Recap: Babylon Five S 02 E 07 Soul Mates
The secret of our marriage's success, Londo, is our lack of communication. You've jeopardised that success and I would know why.
Vir is in the docking area rehearsing a greeting, when Garibaldi comes up asking what he's doing. He's there to pick up Londo's three wives. Garibaldi comments, "A harem? The lucky dog." This notion is shattered as a woman with a shrill voice, Timov, marches up and demands to be taken to her husband. Garibaldi watches with amusement when he notices a man across the room arguing with one of the security guards, but the guard suddenly stops as though he forgot what he was saying. Later Garibaldi is telling Sheridan about him, but he can't say what the problem is. He notices things without realizing it, and hates not knowing why. Talia comes in and Sheridan tells Garibaldi, "We'll discuss this Stoner guy later." Talia asks if it's Matt Stoner, and Garibaldi tells her it is, and asks if she knows him. She tells them she was married to him.In Londo's quarters Timov and Vir are waiting for him when another of his wives, Daggair, arrives. She and Timov apparently do not get along and they start squabbling.Talia is wandering around looking depressed when Sheridan comes up and asks if she wants to talk. She tries to dismiss him, but he's here as a friend, not as station commander, and offers to listen if she needs.Ivanova has someone of her own who needs help. Delenn is having trouble with her hair. Since Minbari don't have hair, she'd never had to care for it before and it's become messy and unmanageable. After some pressing, Ivanova agrees to help the ambassador with her problem.Talia tells Sheridan about her training days in the Corps, where young telepaths were assigned a mentor; Stoner was hers. Eventually, the Corps found they were genetically compatible, likely to produce a child with equal or higher Psi talent, and made them get married. Talia regards it as a mistake, and soon after the marriage was annulled when Stoner left the Corps. Sheridan finds it hard to believe anyone could leave the Corps, but all Talia says is that he had connections, but no one in authority would say anything.Later Sheridan is walking when G'Kar comes up. He makes references to when Sinclair was suddenly transferred out and how he still doesn't know what that was about. Apparently mysteries give him headaches, something he's gotten used to lately. Londo comes up just then, in a very cheerful mood, asks how Sheridan is settling in, then leaves, but not before complimenting G'Kar's health. G'Kar leaves as well, rubbing his temples.In his quarters, Londo's wives are still going at it, when the man himself finally arrives. Timov demands to know what is going on and Londo explains that it's the thirtieth anniversary of his ascension, and since his star is now rising, the emperor has granted him a special favor, anything he wants. And what does he want?
- Londo: A DIVORCE!!
- Londo: Well, I see you haven't changed.Timov: You have; you've devolved!
- Londo: That's odd... I didn't realize we were married.
- Do you have any idea why I suddenly started having these odd cramps?
This episode contains examples of:
- Arranged Marriage: Londo's, of course, but in this episode we also find out that Psi Corps will pair telepaths together if they think there's a strong chance of breeding a more powerful telepath.
- Bizarre Alien Biology:
- Inverted. Delenn is having trouble with her newly-acquired human features, most notably her hair, and enlists Ivanova's help in dealing with it.
- Minbari females don't seem to have periods so their reproductive system is clearly different from humans.
- Minbari secrete a fluid when they sleep rather than sweating.
- Black Widow: Mariel attempts to be one, at any rate. Londo tells Sheridan about her tendencies; apparently, she was much more successful at this in the past.
- Book Ends: The episode starts with Vir trying to find the right way to say, "It is a pleasure to meet you." By the end of the episode, he has it down pat.
- Brutal Honesty: Londo chooses Timov over the other two's machinations because of this.
- Continuity Nod: Lennier gets Londo a deck of cards...which he has marked in Londo's preferred style.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: A mild example, there are no passionate declarations here, but Timov does understand Londo appreciates her.
- Door Closes Ending: Susan and Delenn are in a lift when Delenn asks about odd cramps, and after a close-up of Susan's face, the doors close.
- Entitled Bitch / Rich Bitch: Daggair.
- Fee Fi Faux Pas: Invoked by G'Kar, who wears shoes to Londo's ceremony despite knowing it was a major sign of disrespect. Londo is apparently so happy about his impending divorce that he lets it slide, giving G'Kar another headache. (Londo apparently did that because he enjoyed messing with G'Kar.)
