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Atonement
Babylon 5, episode 75 (4.9)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

         
Cast:
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:
Brian Carpenter   IMDB   Callenn
Reiner Schöne   IMDB   Dukhat
Robin Atkin Downes   IMDB   Grey Council
Teaser

Delenn is recalled to Minbar to resolve a problem concerning her relationship with Sheridan, and must finally face up to her role in the Earth-Minbari War. Sheridan sends Marcus and Franklin to Mars on a secret mission.
Synopsis
Greeting a Minbari delegation at the gate, Delenn requests one more day to spend with Sheridan. She promises to tell him where she is going, but not why. She is quite unsettled when the lead delegate suggests that it would be more honest to tell the Captain that if the Dreaming does not go well, she will not be permitted to return to him.

Wearing her green Drazi leader's sash, Ivanova makes her way to a Drazi religious party.

On his way to Delenn's quarters, Sheridan passes a lift just as a battered, bedraggled Commander Ivanova emerges supporting herself on a cane. "Don't - Even - Ask," she utters and hobbles painfully away.

He has to leave it unquestioned though and head off to a meeting with Franklin and Marcus. Fed up with President Clark's lies about the station, Sheridan has decided to send them on a mission to Mars to begin their retaliation. Franklin offers to ask a few questions about the Captain's missing father while they're there, but the Captain declines. It would only endanger the resistance.

Delenn caresses John's sleeping face in farewell and departs. She fails to notice Lennier waiting for her in the corridor. "I have pledged myself to your side," he reminds her. She cannot leave him behind.

Suddenly she was on a ship being attacked. Dukhat, dead in her arms. She screamed and screams, then and now.

Her eyes black with horror, Delenn is comforted by Lennier.

Dukhat crowed with delight. This foolish young acolyte, he chided the Council, carries the attribute of simple curiosity which you have lost.

Since he had thus alienated her from every member of the Council, Dukhat took charge over Delenn's education. He instructed her to look him in the eyes. "I cannot have an aide who will not look up," he said. "You will be forever running into things."

Presiding over the Council years later, Dukhat watched Delenn become a member. As she uttered the sacred oath and held her hand up to the triluminary, it suddenly glowed blue. The other Council members were visibly surprised and disturbed.

Lennier tells Delenn that her relationship with Sheridan shows that she is still seeking absolution for her guilt in the death of so many humans. She asks him crossly, whether he truly believes that. No, but this is what the clan will say when we tell them what the Dreaming has shown, he replies. Callenn summons them forth telling them to rest until the morrow, when they will tell what they have seen and a judgment will be reached.

The Earth ships were attacking. Pandemonium and destruction in the corridors, and Dukhat was lying in her arms.

"Listen!" Delenn commands Callenn and Lennier.

Blood dripping from his mouth, Dukhat struggled to say, "There was a purpose in my selection of you. Your heritage. You are a child of Valen."

Hours later, Lennier appears with an ancient scroll he has sneaked from the Council archives which Delenn says proves her case. Lennier is still confused, though. Delenn explains that since Valen was really Jeffrey Sinclair, human and Minbari DNA have already merged. She herself is one of his descendants, which explains why the triluminary glowed for her. There is no purity in the Minbari race that can be saved by her casting aside her alliance with Sheridan, she argues.

Sheridan greets Delenn as she docks. She tells him nothing except that everything is fine now, and inquires after Marcus and Franklin.
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