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Passing Through Gethsemane
Babylon 5, episode 48 (3.4)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Bruce Boxleitner   IMDB   Captain John Sheridan
Claudia Christian   IMDB   Lt. Commander Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle   IMDB   Security Chief Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan   IMDB   Ambassador Delenn
Andreas Katsulas   IMDB   G'Kar
Peter Jurasik   IMDB   Londo Mollari
Richard Biggs   IMDB   Doctor Stephen Franklin
Guest Cast:
Brad Dourif   IMDB   Brother Edward
Patricia Tallman   IMDB   Lyta Alexander
Louis Turenne   IMDB   Brother Theo
Lynn Blades   IMDB   News Anchor
Natalie Brunt   IMDB   Business Person
Ardwight Chamberlain   IMDB   Kosh
Mark Folger   IMDB   Centauri
Steven Golzalez   IMDB   News Anchor
Robert Keith   IMDB   Malcolm
DVD   B5 DVD #13

Lyta Alexander returns to the station at Kosh's behest. One of Theo's brothers discovers that he may have a hidden past.
As Ivanova and Brother Edward banter over the outcome, Brother Theo and Captain Sheridan are engaged in a match of wits over chess and faith. Just as Brother Theo wins at both, Ivanova is called away to meet Ambassador Kosh's arriving ship. She has been invited to witness his ship deliver Lyta Alexander, the mysterious telepath who had helped the B5 crew find the Psi Corps plant in their midst ("Divided Loyalties").

Later, in Sheridan's office, Lyta explains how she had felt drawn to Kosh since she touched his mind years before ("The Gathering"). In a final desperate attempt to find the Vorlons, she had herself abandoned in a life pod at the edge of Vorlon space. Although she agrees to submit to a medical exam by Franklin, she refuses to tell anything about her experiences after the Vorlons rescued her. As Garibaldi sums up for them all, "Nobody's ever been to the Vorlon homeworld, and back again; and yet she goes and comes back like she just took a trip to the corner store. And now she's working for Kosh. Is anyone else as creeped out about this as I am?"

In wrapping up business negotiations, Brother Edward explains that the data transfer service his order provides is like the manuscript illumination of the Middle Ages, namely a means to earn the money they need to continue their work of "learning all the names of God from our non-human brothers." As she is about to depart, the woman asks about the black rose that falls from the monk's bag, but he is more bewildered by it than she.

In MedLab, Dr. Franklin is intrigued to find that not only is Lyta in excellent health, but all her prior chronic and congenital ailments are also inexplicably gone. She manages to get away just as the gleam of fanatic inquisitiveness appears in his eyes.

Returning to his quarters, Brother Edward is terrified to see "DEATH WALKS AMONG YOU" scrawled in blood across the bulkhead. When he returns with a dubious Garibaldi moments later, all signs have vanished.

Londo catches Lyta exiting a transport tube. He is extremely curious to hear what she has seen among the Vorlons. When bribery fails as an enticement, he threatens to apprise the Psi Corps of her presence on B5. Her promise to bury a never-ending nightmare in the psyche of anyone who turns her in seems to cool his ardor.

"A very fragile human moment," Brother Edward tells Delenn. "And I've often thought about that night, and I honestly don't know if I would have had the courage to have stayed."

Brother Theo finds Brother Edward sitting deeply disturbed in his quarters. The older monk realizes the futility of his counsel, even as he asks Brother Edward to refrain from digging after the source of these waking nightmares. His fears are well founded, for the instant Theo is gone, Edward queries the computer about the things he has seen, cross-referenced against criminal records.

Once again they are just a little too late though. By the time they find Brother Edward's battered body strung up spread-eagle on a rack, his life is nearly dissipated. Yet he forgives his tormentor. Finally, he has found the answer to his question. He did have the courage to wait in the garden of Gethsemene. As Edward draws his last breath, Brother Theo administers the final sacrament of Extreme Unction, the remission of sins.

The monk's torturer is easily caught and proudly admits to the crime, and two weeks later is sentenced to the death of personality. In the course of a conversation about the meaning of revenge and the difficulty of forgiveness, Brother Theo asks the Captain to meet the latest addition to his order, who is about to be shipped back to the monastery for training. It is the young psychopath, looking like sweet, untrammeled innocence. Under Brother Theo's reprimand, Sheridan struggles to overcome the bitter taste of forgiveness, and gives the newest monk his blessing.
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