The Quality of Mercy (1994)
(male #1) 'And so you understand our concern, Mollari.'
'As well as preventing other races'
'from gaining the upper hand' we must continue to forge good relations with possible allies.
Yes, I understand, but it's not an easy process.
Very few here are as, uh, trusting as I am.
But I will see what I can do.
I'm sure the emperor will be pleased by any progress you make in this area.
I'll be in touch.
"I'll be in touch."
Morning, ambassador. Lennier.
Lennier, when did you say Ambassador Delenn was due back from your homeworld?
In a few more days. I'll tell her you inquired.
Uh, you know, it occurs to me we haven't spent much time together, you and I.
I hardly know anything about you.
From birth I was raised in the temple and studied the ways of the religious caste.
Six months ago I came here. There is nothing else.
Ah. Most unfortunate.
Well, good day.
E-excuse me, ambassador.
Why do you say, "Unfortunate?"
Well, the assistant to an ambassador should know everything he can about the other species here on Babylon 5, yes?
Yes, I've been doing quite a bit of reading since my arrival.
Reading is no substitute for experience.
Tell you what, it is an imposition on my busy schedule but I'll take you under my wing and fill the gaps in your education.
Starting tomorrow morning and for the next two days I will show you the Babylon 5 that I know.
You will find that a revelation of the highest order.
I-I don't know, ambassador.
Oh, my good, dear friend trust me.
Will the defendant, Karl Edward Mueller please rise?
You were charged with the calculated and unprovoked murder of two of this station's residents
'as well as the brutal and senseless slaying' of a security officer.
This court has reviewed the charges against you and the evidence supplied by the Office of Station Security.
In light of that evidence, this court finds you guilty of murder in the first-degree.
Sentence will be handed down at 10 a.m. tomorrow Earth Standard Time.
And may God have mercy upon your soul.
(male narrator) It was the dawn of the Third Age of mankind ten years after the Earth-Minbari War.
The Babylon Project was a dream given form.
Its goal, to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully.
It's a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers entrepreneurs and wanderers.
Humans and aliens, wrapped in 2,500,000 tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night.
It can be a dangerous place but it's our last, best hope for peace.
This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations.
The year is 2258.
The name of the place is Babylon 5.
I'd like to see the doctor. The line forms at the rear.
I'm sure it does.
Oh, I'm sorry. Uh, please go right in.
I'll buzz the doctor.
(Stephen) 'Alright. There you go.'
Take two every 12 hours for the pain.
If it comes back, you come back and see me, alright?
You can start by removing your clothes.
Not without dinner and flowers.
Oh, lieutenant commander, what are you doing down here?
What a coincidence. I was about to ask you the same thing.
[chuckles] Just doing my job.
Your job is chief of staff for the Medlab facility.
No, my job is healing people. Medlabs aren't free.
'Not everyone can afford to come for treatment' especially in Downbelow.
Well, they have my sympathies but this is an unauthorized clinic.
This is a free clinic. Same thing.
The taxpayers back home expect us to be self-supporting.
They wouldn't approve of diverting medicine, supplies, resources--
I know. That's why I didn't tell you.
I don't like having to hear about this in the grapevine, doctor.
I'm in charge of station operations.
This is a station and this is certainly for operations.
Alright, fine, but right now there's about a dozen people out there waiting to see me.
Now what do you intend to do about that?
And there's only half dozen. I counted.
'Look, I don't mind if you bend the rules a little, doctor.'
I mean, I bend a few myself.
But I do like to be informed.
If I'm gonna share in the blame I'd at least like to share in some of the fun.
Alright. You can start by taking off your jacket.
There's a sink in the back, you can wash your hands and--
I am not a doctor. No.
But I'm sure we can find something for you to do.
I mean, if you're gonna join in the fun you might as well go all the way, right?
Half a dozen? Where's all the rest?
And I say we space the creep.
A couple of hours in hard vacuum will do him and the gene pool a world of good.
If you don't mind my saying so, Mr. Garibaldi you seem to be taking this very personally.
