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* PetTheDog: When Ivanova sets foot on Epsilon 3, he is greeted by an angry Draal who was expecting Sheridan to come (and given Draal's arsenal, Ivanova was understandably wary of Draal). She makes a joke, which makes Draal laugh and he welcomes her.

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* MeaningfulName: The ship Musante rides back to Earth is named Loki, the Norse god of fire and mischief.


* AirFictionOne: ''Earth Force One'' is seen again, and we finally get confirmation on who was responsible for its destruction.

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* AirFictionOne: ''Earth Force One'' is seen again, and we finally get confirmation on who was responsible for [[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS01E22Chrysalis}} its destruction.destruction]].
* AgitatedItemStomping: When Zach approaches Musante after her "meeting" with Sheridan, she relays her frustration with Sheridan's [[IgnoreTheFanservice refusal to her proposition]] by angrily stabbing a piece of fruit with her fork.



** Musante (and the current Earthgov) are pretending that homelessness, poverty, prejudice, and crime are virtually non-existent on Earth. And that if they did, they're only caused by the mentally disturbed who just liked to cause trouble for no reason.



** [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E14ThereAllTheHonorLies Minbari do not lie]]...[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E21TheQualityOfMercy unless they are serving the greater good]].

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** [[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E14ThereAllTheHonorLies Minbari do not lie]]...[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E21TheQualityOfMercy unless they are serving serving]] [[{{Recap/BabylonFiveS03E01MattersOfHonor}} the greater good]].


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* FlyingFace: The form with which the Walkers of Sigma 957 appear on the Whitestar is a [[FloatingMask tiki-like]] floating head with glowing eyes and mouth.


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** During Sheridan & Musante's initial meeting and they were butting heads, Musante notes that the current laws do not exclude a Political officer [[TemptingFate unless there's a coup she hasn't heard about]]. Future episodes do involve an attempted coup.


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* HowIsThatEvenPossible: Draal is shocked that Ivanova was even able to do what Ivanova did and access that communiqué between Clark & Morden.


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* InsaneTrollLogic: This conversation between Musante & Sheridan as noted in the summary above
-->'''Musante''': Earth would never ally itself with a [[TheEmpire government that's bent on war]].\\
'''Sheridan''': Well, we have signed a treaty with the Centauri.\\
'''Musante''': Exactly, which proves my point.

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* BeggingTheQuestion: Julie Musante's rhetoric tends to boil down to this. Earth would ''never'' sign a treaty with a government bent on war; since they signed one with the Centauri, [[BlatantLies the Centauri obviously]] ''[[BlatantLies aren't]]'' [[BlatantLies bent on war]], ergo there was no problem with them signing a treaty. Earthgov has promised a job to anyone who wants one, therefore anyone who doesn't have one must not want one, so there's no problem with unemployment. There is no crime other than that committed by the mentally unstable; obviously they're mentally unstable, or they wouldn't be committing crimes, would they? Et cetera, et cetera.

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* NewSpeak / UnusualEuphemism: Musante gives Sheridan a bucketful of it over dinner, proclaiming all the [[BlatantLies wonderful social progress]] the Clark regime is making back on Earth. She's fully aware it's all bullshit, too.
->'''Sheridan:''' And when exactly did all this happen?
->'''Musante:''' [[DeadpanSnarker When we rewrote the dictionary.]]


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* OhCrap: Ivanova gets one when the Shadows almost catch her while using the Great Machine.
->''Draal, it knows I'm here... it knows my name!''


* StrawConservative: Musante's views on issues like poverty make her sound like an stereotypical Republican

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* StrawConservative: Musante's views on issues like poverty make her sound like an stereotypical Republicana political caricature of a Republican.

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*ANaziByAnyOtherName: Julie Musante not only has Aryan looks but her meeting with the Nightwatch is pure fascist plotting.


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*StrawConservative: Musante's views on issues like poverty make her sound like an stereotypical Republican

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* AirFictionOne: ''Earth Force One'' is seen again, and we finally get confirmation on who was responsible for its destruction.


With the whole of the Earth alliance bureaucracy now sitting on his shoulders, Sheridan can't make it to Epsilon III and sends Ivanova in his place. She'll work with Draal while he keeps Musante entertained/distracted. Ivanova asks if there's anything else.

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With the whole of the Earth alliance bureaucracy now sitting on his shoulders, Sheridan can't make it to Epsilon III and sends Ivanova in his place. She'll work with Draal while he keeps Musante entertained/distracted. Ivanova asks if there's anything else.



At dinner Sheridan expresses his concerns that the Centauri will continue moving into the League of Non-Aligned Worlds until someone stand up to them, but Musante dismisses his concerns. She gives him an update on things back on Earth, and how President Clark has all but solved the world's problems, which amounts to redefining them or pretending they don't exist. Sheridan finds this disturbing.