- Freudian Trio:
- Id: Timov (Famine); loud, demanding, makes no secret of her contempt for Londo.
- Ego: Daggair (Pestilence); between Timov's all-too-obvious feelings, and Mariel's scheming, she maintains a dignified and polite air, but is more than willing to take an opportunity in her favor if she can.
- Superego: Mariel (Death); coldly calculating, willing to arrange someone's downfall if it's in her best interests.
- Gold Digger: As her husband lies dying, Daggair only cares that he hasn't divorced any of them yet, so his fortunes would go to all of them.
- "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Garibaldi does this to Stoner after he mind-tricks his way out of the cell.
- Hilarious Outtake: Also Harsher in Hindsight. Londo falls to the ground because of the poisoned dart, and Boxleitner (Sheridan), yells into the link: "Medlab, this is Sinclair". The set had to shut down for five minutes. Notice the edit of the right line in the aired version.
- I Kiss Your Hand: How Londo bids Timov farewell.
- Jedi Mind Trick: Stoner's abilities tend to be this.
- Karmic Jackpot: Variant. Timov's honesty is what leads her to save Londo's life. It also leads to Londo keeping her over the other two, since at least she wouldn't try to kill him. While she's not all that fussed about having Londo for a husband (and the feeling is mutual on Londo's part), it will lead to her (and her family) eventually inheriting from him.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Timov agrees to give Londo a blood transfusion on the condition he never finds out about it.
- Manipulative Bitch: Mariel.
- Messy Hair: Delenn, being a Minbari, knows nothing about the care of human hair, and has to have Ivanova teach her.
- Mundane Wish: Emperor Turhan offered Londo anything that was within his power to grant, from riches to appointments to the Royal Court. Londo just wants a divorce from his three wives.
- No Periods, Period: Minbari women, apparently, seeing as how Delenn has no idea what to make of them.
- Noodle Incident: Timov doesn't bite...except that one time.Vir: It was twice.
- Oh, Crap: The look on Ivanova's face after Delenn asks about her cramps is just priceless.
- Out of Order: "A Race for Dark Places" was meant to go before this episode, which would have made Talia's distrust of Psi Corps make much more sense.
- Proper Lady: The image Daggair tries to cultivate.
- Refuge in Audacity: Mariel takes credit for the Centauri statue, moments before it fires darts into Londo's head, poisoning him. She then acts astonished and distraught, and the suspicion falls on Stoner, who brought it on the station.
- Running Gag:
- People keep asking Sheridan if he's gotten settled on the station. He lampshades it at one point, thinking that people are implying that he shouldn't get too comfortable. G'Kar has some choice words on the matter:Oh, nonsense. It's not as if anyone expects you to, oh, vanish overnight under mysterious circumstances to a strange Minbari post. Why that would be unprecedented in this station's history.
- Londo intentionally being nice to G'Kar in order to give the latter a headache.
- People keep asking Sheridan if he's gotten settled on the station. He lampshades it at one point, thinking that people are implying that he shouldn't get too comfortable. G'Kar has some choice words on the matter:
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Though she could potentially get a considerable part of Londo's fortune if he dies, Timov gives him the tranfusion he needs to live because, "I have some standards that even twenty years of marriage with Londo cannot remove."
- Sdrawkcab Name: Timov. The actress pointed it out and asked if they'd noticed. Apparently it was quite deliberate.
- Word of God was that in the original concept of the episode, all three characters had these corresponding with their personalities. Timov's was the only that stuck.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Mariel. As Timov observes, "still the iron claw in the velvet glove?"
- Smug Snake: Matt Stoner, almost to the point that you want to strangle him.
- Social Climber: Daggair and Mariel, not so much Timov.
- Statuesque Stunner: Mariel is certainly the most attractive of the three and stands almost a head taller than either of them.
- Unwanted Harem: Londo didn't really want any of his wives.
- The Vamp: According to Londo, Mariel has had a string of suitors who were drawn to her only to be burned.
- Worthy Opponent: As much as G'Kar despises Londo, he does respect the latter's intelligence, to the point that he warns Mariel that if G'Kar could figure out what she had done, Londo certainly could as well.