Babylon 5

Season 1 Episode 4

Born to the Purple

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 09, 1994 on
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Episode Summary

Londo's career is in jeopardy when a beautiful slave seduces him and steals a sensitive computer file. Garibaldi investigates an unauthorized use of a restricted communications channel.

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Centauri law permits individuals to own Centauri slaves. Owners are legally responsible for the actions of their slaves. This appears to be a slave system of economics rather than of caste. According to Trakis, powerlessness and slavery is the fate of all Centauri who don't play the game of blackmail and backstabbing.

    • Trivia: Londo's access code for the Purple Files is, not surprisingly, "Wine - Women - Song"

    • Continuity: When she drugs Londo's drink, Adira leans forward and kisses one cheek. But then the camera cuts to a reverse shot, and she's kissing the opposite cheek.

  • QUOTES (7)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Working title: "Amaranth"

    • In this episode, Mary Woronov is credited in the opening titles instead of Julie Caitlin Brown (a.k.a. "JCB"). Woronov was originally meant to be part of the regular cast, but was replaced because she could not handle the heavy prosthetics the Narn role required.


    • Londo: We Centauri live our lives for appearances: position, status, title. These are the things by which we define ourselves. But when I look beneath the mask I am forced to wear, I see only emptiness.
      This quote from Londo about the Centauri way of life is reminiscent of a quote by Captain Ahab in Herman Melville's Moby Dick: "All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event "in the living act, the undoubted deed "there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?"