Captain's Log, Stardate 5427 4.7.
Lieutenant Torres has finally convinced me
that l can't put off
a major maintenance overhaul any longer.
We've set down on an uninhabited planet,
and l've sent shuttles to search for supplies.
What about the impulse upgrades?
Day after tomorrow.
Put a new phase compensator on that relay.
The thermal regulators are still running a little hot.
Too bad we can't just keep the windows open.
How long until the warp drive is back on line?
You sure you can't get it done any faster?
Captain, l don't like sitting still any more than you do,
but repairs this extensive take time.
Mendez, track down that power drain.
l know this ship has been through
a lot, but you told me this would only take a few days.
That was before l discovered the microfractures
in the starboard nacelle
and the fused relays in the main computer.
Who did that?
l noticed a charge imbalance in the EPS feed.
l'm sorry if l...
lt could have taken us hours to find that.
l have a tactical systems report for you.
lt's from Commander Tuvok.
l'd say you're capable of a lot more
than delivering padds, lcheb.
Until we get underway again, he's assigned to you.
With him on your team,
maybe you'll get this job done a little faster.
Rise and shine. lt's 0500.
Oh, l was dreaming we found the dilithium
and were back aboard Voyager.
Dreaming is an accurate description.
Didn't we already scan this nebula?
l thought the Borg were known for being thorough.
The Borg value efficiency, not redundancy.
l've got a hunch about this nebula.
There's dilithium in there somewhere.
l'm getting some fluctuating
From the nebula?
No, it's weapons fire.
Let's get out of here.
We're receiving a distress call.
Please help us.
We're on a humanitarian mission
delivering medical supplies.
We can't just leave them.
lnterference in alien conflicts is strictly prohibited.
You heard their Captain. lt's a medical ship.
Their shields are down.
Life support is failing on at least three decks.
Open a channel to the other ship.
This is Ensign Kim of the Delta Flyer.
l don't know what you're fighting about,
but it looks like you've won.
The people on the other ship have casualties. We'd like to...
This isn't your concern.
l'm not taking sides.
l only want to help the wounded.
They're charging weapons.
Neelix, set our deflector beam
for a narrow pulse.
Seven, let me know
the second their weapons array is fully charged.
l might be able to trigger an overload.
The deflector bandwidth is at .4 microns.
Their weapons are off-line.
Shields are down.
Take the helm.
Neelix, you're with me.
Who's in charge here?
What are we going to do?
lt's okay. We're here to help.
The ship that attacked you is gone.
Who are you?
Harry Kim from the Starship Voyager.
We're responding to your distress call.
We can treat
So are the rest of the officers.
l'm reading a total of 27 life-forms aboard the ship.
There were 56 of us.
How are we going to get home
without the officers?
We need to restore main power.
Where's the warp interface?
We're passengers, not crewmen.
You can access engineering systems from here.
Your warp core's intact.
l think l can bring it back on line.
Can you monitor antimatter flow?
l'm not sure. l...
Just watch this readout,
and tell me
if it starts to fluctuate.
l'm routing emergency power to structural
Atmospheric pressure is returning to normal.
Neelix, we'll go through the ship deck by deck--
find the survivors.
We need to get our cloak back on line.
l'll take a look at it as soon as l've repaired the engines.
No. The cloak is more important.
The Annari have far more powerful weapons than we do.
lf they come back,
the cloak is our best defense.
We'll try to get it back on line.
Kim to Delta Flyer.
l need your help, Seven.
lt looks like we're going to be here for awhile.
How did you do it?
Disable the Annari warship so quickly?
Uh, basically, we used
their own weapons against them.
We used a deflector pulse
to overload their phaser banks.
You know a lot about engineering.
lt's all part of my Starfleet training.
Yeah. The organization l work for.
And they teach you all these things?
We train at an academy,
and l guess l've picked up a few new tricks
during my time on Voyager.
How long have you been Captain?
l'm just an Ensign.
