Darth Vader, This Is Your Life...

The Set Up

"You guys ... you got me. I can't believe you guys!"
"You guys ... you got me. I can't believe you guys!"
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The show started as we lured Lord Vader to one of the forward decks of the Star Destroyer Inquisition under the pretense of a routine troop inspection. Admiral Piett helped us with our clever little ruse. When the elevator doors slid open, instead of a garrison of trembling troops, Lord Vader found host Ralph Edwards of the popular TV show, This is Your Life, a camera crew and a live studio audience.

Vader: What is this Piett? What is going on here?

The show's host, Ralph Edwards, approached Lord Vader warmly with a small box and a book tucked under one arm.

Edwards: Lord Vader, how are you?

Vader: Who are you?

Edwards: Here my Lord, take this, it's a present for you.

Ralph Edwards handed Lord Vader the customary This is Your Life charm bracelet that has several tiny charms on it. Each charm represents a milestone in Vader's life.

Vader: I don't normally wear jewelry but ...

Edwards: Darth Vader, this is your life!

Vader: Oh! Oh! You! Piett! You! I'm going to kill you! I can't belive this.

Edwards: Lord Vader, will you come with me please? I have a story I'd like to tell you... a story about you.

Vader: I really am going to kill you, Piett.