114: By Any Means Necessary

Written by
Kathryn M. Drennan

Directed by
Jim Johnston

First broadcast week of
9 May 1994

An accident in the docking bay causes a Narn cargo vessel to explode, and the Babylon 5 dock workers to start a protest against the working conditions.  While G'Kar desperately tries to find a replacement G'Quan Eth plant, required for an imminent Narn religious rite, Sinclair must cope with Earth representative Orin Zento and dockworker spokesperson Neeoma Connelly who are rather inflexible in their demands.  As a result, the dockworkers go on strike and ships begin piling up outside the station.  Unless the dockworkers return to work, Zento is forced to invoke the Rush Act which would render their strike illegal.  Sinclair takes advantage of the Rush Act to settle the dispute "by any means necessary", and diverts credits from the military budget to fund dock maintenance and worker salaries.  He also settles a dispute with G'Kar, who is attempting to gain possession of the only G'Quan Eth plant aboard the station - from Londo Mollari.

Notes: This episode was originally entitled Backlash.  Kathryn M. Drennan is J. Michael Straczynski's wife, and is the author of the ninth Babylon 5 novel, To Dream in the City of Sorrows.

Guest Cast: Kate Boyer (Neeoma Connelly); John Snyder (Orin Zento).  Patricia Healy makes a return appearance as Mary Ann Cramer (Infection).