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Rumors, Bargains and Lies
Babylon 5, episode 79 (4.13)

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:
Ron Campbell   IMDB   Drazi Ambassador
Chard Haywood   IMDB   Religious
Guy Siner   IMDB   Religious
John Vickery   IMDB   Neroon
Jonathan Chapman   IMDB   Brakiri Ambassador

Sheridan tricks the League of Non-Aligned Worlds into accepting his proposed defense pact. Delenn tries to work with an old rival to defuse a brewing Minbari civil war.
With an exultant shout, the Captain stands up and comes over to their table. "There has got to be an easier way to do this!" he enthuses, with his characteristic "I've got an idea" gleam in his eye. He orders Marcus to take three White Stars to a sector of Centauri border space and wait there for orders.

As he leaves in a hurry, Ivanova gets up and sniffs his empty coffee mug. "Just checking..." she remarks only half in jest. Franklin laughs that this is after Delenn has only been gone three days.

What she does know is that the fighting must be stopped immediately, or they will all face a millenium of war. And so she goes to rendezvous with the leaders of the religious caste. She has also invited her old enemy Neroon of the warrior caste to meet her there.

Delenn strides purposefully on board the waiting Minbari war cruiser into palpable tension, as she finds Neroon and a small party of warriors lined up opposite a welcoming party from the religious caste. Apparently Neroon's presence aboard the religious caste vessel has been met with a hostility just shy of violence. Delenn states that he is under her personal protection and demands to speak with him at once. She stares his adjutants down until they make way for her passage.

Lennier turns toward the religious caste leaders, and as he passes by they hiss their anger at the honor with which she treats Neroon. Loyal as ever, Lennier simply states that they must wait for Delenn to speak for herself.

With a fragile trust they sit to discuss. He argues that their "world gone mad" cannot be stopped easily, but she has a plan. Even though it will expose them both to the mistrust of their respective castes, he offers her his temporary support. Meanwhile, panicked civilians flee through the burning capital.

The Drazi Ambassador pounces on Sheridan in the Zocalo to ask about the White Stars which have been sighted on the borders of Centauri space. At first amiably and then curtly the Captain refuses to comment, leaving the Drazi more frustrated than ever.

"I see," he says, mystified. "Shoot a bunch of rocks, and then leave."

Sheridan appears almost annoyed at being questioned, and tells Marcus to follow orders. Ivanova tries to question him too, but he blithely agrees that it was an unusual command and departs to find Franklin.

But they did not count on Lennier, who is able to reach the cask in time to shut off the valve just as the poison begins to escape. "Have we fallen so far that we cannot even trust ourselves?" he asks them as he collapses from the effects of the fumes.

Neroon reports that Lennier is being tended by his personal physician, but until he recovers there is no explanation for how he was exposed to the toxin. When pressed, Delenn admits how deeply she cares for Lennier, that she is training him the way she was trained by Dukhat, and that she utterly relies on him.

Neroon tells Delenn that if their people are ever to understand why she treated him with honor, it will be because she taught them, and ruefully admits that he is finally coming to see why Dukhat chose her to succeed him. "I do not know what lies ahead, Delenn. But I do know that it is right that we are here."

Lennier regains consciousness only to tell Delenn that he smelled a leaking valve, but he denies the suggestion of warrior caste sabotage. As soon as she leaves, the religious leaders cluster around to ask him why he didn't tell her the truth. He explains that she lives in a world where everyone is better than they really are. When they thank him, he replies angrily, "I did it for her; I did not do it for you." Her faith in their goodness was more valuable to him than her knowledge of their weakness. And so they depart, deeply chastened.
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