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Old April 6 2012, 12:41 PM   #4
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Re: DS9 Season 10, ep 10x16 - "I Will Survive"

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ACT TWO


FADE IN:


13 INT. DS9 – PROMENADE


Quark is busy haranguing a nameless Ferengi waiter in the doorway of his bar, as the usual crowd goes on around him.

QUARK
How many times have I told
you? No free samples. Evah!

The waiter slinks away with his tail between his legs. Quark turns and sees...

Dax coming down the promenade, leading Gard and Odan. Odan is no longer restrained, slightly more clear-headed, but still being led along. The trio heads into the Infirmary...


14 INT. DS9 – INFIRMARY 14


Crossing the threshold, Dax calls out...

DAX
Julian -

SIMON TARSES looks up from the CMO desk. Dax stops short. Awkward moment. She grits her teeth at her own faux pas.

DAX
Simon. I am... so sorry. Just
force of habit.

TARSES
That’s alright, Commander. It’ll
take us all a while to adjust.

Gard observes this all with some interest. Where has Bashir gone? And what happened between him and Dax?

DAX
Mister Gard, this is Doctor
Simon Tarses, DS9’s new Chief
Medical Officer. Simon, this is
Hiziki Gard, a “special agent”
of Trill Homeworld Defence.

Gard has noticed Dax’s use of quote marks around his title. The two men nod their acknowledgements.

TARSES
Mister Gard. What can I do
for you?

GARD
I’d like you to run a full
medical scan on Mister Odan
here, please. With particular
attention to the condition of
his symbiosis.

Curious, Tarses gives Odan a once over.

TARSES
Alright. Nurse, prepare a bio-
bed for a full scan, please.

Etana emerges from another room at Tarses’ summons. But as she enters the main room, she spots Gard, and stops dead.


FLASHBACK – 8x20 “TWIST OF FAITH”


At the first Federation signing ceremony in the Wardroom, Gard raises the Trill superweapon and fires it at Shakaar. The weapon basically obliterates half of Shakaar’s head.


BACK TO SCENE


Etana tightens, cold and sneering.

ETANA
What is he doing here?

DAX
It’s alright, Kol. I’ll vouch for
him – for the moment at least.

Gard isn’t offended by Etana’s outburst, but he’s not about to apologise either. He’d rather just get on with it. Etana moves into the surgical suite and begins to boot up the bio-bed. Tarses guides Odan into the room behind her.

TARSES
He’s clearly on some pretty
heavy sedatives. I won’t get
a clean reading with all that
stuff running though him.

He leaves Dax to handle Odan, while he heads back to the infirmary pharmacy. Once there, he begins searching through the rows of silver metallic canisters on the shelves. He picks one up to check its contents, but pauses. Shakes it a bit. It’s empty. He puts it down and picks up another – also empty. And a third. Confused, he calls out...

TARSES
Etana?

Etana reappears at the threshold of the surgical suite...

ETANA
Yes, Doctor?

TARSES
Why are all these asinolyathin
canisters empty?

ETANA
I didn’t know they were.

TARSES
I need you to keep the pharmacy
stocked at all times, Nurse.
Never know when we’ll need it.

ETANA
I know, Doctor. And I filled up
the entire stock only last week.
I could have sworn I did.

TARSES
Well, apparently not. Just keep
an eye on it in future, yeah?

ETANA
(baffled)
Of course, Doctor.

Tarses eventually finds the canister he was looking for, opens it and pulls out one of the drug capsules. He slots the capsule into a spare hypospray and returns to the surgical suite, where Odan is now lying on the bio-bed.

TARSES
Alright, this should cancel
out the effects of whatever
sedative you gave him.

Tarses injects Odan with the hypo, then switches on the bio-bed and lets it do its work. Gard and Dax stand to the side. Tarses goes over to the screens to read the results.

TARSES
The symbiont – it looks slightly
different to yours, Commander.

GARD
The symbionts continue to grow
with age, Doctor.

DAX
Odan is much older than me. He
was already on his eighth host
when I was only on my first.

TARSES
Interesting. And what about you,
Mister Gard? How many hosts have
you had?

GARD
(secretive)
More than probably any other
Trill you’ve ever heard of.

TARSES
If it keeps growing, doesn’t
that get uncomfortable for the
host after a while?

GARD
That’s the price we pay, Doctor.
There is a limit at which even
the most suitable host simply
cannot physically accommodate
the symbiont anymore. But Odan
should be a long way off that.

TARSES
(off readings)
Neuro-chemical connection looks
strong enough... Isoboramine
levels are stable. No physical
trauma... although there is
some interesting scarring on
the wrists and neck.

He looks to Gard for an explanation. Gard gives him none.

TARSES
Alright. Well, if you insist
there’s something wrong with
him, I can only tell you that
it’s not physical.

GARD
So, psychological then.

