PICARD: Time, Mister Data?
DATA: We will arrive within transporter range in three minutes twenty
MCDOWELL: (at tactical) I've finally established audio contact with the
ROMULAN [OC]: (heavy static) Main power failing. No way to stop the
PICARD: Enterprise to Romulan vessel. We are en route to your position.
ROMULAN [OC]: Enterprise, what is your time of arrival? We are facing
an imminent core breach.
PICARD: Repeat your last transmission.
MCDOWELL: I'm sorry, Captain. They've stopped transmitting.
PICARD: Picard to Riker.
RIKER: Riker here.
PICARD: Transport to the Romulan ship as soon as we're within range.
(La Forge and Ro are on the transporter pads)
RIKER: Aye, sir. No weapons. We don't want them to think they're under
RO: This is not a bright idea.
RIKER: I beg your pardon, Ensign. I didn't quite catch that.
RO: Nothing, sir.
(Worf and Riker join them)
(it is a scene of death, devastation, fires and
VOICES [OC]: All main thrusters are shut down. Your information is
unreliable. The AH is inoperative. Give me a hand here.
(the team beam in)
RIKER: We're from the Federation Starship Enterprise. We received your
MIROK: The Enterprise?
RIKER: That's right. Your message said you'd suffered a failure in your
MIROK: Yes. We had a forced chamber explosion in the resonator coil.
LAFORGE: It's a pretty strange set up, but it looks like the graviton
field generator has been completely depolarised. There's no way to fix
it. It'll have to be replaced.
RIKER: Where are your replicators?
VAREL: (a woman) They are offline.
RIKER: Who's in charge here?
MIROK: The Captain is dead. I'm the science officer. Mirok.
RIKER: We'd like to move the generator back to the Enterprise for
MIROK: All right.
RIKER: Geordi, you and Ro.
LAFORGE: La Forge to Brossmer. Two people and one piece of equipment to
BROSSMER: Aye, sir.
(She activates the controls and things fizzle)
BROSSMER: What the hell? Engineering, I need more power to the primary
energising coil. Brossmer to Commander Riker. I'm losing them I have to
BROSSMER [OC]: They should be returning to your
RIKER: Chief, do you have them? They're not here.
BROSSMER [OC]: No, sir.
RIKER: Where are they?
BROSSMER: I can't locate their patterns.
BROSSMER [OC]: We've lost them, sir.
BROSSMER [OC]: I've done all I can, sir. I'm afraid
PICARD: Mister Data, begin a level one diagnostic. All transporter
systems offline until further notice. Could they have materialised
DATA: Negative, Captain. Sensors are unable to locate them anywhere
within transporter range.
(Troi shakes her head)
RIKER [OC]: Riker to Enterprise.
PICARD: Go ahead, Number One.
RIKER: Captain, we're still looking at a core
breach unless we can fashion a new graviton generator.
RIKER [OC]: I need replacement personnel, sir.
PICARD: Mister Data, you may continue the diagnostic of the transporter
systems at another time. Take a shuttlecraft and two more engineers
down to the Romulan ship.
DATA: Aye, sir.
PICARD: Mister McDowell, alert the main shuttlebay to have all
available ships and pilots standing by in case we need them.
MCDOWELL: Aye, sir.
PICARD: Ensign, lay in a course away from the Romulan vessel. Engage at
warp one if you detect any sign it's going to explode.
MIROK: Pressure in the containment chamber has
increased fifteen melakols in the last two minutes.
RIKER: What can we do to stop the overload?
MIROK: Most of the conduits were damaged during the explosion. I can't
even access the central computer.
WORF: Commander. Emergency bulkheads have sealed this section off from
the rest of the ship. There is no way to gain access to the main Bridge
or control centres.
WORF: Readings indicate at least seventy three Romulans are still
VAREL: Seventy three.
(an alarm sounds)
MIROK: The pressure has jumped two hundred melakols!
VAREL: I've lost control of the containment chamber.
MIROK: It's going to implode.
RIKER: We'll need to dump the entire engine core. Do you have an
MIROK: Yes, but it's not functioning. I'll have to do it manually.
