Babylon 5 (1994–1998)
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The Quality of Mercy 

Talia must enter the mind of a convicted murderer while Dr. Franklin goes to Downbelow to investigate a doctor who apparently is 'magically' healing people.


Lorraine Senna (as Lorraine Senna Ferrara)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael O'Hare ... Cmdr. Jeffrey Sinclair
Claudia Christian ... Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova
Jerry Doyle ... Michael Garibaldi
Mira Furlan ... Delenn (credit only)
Richard Biggs ... Dr. Stephen Franklin
Andrea Thompson ... Talia Winters
Stephen Furst ... Vir Cotto (credit only)
Bill Mumy ... Lennier
Julie Caitlin Brown ... Na'Toth (as Caitlin Brown) (credit only)
Andreas Katsulas ... G'Kar (credit only)
Peter Jurasik ... Londo Mollari
June Lockhart ... Dr. Laura Rosen
Kate McNeil ... Janice Rosen
Mark Rolston ... Karl Mueller
Damian London ... Centauri Senator


Talia must enter the mind of a convicted murderer while Dr. Franklin goes to Downbelow to investigate a doctor who apparently is 'magically' healing people.

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Release Date:

17 August 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many fans were surprised that Bill Mumy and June Lockhart didn't share a scene together, in an obvious homage to their joint work on Lost in Space (1965). The reason is that the two storylines were shot on different days, and the actors never even crossed paths on the set. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


[first lines]
Centauri Senator: 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.
Ambassador Londo Mollari: Yes, I understand. But it's not an easy process. Very few here are as - trusting as I am.
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Referenced in Babylon 5: Objects at Rest (1998) See more »

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A solid episode with three storylines
13 September 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode features three separate storylines. In one we learn that Dr Franklin is running an unofficial free clinic in Down Below; when he notices patient numbers are falling he discovers that a woman is using alien technology to treat people. At first he is suspicious but later learns more about the machine. In the second story line a killer has been convicted and is due to have his personality deleted; before that is done he must me telepathically scanned by Talia Winters; an experience she finds most unpleasant. In the third storyline Ambassador Mollari offers to introduce Lennier to the 'real' Babylon 5 with interesting consequences.

This might seem like a filler episode featuring three little stories but it is rather fun and gives us a further insight into several characters. It also has subtle political messages about capital punishment and the provision of healthcare for the less well off; these details aren't overstated though. The first two stories are more serious and provide the moral questions and some good drama. The third, involving Mollari and Lennier, balances that nicely with some more light-hearted moments as Lennier is first taken to a bar, complete with exotic dancers, and then to a casino where his knowledge of probability is put to good use. During these scenes we learn so interesting details about Minbari intolerance to alcohol and Centauri anatomy! Bill Mumy and Peter Jurasik are great in their roles. Overall a good episode that provides drama and comedy.

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