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Old March 17 2012, 10:00 PM   #6
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x15 - "Inside Out"

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ACT FOUR


FADE IN:


47 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Ro’s eyes are wide with alarm. What on earth is he talking about? Does he suspect her of something? How could he? She hasn’t done anything... has she?

He’s just smiling calmly back at her, unruffled, enigmatic.

RO
Commander, I don’t know what
you’re talking about.

VAUGHN
It’s alright, Lieutenant. You
can relax. I know all about it.
In fact I probably know more
than you do.

She gets up yet again, begins to look around the park area anxiously. Is she in danger here?

RO
Look, if you’re talking about
what happened at Sindorin, you
know that wasn’t on purpose.
Section 31 lied to us to get
us to do their dirty work...

VAUGHN
I’m not talking about Sindorin.

RO
What the hell are you talking
about? Because if you’re going
to accuse me of something, I
wish you’d just get on with it
instead of sitting there all
smug and mysterious.

VAUGHN
Do you remember what I said
to you the last time we sat
in this same spot together?


48 FLASHBACK – 9x10 “FRAGMENTS AND OMENS”


Ro and Vaughn sit together on this same bench, in this same park, but in bright sunlight, just after meeting Opaka. Vaughn looks around at the park, the memorial...


49 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back in the night time, Ro frowns, still wary...

RO
Yes. You said you were glad
I was back in Starfleet.

VAUGHN
Do you remember why I said it?

RO
Frankly I never understood why.
But you did say you knew what
really happened on Garon Two.

VAUGHN
Exactly. And that’s why I know
you’re the right person for the
job, whatever your self-image
tells you.

RO
What happened on Garon Two was
that I killed my own commanding
officer.

VAUGHN
I suppose, strictly speaking,
yes, you did do that. But the
thing is, I know why.

RO
I told you why! Not everything
is some grand conspiracy.

VAUGHN
Not everything, no. But this
was. And if you’ll just calm
down and take a seat, I’ll
explain it all to you.


50 EXT. SPACE


The usual starfield. The USS Wellington, a Niagara-class cruiser (like an Ambassador crossed with a Constellation), is just settling into orbit of a planet.

VAUGHN (v.o.)
Ten years ago, before I even
met Marta Batanides, there was
another man who was a part of
my little group. His name was
Commander Daniel Wade.

RO (v.o.)
(astonished)
Wade?!


51 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


The earlier flashback to Ro’s memories from Garon Two. Ro is a young Ensign, wearing an early TNG-era red uniform and her customary headband. She and her crewmates from the Wellington – including Commander Wade and Lieutenant Caputo – are hiding in their crumbling basecamp, under fire from the alien Seraphami. Focusing on Wade as he gives orders...


52 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back to the park...

VAUGHN
Yes. He was a good friend and
a good agent. But he made a
fatal mistake. He let them
know he knew.

RO
A lot of people know, don’t
they? The entire senior staff
of DS-Nine, for example?

VAUGHN
But they can’t prove anything.
And if they wanted to tell, who
would believe them? The Council
would refuse to believe such a
thing was even possible.

RO
But Section 31 didn’t kill
Commander Wade.

VAUGHN
Didn’t they?

RO
No!


53 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


In the canyon, where the Seraphami appear to be in their healing trance, Wade is up on the rocks, about to shoot. Ro takes aim at him instead... and FIRES.


54 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Ro is insistent on her version of events, on taking all the blame for herself...

RO
I killed him. Well, actually
I only stunned him... but it
basically shone a spotlight on
his position so the Seraphami
could kill him.

VAUGHN
All completely true, and yet
completely wrong at the same
time. I wasn’t sure myself for
many years. I had my suspicions
of course, but nothing I could
prove. You helped me slot the
last piece of the puzzle into
place yourself, Lieutenant.
(off Ro’s look)
When you lost your memory.


55 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


Vaughn sits across the Ro on the couch in her quarters, while she relates the Garon Two tale to him...


56 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


On the bench...

VAUGHN
I realise it wasn’t the most
pleasant experience for you.
But I have to admit it proved
remarkably useful for me.

RO
How so?

VAUGHN
It was the tiniest thing.


57 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


Ro and Caputo are alone, laying down covering fire from their basecamp while Wade and the others head out...

CAPUTO
Pretty fragile for terrorists,
if you ask me.

Ro reacts to Caputo’s use of the T word...


58 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


On the bench...

VAUGHN
You mentioned how you flinched
at the Lieutenant’s use of the
word “terrorist” to describe
the Seraphami.

RO
Yeah, so?

VAUGHN
Well, that told me that you
were obviously still sensitive
to the issue of terrorism as
regards the Bajoran resistance.
And then it all made sense.

RO
(frustrated)
What did? Seriously Commander,
start giving me some straight
answers or I’m gonna start
getting really annoyed.

