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thecloud_002.jpgJaneway: "Personal Log, Stardate 48546.2. Our journey home is several weeks old now, and I have begun to notice in my crew and in myself, a subtle change as the reality of our situation settles in. Here in the Delta Quadrant, we are virtually the entire family of man. We are more than a crew and I must find a way to be more than a captain to these people, but it's not clear to me exactly how to begin. At the Academy, we are taught that a captain is expected to thecloud_008.jpgmaintain a certain distance. Until now, I've always been comfortable with that distance."
Torres: "Captain, I-I didn't realize there was an inspection scheduled."
Janeway: "Not an inspection, Lieutenant. A stroll."
Torres: "We should have the warp drive up and running by 0900
hours. Recalibrating the reactant injectors is thecloud_013.jpgthe only thing we have left to do."
Janeway: "Carry on."
Janeway: (Continues log): "Maybe this is just the way it works. Maybe the distance is necessary. Maybe more than ever now, they need me to be larger than life.I only wish I felt larger than life. Computer, delete last sentence."

thecloud_029.jpgJaneway: "Gentlemen. As you were. So, has Neelix concocted anything interesting this morning?"
Kim: "There's an ancient Chinese curse, Captain, 'May you live in interesting times.' Mealtime is always interesting now that Neelix is in the kitchen."
Janeway: "We shouldn't judge him too harshly. He is helping us conserve replicator energy."
thecloud_034.jpgParis: "And I'm sure the gastrointestinal problems will go away as soon as our systems get used to his, er, gourmet touch."
Janeway: "Well, I'll see you at duty call."
Kim: "We should've asked her to join us."
Paris: "Ensigns don't invite captains to sit down."
Kim: "Why not?"
Paris: "Because they don't."
thecloud_039.jpgKim: "Well, what's wrong with showing a little courtesy?"
Paris: "Captains don't want courtesy. They want respect. That's why they don't get chummy with the lower ranks."
Kim: "Well, who else is she supposed to get chummy with out here? There aren't many other captains and admirals for her to talk to."
Paris: "If she wants to sit with us, she'll ask us to join her. That's the way it's done."
Kim: "I think you're working from an old rule book, Paris."

thecloud_057.jpgJaneway: "Neelix. Do we have any coffee left?"
Neelix: "No, but we have something even better."
Janeway: "I don't want something even better. I want coffee."
Neelix: "Really, it's made from a proteinaceous seed I discovered on an expedition."
Janeway: "Never mind. I'll use one of my replicator rations for coffee."
thecloud_066.jpgNeelix: "That would not be appropriate, Captain."
Janeway: "I beg your pardon?"
Neelix: "You need to set an example for the crew."
Janeway: "Well, thank you for reminding me."
Neelix: "You're welcome. After all, if you want the crew to begin to accept natural food alternatives instead of futher depleting our energy reserves, you need to encourage them by your own choices,
thecloud_072.jpgdon't you?"
Janeway: "Fine. Give me your 'even better than coffee' substitute."
Neelix: "And how about some Takar loggerhead eggs with that this morning?"
Neelix: "Just coffee."
Neelix: "It's a tiny bit richer blend than you're used to, but you'll
learn to love it."
Chakotay (Over Comm): "Bridge to Janeway."
Janeway: "On my way. Janeway out. Tomorrow maybe."

thecloud_085.jpgChakotay: "I just wanted to alert you to a nebula we've picked up on long-range sensors."
Janeway: Put it on screen. Magnify."
Tuvok: "There are unusually high levels of omicron particles within this nebula, Captain."
Janeway: "Are you thinking we could collect these omicron particles to provide an additional antimatter reserve, Lieutenant?"
Tuvok: "Precisely."
Janeway: "Senior bridge officers, report for duty. Commander, set a new course. There's coffee in that nebula."

