Babylon 5

Season 4 Episode 12

Conflicts of Interest

Aired Monday 7:00 PM May 08, 1997 on
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Episode Summary

Garibaldi gets his first assignment from his new employer - helping someone getting on and off the station without having to pass through customs. He is quite surprised at who this person is. Meanwhile Ivanova makes preparations for the first broadcast of "The Voice of the Resistance".moreless

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  • Conflicts alright

    I'm really confused by the Garibaldi stuff. Perhaps by design. One minute he's a nice guy just helping out people in need, the next he's all cloak and dagger traitorous stuff with these drawling chaps who seem to have stepped right out of some old Western. Confuuuusing! His sudden feud with Sheridan is just weird. There has got to be some mind control stuff going on here...

    Haha, trust there to be multiple Zathras. Well it's good to see more of that guy! Got to feel sorry for him, he's one of these examples of "the more someone helps other people, the more they lack help for themselves".

    Great speech about the truth at the end from Ivanova.moreless
  • Conflicts of Interest

    Conflicts of Interest was a superb episode and aptly named as their were many Conflicts of Interest in this episode which made it an enjoyable viewing experience. This episode delved deeper into Garibaldi as he helps a client and gives them a generous surprise, comes to terms with his new life choices, and goes on a mission for his new friends with shocking results. I thought it was also interesting how Sheridan tried to bring the Centauri and Narn together despite their Conflicts of Interest in order to preserve peace and prevent the Drahk or any race from attacking civilian vessels. I thought Ivanova's scene with Dr. Franklin was great and it was fun to see her on Epsilon 3 with a familar friend, or is he? Ivanova finally broadcasts the first Voice of The Resistence Message. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Garibaldi playing on his own

    So.. there have been quite many Garibaldi episodes and he has a storyline going and that episode quite showed us where it is going - it is going to drift him even more away from Babylon5. I most say this episode.. the Garibaldi storyline was nothing superb or that kind. it was good.. it had action, danger, some unexpected turns and it was ok.. but I feel lately the show hasn't been as good as it used to be.

    I did love the Ivanova side storyline and the thing with Zathrases. That was confusing but.. the truth is back in business and it was about time.moreless
  • Claudia Christian is hilarious.

    It was good to see a moment or two of non-douchebaggery from Garibaldi, but I'm not liking where his story is going. Attacked by telepaths, some special vial of something or other going to a very rich man on Mars. And I'm willing to bet that message he deleted from his ex was probably important. But yeah, more Zathras! And I love that Ivanova has random moments of Jewishness. Throwing up her hands in frustration at the idea of 9 Zathras' and saying "Oy!" just cracked me up. And she had a hilarious scene with Franklin. I really like Claudia Christian. A lot of the stuff she says is funny because of the way she says it, and the way she moves or looks when she says it. I mean she barely had any lines in her scene with Zathras, but the expressions on her face were great.moreless
  • the truth is back in business.

    not a bad episode we start to see the changes in mr garibaldi and his betrayal of his friends. cheif michael garibaldi was once one of the key players in the fight against the shadows. now he is of the alliaces bitterest opponents, and conspires to help mr william edgers, an industrialist based on mars who is intent on wiping out all the telpaths. eles where on mars marcus and steven franklin have succeeded in convincing the resistance to join babylon 5. meanwhile susan ivanova harnessess the awesome power of the great machine on epsilon 3 to broadcast the alliance message to the far reaches of known space.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Continuity: G'Kar's artificial eye is now brown. This is unlike the eye's original artifical color (blue) and unlike its natural color (red).

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Franklin: You know, I like her. Scares the hell out me some times, but I do like her. Just don't tell her that.

    • Sheridan: It's easy to come together for a common enemy. Now our job is to come together for a common goal.

    • Zathras: Everyone always coming to Zathras with problems. Great responsibilities. But Zathras does not mind. Zathras trained in crisis management.
      Ivanova: That's great, let's...
      Zathras: But only Zathras have no one to talk to. No one manages poor Zathras, you see. So Zathras talks to dirt. Sometimes talks to walls, or talks to ceilings. But dirt is closer. Dirt is used to everyone walking on it. Just like Zathras, but we've come to like it. It is our role. It is our destiny in the universe. So, you see, sometimes dirt has insects in it. And Zathras likes insects. Not so good for conversation, but much protein for diet. Ha! Zathras fix now, this way.

    • Ivanova: Let's try this again.
      Zathras: As you wish.
      Ivanova: Zathras came with us to Babylon 4.
      Zathras: Yes.
      Ivanova: Zathras stayed in the past with Valen.
      Zathras: Yes.
      Ivanova: You are Zathras.
      Zathras: Yes.
      Ivanova: Therefore, you went into the past.
      Zathras: No, that was not Zathras, that was Zathras. There are 10 of us, all of family Zathras, each one named Zathras. Slight differences in how you pronounce. Zathraas, Zathras, Zathras.. You are seeing now?
      Ivanova: There are ten of you?
      Zathras: Yes! Well, nine now.
      Ivanova: And Zathras?
      Zathras: Zathras gone! Zathras warned Zathras, but Zathras never listened to Zathras. Zathras was quiet one in family. SO! What can Zathras be doing for you?

    • Ivanova: Excuse me, I need to see Draal.
      Zathras: Oh, Draal is very busy! Have had four ground quakes on other side of planet. Damage to weather control system, to great machine.
      Ivanova: Zathras!
      Zathras: Yes?
      Ivanova: What the hell are you doing here?
      Zathras: Zathras work here. Zathras were born here. You work up there, Zathras work down here. You dress like that, Zathras dress like this.
      Ivanova: That's not--
      Zathras: Just covering all possibilities. Zathras does not want you being confoosed. Bye.
      Ivanova: Hey! Wait a minute! You are not supposed to be here. We left you a thousand years in the past.
      Zathras: No! We have never met before. But Zathras very pleased to be meeting you.
      Ivanova: No, we have met.
      Zathras: No. Oh. No, noo. No no. You did not meet Zathras. You met Zathras.

    • Ivanova: If we're gonna broadcast all the way back home, we're going to need a helluva lot more power than we've got now. And I don't know where we're gonna get it. I mean, I've been working on this for days, I don't have a clue.
      Franklin: What about Epsilon 3? During the war we evacuated a lot of the wounded down there for safe-keeping. Now, I've spent a lot of time looking around, there's enough power down there to broadcast clear to the Rim.
      Ivanova: Or, -- just a crazy thought -- I could try Epsilon 3.
      Franklin: Yeah, you could do that, yeah.
      Ivanova: I mean, it's the logical choice. Anybody could see that in about two seconds. I mean, only a complete fool would fail to see that.
      Franklin: Well, I wouldn't..
      Ivanova: It's absolutely obvious.
      Franklin: Well, I wouldn't have thought of it, that's for sure.
      Ivanova: No, you are far too modest, Stephen.
      Franklin: No, no, no. That's why you get paid big bucks, after all.
      Ivanova: Yep, that's my job.

    • Sheridan: If you're gonna wait for the universe to start making sense, you have a long wait ahead of you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • One the the PPG shots by the telepath goes through the floor of the air duct. In "Grey 17 Is Missing" Garabaldi claims that PPGs are used because they don't penetrate hulls. The outer hull is presumably stronger than the air duct so this is not necessarily an error.


    • Duck Amuck: The cartoon Garibaldi is watching concerns Daffy's world being manipulated by an unseen artist -- an apt comparison for what is going on through his story arc.