Damn straight, this guy killed two Lurkers and scragged one of my men.
But more than that, he..
This wasn't the first time for this guy, commander.
The way he killed them, cool, methodical..
He's done this before. I'd bet good money he's done this a lot.
But you have no evidence to that effect.
'Then there's nothing I can do.'
Spacing is only invoked under conditions of mutiny or treason.
For the crime of murder, there are only three penalties legally open to us.
The first option is to send him to a prison back to Earth.
I checked. They don't want him.
And they won't pay the money to send him anywhere else.
And there isn't room in the brig for the perps we've got now let alone putting somebody away for life.
Which leaves us only option three.
And that brings us back to you, Ms. Winters.
[exhales sharply] I don't wanna do this again.
I was inside a killer's mind before on the Mars colony.
There's gotta be another way.
If you could get another registered telepath in here to carry the burden..
I've tried, the corps promised to send someone as soon as they can.
Unfortunately, there's a shortage of telepaths trained in criminal cases.
Why? Seems like there'd be a lot of demand for that.
Oh, there's demand, just not much motivation.
It's very stressful. We burn out fast.
Maybe when you're inside his head, you can poke around
'see if this guy's killed before.'
Mr. Garibaldi, you know better than that.
Scanning along those lines violates the right of due process.
Anything the telepath sees whilst inside a defendant's mind is inadmissible evidence..
But he's already been found guilty.
Of this crime, yes.
But he hasn't been charged with anything else.
And I will not condone a fishing expedition.
Take the guilty verdict and be grateful, Mr. Garibaldi.
Ms. Winters, I'm prepared to pass sentence and I need your help to monitor the process.
Can I count on you?
I'm a little bit turned around here.
I-I'm looking for Brown 27-G.
A woman by the name of Laura Rosen.
She's supposed to be around here somewhere.
It's right over there. Uh, what do you want with her?
Well, I've been hearing about some kind of quack practicing medicine without a license.
A cross between a faith healer and a sideshow medicine man, or a woman in this case.
I'm sure it's all a misunderstanding. Good luck.
'Ow!' 'A little more.'
'There. How's the pain now?'
Well, this should begin to decrease the growth.
How will I know if it worked? Oh, you'll know.
My treatments never fail. Well, that should do it.
Mm. Thank you.
How much do I-- Oh.
Whatever you'd like to pay is sufficient.
Just leave your contribution in the box by the door on your way out.
Ah, hello, doctor.
I wondered how long it would take you to pay me a visit.
One healer to another.
Well, it took me a while to notice the drop in patients.
This is, uh.. Alien. Yes.
This writing, what does it say?
The specifics? I don't know.
I've only been able to decipher the most general of meanings.
In other words, you don't know what it is or what it does or even if it works at all.
Oh, it works, alright.
It restores, renews, invigorates.
It's good for ailments of the flesh the blood and the bone.
Everything from the common cold to Stafford's disease.
For a modest contribution, of course.
Oh, I leave that detail up to the conscience my patients.
(Stephen) 'You have quite an operation here.'
Ms. Rosen, does the term con-job ring a bell?
My mother is not a fake or an evil woman or a quack.
You didn't tell me that she was your mother.
You didn't ask.
Doctor, my mother isn't hurting anyone.
Yes, she is if she's discouraging people from seeking proper treatment.
Don't like the competition?
Doctor? I have a problem with frauds.
If that's what you mean. And this--
I'm sorry, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave.
My mother's very tired after her sessions.
As a doctor, I'm sure you can understand
'my concern for her health.'
Alright, but as a doctor, I'll be back.
You can count on it.
(male #2) 'Karl Edward Mueller'
'this court has reviewed its findings' and is now prepared to render judgment.
Do you have anything to say before sentence is passed?
Under the authority of the Earth Alliance Court I cannot sentence you to death.
A life taken will not balance the loss of another life.
Therefore, it's the decision of this court that you be sentenced to the death of personality.
'You will be conveyed under guard to a Medlab facility' where you'll be telepathically scanned and then brainwiped.