thecloud_091.jpgJaneway: "Exploring this nebula should raise some spirits around here, don't you think, Commander?"
Chakotay: "No way to go but up."
Janeway: "You're closer to the crew than I am. How bad is it?"
Chakotay: "There's a nuanka, a period of mourning that everyone's going through. It's a natural reaction."
Janeway: "I'm worried about them. I wish we had a counsellor on thecloud_094.jpgboard, but the nature of our mission didn't require one."
Chakotay: "We talk to animals. It's a Native American tradition."
Janeway: "Animals?"
Chakotay: "Our own counsellors. We're taught that an animal guide accompanies us through life. Basically, it's what Carl Jung thought he invented when he came up with his active imagination technique in 1932, but we've been doing pretty much the same thing for thecloud_101.jpgcenturies."
Janeway: "Is there a different animal guide for everyone?"
Chakotay: "Actually, yes."
Janeway: "Let me guess. Yours is a bear."
Chakotay: "Why do you say that?"
Janeway: "You strike me as the bear type."
Chakotay: "Thank you. The bear is a very powerful animal. It has thecloud_104.jpggreat pokattah. But he's not my animal guide. The creature that guides us doesn't define who we are. It merely chooses to be with us."
Janeway: "Okay. If not a bear, then what?"
Chakotay: "I can't tell you that. It would offend my animal guide if I spoke its name."
Janeway: "But he guides you well?"
Chakotay: "Actually, it's female. But yes, she usually guides me very well."
Janeway: "Can one just choose their own animal guide?"
Chakotay: "It's not quite that simple."

thecloud_117.jpgKim: "I've never seen anything like it."
Tuvok: "Tuvok to Kim. Mister Kim, that is a comment we would prefer not to hear from a senior officer on the Bridge. It makes the junior officers nervous."
Kim:
"Yes, sir."

thecloud_144.jpgJaneway: "What do you make of it, Mister Tuvok?"
Tuvok:
"I am unable to offer an identification, Captain."
Kim:
"Kim to Tuvok. In other words, you've never seen anything like it. Oh, I promise not to tell the junior officers."

thecloud_151.jpgNeelix: "Kes! Now look what she's gotten us into!"
Kes: "Do all nebulas look like that?"
Neelix: "I wouldn't know. I'm smart enough to go around nebulas when I encounter them."
Kes: "These people are natural born explorers, Neelix."
Neelix: "These people are natural born idiots, if you ask me. They don't appreciate what they have here. This ship is the match of any
thecloud_154.jpgvessel within a hundred light years, and what do they do with it? 'Well, uh, let's see if we can't find some space anomaly today that might rip it apart!'"
Kes: "I don't think the Captain is an idiot. She cares a great deal about her crew."
Neelix: "You don't care a great deal about your crew and introduce them to the spectre of death at every opportunity. And I speak as a
thecloud_160.jpgmember of that crew now. I'm not sure I would've wanted you to come along had I known that this is what..."
Kes: "I think it's wonderful."
Neelix: "Wonderful?"
Kes: "If I were Captain, I'd open every crack in the universe and peek inside, just like Captain Janeway does."
Neelix: "I don't deny the romantic quality of this sort of casting
thecloud_169.jpgabout. I wouldn't exactly call it wonderful. Although, it's getting more wonderful by the minute."
Kes: "I've never kissed anyone inside a nebula before."
Neelix: "What did I tell you?"

thecloud_192.jpgTorres: "Accelerating deuterium to rear thrusters."
Chakotay: "We have a complement of thirty eight photon torpedoes at our disposal, Captain."
Janeway: "And no way to replace them after they're gone."
Torres: "Aft thrusters at one hundred five percent, one hundred fifteen percent."
Paris: "Barrier still holding. We need something else."
thecloud_197.jpgJaneway: "Give me a two second blast from the forward phaser bank."
Tuvok: "Firing phasers. Barrier's undamaged, Captain."
Chakotay: "Ready a photon."
Janeway: "Mister Paris, assuming we can breach the energy barrier, it's likely to close as fast as the first time."
Paris: "I'll be riding the tail of our torpedo, Captain."
thecloud_201.jpgTuvok: "Torpedo is loaded."
Janeway: "Align coordinates along ship's heading."
Tuvok: "Coordinates set."
Janeway: "Fire."
Tuvok: "Fifty thousand kilometres to the perimeter."
Paris: "I'm having trouble navigating through the energy currents. It's
as thick as a Toarian ice storm out there."
thecloud_205.jpgTuvok: "Thirty five kilometres to perimeter."
Kim: "Energy reserves are still falling."
Tuvok: "Fifteen thousand kilometres. We've cleared the central mass."
Janeway: "Stand down red alert. Take us to two thousand kilometres off the perimeter and hold position. Get a sample of that matter off the hull for Lieutenant Torres to analyse. I'd like to know
thecloud_208.jpgwhat it was that humbled every defence system on this ship. How much of our energy reserves did we lose, Ensign?"
Kim: "Eleven percent, Captain."
Janeway: "I'm just going to have to give up coffee. That's all there is to it."