Ensign? E... What's that?
A junior officer.
The lowest ranked officer, actually.
This is my first deep space assignment.
lt hasn't gone very well.
Could you hand me that?
My first week on the job didn't go very well, either.
We ended up 70,000
light-years from home,
lost over a dozen crew members,
but l got through it, and so will you.
l hope so.
lf you're going to be a starship officer,
you've got to accept that adversity comes with the job.
lt's a diagnostic
of the antimatter injectors.
No, l meant that stuff you're eating.
replicated to meet my metabolic requirements.
You know, in the Mess Hall,
they actually have tables and chairs for that.
l prefer to work while l eat.
lt's a more efficient use of my time.
You did a great job today.
We're ahead of schedule thanks to you.
Here's what we're going to work on tomorrow.
l'll see you at 0600.
What do you do for fun?
How do you spend your time when you're off duty?
Between my work and my studies,
l don't have much time for recreation.
l've learned that you've got to take a break once in awhile.
l've been doing a lot of rock climbing
on the holodeck.
Maybe when we're finished
tightening all the nuts and bolts,
you'd like to join me.
l do have an interest in geology.
lt's not about the rocks, lcheb.
lt's about the climbing.
Main power has been restored.
All stations responding.
The cloak's back on line.
lmpulse and warp drives are standing by.
Shields are at 96 percent.
l'd say you're ready to get back on course.
We appreciate your help.
l hope you have a safe journey.
l feel guilty asking even more of you,
but no one on this ship knows how to fly it.
None of you has ever piloted a starship?
l've trained in shuttles,
but nothing like this.
l'll enter a flight plan in the auto-navigation system
and give you a quick course in helm operations.
You shouldn't have any trouble.
Couldn't you take us?
This ship needs
an experienced commanding officer.
l'm sorry, but we've already gotten more involved
than we should have,
and they need us back on Voyager.
lt's not just my ship that concerns me.
You've made an enemy of the Annari now,
but if you dock your ship in our Shuttle Bay,
our cloak will protect you.
That's a generous offer, but we'll be fine.
Please, Mr. Kim, we can't afford to fail.
This ship is...
We can trust these people.
l'm a doctor.
These people are my research team.
We're carrying new vaccines to our homeland.
They'll save thousands of lives.
Sir, l looked at their flight plan.
lt takes them pretty close to Voyager.
l'll bring you as far as our ship.
When we get there,
you can discuss your situation with my Captain.
What about Starfleet policy?
This is a humanitarian mission.
Dock the Flyer in their Shuttle Bay.
We're approaching the planet.
Take us out of warp.
Disengage the cloak.
l'm detecting three alien vessels in orbit.
Those are Annari warships.
Your people are in danger.
l apologize for the state of my ship.
We weren't expecting company.
l hope we're not imposing.
Not at all.
Making contact with new cultures
is a priority for us.
For us, too.
This is a fine ship, Captain.
One of the best in the fleet,
but it could use a new set
of deuterium injectors.
Any chance you could provide them?
l think we can arrange something.
What are you offering in exchange?
We mined several tons of it from an asteroid field.
lt's high-grade, easy to refine.
l'll speak to my supply officer.
We're being hailed
by Ensign Kim, audio only.
ls everything all right?
Of course. Why wouldn't it be?
Our long-range scans detected several alien ships
orbiting the planet.
l appreciate your concern,
but there's nothing to worry about.
We've made some new friends, that's all.
When can we expect you back?
We've run into a slight delay.
Nothing serious, l hope.
No. Everything's under control.
Any luck finding dilithium?
Uh, l'm afraid not.
l'll tell the other teams to keep looking.
See you soon, Ensign.
Yes, ma'am. Kim out.
We can get that for you, too.
She's formed an alliance with our enemy.
Just because they're talking
doesn't mean they formed an alliance.
lt's probably just a friendly meeting.
That's how the Annari operate.
They come to you as friends,
and when they've won your trust,
they declare you subjects of the Annari Empire.
