Season: 1

Original Airdate: July 25, 1994

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Janet Greek

Guest Stars
Curt Lowens As Varn
Kathryn Cressida As Bartender
Lenore Kasdorf As ISN Reporter
Patty Toy As PSI Corps Rep
Craig Barnett As Security Guard
Jerry Weil As Technician
Jim Ishida As Dr. Tasaki
Kelly Coyle As Earthforce Liaison
Langdon Bensing As Derek Mobotabwe

Synopsis: The uninhabited planet around which B5 orbits begins to show evidence of seismic disturbances, tectonic shifting, and power surges. When a small ship is sent to investigate, it is nearly destroyed by an automated defense system. Delenn is visited by her former mentor Draal. Garibaldi’s former girlfriend is stuck on Mars during a rather nasty rebellion. With Talia’s help, Garibaldi attempts to contact her.

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Draal: The third principle of sentient life is the capacity for self sacrifice. The conscious ability to override evolution and self preservation for a cause, a friend, a loved one.


Ivanova: Commander
Sinclair: Yea
Ivanova: I think I got to go to the bathroom
Sinclair: Tell me about it.


Ivanova: Ambassador, Do you really want to know what is going on down there right now?
Londo: Yes. Absolutely.
Ivanova: Boom Boom-Boom-Boom Boom-Boom BOOM! Have a nice day.


Londo: Mr. Garibaldi, Whatever it is, it can’t be that bad.


Londo: The next day, I woke up. I saw her in the light of day, sleeping against my arm and I decided I would rather chew off my arm than wake her up.
Garibaldi: Oh, that’s sweet.
Londo: No, no. She had a voice that could curdle fresh milk. “Londo! “Yes, dear? “Londo! “Coming, my darling. I’ll be right there, my love bug.


Londo: (Sings the hokey poky.) It doesn’t mean anything. I have been studying it for seven days. I had the computer analysis it. I swear to you. It does not mean a thing.
Delenn: We’ve come at a bad time, haven’t we.
Londo: No, not at all. Here sit, I’ll make some hot Joalla.
Draal: I rather enjoyed the song.
Delenn: Don’t tell him.
Draal: You’re sure.
Delenn: Trust me.


Ivanova: And just one more thing. On the trip back, I would like you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra: Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova’s recommendations. Ivanova is god. AND if this ever happens again, Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out. Babylon control out. Civilizations. Just kidding about that god part. No offense.


Ivanova: It’s a Russian thing. When we are about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity, for future reference.


Londo: Now I go to spread happiness to the rest of the station. It’s a terrible responsibility, but I have learned to live with it.


Londo: There is a natural law. Physics tells us, that for every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction. They hate us, we hate them, they hate us back. And so, here we are, victims of mathematics.


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