Discussion in 'Deep Space Nine' started by LeadHead, Apr 17, 2014.
O'BRIEN: So? It's better now.
BASHIR: You didn't hurt it playing springball. You dislocated it kayaking in a holosuite. You're not Miles. And you're not Captain Sisko. He'd at least be willing to hear me out. This isn't real. It can't be.
The Defiant bridge disappears, leaving an empty holodeck.
Sloan is in black leather, not a Starfleet uniform.
SLOAN: You're right, Doctor. None of it was real. But I am. And this isn't over. (after the commercial break) Congratulations, Doctor. It's not often that we're proven wrong.
Bashir: I take it you finally believe I'm not working for the Dominion.
SLOAN: I'm leaning heavily in that direction. But to erase any lingering doubts, what do you say we make one final test?
Bashir: I'M FINISHED PLAYING GAMES WITH YOU, SLOAN!!
SLOAN: I assure you, Doctor, this is no game.
SLOAN: Don't be afraid. I have no intentions of hurting you. I just need to remove an implant from behind your right ear. I tell you what. Why don't you do the honors? Give it to him. Go ahead, Doctor. It's only a neurosynaptic relay.
Bashir: You've recorded my neuroelectric responses?
SLOAN: That's correct. And now I'd like to check the findings in order to confirm what I already believe. That you're an innocent man. Now either you remove the relay or we will.
Bashir takes the tool and removes the small chip from behind his ear. Sloan takes it and is given a tricorder to start analyzing it.
Sloan: Thank you. This will only take a moment.
Bashir: Take your time. I don't seem to be going anywhere.
SLOAN: I'm glad to see your sense of humor's returning. That's a very good sign.
Bashir: Of what?
SLOAN: You're beginning to relax. We subjected you to high levels of stress to ensure accurate test results. I'm glad to say the results are in your favor. Your loyalty to the Federation appears to be above reproach.
BASHIR: Why do I still detect a hint of doubt in your voice?
SLOAN: Frankly, I would have preferred to have kept you under observation a little longer. Unfortunately, we didn't know about Chief O'Brien's injury or we would've incorporated that into the program.
BASHIR: So you beamed me out of my quarters into this holosuite when I was asleep.
SLOAN: I believe we allowed you a full hour.
Bashir: No wonder I feel so tired. I suppose you find your subjects more malleable when they have been deprived of sleep.
SLOAN: Not a new technique, I admit, but an effective one nonetheless.
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