Season 2, Episode 14:
There All The Honor Lies
Their honor? We've had plenty of that ourselves. Conspiracies of silence because the larger ideals have to be protected. But you can't have larger ideals if the smaller ones get compromised.
In Sheridan's office Ivanova is ranting. He has just asked her to oversee the new Babylon 5 Emporium, the latest scheme to help the station to become more self-sufficient, something that she feels will demean the station and its purpose. This, Sheridan feels, is exactly why she's perfect to oversee it; her natural outrage will help her see that nothing about the station is demeaned. With that settled, Sheridan leaves for another of Ambassador Kosh's lessons, which he admits he probably won't understand any better after than he does now.As he walks along, someone runs into him. He doesn't think anything of it... until he realizes his comlink is gone. As he gives chase, he barrels into a Minbari warrior who pummels him and knocks him to the floor. Sheridan notices a PPG lying there and grabs it, pointing it at his attacker, warning him to back off, but the Minbari advances on him, appearing to draw a weapon, and saying "Death first!" Sheridan shoots and the warrior falls down a flight of stairs. As he goes over and looks at the body, he sees another Minbari who quickly runs off.Later Sheridan is with Garibaldi and Delenn explaining what happened. No weapon was found on the body and since the warrior, Lavell, comes from a prominent family, Delenn has been ordered to conduct her own investigation to determine whether Sheridan should be charged with murder. As she leaves Sheridan orders Garibaldi to find the Minbari witness, and Garibaldi asks for a description.
- Sheridan: Bald, with a bone in his head.
- Ivanova: It must be working. You're beginning to talk just like a Vorlon.
- Londo: I do not lie when I say this could have been a major embarrassment to all concerned.Sheridan: Oh, I'm sure ambassador. You don't lie, the Minbari don't lie, no one around here...Londo: Who said the Minbari don't lie?
Tropes seen in this episode include:
- Alone in a Crowd: Delenn refers to herself, word for word, as being this, though her situation doesn't really fit the trope.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Londo is outraged at the "Londo Mollari" doll being sold in the gift shop. Not because they used his image without his permission, but because it isn't anatomically correct. He feels he's being symbolically cast-- in a bad light.
- Cannot Tell a Lie / Will Not Tell a Lie: The Captain's legal troubles center around the fact that Minbari supposedly never lie and a Minbari is saying that he assaulted Lavell. However, Londo later tells him that Minbari will lie if it is to save face for another. This is a Call-Back to The Quality of Mercy in season one, where Lennier lied to protect Londo's dignity.
- Clear My Name: Sheridan.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Vir has a few drinks after finding out he's being sent home.
- Fantastic Racism: Ashan dislikes all non-Minbari... a category that includes Delenn. He also apparently believes that all non-Minbari are the real racists, while he is an innocent victim.
- Good Is Not Soft: Lennier can be efficiently ruthless when he needs to be, while being impeccably polite and upbeat.
- Hangover Sensitivity: Londo finds Vir recovering from his drowned sorrows.Londo: Your first hangover, enjoy it! I remember my first hangover... well, actually that's not true; if I remembered it, then it wouldn't be a real hangover.
- Honor Before Reason: Lennier displays, lampshades, and openly mocks this trope during the course of the episode.
- Lennier is honor-bound to not reveal Ashan is knowingly lying about Lavell and is prepared to frame himself for the crime to stop the plot, even though it would result in their entire clan (including himself and Ashan) being disgraced. Lennier claimed he would personally retain honor by covering for Ashan, although it's not clear how this would work in an external honor system.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: When Londo announces he's arranged for Vir's family to come visit Babylon 5, Vir immediately grabs a glass.
- In My Language, That Sounds Like...: A big part of the plot is that "death first" is a near homophone for a Minbari phrase that means "I submit to your authority".
- Last-Second Word Swap: Ivanova narrowly avoids insulting Londo further when he's already worked up about his action figure's Barbie Doll Anatomy.
- Literary Allusion Title"Honour and shame from no condition rise;
Act well your part, there all the honour lies."
— Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Man" Epistle IV, 1733-34
- Pet the Dog: Londo helping Vir.
- Pun-Based Title: There all the honor lies. Lies has significant meaning in the episode. So does honor, let alone lies to save honor.
- Rubber-Forehead Aliens: Played with. Ivanova bumps into a Markab in the gift shop...who pulls off his face to reveal he's actually a human in a mask. Then she bumps into a Drazi with a human mask, in a neat subversion.
- Shout-Out / Take That!: The episode takes a gentle jab at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, with which B5 was dueling at the time. Worth noting, the episode was written by Peter David, known for his Star Trek novels. He actually expected the line to be cut, but JMS went ahead and used it verbatim (to which David responded, "You people really are dangerous over there, aren't you?").Ivanova: This isn't some deep space franchise, this station is about something!
- Smug Snake: Ashan.
- Suicide by Cop: Sheridan is attacked and forced to kill his attacker in self-defense. Add one false witness claiming that he started the fight, and you get the meat of the plot.
- Suspect Is Hatless: When Sheridan is asked to describe a specific Minbari, Sheridan (in full Sarcasm Mode) replies:Sheridan: Bald, with a bone on his head.
Garibaldi: We're going to need a big line-up room.
- Taking the Heat: Lennier informs Ashan that he will claim responsibility for Ashan's part in the crime. By lying, Lennier maintains his own honor by preserving Ashan and Sheridan's honor, at the expense of their clan's honor. But then, as Lennier points out, Ashan has already dishonored their clan by taking part in the plot to begin with.
- Thrown Out the Airlock: Bab-bear-lon Five, for the crime of impersonating the Captain.
- You Look Familiar: If Julie Caitlin Brown as attorney Guinevere Corey sounds familiar, it's because she played Na'Toth in the first season. Looks very different without the prosthetics, doesn't she?
- The War Just Before: Minbari resentment over Sheridan's actions during the war lead some of them to try to frame him for murder to ruin his credibility.