The personality of Karl Edward Mueller will be totally and completely erased.
'You will then be programmed with a new set of memories.'
For the rest of your natural life you will serve the community harmed by your actions.
The scan will be conducted this afternoon and sentence will be carried out at midnight tonight.
Erase me? I'll see you in hell first!
All of you! You're already dead, and you don't even know it!
'You're dead! All of you, you're dead!'
(Garibaldi) 'Real piece of work, isn't he?'
'When does he get wiped?' Midnight tonight.
I'll have to check the equipment make sure the process is painless.
Do me a favor. Don't check too close.
If there's a little pain, I won't mind.
I'll pretend I didn't hear that.
Look, he iced one of my best men.
The guy had a family, two kids, on the edge of getting promoted.
It's not right. And this is right?
It's the law. That's not what I asked.
I'll take care of the machine, Mr. Garibaldi.
I assume you will arrange for someone to throw the switch?
Oh, I've got volunteers backed up 12 deep.
Mm. More is the pity.
Oh, one more thing.
A favor in exchange for this.
I need some information on a woman by the name of Laura Rosen.
She's running a questionable operation in Downbelow.
That's what I'm trying to find out.
I'll have it for you in an hour.
Come, come, come, come, come.
You are going to enjoy this very much.
You will see.
Lennier. Lennier, this way.
Ambassador, I-I'm really not sure that this is a good idea.
I'm perfectly happy to inconvenience myself for your benefit.
Ah, Mertana, light of my life.
Two of the usual, please.
Ambassador, this place-- Amazing, yes?
Well.. Here, my friend.
Here you will see the heart and soul of Babylon 5
'also its spleen, its kidneys' a veritable parade of internal organs.
The thing you must remember here is, uh..
It seems I've left my credit chit in my quarters.
I don't suppose you brought yours, hm?
Well, yes, I-I-I did but, but my allowance is-is very small.
Oh, no, don't apologize. We'll make do.
Oh, it's-it's just that I don't think Delenn would..
Here, give yourself a nice tip. He's a very generous man.
Here's to our new friendship, Lennier.
There's no alcohol in here, is there?
Alcohol? No, of course not. Here, drink up.
Because my people do not react well at all to alcohol.
Even a small quantity causes psychotic impulses and-and violent homicidal rages.
Alcohol. My mistake.
Mertana, uh, just water for him. Thank you.
(woman on PA) 'Now playing in Duplex Beta on Red-7..'
[indistinct chatter on PA]
I, uh, wanted to know if I could talk to you for a few minutes if you don't mind?
I have a quota to make, or the boss will take it out of my salary.
According to the station registry your mother was a doctor, a real doctor.
Well, then why-- You wouldn't understand.
All her life, the only thing that mattered to my mother was being a doctor.
She worked days, nights, weekends.
But she could never keep up with it all so she started taking stims to stay up nights, working.
Pretty soon she was taking them all the time.
She was addicted.
She wouldn't admit it and she wouldn't listen to anyone..
[sighs] ...until one day she made a mistake.
When they took away her license they took away her reason for living.
Then one day she decided that if she could find some new alien healing technology she could come back, vindicated and they'd give her back her life.
That was three years ago. And now--
And now she thinks she's found it.
What do you think?
I think that for the first time in years I see my mother smiling.
For the first time, I see hope in her eyes.
Janice, her machine doesn't work.
How do you know? Have you tested it? Examined it?
No. But if it was real, why are you still here?
Why aren't you back on Earth so she can show everyone her new discovery?
We don't have the money. Yes, you do.
I checked the station logs.
Your account has enough credits for two tickets back to Earth.
But she doesn't know that, does she? You don't want her to know.
You don't want anyone to know. Doctor!
My mother is not a young or well woman.
At most she has a few years left.
I never wanna see her as she was before defeated and lost and hopeless.
She's a healer again, and that's all that matters.
Please don't try and take that away from her because if you do, I'll fight you.
And I'll win.
(Lennier) 'In my eleventy-fifth year in the temple'
I began to study the 97 dialects and sub-tongues of our homeworld.
