of sparks, one of which strikes Han's face. The door opens, and Vader leaves the torture room just as Han screams a sharp, piercing cry of agony. Darth Vader moves to the holding chamber, where Lando and Boba Fett await him.
LANDO: Lord Vader.
VADER (to Fett): You may take Captain Solo to Jabba the Hut after I have Skywalker.
Han's screams filter through the torture room door.
BOBA FETT: He's no good to me dead.
VADER: He will not be permanently damaged.
LANDO: Lord Vader, what about Leia and the Wookiee?
VADER: They must never again leave this city.
LANDO: That was never a condition of our agreement, nor was giving Han to this bounty hunter!
VADER: Perhaps you think you're being treated unfairly.
VADER: Good. It would be unfortunate if I had to leave a garrison here.
Vader turns and sweeps into the elevator with Boba Fett. Lando walks swiftly down another corridor, muttering to himself.
LANDO: This deal's getting worse all the time.
LARGE CELL: Chewie now has a little more of Threepio back together. One arm is connected, but the legs are yet to be attached. There is one small problem, however. It seems the Wookiee has managed to put the droid's head on backwards.
THREEPIO: Oh, yes, that's very good. I like that. Oh! Something's not right because now I can't see. Wait. Wait! Oh, my! what have you done? I'm backwards, you stupid furball. Only an overgrown mophead like you would be stupid enough...
Threepio is cut off in mid-sentence as Chewie angrily deactivates a circuit and the droid shuts down. The Wookiee smells something and sits up.
The door to the chamber slides open and a ragged Han Solo is shoved into the room by two stormtroopers. Barking his concern, the huge Wookiee gives Han a big hug. Han is very pale, with dark circles under his eyes.
HAN: I feel terrible.
Chewie helps Han to a platform and then turns as the door slides open revealing Leia. She, too, looks a little worse for wear. The troopers push her into the cell, and the door slides closed.
She moves to Han, who is lying on the platform, and kneels next to him, gently stroking his head.
LEIA: Why are they doing this?
HAN: They never even asked me any questions.
The cell door slides open. Lando and two of his guards enter.
HAN: Get out of here, Lando!
LANDO: Shut up and listen! Vader has agreed to turn Leia and Chewie over to me.
HAN: Over to you?
LANDO: They'll have to stay here, but at least they'll be safe.
LEIA: What about Han?
LANDO: Vader's giving him to the bounty hunter.
LEIA: Vader wants us all dead.
LANDO: He doesn't want you at all. He's after somebody called Skywalker.
LANDO: Lord Vader has set a trap for him.
Leia's mind is racing.
LEIA: And we're the bait.
LANDO: Well, he's on his way.
Han's rage peaks.
HAN: Perfect. You fixed us all pretty good, didn't you? (spits it out) My friend!
Han hauls off and punches Lando. The two friends are instantly engaged in a frantic close-quarters fight. The guards hit Han with their rifle butts and he flies across the room.
Chewie growls and starts for the guards. They point their laser weapons at the giant Wookiee, but Lando stops them.
LANDO: Stop! I've done all I can. I'm sorry I couldn't do better, but I have my own problems.
HAN: Yeah, you're a real hero.
Lando and the guards leave. Han struggles to collect himself as Leia and Chewie help him up.
LEIA: You certainly have a way with people.