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Old March 17 2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x15 - "Inside Out"

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


13 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Vaughn sits on the bench. In a burst of frustration and fury, Ro is up and pacing the path in front of him.

RO
Damn it, Vaughn! If you knew
she was Section 31, why the
hell did you call her in?

VAUGHN
I didn’t know. At least not at
the time. Believe me, I’m not
proud of it. But either way,
we still needed her help with
Taran’atar. He was going insane
with the other L’Haan in his
head, and our L’Haan was the
only solution I could think
of. I’m fully aware this is
all my fault, Lieutenant.

Ro sees that he’s genuinely troubled by this. She softens, and comes back to the bench.

RO
How did you figure it out?

VAUGHN
Just a feeling something wasn’t
quite right. I was curious when
we couldn’t find L’Haan’s name
anywhere in the records at first.
And then suddenly there it was,
as if we’d simply overlooked
it the first time through.


14 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


Vaughn and Kira have just received the report from Cenn and Shar. Vaughn frowns, suspicious of something going on. But he keeps his own counsel for the moment...


15 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


RO
That’s pretty slim evidence.

VAUGHN
I know. And I could have been
wrong. It could have been just
what it seemed – an oversight.
Things like that happen every
day. It needn’t necessarily
have been someone waiting to
see what we were looking for,
before creating exactly the
profile we needed. So I had
to make sure.

RO
How?

VAUGHN
With Doctor Bashir’s help.

RO
Bashir? You mean the guy who
just walked out on us?

VAUGHN
Yes, that guy.


16 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


Vaughn enters the Infirmary, straight to Bashir...

VAUGHN
Doctor, are you busy?

BASHIR
Umm... well, I was in the
middle of getting ready for –

VAUGHN
Your staff can handle that. I
need to speak with you, please.
In private.

Vaughn turns and walks away. Bashir follows.


17 INT. DS9 – EMPTY QUARTERS


The same set of empty quarters where Vaughn met Batanides. Now he walks into the room with BASHIR following. The transporter modules are already in place and functioning. Vaughn is controlled but clearly agitated and urgent.

BASHIR
Commander? What’s going on? I
have an important operation to
prepare for.

VAUGHN
I know you do. And that’s why
I have to talk to you now.
Take a seat.

Baffled but intrigued, Bashir does as he’s told.


18 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Where Vaughn and Ro share the bench, at night.

VAUGHN
I told him my suspicions. He’d
been looking for a chance to
do something about Section 31
ever since Sindorin. It was
easy enough to convince him.

RO
To do what?

VAUGHN
Something completely unethical
and in violation of diplomatic
immunity all over the galaxy.
To implant a scanning device
inside Taran’atar.

RO
What?!


19 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


After the mind-meld. Everyone leaves the infirmary, except for Bashir and Vaughn, who share a significant look.


20 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


VAUGHN
He scanned Taran’atar during
the mind-meld, of course. But
what our L’Haan did to him was
much more subtle than what the
other L’Haan had done. Much
more difficult to detect.

RO
How do you know she did anything?

VAUGHN
Again, I didn’t. Not for sure.
If nothing happened, Bashir
could invent a reason to have
Taran’atar back in the Infirmary
– a follow-up scan, whatever –
and remove the device. But we’d
never know if we didn’t check.

RO
So what did you find?

VAUGHN
A hypnogogic suggestion. Not
unlike what Iliana Ghemor had
done to him last year.

RO
Prophets... that poor guy. He
must be so confused. What did
she tell him to do?
(beat)
Wait – she told him to block
the negotiations, didn’t she?

VAUGHN
Good, you’re starting to put
things together. We didn’t
know what, until after our
encounter with the Ascendants
had gone so spectacularly
wrong, and Kira proposed the
alliance with the Dominion.


21 FLASHBACK – 10x12 “HERESY”


In the wardroom, Taran’atar looms at the far end of the table, with Kira, Vaughn and Sisko at the near end.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
Until he emphatically denied us
the alliance, despite it being
in his and our best interests...


22 INT. DS9 - INFIRMARY


Bashir is working in the Infirmary, alone. An alert goes off on one of his panels, and he goes to look...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
And Bashir’s scanner went into
overdrive at that exact moment.

Bashir reads the results of the scan with increasing dismay. It’s just what they were hoping it wouldn’t be.


23 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back to the bench...

VAUGHN
Given that, it was a simple
matter of two plus two. Section
31 wants to keep Bajor from
allying with the Dominion.

RO
Why would they want that?

VAUGHN
You mean aside from the same
reasons that all of Bajor is
protesting about, and Bashir
himself resigned over?

RO
Well, yeah.

VAUGHN
Isn’t that enough?

RO
Okay, now you’re confusing me.

VAUGHN
My point is, it’s exactly the
same reasons. Or at least I
would guess it is. Keep Bajor
out of the fighting. Stop Kira
from putting Federation lives
at risk over a non-Federation
world. And keep the Dominion
fighting itself, so weakening
another potential enemy.

RO
Well, you know what, I can
kinda see their point. Look at
Cardassia. They allied with the
Dominion, and it didn’t exactly
turn out too well for them.

VAUGHN
Don’t you want to help the Eav’oq?

RO
They don’t want our help.

VAUGHN
Then what about yourself? The
Ascendants are coming for us,
Lieutenant. Once they’re done
with the Eav’oq, we’re next.

RO
You don’t know that.

VAUGHN
Unfortunately, yes I do. And as
things stand right now, we’re on
our own. The Federation already
refused to help any more than
they already have. Batanides
pushed for more. So did Akaar.
They were denied. We need the
Dominion. But Section 31 is
keeping that from us too.

