Regeneration phase completed.
Deactivate the genotron.
Shut down the bio-matrix.
B'Elanna Torres.
Wake up.
Captain's Log, Stardate 48784.2.
We have completed our survey of the Avery system
and are returning to retrieve
Lieutenants Paris, Torres and Durst.
By now, they should have concluded their inspection
of the magnesite formations on the third planet.
Here we are, Mr. Tuvok.
One bowl of authentic Vulcan plomeek soup.
As l have told you, Mr. Neelix,
this is an unnecessary indulgence.
l am quite content to eat
whatever the rest of the crew is eating.
Everyone aboard this ship
deserves a little taste of home every now and then.
Very well, then.
Thank you.
Oh, don't thank me.
l'm having a marvelous time
experimenting with the native dishes
of the entire crew.
So far, l've learned to make corn salad for Mr. Chakotay
and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
for Mr. Paris.
He calls it ''comfort food.''
lsn't that charming?
What are you waiting for? lt's no good cold.
lt is rather... piquant.
lt is zesty, isn't it?
l tried following the recipe in the computer's data bank,
but it seemed so bland.
So l took the liberty of spicing it up a bit.
Call it plomeek soup a la Neelix.
l must point out that if you take the liberty
of changing a time-honored recipe,
you are hardly presenting a taste of home.
Senior officers, please report to the Bridge.
But your soup.
enjoy it.
Ooh, there's no place like home.
The away team hasn't arrived
at the prearranged coordinates, Captain,
and they've failed to respond to our hails.
Have you tried locking on to their com signals?
We scanned the entire surface. No sign of them.
They must still be underground.
But l can't locate them there, either.
Then, as we suspected, the dense magnesite formations
in the planet's crust are blocking our sensors.
Take a look at this.
This is the cave system nearest the beam-in coordinates
as it appeared in our initial geological scan
and this is the same system now.
This tunnel here
has shifted to the west by almost 7 5 degrees.
Are you saying walls of solid rock have changed shape
in the two days since the away team was deployed?
Apparently so, Captain, but our initial scans
didn't indicate tectonic activity
of anywhere near that magnitude.
ln any case, it's possible that Torres and the others
haven't returned to the beam-out site because they were trapped
by these geological shifts.
l'd like to lead a team down to investigate, Captain.
And what is to prevent us from losing you as well, Commander?
Bread crumbs.
Oh, l'm sorry, Captain.
What l mean to say is l think l can modify
some subspace transponders which could be deployed
along the Commander's path, kind of like...
Bread crumbs. Got it.
lf they're placed at regular intervals,
l believe they'll maintain a signal link with the ship
and they could serve as a transporter relay
in case we need to stage an emergency beam-out.
Very well, Commander.
Take a team with you, but l want a transporter lock
on you at all times.
Aye, Captain.
Tuvok, Kim, you're with me.
l apologize for the restraints,
but your presence here is very important to us.
Do you understand?
Who... are... you?
l am Sulan, Chief Surgeon of the Vidiian Sodality.
l demand... to know...
what is happening here.
You've surgically altered my face!
l look like a Klingon!
l've performed no surgery, as you understand the term.
There are several questions l need to ask you
before we proceed.
You can't possibly believe
l'm going to cooperate with you.
Perhaps l was in error
to leave your consciousness and memory intact.
What have you done with them?!
What is your exact age, Klingon?
lf you want me to answer your question,
you will have to answer one of mine first.
Very well.
What... exactly... have you done to me?
l have reconstituted your genome.
You are now purely Klingon.
That's not possible!
l assure you it is.
l have developed a procedure to stimulate cell division.
A kind of... enhanced mitosis.
Your Klingon genetic material was extracted.
lt was then converted from matter to energy
by our genotron.
you were rematerialized
as the purified Klingon specimen
that you are now.
Why? Why...
have you done this?!
For generations, my people have been searching
the Quadrant for a species immune
to our disease, in the hope that it would lead us to a cure.
