Babylon 5 S3E18 Script

Walkabout (1996)

(Londo) 'A Narn heavy cruiser? This is intolerable!'

By treaty, all Narn warships will be turned over to Centauri forces.

Sorry, we didn't sign that treaty.

You got a problem, call Earth.

If they hadn't forced us to break away we wouldn't need a mutual protection agreement.

That means we take every ship we can get.

And what guarantees will you give me that the cruiser will not open fire on a Centauri vessel as it approaches Babylon 5, mm?

It's the same guarantee I gave when I said that none of the other Narns would break into your quarters in the middle of the night and slit your throat.

Mr. Garibaldi, you have never given me that promise.

You're right.

Sleep tight.

Can I help you?

Ah, yes, I'm looking for Dr. Franklin.

I'm afraid he's not here.

He's taken a personal leave of absence from his post as chief of staff.

Is there something I can do for you?

I just arrived, and I heard about Ambassador Kosh.

I was hoping someone here could tell me what happened.

I'm afraid that information is confidential.

Look, I know he is dead. I'm not gonna say anything to anyone.

I was just.. I am his..

I was his aide. Mm.

I was wondering if anyone was there when it happened. If..

Did anyone speak to him? No, I'm sorry.

By the time we were called in, it was too late.

Alright. Thank you.

Chief, you're just in time.

The Vorlon transport carrying their new ambassador just came through the jumpgate. What's up?

Captain wants to convene a meeting of the War Council this afternoon.

Figured I'd give you a heads up on it.

Thanks, the way the day has been going I'll take whatever advance warning I can get.

Better get the captain on the link.

Tell him the Vorlon ship's about to dock.

Ah, I can do that. Why?

I'd just prefer to. That's all.

Okay. What is it?

Look, with everything that's been going on around here lately he just needed to get out a little, stretch his legs a bit.

So he took a walk..

...outside, on the forward cargo stabilizers.


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(Ivanova) The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace.

It failed.

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(Ivanova) But in the year of the Shadow War it became something greater our last, best hope for victory.

The year is 2260. The place, "Babylon 5."

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(Na'Kal) 'I thank you for this, G'Kar.'

We've been on the run for so long I haven't tasted fresh food for months.

Well, it's not the hero's welcome you deserve but it will do for now.


You've managed to import breen from Homeworld. How?

It isn't actually breen.

The smell, the taste-- It's an Earth food.

They are called Swedish meatballs.

It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs.

I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

So, Na'Kal, have you been able to determine how many of our ships survived the war?

The Centauri and their allies were quite thorough, G'Kar.

We estimate no more than ten.

A mix of dreadnoughts, heavy cruisers, medium warships.

Fortunately, the Centauri were in such a hurry to reach Homeworld, they left some of our ships disabled but not destroyed.

Most are being repaired now cannibalizing one to fix another.

What of your ship, Na'Kal?

The "G'Tok" is fully functional.

Had we not been given shelter by Captain Sheridan during the last days of the war, the story might have been very different.

When do we strike back?

We don't.

Not until we have repaired the other ships.

For now, the most important thing we can do is lend our forces to protect this place.

Because if Babylon 5 falls, we all fall with it.

I thought Garibaldi was going to be here.

He was, and then I told him what I noticed in the maintenance log.

Dr. Franklin hasn't been in or out of his quarters in three, almost four days.

Has anyone seen him lately?

No, that's what's got Garibaldi worried.

Ever since he resigned Medlab, he just hasn't been the same.

I think he's in a lot of pain.

Damn, I should have gone to see him.

Well, when he told me he was hooked on stims I-I didn't know what to say.

I was floored.

Then everything got nuts, as it always does.

Ah, that's no excuse. I hope he's okay.

Garibaldi said he'd link in as soon as he found out anything.

[door opens]

Welcome to Babylon 5, ambassador.

I'm Captain John Sheridan.

This is my second, Commander Susan Ivanova.

Thank you for coming.

Ah, I wish we could have met under better circumstances.

I didn't know Ambassador Kosh as well as I might have wished.

I'm not sure anyone did, really.

But we were enriched by his presence and we are all diminished by his loss.

As per your government's request we've kept Kosh's death a secret known only to the command staff and those Medlab personnel directly involved.

To avoid damaging the fragile alliance that we've created here they have asked us to continue maintaining that secret.

So now I understand, for all intents and purposes you are to take Kosh's place.

You'll occupy his quarters, and we are to refer to you by his name when we're in public, is that correct?


