Recap: Babylon Five S 04 E 12 Conflicts Of Interest

Conflicts Of Interest

Pay close attention, Michael, because this is more like your life than you realize.

If you're gonna wait for the universe to start making sense, you have a long wait ahead of you.

Commander Ivanova has completed most of the preparations to begin broadcasting the Voice of the Resistance, but finds that their equipment is in serious need of more power if they hope to broadcast to anything beyond the local area. Micheal Garibaldi's freelance business ends up putting him back in touch with an old flame, and further strains his relationship with Zack Allen and Captain Sheridan when a covert meeting ends in a firefight in Downbelow.

Tropes used in Conflicts of Interest:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Subverted: The people chasing them turn out to be telepaths, and are able to hear their thoughts to determine where they are going next.
  • Call Back: Lise Hampton returns to Michael Garibaldi's life.
  • Continuity Nod: Garibaldi once again watches a Looney Tunes cartoon...
  • Foreshadowing: ...and the cartoon he watches is Duck Amuck, in which Daffy Duck is manipulated by a unseen sadist.
    • Plus, Garibaldi mysteriously doesn't shoot the Psi Corps agent who catches him in the air duct, who in turn also lets him go.
  • MacGuffin: Whatever is in that vial, encased in some gee-whiz material which is nearly impossible to open by force.
  • The Oner: Ivanova and Zathras' scene. Claudia Christian and Tim Choate are quite impressive in getting through a four minute long intricate verbal comedy scene, nailing every line (and it was the first take, too).
  • One Steve Limit: Defied. Zathras had quite a few brothers, whose names are all Zathras. There is evidently a way to tell their names apart by differences in pronunciation, but neither Ivanova nor the audience seem likely to be able to catch it.
  • Psychic Static: Garibaldi tells his panicked clients to think about nothing except their destination, so that they will be able to meet up again if they get separated from him. He then proceeds to lead them to an entirely different part of the station and has a security guard report the location of the gunmen to Zack.
  • Spanner in the Works: Zack realizes that Garibaldi has a backup copy of his Identicard and has the system lock it out. Of course, this happens when Garibaldi and his clients are trying to get away from assassins, requiring an Air-Vent Passageway escape.
  • Third-Person Person: Zathras. But Zathras is Zathras, not Zathras. Zathras apologising for any confusions.
  • Turn in Your Badge: Sheridan decides that they need to press Garibaldi to turn in his Identicard and his issued sidearm, given that he resigned some time previously. Zack also demands that Garibaldi turn over his backup sidearm as well. He doesn't think to check to see if Garibaldi has a backup Identicard though, or simply disable the badge remotely, which would have taken care of the backup.
    • Zack had intentionally not invoked this trope, hoping that Garibaldi would come to his senses and come back to his old job, but Sheridan forced his hand on the issue.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Garibaldi and Sheridan, of course, but most particularly Garibaldi and his former protege-turned-replacement, Zack.