And you think Klingons are immune to this phage?
l believe your genetic structure
has phage-resistant nucleotide sequences, yes.
But l needed a pure specimen to be certain.
My people do not know it yet,
but you are their greatest hope.
l... will... never
help you!
You are very strong.
l can only hope that you will be truly resistant to the phage.
And how will you know that?
l have infected you.
They're the ones with the guns, remember?
We've got to find a way out of this place.
Agreed, but l don't want to do anything
until we find out what they've done with B'Elanna.
ln the meantime, we have to keep track of the guards' movements--
how long are their shifts
when do they eat, when do they sleep.
There don't seem to be many of them.
l guess they figure we're all so exhausted,
we don't have any fight left.
We'll find an opening, Pete,
and when the time is right, we'll make our move.
Something funny, friend?
How's that?
Nobody ever escapes from this place.
Those Vidiian leeches
can yank the beating heart out of you-- in a heartbeat.
Heart out of you in a heartbeat.
Now, that's funny.
Seems like you know this place pretty well.
l should. l've been here six years.
Then tell me something...
l thought those Vidiians
were in the business of harvesting organs.
How come we're all still in one piece?
The disease makes them weak.
They need somebody to dig their tunnels.
That's us.
Best way to keep alive around here
is to stay strong.
Thanks for the advice.
But don't worry.
They're always in need of replacement body parts.
They'll get around to gutting you eventually.
There were 23 of us from my ship.
l'm the only one left.
Listen, when they grabbed us,
there was a woman with us-- B'Elanna Torres.
Any idea what might've happened to her?
lf she's not here,
she's been taken to organ processing.
l've deployed the transponders, Commander.
The relay signal is coming through clearly.
Good work.
Any sign of them?
According to my tricorder readings,
they definitely came this way.
The question is: Where did they go from here?
Delightful spot to get lost.
Commander, Ensign, over here.
What is it?
l detect traces of at least five humanoid life-forms.
There were only three on the away team.
Evidently, they did not enter this cavern alone.
Are you in pain?
lt's... nothing.
One of the symptoms of the early stages of the phage
is excruciating joint pain.
l find it extraordinary that you can endure it.
Some who are infected
have been known to die from the agony itself.
lt's going to take more than an infection to kill me.
lt appears you are correct.
Your body is successfully fighting off the phage.
l am overjoyed.
How delightful for you.
Soon we will begin a series of procedures
replicating your genetic code and attempting various methods
of integrating your DNA with our own.
ln time, we'll be successful
and eliminate the phage forever.
When that time comes,
you will be honored as a hero by my people.
l know l'm the first Klingon you've ever seen,
so l'll tell you
that Klingons find honor as warriors on the battlefield,
not as guinea pigs in a laboratory.
Earlier, you accused me of mutilating you.
Now you sound positively proud to be Klingon.
You have me to thank for that, B'Elanna.
You'll get no gratitude from me.
Perhaps you'll feel different in time.
But l don't blame you for your obstinance.
l would be proud, too,
with a form as handsome as yours.
l believe Klingons
are the most impressive species l have ever seen.
Tom, wake up.
Yeah. lt's me.
B'Elanna, what have they done to you?
l remember them grabbing us outside the caves
and then l...
l guess l just blacked out.
Yeah. They stunned all of us.
The next thing l knew,
they were waking me up in some kind of laboratory.
l was so groggy l couldn't see.
l asked them what they had done to me
and then one of them said
that they had completely extracted my Klingon DNA.
That doesn't seem possible...
but you look human.
l feel so weak and sick to my stomach.
Well, considering what they've done to you,
l'm not surprised.
So strange.
When l was a child,
l did everything l could to hide my forehead--
hats, scarves-- you name it.
When l was a kid,
l wore a cap to cover the haircuts
my father used to make me get, first day of every summer.
l grew up in a colony on Kessik lV.
