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"Day of the Dead" is an episode from the fifth season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. It was written by science fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman, and is the only episode after the second season not written by J. Michael Straczynski. The episode also features Penn & Teller, who portray comedians Rebo and Zooty. It is a break from the show's usual continuing story arc, though some events do have relevance to the rest of the series.

"Day of the Dead"
Babylon 5 episode
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Episode no.Season 5
Episode 8
Directed byDoug Lefler
Written byNeil Gaiman
Production code511
Original air dateMarch 11, 1998
Guest appearance(s)

Penn & Teller (Rebo and Zooty)
Joshua Cox (Lt. Corwin)
Bridget Flanery (Zoe)
Fabiana Udenio (Adira Tyree)
Harlan Ellison (Voice of Zooty)
Marie Marshall (Pfc. Elizabeth 'Dodger' Durman)
Ed Wasser (Mr. Morden)
Jonathan Chapman (Brakiri Ambassador)
Skip Stellrecht (Customs Officer)
Ismail Kanater (Brakiri Salesman)

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Babylon 5 is preparing for the night of the Brakiri Day of the Dead ritual. The Brakiri ambassador buys a 1-mile-long (1.6 km) portion of the station from Captain Lochley for the night as a necessary part of the ceremony. Lochley assumes the purchase is meant figuratively, and agrees on condition that ownership is returned in the morning. Most are dismissive of the purchase, though G'Kar, whose quarters are within the segment, decides to sleep in C&C that night. Meanwhile, comedy duo Rebo and Zooty are welcomed aboard as guests of Sheridan and Delenn.

When the Day of the Dead ceremony starts, the segment is surrounded by an impenetrable force field, blocking sensors and communications from the rest of the station. Those inside wake to find long-dead people from their past visiting them. Garibaldi sees Dodger, a "ground pounder" whom he had a one-night fling with before she died during a mission. Ambassador Mollari spends the night with his love, Adira, who was poisoned. Lennier, visiting the station between his Ranger training, witnesses Mr. Morden, who warns him to accept that Delenn and Sheridan are in love, and that he will die soon. Lochley is met by her friend Zoey, who committed suicide to help protect Lochley. Lochley realizes that the section they are in has effectively been transported to Brakiri space, and with Garibaldi's help, relays a message to Sheridan indicating that she expects everything will return to normal in the morning. Sheridan learns from Rebo and Zooty that they have been thinking of leaving comedy to get involved in politics. Sheridan explains to them how important their comedy was during the civil conflict with Earth, and how they help with lifting morale across known space.

When the night ends, Babylon 5 returns to normal. G'Kar sees that those were in the impacted section are in better moods and is disappointed he missed out. Lochley apologizes to Sheridan for not taking the Brakiri at their word, and recalls that Zoey passed her a message from Kosh to Sheridan: "When the long night comes, return to the end of the beginning."

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