Captain's log, stardate 45429.3. While on a mapping survey, we are
conveying a delegation of Ullians to Kaldra Four. These telepathic
historians conduct their research by retrieving long-forgotten
KEIKO: It's a chipped cup, off-white, with a crack
in it. I can see it but I don't remember anything else about it.
TARMIN: (a silver haired man) When you see it, do you hear any sounds?
KEIKO: No, I don't think so. Wait, yes. Humming. Someone's humming.
TARMIN: A woman?
KEIKO: Yes, but I don't know who it is.
TARMIN: Try to touch the cup.
KEIKO: It has a sharp edge where it's chipped.
TARMIN: Is there anything inside the cup?
KEIKO: A liquid, dark.
TARMIN: Like tea?
(seeing herself dipping her finger into it)
KEIKO: It's not hot. It's bitter.
TARMIN: There's something else inside the cup.
KEIKO: Yes, a wooden handle.
TARMIN: A spoon?
KEIKO: No, it's more delicate than that.
TARMIN: Reach out for it.
KEIKO: A brush. An ink brush. I hear that humming again.
TARMIN: Keep listening to it, and hold out the brush. See if anyone
takes it from you.
KEIKO: It's Obaachan! My grandmother. She's doing ink brush writing. I
can remember it now. She used that cup for cleaning the brushes, and it
was my job to fill it with water and bring it to the table. I would sit
beside her and watch the most beautiful characters come from that
brush. And the whole time, she'd be humming to herself. I remember it
like it was yesterday.
CRUSHER: That is remarkable. You remembered such vivid detail.
KEIKO: For years I've seen that old cup in my memory but I could never
remember what it was or why it was important. Thank you.
TARMIN: You're entirely welcome, young lady. Perhaps someone else would
care to try? (to Beverly) You, madam. You're thinking of that first
childhood kiss. Would you like to remember more about it?
JEV: Father, you know you're not supposed to probe someone's memory
unless they've given you permission.
TARMIN: You are right, but sometimes with a beautiful woman, I can not
LAFORGE: How about you, Commander? Got any memories you feel like
RIKER: None that I'd care to share with an audience.
KEIKO: It's getting late. I'd better be going.
(they all leave, except Jev the son)
DATA: It is perplexing to me that the Ullians'
ability to retrieve memory is so highly prized. If an event were
important enough to be recovered, why would it have been forgotten?
LAFORGE: It's not quite the same for us as it is for you, Data. You
record every second of every moment of your life.
DATA: That is correct.
LAFORGE: And then if you want to recall any one of those moments, you
just access the proper memory circuit.
DATA: My understanding of the human brain suggests that the process is
the same for you. Each memory is encoded in chains of molecules. If you
want to retrieve it, you simply access the proper RNA sequence.
LAFORGE: Yeah, that's true.
DATA: Then in what way is it different?
LAFORGE: Sometimes there are memories we just can't access at the spur
of the moment. For instance, I have no recollection of how I spent my
last birthday. Birthdays are important occasions, and you would think
that I'd remember how I spent the day, but right now I can't even
remember where I was.
LAFORGE: Deck two. On the other hand, I remember
everything about the time I got my first pet. A Circassian cat. I was
eight. I remember how funny-looking he was. I remember how excited I
was. It's as if it happened last week.
DATA: Perhaps you remember the pleasant memories and forget the
LAFORGE: No, sometimes the bad memories can be the most intense of all.
DATA: It would seem there is no predictable pattern to human memory.
LAFORGE: It would seem.
JEV: This library of ours has been in the planning
stages for years. A collection of the retrieved memories of races from
many different star systems.
TARMIN: What my son means to say is, we think of ourselves as
archaeologists of the mind. We believe that the history of a
world is contained in the personal experience of its people.
PICARD: Rather like the ancient oral historians on Earth.
TARMIN: Exactly. The library we propose will be a vast storehouse of
these individual memories.
RIKER: That sounds like quite a project. How long will it take to
finish your studies on Kaldra?
INAD: (a silver-haired woman) Many months. We've been working for
years, and we've surveyed only eleven planets in eight star systems.