My mother and l were the only Klingons there,
and that was a time
when relations between the Homeworld
and the Federation weren't too cordial.
Nobody ever said anything, but...
we were different...
and l didn't like that feeling.
my father left...
when l was five years old.
One day he was there, and the next, he wasn't.
l cried myself to sleep every night
for months...
but of course, l never told anybody.
And then l finally decided
that he left because l looked like a Klingon...
and so l tried to look human.
Looks like you finally got what you wanted.
What is?
According to our last geological scan,
this cave should continue straight ahead
for another eight kilometers.
This is solid granite, more than 50 meters.
lf these caves were changing configuration
while we were here, we certainly would've felt it.
True, Commander, but l do not believe
there has been any tectonic activity.
l believe this wall is merely an illusion--
a disguised force field.
Away team to Voyager.
Go ahead, Commander.
We've run into some type of force field, Captain.
One minute, we were reading an empty tunnel,
and the next, we walked
right into a solid wall of rock.
Captain, the energy configuration
of the force field matrix is virtually identical
to those used by the Vidiians.
Mr. Ayala...
scan for any alien vessels in the sector.
Commander, we know from past experience
that our phasers can disrupt that force field.
l want to find out what's in there.
Aye, Captain.
But l don't want you taking any unnecessary risks.
We'll be standing by to implement an emergency beam-out.
lt's not working, Captain.
Try reconfiguring your phaser
to match the bandwidth modulation.
Three to beam up!
How are you feeling today?
l feel strong.
lt's very frustrating to be restrained like this.
l sympathize.
l don't like being chained up like an animal.
l'm sorry. l wish there was...
l've been thinking about what you've said.
lt's because of you that l am Klingon.
And l do...
this feeling.
ln a strange way,
l suppose...
l am grateful.
Did you know
that Klingon females are renowned in the Alpha Quadrant
not only for their physical prowess,
but for their...
voracious... sexual appetites as well?
Why not let your creation out of her harness?
Study her in action.
l wish it were possible, B'Elanna...
but l'm afraid l can't risk releasing you just yet.
Forgive me.
For what?
don't condescend.
l may have a grotesque appearance,
but l assure you my instincts are finely honed,
and l do have feelings.
Hard as it may be for you to imagine, B'Elanna,
my people were once handsome and vigorous like yours.
And with your help, we will be again.
Perhaps, when that time comes...
l will not disgust you quite so much as l do now.
They're coming to take us to the work detail.
You can't let them see how sick you are.
Maybe if they think l'm too weak,
they'll leave me behind.
l could try to get my hands on that console over there.
Or maybe they'll skip the preliminaries
and take you straight to organ processing.
Come with me.
What for?
You asked to contact your ship.
The Prefect wishes to discuss your request.
l'm the senior officer here.
lf your superiors want to talk with one of us, it should be me.
He's not going anywhere without me!
Tom, don't.
They'll kill you.
lt's okay, Tom.
They're the ones with the guns, remember?
What is it?
Now that the Vidiians know we're here,
we have to be prepared for the possibility
that they'll call in reinforcements.
So far, long-range sensors
haven't located any alien vessels near here.
However, it is possible that the same technology
that disguises their force fields,
cloaks their ships.
The other thing we have to consider
is that the prisoners may be at greater risk now.
Captain, take a look at this.
Using our tricorder data,
l've been able to scan the entire planet
for the force field signature,
and it looks like the field surrounds an area
more than 600 kilometers in circumference.
ls there any way to scan inside it?
Every reconfiguration l've tried has failed.
lf it's the same kind of force field
the Vidiians used the last time we ran into them,
why didn't our phasers breach it?
Apparently, it has been adapted to repulse phaser fire.
lf the Vidiians can move in and out of there, so can we.
Start setting up simulations.
Find a way to get through that force field.
l have something l want to show you.
l thought perhaps this new face
would make you more comfortable with me.
You've killed him.
