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Carey comes running down the side of the hill)
Carey: "Commander! Look at this. I think they're some
kind of apple. There are trees filled with them as far as the
eye can see, just over that ridge."
Neelix: "Kaylos. Ah. Aren't they gorgeous? One bite will
kill you. Puff you up like a vakol fish. Yeah. First your
windpipe swells. And just when you think you're going to die of
suffocation, ow! Oh, you
get a sharp pain in your knees, which
begins to work its way right up to..."
Chakotay: "I think we get the picture."
Neelix: "Sorry, Mister Carey. Just remember the old
trader's axiom. Never judge a fruit by its skin. Er, on the
other hand, Huh? Take a bite."
Chakotay: "What is it?"
Neelix: "A leola root."
(Chakotay takes a bite and spits it out)
Chakotay: "You expect us to eat this?"
Neelix: "This is the reason I brought you here,
Commander. There's no better source of vitamins and minerals in
the quadrant than in this, this ugly little root."
Chakotay: "I'd find the second best source acceptable if
Neelix: "You humans! You're not used to roughing it, are
you? Well, you take it from one who knows. The day may come when
you'll relish every last crunch of leola. Stewed for a few hours
in a light herbal broth, ah, you wouldn't even notice the
"Captain, I don't think we're alone. Mister Tuvok, run a lateral
EM scan for me. Coordinates eight one mark four zero."
Tuvok: "Running scan."
Janeway: "What do you see, Mister Paris?"
Paris: "It's like a reflection, something in low orbit
when it moves into a certain angle from the sun."
Tuvok: He's correct. I am picking up an ionization trail.
another ship in orbit."
Janeway: Using some kind of cloaking device.
Tuvok: "It's not a cloaking device as we know it,
Captain. I cannot say for certain what it is, but the ship does
employ some kind of masking circuitry that has affected our
Janeway: "Voyager to Away team."
Chakotay (Over Comm): "Go ahead, Captain."
Janeway (Over Comm): "Any unexpected life signs down
Chakotay: "Nothing but bloodworms. Neelix wants to bring
some back for a tartar he wants to make."
Chakotay (Over Comm): I'm trying to talk him out of it.
Janeway: "We're picking up an unidentified ship in low
orbit. Collect your teams and prepare to transport back while we
"The hull design does conform to known specifications of the
Janeway: "Voyager to Away teams. Return to the ship
Chakotay: "Acknowledged, Captain. Transporter Room, get
ready to begin on my command."
Kim: "Where's Ensign Seska?"
Chakotay: "Chakotay to Seska. Transporter Room, can you
locate Ensign Seska's comm badge signal?"
Crewman (Over Comm): "Negative, Commander. I'm not
reading any sign of her."
Kim: "She was picking berries with our group over by the
hillside. There were caves nearby."
Chakotay: "If she went inside one, it might be blocking
her comm badge signal. The rest of you get back to the ship. I'm
going to look for her."
"Oh, thank the prophets!"
Chakotay: "What are you doing here?"
Seska: "Mushrooms. I saw them growing by the mouth of the
cave. I wanted to teach Neelix how to make your favourite soup."
Chakotay: "I appreciate the thought, but we've got to get
out of here."
Log, Stardate 48658.2. We successfully left orbit without further
interference from the Kazon. Commander Chakotay was injured, but is
recovering from his wounds."
Chakotay: "Come in."
Seska: "I didn't think I'd make it. Feeling better?"
Chakotay: "Yeah. What have you got there?"
Seska: "Real food."
Chakotay: "You got Neelix to make some mushroom soup!"
Seska: "Are you kidding? The man wanted to stretch the
mushrooms with just a little."
Both: "Leola root."
Seska: "We got into this tug-of-war with the bag of mushrooms
in the middle. It was the most ludicrous thing you've ever seen.
Tuvok and Kes broke us up, and then Neelix threw me out of his
Chakotay: "So how did you?"
Seska: "Mm. Strictly a Maquis operation."
Chakotay: "Mm hmm."
Seska: "First we arranged for a little morale crisis. A
couple of our people suddenly came down with severe homesickness.
