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Born to the Purple

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Episode no.  Season 1 Episode 3
Written by  Larry DiTillio
Original air date  9 February 1994
Directed by  Bruce Seth Green
Production code  104

"Born to the Purple" is an episode from the first season of the science-fiction television series Babylon 5. This episode is named after the Greek word porphyrogennetos, referring to special birthright or privileged heritage, royal birth.



Londo Mollari is being forced to negotiate with the Narn. He would rather be pursuing a new love interest, Adira Tyree (Fabiana Udenio), who is actually the slave of an alien named Trakis. He is using her to get a copy of Londo's Purple Files, a stash of "dirt" and information on Centauri's elite that Trakis hopes to sell to the highest bidder, possibly including the Narn. Londo promotes Vir Cotto to diplomatic status and orders him to negotiate with the Narn while he pursues Adira.

Meanwhile, Michael Garibaldi has discovered unauthorized use of the Gold Channel communications network, which he attempts to track down. Eventually he traces it to Ivanova, who is using it to talk to her dying father back in the Russian Consortium.

Adira, having drugged Londo and stolen a copy of his Purple Files, is about to meet her master. She starts to have second thoughts about the theft and makes a run for it. Londo and Sinclair track her down, but are waylaid on the way to get her by Trakis' men. Trakis kidnaps her and obtains the copy of the Files.

With the help of telepath Talia Winters, Sinclair is able to trick Trakis into divulging Adira's whereabouts. Trakis is then triumphantly floored by a punch from Londo, and Sinclair is able to locate Adira and return the copy of the Files to Londo.

Adira, despite Londo's interest in having her stay, decides to leave the station.

Arc significance

  • Introduces Adira Tyree. Adira Tyree's "almost" return to Babylon 5 is a major plot point in the third-season episode "Interludes and Examinations," and she also returns briefly in the episode "Day of the Dead" in the fifth season.
  • The death of Ivanova's father will come back to haunt her in the later season one episode "TKO".
  • References

    Born to the Purple Wikipedia

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