Season: 5

Original Airdate: January 21, 1998

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Janet Greek

Guest Stars
Robin Atkin Downes As Byron
Anthony Crivello As John
Tim Eyster As Simon

Synopsis: Earthforce Captain Elizabeth Lochley arrives on Babylon 5 to begin her watch as the station’s new commander. Sheridan prepares for his inauguration as president of the new Interstellar Alliance, and asks G’Kar to write the Oath of Office and the alliance’s Declaration of Principles. A former Earthforce officer attempts to assassinate Sheridan during the ceremonies, but he is thwarted first by a adolescent telepath injured by the assassin earlier and then by Garibaldi. Sheridan assigns Garibaldi to the role Head of Covert Operations for the IA. A telepath named Byron seeks to establish a colony for telepaths who have avoided Psi Corps. His request is turned down by Lochley, but later approved by Sheridan.

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Notable Quotes

G’kar: Whoever speaks for the alliance, speaks with one voice for many. Consequently, This contains the first page of every holy book of every race that has joined the new alliance. Whoever speaks for the alliance does so with the understanding that it is the inalienable right of every sentient being to live free. To pursue their dreams. To address wrongs within their own society without the fear of retribution. To believe as their consequence requires in matters of faith, but also to respect the rights of other to believe differently or not at all.

Sheridan: No desire to be struck blind by the sight of Londo naked.

Londo: On my world, we have learned, an inauguration is simply a signal to assassins that a new target has been setup on the firing range.

G’kar: Do you want to be President.
Sheridan: Yes
G’kar: Put your hand on the book and say I do.
Sheridan: I do.
G’kar: Fine. Done. Let’s eat.

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