thecloud_236.jpgHolodeck Character: "Hey, it's Tom!"
Holodeck Character:
"Welcome, Tom, welcome!"
Gaunt Gary:
"Hey, Tom, how you doing?"
Paris: "What do you think, Harry?"
Kim:
"What is it, a French bistro?"
Paris: "This is where I spent most of my second semester at the Academy. I chose the Starfleet base outside of Marseilles for my thecloud_241.jpgphysical training. I always had a thing about the French."
Sandrine:
"And the French always had a thing about you, Monsieur Thomas. And with a name like Paris and a face like that, how could anyone resist?"
Paris: "Sandrine, this is my friend Harry Kim."
Sandrine:
"Oh, enchante."
Paris: "Sandrine owns the place. It's been in her family over six The_Cloud_114.jpghundred years."
Ricky:
"Tommy? It's about time. I've been waiting for you."
Paris: "This is Ricky. I include her in all my holo-programs."
Ricky:
"Hi."
Kim:
"Hi."
Ricky:
"Your friend, the gigolo, wouldn't leave me alone."
Gigolo: "It's what I do, Tom. Nothing personal."
thecloud_252.jpgParis: "French father, Daliwakan mother."
Sandrine:
"She just sits there and waits for you, huh? Like a little puppy dog?"
Paris: "I wouldn't have it any other way."
Sandrine: "Oh, really. I thought you liked your women with a little bite?"
Ricky: "Everyone knows about your bite, Sandrine. It's when you start sucking blood they get scared."
thecloud_261.jpgSandrine: "Monsieur, can I get you something to drink?"
Kim:
"Just a cup of tea."
Paris: "Harry, this is France. Er, break open a bottle of that '46 Saint Emilion you save behind the bar for me."
Kim: "I don't like to drink this late at night. I get an acid heartburn."
Paris: "Harry, it's holographic wine. It doesn't give you acid. Try to get in the mood, huh?"
The_Cloud_117.jpgKim: "Sorry."
Paris: "I learned a great deal that semester at the Academy, most of it right here."
Sandrine: "Oui, and most of it from me."
Paris: "I found this place just after my pocket was picked walking by the harbour."
Kim: "Somebody picked your pocket? On Earth?"
thecloud_269.jpgParis: "Oh, they just do it for tourists. They give it back most of the time."
Gaunt Gary:
"Nine ball in the corner pocket."
Paris: "You see that pool table, Harry? The table at Sandrine's at Marseilles has attracted the world's greatest hustlers throughout the centuries. I thought it might be fun to program in some of the great players to shoot with."
thecloud_273.jpgGaunt Gary: "Eight ball in the cross side."
Paris: "Gaunt Gary, Ames Pool Hall, New York City, 1953. They say that he hustled the great Willie Mosconi himself."
Kim:
"Mosconi? Was he some famous billiard player?"
Gaunt Gary:
"The game is pool, kid. Pool. I don't suppose you'd care to wager a fin on a game or two?"
Paris: "Oh, he's not ready for you yet, thecloud_282.jpgGary. Let me teach him a few tricks first."
Gaunt Gary: "Watch out for him, kid. He can swallow your wallet without ever losing his smile."
Kim:
"I'll keep it in mind. What's a fin?"
Paris: "I'm not sure. Uh, some old kind of Scandinavian currency. Come on. I'll rack them up. You pick out a cue."

thecloud_286.jpgTorres: "Computer, activate Emergency Medical Holographic Program."
Doctor:
"Please state the nature of the medical emergency."
Torres:
"Why do you always have to say that?"
Doctor:
"I can only speculate about my programmer's motives. Perhaps he thought I might be summoned for important reasons."
Torres:
"Under the circumstances, don't you think you really ought thecloud_290.jpgto change your program?"
Doctor:
"Now there's an interesting concept. A hologram that programs himself. What would I do with that ability? Create a family? Raise an army?"
Torres:
"I know a little about holographic programming. I could probably reprogram you."
Doctor:
"That makes me feel particularly confident."
thecloud_294.jpgTorres: "Has anyone ever told you, you have a lousy attitude?"
Doctor:
"If you don't like the doctor's attitude, there's a man sitting in a console in the Jupiter Station Holo-programming Centre you can write to. His name is Zimmerman. He looks a lot like me, actually. Now, not that I don't enjoy the repartee, but was there a reason you stopped in?"
Torres:
"I need a second opinion on this."
thecloud_300.jpgDoctor: "Who gave you the first opinion?"
Torres:
"I gave it to myself. It's a sample of residue we picked up in a nebula."
Doctor:
"A nebula? What were we doing in a nebula? No, wait, don't tell me. We were 'investigating'. That's all we do around here. Why pretend we're going home at all? All we're going to do is investigate every cubic millimetre of this quadrant, aren't we?"
thecloud_311.jpgTorres: "The molecules are isolinear. No polycyclic structures, but..."
Doctor: "But this is what brought you to me, isn't it? The nucleogenic peptide bonds."
Torres:
"Is it some kind of phosopholipid fibre?"
Doctor:
"And you were doing so well. No, I suspect it's something far more interesting than that."

