‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Episode 4 Recap — the Empire (and Moff Gideon) Are Back

With his ship falling apart, our masked bounty hunter heads back to the planet that started it all, where he reunites with Cara Dune, Greef Karga, and one unlikely season 1 character. Here’s our summary of Chapter 12 of the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

[This article contains major spoilers from season 2, episode 4 of this Disney+ original series. Read at your own risk.]

Lucasfilm's first-ever, live-action series, 'The Mandalorian'
Lucasfilm’s first-ever, live-action series, ‘The Mandalorian’ | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The Mandalorian travels back to his ‘home’ planet

This journey is somewhat stalled by some mechanical issues. The Mandalorian resorted to having the Child do some repairs in a hard to reach spot some with red and blue wires. It’s pretty adorable.

Unfortunately, Baby Yoda doesn’t really understand engineering and shocks himself, leaving the Mandalorian no choice but to return to the original planet from season 1. (He even partly takes off his mask to drink while discussing this with his companion.)

Meanwhile, Cara Dune, now called “The Marshall” is protecting the hiding place of the Mandalorians from some raiders. Or rather, she’s stealing their money with plans to return it to the “rightful owners.” 

He reunites with Cara Dune and Greef Karga

The Mandalorian lands on the planet and Cara Dune and Greef Karga are right there waiting for him. They give him to tour and it turns out, the two of them actually made the town really nice. The bar is now a school, where the Bounty Hunter reluctantly leaves the Child while they talk business.

While some parts of the planet are safe, Cara Dune explained, others are still occupied by imperial soldiers. They need the Mandalorian’s help to get the Empire completely out of there. Together, driven by the blue guy the Mandalorian froze in carbonite during Episode 1, they go to destroy it. 

The four of them sneak in with plans of finding the heat shaft and blowing it up from there. They use a “code cylinder” from a commanding officer, get into this lava-filled heat shaft, and rig it to explode, leaving them only 10 minutes to get out of there.

Moff Gideon is alive?

They wander into a corridor filled with people stuck in blue chambers. Cara Dune realizes this is a lab. They listen to a recording from the season 1 doctor, who says they’re using a blood transfusion (from the Child) to give people a higher “M-Count.” 

This is presumably, what gives people the power to use the force, but they’re out of the blood and all previous tests failed. If they want to continue the tests as Moff Gideon requested, the doctor explained, they need to “donor” again.

That’s impossible, though, Moff Gideon is dead, the Mandalorian says. They then discover that the transmission is only three days old. The group breaks up, with the Mandalorian flying back with his jetpack as soon as possible to get to the Kid.

The others will meet him later. Just when the three think they’re trapped, Cara Dune steals a freighter and completely crushes their speeder in the process. After shooting a few stormtroopers, they escape.

Their plan works!

Although the Empire’s base blew up as planned, a few people managed to escape on Tie Fighters. Those ships come after them but they’re quickly shot down by the Mandalorian in his newly-refurbished Razor Crest, with Baby Yoda sitting right beside him. His flying is pretty impressive, but, after eating way too many crackers, the Child throws up. 

Greef Karga wants to buy him a drink to thank him, but the Mandalorian has plans to find that Jedi and he leaves the planet. Later, a New Republic fighter is interviewing Greef Karga about the explosion and he conveniently forgets about the Razor Crest transmission conversation he had with our bounty hunter.

In space, an Imperial ship receives a transmission that says a device has been planted on the Mandalorian’s ship, as requested. Moff Gideon is there and when he hears that the Child is also on that ship, he says that he’ll be ready.

He’s standing in a hallway with mysterious black suits lining the walls. What those are, exactly, will presumably be revealed in future episodes.