JEV: But it's our way of life. We wouldn't want to do anything else.
CRUSHER: Captain, Mister Tarmin gave us a demonstration of his
abilities this afternoon. It's fascinating. Perhaps you would like to
resurrect some memories.
TARMIN: I'd be happy to probe your recollections, Captain. Most people
find it an enjoyable experience.
PICARD: I'm sure. However, I don't think I would make a particularly
CRUSHER: I'm sure you'd be ideal, and you must have some intriguing
TARMIN: We won't be on your ship for long. This may be your last
PICARD: Yes. Well.
INAD: Tarmin, we mustn't influence people. We must let them come to us
TARMIN: I have found over the years there are many who want the
experience of memory retrieval, but who lack some encouragement in
order to come forward.
TARMIN: You, Mister Worf? I would love to explore Klingon memories.
WORF: Klingons do not allow themselves to be probed.
TARMIN: But there is nothing to fear.
WORF: I am not fearful.
TARMIN: Commander La Forge, you?
LAFORGE: I don't think so. Thanks anyway.
TARMIN: I have rarely encountered such squeamish people. Doctor
Crusher? Commander Riker?
TROI: Mister Tarmin, are all Ullians able to read memories?
TARMIN: Oh, no, my dear. The technique requires special training. It is
a serious commitment.
INAD: It takes years of study. Tarmin is the most proficient of our
TARMIN: Once Jev spent two days with a contingent of elderly Gentons.
He couldn't get anything from them. I spent only one hour with them and
retrieved a fragment from the Gentonian trade wars.
JEV: Excuse me.
(Jev exits hurriedly)
INAD: Exactly how long will it be before we reach Kaldra, Captain?
PICARD: Mister Data?
DATA: Four days, eleven hours.
JEV: I'm sorry. I'm being rude.
TROI: No, not at all.
JEV: My father finds it amusing to demean me in public. I reach the
point where I don't want to hear any more.
TROI: It's not easy having an overbearing parent. Believe me, I know
how you feel.
JEV: Oh, that's right. You're an empath.
TROI: Oh, I can't read Ullians, but I do know a certain Betazoid mother
who is a great deal like your father.
TROI: Deck eight.
JEV: Deck sixteen.
TROI: I've learned to remind myself that my mother and I are two
JEV: And have you enjoyed much success with this approach, Counsellor?
TROI: No. But I do keep reminding myself.
(they arrive at deck eight)
JEV: Goodnight, Counsellor. And thank you.
(Troi is brushing her hair when she gets an image
of falling coins, then - )
RIKER [OC]: Have you stopped thinking about us?
TROI: Hot chocolate.
(she sees herself lying down on the floor, with Will. She sits on the
corner of her bed to sip her chocolate, and she's back at the end of a
poker game, packing up the chips then dropping them)
TROI: Imzadi, we can't. Not when we're serving on the same ship.
RIKER: Have you stopped thinking about us? Just answer that. I can't
stop thinking about you.
TROI: Will, don't.
TROI [OC]: Imzadi, we can't. Not when we're serving on the same ship.
RIKER: Have you stopped thinking about us?
TROI: We mustn't do this. Will, don't. Will, no!
(Then suddenly it isn't Riker lying on top of her any more)
JEV: Imzadi. Have you stopped thinking about us? Just answer that.
TROI: No! No! No! Don't!
JEV: I can't stop thinking about you. Imzadi. Have you stopped thinking
(and the nightmare leaves Troi lying unconscious on the floor)
Captain's log, stardate 45430.9. Counsellor Troi
has fallen into a deep coma. After a thorough examination, Doctor
Crusher has been unable to find signs of illness or infection.
CRUSHER: Any change, Doctor Martin?
MARTIN: No. I'm still getting unusual neurotransmitter readings in the
diencephalon, but they might be a result of the coma.
PICARD: Can you bring her out of it?
CRUSHER: I've tried standard revival techniques. She doesn't respond.
Until I find out what's caused this, I don't want to try anything more
RIKER: Do we know what she was doing when this happened?
