Season: 5

Original Airdate: November 18, 1998

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): John Copeland

Guest Stars
Jennifer Balgobin As Dr. Lilian Hobbs 
Joshua Coxx As Lt. David Corwin 
Marjorie Monaghan As Number One 
Marshall Teague As Ta’Lon 
Mike Manzoni As Employee 
Simon Billig As Ranger

Synopsis: President Sheridan and Captain Lochley say goodbye in a quiet Observation Dome. Ta’Lon is confused to find that G’Kar has sent for him even though the elder Narn has already left the station. G’Kar has left a message asking Ta’Lon to take on the role of Narn Ambassador on Babylon 5. Dr. Franklin meets with Dr. Hobbes to say he would like her to succeed him as the station’s medical chief of staff. He then leaves the station for Earth and his new job as head of xenobiological research for the EA. Lennier arrives, to Delenn’s surprise, to help the Sheridans make the move to Minbar. On Mars, Garibaldi convenes a new Board of Directors for Edgars Industries. Sheridan’s White Star suffers a coolant leak in its weapons systems while en route to Minbar. As Sheridan aids a Ranger trying to stop the leak, the bulkhead seals them into the area. Lennier has the opportunity to save them, but turns his back on Sheridan. Overcome by grief because of his actions, Lennier leaves, telling Delenn that he will return when he has worked out his problems. When the Sheridans arrive in the new Alliance capital, they find Emperor Mollari has come for a visit. He presents them with a gift to be given to their child on its 16th birthday. John and Delenn are unaware that inside the urn a keeper is waiting. Londo takes his leave of John and Delenn, telling them that they will always be his friends no matter what happens. On his ship, Londo’s keeper tells him he has done well. Unable to sleep, Sheridan records a message to his unborn child for its 21st birthday, since Sheridan knows he only has 19 years left to live.

 

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G’kar: Greetings Ta’lon. I am leaving this message for you, because it appears I must leave Babylon 5 sooner than I had intended. I would have preferred to say this in person, but since I can not, let me say it here. Now that I am gone, someone else must speak for our people. I would like for that person to be you. Knowing you as I do, Ta’lon. I’m sure you are wondering, why you.
Ta’lon: To say the least.
G’kar: Why should you be asked to take on the responsibility of speaking for our people? Why you might accept it, is for you to decide. I can only tell you why I have offered it. I believe there is a time for enlightenment and a time for things to get done. I have become a distraction for our people. They require patience, direction, determination, and strength. I have provided a little of the first two. Now you must provide the rest. You have always been sensible and level headed, a rock that will never shift or break beneath the demands of your people. And you have been my friend. In my absence, we will need someone to focus on helping our world rebuild and strengthen ties with the alliance. In order to serve our people, here and at home, one must be both priest and warrior in equal measure. In recent months, I have become more priest than warrior. Perhaps now it is time for someone who is more warrior, than priest. You may believe you are not ready, but you are as ready as I was, when I first came to Babylon 5. Check the records, I think you will be amused. When this message has finished a copy will automatically be sent to Sheridan and the others. They will receive you as they would receive me. Good luck Ta’lon. Serve our people reasonably, fairly, and with honor. The rest will attend to itself.


Sheridan: I give you what little wisdom, I have. Delenn is the greatest allies you will every have. Her deepest of courage and comparison are unmatched in my experience. Look to her for wisdom and fire in equal measure and if you ever have any doubt, talk to her. She will never judge you. She will only love you. From time to time, you will make mistakes. They are inevitable. Sometimes, those mistakes will be huge. What matters is that you learn from them. There is nothing wrong with falling down, as long as you end up just two inches taller, when you pick yourself up off the floor. At times, you may end up far away from home. You may not be sure of where you belong anymore more. Home is always there, because home is not a place. It is where ever your passion takes you. As you continue on your path, you will lose some friends and gain new ones. The process is painful, but often necessary. They will change and you will change, because life is change. From time to time, they must find their own way and that way may not be yours. Enjoy them for what they are and remember them for what they were. O, there is not much left. Except, I believe. I really do believe that so or later, no matter what happens, things do work out. Well we have hard times. We suffer. We lose loved ones. The road is never easy. It was never meant to be easy, but in the long run, if you stay true to what you believe, things do work out.
Always be willing to fight for what you believe in. It doesn’t matter if a thousand people agree with you or one person agrees with you. It doesn’t matter if you stand completely alone. Fight for what you believe. Which begins me to the first piece of advice my dad ever gave me and now I am giving to you. Never …
Delenn: Never start a fight, but always finish it.
Sheridan: Always, finish it.


Londo: Another of the benifits of being Emperior, President in your case. It’s not so much the people who are pleased to see you in office, people who are furious that you are even alive, no less holding a position of power. Knowing that everyday, you successed, they die a little more inside. It makes the endeavor imenitly more satifying.


Garibaldi: Now all of you have been stuck in the mid-level position, in the same department, because you have an attitude problem. If you don’t like something; you complain, you talk back, you think you can do everything better than you bosses.
Unnamed: So we fired is that it.
Garibaldi: Actually, more like promoted. I have decided that all of you are now on the board of directors of Edger’s Industries. Your job is tell me, where we have screwed up, so we can fix it, make it better. The position entitles you to a one hundred percent salary increase affective immediately, plus benefits. One part of your job is to tell me, if I’ve screwed up, to stand your ground. Now if your right, you get a bonus. If you wrong, I will eat you for lunch. Does anyone have a problem with that?


Delenn: When I was first assigned to Babylon 5, I had to learn to speak several languages: Drazi, Brakiri, Centauri, and of course English, the human language of commerce. Some words have always come easier to me than the others. One of the most difficult words for me was good bye. There is no corresponding word for good bye in Minbari. All our partings contain within them the possibility of meeting again, in other places, in other times, in other lives. So you will excuse me, if I do not say good bye. Our souls are a part of this place; our hopes, the foundation of our future. And we will pass this way again.


Sheridan: Lennier, hit the access panel. Lennier? Hit the access panel! Lennier! Lennier!


Lennier: There is nothing to be done. I have already done enough damage. I only wanted to call to tel you … that I am so sorry for what happened. I never meant him any harm. I never intended for this to happen. It just happened. And, I cannot even ask you to forgive me, because I know I will never forgive myself. I only wanted to call to tell you, one last time that I’m so sorry and that I’m going away. I must consider what I’ve done, decide who and what I am. I need to be somewhere else until I can find a way to redeem myself in your eyes, however long that may take.
Delenn: Lennier …
Lennier: When you see your husband, please tell him that I’m sorry. I would tell him myself, but I’m too ashamed.
Delenn: Don’t do this, Lennier. I cannot imagine a life without you in it.
Lennier: That is unnecessary. While I’m no longer sure of a great many things, there’s one thing I do know with absolute certainy. We will meet again, Delenn. And on that day, though I know I will never earn your love, I will earn your forgiveness. Until then, if you would, honor my memory and be happy. For my sake and for his.


Londo: Still walking around with your head in the clouds, a Sheridan.


Zack: Hell, I’ll probably still be here, when they turn of the lights.


Londo: I want you to know, that you are my friends. You’ll always be my friends, no matter what happens.


Sheridan: Have I told you today, how much I love you.
Delenn: Yes, but you may continue to repeat it for as long as you like.
Sheridan: Oh, I plan to. Everyday, that I can.


Lochley: And What’s out there.
Sheridan: The rim.
Lochley: And behind that.
Sheridan: The truth.


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