RIKER: Mister Worf, you two seal the chamber.
VAREL: Implosion will occur in one minute five seconds.
RIKER: Enterprise, we need to jettison the entire engine core. You'll
need to extend the shields once it clears the hull.
PICARD [OC]: Understood, Number One. We'll stand by for your signal.
(Worf and Varel have got to the manual latches and undone them)
WORF: We must get the doors closed.
(but Worf can't move the debris jamming them open)
VAREL: Thirty seconds.
(the three men finally shift the girder and start to pull the doors
MIROK: I'm ready, Commander.
RIKER: Stay there! Eject the chamber on my order!
DATA: Excuse me, sir.
(Data takes over and pulls the doors shut)
MIROK: Implosion in five seconds)
(everything shakes as the core is ejected)
RIKER: Enterprise, extend shields!
RIKER: Well, we're still here.
RIKER [OC]: We'll have a complete power survey done
within the hour. We'll probably have to supply them with energy for
life support, and they'll need a new engine core to get home.
PICARD: Understood, Commander. Keep us informed of your efforts. Picard
out. I'll be in Sickbay.
MCDOWELL: Aye, sir.
(Picard walks past Ro lying on the floor. She wakes
RO: Ensign Ro to the Bridge. This is Ensign Ro reporting in. I'm at
section twenty three baker, near Sickbay. (she wobbles) Sickbay.
(the door doesn't open for her, but she gets in
when a man walks out)
RO: Excuse me, I need some help. Excuse me? Excuse me, I need some
(but everyone ignores her)
RO: Excuse me! I need some help!
CRUSHER: We shouldn't make any hasty decisions,
Jean-Luc. The transporter could've beamed them somewhere else. The
Romulan ship, another deck of the Enterprise.
PICARD: We've already checked those possibilities. The initial findings
would seen to indicate that there was a radiation surge from the
Romulan engine core which disrupted the signal. They never
CRUSHER: We should check again. There might be something that we've
PICARD: Beverly, we've done everything that we can.
CRUSHER: You're right. I just hate making out death certificates. Does
Ensign Ro have any family?
RO: Captain, I'm right here.
PICARD: None that I know of, but I'll check with the Bajoran liaison
RO: I'm not dead!
CRUSHER: I'll have the official reports ready within the hour.
RO: Captain, I don't know what's going on
(Picard walks straight through Ro and out of the office)
RO: Doctor. Doctor Crusher. Doctor Crusher, I'm right here. Damn it.
(Ro's fist goes straight through the desk, so she tests it out on a
desk console. Then she looks at what Beverly is doing, updating her
personnel file to current status - deceased)
MIROK: We're ready, Commander.
RIKER: Riker to Enterprise. Begin power transfer.
(a beam comes from the Enterprise and the light come back on)
MIROK: The power flow is consistent at four hundred kolems. No
fluctuations in frequency. The main power grid is online.
PICARD [OC]: Picard to Riker.
RIKER: Riker here. Power transfer appears stable at this end, Captain.
PICARD [OC]: Good.
PICARD: What is the status of the engine
RIKER [OC]: Engineering is modifying one of our subspace resonators to
act as a new engine core. It won't do more than warp two, but it'll get
PICARD: Very well.
DATA: Captain. The diagnostic of the transporter system shows an
anomalous energy fluctuation. I will need to inspect the imaging
scanner in transporter room three.
PICARD: By all means.
DATA: Captain? I have a personal favour to ask. I considered Commander
La Forge to be my best friend. I believe it is my responsibility to
plan and conduct the memorial service. May I have your permission to do
PICARD: Permission granted. Make whatever arrangements you think are
DATA: Thank you, sir.
(a Romulan confers with Guy Vardeman as Worf
WORF: Commander, the (looks round) the Romulans want a computer. We
cannot give them access to Federation technology. That is an
unacceptable security risk.
RIKER: What about a computer core from thirty or forty years ago? One
the Romulans are already familiar with.
WORF: That would be satisfactory.