CRUSHER: No. She was found in her quarters this morning when she didn't
show up for an appointment. She was dressed for bed but the bed hadn't
been slept in.
PICARD: Who was the last person to speak with her?
RIKER: She left the dinner last night with one of the Ullians. I'll
talk to him.
PICARD: Ask if they would consent to an examination, just to be
CRUSHER: I'll check the biofilter readings from the Ullian transporter
log. It's possible they could still be carrying a harmful organism.
RIKER: May I join you?
JEV: Commander. Of course. Something's wrong?
RIKER: Counsellor Troi's ill.
JEV: I'm sorry to hear it
RIKER: She's more than ill, she's in a coma. Doctor Crusher doesn't
know what's causing it or how to treat her.
JEV: When did this happen?
RIKER: Apparently some time last night. That's why I wanted to talk to
you. You may have been the last person to see her. Did you go with her
into her quarters?
JEV: Are you suggesting that I behaved improperly, Commander?
RIKER: Not at all. I'm just trying to trace her steps.
JEV: We talked in a turbolift, briefly. She got out at deck eight. I
did not go with her.
RIKER: Jev, I'm not accusing you of anything. Did she mention feeling
JEV: She seemed fine. She has a wonderful sense of humour.
RIKER: If you have no objections, Doctor Crusher would like to examine
you and your group.
JEV: To what end?
RIKER: She's just trying to eliminate the possibility that one of you
might be carrying an organism that was harmful to Deanna.
I'm not implying that you did anything intentional. I'm just trying to
get to the bottom of the mystery.
JEV: We have nothing to hide. If you wish to spend time examining us.
RIKER: Fine. Thank you.
RIKER: Deanna, I don't know if you can hear me.
I've heard doctors say that even when someone's in a coma, they may be
able to hear when people talk to them. That it might help stimulate the
brain, speed the healing. In fact, I think you did that for me once,
when I was in pretty bad shape. I just thought it might help to hear a
friendly voice, even if you don't know you're hearing it. We've been
busy mapping the sector. It's been pretty routine. The most unusual
thing we've seen is a binary star system. Let's see, what else? I
finished the personnel review that we were working on. You can check it
out when you wake up. I miss you. Please don't stay away too long.
CRUSHER: Will? Will, I promise I'll let you know the minute that she
RIKER: I know.
CRUSHER: There's nothing you can do here. You'll wear yourself out.
CRUSHER: It's late. Go to bed. That's an order.
(Riker is using a PADD when suddenly he is dreaming
about being back in - )
(there's an emergency, and the blast doors are
being lowered. The sequence keeps going around in a loop)
DAVIS: Keller is still in there!
RIKER: Let's move it! Out, out, out! Let's go! Everybody move!
Everybody move! Out! Out! Come on, keep moving!
LAFORGE: Commander, I need to bring that door down!
COMPUTER: Antimatter injection breach. Evacuate immediately.
RIKER: Keller, can you get to a Jeffries tube? Ensign Keller, answer
DAVIS: You killed her. Keller is still in there!
LAFORGE: Commander, radiation levels are critical. We've got to seal it
DAVIS: She was right behind me!
RIKER: Bring down the door!
RIKER [OC]: Bring down the door.
LAFORGE [OC]: I need to bring that door down.
RIKER: Out, out! Let's go!
DAVIS: Keller is still in there.
JEV: Didn't you hear him? Keller is still in there.
RIKER: Riker to transporter room three. Prepare to beam Ensign Keller
out of the engine room.
JEV: Keller is still in there.
JEV: Keller is still in there.
DAVIS: You killed her.
RIKER: Ensign Keller, answer me.
JEV: You killed her.
LAFORGE: I've got to get that isolation door down!
JEV: Keller is still in there.
RIKER: Bring down the door!
JEV: You killed her.
DAVIS: You killed her.
JEV: You killed her.
LAFORGE: I need that door down!
DAVIS: Keller is still in there.
JEV: You killed her.
(and Riker collapses)
PICARD: Bridge to Commander Riker. Picard to
Commander Riker, answer please. Computer, locate Commander Riker.
