Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 2003 on HBO
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Samson tries to improve the troupe's spirits with a night of revelry. Ben has an enlightening experience at the bottom of a mineshaft. A group of miners is anxious for entertainment.

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  • Death in Babylon.

    Yet another excellently well written episode with magnificent acting abilities.

    ‘Babylon’ managed to impress me and to creep me out at the same time.

    First of all, this episode took us where I wanted to. The circus goes to Babylon. On their way they meet a man who says people have been waiting for them.

    Also very interested in the old man, Ben goes over to his trailer and says that he knows that the old man pretends to know more about him that he does. So what does the old man know? And why was he sick?

    Anyhow, I really enjoyed Sofie and her new friend. Her mom didn’t seem to like her though. We learn that Sofie never had sex before (strange because she looked like a pro) but anyway. She learns a lot from her new friend and they seem to fall for each other. They even end up dancing and when the guy who has a crush on Sofie asks her out, she declines.

    But anyway, the interesting storyline was mostly about Ben. He comes into a new town completely confused and begins to drink. He obviously cannot hand his liquor and ends up in an unknown place. There he sees a guy he claims to know, there is also a dead body nearby. Ben writes on his hand something he reads.

    Meanwhile we learn from Sofie’s mom that she knows a man who lives in the town and killed somebody. She has her own secrets.

    The sad storyline was about the sweet and beautiful Dora. Men all fall for her so when she begins to dance she goes all the way and takes off her clothes. But the men get very exited and try to rape her but she gets rescued from her father. When she’s left alone she disappears and someone finds her dead hanged on a tree. The poor girl is dead with someone written on her fore head.

    All in all ‘Babylon’ is a wonderfully written and acted episode with a dramatically twist and end. Another beautiful addition to the great show.

John Hannah

John Hannah


Guest Star

David Darmsteder

David Darmsteder

C.L. Dill

Guest Star

Lou Glenn

Lou Glenn

Guy #1

Guest Star

Amanda Aday

Amanda Aday

Dora Mae Dreifuss

Recurring Role

John Savage

John Savage

Henry Scudder

Recurring Role

Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Brother Justin: And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become the dwelling place of demons, and a prison for every unclean spirit and hateful bird. And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her, when they see the smoke of her burning. Standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying: Woe, woe! The great city Babylon, the strong city, for in one hour your judgment has come.

    • Ben: I know who you are.
      Scudder: But do you know what that means?

    • Dora Mae: Mama says Babylon's cursed.
      Ruthie: Nonsense. It's just a place.
      Gecko: Yeah. A place no other carnival will play.

    • Samson: Looks like you never made it out of town, huh?
      Stangler: Never do.

    • Libby: I've fallen off the roof, so I ain't takin' off my pants tonight.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music for this episode includes:
      Mildred Bailey: Rockin' Chair
      Riptide: Head Held High
      Tommy Dorsey and His Clambake Seven: The Big Apple
      Cab Calloway: Minnie the Moocher

    • According to on-screen dialogue, this episode takes place on or about July 26, 1934 (note the mention of the assassination of the Austrian Chancellor).