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* WouldHitAGirl: During the BarBrawl, the male soldiers have zero compunction about hitting the female ones.


'''Large''': HAHAHAHAHA!! You're alright, flyboy!

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'''Large''': HAHAHAHAHA!! [[YouGotGuts You're alright, flyboy!flyboy!]]

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** [[spoiler: The downer ending gets worse, when the season finale arrives. Earth sits out the war, and the base was completely unnecessary.]]

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* BoisterousBruiser: Large. Seconds after deciding he likes Keffer, he almost strangles him with a manly hug and almost chokes him stuffing a big cigar into his mouth.

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* UseYourHead: After being hit with a chair, Large turns and knocks the offender out with a headbutt.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: What endears Keffer to Large in their initial meeting.
-->'''Large''': You got a problem, flyboy?\\
'''Keffer''': Yeah, I got a problem. Give me a minute to find a ladder, and we can hash this out face to face.\\
''({{Beat}})''\\
'''Large''': HAHAHAHAHA!! You're alright, flyboy!


* WarIsHell: The theme of the episode.

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* WarIsHell: The theme of the episode. All of the GROPOS we get to know in the episode are dead by the end.

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* {{Redshirt}}: Dodger, Kleist, Large and Yang turn out to be this, as they do not survive Operation: Sudden Death.


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*WarIsHell: The theme of the episode.


* FourStarBadass: General Franklin. In fact, it's his assignment to what is supposed to be a routine garrison relief mission that tips off [[GenreSavvy Dodger]] that something's about to happen.

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* FourStarBadass: General Franklin. In fact, it's his assignment to what is supposed to be a routine garrison relief mission that tips off [[GenreSavvy Dodger]] Dodger that something's about to happen.

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* NoSell: During the bar fight, someone hits Large with a chair. The chair is destroyed but Large just gets annoyed.

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* SmackOnTheBack: Large gives Keffer one that knocks the cigar he gave him right our of his mouth.


Lt. Keffer arrives at his quarters to find two men already in them. [[NewMeat Pvt. "Large"]], a heavy black man who [[CigarChomper always has a cigar in his mouth]], and [[NewMEat Pvt. Yang]], a young soldier on his first deployment. Keffer is not happy to find them there, and an annoyed [[ScaryBlackMan Large gets up as though about to start a fight]]. Keffer isn't intimidated and Large is sufficiently impressed that he sits the pilot down, offers him a cigar and starts regaling him with war stories.

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Lt. Keffer arrives at his quarters to find two men already in them. [[NewMeat [[OldSoldier Pvt. "Large"]], a heavy black man who [[CigarChomper always has a cigar in his mouth]], and [[NewMEat Pvt. Yang]], a young soldier on his first deployment. Keffer is not happy to find them there, and an annoyed [[ScaryBlackMan Large gets up as though about to start a fight]]. Keffer isn't intimidated and Large is sufficiently impressed that he sits the pilot down, offers him a cigar and starts regaling him with war stories.


* RealitySubtext: The Franklins are based very much on Richard Biggs' strained relationship with his own father, who was a colonel in Vietnam. The names of his four sisters are also used as Franklin's.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The role of General Franklin was written for James Earl Jones, who proved to be too expensive.
** Garibaldi was going to actually sleep with Dodger, but Jerry Doyle was uncomfortable with it as she was played by an old girlfriend and he was now well into a relationship (and later marriage) with his co-star Andrea Thompson.


Lt. Keffer arrives at his quarters to find two men already in them. Pvt. "Large", a heavy black man who always has a cigar in his mouth, and Pvt. Yang, a young soldier on his first deployment. Keffer is not happy to find them there, and an annoyed Large gets up as though about to start a fight. Keffer isn't intimidated and Large is sufficiently impressed that he sits the pilot down, offers him a cigar and starts regaling him with war stories.

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Lt. Keffer arrives at his quarters to find two men already in them. [[NewMeat Pvt. "Large", "Large"]], a heavy black man who [[CigarChomper always has a cigar in his mouth, mouth]], and [[NewMEat Pvt. Yang, Yang]], a young soldier on his first deployment. Keffer is not happy to find them there, and an annoyed [[ScaryBlackMan Large gets up as though about to start a fight.fight]]. Keffer isn't intimidated and Large is sufficiently impressed that he sits the pilot down, offers him a cigar and starts regaling him with war stories.



In C&C Sheridan and Ivanova go over their status, their docking schedule is back on track, and the new defense grid is up. Babylon 5 is now as heavily armed as any warship.

The Franklins meet up again. They have a heart-to-heart and lay out the issues they've had built up over the years, Stephen hating not knowing if his father will come back from his next assignment, but he finally tells his father he loves him and the two embrace.

Garibaldi finds Dodger again. She apologizes for getting angry, but something about the mission's bothering her. She can't believe they would send Richard "Firestorm" Franklin on a relief mission. Garibaldi, of course, can't tell her.

Meanwhile, Keffer is nearby with Large and Yang, when he runs afoul of Kleist, the soldier who threatened Delenn earlier, and a fight starts. It ends when General Franklin comes with the word that they're moving out. The sergeant major orders them to get their things and report to the docking bay. Garibaldi and Dodger say goodbye, as do Keffer, Large and Yang.

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In C&C Sheridan and Ivanova go over their status, their docking schedule is back on track, and the new defense grid is up. Babylon 5 is now as heavily armed as any a warship.

The Franklins meet up again. They have a heart-to-heart and lay out the issues they've had built up over the years, Stephen hating not knowing if his father will come back from his next assignment, but something the general admits he sometimes forgets about. Stephen finally tells his father he loves him and the two embrace.

Garibaldi finds Dodger again. She apologizes for getting angry, but something about the mission's bothering her. She can't believe they would send [[OutOfCharacterAlert Richard "Firestorm" Franklin on a relief mission.mission]]. Garibaldi, of course, can't tell her.

Meanwhile, Keffer is nearby with Large and Yang, when he runs afoul of Kleist, [[{{Jerkass}} Kleist]], the soldier who threatened Delenn earlier, and a [[BarBrawl fight starts.starts]]. It ends when General Franklin comes with the word that they're moving out. The sergeant major orders them to get their things and report to the docking bay. Garibaldi and Dodger say goodbye, as do Keffer, Large and Yang.



Several days later, a crowd is gathered in the Zocalo watching a report about the battle. After a scene of intense fighting, a live broadcast shows a reporter with Gen. Franklin. The battle was a success, and Matok has been taekn, but good feelings die down as the casualty lists are brought in. Dodger, Large, Yang, and even Kleist were all killed in action. Garibaldi looks it over, then walks off.

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Several days later, a crowd is gathered in the Zocalo watching a report about the battle. After a scene of intense fighting, a live broadcast shows a reporter with Gen. Franklin. The battle was a success, and Matok has been taekn, taken, but good feelings die down as the casualty lists are brought in. Dodger, Large, Yang, and even Kleist were all killed in action. Garibaldi looks it over, then walks off.
off leaving Keffer standing by himself.


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* ArchnemesisDad: Stephen and his father have ideologies that are such polar opposites that they can barely talk to each other without fighting.


** Ivanova is one again reminded that [[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E13SignsAndPortents in space there is no night]].

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** Ivanova is one once again reminded that [[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E13SignsAndPortents in space there is no night]].

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