COMPUTER: Commander Riker is in his quarters.
WORF: On my way, sir.
(Worf finds Will slumped across his desk)
Medical log, stardate 45431.7. Commander Riker is
the second officer who has fallen into an unexplained coma. I have
examined the Ullians and ruled out the possibility that they carry a
CRUSHER: I compared Deanna's brain scan to one that
I took during her last physical. There is a difference. This time
there's a trace of electropathic activity.
PICARD: And Commander Riker?
CRUSHER: I found the same pattern. If I didn't know better, I'd say
they both had Iresine syndrome. That's the only medical condition that
would produce that pattern.
WORF: What is Iresine syndrome?
CRUSHER: A very rare neurological disorder first diagnosed in the
twenty third century. It's characterised by an identical electropathic
PICARD: Why discount the possibility that it's responsible for these
CRUSHER: Iresine is always accompanied by a severely decreased
histamine count. Both Will and Deanna showed normal levels.
I've asked Commander La Forge to conduct a shipwide diagnostic to
determine any other agent that might cause the same electropathic
WORF: Commander Riker and Counsellor Troi were in perfect health until
the Ullians arrived. It would be wise to quarantine the aliens.
PICARD: I believe that it would be premature to take that action,
Mister Worf. There's no real evidence linking these comas with the
CRUSHER: That's true, but there is something curious. The electropathic
residue I discovered is located in the thalamus. That's the area of the
cerebral cortex that involves memory function.
TARMIN: I've been accused of putting people to
sleep with one too many stories, Captain, but this is the first time
it's ever been suggested that I might be the cause of someone's coma.
PICARD: I mean no disrespect, but we are faced with an alarming
INAD: Why do you suspect us, Captain?
PICARD: Suspect is perhaps too strong a word. I'm simply trying to
determine what has caused two of my officers to fall into comas.
JEV: But you've already examined us. We aren't carrying anything
CRUSHER: In further study of the victims, I detected some abnormal
patterns in the area of the brain that involves memory.
PICARD: In light of your telepathic abilities, it raises the question.
INAD: Captain, it is not our wish to obstruct you. What would you like?
CRUSHER: If I could do further examinations tomorrow. Perhaps monitor
you during a memory probe.
TARMIN: Scrutiny does not frighten us.
JEV: We will be happy to cooperate, Doctor.
CRUSHER: Thank you. I'll contact you in the morning.
CRUSHER: You're the only person on board to undergo
a memory probe by the Ullians. I'd like to do a neurological work up
and see if I can detect any residual effect. Doctor Martin will monitor
your vital signs while I conduct the scan.
KEIKO: I'm happy to help.
CRUSHER: Have you had any unusual symptoms since the probe? Headaches?
KEIKO: No, nothing like that. It was a wonderful experience.
CRUSHER: Electrical activity is normal. CPK levels are normal.
Hippocampus is stable, and the thalamus? The thalamus is normal. There
is no indication at all of the electropathic residual.
KEIKO: Is that good?
CRUSHER: Oh, you're fine, Keiko. But I am no closer to solving this
LAFORGE: Computer, locate the electropathic pattern
described in medical database four delta one.
COMPUTER: Electropathic pattern located.
LAFORGE: Okay, we're going to track down any possible cause of that
brain pattern. First, what are the medical conditions that might
account for it?
COMPUTER: Iresine syndrome is a cause of the electropathic pattern.
LAFORGE: Right. And Doctor Crusher already eliminated that, so how many
non-medical forces or substances might cause the pattern?
COMPUTER: There are twenty two non-medical agents.
LAFORGE: Okay. And how many of those are present on the Enterprise?
COMPUTER: None are present on the Enterprise.
LAFORGE: Are the ship's sensors calibrated to detect all those agents?
COMPUTER: All agents are scanned by the sensors.
LAFORGE: Okay. Let's start with the chemical substances. Name them.
COMPUTER: Ferrazene, hylanatine, dardilion, chrysimite, and manzene.