RIKER: Check with the Enterprise, see what's available. Be sure your
concern are addressed before we install it.
WORF: Aye, sir. Thank you.
(Geordi is failing to attract anyone's attention)
RO: La Forge?
LAFORGE: Ro. Boy, am I glad to see you. And I'm really glad that you
can see me. It's like I'm here, but I'm not here.
RO: No one can see me either.
LAFORGE: I can't figure it out. One minute we were transporting from
the Romulan vessel, and the next I wake up in the arboretum with a
splitting headache. Can you pass through things like bulkheads?
RO: Tables, people, yeah.
(they touch hands)
LAFORGE: Well, we're solid enough to each other.
RO: It's not what you expected, is it.
LAFORGE: What do you mean?
RO: This. Death.
RO: We're dead, Geordi.
LAFORGE: Is that some kind of a joke?
RO: Our patterns were lost in a transporter malfunction. We never
rematerialised after leaving the Romulan ship.
LAFORGE: Wait a minute. What are you saying, that we're some sort of
RO: Spirits, souls. My people used to call them borhyas. Whatever term
you want to use, we're it.
LAFORGE: But my uniform, my visor. Are you saying I'm some blind ghost
RO: I don't have all the answers. I've never been dead before.
LAFORGE: We are not dead.
RO: According to Doctor Crusher, we died in a transporter malfunction
at fourteen thirty hours.
Geordi, I saw her make out the death certificates. We need to make
peace with our former lives. That's what I was taught. We have to say
goodbye to the people who were in our lives.
LAFORGE: No. You may be ready for the afterlife, but I'm not.
RO: I don't see that we have much of a choice. When I was growing up, I
never gave much thought to all the talk about borhyas. I figured that
it was just superstition passed on to children.
LAFORGE: Fine. You go make peace with yourself, all right? I'm going to
transporter room three. I'm going to figure a way out of this
BROSSMER: I didn't have any warning that something
would go wrong, sir. Suddenly their patterns just weren't there.
DATA: I believe the cause of the accident may be related to the
explosion on the Romulan ship.
BROSSMER: But that happened before we even arrived.
DATA: In all likelihood, the explosion damaged the Romulan cloaking
device, causing it to discharge chroniton particles.
I am detecting a chroniton field in here.
LAFORGE: A chroniton field?
BROSSMER: If the particles were produced on the Romulan ship, why are
you detecting them here?
LAFORGE: The transporter beam.
DATA: I suspect they travelled through the transporter beam. That may
have been the cause of Geordi and Ro's death.
I will go to the Romulan ship. Perhaps I can discover the source of the
BROSSMER: Commander, are these chronitons dangerous?
DATA: They pose no danger to humans. However, some of the ship's
systems may be affected by prolonged exposure. When I return I will
devise a method to eradicate them.
LAFORGE: La Forge to Ensign Ro. (then realises the comm. system doesn't
work for them)
(Ro follows a crewman out of the turbolift)
RO: Thanks for the ride. I'm here to say goodbye.
(she gently touches her helm console, then Riker and Picard enter)
RIKER: There are a lot of what appear to be experimental engine
components lying around over there. I'd say they were testing a new
warp drive design and it blew up in their faces.
PICARD: That would explain why they're so far away
from Romulan space. To avoid being picked up on Federation long range
RIKER: We should have an engine core ready for them by nineteen hundred
PICARD: Commander, there'll be a memorial service at twenty three
hundred hours this evening. Mister Data is making arrangements.
RIKER: I'll be there.
RO: Me, too.
RIKER: In fact I might like to say a few words.
PICARD: You did know La Forge longer than any of us.
RIKER: Actually, I was thinking more about Ensign Ro.
PICARD: When you're ready, coordinate with Mister Data.
RO: Wait a minute. What are you going to say about me?
RO: Captain. I don't believe this. I'm dead. you can't even hear me and
I'm still intimidated by you. I just wanted to say thank you. For
trusting in me when no one else would.
LAFORGE: Hey, there you are. Excuse me, Captain. Listen, Data's taking
the next shuttle over to the Romulan vessel and we need to be on it.
