Season: 3

Original Airdate: October 21, 1996

Writer(s): J. Michael Straczynski

Director(s): Kim Friedman

Guest Stars
Melissa Gilbert As Anna Sheridan
Mark Hendrickson As Drazi Ambassador
Doug Cox As Husband
J. Gordon Noice As Man
John Grantham As Thug #2
Nicholas Ross Oleson As Thug #1

Synopsis: After finding a pattern to the Shadow attacks, Sheridan decides to engage them in a battle. The Captain sends Marcus and Ivanova out in the White Star as advance scouts, and en route Marcus tells Susan that he thinks she’s beautiful (but he says it in Minbari). Delenn tells Sheridan that after they come back from the fight they will spend the night together. Franklin is almost fatally wounded while trying to stop a fight in downbelow. As a result, he meets himself and realizes he doesn’t much like what he sees. He vows to change, and Sheridan tells him his old position as medlab chief is waiting for him. While Delenn watches John sleep, the door to his quarters opens and in walks John’s wife, Anna, back from the dead.

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Notable Quotes

Ivanova: Someday, I like to be stationed somewhere with a big 4 poster bed, canopy, and maybe window with a view of a garden.
Marcus: I like gardens … and big 4 poster beds.


Sheridan: You had to find your own way?
Franklin: I ran away. I realized that I always defined myself in terms of what I wasn’t. I wasn’t a good soldier, like my father. I wasn’t … the job. I wasn’t a good prospect for marriage or kids. Always what I wasn’t, never what I was. But when you do that, you miss the moments. And the moments are all we’ve got. When I thought I was going to die, even after everything that’s happened, I realized I didn’t want to let go. I was willing to do it all over again and this time I could appreciate the moments. I can’t go back, but I can appreciate what I have right now, and I can define myself by what I am, instead of what I’m not.
Sheridan: And what are you?
Franklin: Alive. Everything else is negotiable.


Ivanova: You are the hand? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Why would I say something as dopey sounding as that?


Marcus: An old Egyptian blessing?
Ivanova: May God stand between you and harm in all the empty places must walk.


Garibaldi: I just hope you found what you were looking for out there.
Franklin: I don’t know. I guess I found what I needed, not what I wanted.
Garibaldi: Which was?
Franklin: Short, sharp, kick to the head.
Garibaldi: Well, hell, I could have done that for you. All you had to do was ask.
Franklin: Yea, well you would have enjoyed it to much.


Delenn: History awaits.


Ivanova: Well, who wants to live forever?
Marcus: I do actually, but what the hell.


Ivanova: That’s a lot of ships.
Marcus: That’s a bloody awful lot of ships.


Garibaldi: Sometimes people walk away, because they want to be alone. Sometimes they walk away, because they want to see if you care enough to follow them into hell. I think I went the wrong way.


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