Strange Relations (Babylon 5)
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|Babylon 5 episode|
|Episode no.||Season 5|
|Directed by||John C. Flinn, III|
|Written by||J. Michael Straczynski|
|Original air date||February 25, 1998|
"Strange Relations" is an episode from the fifth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.
Equipment malfunction within the Babylon 5 loading bays leads to the destruction of a freighter within them, shutting down normal docking operations for about a half a day. Captain Lochley diverts the smaller vessels towards other ports on the station while the mess is cleaned up. Ambassador Mollari had been waiting for a shuttle to take him to a Centuari ship, as he has been called back to be by the Viceroy's side while he is ill, but is unable to leave now. When the Centauri ship resets its navigation beacons for home, the ship suddenly explodes, and an investigation finds that the navigation systems had been rigged to trigger the explosion when they were reset to Centuari Prime, indicating that someone on the home world was likely targeting Mollari. Delenn, fearing that Mollari's death would devastate the Interstellar Alliance, convinces G'Kar to become Mollari's personal bodyguard, a bold action both are humored by but realize it carries significant benefit for both of them and to support the Alliance. Separately, Delenn asks Dr. Franklin to work on developing a database of alien diseases including potential cross-contamination for the Alliance.
Meanwhile, Bester and several Psi-Corps agents are allowed to dock. When Garibaldi learns of this, he rushes to warn Captain Lochley, but finds Bester already speaking to her. Garibaldi's outrage forces Lochley to order Garibaldi to the brig until Bester has left the station. Bester requests Lochley's help to seek out and capture the rogue telepaths on the station, something that Lochley is uncomfortable with but knows it is required from EarthGov. Byron senses Bester's presence and asks Lyta for her help to try to have Bester leave them alone, but Bester and his combined men prove too strong for her. Byron tries to have his telepaths scatter, but Bester further coerces Lochley to provide station security help to round them up. Once Byron is captured, Lochley discusses the matter with the command staff, and learns of Dr. Franklin's database. She gets an idea from that, and later tells Bester that because the rogue telepaths have been to several unidentified worlds, they must be kept on the station for at least 60 days before they can be taken to Earth. Bester reluctantly leaves. Lochley explains to Byron that this is only a temporary reprieve, and that she is putting much of her career on the line to help protect them. Byron thanks her for their help. Later, Lochley remembers about Garibaldi, and quickly orders his release from the brig. Elsewhere, as the telepaths regroup, Lyta joins Byron as the others sing a quiet hymn of hope.
- "Strange Relations" is set on the day after "Learning Curve".
- Lochley is Sheridan's first wife from a brief marriage before Anna.
- Someone has attempted to assassinate Londo Mollari.
- Bester returns to the station hunting Byron's telepaths.
- At Delenn's urging, G'Kar becomes Londo Mollari's bodyguard. This could explain G'Kar's presence at the Centauri royal court in Sheridan's glimpses of the future shown in "War Without End".
- Garibaldi and Lochley appear to have arrived at an amicable understanding with one another.
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