Season: 4

Original Airdate: October 13, 1997

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): John Copeland

Guest Stars
David Purdham As Captain James
Gary McGurk As President Morgan Clark
J. Patrick McCormack As General Lefcourt
Kenneth Cortland As Telepath
Marjorie Monaghan As Number One
Carolyn Seymour As Senator Crosby
Julian Stone As Captain Mitchell
Karen Fineman As Kelley
Rick Cramer As Earthforce Officer

Synopsis: Ivanova lays dying aboard Delenn’s vessel with Marcus at her side. Marcus reluctantly allows her to be sent back to B5. The final strike to free Earth and Mars begins. An EA supply officer smuggles the frozen telepaths onto almost every EA ship. With inside help, Garibaldi, Number One, Franklin, and Lyta secure a bunker on the surface of Mars. Franklin fits Lyta with an apparatus similar to the one implanted on the frozen teeps. Sheridan commands the battle from the bridge of the Agamemnon. This is the biggest gathering of Earth warships since the Battle of the Line. The rebels free Mars by assaulting bases on the surface of the planet, and then proceed to Earth. Lyta, using the telepathic attachment, activates the sleeping teeps, who attempt to merge with the ships they’re on, disabling most of the ships in the Earth-loyal fleet. Marcus searches B5 medical databases to find information on dealing with extreme measures, where he learns of the alien healing device used by Franklin and Sheridan to save Garibaldi. (cf. Revelations.) Marcus tricks Lennier into going to Delenn’s ship, and then he turns his White Star back toward Babylon 5. Upon entering Earth space, Sheridan broadcasts a message to Earth declaring their intent to place Clark under arrest, disband Night Watch, and return the government to the hands of the people. The Earth defense grid activates and begins attacking the rebel ships. Senator Crosby leads a group of armed guards to Clark’s office, where they find he has committed suicide, but not before programming the Earth defense grid to turn back on Earth and fire. The attacking fleet attempts to take out the grid, but the Agamemnon is disabled en route to destroying the last defense satellite. Sheridan orders the ship to ramming speed, but at the last moment the EA ship Apollo jumps into range and fires on the platform, destroying it. The free ISN returns to the air announcing the victory. Franklin realizes what Marcus is going to do, and returns to Babylon 5 at top speed in an attempt to stop him. However, Marcus has already arrived on the station and hooked himself and Ivanova to the alien healing machine, which drains his life force and transfers it into her. He proclaims his love for Susan before slipping to his death.

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Notable Quotes

Sheridan: This is Captain John Sheridan. We are here on the authority of a multi planetary force, that can no longer stand by and watch one of their greatest allies falling into darkness and despair. We are here on behalf on the thousands of civilians murdered under the current administration, who have no else to speak for them and on behalf of the earth force units that have joined us to oppose the ternary that has darkened earth, ever since president Santiago was assassinated three years ago. We are here to place President Clark under arrest, to disband Nightwatch and return our government to the hands of her people.
We know that many in the government have wanted to act, but have been intimidated by threats of retaliation against your families, your friends. You are not alone anymore. We call upon you to rise up and do what’s right. We have drawn their forces away from earth and disabled them. The time to act is now.
This is not the voice of treason. These are your sons, your daughters, whose loyalties have never wavered, whose beliefs in this alliance has forced us to take extraordinary means for justice, for peace, for the future. We have come home.

Marcus: Back on Babylon 5, maybe they can help her. It is the final refuge for lost hopes. They must be something they can do.

Garibaldi: This is Grumpy to Snow White, I’ve got the coordinates for the wicked Queen’s castle. We are in position. You can break the mirror any time you want. Stand by to receive.

ISN Reporter: Hello … I want … welcome back our viewers. We’ve been gone a long time. Over a year, since ISN was captured by elite forces sent President Clark. Over a year, since marshal law was declared. Many of us and our associates at other networks were imprisoned, interrogated, even killed. All that changed last night.

Franklin: Well … uh …. I assume that you worked out that whole longitude latitude thing? I know you get confused sometimes.
Garibaldi: Your right, your right. I kept mixing them up. I got it right! Well, I think I got it right. Ok, fine. Which goes vertically, longitude or latitude.

Sentor Crosby: Captain Sheridan, this is an emergency transmission. President Clark is dead. He took his own life before we could arrest him, but he left a message on his desk. Two words, scorched earth.

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