|“||If you're children, then be silent! In my opinion, children should be seen and not heard. I'm an adult, so it follows that I should be heard and not seen.||”|
— Babs to the Baudelaires in the books
Babs was the Head of Human Resources at Heimlich Hospital.
She was never seen and communicated through the hospital's intercom system, due to her belief that "adults should be heard and not seen." Conversely, she believes that children should be seen and not heard, as she informs the Baudelaire children. She follows the proverb too literally to the point of absurdity.
Like Captain Sam, Foreman Firstein, and Ms. Tench, it is heavily implied she was later murdered by Count Olaf, or at the least, injured. Count Olaf, as the new Head of Human Resources "Mattathias", claims Babs has resigned from Heimlich Hospital because she decided to pursue a career as a stuntwoman, and has begun throwing herself off buildings immediately.
In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, Babs writes a letter to Hal instructing him to file a collection of papers in the Baudelaire file. The papers in question are rejected opening lines to The Bad Beginning.
In the TV series, Babs has a visual presence. The whole aspect about her not wanting to see children is not mentioned, as the Baudelaires sneak past her.
She is held hostage by Count Olaf so he can take control of the hospital and use the intercom system as Mattathias Medicalschool.
Violet Baudelaire rescues her. Babs mentions she always hates hospitals and are the scariest places on Earth. She wanted to work for the post office, but everyone told her it was an unrealistic pipe dream. When Violet asks the fastest way out of the hospital, Bab replies there is no fast way as it requires the authorization of papers. When Violet asks if there is a way out that does not involve paperwork, Babs replies she can die, or simply take the nearby exit. Bab has a habit of nervously laughing when she is very frightened, causing her and Violet to be captured by Olaf.
Her survival is explicit, as she is seen outside the burning building, although it is unknown how she managed to escape.
Behind the scenes
She is portrayed by Kerri Kenney in the TV series.
- Her behavior is an allusion to the singer Barbra Streisand (whose nickname is Babs), who sang on the radio. As a result, few persons knew her face, but her voice became quite famous.
- The Hostile Hospital
- Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV series)