Ro reluctantly accepts his reasoning – for the moment.

VAUGHN
And there’s Taran’atar himself
to consider. 31 is using him
as their pawn. Taking the free
will of a sentient creature
for their own purposes.

RO
Oh, come on. Are you seriously
asking me to feel sympathy for
Taran’atar?

VAUGHN
You did just call him “that
poor guy.”

Ro blinks – yes she did. Her feelings are confused...

VAUGHN
Listen, Lieutenant. Whatever
your feelings may be regarding
Taran’atar...


24 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


Ro talks to Taran’atar in the corridor...

RO
I forgive you.


25 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


An invisible shape barrels Ro over in the corridor outside L’Haan’s quarters. Taran’atar unshrouds and hisses at her. A moment later, when he talks to the imaginary MU-L’Haan.

TARAN’ATAR
If I promise to go with you...
freely, of my own will... will
you spare them?

Ro is surprised, almost a little touched...


26 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


In Ro’s quarters, where with teary eyes, she knowingly and deliberately injects herself with the hypo of painkillers.


27 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


She remembers all this silently, while Vaughn continues...

VAUGHN (cont)
...what Section 31 did to him
is a violation of his rights.
It’s completely unethical.

Ro smirks smugly, knowing she just caught him out. Vaughn realizes he said the wrong thing. He grits his teeth.

VAUGHN
I only asked Bashir to do that
to undo what 31 did. My goals
were noble. Theirs weren’t.

RO
You’re not really selling your
case here, Commander. What I’m
hearing doesn’t paint you much
better than 31 themselves.

Vaughn is getting a bit indignant now. He doesn’t like being compared to his enemies.

VAUGHN
I am nothing like Section 31.

RO
They want to save Federation
lives, don’t they? You want
to put them in danger.

VAUGHN
I’m trying to save the Eav’oq.
Putting our own lives in danger
to help innocents is exactly the
Starfleet way. And besides, it
wouldn’t even be Starfleet. It
would be Jem’Hadar. And they
love risking their lives.

RO
For the Founders. Not for us.

VAUGHN
If Odo orders them to do it,
they’ll do it. And Odo will
do whatever Kira wants him to.

RO
Then why aren’t we talking to
Odo directly?

VAUGHN
We tried. Kira begged Vannis to
talk to him. She refused. Her
orders are to follow Taran’atar’s
lead. Believe me, Lieutenant,
I’ve tried every angle. We need
the Dominion, and that means we
need Taran’atar in his right
mind. And that means we need
to find L’Haan and convince her
to fix what she did to him.

RO
Can’t another Vulcan do it?

VAUGHN
I have no doubt she’ll have
placed telepathic failsafes
around her handiwork to block
anyone else’s intrusion. It
has to be her.

Ro again reluctantly accepts his reasoning.

RO
Okay, fine. It has to be L’Haan.
Now how exactly do you expect
to convince her to undo it?

VAUGHN
By giving her exactly what she wants.

Off Ro’s curious and confused reaction to that...


28 FLASHBACK – 10x12 “HERESY”


As Bashir hands the padd to Kira in front of all of Ops.

BASHIR
This is my letter of resignation
as DS-Nine’s Chief Medical
Officer, effective immediately.


29 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Ro’s jaw drops in amazement as she realizes...

RO
Bashir? That’s why he quit? To
go join Section 31?

VAUGHN
That’s why they think he quit.

RO
But all those things he said
about refusing to go along
with Kira’s plan...

VAUGHN
Well, of course. He had to be
convincing. I’d already tried
to track L’Haan myself...


30 FLASHBACK – 10x10 “IN TWO MINDS”


In Kira’s office, during their first meeting with L’Haan. Vaughn hands her the padd with the rituals on it...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
...using the DNA sample I took
from the padd I gave her.


31 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Ro smiles, impressed. Sneaky.

VAUGHN
Naturally, she was too smart
for that. And the shuttle she
took from here back to Vulcan...
“Unexpectedly diverted” thanks
to a plasma storm. So I sent an
encoded message to Batanides...


32 FLASHBACK – 10x11 “HARMONY”


As Vaughn and Nog receive the new crew transfers from the Aurora. Vaughn makes eye contact with one young ensign, just enough to convey that they are each other’s contacts.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
...and she sent a message back
that confirmed my suspicions.


33 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back at the bench...

VAUGHN
That’s when I told Bashir that
his mission was a go.


34 FLASHBACK – 10x11 “HARMONY”


Vaughn and Prynn are on the lower level of Quark’s, having lunch. They look up to the upper level, just in time to see Dax shoving her chair back from the table she had been sharing with Bashir and stomping away in disgust.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
He began deliberately starting
arguments with people.


35 FLASHBACK – 10x11 “HARMONY”


On the bridge of the Defiant. Bashir has just told Kira and Sisko what he thinks of their plan.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
Expressing his dissatisfaction
and disdain for Kira’s plans.


36 FLASHBACK – 10x12 “HERESY”


The guest quarters of the Blackthorne, as Bashir records his message to Section 31.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
All the things I knew Section
31 would want to hear to make
them believe he’d finally come
around to their side.


37 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back to the bench. By now, Ro is up and pacing again, trying to process all of this.

VAUGHN
Whereas in fact, he’s on a top-
secret mission from me to worm
his way into their good graces,
find L’Haan... and then bring
her back to us.

On Ro’s astonishment, and Vaughn’s determination...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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