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Riker: "First officer's log, stardate: 41986.0. We are awaiting the return of Captain Picard who was summoned to Starbase 718 for an emergency conference. Meanwhile, our sensors have been monitoring an ancient capsule floating in our vicinity which appears to be from Earth."
Riker: "Commander Data, return to the Enterprise, immediately."
Data: "We have run into an unusual situation, sir. There are people on-board...frozen."
Riker: "Frozen? How many?"
Data: "Three. The vehicle has suffered severe damage. Most of her systems have failed."
Riker: "Are you suggesting they be transferred to the Enterprise?"
Data: "I do not believe we should leave them here, sir. With your permission, we will be returning with three containers."
Riker: "Whatever you do, do it quickly."
Picard: "Two Federation outposts in sector 30 have been destroyed. There has been no communication with Federation starbases in sector 31 since stardate: 41903.2."
Worf: "Romulans."
Picard: "That's the assumption."
Riker: "There has been no direct contact with the Romulans since the Tomed Incident."
Picard: "Questions are: why now? What's their objective? For fifty years there's barely a whisper out of them and now, for no apparent reason, they seem to be back with a roar."
Riker: "Everything we know about them is based on rumour or conjecture."
Picard: "The strategic decision is to send one ship..."

Riker: "...the Enterprise."
Worf: "We could get out there and find ourselves greatly overmatched."
Picard: "True enough. It's a gamble."
Riker: "This first encounter, coming so suddenly after all this time. We have to assume it's a set-up."
Sonny: "But, you know, son, I just figured it was all just a bunch of hooey!"
Data: "Hooey? Ahh, as in hogwash, malarkey, jive, an intentional fabrication."
Sonny: "There you go, now you've got it!"
Sonny: "I'd like me a thick Kansas City steak, and some country fried potatoes, and a mess of greens. Oh, hell, just forget all that and give me a martini straight-up with two olives...for the vitamins."
Sonny: "Let's see if the Braves are on. How do you cut on this TV?"
Riker: "TV?"
Sonny: "Yeah, the boob tube! I'd like to see how the Braves are doing after all this time. Probably still finding ways to lose."
Data: "I believe he means television, sir. That particular form of entertainment did not last much beyond the year 2040."
Ralph: "Captain Picard?"
Picard: "This is Captain Picard. To whom am I speaking?"
Ralph: "Ralph Offenhouse. I need to talk to you."
Picard: "What's going on here, Number One? Did you give him permission to contact me?"
Riker: "Of course not, he must have seen me use the com-panel."
Picard: "Uh, listen Mister...Offenhouse, we are in a very important conference right now."
Ralph: "I'm sick and tired of being put off by you and your staff! This is the worst run ship I have ever been on! You should take some lessons from the QE-2. Now that's an efficient operation!"
Picard: "Data, identify: what is the QE-2?"
Data: "It was a passenger-liner which mostly travelled Earth's Atlantic Ocean during the late 20th and early 21st centuries."
Picard: "He's comparing the Enterprise to a cruise ship?"

Ralph: "Captain Picard, I demand that you see me! I think I have been very, very patient! I demand a phone or a radio or whatever else you have! But, frankly, enough is enough, especially under the circumstances and considering what I've paid for this procedure! I must make contact with my law..."
Picard: "I'm Captain Picard."
Sonny: "What's this neutral zone?"
Data: "It is a buffer between the Romulan Empire and the Federation."
Sonny: "Why does that make me nervous?"
Data: "I do not know."
Sonny: "Well, we won't be inviting these Romulans to our party, will we?"
Data: "No, that would not be...appropriate."
Picard: "Captain's log, supplemental. We have arrived at the edge of the neutral zone where we will now have an opportunity to learn first hand what happened to our distant outpost."
Worf: "Captain! They're back!"
Worf: "Captain, these are Romulans. They are without honour. They killed my parents in an attack on Khitomer when they were supposed to be our allies. They believe that humans and Klingons are a waste of skin!"
Picard: "Lieutenant, control your emotions. Please, open hailing frequencies."
Picard: "Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise!"
Tebok: "If we go to war, let us be sure it for the right reasons. We are here because our outposts, which border on the neutral zone, were also attacked."
Thei: "Destroyed in the exact same manner as your own."
Worf: "Even so, what gives them the right to enter Federation space?"
Tebok: "Silence your dog, Captain!"
Picard: "Lieutenant Worf's question is valid."
Thei: "To even ask such a question implies that we need permission. We do not."
Picard: "Do you think that we attacked your outposts?"

Tebok: "Once we realized the level of destruction, we knew it could not have been you."
Picard: "Who is responsible?"
Ralph: "They haven't got a clue! They're hoping that you know! But, they're too arrogant to ask!"
Riker: "You're out of line, mister!"
Picard: "Yes...but, it's a correct assesment."
Tebok: "Captain Picard, because your actions are those of a thoughtful man, I'll tell you this: matters more urgent caused our absence. Now, witness the result: outposts destroyed, expansion of the Federation everywhere. Yes, we have indeed been negligent, Captain, but, no more."
Picard: "Commander, we have made some progress here. Let's not ruin it with unnecessary posturing."
Tebok: "Your presence is not wanted. Do you understand my meaning, Captain?
We...are back!"
Picard: "I think our lives just became a lot more complicated."
Picard: "Our mission is to go forward...and it's just begun. Set velocity: warp six, Mr. La Forge."
Geordi: "Aye, sir. Warp six."
Picard: "There's still much to do. And still so much to learn. Mr. La Forge...engage."