Well, then, we'll show you the way, uh..

Ivanova will brief you on anything you need to know.

Uh, before you go, um..

Your government neglected to tell me your name.

How should I refer to you when we're alone?


Ah, yes, I understand that's how we're to refer to you publicly, but privately?


Ambassador Kosh is...dead.

We are all Kosh.

Well, he's a Vorlon, alright.


Stephen. Michael.

And I was wondering when you'd get around to looking for me.

How'd you find me?

You've been using your credit chit to buy food, supplies and traveling in a straight line.

So, I figured I'd jump ahead of that line and hit the first open market.

What the hell are you doing?

Well, it's a long story. You want some?

No. Why is everything around here a long story?

Why isn't anything ever a short story, a paragraph?

Look, just give me the short version, okay?

Alright. Walkabout.

That's it?

Hey, it's that or the long version.

So, you know, you take your pick.

Oh, okay. Okay.

You know, as a Foundationist, I was always taught that if you're not careful, you can lose yourself in the world.

Well, you're too busy with things not busy enough with yourself.

Spend your days and nights living someone else's agendas fighting someone else's battles and you're doing the work you're supposed to be doing, but every day there's less and less of you in it all.

Till one day you come to a fork in the road and because you're distracted, you're not thinking.

You lose yourself.

You go right, and the rest of you the really important part of you, goes left.

And you don't even know you've done it till you realize you finally realize that you don't have any idea who you are when you're not doing all those things.

Stephen, you don't really believe there are two of you, do you?

No. It's a metaphor. Alright?

There isn't literally another me walking around the station but the principle is real.

I realized I didn't have any idea who I was when I wasn't being a doctor and I think I was using the stims to avoid facing that.

'Now I gotta fix it.'

How? By going walkabout.

You just leave everything, and you start walking.

I mean, the Foundation adopted the idea from the aborigines back on Earth.

The theory is, if you're separated from yourself you start walking and you keep walking till you meet yourself.

Then you sit down, and you have a long talk.

Talk about everything that you've learned everything that you've felt and you talk until you've run out of words, now, that's vital.

Because the real important things can't be said.

And then, if you're lucky you look up and there's just you.

Then you can go home.

You know how crazy this sounds?


You're a doctor, a scientist.

And? And what?


I had heard you arrived. I was just coming to see you.


Where? I'm sorry.

I wasn't here.

I was doing what he told me to do.

He wasn't with me when I left.

Not even a piece of him.

I swear!



I know. I'm sorry.

It's my fault.

There was no other?


Not that I knew of.

I'm sorry.

He's gone.


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How are you settling in with the new ambassador?

Fine. Fine.

I sense a little hesitation.

Despite their strengths, the Vorlons are a delicate people.

They do not react well to change and they're not very forgiving of mistakes.

It's been a long time since one of them has died.

They're taking it pretty hard.

It's understandable.


I had a hunch this was the case.

Who knows how long one of them lives normally?

'I mean, if anything about them can be called normal.'

'Well, if you do have any problems with the ambassador'

'I hope you'll let me know.'

'Is there a problem?' What?

I said, is there a problem? No, no.

Everything's fine. Is there anything else?


There is something I need you to do.

♪ Do you remember when you told me you love me? ♪

♪ Do you remember when you told me you cared? ♪

♪ Now I standing on the edge forever ♪

♪ And for the first time I confess I'm scared ♪ Hi. I'm gonna have, uh, this.

♪ Cause it's our last night our last kiss ♪

♪ So turn down the lights and hold me ♪

♪ Oh lie to me ♪

♪ Until I believe ♪

♪ I will be here in your arms for eternity ♪

♪ I remember the first time you touched me ♪

♪ I remember the first time I cried ♪

♪ Oh I remember ♪

♪ Every minute ever hour ♪

♪ And I remember the first time you lied ♪

♪ Cause it's our last night of our last kiss ♪

♪ So turn down the lights and hold me ♪

♪ Oh lie to me ♪

♪ Until I believe ♪

♪ I will be here in your arms for eternity ♪

♪ But I know you baby and I hear you ♪

♪ I understand you completely it's over for you ♪

♪ Ohhh-ohh-ho I love you baby ♪

♪ But I will say goodbye ♪

♪ I know you baby and I hear you ♪

♪ I understand you completely it's over for you ♪

♪ I love you baby but I will say goodbye ♪

♪ Goodbye ♪♪ Thank you for coming. Please be seated.