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Zack shows Musante to her quarters, asking how things went with the captain. She thinks he'll come around eventually, but wants Zack to fill her in on the things Sheridan doesn't tell her...just until he does, of course.

At dinner Sheridan expresses his concerns that the Centauri will continue moving into the League of Non-Aligned Worlds until someone stand stands up to them, but Musante dismisses his concerns. She gives him an update them.

-->'''Musante''': Earth would never ally itself with a government that's bent
on war.\\
'''Sheridan''': Well, we have signed a treaty with the Centauri.\\
'''Musante''': Exactly, which proves my point.

When she asks how
things back are on Earth, and the station, Sheridan brings up some problems with the Lurkers, their version of the homeless. He tries to explain how they have many of the same problems that Earth does, but she says Earth doesn't have homeless...or poverty or crime or prejudice. According to her President Clark has all but solved the world's problems, which amounts to redefining them or pretending they don't exist. Sheridan finds this disturbing.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Marcus thinking Ivanova was serious about him being "Booji".


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* FrenchJerk: After the Walkers' refusal to speak in anything but their own language, Marcus quips about them being French.
* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Sheridan makes the excuse of going to fix the temperature to get away from Musante.


Sheridan arrives in his office to find Musante already there. She explains that she has been sent by the Ministry of Peace, Nightwatch, as his PoliticalOfficer. His recent decisions have caused some waves back home and she's there to make certain he doesn't do anything too inconvenient in the future. Sheridan is not happy and protests her presence but her orders come from further up. She suggests they have dinner that evening to get to know each other better.

This means that Sheridan can't meet with Draal, so he sends Ivanova in his place.

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Sheridan arrives in his office to find Musante already there. She explains that she has been sent by the Ministry of Peace, Nightwatch, as his PoliticalOfficer. His recent decisions have caused some waves back home and she's there to make certain he doesn't do anything too inconvenient in the future. Sheridan is not happy and protests her presence but her orders come from further up. She suggests they have dinner that evening to get to know each other better.

This means that
better. Sheridan tries to say he has plans, but can't say what they are without telling her about Draal, so he relents and agrees to dinner.

With the whole of the Earth alliance bureaucracy now sitting on his shoulders,
Sheridan can't meet with Draal, so he make it to Epsilon III and sends Ivanova in his place.
place. She'll work with Draal while he keeps Musante entertained/distracted. Ivanova asks if there's anything else.

-->'''Sheridan''': Glass of whiskey, a gun and two bullets.


Garibaldi is suddenly called with a [[SpySpeak Code 7-R]], a meeting of the War Council, much to Zack's confusion. There Delenn explains that gaining the proper allies may make the difference in the coming war. With that in mind, she's enlisted Draal's help in locating the few remaining [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien First Ones]]. Draal invites Sheridan down to the Great Machine later to conduct the search.

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Garibaldi and Zack are walking together when Garibaldi is suddenly called with a [[SpySpeak Code 7-R]], a meeting of the War Council, much to Zack's confusion. There Delenn explains that gaining the proper allies may make the difference in the coming war. With that in mind, she's enlisted Draal's help in locating the few remaining [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien First Ones]]. Draal invites Sheridan down to the Great Machine later to conduct the search.


She tells him what she found, but Sheridan can't do anything right now, not with Musante keeping such a close watch on him. He orders her to go make contact before Musante comes looking for him. Glancing down at her, he notes it must be colder than he thought and goes to fix it, while she pouts in disappointment.

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She tells him what she found, but Sheridan can't do anything right now, not with Musante keeping such a close watch on him. He orders her to go make contact contact. Her image vanishes moments before Musante comes looking for him. Glancing down at her, he notes it must be colder than he thought and goes to fix it, while she pouts in disappointment.


-->'''Ivanova''': At least that tells us they understand our language, they're just not willing to speak to us in it.\\

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-->'''Ivanova''': ''[after the First Ones' initial outburst]'' At least that tells us they understand our language, they're just not willing to speak to us in it.\\



* InterruptedIntimacy: Julie Musante is trying to get Sheridan into bed, when Ivanova, using the Great Machine's holo projector, appears in the room right behind her. Sheridan is forced to use KissOfDistraction to keep Musante from seeing her. Subverted in that Sheridan didn't want to sleep with her anyway.

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--> '''Musante:''' I've never known who a man who could find so many ways to say "no" to a simple proposition.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Julie Musante is trying to get Sheridan into bed, when Ivanova, using the Great Machine's holo projector, appears in the room right behind her. Sheridan is forced to use KissOfDistraction to keep Musante from seeing her. Subverted in that In fact, this trope is inverted; Sheridan didn't want to sleep with her anyway.her, but had to briefly get "intimate" in order to provide a distraction. Once Ivanova has left, he [[INeedToGoIronMyDog makes an excuse to leave]].

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-->'''Ivanova''': At least that tells us they understand our language, they're just not willing to speak to us in it.\\
'''Marcus''': Who knew they were French?

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