And I discovered something truly amazing.
The same word N'Kai appears in every Minbari dialect and sub-tongue yet it never means the same thing twice.
For instance, it can mean sand, father, boot.
Really? That's astonishing. Truly.
After my eleventy-seventh year I focused my area of inquiry towards mathematics and I began to specialize in probability.
As in, determining the odds of something happening?
Yes, exactly. I achieved the rank of master adept.
My dear good friend Lennier..
...come with me.
But, uh, they're about to begin another dance.
But you said that by interpreting the movements of certain body parts it would help me to better understand other cultures.
Right now I want to introduce you to the ultimate means of interstellar understanding.
The Earthers call it poker. Poker?
[chuckles] Come. Come.
Mr. Mueller, I'm here to perform the court-ordered scan prior to brainwipe.
I can produce the order if you want to see it.
So you're going to walk around in my head, eh?
'I'd think twice if I were you.'
Something might just jump out of the shadows and bite you.
Any attempted intimidation will go on your record.
It's not like I'm going to remember any of this.
That's the plan, right?
Take away my thoughts, my memories everything that makes me me so they can put me to work for the rest of my life mopping floors, cleaning toilets--
Mr. Muller, if you continue this I will have to ask the guards to restrain you.
Is that what you want?
Good. If you'll please sit. This will only take a minute.
Don't do it! Look, we can work this out.
Another voice for the choir.
Another voice, plus the two Lurkers you killed.
Oh, no. Oh, God, no.
How many? How many?
How many worlds are there?
How many banquets?
How many flowers waiting to be harvested?
How many new voices waiting to be recruited into my choir?
I had to keep adding voices until the choir is big enough to sing me into heaven when I die.
It's necessary. Don't you see?
The overture is just beginning, Ms. Winters.
Stay. Stay for the symphony.
We'll save a place for you.
Doctor, I finished the follow-ups on those patients you were asking for.
Good, her daughter thinks that she's doing the right thing but if we show her that people's conditions are actually getting worse because of the lack of proper treatment..
This can't be right.
You're sure these are the same patients that have been going to see Rosen?
I'll be right back.
(Mollari) Sorry, fellas, but this is, uh I can just feel it, this hand here.
This is the one for..
Well, mm-hmm, u-huh. Interesting.
Do you know that the odds of this particular combination are 5000-to-1 against?
Uh, Lennier. Yes, Londo?
Stop that. Ah.
Does that mean I've won again?
It means you have won a tenth of what you could have won if you had..
Never mind. Pick up your chips.
Pay no attention to him. He's from out of town.
I believe it's my deal.
(Laura) 'There. How is the pain?'
Less. It doesn't hurt to move my fingers.
'It feels a little tingling, though.'
Oh, that's perfectly natural. That will pass.
'Now, if it isn't completely gone' come back in a week, and we'll see what we can do.
Oh, I will. Thank you. Alright, dear.
It looks as though I was wrong.
This device of yours is more than what it seems.
I-it does heal, doesn't it? That's what I said, isn't it?
Uh, would you please go away?
I am so tired. I would imagine so.
I monitored your life signs during the session.
They dropped nearly 15% while you were hooked up to this thing.
It transfers energy from one being to another.
Doesn't it? Mm-hmm.
You give up a little of your life for someone else.
I bought it from a trader two years ago.
He had no idea what it was, neither did I.
Took me months to figure out how it works.
It was designed as a means of corporal punishment.
Criminals who were sentenced to death on different worlds had their life energy removed.
And that energy was used to heal others dying of terminal illness.
But it doesn't have to be used at full power.
It can be used a little at a time, to do good.
Except for you.
It's killing you by inches.
You don't understand.
I'm dying anyway.
It's Lake's Syndrome.
Lake's Syndrome? Mm-hmm.
My God! The pain must be-- Yes.
I have two, maybe three years left at the most.
But that's time enough.
If I can figure out how this works then I can adjust it so it needn't hurt the person administering the treatment.
Why did you lie to me when you said you didn't know what this thing did?
