Divided Loyalties (1995)
Good morning, ambassador. Captain.
I didn't know you read "Universe Today."
Ah, after our last encounter with your reporters I felt that I should be more prepared in the future.
I find this notion of the press..
...a fascinating, but sometimes troubling concept.
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You know, uh, while this incessant curiosity may seem necessary to you Minbari respect the privacy of others by not prying into their affairs.
To express undue curiosity..
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It is good to know what your people are thinking and saying about my people.
I often learn things about my own world before I'm told what I need to know and no more.
'Is that you?' Yeah. Lee?
I made it. I told you I would.
[panting] I did it, Derek.
I got the info.
We've gotta get you to the hospital.
No. There's no time.
It's all here.
Get it to them, Derek.
Get it to, to Babylon 5.
Tell them it's not safe.
There's danger within.
(male #1) 'You men, go up ahead. You two, over that way.'
(male #2) 'Okay, I don't see him here.'
(Sheridan) The Babylon project was our last best hope for peace.
A self-contained world five miles long located in neutral territory.
A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens.
A shining beacon in space all alone in the night.
It was the dawn of the Third Age of mankind the year the Great War came upon us all.
This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations.
The year is 2259.
The name of the place is Babylon 5.
Good morning, Mr. Garibaldi.
Captain. Sleep well?
(Sheridan) 'Yes, thank you.'
'Actually, I got up early this morning'
'took a walk in the garden.'
'You know what I miss?'
'What I haven't seen in almost four years?'
What's that? Trees.
Well, we've got a whole bunch of fruit trees in the orchard.
No, no, it's not the same.
I'm talking big, honking, solid massive trees that have had their roots deep in the earth for centuries.
You know, uh, redwoods, firs, pines.
Trees, you know what I'm talking about?
I miss them. Uh-huh.
[sighs] All clear?
Alright. So, what's up?
I was wondering if you gave anymore thought to what I mentioned last night?
She could be a great resource for us.
Exposing the coup back home means going up against some pretty big guns and we're gonna need all the help we can get.
Maybe you're right.
She was as upset about the death of the president as anyone else.
I can't see why she wouldn't wanna help us.
I'll set up a meeting in a few days?
It's hard to believe it's taken us so long to get to this point, two years.
Well, you didn't exactly make it easy.
Me? How about you?
I have, you know, I've been nothing but compassionate and understanding.
I mean, all you had to do was admit that you were wrong and I was right and everything would've been fine.
You are the most stubborn.
You're needed up in C and C, commander.
A ship came in through the jumpgate a few minutes ago.
But now it's just sitting there.
On my way. I'm sorry.
That's alright. I was finished anyway.
I have to find some place to stay tonight.
So I better get to it.
What's wrong with your quarters?
There's some kind of a problem with the air recycling system.
I called around, but practically everything on the station is booked up.
I can try Brown sector--
Um, no. Not a good idea.
Look, um, if you want why don't you just come over to my quarters tonight?
Oh, I couldn't. No, it's not a problem.
I'd like the company. Are you sure?
What'd I just say? Alright. Alright.
Thanks. I'll see you tonight.
(Ivanova) 'Definite carbon scoring on the hull.'
'She's been hit by something.'
Unidentified ship, this is Babylon control.
Still registering one life form.
Alright, let's bring her in and see what's inside.
Better have a med team there.
(Garibaldi) 'Hey, doc.'
Any luck tracing the ship's ID?
No, which leads me to think it's probably a bogus serial number.
Have you reported it yet? No.
Until I know a little bit more about what's inside.
Dr. Franklin, confirm one passenger.
She's unconscious, injured, but alive.
'Alright, bring her in.' Yes, sir.
Dr. Franklin to Medlab One.
Prepare to receive one patient, human.
Extent and cause of injuries unknown.
(female #1) 'Confirmed. Standing by.'
You want me to call you when she's awake?
Yeah, sure. I'll let the captain know the situation.
As soon as I, uh.. W-wait a second, wait a second.