Kim to Voyager.
We didn't expect you so soon.
Actually, Captain, l'm closer than l let on.
and l've brought some new friends of my own.
Our chances of getting home without your help
aren't very good.
We'd appreciate any assistance you could offer.
l hope you understand.
l need to give this some thought.
You've put me in a difficult position, Ensign.
We could use the help the Annari are offering,
but if they find out we're aiding their enemy...
l couldn't just stand by and do nothing.
That doesn't justify
getting involved in somebody else's fight.
What would you have done?
Probably exactly what you did.
l guess l learned from the best.
lf this were simply an errand of mercy, l wouldn't hesitate.
But the fact is, these people are involved
in an interplanetary war.
Captain, l've gotten to know them
over the last couple of days.
You met Loken.
They're scientists, not soldiers.
You've only heard one side of the story.
You've taken sides before.
The Borg resistance,
Those were different circumstances.
You were trying to help people in need.
How is this any different?
Have you thought about applying
to the Advocate General's office?
You'd make a good lawyer.
l suppose l could spare
Chakotay or Tuvok for a few days.
That won't be necessary.
The Kraylor know me.
They trust me.
l'm sure they'd find Tuvok or Chakotay
just as trustworthy.
But they outrank me.
lf you send one of them, it won't be my mission anymore.
My first real command.
You've been in command on Voyager before.
On the night shift, for a few hours...
lt's not the same thing.
You and Chakotay are always a couple of decks away,
ready to take over if anything goes wrong.
l've been on Voyager for almost seven years,
and l'm still an Ensign.
lf this is your way of bucking for a promotion...
No, no, l understand there's a command structure
and that our circumstances are unique.
But the fact is, if we were back home,
l'd be a Lieutenant by now,
maybe even a Lieutenant Commander.
You're pretty sure of yourself, aren't you?
l know l can do this,
and the Kraylor are giving me a chance to prove it.
l expect you back before we complete our repairs.
And l'm not
sending you alone.
l want you to take Seven.
Since she has no rank, you clearly outrank her.
Lieutenant Torres asked me
to repair a malfunctioning holo-emitter.
lt's about time.
Whenever l move to the far corner
of the Surgical Bay, my legs disappear.
Seven of Nine told me you gave her social lessons.
Hm. She wanted to get along better with the crew.
Social skills are one thing the Borg never assimilated.
l was hoping you could instruct me, as well.
l'd be delighted.
Lesson One: ''Making a First lmpression.''
l wanted to ask you about something specific.
How can you tell when someone has...
romantic feelings for you?
lcheb, this is a surprise.
Have you caught someone's eye?
l'm speaking hypothetically.
there are various indications
of romantic attraction.
Compliments, for example,
invitations to social activities,
finding excuses to be in close proximity with someone.
Yes, but couldn't those things happen
in a relationship that wasn't romantic?
ls there a way to be absolutely certain?
Well, short of an open declaration of affection,
there are some fairly reliable
elevated blood pressure, increased
Thank you, Doctor. You've been very helpful.
With my guidance, you will master the nuances
of social interaction in no time!
Take me with you, buddy.
Sorry, Tom. This is my mission.
Oh, come on, l've been itching to get back into space
ever since we set down on this dust bowl.
l'm tired of cleaning conduits
and replacing relays.
You're a married man now.
You've got family responsibilities.
Just leave the away missions
to the young, unattached guys.
That ship is in pretty bad shape.
You're going to need a good pilot.
Wait a minute...
l know what this is about.
Sure. You've got a girl on that ship
you don't want me to know about.
There's no girl. Not this time.
Then what is it?
l don't know how else to this say this,
so l'll just say it.
You've always been Captain Proton.
l have always been Buster Kincaid.
lt's my turn this time.
l'm glad you're not planning to leave
on an empty stomach, ''Captain.''
plomeek soup and eggplant parmesan.
lf you're going to be a Captain,
you have to act like a Captain.