thecloud_317.jpgJaneway: "Come in."
Chakotay: "Repair crews have degaussed the hull, Captain."
Janeway: "Good. Let's plan an oh-seven hundred departure. What's this?"
Chakotay: "My medicine bundle. I've never showed it to anyone before. After what you said this morning, I thought it was important to let you see."
thecloud_332.jpgJaneway: "Will it help me find my animal guide?"
Chakotay: "Eventually you'll have to assemble your own medicine bundle. But this will allow me to assist you in your quest for a guide."
Janeway: "Now? Now."
Chakotay: "A blackbird's wing. A stone from the river. An akoonah."
Janeway: "Akoonah?"
thecloud_340.jpgChakotay: "My ancestors used psychoactive herbs to assist their vision quests. Now they're no longer necessary. Our scientists have found more modern ways to facilitate the search for animal guides. Place your hand on it and concentrate on the stone. A-koo-chee-moya. We are far from the sacred places of our grandfathers. We are far from the bones of our people. But perhaps there is one powerful being who will embrace this woman and give her the thecloud_341.jpganswers she seeks. Allow your eyes to close. Breath to fuel the light in your belly and let it expand until the light is everywhere. Prepare yourself to leave this room and this ship and return to a place where you were the most content and peaceful you have ever been. You can see all around you and hear the sounds of this place."
Janeway: "I know this place. It's..."
thecloud_347.jpgChakotay: "You must not discuss with me what you see, or you will offend your animal guide. As you continue to look around, you will become aware of other life that shares this place with you. It will be the first animal you see. That is the one you will speak to. Do you see an animal?"
Janeway: "Yes."
Chakotay: "Speak to it."
thecloud_351.jpgJaneway: "What do I say?"
Chakotay: "You know what you want to ask."
(Torres presses door chime)
Janeway: "I'm sorry. I should've asked the computer for no interruptions. Come in. The Commander was introducing me to my animal guide."
Torres: "I hope that you have better luck with yours than I had with
thecloud_359.jpgmine."
Chakotay: "B'Elanna's the only one I know who tried to kill her animal guide."

thecloud_369.jpgDoctor (On View Screen): "I'm curious, Captain. Exactly what are you looking for?"
Janeway: "I need to know if we did serious harm to this life form."
Doctor: "Let's see. You ran your ship through it, fired phasers at it and blew a hole in it with a photon torpedo. I'd say it's a pretty good chance that you did some fairly significant."
Janeway: "Computer, mute audio. Isolate that concentration of
thecloud_371.jpgomicron particles we were tying to get to."
Torres: "That would be right here."
Janeway: "Mister Tuvok?"
Tuvok: "I'm afraid the concentration of particles is far lower than I originally observed. Furthermore, it appears that many of the particles have now moved outside the energy barrier."
Janeway: "Is it possible they're leaking out through the breach we
thecloud_377.jpgmade?"
Tuvok: "That would be a logical conclusion."
Janeway: "It's also a logical conclusion that all of the phenomena we've encountered were actually this life form's natural defence systems."
Chakotay: "The way the barrier was protecting the omicron particles almost suggests we were entering a vital organ."
thecloud_379.jpgJaneway: "So it seems very clear that we've severely hurt an innocent life form. How do we repair the harm we've done?"
Paris: "Uh, Captain?"
Janeway: "Computer, resume audio."
Doctor: "How kind of you. You may be interested to know that the analysis of the organic sample suggested this life form has the capacity to regenerate. The process may simply need a helping
thecloud_380.jpghand."
Janeway: "Any ideas how we could stimulate regeneration?"
Doctor: "Lieutenant Torres has the answer."
Torres: "I do?"
Doctor: "You were the one who first observed that this life form has a nucleogenic structure."
Torres: "If the life form has a nucleogenic structure, nucleonic
thecloud_383.jpgradiation ought to assist its healing process. A nucleonic beam along the edges of the breach should theoretically promote regeneration."
Doctor: "Bravo."
Janeway: "Commander, take us to yellow alert and advise the crew that we're going to re-enter the life form. Mister Kim, review all systems in light of our first experience and see if you can provide new safeguards. Tuvok, your job is to find some modification of the shields that will hold off this life form's natural defence systems. We begin at thirteen hundred hours. Dismissed."

