Reading the answer to a question about Sabé (the Amidala stand-in) I remembered that I always wondered why she ordered the actual queen to scrub R2-D2. There were enough actual servants who could have done it, so why Padmé? If that wasn't enough, after giving the actual queen (Padmé) the order to go away, she tells Panaka to continue with the discussion. How does that make sense?
The significant piece of dialogue:
AMIDALA : Thank you, Artoo Detoo. You have proven to be very loyal...Padme! ...
AMIDALA : (Cont'd) Clean this droid up the best you can. It deserves our gratitude...(to Panaka) Continue, Captain.
Note that this question is two-fold:
- Why was Padmé chosen in the first place?
- Why would an important meeting with the ship's captain be continued without her?