LAFORGE: because I think what happened to us, the answers are over
RO: Why can't you just accept the fact
LAFORGE: Look, if you're right then we're dead and this doesn't make
any difference. But if I'm right, then we're still alive and I'm going
to need your help.
DATA: Lieutenant, I am planning a memorial service
for Commander La Forge and Ensign Ro. I would like you to participate.
WORF: What kind of service?
DATA: Captain Picard asked me to arrange a ceremony that was
appropriate. I have given a great deal of thought as to what is
appropriate in this instance.
WORF: Sir, shuttlecraft four has not yet cleared the Romulan ship.
DATA: Hold position here.
LAFORGE: This is weird, listening to them plan our funeral.
DATA: I find I am having difficulty deciding what kind of service to
have. Do you have any suggestions?
WORF: Human custom is to conduct a solemn, dignified service in which
the dead are praised by their friends and loved ones.
DATA: Ensign Ro was Bajoran. Her beliefs should be reflected as well.
However their death rituals are quite complicated.
RO: Please, not the Death Chant.
WORF: The Bajoran Death Chant is over two hours long.
DATA: I am not certain that either human or Bajoran rites are fitting,
and I have researched the funerary customs of over five thousand
cultures to no avail.
WORF: Shuttlecraft four has just cleared.
DATA: Resume course. In almost all societies, it is traditional to say
a ritual farewell to those you call friends.
I never knew what a friend was until I met Geordi. He spoke to me as
though I were human. He treated me no differently from anyone else. He
accepted me for what I am. And that, I have learned, is friendship. But
I do not know how to say goodbye.
RO: He seems almost human, doesn't he.
WORF: Commander, I am not the proper person to advise you.
WORF: I am very happy for Commander La Forge. He has crossed over to
that which is beyond. For a Klingon, this is a joyful time. A friend
has died in the line of duty and he has earned a place among the
honoured dead. It is not a time to mourn.
DATA: Begin docking procedure.
LAFORGE: Data, that's a nice sentiment, but a little premature. I don't
plan on being commemorated before my time.
(Geordi sticks his head inside a piece of
MIROK: I'm afraid I fail to see the point of this investigation,
DATA: Chroniton emissions may have been responsible for the accident
which claimed the lives of our officers.
VAREL: A most regrettable event, of course.
DATA: Was your cloaking device damaged in the explosion?
MIROK: All of our systems were damaged, including the cloaking device.
DATA: That explains the chroniton fields I am detecting in here now.
For your own safety, it is important to eliminate those emissions.
VAREL: Our safety?
DATA: There is no way to predict what will happen when the chronitons
interact with the new engine core.
LAFORGE: I've never seen anything like this. There's something in here
that looks like a molecular phase inverter.
RO: What's that?
LAFORGE: It's supposed to change the structure of matter so it can pass
through normal matter and energy. Hang on a second. A few years back,
we got intelligence reports that the Klingons were working on trying to
combine a phase inverter and a cloaking
device. In theory, they believed that a phased ship could hide
anywhere, even inside a planet, and that conventional weapons would be
useless against it.
RO: How far did they get in their research?
LAFORGE: It never got out of the preliminary stages. There were several
accidents. The Romulans might be pursuing the same
technology, trying to combine an inverter and a cloaking device. And if
this is the prototype
RO: Then that would explain the explosion and the chroniton fields.
LAFORGE: And us.
RO: You mean we're cloaked?
LAFORGE: Not just cloaked, phased. Our entire molecular structure
altered so that we don't have any substance.
RO: Then that would mean we're not dead.
LAFORGE: Yes. It would also mean that there's probably a way to
DATA: The field emissions are particularly strong in this area.
(the equipment Geordi was examining)
MIROK: You can be assured that the emissions will be eliminated before
the engine core is replaced.
WORF: Commander, may I speak with you?
(Data moves away)
VAREL: If they come back they're going to discover the interphase
MIROK: Is their power transfer beam still at full intensity?
VAREL: Yes. It will be until we're ready to switch to internal power.