Never admit you're uncertain about anything.
You can't be indecisive in front of your crew.
lt's just a snack, Neelix.
When Captain Janeway comes in here,
she knows exactly what she wants.
Maybe l'm just not as picky about my food.
Whatever you say... Ensign.
Plomeek soup, and make sure it's hot.
Captain on the Bridge.
Where did you learn that?
l've been studying
that Starfleet manual you loaned me.
Take your station, Mr. Terek.
l'll do it.
Laying in a course, heading 1 15 mark 37.
Does this ship have a name?
Medical Transport 136.
l think we can do better than that.
The name of someone from my homeworld.
She was famous for treating
wounded soldiers on the battlefield.
Kim to Voyager.
We're ready to get underway.
Acknowledged. Good luck.
See you in a few days.
-On line. -Tactical.
Shields and weapons standing by.
Bring the cloak on line.
Acting Captain's Personal Log, Stardate 54277.3.
My first day in command has been challenging,
but l've loved every minute of it.
l can't help feeling that this was something l was born to do.
The hourly status report you requested.
Why have you brought these items aboard?
They make me feel more at home.
We'll only be on this vessel for a few days.
Decorating is an inefficient use of your time.
lt's important to forge a personal connection
with your vessel; make the ship your own.
Ask Captain Janeway.
l'll discuss it with her the moment we return.
ls there anything else?
l asked Terek to make a course correction.
He's never done that before.
l'd better check on him.
l believe he's capable of doing it himself.
l've entered the new heading.
Looks like the guidance vector
is off by a couple of microns.
l was about to correct that.
You need to realign
the primary navigational sensor first.
And make sure it stays locked
on your guide star.
Here, let me show you.
l'm-l'm sorry, Lieutenant.
Don't worry about it.
Bumping elbows comes with the job,
and you can call me B'Elanna.
Put this with the others.
These relays should have been replaced a while ago.
lt's amazing they've held up this long.
l am really looking forward
to our climb.
Wouldn't you prefer
to spend your free time with your husband?
lf it doesn't involve a race car, a shuttle,
or something else he can drive, Tom's not interested.
Besides, since we got married,
l see more than enough of him.
l'm reading a power fluctuation
somewhere in the propulsion system.
lt's destabilizing the cloak.
Core is stable.
That should take care of it.
Are you absolutely certain?
As a scientist, you should know
there's no such thing as absolute certainty.
Perhaps we could run a diagnostic before we...
That would take hours.
Captain Janeway wants us back
before Voyager finishes its overhaul.
The cloaking system is delicate.
lt requires constant attention.
Correct me if l'm wrong,
you're a physician.
You have to trust me on this.
We'll monitor it closely. Don't worry.
l simply want to ensure
that our mission is a success.
You asked me to take command of this ship,
and that's what l'm doing.
Tell Terek to resume course.
l've discovered a serious flaw
in one of the ship's systems.
The Captain's main function
is to issue orders, correct?
-Right. -And the crew's function
is to support the Captain and carry out those orders.
What's your point?
Every time you give an order, you carry it out yourself.
And when someone else makes a suggestion,
you dismiss it.
These people are inexperienced.
They need my help.
When you first came aboard Voyager,
did Captain Janeway help you?
Sure. She looked after all the junior officers.
By doing your work for you?
No. She gave me a lot to do, actually.
Because she felt
you were more capable than she was?
Of course not.
She wanted me to learn, to gain confidence.
Repolarize the containment field.
The cloak is going to fail again.
Don't panic. This is a minor malfunction.
Minor? We're losing our main defense system.
We've been detected.
Two Annari vessels are closing on our position.
Correction-- six Annari vessels.
Kim to Engineering.
We need that cloak back on line.
The primary generator has failed.
l'm trying to...
Seven, come in.
You have the Bridge.
We need you here.
l'll go, sir.
All right. l'll give you instructions over the com.
Charge phaser banks.
Target their weapons array.
