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A21: The Quality of Mercy
Airdates: 17 August 1994 (US), 26 September 1994 (UK)
Working Title: The Resurrectionist
Written by J. Michael Straczynski
Directed by Lorraine Senna Ferrara
Cast: Dr. Laura Rosen (June Lockhart), Janice Rosen (Kate McNeil), Karl Mueller (Mark Rolston), Centauri Minister (Damian London), Ombuds Wellington (Jim Norton), Rose (Lynn Anderson), Lurker (Phillippe Bergeron), Guard 1 (Kevin McBride), Guard 2 (David Crowley), Young Woman (Constance Zimmer)
Plot: A psychotic serial-killer, Karl Mueller, is arrested on Babylon 5 and sentenced to the 23rd Century’s equivalent of the death penalty, the death of personality. He will be mind-wiped and programmed with a new, productive personality. Talia Winters has to scan his mind prior to the mindwipe, but is horrified to see that he has killed far more than the few people he was arrested for murdering. Unfortunately, her evidence is inadmissible in court. Later, Mueller escapes and goes on the run in Downbelow.
Dr. Franklin opens a free clinic treating the "lurkers" in Downbelow who can't afford to attend Medlab and receives some assistance from Ivanova. Franklin is mystified by his lack of patients and discovers another doctor, Laura Rosen, and her daughter Janice are treating the sick and needy. Laura used to be a respected doctor on Earth, but left after being diagnosed with terminal Lake’s Syndrome. Laura is using an alien device to heal the sick on the station. After initial scepticism Franklin is amazed by the powers of the machine, but is concerned that it seems to be draining Laura’s lifeforce at the expense of replenishing others’. Mueller, wounded by a gunshot, takes Laura hostage and forces her to use the machine to heal him, but she reverses it and drains his lifeforce entirely, curing her Lake’s Syndrome.
Londo is feeling bored and offers to show Lennier the "real" Babylon 5. He learns that Lennier has an awesome gift for determining statistical possibilities and puts this to use by employing him as an assistant whilst playing at cards. When Londo gets a duff hand, he decides to cheat by using a previously unknown tentacle-like appendage to grab cards out of the deck. When his trickery is discovered a huge fight breaks out, but luckily Lennier is trained in advanced martial arts and holds off the assailants. Because they are both covered by diplomatic immunity, Sinclair cannot charge them with causing the fray in Downbelow, but does manage to get them to pay for the damage. Lennier takes the bulk of the blame for Londo and Londo is in his debt. Londo tells him what purpose the tentacle serves and Lennier decides never to mention this again to anyone, even taking a solemn oath not to do so.
Laura leaves Babylon 5 to return to Earth and resume her medical career, whilst the alien healing device is turned over to Franklin for study.
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