I know her.
'It's, it's Lyta.' 'Who?'
She was the first commercial telepath assigned to Babylon 5 a little over two years ago.
'She arrived January 3, 2257.'
'She left about six weeks later.'
Hmm, didn't last long.
Was there a problem?
Yeah. I suppose you could say that.
She arrived here the day before Ambassador Kosh came aboard from the Vorlon Empire.
Only somebody tried to kill him as soon as he stepped off his ship.
Lyta agreed to scan him to try to save his life.
She couldn't see what was inside his encounter suit but she did manage to get into Kosh's mind the only human who's ever done it and survived.
What'd she see?
She thought she saw Commander Sinclair trying to kill Kosh.
Turns out it was somebody using a changeling net to impersonate him.
Still, the accusation almost ruined his career.
And you haven't heard anything from her since.
Oh, she and the doctor who operated on Kosh were recalled to Earth a few weeks later.
'After the scan' she was never quite the same.
It's hard to explain, but from that day on..
...she was never quite right anymore.
It's alright. You're safe.
You're on Babylon 5.
Oh. Well, take it easy.
You've been through a lot.
Are you in any pain? Is there anything you need?
I can do it!
I wanna see the captain.
(Franklin) 'Yes. Well, all in good time.'
This can't wait! 'Yes, it can--'
I wanna see Captain Sheridan now!
And the rest. I wanna see everyone all together.
I don't want to be alone with any of you.
'Why?' Just give him my message.
Tell him that someone here, one of you, is a traitor and I can prove it.
(Lyta) 'What I'm about to tell you cost two good men their lives.'
'And nearly cost mine.'
'But this place is important to a lot of people.'
'More important than you could possibly know.'
So I had to come back to warn you.
Warn us about what?
I imagine Mr. Garibaldi has already filled you in about me.
Yeah, that you were stationed here for a while a couple of years ago.
That you scanned Ambassador Kosh and no one's heard from you since you left.
They wanted to know what I saw in Kosh's mind.
There wasn't anything more than what I'd reported but they didn't wanna believe me.
There was just the memory of his attack and a feeling.
What kind of feeling?
It's not something I can put into words.
I've tried for two years and I still can't do it.
But they wouldn't accept that.
Finally, six months ago I escaped the Psi Corps on a shuttle bound for Mars.
Since that time, I've been trying to get into Vorlon space.
Vorlons don't allow anyone inside their borders.
Those who try don't come back.
[sighs] But ever since I touched Ambassador Kosh I've been drawn there.
Sooner or later, I'm gonna make it.
And they'll let me in. I know it.
While on Mars, I got involved with the revolutionary movement.
I had to pay my way and someone's always willing to hire a good telepath.
Seven days ago one of our best people was murdered on his way back from an intelligence gathering operation in Syria Planum.
Psi Corps has a research center there.
Our agent found out about a secret Psi Corps program.
A sleeper program.
They bring someone in and work them over with drugs and deep scans to create a new personality a personality suited to their needs.
This personality is then submerged so far into the subconscious that it won't show up even on a deep scan.
But it's always there.
Watching, listening, spying until the day the password is sent telepathically.
It can't be just spoken.
It has to be sent directly into the brain.
At that moment, the real personality is destroyed and the implanted one takes control permanently.
So until then, someone could be a spy and not even know it.
They've apparently used this technique to plant moles in several government agencies including Babylon 5.
[sighs] We don't know who's been infected but someone here is not what he or she appears.
Our guess is that it's someone on the command staff or close to it since the mole would be looking for vital information.
All we have is a code name, Control.
I'm sorry. This is nuts.
Do you really expect us to believe you?
I mean, how do we know you're not just making all of this up?
Because I have the password.
Captain, I realize you don't know me and you've got no reason to trust me but I can prove what I've said.
With your permission, I can send a telepathic probe into the minds of your staff one at a time.
I won't scan, won't read won't do anything to invade your privacy.
I will just send the password and see what happens.
