After planting a series of decoys, the young Anakin hurries over to the broken down automated spice miner. He loads the speeder with as much spice as he can safely carry and leaves before the company’s recovery crew will spot him. He recovers the remaining decoys and heads toward Mos Espa, it is now beginning to grow dark and he looks for a safe place to make camp. Along the way he spots a wounded sandperson, he slows and cautiously takes a look. There is a dead predator nearby and the sandperons wounds look grave, it is not a trap. He drags the body to a safe location and makes camp there, tending to the wounded warrior’s wounds. Later that night Anakin can hear Banthas moving about in the distance so he tosses a bundle into the campfire causing it to brighten and change color, soon a band of Sandpeople surround the campsite, one of them comes forward and looks at Anakin curiously. Anakin gestures to the wounded sandperson nearby and growls out a short answer in their tongue. The leader replies and gestures for the wounded comrade to be taken away, as they do so the leader hands Anakin a fetish made of bone and hide, he is told that his action has earned him respect among the tribe, and that so long as he wears the fetish openly he will never fall under ill will by his people. He can travel freely along their lands, never to fear attack again. Anakin nods and thanks the leader, the Sandpeople disappear into the darkness and leave in peace.
That night he sees a ship land hard nearby, he makes a point to note its location and decides that he should swing by in the morning to see who would be stupid enough to land in such a dangerous location. In the morning he finds two Jedi battling giant scorpions, he marvels at how they handle themselves and how quickly they dispatch them. He explains later about how treacherous this portion of the desert is and that they should not have landed there. Qui-Gon explains that it was not their choice to do so, that in fact the ship all but crashed there, it is badly damaged and they need to either make repairs or commission another craft. Anakin explains that the person he works for may be able to help them out, but that he needs to drop off his load first and then he can come back for them. Qui-Gon states that they have two speeders aboard but they are not properly rigged for a desert climate, and that the turbines keep clogging with sand. Anakin laughs and says that he can probably fix that, after an hour the bikes are ready to go.
Being aquatic creatures Jar Jar and his lover have no desire to wander around a dry hot and inhospitable planet, they tell the Jedi to have fun and to bring back something to eat…… please. The two princesses are curious and want to come along but Qui-Gon strongly discourages them, “it is not safe and there could be a bounty on you.” The Jedi gear up and prepare to follow Anakin in to town, princess Padme (she is 12, roughly the same age as Anakin, this makes things far less creepy than in the movies) hides on Anakins speeder, he spots her just as he is about to leave. She holds up a finger to her lips and smiles at him, he blushes and nods. They head into town.
Watto is excited about the spice but less than happy to see two Jedi step into his shop, they are worse than cops in his opinion. Watto gives Qui-Gon all matter of grief about getting parts or another ship, he is suspicious and thinks Qui-Gon is trying to run some kind of a sting on him and get him arrested, he wants nothing to do with him. Obi-Wan takes Qui-Gon aside and suggests that perhaps he should see about contacting Kiersha and her Master, unfortunately they are undercover and cannot be contacted directly, he will need to go to Mos Eisley and personally meet their contact there and leave a message for them with him. Qui-Gon agrees and Obi-Wan leaves. Qui-Gon goes to find Anakin to ask him where else he can go to find parts and finds Padme with him; he is furious and wants to know why she disobeyed him.
Watto tells them to take their silly family squabble elsewhere,with the load of spice he has acquired he is closing early. Anakin takes them to his home where Padme andhis Mother get along swimmingly, over dinner Anakin suggests that Qui-Gon should do a little ‘side-work’ to convince Watto that he is not the ‘saint’ that Watto believes him to be. Qui-Gon smiles at that.
Wanted poster being torn down and looked at by Qui-Gon, cut to fight scene and then Qui-Gon dragging an unconscious criminal behind him. Another poster, another fight, and a man thrown behind bars that slam closed. Wash rinse and repeat two more times, and then we see Watto handing Qui-Gon a sheet with names on it, he grimaces at the sheet but then finally shrugs. We then see Qui-Gon force slamming a man into a ceiling repeatedly until money falls from his pockets, Anakin is picking up the money and putting it into a bag, then a name is crossed out on the list. Another is slammed into a wall and then levitated until he reaches into his pocket and hands over a small bag of coins, another name is crossed off, another person is ‘force-waterboarded’ in the local well until he hands off a wad of money, another name is crossed off. We see this type of thing two more times until-
In a seedy bar Qui-Gon is leaning back in a chair one hand is upright making a lazy circular gesture, around him people are looking up toward the ceiling their mouths agape. The camera pans upward to find a very nauseous looking gentleman spinning like a ceiling fan. A chirping sound is heard and the camera pans back down to Qui-Gon, he pulls a communicator out of his robe and holds it up near his mouth, “Qui-Gon here.”
“Master, it is Obi-Wan.”
“Obi-Wan,” his face breaks into a grin and his chair settles back onto all four legs, “it is good to finally hear from you.” He stops gesturing and leans both arms onto the table. A scream erupts and behind Qui-Gon you see a man fall from the ceiling onto the floor, a cloud of dust kicks up from the impact and you can hear the needle of the jukebox’s player scrape and skip. The crowd softly 'oooooohhh’s.
“What was that?”
Qui-Gon shrugs, “Just a bar fight, nothing to worry about.” He looks around and everyone avoids his gaze and goes back to drinking.
“Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, I only just got a message back from them this minute. What have you been doing on your end?”
Qui-Gon looks back over his shoulder at the unconscious man, Anakin is rifling through the mans pockets. “Oh, nothing much… Just taking in the sights.”
“I will be rendezvousing with Kiersha and her team tonight, I will have more information for you after that, I will send it via a encrypted Jedi channel and ‘tight beam’ it to the Yacht.”
Anakin holds up two tiny fists filled with wadded bills and smiles at Qui-Gon who nods toward the doorway and they both begin to leave, “Good work Obi-Wan, stay safe.”
“Yes Master, Obi-Wan out.”
Qui-Gon is about to put away the communicator when it chirps again, “Qui-Gon here.”
“Sir Lieutenant Conroy here, another shipment of parts has just arrived. With the parts in this shipment we should be able to move the ship to a safer location within a day, the weather and the sand is really taking a beating on this ship. It is not designed for this climate.”
“Understood, I think I may be able to secure a hanger for her where the owners will look the other way and not report your presence.”
“Excellent, I will alert you when the ship is ready for the move. By the way, how are you paying for all these parts? They can’t be cheap.”
“I have been doing a little part time work.”
“Must be one Hell of a job.”
Anakin runs up beside Qui-Gon and shoves the cash into a satchel on his side, Qui-Gon smiles and winks at him while speaking into the communicator, “Yes, you could say that.”