As you know..

...Mr. Garibaldi recently uncovered information which seems to indicate the Shadows have a weakness.

Now, their ships are based on organic technology which may be vulnerable to telepathic interference.

In theory, a telepath might be able to jam their central operating system leaving them vulnerable to attack.

I noticed a number of conditional phrases in that

"Seems to indicate a weakness," "may be vulnerable" "in theory."

Exactly. Maybe we're right, maybe we ain't.

Unfortunately, war doesn't tolerate ambiguities.

We have to find out if we're right.

So I have decided to test the proposition.

In a few hours, I'll be leaving on the "White Star".

I've asked our only resident telepath Lyta Alexander, to come along, she has agreed.

We'll take up position in hyperspace.

As soon as we hear of a Shadow attack we'll jump out and engage one of their fleet ships.

We'll attempt to jam it...and then destroy it.

Captain, the last two times that we ran into full blown Shadow vessels the only way we got out alive was by outsmarting them.

We used Jupiter's gravity to destroy one and blew up a jumpgate to kill another.

We've never tried a head-on confrontation.

Which makes this mission absolutely essential.

Now, to minimize our losses, I'll take a skeleton crew.

Mr. Lennier, since I'll need a translator, you'd be an asset

'but the choice is yours.'

Of course. I would be honored.

There is a second part to this experiment.

Even if we succeed in jamming one of those ships the "White Star" may not have the firepower to destroy it.

If any of you could send along one of your ships as escort..

Only the "G'Tok" is capable of a mission of this nature.

I will have to discuss this with her captain.

Fair enough.

Delenn? Consider it done.


Anyone else?

Captain, I do have one concern.

We do not know how strong a telepath has to be to jam a Shadow vessel, or how many are necessary.

Lyta is a P-5. She may not be strong enough.

I agree, if you're determined to go through with this I recommend some backup.

Bring along a couple of Minbari telepaths on the other ship.

If it looks that things aren't working bring them into range and see if it makes a difference.

I'm trying to minimize the risks.

You're not minimizing anybody's risk if you don't bring back solid information.

This way, we'll know what we need to shut these things down.

I agree. Good.

All agreed say aye. Aye.

Opposed? Nay.

The ayes have it. The War Council has spoken.

You'll do it our way.

You look like you're waiting for somebody.

I was.

Well, what happened?

She just got here.

It doesn't look like you're from this part of town.

What's your story? Thanks.

You a, you a businessman?

Are you flying in, checking out the low-rent spots for a little action?

I live here. Oh, yeah?

I'm a doctor. 'Yeah?'

Yeah, my mama always told me to marry a doctor.

I just could never find one with the right equipment.


You know, I saw you watching me up there..

...and it was like two lasers shining out in the night.

I'm sorry. No, don't be.

I mean, once I got used to the glare you know, I kind of liked it.

You know, you're-you're good.

I mean, you are really good.

You're-you're-you're too good for a place like this.

That's for sure.


So, what's your name? Stephen.

Ugh, I had a old boyfriend named Stephen and he tore my heart down one side and up the other.

So you're gonna be Steve. Steve. Alright.

And I'm Cailyn. 'Cailyn.'

And I am proud and honored to make your acquaintance.

Oh, Na'Kal, good. Thank you for coming. I know it's late.

Did you get my message? I did.

Your opinion?

Sheridan is embarking upon a fool's mission.

We recovered records from our fleet's last battle with these Shadow vessels.

They never had a chance. He thinks he has one now.


But our few remaining ships are our only hope of ever reclaiming Homeworld.

We cannot waste them on fool's missions.

But if we withdraw our support the odds of his returning to Babylon 5 are considerably smaller.

We cannot squander our resources, G'Kar.

If he dies...then he dies.

(Captain John Sheridan) Ship's log.

We're en route to Sector 90 by 110 by 47.

There have been three Shadow attacks in this area in the last week, so the odds are good they'll hit again soon.

The second we hear anything, we will jump to normal space.

I'd feel better about this if we had a few more ships but we can't wait any longer.

I just hope this works.

Why do you keep doing that? 'Shh, shh.'

I'm looking at your soul.

I have a theory that light passes through us

'refracting our soul, mind, and body like a rainbow.'

'And if I get the glass at the right angle'

I can see through to someone's soul.

What do you see? 'Just pieces.'

Hasn't worked yet.

Well, maybe it worked better than you think it did.

What are you doing here?

I don't quite know myself.

That's the wrong answer.