My people will object, properly to having their loyalty questioned.
It's not a question of loyalty.
Whoever it is doesn't know they've been programmed.
[sighs] They won't know I'm sending to them so you won't have to tell them.
Just get me on a line of sight.
I'll take care of the rest.
Alright, we'll discuss it and get back to you later.
[sighs] Don't take too long, captain.
The implanted personality is conditioned for self-preservation.
It will react to anything it perceives as a threat and as of right now, that is me.
So until this is over, with all due respect I don't want to be alone with any of you.
And you may wanna keep an eye on each other while you're at it.
Thanks for the thought.
Now if you don't mind, I'll have a security guard uh, no, two security guards take you to a holding cell until we decide what to do about this.
Yes, sir. Take her to holding.
This way, please.
Does the phrase no way in hell ring a bell?
I, um, I was wondering if you had time tomorrow to discuss where we are in food shipments to Narn outposts?
Yes, of course, of course. Just let me know when.
Are you alright?
Yeah, I'm fine. I'm fine.
Actually, I'm not fine.
It's been one hell of a day, ambassador.
Do you wish to talk about it?
Why is it every time you finally get things calmed down and everything's going great..
...life decides to kick you in the butt?
You said that life decides to kick you, but..
No. No, it's, um..
Uh, it's a, it's a part of the body.
Uh, it's, um..
Oh, you have the damnedest gaps in your vocabulary.
Well, in preparing to come here I was not taught the more, um colorful aspects of your language.
It was considered inappropriate for one of the religious castes.
Yeah, well, you're missing out on a lot.
So I gather.
I butt, you butt, he or she butts.
No, no, it's, um-- Uh, butt-butt.
Butt-butt? 'You sound like a motor boat.'
I do not think I like the sound of that.
Well, I don't blame you. I'm against the whole idea.
Then we are in agreement. Abso-fragging-lutely.
There you see. What?
Something has gone your way today.
It's the way the universe works.
'Wait just a little while'
'and the wheel turns.'
Uh, yes, Mr. Garibaldi.
(Garibaldi) 'I finished that, uh, background check you wanted.'
Uh, yeah. I'll be right there.
[sighs] Well, I have to go.
Good day, captain.
Good day, ambassador.
(Garibaldi) I checked out her stories as far as I could
'without raising any red flags back home.'
Dr. Franklin's contacts inside the underground railroad confirmed that they helped her get off Earth.
So that much tracks.
Unless she's a plant.
Hell, she could have been sent here to cause exactly this kind of problem.
Well, it's possible, but not likely.
That's not her style. Come on, Michael.
You don't know her well enough to be sure about that.
She was only here a few months before they yanked her back home and remember, it was because of her that Sinclair was almost convicted of a crime he didn't commit.
Yeah, I know, I know, but it's just a, a gut feeling.
Everything in me says she's telling the truth.
Okay, say you're right.
What about your second?
The one who shot you in the back last New Year's Eve?
Maybe that's what she heard about.
Maybe he was this Control.
That's possible. Yeah.
She'd have no way of knowing he was gone.
Exactly. If she was telling the truth.
And that's one hell of a big if.
Hmm. Uh, look, it's late.
Uh, we've been going at this all day.
I wanna sleep on this before we make a decision.
Hmm. It's waited this long. It can wait a few more hours.
Have you, uh, talked to Ivanova anymore about this?
Well, she's still on a rampage.
You know how she is about letting any telepath near her.
Yeah. She'll get over it, huh?
That's one cabinet that will never threaten us again.
I'm sorry, I just..
It's been one of those days.
Did you like your shower? It was glorious.
I haven't had a real hot water shower in ages.
You want some tea? I'd love some.
Did you ever know a telepath named Lyta Alexander?
She was a year behind me at the academy.
We spent six months together in an intern program working for different parts of the Corps.
Well, do you think..
...that she's someone you could trust?
I guess so.
'But you're not sure.'
Susan, it was a long time ago.
She was very nice, very...sweet.