VAUGHN
(smile)
Ah, the passion of the Bajoran
woman. Magnificent to behold.
That’s what they were counting
on, you know. Section 31. Your
passion for a cause. Here’s
what I’ve pieced together.


59 FLASHBACK – 10x09 “BLANK SLATE”


In the basecamp as the Wellington crew fire back at the Seraphami...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
Section 31 used their contacts
in the admiralty to have the
Wellington assigned to protect
the colonists in the Walepti
system. Now, that was an area
that had seen a marked rise in
activity by Seraphami so-called
freedom fighters. Thugs, really.
They had nothing for fight for
freedom from. I’m sure 31 also
had access to your official
Starfleet record. Littered with
disciplinary notices, complaints
about a bad attitude, refusal to
follow orders, but best of all,
Bajoran. So they hatched a plan.

Out in the canyon, the Seraphami clamber down from the rocks and begin to advance on the Starfleet outpost...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
They leaked intelligence to the
Seraphami that a Starfleet team
was in their neighbourhood.
Undetectable back channels,
naturally. That all but guar-
anteed they’d come in firing.

The Starfleet team scrambles out of the line of fire...

CAPUTO
Where did they come from? There
were no life signs!

As the rest of the scene continues...

VAUGHN (v.o.)
Obviously Commander Wade would
be down on the surface. He was
the Wellington’s First Officer,
that’s just standard Starfleet
procedure. And as a rising star
in the tactical department, you
were very likely to be on his
team. So the stage was set.


60 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Where Vaughn continues to explain...

VAUGHN
As a Bajoran, you had a unique
sensitivity to the concept of
freedom fighters, whatever the
cause. So they forced you and
Wade and the Seraphami all into
a pressure cooker... and cooked
themselves up a nice massacre.

Ro’s face drops as she puts it all together...

RO
They... made me do it?

VAUGHN
I wouldn’t say “made you,” so
much as... created a set of
circumstances in which your
actions were inevitable. You
sided with the Seraphami
over your sympathy for some
fellow “terrorists,” and the
result was eight dead officers,
including the one man they
actually wanted dead...

RO
...Commander Wade.

Vaughn nods, and goes quiet. Gives Ro a chance to absorb. She’s sitting on the bench, almost fetal. Her hands are shaking. She lifts one, looks at it silently...


61 FLASHBACK – 10x11 “HARMONY”


Having just been left in command of the station by Kira, Ro steps into Kira’s office, her hands shaking in shock and withdrawal. She hides out of sight in the lounge area, sits down. Pulls a hypospray out of her boot and injects herself with the painkiller. The shaking slowly subsides.


62 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Back at the bench, Ro is still shaking. She thinks of that hypospray. God, how she wants an injection right now.
She looks down at her boot – there’s a hypo stashed inside it. But of course she can’t do it in front of Vaughn.

RO
I went to prison for that.

VAUGHN
Yes.

RO
They made me their patsy.

VAUGHN
Yes.

RO
Used me to kill a good man.

VAUGHN
Yes.

Still shaking, she takes her fury and shock and forges it into determination. She looks back up at Vaughn...

RO
I’m in.

Vaughn doesn’t respond at first. He gives her a moment to let her own decision sink in.

VAUGHN
Are you certain?

RO
(grit teeth)
I said I’m in.

VAUGHN
Take a moment here, Lieutenant.
I’ve giving you the opportunity
to make this decision in full
knowledge of what you’re getting
yourself into. You can’t jump in
with both feet now out of sheer
fury, and then decide it’s too
deep for you later. If you’re
in, you’re in. For life.
(beat)
Because if you’re not, you can
turn around and walk away now.
I won’t argue. I said that
before and I meant it.

RO
(scoff)
Please. After everything you’ve
told me tonight? I pretty much
have to be in now, don’t I?

VAUGHN
Not at all. If you decide here
and now you don’t want to be a
part of this, you can leave and
not say another word about it.

RO
(baffled)
But... what about everything
you’ve told me? All the names?
All the secrets?

VAUGHN
(casual)
Oh, that won’t be a problem.
You see, I drugged you with a
retroactive memory suppressant
the moment you arrived.

Ro’s eyes flare as she remembers...


63 FLASHBACK – EARLIER


The top of the episode. Ro has just arrived and she walks up to Vaughn... and he shakes her hand.


64 EXT. TALUNO MEMORIAL PARK - NIGHT


Ro realizes. Vaughn stares at her calmly...

VAUGHN
If I don’t give you the anti-
dote, you’ll go to bed tonight
and wake up tomorrow with no
recollection that you ever got
any message, that you ever came
to Bajor, or that you and I
ever had this conversation at
all. So... what do you say?

Off Ro’s astonished reaction...


FADE OUT:


END OF ACT FOUR


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