MIROK: We will set up a muon feedback wave inside the transfer beam.
The particles will accumulate in their dilithium chamber. When they go
to warp speed, their engines will explode.
LAFORGE: We've got to get to the Enterprise and warn them.
LAFORGE: I don't know, but we have to find a way. Come on.
(A Romulan who had been sitting in a chair gets up, walks through a
console and follows them. He gets to the Enterprise on a shuttle, too)
RO: The muon feedback wave's not showing up on any
of the engine displays.
LAFORGE: The Romulans must be hiding it in a sensor return signal.
Unless someone runs a level three diagnostic, they'd never detect it.
There must be a way to warn them before the ship goes to warp.
DATA: This is puzzling. Three more chroniton fields have formed aboard
the Enterprise in the last hour.
LAFORGE: There's no reason why the interphase device would be producing
new fields aboard this ship.
DATA: We should begin decontamination immediately. Run an internal
sensor sweep for locations of all chroniton fields on the Enterprise.
BROSSMER: Aye, sir. The following areas are showing contamination.
Sickbay, Transporter room three, main Bridge, Captain's Ready room,
shuttlebay two, and main Engineering.
LAFORGE: Ro, look at this.
DATA: I do not understand how these new fields have formed. No
transporter beam has been active in any of those areas. I cannot see
that they have anything in common.
LAFORGE: Oh, yes they do.
DATA: In fact, they seem to be appearing at random.
LAFORGE: No, they're not. We were in every one of those locations.
Somehow we're leaving chroniton footprints behind us.
DATA: Can you narrow the focus of the scan to pinpoint the locations?
BROSSMER: Not with the internal sensors, Commander.
DATA: Go to science station two on the main Bridge. Use a lateral
sensor array to get a more precise reading. I will modify an anyon
emitter to eliminate the fields once they've been isolated.
LAFORGE: Why don't you go with her and see what the lateral sensors
turn up. I'll stay here with Data.
(Data is scanning with a tricorder, then spraying)
LAFORGE: Well that's interesting. You're reading chroniton readings in
here, but not from me? There's a field in this wall? Why? Data, I came
through this wall. I walked right through it when I came in here. When
the phased matter in my body passed through the wall, it must've
disrupted the wall's molecular structure producing a chroniton field.
Data, I'm right here that's me you're reading. Watch.
(Geordi walks through the 'pool table' and Data detects the field)
LAFORGE: Come on, it's me. You see?
(Ro follows Brossmer onto the Bridge, and discovers
PAREM: Do not move. Yes, I can see you.
RO: Who are you?
PAREM: Where is the scientific officer? The one like us. The one who
came with you to our ship. He spoke of a plan to return to normal. Yes,
this disruptor works. I was wearing it when I was changed. Now, where
(Geordi is persisting in putting new fields in the
LAFORGE: Data, stop being so rational. Try using your imagination once
in a while. These aren't just random patterns, it's me!
(Data catches Geordi's hand with his spray)
LAFORGE: Hey, watch where you point that thing. Wait a minute, Data, I
think you did something here . It's not so easy to push through any
more. The molecules in my hand must have been partially de-phased by
the anyon beam. Data, if a low level beam can bring my hand part of the
way back, maybe a high level beam can bring me all of the way back.
I'll just have to get you to turn up the beam intensity so that. Hey,
wait a minute, don't stop now. No, no, no. Data, don't give up on it.
It works, I was just creating more fields. Your method is fine. You
just need to turn up the intensity, Data.
(The Romulan has Ro at gunpoint)
RO: He's in here.
(Ro walks through the door first and dodges to the
side. She attacks the Romulan and knocks him down. Then she runs, and
the disrupter beam just misses her)
BROSSMER [OC]: Brossmer to Commander Data.
DATA: Data here.
BROSSMER [OC]: I've just detected a large chroniton field on deck
seventeen. The field strength is three hundred percent above the others
we've found, sir.
LAFORGE: Is that Ro?
(Ro and Parem run through the quarters of a woman
in a state of undress, as Data tracks their progress on his tricorder.