We were close at one time.
And I suppose people can change, but Lyta?
No, I, I just don't see it happening.
You said you both interned with the Corps.
Which department did she intern with?
When she found out she didn't like it she changed departments.
Became a commercial teep like me.
Oh, uh, teeps, it's, uh, sort of an in-joke around the Corps.
Teeps for telepaths, teeks for telekinetics.
What's wrong, Susan? Damn it, Talia.
I don't know who I can trust anymore.
It's funny. I've felt the same way lately.
So I've come to the decision that there's only one person on this station that I can trust implicitly.
I got a job for you.
There's a special prisoner in Holding Cell Eight Lyta Alexander.
When things quiet down, I wanna transfer her to 15.
There's a decent bed in there. She may be with us for a while.
Will do, chief. Hey.
Uh, are you still flacking for night watch?
Hey, it's easy money.
And as long as Ministry of Peace is gonna keep paying for us to wear these things, I'll keep wearing them.
Ma'am, we're supposed to transfer you to a better facility, so you can get some sleep.
Well, thanks. I could use it.
This way, please.
Get behind me.
In here. Come on.
(Sheridan) You've had no sign of her since last night?
No, sir. How are the guards?
One dead, the other got hit pretty hard.
Second-degree PPG burns to the arm and chest.
Didn't see who did the shooting, but it was pretty clear Lyta was the target.
Oh, great, this is just great.
You know, I almost had myself convinced that she was wrong and now this happens.
Captain, with all due respect, this still does not prove anything.
Who knew she was here, huh?
You, me, Garibaldi, Franklin and a few other people.
So who pulled the trigger? I don't know.
Well, neither do I and that's what's bothering me.
Look, Lyta said this artificial personality was programmed to defend itself.
If that's true, then whoever tried to kill her probably doesn't even remember.
It could be anyone. Come on, Michael.
This is serious, I want her found and placed under protective custody till we get to the bottom of this.
Will do. One other thing.
With this latest incident, I am leaning toward letting her perform a telepathic probe.
Captain, I wouldn't submit to a scan to prove my loyalty last year and I won't submit to a--
This isn't gonna be the same thing.
She's not gonna be scanning anyone or invading their privacy.
She's just going to send the password.
I don't want to be-- Look, Susan!
I know how you feel, alright?
If someone on staff has been compromised we need to know that.
Our careers, our lives are on the line here.
Now we have to know that we can trust each other or we are dead.
And we can't do that as long as this is hanging over our heads.
It's the only way we can be sure.
Assuming she lives long enough to try it.
(Delenn) 'And I have reconsidered your offer' to open up trade relations with the Lumati.
I, uh, I regret, however that under present diplomatic circumstances, um..
I don't know if you remember me but I mediated some business deals for you about two years ago.
Of course. Lyta, yes? Lyta Alexander.
Are you, are you back on Babylon 5?
Yes, uh, I am sorry for imposing on you at this hour, but I need your help.
Can you meet me in Brown Three in, say, an hour?
I think so.
Are you in some kind of trouble?
Ambassador, I think I'm in just about every kind of trouble there is.
I'll meet you in an hour.
Well, Susan, good. I was hoping to see you.
They finally fixed the air recycling system and I can go back to my regular quarters.
If I can get my things..
(Talia) We didn't have much of a chance to talk this morning.
Is everything alright? Yeah, fine.
Uh, just got a lot of things on my mind right now.
You wanna talk about it?
Not now. Maybe later.
I woke up last night and you were gone.
I needed some air.
Like I said, I've got a lot of things on my mind right now.
Things are changing so quickly.
Are you sure there's nothing I can do?
I don't think there's anything anyone can do for me right now.
I've hidden things, Talia.
We all have secrets.
Yes, but mine might come back and haunt me.
After you tell someone that you've been lying to them for years..
...maybe even putting them in jeopardy..
...how are you supposed to look them in the eyes again?
All I know is you're surrounded by people who care about you.