The closest one, off our port bow.
Dayla to the Bridge.
Life support's failing down here.
l've gotten everyone out.
Now go to the cloaking generator.
What's the field polarity?
That's too low.
We're going to have to raise it.
l'm bypassing the phase converter.
Wait. l didn't tell you to do that.
Won't that increase the field polarity?
Listen to me carefully.
l want you to try...
Dayla, it's Loken.
Take the warp core off-line.
What are you talking about?
Bypass the driver coil and shunt power directly
to the polaron matrix.
The cloak is back on line.
Get us out of here, full impulse.
the Engineering section
and get back to the Bridge.
l'm not reading any life signs in Engineering.
She may be in shock.
l'm not sure.
Have a look.
Your opinion, Doctor?
l believe she may be in shock.
Do you think we should give her
a cortical stimulant?
That might be indicated.
You are no doctor, are you?
You and l need to talk...
What the hell is going on?
l don't know what you mean.
Nothing about this mission is adding up.
lt's obvious you know a lot more
about cloaking systems than biology.
So did Dayla.
And the second
our cloak failed,
half a dozen Annari warships came after us--
one little medical transport.
My colleagues and l have been working at a secret base
but not to create vaccines.
We've been developing cloaking devices for our fleet.
This ship is a prototype.
The Annari know we have it,
and they don't want us to get it home.
l never would have agreed to this
if l had known you had a military objective.
Our world has been under an Annari blockade for three years.
The planet is protected by a shield grid,
but it's almost impossible to get our ships in or out.
l convinced Captain Janeway this was a humanitarian mission.
The Annari are choking us to death slowly.
lf we can't get supply ships through the blockade,
we can't get food to our people...
For all l know, that's another lie.
We're heading back to Voyager.
l don't understand.
He knows about the cloak.
l would've told you...
l gave you an order.
What about the mission?
That's not your concern.
You want to be a starship officer?
-is to follow orders. -Sir, l don't think you...
This is not a debate.
You're under my command.
You, take the helm.
l believe you're the one who's been relieved.
Where are you going in such a hurry?
Engineering, to assist B'Elanna...
Well, you've been seeing a lot of my wife lately.
Should l be worried?
Mm, the repairs are extensive.
lt's a lot of work.
You can't fool me.
l heard you two were planning on scaling some cliffs together.
lt was her idea.
Spending time on the holodeck is good for you,
but if you really want to have fun, forget climbing.
Try my race car program.
You get to chase me around a track
in an old Earth ground vehicle.
lt'll really get your blood pumping.
Are you challenging me to a competition?
Well, you think you can take me?
Tomorrow, Holodeck 2, 1900 hours.
There is something we need to discuss.
Sure, as soon as you help me finish this diagnostic.
l can't do this.
Of course you can.
You've done dozens of them.
l'm not talking about the diagnostic.
l'm talking about us.
Your interest in me-- it's inappropriate.
l don't think l understand.
lt's obvious you desire a romantic involvement.
You've made all the customary overtures--
finding reasons to spend time with me,
inviting me to engage in recreational activities.
Your husband even challenged me
to a ritual contest.
What are you talking about?
According to my research,
it's a traditional Klingon practice.
Look... l'm sorry, but you've got the wrong idea.
You seemed a little lonely.
l was just trying to be friendly.
l scanned you.
You scanned me?
ln the Jefferies tube.
Your blood pressure and neurotransmitter readings
indicated a state of arousal.
lt was hot, and l've been under a lot of pressure,
but l certainly wasn't aroused.
Look, lcheb, l like you...
but aside from the fact that l am a much older woman,
That's why we have to do the honorable thing.
We should stop seeing each other.
As much as it hurts,
l'll just have to face the truth.
lt's for the best.
Well enough to return to duty.
You won't be returning to duty,
not on this ship anyway.
Loken lied to us.
There's no vaccine.
The cloak is the real cargo.
l ordered the crew to take us back to Voyager,
but they refused.
l guess that's what you'd call it.
l've packed some supplies.