Neelix, our devoted morale officer, responded to the call and came
in to cheer them up. And while they are all singing Rakan folk
songs, Jackson and I broke into the kitchen."
Chakotay: "You looted the food reserves?"
Seska: "Well, if he's not going to give us a decent meal."
Chakotay: "I can't believe you did this."
Seska: "Well, it's not like we're hiding anything. I did
bring soup straight to the First Officer, didn't I?"
Chakotay: "Thanks for including me in a criminal conspiracy.
Does he know about this yet?"
"Well, the moral crisis ended a few minutes ago, so I'd say..."
(Over Comm): "Neelix to Chakotay!"
Seska: "That he probably does."
Chakotay: "Go ahead Neelix."
Neelix (Over Comm): "I'd like to report a crime. Someone
has broken into my kitchen and stolen food, taken food out of
the mouths of their crew mates."
Chakotay: "I know."
Neelix (Over Comm): "It was that Seska, wasn't it?"
Chakotay: "I promise you, everyone involved will be
Neelix (Over Comm): "If you'd like my recommendations for
Chakotay: "Thank you. I'll handle that. Chakotay out.
Replicator privileges revoked for two days. Everyone, including
(They beam in and Torres scans around)
Torres: "What could do
something like this?"
Chakotay: "I'm showing high levels of nucleonic radiation. It
seems to be isolated in that area."
Tuvok: "It is likely that the ship's automatic containment
systems were activated when the radiation entered the bridge. We
should be safe as long as we stay on this side of the force field."
Seska: "Someone's alive over here."
Chakotay: "Away team to Voyager. We've got a single male
Kazon alive on the bridge. Transport him directly to Sickbay."
Kim (Over Comm): "Energising."
Tuvok: "It appears the explosion emanated from this console."
Torres: "Something look a little odd about it to you?"
Tuvok: "The structural pattern does not conform to the rest
Torres: "No, there's something else strange about it. The
residue has a point four one percent trace of a neosorium composite,
and I don't know anyone who uses neosorium technology except for the
Federation. So how did it get into the hands of the Kazon?"
"Incredible. Somehow virtually every cell in his body has been
Doctor: "His cells have mutated. Or they've been fused
with inorganic matter. I can't make heads or tails of it. Look
at this. His blood cells have bonded with metallic nuclei."
Chakotay: "The crew members closest to the explosion were
virtually melded with huge pieces of metal fragments. He was
luckier than the others."
Doctor: "That remains to be seen. I'm going to have to do
a complete pyrocyte replacement if we're going to keep him
alive. We'd better hope there are compatible donors on board."
Kes: "I'll run a cytological screening of the crew."
Doctor: "We'll let you know the results as soon as we
"Captain, there was an apparent Federation signature to the
Chakotay: "It looked like they were trying to install
some new technology that detonated."
Janeway: "You're saying they have some kind of Federation
weapon on board?"
Chakotay: "A console on the bridge was the source of the
explosion. We're not sure what its function was, and it's going
to be hard to get to."
Janeway: "We can't transport it out?"
Chakotay: "Not with those levels of nucleonic radiation.
The transporter beam would disperse the moment it hit the
Janeway: "How could they possibly have Federation
Tuvok: "There are only three alternatives I can discern
at this time. One, it is not Federation technology at all but
(They walk into the turbolift)
Tuvok: "Two, another Federation starship may have been
brought to the Delta Quadrant prior to our arrival, and they
interacted with the
Chakotay: "Were there any other reports of missing
Janeway: "Not to my knowledge."
Tuvok: "Three, someone from this ship has covertly given
technology to the Kazon.
Janeway: Computer, hold turbolift. I don't like number three at
Tuvok: "Nevertheless, it is the most
explanation. It may not be a coincidence that the Kazon ship we
encountered at the planet was able to deceive our sensors.
Perhaps someone transmitted instructions to them before we
Janeway: "I want you to personally go through the
transmission logs, Tuvok. Compare them to the actual telemetry.