You're supposed to say that you're here to spend the night with a beautiful woman.

I am?

(Cailyn) 'You could be.'




Yes, yes! What? Come in!

I brought back your damn book. Surely this can wait until--

After all why the hell should I care what is in it if you don't?

You're not making sense. No?

What the hell is that Narn ship still doing here?

Ah, I discussed the situation with Warleader Na'Kal.

He felt it was better to conserve our resources.

Did he? Well, how practical of him.

Oh, now-- No, no, no! Never mind.

You're right. He's right. Everybody's right.

Let's just look out for ourselves.

When that cruiser popped out of hyperspace we should've done the same thing.

We should have just let the Centauri take custody of it in the first place, instead of sending out our ships and our pilots to defend it.

Well, he doesn't want to go. Of course he doesn't.

It's easy to fight when you got a lot of ships to work with.

The real crunch comes when you're down to almost nothing.

Then you either play it safe and you probably lose it all or you take a chance.

After everything what we've been through with your people Sheridan was crazy to send our pilots out to fight for your ship. They didn't wanna go.

They didn't want to get blown out of the sky and leave B5 defenseless and they sure as hell didn't wanna die!

But they did it because Sheridan told them to do it and because it was right.

This time it is possible he could be wrong.

Yeah, it's possible.

But you don't follow an order because you know for sure it's gonna work out.

You do what you're told because your CO has the moral authority that says you may not come back.

But the cause is just and fair and necessary.

That's why Sheridan is out there and damn it, that's where that cruiser should be too!

It's not Na'Kal's decision, G'Kar.

He doesn't see the big picture. You do.

So in my book..

...and your book, that makes it your responsibility.

Deal with it.

It's not right, you living here like this.

You could do so much better. No.

I am where I am, and it is what it is.

But I could help.

Look, I'm okay.

I'm not a wounded bird.

I know.

I know.

I just wish there was something I could do.

Well...there is.


Metazine. Metazine?

That stuff's prescription only. It's a narcotic.

I, I know. It-it helps me sleep.


You could sleep a lot better if you didn't drink as much as you do.

Look, you asked if there was anything you could do.

No. Look, ask me anything else but that. Okay?


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A little.

I've never done anything like this before.

Well, if it helps, neither have I.

In the grand scheme of things this is one hell of a lab experiment.

While we're waiting, can I ask you a question?

Hmm, shoot.

How did you find out Kosh had died?

It was strange.

I woke up out of a dream and I just knew somehow.

At least once before, Kosh had touched my mind and...I guess it left me sensitive enough to feel it when he was killed.


No reason.

I guess..

I'm just feeling guilty because I wasn't there when it all happened.

You couldn't have done anything. No one could.

Captain, we're picking up a distress signal from a relay post in the target area.

Is it them?

Yes. Alright.

Stand by to jump to normal space on my mark.

Tell the Minbari ship to stand by in hyperspace until we signal.

You ready?

As ready as I'll ever be.

Take us in, Mr. Lennier.

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I need to be on a line of sight for this to work.

Bring us around.


No! No! No! No! No!

Captain, the ship is changing course coming in on attack vector.

I think it knows we're here.

[instrumental music]

The Shadow vessel is approaching optimum firing range.

Lyta, listen to me. I need you to focus.

I can't.

Should we jump to hyperspace or call in our other ship?

(John) 'Lyta. Lyta!'


They killed him.

They tore him apart.

Burn, you bastard.

Mr. Lennier? It's not moving.

If you're gonna do something, do it now.

All power to the forward batteries, Mr. Lennier.

One focused continuous burst.


More power to the weapons system, Mr. Lennier.

Let's see what it takes to kill one of these things.

I'll have to take the jump engines off-line but if I do, we won't be able to make a jump for 20 standard minutes.


Keep it going, Mr. Lennier.


I'm alright. I'm alright. I just need a moment.


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Can you tell me what you felt?

I could feel it shifting around in my mind, trying to slip away.

I almost lost it twice. It's alright now.

We found out what we came to find out.

No, it's not alright.

I tried to stop it, but I think it got off a distress call before we killed it.

How much longer before we can jump?

Another ten standard minutes.

I'm still building the power back up.

I'm picking up a local disturbance.

It reads like a jump point opening.

Is it the Minbari ship? I don't think so.

We've got four, repeat, four Shadow vessels.

They don't want us to get out of here alive with what we know.

Are you sure we can't jump? Positive.

Then we have a problem. Yes, sir.