Why did you let me think that you were just a crank?
Because telling you the truth would've meant telling Janice how it affects me.
She wouldn't understand. She'd stop me.
She loves me very much, it seems. God knows why.
Why don't you let me take a look at it?
I-I know some people that might be able to help.
Oh, no. No.
Doctor, this has been my whole life for the last two years.
No, if-if there's a discovery here to be made I will make it on my own terms.
Doctor, this is my last chance to do good.
Please, let me finish what I've started.
I-I'll make a deal with you.
If anything should happen to me before I finish the machine can go to you and you can carry on.
You'll find my notes quite complete.
On one condition.
Janice is to know nothing of this.
Alright, if you come to Medlab once a week for exams.
I wanna be able to monitor your condition.
And I reserve the right to intervene if you start to push yourself too far too fast.
Done. Once a week.
Starting on Monday. Yes.
Harassing my mother again, Dr. Franklin?
Uh, no, just, uh checking in.
She's a good woman, Janice. You should be proud.
I always have been.
It's nice to hear somebody else say it, though.
If you ever wanna take a break, uh I'd love to buy you dinner sometime.
I don't know what my mother told you but it must have really been something.
There you are.
I was looking for you.
Finished with Mueller? Yes.
I got a good look.
Enough for a comparison scan after he's been blanked.
You can proceed whenever you want.
Are you okay?
No, not really.
In the past five years I have scanned minds that were so alien, so different that at times I was afraid I would never find my way back out again.
But at least those minds held more humanity than what I saw a few hours ago.
The things that live inside us, Mr. Garibaldi terrible things.
You said earlier that you would bet good money that he had killed before.
You would not have lost.
In the fifth card and then..
Oh, Great Maker.
Alright, I'm in. Bet's to my left.
(male #3) 'I'm in for two.'
(male #4) 'I'll raise you three.'
I'll raise another three.
Oh, is it to me? Yes.
Um, I'll raise a red.
Red. I have those.
Yes, you do.
It's time. Let's go.
Going down, chief? Nah, heading up, Lou.
Garibaldi to maintenance! Head back to security.
Work your way down to the next level.
This is a priority override.
Kill transport tube number seven, kill it now!
Alright, I'm in for the two.
'Who are we waiting for this time?'
(male #4) 'It's two to you.'
(Lennier) 'Two. You raised three.'
And I'll raise three.
Is it cold in here or is it just me?
Actually, the temperature appears to be quite moderate.
What the hell?
Ooh! You? You cheating?
No, no, no. I'm sure there's been a terrible mistake.
Perhaps you and I can talk about it quietly some other time.
You're cheating! No, no, no, no, no.
'Ah!' 'Come on.'
I think we should leave now. A very good idea.
I'll just take my winnings. I think not. We'll go now.
This is not good.
(Stephen) 'And what happened to the prisoner?'
Ah, he was hurt.
A PPG flashed him just before he jumped me.
Looked like it went right through his arm.
Yeah, the flash would've cauterized the wound but he still would've had damage to the skin and the nerves.
He's gonna need medical attention fast.
Well, if he comes here, we'll take him.
If he comes here.
You say he got off at a Downbelow sector?
Yes, doctor? Rose.
If a man shows up down there with a PPG wound you notify me immediately.
At this point he'd be the only patient we've had all day.
Word's getting out about that quack
'and her healing machine.'
Look, she's not a..
Tell Mr. Garibaldi I'm going down to Brown 27-G.
If he doesn't hear from me in 20 minutes tell him to send in a team.
(Lou) 'Will do.'
Uh, Ms. Rosen, it's Dr. Franklin.
Come in, doctor.
You're just in time. We're almost finished here.
You alright, Laura?
I'm fine. I'm just exhausted.
Her treatment is quite astonishing, doctor.
Only 20 minutes and I've already regained some use of my arm.
Well, once the procedure is finished it never hurts to have a second opinion or a second hostage.
You promised you'd let her go if I helped you.
It seems such a waste, though, does it not?
Then I refuse to continue.
You will finish the job or she dies now!
