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Babylon 5 episode
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Gropos disembark at Babylon 5
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 10
Written by Lawrence G. DiTillio
Directed by Jim Johnston
Production no. 210
Original airdate 8 February 1995
Guest stars

Paul Winfield (General Richard Franklin)
David L. Crowley (Lou Welch)
Ryan Cutrona (Sgt. Major Plug)
Ken Foree (P.F.C. Large)
Morgan Hunter (Pvt. Kleist)
Marie Marshall (P.F.C. Dodger)

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List of Babylon 5 episodes

"Gropos" is an episode from the second season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5.



Dr. Franklin's father, General Richard "Firestorm" Franklin aboard EAS Schwarzkopf,[1] leads 25,000 EarthForce marines of the 356th Infantry Division, through the station en route to a secret military operation on the planet Akdor, the third planet in the Sh'lassen Triumvirate. As Sheridan had previously been to Akdor, General Franklin intends to utilize him in planning his operation. The addition of these "Gropos" (EarthForce slang for Ground Pounders, which is, in turn, slang for the EarthForce Marine Corps) poses a logistical nightmare for Garibaldi and the rest of the command staff. Throughout the infantry division's stay on Babylon 5, Stephen Franklin works to repair his sour relationship with his father.

Arc significance

  • Establishes the troubled relationship Dr. Franklin has with his father, although much of that conflict is resolved during this episode.
  • Station's defense grid is enhanced, now "capable of taking on a warship".

Production details

  • Full names of P.F.C. “Large” Turnbow and P.F.C. “Dodger” Durman are not in the episode credits, but are referred to in the episode (Turnbow visually and Durman both visually and in dialog). There is a reference to Dodger's first name later in the Fifth Season.


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