LAFORGE: Ferrazene has a complex molecular structure. It breaks down
into bilenium and tarrisite. Do the sensors scan for those?
COMPUTER: Ship's sensors scan for both compounds.
LAFORGE: And are they present on the Enterprise?
COMPUTER: Bilenium and tarrisite are not present.
LAFORGE: Do any of the substances break down into by-products that are
not scanned for?
COMPUTER: Dardilion contains the byproduct nilizene. Sensors do not
routinely scan for that substance.
LAFORGE: Well, this isn't a routine situation. Scan for the nilizene.
COMPUTER: There is no nilizene on the Enterprise.
LAFORGE: How did I know you were going to say that? Okay. Let's move on
to the non-chemical agents.
MARTIN: Anything more I can do for you?
CRUSHER: No, thanks. I was just doing some reading on the Iresine
syndrome. If a new strain has developed, that might explain the normal
MARTIN: Any luck?
CRUSHER: Not so far.
MARTIN: Okay. I'll see you tomorrow.
(after Martin leaves, Beverly gets a vision of a younger Picard with
PICARD [OC]: You shouldn't remember him like this.
(They are visiting a morgue)
PICARD: You don't have to do this.
CRUSHER: It's important to me. I have to see him. To see him. To see
him. To see him.
(on their way to the morgue)
CRUSHER: It's good of you to come.
PICARD: It's the least I can do.
(they enter the morgue)
PICARD: You shouldn't remember him like this.
CRUSHER: I have to face the fact that he's gone.
PICARD: You shouldn't remember him like this
CRUSHER: It's good of you to come with me.
PICARD: It's the least I can do.
JEV: You shouldn't remember him like this.
PICARD: It's the least I can do
(Picard lifts the sheet to reveal dead Jack Crusher, who then opens his
eyes and becomes Jev. Picard is now Jev. Beverly screams)
LAFORGE: I've spent two hours having a cozy chat
with the computer. I've checked everything I can think of. Any possible
agent that might cause that electropathic pattern.
DATA: I assume from your tone of voice that you were unsuccessful.
LAFORGE: Didn't find a thing.
LAFORGE: Doctor Crusher's not going to be too happy
(they see her slumped over her desk and run in)
DATA: Emergency medical team to Doctor Crusher's
LAFORGE: Doctor Crusher had me working on a
shipwide diagnostic. I'd gone to give her the results when I found her.
PICARD: Did your scans provide any insights into these comas?
LAFORGE: None. I've checked and cross-checked. They're just dead ends.
DATA: We seem to have eliminated the all known factors that may have
caused the comas, except for the Ullians.
PICARD: Mister Data, I want you to investigate those eleven planets
that the Ullians visited. See if there were any reports of unexplained
DATA: Aye, sir.
PICARD: In the meantime, we must consider restricting them to their
quarters, as a precautionary measure.
LAFORGE: If one of them is behind this, will keeping telepaths in their
quarters prevent it from happening again?
PICARD: What else can we do? Station a guard? Set up a force field? I
don't see that those would be any more effective.
MARTIN [OC]: Sickbay to Captain Picard.
PICARD: Picard here.
MARTIN [OC]: Counsellor Troi has regained consciousness. She's asked
for you, sir.
PICARD: I'm on my way.
TROI: It's like waking up from a nightmare and not
remembering what it was about.
PICARD: What is the last thing you do remember?
TROI: My hair. I was brushing my hair.
PICARD: And then?
TROI: I don't know. Just waking up here. Why do I feel so frightened?
What happened to me?
PICARD: We were hoping that you could tell us.
TROI: How long have I been here?
MARTIN: Three days.
TROI: Three days?
PICARD: You were the first. The next day Commander Riker fell into a
similar coma. Last night, Doctor Crusher.
TROI: What is going on here?
PICARD: We're not certain. It may be that there is some unusual effect
produced by the Ullians' telepathic activity. I'm going to talk to
them, and in the meantime, you're to stay here and recuperate. And if
you remember anything at all about what happened, I want you to tell me
TARMIN: What are you suggesting, Captain?