Yes, it's better. It's better.
Or my next shot will not miss.
He's right. He won't miss.
We have no other choice.
What are you.. What are you doing?
Stop it or I'll..
You'll do nothing.
That pain you're feeling, that agony that's Lake's Syndrome.
A pain almost too much to imagine.
Arthritis. Your vision is blurred.
Your intestines are on fire.
'Your veins are burning with pain.'
You threatened me, you murderer.
You threatened my daughter.
'You'll never hurt anyone again. Do you hear me?'
You'll never hurt anyone again!
This court has reviewed all of the evidence provided by the Office of Station Security.
'It is the judgment of this court'
'that Laura Rosen acted in self-defense' to protect her own life as well as the lives of others.
Therefore, no charges will be pressed and she's free to leave on her own recognizance provided that the alien device used in this action is turned over to station personnel so that it may be researched more fully and to ensure that it is not misused in the future.
Court is adjourned.
If it helps any, you did the right thing.
Are you alright?
I've taken a life..
...in direct violation of my oath as a doctor.
I-I'm free of pain, I'm free from Lake's Syndrome.
They say I may live another 20 or 30 years.
But I do so at the expense of a man's life.
'No, doctor. I'm not alright.'
I may never be alright again.
You heard Mr. Garibaldi. You did the right thing.
I did the necessary thing.
That is not always the same as the right thing.
Now if you will excuse me, I, uh I think I'd like to be alone for a while.
Well, Mr. Garibaldi, there you are.
I bring you glad tidings.
Oh, good. I could use some.
Remember that disturbance you were telling me about at the Dark Star, your team had to go in and break up a near riot?
You had to arrest thirty humans and aliens two of whom refused to identify themselves.
Yeah, I was just on my way to look into it.
I've been a little busy. Well, I can save you the time.
We've identified the two culprits.
Really? Who are they?
I'm still waiting for an explanation, gentlemen.
Listen, I am prepared to give you one, commander as soon as the room stops spinning.
This station creates gravity by rotation.
It never stops spinning.
Well, I begin to see my problem, hm.
The incident in question was completely my responsibility, commander.
I asked Ambassador Mollari to help me learn about the parts of the station I had not previously seen.
I was unfamiliar with the rules of conduct in these places and through error, created offense and through offense, created the incident.
Ambassador, do you have anything to add to this statement?
No. No, not at this time.
Diplomatic privilege means you cannot be charged for the events that transpired.
But I must insist on payment of damages to the club.
Yes, I agree. Thank you, commander.
Thank you, commander.
In Minbari culture, we are taught that it is an honor to help another save face.
But Delenn-- Will know better.
But will not inquire out of respect.
Good day, ambassador.
[clears throat] Thank you.
If you ever need anything from me..
There-there is one thing.
When we were at the gaming table somehow..
...a part of you reached out for the cards.
What was that?
Yes, it's true.
Yes, here, Li.
Goddess of passion.
A synthesis of male and female Centauri.
Did you think these were just decorations?
I'm going to take a vow of silence concerning this entire conversation.
Good day. Good day.
They are a strange people..
...but they are okay.
There you are, doctor. Hm.
I trust you'll put it to better use than I did.
Well, the first thing is to study it and find out how and why it works.
And who knows, it might be able to preserve someone's life when nothing else works.
Volunteers who can donate a little life energy the way people used to donate blood before synthetics were perfected.
You hear that? He's a dreamer.
'What's wrong with that?' Nothing, nothing at all.
But try to make sure he doesn't wake up before I get back.
Get back? Yes.
Through no desire of my own I have been granted a second lease on life.
Somewhere out there is what I need to redeem myself.
You don't need to-- Yes, I do.
And I'm going to find it. I'm all packed.
My cruiser leaves in half an hour.
I am.. I-I would ask you to look after my daughter.
But my instincts tell me that won't be a problem.
Goodbye, doctor. Goodbye, Laura.
And for what it's worth I hope you find what you're looking for.
Is that dinner invitation still open?
Yeah. Yeah, it's still open.