Run for it.

Captain Sheridan. Yes, captain.

We've monitored your situation. Moving to intercept.

How many telepaths do you have onboard?


There are four of those ships. We'll do what we can.

[dramatic music]

One's getting through. Evasive action!

[music continues]

Can we fire?

Weapons system at 60 percent of normal. Not enough to hurt it.

If there is anything you can do, now would be a good time.

That last one took everything I had.

I can't get through.

Shadow vessel locking on. Their weapons are at full strength.

We're not gonna make it.

[dramatic music]

Bring us around fast.

If we can add our firepower to theirs Coming about.

(G'Kar) 'This is G'Kar to White Star. Are you alright?'

Yes, for now. Thanks for coming.

(G'Kar) 'Oh, I'm not on the G'Tok, captain.'

And I brought some friends.

They ran.

Yes, they did, Mr. Lennier.

They did indeed.

(Kosh) And so it begins.


Hey, Cailyn?

Come on, Cailyn. Wake up. Wake up, Cailyn!

Cailyn, come on now. Wake up. Cailyn, you hear me?

Oh, no.

Come on, Cailyn!

(Dr. Hobbs) 'Good to see you back, doctor.'

Well, I'm not.

I'm just making sure that she's okay. What's the prognosis?

She'll be okay. We've got her on a Metazine drip now--

Metazine? Are you out of your mind?

That's what put her here in the first place--

Doctor, it wasn't an overdose.

What are you talking about? I saw the vial in her hand.

I found her unconscious on the floor.

The vial hadn't been opened yet.

My guess is she used your Identi-card to get the Metazine from a local dispensary because she couldn't afford it anymore.

'Then she came back to her quarters'

'and passed out before she could use it.'

Passed out from what?

The pain.

'I'm sorry. I thought you knew.'

Knew what?

She was diagnosed with terminal neural paralysis a little over two years ago just before you got here, incurable.

'She took it pretty hard.'

'She had a pretty good career going back home as a singer.'

Dr. Kyle handled the diagnosis.

Why, uh, why wasn't I told?

We assumed she'd gone back to Earth.

We don't generally track patients after they leave here.

I mean, what she's still doing here is anybody's guess.

How much time does she have left?

Given her current condition..

...six months, maybe seven.

Hey. 'Hey.'

How you doing?

I see they're giving me the VIP treatment.

You didn't tell me you were such a big shot around here.


How do I look? Like hell.



Why didn't you tell me, Cailyn?

Singing is the only thing that's ever meant a damn to me.

It let's me know I'm alive.

I see what it does to people.

I can touch them all the way from the stage.

I can make them laugh and and cry and fall in love.

You can do that at home just as well as here and you can get better care too.

It wouldn't make a difference.

Good care or bad, with the time I've got left it won't change much.

'But the people you got living in Downbelow, Steve..'

...they're at the end of their ropes maybe some of them, the end of their lives.

They came out here with hope, and they saw it die right before their eyes.

But they come and they listen to me.

And for a moment.. can see the hope in their eyes again.

'I can make a difference.' Till you die.

Yeah, but we are all gonna die from something, huh.

I-I just, I just needed something to help me get through the pain.

'And-and that's why I-I took your card.'

Don't send me away, Steve.

I couldn't bear it.

Check results. Mm-hmm.

You give her whatever she needs for as long as she needs it, alright?

You're sure you're alright? I'm fine.

Well, I'd still like you to stop by Medlab and let them take a look at you.

Alright. I will. Excuse me.

Before, I told you I don't have a piece of Kosh.

But it's possible, I don't know for sure but it may be someone else does.

♪ I think about the things we lost ♪

♪ And I think about the things we hate ♪

♪ And it's funny but as long as I had you ♪

♪ And then I guess it wasn't so bad ♪

♪ Now we're running out of town ♪

♪ And dancing on the wire ♪

♪ The engine showing empty ♪

♪ And I think I'm smelling fire ♪

♪ I gave you love you gave me fire ♪

♪ I took you in and you took me higher ♪

♪ If I wasn't what you wanted then tell me what it was ♪

♪ Lost yourself in yesterday ♪

♪ Forgot about tomorrow ♪

♪ Now there's not another minute left ♪

♪ To beg or steal or borrow ♪

♪ Oh love me I gave to you ♪

♪ All that I believe ♪

♪ Now I'm standing here without a clue ♪

♪ Can't you tell me what it is you need ♪

♪ I gave you ♪♪