The Face of the Enemy (Babylon 5)

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"The Face of the Enemy"
Babylon 5 episode
Episode no.Season 4
Episode 17
Directed byMike Vejar
Written byJ. Michael Straczynski
Production code417
Original air dateJune 9, 1997
Guest appearance(s)

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (William Edgars)
Richard Gant (Capt. Edward MacDougan)
Denise Gentile (Lise Hampton)
Marjorie Monaghan (Number One)
Diana Morgan (Alison Higgins)
David Purdham (Captain James)
Ricco Ross (Captain Frank)
Mark Schneider (Wade)
Walter Koenig (Bester)

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"The Face of the Enemy" is the 17th episode from the fourth season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5.


Sheridan continues to gain more defecting Earth Alliance ships, including his old command ship, the Agamemnon. While reuniting with his old crew, Marcus relays him a message they have received from Garibaldi. Garibaldi warns Sheridan that President Clark and his forces have been able to locate and capture Sheridan's father, and the only way to free him is for Sheridan to join Garibaldi on a rescue mission on Mars. Even with Marcus and his Agamemnon crew fearing this is a trap, Sheridan takes his leave to join Garibaldi. When he meets up with Garibaldi on Mars, Garibaldi administers a tranq patch on him so that he can be captured easily. Sheridan is placed in captivity.

Garbaldi returns to Edgars on Mars, informing him of Sheridan's capture. Edgars lets Garibaldi in on his larger plan, as it is not President Clark he fears but the Psi-Corps and telepaths in general. He has come in possession of a virus that selectively attacks the genes that gives humans telepathic abilities, as well as the cure, and plans to release the virus as to prevent the telepaths from overpowering "mundane" humans in the future. Neither are aware that Lise has overheard this conversation. After Edgars leaves, Garibaldi pulls out one of his teeth, revealing a signaling device. Garibaldi goes to one of the Mars tube transports, and Lise tries to have him come with her, but he warns her to get away. After she departs, Bester from Psi-Corps enters the ship, and using telepathy, reveals everything about Edgars' plan as told to Garibaldi. With Garibaldi in a dormant state, Bester tells him that the Shadows had likely abducted him, believing him to be the weakest of the key Babylon 5 command staff. Bester had other plans and intercepted Garibaldi in order to brainwash him in his own way, maintaining Garibaldi's detective instincts but making him resent Sheridan and the others. Through various encrypted messages, Bester kept Garibaldi's conditioning so that he would be brought in by Edgars and reveal what his plan is. Now that Bester knows, he has no need for Garibaldi and decides to release him from his programming fully aware of what he had done to Edgars and Sheridan. Garibaldi races back to Edgars' home to find him dead and the virus stolen and with no sign of Lise.

Meanwhile, Franklin and Lyta have reached Mars with a large number of the rescued telepaths from the Shadows. They meet with the resistance leader, Number One, who is concerned about this plan as well as Lyta's presence, since they know Earth forces are using telepaths to try to locate them, but allows them to proceed. When news of Sheridan's capture reaches them, Frankin and Lyta fear what the next step in Sheridan's plan was to be.

Arc significance[edit]

  • Edgars has developed a virus that would kill only telepaths.
  • Garibaldi betrays Sheridan, who is now Clark's prisoner on Mars.
  • Edgars is killed, Lise is missing, and the telepath virus is gone.
  • Garibaldi was manipulated by Bester to uncover Edgars' conspiracy. He is now free from Bester's control but being hunted by his own friends for betraying Sheridan.
  • Lyta Alexander explicitly foreshadows the Telepath War.


This episode's soundtrack is available as a separate CD.[1]


  1. ^ "Babylon 5: The Face Of The Enemy Soundtrack CD". CD Universe. Retrieved December 26, 2011.

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