See if there's any evidence of prior contact with the Kazon. Who
would have had a
chance to meet with them while you were
Chakotay: "A dozen people. We were scattered all over the
Tuvok: "You did discover Ensign Seska in proximity to
Chakotay: "Seska almost killed me
because she thought I
was Kazon. She wouldn't do something like this."
Tuvok: "Nevertheless, I urge you to regard her with
caution for the time being."
Janeway: "Why would anyone on this ship
betray us? We're
all in this together. We need to retrieve that console and get
some answers before the rumours get out of hand. Computer,
could use an expander to manipulate the containment field."
"Manipulate it how?"
"Move it out of the way.
Rotate the field and the radiation trapped inside it away from the
console. Once it's clear, we have access."
"How long will it take
to set this up?"
"We, er, we should be
able to make an attempt by tomorrow."
"I want it ready by the
end of the day."
"No, Captain. When I say
tomorrow, I mean tomorrow. I don't exaggerate. Tomorrow is the best
I can do."
"All right. We'll begin
on the Kazon bridge. Carey, Nicoletti, Seska."
"No. I want Ensign Seska
to co-ordinate the operation from our bridge."
"Okay. Henard, you're
with us. Dismissed."
very good. We need to completely replace his blood."
"Will he regain
"I'm not sure. Even if
he does, there's no way to predict what kind of brain damage there
"He's the only one who
really knows what happened on that ship, Doctor. The only one who
can tell them I had nothing to do
"You? I don't
"Would you call me right
away if he waKes up?"
Did you ever come in to leave a blood sample on file?"
"No. I never got around
to it. Why?"
been running a crew compatibility analysis and your file never came
"My blood won't help
you. I had a childhood disease that infected it. I was warned never
to donate blood for transfusion."
"All the more reason we
should have your blood on file."
"I will. Right now I
have something more important to take care of."
Paris: "Captain, another
Kazon ship is approaching, trying to hail the disabled ship. They're
not within visual range yet."
Tuvok: "Perhaps someone else picked up the distress call."
Janeway: "What's their ETA?"
Paris: "At their current speed, four hours twenty minutes.
Should I tell them we're here?"
Janeway: "If we know about them, it's a good bet they know
us. We don't have anything good to tell them. I think we'll
Kim: "Captain, I'm showing an unauthorized auto sequence in
Transporter Room two. Someone's left Voyager."
Janeway: "Computer, identify who just beamed off the ship
from Transporter Room two."
Computer: "Ensign Seska."
"Prep three cc's kelotane. I'll need a dermal regenerator. Run a
full blood scan."
Janeway: "Have a seat,
Chakotay: "How have things been going for you in
Carey: "Fine. Why? Is there a problem?"
Chakotay: Getting along all right with Lieutenant Torres?"
Carey: I think we've settled our differences.
Janeway: "She was promoted to Chief Engineer over you,
Lieutenant. That might be difficult for someone in your position to
Carey: "Captain, I accepted your decision, and I've worked as
hard as I can to make myself a valuable member of Lieutenant
Torres's team. I can't believe she'd have any complaints about my
Janeway: "She doesn't."
Carey: "Then what am I doing here?"
Tuvok: "Lieutenant, have you had any contact with the
Kazon-Nistrim since we arrived in the Delta Quadrant?"
Carey: "What? You mean me, personally? No, of course not."
Chakotay: "You were out of contact for almost an hour on the
planet where we encountered the Kazon."
Carey: "You mean when I was picking those poisoned apples?"
Janeway: "What about before we arrived at the planet? Did you
have any reason to signal the Kazon-Nistrim ship?"
Tuvok: "Nevertheless, a signal was sent to the Kazon from
your station in Engineering during our dorsal emitter test last
Carey: "My station?"
Tuvok: "Were you not in Engineering at that time?"
Carey: "Well, yes. I was but, you know how it is down there
a systems analysis."
Chakotay: "Did you see anyone else at your station?"
Carey: "Honestly, I don't remember. Maybe you should ask
Janeway: "Why Seska?"
Carey: "Everybody knows she was found in the cave with the
Kazon. Look, I'm not saying she did anything wrong, but I didn't
Janeway: "I'd like to believe you, Mister Carey, but somebody
did contact the Kazon. And until we know who, I'm going to have to
restrict you to quarters."
