Babylon 5

Season 5 Episode 6

Strange Relations

Aired Monday 7:00 PM Feb 25, 1998 on
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Bester arrives at the station to arrest the Downbelow telepaths, and Londo barely escapes an assassination attempt when the ship he was to be aboard explodes.

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  • Strange Relations

    Strange Relations was a really superb episode of Babylon 5. I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of intriguing character development as many of the main characters were all manuevering about. There were many smaller story lines which came together and made this episode fun to watch. I thought it was interesting to see Bester and the Captain being friendly together. I thought Delenn's idea for G'Kar to protect Londo was awesome. There were many indications of the future in this episode. This episode had many interesting surprises and is a tribute to this season. I really look forward to watching the next episode of Babylon 5!!!!!moreless
  • the return of mr bester.

    any of theses episodes of babylon 5 which has bester in it are my all time favourites. in this episode of babylon 5 strange relations. the only thing predictable about life on the floating freeport is its unpredictability, our new captain, captain lochley finds a way to disrupt the telepath- exploting scheme of her ally, psi cop mr bester {walter koenig}. meanwhile g'kar {andreas katsulas} becomes a bodyguard to his nemesis londo mollari ( peter juraski}. and garibaldi finds out that bester is on board the station and gos to the captains office to punch him out, when lochley throws him in the brig.moreless
Clynell Jackson III

Clynell Jackson III

Security Guard

Guest Star

James Lew

James Lew

Bloodhound Teep #1

Guest Star

Clarke Coleman

Clarke Coleman


Guest Star

Robin Atkin Downes

Robin Atkin Downes


Recurring Role

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox

Lt. Corwin

Recurring Role

Walter Koenig

Walter Koenig


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Plot Hole: The Babylon 5 telepath community is poor. Hence the dingy quarters, and Lyta stealing medicine for them. However, at the end, they can somehow afford a number of candles to decorate their dingy quarters.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Lochley: You don't have to solve every problem all at once. Problems are solved in pieces. If you're on the seventh floor of a burning building, you can either die or jump out the window. Once you're out the window, you're alive for another two seconds, during which time you figure out the solution to the next problem and so on and so on.

    • G'Kar: I want the aisle seat.
      Londo: Oh, no, no, no. You sit on the inside. I want the aisle.
      G'Kar: If you sit on the aisle, I cannot protect you.
      Londo: But .. I don't like the inside. It's too cramped. I become nauseous.
      G'Kar: I'll make sure they have a supply of space sickness bags.

    • Bester: Just keep an eye on them, Captain. Don't trust them for a second, because, sooner or later, they will turn on you. You know all about that, don't you, Byron?

    • Delenn: The Alliance is about learning to overcome our distrust and form a new community. Can you think of a better symbol?
      G'Kar: No, and I'm trying, believe me.
      Delenn: You would naturally have to accompany him on all state business and be there to guard him. In the palace. In the Royal Court.
      G'Kar: A Narn in the Centauri Royal Court? Ha Ha Ha! It is a curiously satisfying image, Delenn.

    • Lochley: Now, I don't actually like him, and I sure as hell don't trust him, but so far he hasn't done anything unpleasant to me. I'm sure he will, because this place seems to bring that out in everyone, but until then, I have an obligation to be courteous.
      Garibaldi: And I have an obligation to shove his face through a bulkhead.
      Lochley: Your hobbies are your concern, Mr. Garibaldi. Just do it where I can't see it, and do it quietly.

    • Lochley: What the hell is your problem?
      Garibaldi: For starters, I don't know you, therefore I don't trust you.
      Lochley: The world's full of people you don't know.
      Garibaldi: I worry about that all the time.
      Lochley: Tough. Get over it.

    • Bester: Not bad. Tell me, is that really telekinesis, or are you just pushing the nerve endings, making them feel as if they've been slapped? Either way, it's taken a lot out of you, Lyta. You're sweating, flushed. How many times can you do that, Lyta? Can you do just one at a time? Maybe two? How about three? How about a half dozen of us?
      Lyta: I don't know. Like you said, I'm new at this. I could even make a mistake. Maybe even pop a blood vessel in someone's head by accident by pushing too hard. Feel like playing the odds, Mr. Bester?

    • Sheridan: I'm caught in a web of my own good intentions.
      Lochley : Well, the road to hell is paved with them, sir.
      Sheridan: I know, but why does it have to go through this office?

    • Lochley: How am I doing so far?
      Sheridan: Annoyingly logical.
      Lochley: Thank you.
      Sheridan: It wasn't a compliment.

    • G'Kar: I do not feel as if I am doing enough for the Alliance, Delenn.
      Delenn: Be careful, G'Kar. When the universe hears you say something like that, it tends to answer in the most surprising ways.

    • Byron: The willow is deceptively strong. It bends, but it does not break. Its roots are deep and can withstand the worst storm. It promises rest, and shade, and cool breezes to those who would find rest beneath it. You have become my willow. and we have all found shelter in your kindness.

    • Zack: That's got to be a great feeling: Emperor Mollari the First.
      Londo: The Second.
      Zack: There was one before you?
      Londo: Yes. Long ago. He, too, ended badly.
      Zack: Now, come on, you've got your whole life ahead of you. Why would you say a thing like that?
      Londo: Because I know. My people always know. I don't know why, or how, or where, but I can feel it to the very core of my being, Mr. Allan. This is where it begins to go badly for all of us.

    • Zack: Where you going?
      Lochley: To pound someone, Mr. Allan. You win. I've just decided if you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

    • (just realizing what she's forgotten)
      Lochley: Oh no! (speaking into her link) Lochley to Security.
      Security Guard: (over the comm) Security here.
      Garibaldi: I said let me the hell out of here!
      (sound of something crashing)
      Lochley: You can release Mr. Garibaldi now.
      Garibaldi: (over the comm) 'Bout time.

  • NOTES (1)

    • J. Michael Straczynski is considered a "renaissance man" for his many interests behind and in front of the camera, and this is supported in this episode by his title as "composer" and "lyricist." JMS composed the "Untitled Telepath Song" heard in the episodes "Strange Relations" and "Phoenix Rising." His only other lyricist credit is for The Real Ghostbusters TV series.


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