PICARD: That you voluntarily confine yourself to your quarters, at
least until we have
unraveled this mystery.
TARMIN: We're to be prisoners?
PICARD: No, please don't look on it like that. We have done everything
we can to explain these comas. We have performed physical examinations,
and neurological scans. We have conducted a ship-wide diagnostic,
looking for viruses, parasites, infestations. We have investigated
every possible cause we can imagine. We have found nothing. Nothing to
explain these comas. The only variable that we have not been able to
eliminate is your presence here on this ship. Now, in the light of our
actions, we would ask you to understand my request and to agree to it.
JEV: Captain, our history indicates that we do not adversely affect the
people we contact.
PICARD: I know that.
JEV: Then are you implying an intentional assault?
PICARD: I'm simply considering all possibilities.
JEV: Surely you would give us the chance to prove that we are innocent?
PICARD: If that's possible, of course.
JEV: Then I would propose doing a memory probe of Counsellor Troi. You
have said that she doesn't remember anything that happened before she
lapsed into unconsciousness. I could retrieve that memory There is a
possibility that it could explain the coma and prove our innocence.
PICARD: I'm sorry. I couldn't possibly subject Counsellor Troi to a
potentially dangerous procedure.
TARMIN: And I refuse to be a party to any of these proceedings.
INAD: Jev is making a reasonable request, Captain. If we're to be
accused, surely we're entitled to a defence? Tarmin did a memory probe
on another of your crew. Has she suffered any ill effects?
INAD: And neither will Counsellor Troi. Please, you may have as many
people here as you need to guarantee her safety, but give us this
chance to vindicate ourselves.
PICARD: I will discuss the matter with Counsellor Troi.
(at the aft science stations)
LAFORGE: Well, that's it for Melina Two. No unexplained comas during
the time the Ullians were working there.
DATA: We have yet to receive transmissions from the two planets of the
Nel system. Perhaps they will show different results.
LAFORGE: Maybe. Or maybe we're not checking for the right thing.
DATA: Please clarify.
LAFORGE: We haven't look into the comas that were explained.
DATA: Why would we do that?
LAFORGE: Well, remember what Doctor Crusher said right after Counsellor
Troi became unconscious? That it looked exactly like Iresine syndrome
except for the histamine count?
LAFORGE: Maybe not every medical facility is as careful as Doctor
Crusher. Maybe it's easier to just make a quick diagnosis rather than
to keep hunting for the real cause.
DATA: You are searching for instances of Iresine syndrome?
LAFORGE: Right, and correlating them with visits by the Ullians. And
there we are.
DATA: Two cases of Iresine syndrome on Hurada Three, at exactly the
time Tarmin and his group was there.
LAFORGE: Let's check the other planets. I think we may have something
(Inad is also present)
PICARD: Counsellor, I want to reiterate, if you have any doubts
whatsoever about this procedure, you don't have to go through with it.
TROI: I want to do it, Captain. Something awful happened to me and I
don't even know what it was.
PICARD: Very well.
JEV: Counsellor, what's the last thing you remember the other night?
TROI: Brushing my hair.
JEV: Would you get your hairbrush?
JEV: Tell me about brushing your hair. Do you do it every night?
TROI: Yes, when I'm ready for bed.
JEV: What is it?
TROI: Someone touching my hair.
JEV: Someone's with you in the room?
TROI: No. No, I'm alone. There's no one there.
JEV: Go on.
TROI: I get some hot chocolate.
JEV: Something's happening.
TROI: I'm alone in my quarters. I'm remembering something from a few
JEV: Go back into that memory. You said someone was touching your hair?
TROI: Yes. And.
(she spills the poker chips)
TROI: It's Will Riker. That's right. I was thinking of him.
JEV: Remembering a time when you were with him.
TROI: Yes, after a poker game.
JEV: It's a pleasant memory. Stay with it.
TROI: Now he's hurting me no.
JEV: You're frightened.
TROI: I want him to stop. It's not Will. Somebody's taken his place.
JEV: Someone else is there? Who is it?
TROI: No! He shouldn't be here. Why is he here? Stop! You're hurting
JEV: Can you see his face?