Then through a crewman doing press-ups and into a room where a man and
woman are having a romantic dinner. Parem shoots Ro in the leg. Data is
outside the door.)
PAREM: Get up. Where is the science officer?
(the doorbell rings, and the distraction enables Ro to turn the tables
on Parem. They fight.)
MAN: I'll go. Commander?
DATA: Excuse me for interrupting, Lieutenant.
DATA: I'm detecting a chroniton field in your room. May I scan the
(meanwhile, Geordi has piled into the fight and knocked Parem out
through the hull into space, where even an out of phase Romulan cannot
LAFORGE: Any time.
LAFORGE: There's still no indication that the
Romulans set up a muon wave in our dilithium chamber.
RO: It's there, and when they go to warp
MCDOWELL: Incoming message from the Romulan ship, Captain.
PICARD: On screen.
LAFORGE: Now what?
MIROK [on viewscreen]: Installation of the new engine core has been
completed. We are ready to switch to internal power, Enterprise.
PICARD: Understood. Disconnect the power-transfer beam.
MIROK [on viewscreen]: We are now on internal power. Captain Picard,
please accept my sincere thanks on behalf the Romulan Empire.
RO: Don't listen to him, Captain.
PICARD: It was our pleasure, Mirok. And I hope that this example of
cooperation between our two peoples will not be an isolated incident.
MIROK [on viewscreen]: As do I, Captain.
PICARD: Set a course for the Garadius system. Warp six.
LAFORGE: No, Captain wait.
RO: Don't do it, sir.
BROSSMER: Captain. I'm still running the decontamination programme.
Mister Data believes we shouldn't engage the warp drive until I've
cleared all the chroniton fields from the ship.
PICARD: Very well. Let me know when you finished your sweep.
BROSSMER: Yes, sir.
RO: If we can get to the locations that she's decontaminating, maybe
the anyon emissions would re-phase us enough for someone to see us.
LAFORGE: Yeah, well the beam strength would have to be pretty strong in
order for us to be visible for more than a millisecond. Somebody's
going to have to be looking directly at us.
RO: Then we're going to have to go somewhere with an awful lot of
RIKER: It's time, sir. We should go.
PICARD: You have the Bridge, Mister McDowell. I'll be at the service in
LAFORGE: Ten Forward? Well, that's perfect. We'll create as many
chroniton fields in there as we can. Get them to flood that room with a
PICARD: Deck ten. I've been thinking about the
first time I met Geordi La Forge. He was a young officer assigned to
pilot me on an inspection tour, and I made some off hand remark about
the shuttle's engine efficiency not being what it should. And the next
morning I found that he'd stayed up all night refitting the fusion
initiators. Well, I knew then that I wanted him with me on my next
command. Have you decided what you're going to say about Ensign Ro?
RIKER: Yes, I have. It wasn't easy.
PICARD: Situations like these are never easy, Number One. RO: Why? What
wasn't easy? What?
(a party is in full swing, complete with jazz band,
RO: What is going on here?
LAFORGE: It's our memorial service.
LAFORGE: Why not?
RO: I don't believe this. They think we're dead and they're having a
LAFORGE: Yeah. It's perfect. Come on, let's get started.
(Ro fires the disrupter at random targets around the room)
PICARD: Well, this is unusual.
RIKER: Yeah, I think I like it.
(Riker picks up the trombone and joins in)
RO: Now I suppose I'll never know what you were going to say about me.
(and she fires the disrupter through his head)
DATA: Do you think the others will think this service appropriate?
CRUSHER: Look around you, Data. Everybody is sharing their memories of
Geordi and Ro, laughing and talking. What could be more appropriate
DATA: I am glad you approve, Doctor.
BROSSMER [OC]: Brossmer to Commander Data.
DATA: Go ahead, Chief.
BROSSMER [OC]: I'm sorry to disturb you, sir. We've cleared the
critical areas of chronitons but we've detected a new field forming in
Ten Forward that's stronger than any we've seen before.
BROSSMER: Should I wait until after the service is
over before beginning decontamination?
