- "A secret shared can be a trust fortified."
- ―Jedi Fortune Cookie
"Hostage Crisis" is the twenty-second and final episode of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It is the twenty-second episode of the series overall. It was released on March 20, 2009 on Cartoon Network.
To free crime lord Ziro the Hutt, bounty hunters seize control of the Senate Building and take hostages -- completely unaware that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is still inside.
Cad Bane and his crew of bounty hunters, along with a few droid assassins, arrive at the Senate landing zone, where they meet a host of Senate Commandos, who are not happy with their unauthorized arrival and try to arrest him. However, three commandos are sniped by Aurra Sing from long-range and the rest of the bounty hunters overwhelm the members of the squad. A commando droid fools security into thinking that the Senate Commando squad had taken care of a group of protesters against the war before promptly taking their uniforms. Sing and the rest of the bounty hunters come.
A few levels above, in Senator Padmé Amidala's office, her husband, Anakin offers to take her to somewhere in the galaxy for a few weeks, where no one will recognize them, but Padmé is too focused on her work. He passes her his lightsaber to show his devotion before kissing. However, he has to hide, as Threepio and Senator Organa are about to enter. Organa informs Padmé that they must meet in the lobby to discuss the Enhanced Privacy Invasion Bill. Meanwhile Bane and his crew take out the rest of the senate commandos and then go down to the control panel room and subdue the droids there, leaving Robonino to get the power down. the bounty hunters then leave to talk to some senators. Suddenly, once all the senators are gathered, the bounty hunters surround and take them hostage. Senator Philo attempts to leave only to be shot by Bane in the back. He then communicates with Chancellor Palpatine, demanding the release of Ziro the Hutt from captivity. Palpatine refuses to do so. Unfortunately, Bane proves his point by locking down the entire building, severing all communication with the outside. He takes everyone's comlinks, but before he can search Padmé, who is holding Anakin's lightsaber in her sleeve, Bane notices Anakin in the upper levels and orders an IG-86 sentinel droid and Shahan Alama to get him. Shahan then splits up with IG-86 and the droid gets destroyed. Aurra Sing then went out to capture him she backs him dwon to a place Robonino then tazored him and brought him the the rest of the senators. Bane then has Orn Free Taa to release Ziro.
After clearing the Senate Building with the Hutt, Bane deonates the bombs where the senators are being held. However, Skywalker awakens in time to reclaim his lightsaber and cut a hole through the floor, freeing the senators before the blast consumed them. As Bane's posse escapes, Ziro congratulates him on a successful extraction. Bane simply reminds the Hutt of the inevitable fee for his services
- Shahan Alama
- Padmé Amidala
- Cad Bane
- Riyo Chuchi
- D-0T (First appearance)
- Dooku (Appears in flashback(s))
- HELIOS-3D (First appearance)
- HELIOS-3E (First appearance)
- Onaconda Farr
- Grievous (Appears in flashback(s))
- Nute Gunray (Appears in flashback(s))
- Jayfon (First appearance)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mentioned only)
- Bail Organa
- Zinn Paulness (First appearance)
- Philo (First appearance)
- R5-S9 (First appearance)
- Kin Robb (First appearance)
- Dantum Roohd (First appearance)
- Aurra Sing
- Anakin Skywalker
- Jakker-Sun (First appearance)
- Orn Free Taa
- Wat Tambor (Appears in flashback(s))
- Unidentified Clone Shock Trooper (First appearance)
- Unidentified Clone Shock Trooper 2 (Prison guard) (First appearance)
- Unidentified Clone Shock Trooper 3 (Prison guard) (First appearance)
- Pune Zignat (Appears in flashback(s))
- Ziro the Hutt
- Astromech Droid
- Battle droid
- IG Assassin Droid
- LEP Servant Droid
- Protocol Droid