TROI: No! Stop! You're hurting me.
INAD: Who is it? Who's doing this to you?
TROI: It's Tarmin. It's your father.
Captain's log, stardate 45433.2. We have set a
course for Starbase four forty, where the Ullians will disembark and
JEV: Inad and I have contacted our home planet. If
you want to prosecute my father, the authorities there will support
PICARD: I'm not sure we have any legal basis for such a prosecution.
Memory invasion is simply not a crime we've ever had to contend with.
JEV: According to what I've just learned, it's a practice that was
abolished on our world centuries ago.
PICARD: What could motivate someone like your father to commit such an
JEV: I don't know. A perverse source of pleasure, perhaps? A way to
exercise control over another?
PICARD: Your father claims quite strenuously that he is innocent.
JEV: My father has never been one to admit that he's wrong. But it is
difficult to believe he'd be capable of this. I am told that the
punishment for this crime is quite severe. We are monitoring my
father's telepathic activities. You have my assurance he won't assault
anyone else. I am sorry for this, Captain.
PICARD: Picard to Commander Data.
DATA [OC]: Yes, Captain.
PICARD: How's your search coming?
DATA: We have uncovered several cases, sir, but we
have not yet completed our investigation.
PICARD: We'll inform the medical personnel on those
planets that we have discovered the true nature of the comas. I'm sure
they'll appreciate knowing what
PICARD [OC]: Really happened.
DATA: Yes, sir. We will keep searching, sir.
LAFORGE: We just got the transmission from the Nel system, Data. No
mention of Iresine syndrome but there are two unexplained comas on one
planet, none on the other.
DATA: And were the Ullians present?
LAFORGE: Checking the mission logs. That's funny. On stardates 45321
and 45323, when the comas occurred, Tarmin was on his home planet. He
wasn't anywhere near the Nel system.
TROI: Come in.
TROI: Hello, Jev.
JEV: We'll be reaching starbase soon. I wanted to say goodbye, and to
apologise again for my father.
TROI: There's no need. You're not responsible for what he did.
JEV: Before all this happened, I had hoped we might become friends.
TROI: We still can.
JEV: After what he's put you through? Maybe you can forget. I'm not
sure I can. You're so lovely. I have to go. Goodbye.
TROI: Jev, you're upset. Would you like to talk?
TROI: You'd feel better if you did.
JEV: Why do you have to be so nice? So lovely.
(and he goes into memory probe mode. The chips fall again)
TROI: What? What's happening? It's happening again.
JEV: You're so beautiful. So fragile.
TROI: It was you. It was always you.
JEV: (as Riker) Have you stopped thinking about us?
(Jev takes Deanna's arm and removes her comm. badge)
TROI: Don't. Don't. I won't let you!
(Deanna slaps Jev's face. They struggle. She kicks and hits him with
anything to hand)
TROI: No! No!
(Worf enters and knocks Jev down with a single blow)
DATA: Counsellor. Are you all right?
(Security remove Jev)
TROI: Why are you here? How did you know?
DATA: We discovered two instances of unexplained coma on Nel Three
while the Ullians were there, but Tarmin was not part of the group.
Further examination revealed that only one Ullian was present at all
incidents of coma. Jev.
Captain's log, stardate 45435.8. Doctor Crusher and
Commander Riker regained consciousness while we were en route to the
Ullian home world. The slow process of their recovery has begun.
TARMIN: I have asked that the finest physicians on
my world meet with you all upon our return, to help you in your healing
CRUSHER: They have been in contact with us already. Thank you.
TARMIN: It has been three centuries since anyone was treated for this,
this form of rape. But there are medical records from that era. It was
a time of great violence among my people. A time we thought we had put
far behind us. That this could happen now, it's unimaginable.
PICARD: Earth was once a violent planet, too. At times, the chaos
threatened the very fabric of life, but, like you, we evolved. We found
to find better ways to handle our conflicts. But I think no one can
deny that the seed of violence remains within each of us. We must
recognise that, because that violence is capable of consuming each of
us. As it consumed your son.