DATA [OC]: No.
DATA: No. Anyon emissions are harmless. Please
BROSSMER [OC]: Aye, sir.
LAFORGE: Here we go.
(they brace themselves, and sparkle briefly)
LAFORGE: Worf! Worf, can you see us?
LAFORGE: We're right here, Worf. Damn.
RO: We have to find a way to increase the emission strength.
LAFORGE: Yeah, I know.
PICARD: if she hadn't lost her rank as a result of that incident at
Garon Four, I think she would've made Lieutenant Commander by now.
MCDOWELL [OC]: Bridge to Captain Picard.
PICARD: Go ahead.
MCDOWELL [OC]: Incoming message from Garadius Four, sir. The diplomatic
situation is deteriorating. They want an update on our ETA.
PICARD: Stand by, Ensign.
LAFORGE: We've got to do something now, before they go into warp.
RO: The disruptor. I can put it on overload.
LAFORGE: Do it.
RO: Let's go!
(Ro and Geordi hide at the back of the room behind furniture)
PICARD: I would like to get under way as soon as possible. The
situation on Garadius Four is becoming serious.
DATA: I see no reason to delay our departure. The chroniton fields have
been cleared from all critical areas.
(out of phase KaBOOM that they do not notice)
PICARD: Excellent. Mister McDowell, will you set course for Garadius
Four and engage at
BROSSMER [OC]: Commander Data, chroniton field strength in Ten Forward
has just increased by three thousand percent.
DATA: Curious. Captain, I believe we should decontaminate this room
before getting underway.
PICARD: Very well.
BROSSMER [OC]: Yes, Commander.
DATA: Increase anyon emissions to six thousand particles per second and
decontaminate this area.
LAFORGE: Okay, hang on.
(Ro and Geordi are right next to Picard and Data when they sparkle and
are faintly visible)
LAFORGE: Data, can you see us?
RO: Captain, we're right here.
LAFORGE: We're right here! We're right here!
(and fade away again)
PICARD: Did you see that, Mister Data?
DATA: Yes, sir.
LAFORGE: Come on, Data. Put it all together now.
PICARD: These were not ghosts. what did we see?
DATA: I believe I may know what has happened, sir.
LAFORGE: Data, please be right.
DATA: It would explain the mysterious chroniton fields
RO: Yes, yes, yes.
DATA: If they were cloaked in some way.
PICARD: Are you saying that they're still alive?
DATA: If I am right, sir, they are, and in this room. Their brief
appearance coincided with the anyon sweep. Perhaps the anyons
neutralise the cloaking effect. Chief Brossmer.
BROSSMER [OC]: Yes, Commander?
DATA: Set the anoynic beam to its highest level and flood Ten Forward.
BROSSMER [OC]: Aye, sir.
(Geordi and Ro fall to the floor under the effects, but now everyone
can see them. The party grinds to a halt)
LAFORGE: Data, do you see us?
DATA: Of course.
LAFORGE: La Forge to Engineering. Take the warp engines off line until
further notice. There's a muon wave build up in the dilithium chamber.
ENSIGN [OC]: Captain, who gave that order?
PICARD: That was Commander Geordi La Forge, Ensign. Please follow his
ENSIGN [OC]: Aye, sir.
LAFORGE: It looks like a great party. Do you mind if we join you?
DATA: Geordi, it is good to see you.
LAFORGE: Thanks, Data. I've never been to a better funeral.
(later, the party is over and Ro and Geordi are alone. Geordi is
LAFORGE: Could you pass the rolls?
RO: You've been eating for over an hour.
LAFORGE: Come on. We didn't eat for almost two days. I'm hungry. What's
LAFORGE: Come on.
RO: I was raised with Bajoran beliefs. I even followed some of the
practices, but I never really believed in a life after death. Then
suddenly I was dead and there was another life, and it made me feel
like I'd been pretty arrogant to discount everything I'd been taught,
you know? Now I don't know what to believe.
LAFORGE: Maybe we should develop our own interphase device. If it can
teach Ro Laren humility, it can do anything.