Every time you try to get them do something for their own good, they figure you've got some sort of a hidden agenda.Sheridan is in the mess hall when the command staff and Marcus come in and congratulate him on getting the Narn and Centauri to agree to have the White Stars patrol their borders. Sheridan, however, is too busy with an internal conversation and laughing at things only he knows about. The others turn to discussing how much trouble it will be to get the rest of the League worlds to sign on, when Sheridan bangs the table shouting, "That's it!" He comes over and explains that there's an easier way to convince the League to join up.
- Sheridan: By not convincing them!
- Franklin: If this is the way he is after Delenn's been gone for three days, I don't even want to know what he's gonna be like after another week.
- Delenn: The Warrior Caste cannot be allowed to win this war. The Religious Caste cannot be allowed to win. You know as well as I that if either side achieves dominance, the delicate balance of our civilization will be destroyed.
Neroon: You should have thought of that before you broke the Grey Council.
- Drazi Ambassador: This is very bad.
- Drazi Ambassador: You have no choice in this Sheridan! The League has Spoken! You will bring the White Star fleet into the League of Non-Aligned Worlds. In return the League will support any action taken by the fleet.
Sheridan: And I can't possibly talk you out of this?
Brakiri Ambassador: We're afraid not.
- Neroon: It is as you said, Shakiri. The Religious Caste do not have the stomach for a prolonged conflict. Tell our ships to stand by. Victory will be ours within the week.
This episode contains examples of:
- Batman Gambit: Sheridan's whole scheme to get the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to allow the White Stars into their territory.
- Bat Deduction: Sheridan basically throws a bunch of things out there and lets the League ambassadors "figure out" what's going on. Of course, it doesn't matter what conclusion they come to, as long as they think it's something they need Sheridan's help to deal with.
- Big "YES!": After his plan succeeds, Sheridan walks into a transport tube expressionlessly, but as soon as the doors close he lets one loose.
- Call Back:
- Continuity Nod:
- Once again, Lennier lies to protect others' honor. This time he does so to make a point about Delenn's views, in the hope that they learn a lesson.
- This is the second time Delenn has seen Lennier near death.
- Despite spending more than four years on this station, Londo still sometimes has trouble understanding humanity.
- Deadly Gas: Minbari fuel is apparently a toxic vapor potent enough that a small canister can completely poison a full-sized warcruiser twice over.
- Entertainingly Wrong: The League's final conclusion: that there is some new enemy which can only be detected by the White Stars. Therefore, we must have the White Stars protecting our territories to keep these unseen enemies out. To that end, we will force Sheridan to deploy them along our borders, giving him any clearances he needs, so he doesn't have any excuses. And through it all, we will remain blissfully unaware that we have done exactly what he wanted us to do.
- A far less fortunate case regarding the Religious Caste subplot; thanks to incomplete information, the members of the Religious Caste think Delenn is about to sell them out to the Warrior Caste. By the time they learn how wrong they were, they've already rigged a device to kill everyone aboard. Thankfully, Lennier overheard their plans, and managed to stop it before it became lethal to the entire ship.
- Exact Words: When Delenn asks if the Warrior Caste had sabotaged them, Lennier looks at the Religious Caste members, and says the Warrior Caste had nothing to do with it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Unlike the Drazi, who have beady little eyes, the Centauri have "great big eyes, and great big scanners, and great big..." Well. (Note Londo is gesturing to the sides of his torso as he says this; where his people's tentacles are located).
- Happily Failed Suicide: Once the religious caste members realize Delenn is not going to allow the Warrior Caste to rule, they rush to turn off the valve releasing the toxic fumes into the ventilation system. Fortunately, Lennier got there and turned it off in time.
- Honor Before Reason: The Religious Caste leaders decide that they would rather die than allow the ship to reach Minbar when they think Delenn is going to sell them out. Then they learn just how wrong they were....
- Humans Through Alien Eyes / Humanity Is Insane: Sheridan certainly isn't doing anything to disabuse that notion, but Londo once again seems to think this of the entire race.Londo: A place called Winchester Mansion, with stairs that go nowhere, something called country and western, and the less said about the comedy team of Rebo and Zooty, the better.
- Indy Ploy: When asked what he's going to do, Sheridan says, "I don't know yet." Implying he's making it up as he goes, though that could just another way of keeping everyone else guessing.
- Laughing Mad: Sheridan at the beginning.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Sheridan seems to be looping people into his plan pretty much on the fly, not telling anyone exactly what he's getting at.
- Love Makes You Crazy: His crew suspects that Sheridan is getting all cagey because Delenn isn't around. They idly wonder what he'll be like after she's been gone for longer than a few weeks.
- Meaningful Echo: When Delenn and Neroon first meet, she says he has always done what he felt was best for their people, so she trusts him, "After a fashion." After the poison plot has been foiled, he tells her that it is good for them to be together at this time. She asks if that was a compliment, and he says, "After a fashion."
- Non-Answer: Sheridan makes extensive use if this while being questioned by the Drazi ambassador.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: There are a lot of awkward looks after Delenn says that only the warrior caste would turn on their own.
- Out-of-Context Eavesdropping: Which leads to the Religious Caste attempting to kill off everyone aboard their ship.
- Reverse Psychology: After making the League ambassadors think there's something he's not telling them, Sheridan tries to talk them out of stationing the White Star fleet in their space, which is of course the exact opposite of what he wants.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: One of Ivanova's top stories is how most of Clark's cabinet resigned in protest of the civilian bombings.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "Nothing happened today in sector 83x9x12. I repeat, nothing happened." This is actually an Invoked Trope; nothing did happen, but Sheridan wants the League of Non-Aligned Worlds to think something did as part of his Batman Gambit. Poor Ivanova.
- Take a Third Option: The Religious Caste thinks Delenn is going to surrender, which they cannot allow, but they cannot move against her without alienating the rest of their caste. So they decide to kill everyone on the ship.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Lennier to his fellow castemen after thwarting their suicide attempt: "Have we fallen so far that we can no longer trust ourselves?"
- Ivanova starts into one towards Sheridan after he asks her to insert some creative misinformation into her newscast, but Sheridan's on a roll and convinces her to go along with it, assuring her that it is 100% true (which it is.)
- Zany Scheme: Sheridan plan is basically to throw stuff in the air and keep everyone too busy trying to catch it all to realize what he's up to.