Janeway: "What do you think?"
Chakotay: "He had the motive and the opportunity."
Janeway: "He's also had a distinguished Starfleet career.
Seska has spent most of the last two years as an enemy of the
Chakotay: "So have I."
"Captain, we're being hailed by the approaching Kazon ship."
Janeway: "How soon will they be here?"
Kim: "Four minutes."
Janeway: "I wish we had something more definitive to tell
them. Open a channel."
Janeway: "I am Kathryn Janeway, Captain of the Federation
Culluh (On screen): "My name is Culluh, First Maje of the
Kazon-Nistrim. What have you done to our ship?"
Janeway: "We responded to a call for help. Unfortunately,
by the time we were able to respond, all but one of the crew
Culluh: "I would like to speak to the survivor."
Janeway: "He hasn't regained consciousness. We have him
in our Sickbay. We'd be happy to beam you aboard so you can see
Culluh: "You will prepare for my arrival."
Paris: "Friendly sort."
Captain. I'm glad you're here. I was just about to call you."
"Doctor, this is First
Maje Culluh of the Kazon-Nistrim. Could you give us the latest
condition report on your Kazon patient?"
"Well, the good news is,
we've been able to stabilise him. We had to completely replace his
"Replace his blood? With
"The blood of volunteers
from our crew. They saved his life."
Doctor: "His own blood cells were killing him. They were
changed by the accident on his ship."
Culluh: "Changed? In what manner?"
Doctor: "We haven't been able to determine that yet."
Janeway: "We've been working on a plan to access the source
of the explosion, which should answer a lot of the questions."
Culluh: "That will no longer be necessary. We will take the
damaged vessel to our port for inspection."
Janeway: "I'm afraid I can't allow you to do that just yet."
Culluh: "And what gives you the right to interfere in our
Janeway: "There was a trace of a Federation compound in the
remains of the explosion. We have reason to believe that someone on
board this ship gave technology to your people. Until we have a
better explanation of what occurred, I can't release that ship to
Culluh: "That is not acceptable."
Janeway: "It will have to be."
Culluh: "Your unique technologies make you brave, Captain,
but you have only one ship. In less than a day
there will be four Kazon
vessels off your bow."
Janeway: "Perhaps by then we'll have the answers we need."
Culluh: "You will leave us with him."
"I assume they'll want to take him back to their ship. I'd
rather not let them do it just yet in case he regains
consciousness. There are a lot of questions he can answer. Can I
tell them it's not
safe to move him?"
Doctor: "It will be the truth."
Doctor: "He's dead."
Janeway: "Get off this ship."
Doctor: "There was some kind of nerve toxin in that
needle. He died instantly. Captain, may we talk to you in my
was analysing her blood chemistry to try to locate a compatible
donor. But when I got the results, her blood was lacking all the
common Bajoran blood factors.
conclusion we can reach is that she is not, in fact, Bajoran. It
appears Seska has been genetically altered. My suspicion is she was
"You were working for her. Seska was working for them. Was
anyone on board that ship working for me?"
Kim: "The Kazon ship is hailing us."
Janeway: "Open a channel. On screen."
Culluh (On Viewscreen): "Our sensors show that you are
trespassing on our vessel."
Janeway: "As I've already informed you, we're attempting to
retrieve the console that caused this explosion."
Culluh: "If you attempt to remove anything from
our ship, it will be
considered an act of war."
Janeway: "You know, I'm really easy to get along with most of the
time. But I don't like bullies, and I don't like threats, and I
don't like you, Culluh. You can try and stop us from getting to
the truth but I promise you, if you do I will respond with all
the unique technologies at my command. Janeway out."
Tuvok: "Their weapon systems are standing down. They do not
appear to be posing a threat to us at this time."
Janeway: "At least not until reinforcements get here. Janeway to
Torres (Over comm): "Yes, Captain."
Janeway: "I don't want to rush you, Lieutenant, but..."
Torres: "We're finished, Captain."
