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"Captain, deflectors are being hit by huge bursts of
x-rays. Wow - look! Captain, my console seems to be
Worf: "The X-ray burst is disrupting systems,
Captain. I'm adjusting deflectors to compensate."
"Unidentified freighter, this is the USS Enterprise. May
we be of assistance?"
T'Jon: (a garbled response) "Whoever you are,
YES! (garbled) .... having trouble navigating...
(garbled) ... a steady course ... (garbled) ... please
help us if you can."
Picard: "Can't you enhance the frequency?"
Yar: "Too much interference."
Picard: "Set a course to intercept with the
freighter. Warp two."
LaForge: "Aye, sir."
Picard: "Maintain Yellow Alert."
T'Jon: "Can't control the helm anymore...
(garbled) ... ship is losing orbit... (garbled) ...
heading into atmosphere. Please, do something! We're
gonna burn up!"
"I am T'Jon, Captain of the Sanction."
Picard: "At last. How can we help?"
T'Jon: "We've lost... I dunno... something... no
longer able to maintain this orbit, nor am I able to use
the main thrusters. It's all, you know... dead, I guess.
It's all shut down."
Picard: "Well that is a little vague. What is the
T'Jon: "Well our computer's not working very
Picard: "Data, can you tap into their computer
and clarify the situation?"
Data: "I will attempt it, sir."
Yar: "Captain, the tractor beam is available, if
you want it."
Riker: "At least we can pull them out of orbit
before they enter the atmosphere."
Picard: "Freighter. we are going to lock on the
tractor beam and pull you out of orbit."
T'Jon: "Hey -- that's great."
"We're beaming over a replacement coil."
T'Jon: "That's great... and that will fix us up?"
Picard: "Yes once it's installed."
T'Jon: "Right... And how do we do that?"
Picard: "What's the matter with these people? How
can he be the captain of that vessel and not understand
its simplest function? (beat) Captain -- how long have
you been in command of the freighter?"
T'Jon: "Seven years. This is my twenty-sixth
voyage to Brekka."
Picard: "And you don't know how to align a
T'Jon: "It's never come up."
"Commander, I request you transport my associate and
myself down to Brekka, with our merchandise."
T'Jon: "Yes, get them out of here! But the barrel
Langor: "There's no reasoning with you."
Sobi: "Langor, you expect too much from them. You
always have and you've always been disappointed. You
didn't pay for it, therefore it's not yours."
T'Jon: "Damn you, Sobi."
Yar: "Stop this! Now!"
Riker: "Security to Cargo Bay Eleven!"
Yar: "Behave yourselves, Gentlemen."
"What are you going to do?"
Picard: "Based on what we know so far... there is
nothing I can do."
Beverly: "You don't think drug addiction and
exploitation is sufficient cause to do something?"
Picard: "This situation has existed for a very
long time. These two societies are intertwined in a
Beverly: "With one society profiting at the
expense of the other."
"That's how you see it."
Beverly: "I can synthesize a non-addictive
substitute which will ease their withdrawal symptoms."
Picard: "No. We can't do that either."
Beverly: "You can't let them have the Felicium."
Picard: "Why? Because it offends against our
sensibilities? It is not our mission to impose
Federation or Earth values on any others in the galaxy."
"Data, I can understand how this could happen to the
Ornarans... What I can't understand is why anyone would
voluntarily become dependent upon a chemical."
Data: "Voluntary addiction to drugs is a
recurrent theme in many cultures."
Yar: "Wesley, no one wants to become dependent.
That happens later."
"But it does happen. So why do people start?"
Yar: "On my home planet, there was so much
poverty and violence. For some, the only escape was
Wesley: "How can a chemical substance provide an
Yar: "It doesn't. But it makes you think it does.
You have to understand -- drugs can make you feel good.
They make you feel on top of the world. You're happy...
Sure of yourself. In control."
"But it is artificial."
Yar: "It doesn't feel artificial until the drug
wears off. Then you pay the price. Before you know it,
you're taking the drug not to feel good, but to keep
from feeling bad."
Wesley: "And that's the trap."
Yar: "All you care about is getting your next
dosage. Nothing else matters."
Wesley: "I guess I just don't understand."
Yar: "Wesley, I hope you never do."
"You will take us to our planet - leave us there with
our medicine or this person dies. Don't you see I have
no choice. We were sent to bring Felicium back. The
suffering on my planet is too great. People are dying.
It doesn't matter whether we are entitled to it or not.
we must have it."
Picard: "Let him go."
T'Jon: "Take us there now -- or give us a shuttle
-- but we must have the medicine... if you refuse, this
person will die."
Picard: "I will not be coerced."
T'Jon: "I will do it. I will kill him."
Picard: "No, no you won't. You're not a killer."
"Captain, we appreciate your gift of the coils."
Romas: "Once our freighters are fixed, everything
will be back to normal."
Picard: "The coils stay here."
T'Jon: "What about our freighters?"
"If you want to repair them, you'll have to learn to do
T'Jon: "But we can't."
Romas: "If you don't help us, our ships will soon
Picard: "Quite possibly."
Sobi: "If you withhold those coils, you will be
disrupting the stability of both our planets..."
"...and interfering with a trade arrangement that has
lasted for generations! What of your Prime Directive?"
Picard: "In this situation, the Prime Directive
prohibits me from helping you."
Sobi: "That's absurd!"
Picard: "You did not think so when it worked in
Romas: "Do you want our world to suffer?"
Picard: "Oh, no. I don't want that."
T'Jon: "Without the freighters, there will be no
more shipments of Felicium. We will die."
Beverly: "You must trust yourselves. There are...
"Beverly, the Prime Directive is not just a set of
rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one.
History has proved again and again that whenever mankind
interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter
how well intentioned that interference may be, the
results are invariably disastrous."
Beverly: "It's hard to be philosophical when
faced with suffering."
Picard: "Believe me Beverly, there was only one
Beverly: "I just hope it was the right one."
Picard: "And we may never know."
"Mr. LaForge, take us out of orbit."
LaForge: "Destination, Sir?"
Picard: "I don't care. Let's just get some
distance between us and this system."
LaForge: "Aye, Sir. Course 9-7-0 mark 3-1-8.
Speed: Warp 3."
Riker: "Where will that take us Mr. LaForge?"
LaForge: "The Opperline system."
Riker: "An interesting choice. Why?"
LaForge: "Curiosity. We've never been there."