Yes, B'Elanna,
but his organs will save more than a dozen lives.
Deep-level scans have revealed a network of microfissures,
minuscule openings which develop briefly
each time the field matrix remodulates.
Just how small are these microfissures?
Less than one micron.
And they close up within a few seconds.
Would it be possible to use our phasers
to expand one of these openings as it's forming?
That was our first thought.
But we realized such an attempt would have to be at close range
and would carry the risk
of alerting the Vidiians to our presence.
So then it occurred to us--
if we could narrow the transporter's energy beam
tightly enough, it might be possible
to transport one of us through the microfissures.
Of course, timing the transport
to the precise moment of an opening would be critical.
But if we could get someone inside,
we might be able to find our people
and also deactivate the force field.
And then, presumably,
we could beam everyone back to the ship.
But you should be aware that because we are incapable
of scanning beyond the force field,
we will have no way of communicating
with whoever transports inside it,
nor will we be able to verify
that the transport has been successfully completed.
Moreover, what's to prevent whoever goes in
from being captured by the Vidiians?
l have an idea about that, Captain.
Dermal stimulator, please.
Remarkable work, Doctor.
lf you think this is remarkable,
you should see me remove a bunion.
l have done my best to replicate Vidiian attire.
l trust it will prove sufficiently convincing.
lt's a fine piece of work, Mr. Tuvok.
Next time l need a tailor, l'll know just where to look.
Quickly now!
ln there!
Here, B'Elanna.
Sit down.
Here. lt's water.
Rest while you can.
The guard won't be back right away.
Keep it.
l've been thinking.
When they did this thing to me,
l think it changed more than just the way l look.
What do you mean?
Back there, when they took Durst away...
l was...
No one could blame you for that.
You don't understand.
l've been in worse situations,
but l've never felt like that before.
l mean...
my heart was pounding and my hands were shaking.
l didn't even try to help you.
B'Elanna, l'm no doctor,
but l have to believe that whatever they did to you
has seriously depleted your strength.
There's nothing you could've done.
No, that's not it.
l think that...
when they extracted my Klingon DNA...
they turned me into some kind of...
...a coward.
Sometimes fear can be a good thing.
lt keeps you from taking unnecessary chances.
Courage doesn't mean that you don't have fear.
lt means that you've learned to overcome it.
And l know you can find the courage to hold on
until we can find a way out of this place.
What's going on here?
She's ill. She needed a rest.
lf she's too weak, l'll take her back to the barracks.
That's okay, Tom.
Maybe from there,
l can try to make contact with the ship.
The emitter array has been initialized, Captain.
Are you ready, Mr. Chakotay?
Captain, there's an opening forming in the force field.
lnitiating auto sequence.
Targeting scanners to match coordinates.
Scanners locked.
On my mark, Mr. Kim.
now we wait.
Make a sound and l'll break your neck.
l'm looking for my friend, Tom Paris-- a human male.
Have you seen him?
He was here,
but they sent him to another tunnel.
Which one?
Back that way.
There was another human with him,
but they took her back to the barracks.
A human female?
l need your help here.
What are you doing?!
Come with us.
Where are you taking me?
For a shower and a hot meal.
No, please!
Wake up, pahtk!
What... what is it?
Some rodent l killed.
No. Thanks.
l'm sorry l can't replicate you a souffle,
but you need nourishment.
l can't carry you all the way out of here.
How are we supposed to escape this place?
There are guards everywhere.
We fight our way out.
Maybe you haven't noticed,
but l'm not exactly in fighting form.
That's why you need food. Eat!
you're what's left over
when all the Klingon DNA is taken out.
lf l hadn't come along,
were you just going to waste away in that prison camp
until they killed you for your body parts?
Were you too frightened to act?
l was looking for a way to escape.
l'll show you the way to escape.
This and this.
That's the way you respond to every situation, isn't it?
lf it doesn't work, hit it.
lf it's in your way, knock it down.