Tarses and Gard look to Dax – this is her playground now. On the bio-bed, Odan’s brain is starting to un-fog from the sedatives. His eyes are clearer, and we can see the pain in them as he stares up at the ceiling.


15 INT. DS9 – DAX’S QUARTERS


Odan sits on the couch in Dax’s almost empty-quarters. He’s not sedated anymore, but still uncommunicative. Dax sits nearby - but not too near - trying to get through to him.

DAX
Kinjer? Can you hear me?

ODAN
(small)
Of course I can hear you.

DAX
Sorry. It’s just you haven’t
said anything since I brought
you back from the Infirmary.

ODAN
When everything you say makes
them drug you into a stupor,
you learn not to bother.

DAX
I’m not going to sedate you,
Kinjer. I want to hear what-
ever you want to say. I want
to try and help you.

Odan subtly shrugs, but doesn’t really answer. He’s sullen, withdrawn. Eventually, he looks up at her. Still doesn’t raise his voice.

ODAN
You’re Dax?

DAX
That’s right.

ODAN
You’ve changed.

DAX
(small smile)
Three-hundred years and eight
different bodies will do that.

ODAN
Do you remember her? Lela?

DAX
I remember. And I remember you
too. You were...
(racks brains)
...Darzen Odan then, right?

ODAN
I remember them all. Every...
single... one.

DAX
Why is that a bad thing? Isn’t
that how it’s supposed to work?

ODAN
Do you remember every little
thing from those three hundred
years? Aren’t there some parts
you wish you could forget, even
for just a moment?

DAX
Everyone has parts of their
life they don’t like to think
about. That’s just normal.

ODAN
(scoff)
Normal. I wish. I can’t forget
it, Dax. Not any of it. I kept
telling them. I tried to explain,
over and over. They didn’t hear
me. You know how the Symbiosis
Commission likes to...
(sneer)
...mess with your mind. So I
took care of the problem myself.
What else could I do? Only they
wouldn’t let me. They made sure
I kept... remembering.

DAX
Nobody wants someone else to
kill themselves, Kinjer. You
can’t blame them for that.

ODAN
What if that’s all I can see?
What if that’s all there is?

DAX
What do you mean?

ODAN
Death. All of it. Constantly.
I can’t forget.

Dax thinks she might understand what the problem is now.

DAX
You remember your deaths? All
of them?

ODAN
Every... single... one.

Odan withdraws back into the couch. Dax slumps back too, worried and disturbed – this isn’t supposed to happen.


16 INT. DS9 – HABITAT RING CORRIDOR


Dax is confronting Gard.

DAX
Why didn’t you tell me, Gard?
He remembers his deaths. That’s
not supposed to happen!

GARD
It’s hardly impossible, Dax.
It’s simply that most joined
Trill repress such memories for
the sake of their own sanity.
And it’s certainly no reason
to try to kill yourself and
end one of the precious few
joinings that still exists.
The only question remains...
how are you going to fix him?

DAX
He’s got bigger psychological
problems than I can handle here.
Take him back to Trill, tell
them to pay attention to what
their patient is trying to tell
them, and leave me out of it.

GARD
So you’re refusing to help?

Is that what she’s doing? Don’t like the sound of that.


17 INT. DS9 – TARAN’ATAR’S QUARTERS


TARAN’ATAR looms threateningly, thundering over Vannis...

TARAN’ATAR
You spoke to Kira without my
permission?!

VANNIS
We are trying to resolve this
issue! Kira wants to work with
the Dominion, whereas you are
as stubborn and disobedient
as ever.

TARAN’ATAR
I do not obey Kira, or you! I
obey the Founders only!

VANNIS
You do not even do that! The
Founder instructed you to work
towards closer relationships
with the Alpha Quadrant, not to
squander our hard-won respect on
a petty and inexplicable grudge!

TARAN’ATAR
I am the Ambassador! I do not
need to explain myself to you.

VANNIS
What explanation could possibly
be sufficient for disobeying
the Founder so flagrantly? You
are a failure, Taran’atar, and
you have always been a failure
from the moment you were given
this assignment.
(sneer)
I should have killed you when
I had the chance.

Taran’atar looms ever closer, growling deeply.

TARAN’ATAR
Are you threatening me?

VANNIS
(incensed)
You are a Jem’Hadar. I am the
Vorta. That is the order of things!

Taran’atar grins sourly, reaches out sharply and SNAPS Vannis’s neck. The Vorta slumps to the deck, dead on the spot. Taran’atar turns away with a sneer.

TARAN’ATAR
Taran’atar to station security.

CENN (comm)
This is Major Cenn. Go ahead,
Ambassador.

TARAN’ATAR
Send a maintenance crew to my
quarters. I need someone to
take out the trash.

As Taran’atar nonchalantly returns to his desk and switches on the computer...


BLACK OUT:


END OF ACT TWO


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