There is nothing you could say that would be so terrible that they would turn away.
[scoffs] I don't know about that. This one is a real doozie.
For what it's worth..
...I'm here for you..
...if you need me.
Captain, I need to talk to you for a moment.
I'm in kind of a hurry, ambassador.
Good. So am I.
I just received a message from Lyta Alexander.
I believe you're looking for her.
That's putting it mildly. Where is she?
She asked me not to give you that information and I'm honor-bound to keep that promise.
But she gave me a message for you.
She's willing to come back, but only if all of you are present.
She doesn't want to be alone with any of you.
And she didn't explain?
No, and I did not ask out of respect.
Alright, if she makes contact with you again tell her that we will be ready to meet with her whenever she wants.
Thank you, captain.
I let myself in.
You should change your lock code more often.
I'm sorry. I, I thought I was ready for this.
Ready for what?
I can't have Lyta or any other telepath in my mind...ever.
I understand your feelings. No. You don't understand.
'Cause I haven't told you.
Told me what?
I told you that my mother was a telepath.
And that since I was born, she could slip into my thoughts in a way that I could never even describe to you.
Well, what I didn't tell you..
...is that I learned how to keep her out when I wanted to.
And then every once in a while..
...I was the one who touched her mind.
I'm a latent telepath.
Susan, why didn't you tell me this before?
I thought we could trust each other.
It's got nothing to do with trust.
I've spent my entire life hiding this, captain.
It's not something you can just change overnight.
It's hard enough telling you this now.
Well, you're right.
For as long as I can remember, my mother drilled three words into my head, tell no one.
She taught me how to fool the tests given at school transferred me from one school to another always staying one step ahead of the Psi Corps.
I'm probably not even a P-1.
I've never been able to read anyone except my mother.
I can pick up on feelings sometimes.
I can block a casual scan and I know instantly if someone's doing it.
Nothing more. 'Hmm.'
But that's enough for the Psi Corps to come pull you in.
Well, Lyta isn't with the Corps. She's on the run.
How can you be sure of that? Well, I can't.
But Garibaldi believes her.
Garibaldi doesn't believe anyone.
I know how hard this must have been for you to tell me this.
So let me think about it.
Maybe we can work something out.
It's all this nonsense lately.
Some days I don't even know who I am anymore.
Do you know who I am?
I just remembered a dream I had a couple of months ago.
(male #3) 'Message for you from Ambassador Delenn, captain.'
What's the message? 'One word. "Now."'
Do you wish me to stay with you?
No. I think I'll be okay.
Thank you for your help, Delenn.
So are we gonna do this? Yes.
You'll start with me. You're sure?
I can't ask anyone else to do this until I've done it myself.
Send the password.
Well, when do you start? I've already done it.
Nothing. You're clean.
Michael, you ever do that to me again.
I'm sorry. Just couldn't help myself. Ivanova?
Uh, we're going to hold off on Ivanova for now.
We've got plenty of other people to check and I suggest we get to it.
You said you needed to see me?
Yes, I did.
Umm, I just wanna say that I think you're doing a very good job.
That'll be all. Oh.
Well, thank you.
Thank you for coming. Yes, sir.
That'll be all.
That's it, sir?
Yes, yes, you can go.
Thank you, sir.
Thank you for coming.
I've been, uh, evaluating your recent work.
Congratulations. Well done.
Thank you, sir. That'll be all. Thank you.
You alright? That'll be all, thank you.
Alright, thank you. That'll be all.
Alright. Anything? No, he's clean.
They've all been clean.
If the password worked, you'd see a definite reaction.
So what are we supposed to do now, huh?
Just keep on going?
We've got over 5000 technical staff here and that doesn't even include the Docker's Guild medical support, environmental personnel.
(Lyta) 'The further you go from the center of power' the less likely it is, we're going to find the person that we're looking for.
I suggest you move those eyes somewhere else while you still have them.
Ivanova. I know what she's implying.
Look, no one is implying anything.