No wonder l got kicked out of the Academy.
For which you should be eternally grateful.
Well, l'm not.
Your temper has gotten me into trouble more times than l can...
Listen to me.
Listen to us.
This is ridiculous.
Do you realize that we're each fighting with our self?
l'm not the one who's fighting, pahtk.
lf l remember correctly,
l'm the one who rescued you from that prison
and carried you here.
Don't you think
you could at least acknowledge that?
Can't you even admit
that you won't be able to get out of here without me?
l don't know that l can get out of here with you.
Brute force isn't going to do it.
Maybe not! Maybe we'll die in the attempt,
but that's better than sitting here
like frightened Tika cats doing nothing!
There you go again-- out of control.
Just leaping into action
before you think things through.
Fine! You stay here. l'm getting out.
No, wait a minute.
That's not what l meant.
l'm sorry.
Just before...
you rescued me...
l logged onto the Vidiians' computer system.
l only had a few seconds,
but l think l found a way to access the force field
that's cloaking this place.
With a few minutes more, l could've deactivated it.
Then Voyager could get a lock on us.
Beam us back.
Paris, too.
lt may not be as exciting
as fighting our way out,
but it stands a much better chance of working
if... l have your help.
So... you need me.
l can't get back to that computer without you
and you'll have to cover for me while l work.
We can't go to the prison barracks.
There are too many guards there.
ln the lab, where they were holding me,
there was a security console.
That's the last place they would expect us to be.
They must have taken her to organ processing.
Tell me how to get there.
Keep your hands off me!
Whatever you say, Paris,
but l thought you might like to get out of this place.
Where are Torres and Durst?
l think they've been taken
to what the Vidiians call ''organ processing.''
Why are you talking to that prisoner?
l was ordered to take him to organ processing.
Why wasn't l notified?
l was told you had been.
l've never seen you before.
My face was just grafted.
Very well.
Take him, but from now on,
l expect to be notified in advance of all transfers.
Yes, sir.
l have to bypass the security code,
so l can access the force field grid.
Then l'll have a better idea of what we're dealing with.
That should do it.
That's what we're up against,
and l think we're...
Can you shut it down?
l'm working on it.
What now?
lf they didn't know
we were here before, they do now.
Take it easy.
l'll be done in a minute.
You're not frightened anymore, are you?
Maybe l just don't have time to think about it.
Are you hurt?
Keep working!
You're not going to hurt me.
You need me.
You're right, but if you do not surrender,
l will kill her.
Drop it!
Who are you?
That's what l want to know!
lt's Chakotay.
l think l've just about accessed the force field.
Got it!
Captain, the force field has been disrupted.
Mr. Kim, can you get a lock on Commander Chakotay?
Chakotay to Voyager. Do you read?
Loud and clear, Commander.
l found them, Captain.
Three humans and one Klingon to beam up.
She's badly wounded, Captain.
Beam her to Sick Bay!
Don't. No time.
You showed true courage.
lt makes my death... an honorable one.
Using tissue from your counterpart,
l can replicate the Klingon DNA.
Then, over the course of several days,
l'll reintegrate that genetic material
into your cellular structure.
Wait a minute-- you're not saying
that you're going to change me back.
That's precisely what l'm saying.
Your cells' ability to synthesize proteins
has been severely compromised.
You need the Klingon genes to survive.
So, she's saving my life again.
l'll get started on the DNA.
How are you doing?
l'm not sure.
lt's been a pretty strange experience.
l do know that right now...
the way l am...
l'm more at peace with myself than l've ever been before...
...and that's a good feeling.
l'm incomplete.
lt doesn't feel like me.
l guess l've had someone else living inside of me for too long
to feel right without her.
l'd have to say that you two made quite a team down there.
l know.
l came to admire a lot of things about her--
her strength,
her bravery...
l guess... l just have to accept the fact
that l'll spend the rest of my life fighting with her.

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