Jabba the Hutt's Nimbanese clerk has some bad news for
Jabba - Opun "The Black Hole" Mcgrrr, a
Corellian guest at Jabba's townhouse, has stolen
accounting droid CZ-3. The Snivvian bounty hunter Takeel
is sent out to reclaim the droid. What they do not know
was that the droid was stolen from Mcgrrr by Squib
mechanic Macemillian Winduarte and his Jawa partner
Aguilae, and then sold. And they have just NOW noticed
Jabba's name on the restraining bolt they removed from
it.... Lhojugg (the aforementioned clerk) discovers that
the droid's disappearance was due to someone who used
Jabba's pass codes! And that droid has top-secret
information in it! Those revelations earn Lhojugg a
visit with the Rancor.
Mace and Aguilae track the droid to a Jawa sandcrawler,
but the Jawas are more interested in holding them
prisoner while they are en route to the annual Jawa
swap. CZ-3 had wandered away from the sandcrawler
earlier, and got picked up by Mcgrrr's operative.
Suddenly, the sandcrawler (which had visited the Lars
farm yesterday) is jumped by Imperial stormtroopers.
Mace and Aguilae barely make it out in time before the
sandcrawler is gutted and the Jawas killed. Meanwhile,
CZ-3 escapes from Mcgrrr's operative, at the very
speeder lot where Luke Skywalker just sold his speeder
for 2,000 credits. Mace and Aguilae return to Mos Eisley,
with the damaged R5 nearly sold to the Lars and a Gonk
power droid. They come upon Takeel, CZ-5, and the Mcgrrr
operative. Takeel's brother destroys the droid and holds
the Jenet at gunpoint. He is got lots of evidence of
Mcgrrr stealing from Jabba - from CZ-5 itself. It was a
sting operation. Mace and Aguilae salvage what they can
of CZ-5, repairing the R5 with it.