To avoid discovery, the implanted personality would do or say anything, manipulate anyone.
Is that what you think I'm doing?
Well, you sure as hell are worried about something.
Mind telling us what it is you are hiding?
Damn it, I've had enough-- 'That's enough!'
Now look at us.
'This is exactly what Psi Corps wants.'
'They want us paranoid, afraid of each other.'
Divide and conquer, it's the oldest rule in the book.
You know that.
Guess it wouldn't be a good time for me to suggest we all join hands and sing "Kumbaya."
Mr. Garibaldi. I'll do it.
(Sheridan) 'This is neither the time nor the place.'
I said I'll do it.
Now before I change my mind.
She's blocking me.
[mumbles] No, no.
Okay, okay, that's enough, that's enough.
Oh. Come on.
Go to hell.
Ah, captain, there you are. I was looking for you.
My God, it's her.
You bitch. No, no!
Whoa! Whoa! Give me that gun!
You blew my cover. You're dead.
'You hear me? You're dead.'
Get her out of here.
Put her under house arrest now!
The Corps is mother. The Corps is father.
'You're dead, Lyta Alexander.'
We'll find you. The Corps will find you.
I still can't believe it.
How could she do this to us?
It's not her fault.
She's been carrying this artificial personality all this time without even knowing it.
It's too late to worry about that now.
The question is, how much does she know about our operation here?
She knows about the underground railroad.
Now that the Talia we knew isn't there anymore she'll probably tell the Corps.
Yeah, but what are they gonna do about it?
Admit they were foxed?
What happens when they find out that Stephen here was involved?
Publicly, probably nothing.
Yeah, remember the Corps came in here to hunt down and kill telepaths that were involved in the railroad.
If they press the issue, that'll come out.
And they won't want that. Yeah.
But they're gonna be paying a lot more attention to us from now on.
Now that's my job.
I'll keep them away as much as I can.
'Any more ideas?'
We have one advantage.
We know about their sleeper program.
Now they don't want that revealed any more than we want our side to get out.
That sounds like an old-fashioned Mexican standoff to me.
(Garibaldi) Yeah, well, me too.
But let's not kid ourselves.
She knows a lot. Phew, yeah.
I guess it could have been a lot worse though, huh?
Another day or two, we would've invited her into our little cell group.
Man, if Lyta had come aboard one week later--
We'd be standing in front of a court-martial board right now.
I-is there anything else that we can use to protect ourselves, if necessary?
(Talia) I think I may be having a problem with Ambassador Kosh.
And I kept getting these images in my head.
It was deliberately provoked.
Well, what was on that data crystal he gave you?
Reflection, surprise, terror for the future.
There may be something else.
Let me investigate. I'll get back to you.
By the way, where's Ivanova? I don't know.
She said she had some unfinished business to take care of.
I wanted to see you before you left.
I know this isn't your fault.
And I hope somewhere there's a..
...part of you that can still hear me.
Always the romantic.
The program is complete.
The Talia you knew no longer exists.
There's just me.
You don't know what it's like living only in the shadows of her mind.
Watching, laughing at all of you out here.
Foolish, petty, stupid.
There I was, trapped inside able to come out only at night when she was asleep.
Her invisible sister.
And you believed everything she said to you.
All the things you wanted to hear.
All the words I whispered in her thoughts while she lay sleeping.
The words that would get her closer to you..
...and to what you knew.
You should see the look on your face.
My good and dear friend Susan.
The Talia I knew is dead.
I can't stay.
The captain's made sure I can get away before the Psi Corps get here, but..
...I had to see you again
'before my ship leaves.'
I never told them.
I never told anyone.
I hid it all away in the smallest tiniest corner of my mind.
They could have killed me and they still wouldn't have found it.
Only at night, alone..
...would I open that small door in my mind where I kept the memory of you..
...and listen to your voice.
'Listen to you sing me to sleep.'
I hope I can come back again.
But I don't know.
Until then, Kosh.
I wanna see you again.
Just one more time before I go.