Janeway: "I beg your pardon?"
Torres: "Decontamination went exactly as planned. The
console has been transported to Engineering, and we're on our
way back now."
Janeway: "Acknowledged. Well done, Away team. We'll meet you in
Chakotay: "We've recovered the console. It's a replicator,
constructed with materials from Voyager."
Seska: "I suppose now everyone thinks I went over there to destroy
Chakotay: "Did you?"
Seska: "I was only trying to show everyone, show you. You really
think I had something to do with this, don't you?"
Chakotay: "To be honest, I'm not sure anymore. I'm not sure of a lot
Seska: "Well, why don't you go talk to your animal guide and figure
it all out?"
Chakotay: I plan to."
Seska: "Good. Get back to me when you do."
Chakotay: "You know, it's funny. I've been thinking about what's
real and what's not been real."
Seska: "What is this about? What's wrong with you? Talk to me,
Chakotay. You owe me that much."
Chakotay: "What would you say I owe to a Cardassian who infiltrated
Seska: "What are you talking about?"
Chakotay: "Isn't that why you never got around to a blood analysis
when we came on board?"
Seska: "I didn't get around to it because I didn't get around to it."
Chakotay: "Turns out your blood is missing all the common Bajoran
Seska: "It's a side effect of Orkett's disease. Ask your doctor."
Chakotay: "Orkett's disease."
Seska: "A childhood virus that swept through the Bajoran work
during the occupation. Thousands of children didn't survive. I did,
thanks to a bone marrow transplant from a sympathetic Cardassian
woman. Her name was Kattell. When we get home, you can ask her
yourself. You must think I'm horrible. Do you think I gave you my,
my heart to get your Maquis secrets?"
Chakotay: "I'm starting to wonder."
Seska: "Let me tell you something. Your secrets weren't good
They wouldn't have been worth the trouble for a Cardassian agent. I
had only one agenda with you, Chakotay, and I never kept it secret.
So, do you believe in me again?"
Chakotay: "I want to."
Seska: "Good. Because I want to go back to work."
Chakotay: "Let's not rush things."
Seska: "I'm going stir crazy in here."
Chakotay: "You're going to have to stay confined, at least until we
find out exactly where the replicator components were taken from."
Seska: "Well what'll that tell you?"
Chakotay: "There might be evidence of who took them."
Seska: "Oh, you don't think whoever did this is foolish enough to log
in using their own name?"
Chakotay: "Chief Inspector Tuvok leaves no stone unturned. I'll tell
the Captain what you told me. Somehow we'll try to clear this up
Chakotay: "She said a Cardassian bone
marrow transplant saved her life as a child."
Tuvok: "Did you set our plan in motion? I gave Lieutenant Carey the
Chakotay: "Now all we can do is wait and hope someone takes the bait."
Chakotay: "I never knew Vulcans had such a talent for cards."
Tuvok: "It is simply a matter of logical discards, which give a
false impression of my own requirements and deny the needed
cards to your hand. I believe that's ninety four points to me."
Chakotay: "If you ever need a sponsor in a gin tournament, let me
Torres: "We're picking up two more Kazon warships about six hours
away. We're not going to be able to stay her much
Chakotay: That's sounds like a nibble to me.
Tuvok: Someone is accessing the inventory data base.
Torres: And they're going straight to the missing replicator
Chakotay: Should we start the trace now?
Tuvok: Negative. It might alert them.
Torres: They're entering data.
Tuvok: Intriguing. It appears as though they're trying to place
evidence at the scene of the crime to indicate the guilty party.
Torres: "They're entering an encrypted security code into the
materials requisition file."
Chakotay: "Which would suggest they're
hiding it. But not very
Torres: Anybody know whose security code that belongs to?
Chakotay: I do. It's Seska's."
Torres: "Then it has to be Carey. Carey is trying to point the
finger at Seska."
Seska: "Chakotay. Is anything wrong?"
Chakotay: "It's over. We know who gave the technology to the Kazon."
Chakotay: "You did."
Seska: "Look, I don't know what evidence you think you've found,
Chakotay: "We found the evidence you put there for us to find.
