Now, please notify the captain that I'm here, I need to meet with him and the rest of the command staff ASAP. I assume my usual quarters in the brig are available. I have grown so attached to the place.The war of the ages is over, and on Babylon 5 the party of the ages is raging. Sheridan watches from a catwalk, brooding over the cost, but as he sees Delenn he decides to just enjoy the moment before more trouble comes.Trouble doesn’t waste any time as on Earth, Mr. Bester is informed that President Clark has started a new program involving several branches of Earth Gov. The purpose: shut down Babylon 5.On Centauri Prime, Londo is preparing to return to Babylon 5 until things around the court settle down. Before he does, he informs Minister Virini that rather than name a new emperor, the Centaurum had decided to appoint a regent to take more time in selecting the new emperor. Virini is stunned to learn they named him as regent.Dr. Franklin is examining G’Kar’s eye socket to see what damage there was. He thinks he could fit G’Kar with a prosthetic, but it would take some time.In his quarters, Garibaldi seems to start remembering something about his captivity, but a strange message comes which comprises of colors in a strange pattern. He watches it, then has the computer delete it. He then goes to Sheridan’s office and resigns his position. The others try to talk him out of it, but Garibaldi says he’s tired of dealing with things he doesn’t understand, and since they’re technically all free agents, he can do whatever he wants. He wants to strike out on his own and forge his own path.Zack is training some security personnel in the customs area when Londo comes back. Immediately after Bester comes in, asking to see the captain. Zack is then called away himself.G’Kar goes to see Garibaldi. Micheal, seeing him with one eye for the first time, tries to apologize for getting him into that mess, but G’Kar grabs him in a big hug
- G’Kar: Welcome hooooome, Mister Garibaldi!
- G’Kar: My world is now free. You no longer exist in my universe. Pray that we never notice one another again.
- Bester: It’s ironic I suppose; save the Earth Fore patrol and continue the blockade of Babylon 5, let them be destroyed and be framed for murder and lose sympathy back home. For you it’s a lose-lose proposition.
This episode contains examples of:
- Big Damn Heroes: Ivanova and Alpha Squadron arrive just as Black Omega springs their ambush.
- Blackmail: Bester apparently knows things things about Lyta she doesn't want to get out.
- Brick Joke: Right after Sheridan leaves Lyta's quarters, Zack comes in with the pizza he promised.
- Call Back:
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The allies of the Shadows evacuate Z'ha'dum, then seemingly set a self destruct that goes off soon after the White Star arrives.
- Foreshadowing: While Bester is speaking to Caroline, he mentions that he has things in store for Sheridan's crew, ones that will hurt them a lot more than he's been hurt.
- Frameup: President Clark's intention is to destroy an Earthforce patrol and leave evidence that Babylon 5 was responsible. Thanks to Bester's warning, it backfires.
- Hyperspeed Ambush: Black Omega intend to take the patrolling Earthforce picket by surprise and destroy them, leaving Babylon 5 to take the blame, but Ivanova's squadron gets there first and lets them destroy the Black Omega fighters.
- Naval Blockade: President Clark has Earth Force cut off all traffic between the Earth Alliance and Babylon 5.
- Royal Inbreeding: Minister Virini suggests this for a reason why the Royal bloodlines have left something to be desired lately.
- Stealth Pun: When Zack is giving the briefing to his subordinate regarding customs, Londo and Bester come through the gate within a minute of each other. Zack then decides to get out of there, since for all he knows the next arrival could be the Second Coming. After he leaves, the subordinate checks through three Elvis Impersonators. The three Kings.
- There Are No Coincidences: Sheridan realizes something's up when Z'Ha'Dum explodes right after they arrive.
- Touched by Vorlons: While it's clear that Lyta was modified when she went to Vorlon space by now, we start to get hints of just how powerful she actually is.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sheridan realizes the timing of the above mentioned kaboom is no coincidence and the only one who could have tipped them off was the most powerful telepath on board while they were in hyperspace. When he confronts Lyta about it, she doesn't bother to deny it, and he angrily responds that if she ever does anything like that again he will let Psi Corps do whatever they want to her. Although the way he says it it seems that his only real problem was that she did it behind his back.