If its between understanding wattos bet and figuring what was going on with the treaty thing in ep 1, I'll take the wether or not he planned anakin to run into a room the exact second that he was pinned to a wall. I can rap my head around that one at least.We agree that it's a poor directing error. We disagree on the obviousness of the theory. As I said, it was the first one that I brought up. The second one has been discussed to death on numerous forums. I participated in such discussions in 2005 and 2006, and they were never resolved to anyone's satisfaction, so I don't see much point reopening them now. But all I'll say is that the true deviousness of Palpatine is not in concocting a brilliant plan but in laying out so many plans that, even if almost all of them went wrong, he could still gain power in the end. (We know some of his plans go wrong - as just one very obvious example, he planned on Obi-Wan dying in the duel with Dooku, but that didn't happen). That means that his plan for the duel was multifaceted. He wanted Anakin to turn. He didn't know in advance exactly how he would engineer that. At least in my view.