thecloud_397.jpgNeelix: "The bantan is a little on the spicy side. Kes grows them herself in the hydroponics garden. Don't eat any of the little pink things, and you'll be fine."
Chakotay (Over Comm): "All personnel report to stations. Yellow alert."
Female Crewmember: "All right."
Male Crewmember: "Excuse me."
thecloud_398.jpgNeelix: "Now what? Neelix to Chakotay."
Chakotay: "We're very busy up here, Neelix. What do you need?"
Neelix: "This yellow alert business. I was just starting to serve."
Chakotay: "Sorry. We found out that the nebula is actually a life form and we've got to go back in to repair some damage we did to it. Chakotay out."
Neelix: "Go back in! Hello? Well, that's it! I've had it."
Kes: "Neelix."
Neelix: "No. I'm going to the Captain about this."

thecloud_410.jpgJaneway: "Come in."
Neelix: "Captain, I understand that this nebula we've discovered is some kind of monster?"
Janeway: "Not a monster, Neelix, but it is a life form."
Neelix: "Excuse me if I sound crazy because someone may have been playing a joke on me, but you aren't planning to take us back into the belly of this beast, are you?"
thecloud_412.jpgJaneway: "No joke."
Neelix: "Why?"
Janeway: "Because we hurt it, and we have to help it recover."
Neelix: "I did not come on board this ship to be a veterinarian, Captain."
Janeway: "And I thought you were a man of unlimited talents."
Neelix: "I just reached my limit. So if you don't mind, Kes and I will
thecloud_414.jpgwait on board my little vessel for you to return."
Janeway: "All our crews are busy preparing for this mission. I'm not pulling them off their duties to prepare your ship for launch. And I'm not going drop you off on the side of the road every time we hit a bump. When we finished, if you want to leave that's your business, but for the moment, find yourself a seat with a good view, because just like Jonah and the whale, you're going in."
Neelix: "Is that final?"
Janeway: "Dismissed. That's a Starfleet expression for 'get out'."

thecloud_580.jpgJaneway: "Captain's Log, supplemental. We set out to augment our energy reserves and wound up depleting them by over twenty percent. As a result, we've set a new course for a planet fourteen light years away that Neelix says might have compatible energy sources to offer us. It is out of our way, but circumstances offer few alternatives. So much for raising spirits."

thecloud_595.jpgRicky: "Come on, Tommy. Let's get out of here."
Paris: "Easy, honey. I'm setting the Indian up for the big hustle."
Ricky: "But he's beating you."
Paris: "Yeah, that's exactly what he's supposed to think too."
Janeway: "As you were. Well, this is remarkable. Mister Kim tells me this is your doing, Mister Paris?"
Paris: "Ah, yeah. It's just a little diversion, Captain."
thecloud_597.jpgGigolo: "One always knows when a woman of good breeding enters the room. Ma cherie, may I request your favourite song so that we may dance before I take you to my private felucca on the wharf and make passionate love to you."
Paris: "Oh, I'm sorry. If I had some kind of warning that you were coming."
Janeway: "You would've changed it, and I would've missed all the
thecloud_604.jpgfun."
Gaunt Gary: "I just don't know what the dolls see in the gigolo, do you? Now me, I got a whole different approach to women. Treat a lady like a tramp and a tramp like a lady. Never fails."
Torres: "Paris, did you program this guy?"
Paris: "Yeah. Why?"
Torres: "He's a pig, and so are you."
thecloud_618.jpgGaunt Gary: "Almost never."
Janeway: "Is this pool or billiards?"
Paris: Er, pool.
Janeway: "Right. Pool's the one with the pockets. Would you mind if I gave it a try?"
Gigolo: "Racontez-vous. Give the handsome young woman some room. Tell me, does she have, er, money?"
thecloud_629.jpgJaneway: "Commander Chakotay, your stick?"
Chakotay: "It's called a cue, Captain."
Janeway: "A cue. All right. So what do we do? Do I go first? Solids."
Sandrine: "I saw that coming a mile away, didn't you? Ah, you've got a lot to learn, jeune homme. But then, ah, I've got a lot to teach."
Janeway: "Eight ball in the side pocket."

thecloud_635.jpgJaneway: "A-koo-chee-moya. We are far from the sacred places of our grandfathers and from the bones of our people. But perhaps there is one powerful being who will embrace this good crew and give them the answer they seek."