Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 10

A Tragedy of Telepaths

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Mar 25, 1998 on



  • Trivia

    • When talking privately with the Drazi, Brakiri and Gaim Ambassadors, there's one shot of Sheridan and Delenn in which one of the lights of the wall beside Sheridan goes off for a few seconds.

    • Continuity: Some of the telepaths shown siding with Byron in this episode were among the group who had split from his non-violent ideology in the previous episode.

  • Quotes

    • Sheridan: She went where?
      Garibaldi: Right down the shaft, right smack in the middle of them. Zack just gave me the news. You've got to give it to her, she's got guts.
      Sheridan: She is crazy! She was crazy when I knew her almost twenty years ago, she's just as crazy now.
      Garibaldi: You hired her.
      Sheridan: Don't remind me.

    • Na'toth: For I will kill you at the very first opportunity.
      Londo: Yes, I suspect you have to get in line for that honor.

    • Drazi: Every great fall begins with a single mistake.

    • Bester: I'll do whatever I can not to hurt them. You forget: we are more same than different. We are all telepaths and we are all on this together.

    • Na'Toth: How do we avoid being noticed?
      Londo: We don't. We do everything we can to be noticed. And thus become invisible.
      Na'Toth: I do not understand.
      Londo: The royal court has been trained not to see what is inappropriate.

    • Londo (to G'Kar): And we have to do it without killing a guard, without raising any alarms, and without anyone noticing that she is gone. My next trick: I shall fly around the room under my own power.

    • Garibaldi: Why is that we always break up our history by the .. the wars, not the years of peace? The hundred years war, war of 1812, the first three world wars, the Dilgar war, the war of the shining star, the Minbari war, the Shadow war. Why the war and not the peace? Because it's exciting, and because on some level people like to see something big fall apart and explode from the inside out. And right now, John, we're that something.

    • G'Kar: Would you like some spoo? It's fresh!
      Londo: Pfah! Get that away from me. Spoo needs to age. It takes time to cultivate its flavor. Fresh spoo would insult a Centauri.

    • (Before G'Kar's flight)
      Londo: (to Lara) Very nice. I think you may be just what I am looking for. Would you mind taking off your clothes?
      G'Kar: Mollari!
      Londo: Not necessarily at this moment and certainly not in front of the... (Lara removes her dress)
      G'Kar: It's animal magnetism, what can I say?
      Lara: What would you like to do now, Prime Minister?
      Londo: Borrow your clothes for a while.
      Lara: Ah, of course. Emperor Cartagia also played this game with me but... I'm not your Prime Minister.
      Londo: I'll make do.

    • (After Londo tells G'Kar the Centauri are still manufacturing weapons)
      G'Kar: Well with every one now on the same side perhaps you're planning to invade yourselves for a change. I find the idea curiously appealing. Once you've finished killing each other we can plow under all the buildings and plant rows of flower that spell out the words "Too Annoying To Live" in letters big enough to be seen from space.

  • Notes

    • The working title of this episode was "Cat and Mouse." Producer J. Michael Straczynski used it in order to avoid the title spoiling the plot of the episode.

    • Na'Toth was recast in season two because Julie Caitlin Brown didn't feel comfortable with being in prosthetics on a regular basis. But the character was then dropped shortly afterwards because the producers felt the role didn't work with the new actress. They therefore brought Brown back for this episode.

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