Your own security code."
Seska: "I have no idea what you're talking about."
Chakotay: "We already knew where the stolen materials had been
taken from before I met with you. We were monitoring the
inventory manifest, hoping either you or Carey would try to
cover your tracks."
Seska: "Hell of a way for me to cover my tracks, putting in my
own security code for you to find."
Chakotay: "That's exactly what you did. You knew no one would
believe you could be that careless. You wanted us to believe
that someone else was trying to frame you."
Seska: "Ever consider that maybe someone was?"
Chakotay: "We traced the computer station used to enter the data.
Oh, you took us all around the system and back again before we
could locate the source, but it was this station, in Sickbay."
Chakotay: "I'd almost say it was a Maquis operation, if I didn't
already know you were a Cardassian. Computer, activate Emergency
Holographic Medical Program."
Doctor: "Ah. Have I been called to testify?"
Chakotay: "Before you even mentioned Orkett's disease to me, the
Doctor had already discounted that as a possible explanation for
your blood anomalies."
Doctor: "And may I say a doctor less informed about Bajoran
medicine might have been fooled, but my program includes the
complete Bajoran medical text on Orkett's disease. There's no
way any childhood virus or Cardassian bone marrow transplant can
explain away the genetic markers in your blood. You are
Chakotay: "But that didn't necessarily make you the traitor we
were looking for. We needed more evidence, and you gave it to
us. The one thing I still can't understand is why?"
Seska: "I did it for you. I did it for this crew. We are alone
here, at the mercy of any number of hostile aliens, because of
the incomprehensible decision of a Federation Captain. A
Captain who destroyed our only chance to get home.
Federation rules. Federation nobility. Federation compassion? Do
you understand, if this had been a Cardassian ship, we would be
home now. We must begin to forge alliances. To survive, we must
have powerful friends. The Kazon-Nistrim were willing to be our
protectors in return for some minor technology."
Janeway: "Minor technology that could change the balance of
in this quadrant."
Seska: "Change it in our favour! That is all that matters at this
point. Building a base of power in this quadrant. You are a
fool, Captain. And you're a fool to follow her. I can't imagine
how I ever loved you. Computer, command XJL."
Chakotay: "Computer, override transport in progress."
Computer: "Unable to comply. Security lockout is in place."
Janeway: "Computer, identify destination of transport."
Computer: "A Kazon vessel, fourteen kilometres off the port bow."
"Bridge to Janeway."
Janeway (Over Comm):
Paris (Over Comm):
"The Kazon ship is powering up its engines. It looks like
they're getting ready to go to warp."
"Ready a tractor beam."
Paris (Over Comm):
"I've also got two Kazon warships on an intercept course,
less than ten minutes away."
"Captain, even with our superior defence capabilities, we
cannot prevail against three Kazon warships."
Paris (Over Comm):
"Awaiting your instructions, Captain."
"Power down the tractor beam. Set a course out of here,
Mister Paris, warp four. Engage when ready."
Paris (Over Comm):
"We'll have to wait for another day to settle up with Seska."
"Can I ask you to be honest
with me, Lieutenant?"
"As a Vulcan, I am at all times honest, Commander."
"That's not exactly true. You lied to me when you passed
yourself off as a Maquis to get on my crew."
"I was honest to my own convictions within the defined
parameters of my mission.
Chakotay: You damned Vulcans and your defined parameters.
easy for you."
"On the contrary. The demands on a Vulcan's character are
extraordinarily difficult. Do not mistake composure for ease. How
may I be honest with you today?"
"I'd just like to know from someone else who pulled the
wool over my eyes, was I particularly naive, was I not paying enough
attention, what the hell was it that let all you spies get by me?"
"Like all humans, you depend on feelings and instincts to
guide you, and they invariably let you down. But particularly naive?
No, Commander, and I've always considered your attention span to be
"Did you ever see anything about Seska that make you
"No. She quite expertly pulled the wool over my eyes as
"Well, that makes me feel a little better. Thanks."
"That my failure, added to your own, should improve your
"Misery loves company, Tuvok."