Sabe is by far the most important handmaiden of Episode 1. As the queen’s decoy, she was the first in line of fire. She switches places with the queen, with Amidala taking her place as a handmaiden during the Trade Federation’s invasion of Naboo. The only hint in the movie of this before it is revealed at the end is when Sabe asks Amidala for direction.
Following is a rough transcript:
Captain Panaka: There’s too many of them.
Qui Gon Jin: That wont be a problem. Your Highness, under the circumstances, I suggest you come to Corsecant with us.
Decoy Sabe: Thank you ambassador, but my place is with my people.
Qui Gon Jin: They will kill you if you stay.
Governor Bibble: They wouldn’t dare!
Captain Panaka: They need her to sign a treaty to make this invasion of theirs legal, they can’t afford to kill her.
Qui Gon Jin: There is something else behind all this Your Higness, there’s no logic in the Fedaration’s move here. My feelings tell me they will destroy you.
Governor Bibble: Our only hope is for the Senate to side with us. Senator Palapatine will need your help.
Decoy Sabe(asking Amidala): Either choice presents great danger… to us all.
Handmaiden Amidala(replying): We are brave Your Highness.
Qui Gon Jin: If you are to leave Your Higness, it must be now.
Decoy Sabe: Then I will plead our case to the Senate. Be careful Governor.