Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Santa Garrus, Oct 3, 2012.
Q: You wound me, Jean-Luc. After all, I was not the cause of your death. This was.
PICARD: Is that...
[An artificial heart appears in Q's hand. Picard reacts, looks at it, looks down at his burned chest, and gets a look of recognition on his face.]
Picard: "Is that..."
Q: "Your artificial heart, you might have lived if you had a real one. Instead of this unreliable piece of technology. [he tosses the heart to Picard. Picard studies it]. By the way, how did you lose yours anyway?"
Picard: A mistake.
[A flash of restrained glee on Q's face]
Q: "Is that a regret I hear?"
Picard: I regret a great many things from those days.
[Q gestures with his hand to a scene of a young Starfleet officer fighting hand-to-hand with two Naussicans, easily holding his own. Once he has two of them fairly subdued a third one comes up and impales the young SF officer through the back with a large knife. The officer drops to his knees, looks at the knife in his chest and laughs briefly before dropping to the floor on his side, seemingly dead.]
Q: It wasn't very smart of you to take on 3 Nausicaans, was it?
PICARD: I regret a great many things from those days.
(Q: It wasn't very smart of you to take on three Nausicaans, was it?)
PICARD: No, it wasn't.
Q: Did I hear a laugh? It's so unlike you, Jean-Luc, to have a sense of humor; especially about getting stabbed through the back.
PICARD: I was a different person in those days. Arrogant, undisciplined, with far too much ego and too little wisdom. I was more like you.
Q: Then you must have been far more interesting. Pity you had to change.
PICARD: The pity is that I had to be impaled through the back before I learned that lesson. I started that fight with those Nausicaans. I started it because; because I was young and cocky. If I'd been more responsible in those days I wouldn't have needed this heart, and I wouldn't have died from a random energy surge 30 years later.
Q: So, if you had it to do all over again?
PICARD: Things would be different.
[Starbase - Picard's quarters]
(Picard, in old style uniform, gets slapped across the face by a woman who then storms out of the room)
MARTA: Bravo! Bravo!
COREY: Nicely done.
PICARD: Cortan? Cortan Zweller?
COREY: (a red-haired young man) Yes. Boy, she must've hit you pretty hard. Of course, you deserved it.
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