We'll take an escape pod.
l'm hoping the Annari will leave us alone,
treat us as neutral parties.
We're not ''neutral parties.''
This is a military mission. We can't get involved.
We've been ''involved''
since you first fired on that Annari ship.
l thought l was helping people in distress.
Don't they still need your help?
Are you abandoning this ship
because the mission wasn't what you expected
or because being a Captain wasn't what you expected?
l am perfectly capable of commanding a starship.
Clearly, you're uncomfortable with the role--
delegating tasks, giving orders.
Someone died following my orders!
You can't blame yourself for that.
A Captain's responsible for the lives of his crew.
People sometimes die on missions,
despite the Captain's best efforts.
l should have stuck to playing Buster Kincaid.
A holodeck program can be turned off when it no longer suits you.
lf you really feel responsible for this crew,
you'll help them get home,
because they won't survive without you.
ls that some new kind of weapon?
They're scanning pulses designed to illuminate cloaked ships.
lf we hit one, we'll be exposed.
How are we going to get through?
We'll find a way.
l thought you were leaving.
l get claustrophobic in escape pods.
Switch to manual helm control.
Full power to shields.
Two Annari ships have entered orbit.
They are hailing.
Captain Geral, we have 12 isotons of ore for you.
l'm under orders to escort you out of Annari space,
You've been supporting our enemy.
You must be mistaken.
matching your hull composition
fired on one of our ships several days ago.
And we recently detected two human bio-signatures
on a Kraylor warship.
l can explain that.
lf you don't leave immediately,
we'll be forced to fire on you.
Our warp drive is still being repaired.
Then we'll escort you at impulse.
You have five minutes to lift off.
So much for our new deuterium injectors.
What about Harry and Seven?
We'll go looking for them,
as soon as we get rid of our escort.
There are too many of them.
You're doing fine.
Just try to stay at least 100 meters
ahead of the closest pulse.
We should return fire.
No, that would only give them
another way to triangulate our position.
Our shields are failing.
We're losing structural integrity on the lower decks.
Reroute emergency power.
Open a channel to the lead Annari ship.
This is Captain Kim of the Kraylor Vessel Nightingale.
l'm prepared to discuss terms for our surrender.
We trusted you.
And you still should.
l don't have time to explain.
Your surrender will be unconditional.
No, it won't.
Either you allow my crew to evacuate to the surface,
or l'll put this ship on self-destruct.
You'll never get
the cloaking technology.
Something tells me your superiors won't be happy
Your crew will be taken aboard my vessel
and brought to an Annari detention center.
My crew is going to the surface in escape pods.
Once they're clear, you can lock on
to this ship with a tractor beam.
You've two minutes to evacuate.
l will not abandon this ship.
l'm glad to hear that,
because l'm going to need you here.
Get your people into the pods... quickly.
But the cloak...
l've got a plan to save it.
lf l fail, at least the scientist who designed it
will be alive to create another one.
Seven, scan the Annari's tractor emitters.
l need to know the exact beam polarity.
What are we going to do?
Once they lock on to us, they're going to come about
and pull us away from the planet.
As soon as they do,
we're going to reverse our shield polarity.
lf we time it right,
it should give us enough momentum
to outrun them to the defense perimeter.
We're going to use their own weapons against them?
The escape pods are away.
Disengage the cloak.
They've locked on.
Shields are failing.
Four Annari vessels are in pursuit.
Shields are down.
Get us through that defense perimeter, Mr. Terek.
The Annari have broken off their pursuit.
Take us to the surface, Mr. Terek.
We've just crossed out of Annari space.
Our escorts have broken off.
They're going to warp.
Bring the long-range sensors on line.
You and Tom, take the Flyer.
Start your search at Harry's last known position.
Tuvok, send an encrypted message
to the Kraylor homeworld.
See if they know where Harry and Seven are.
That won't be necessary, Captain.
Ensign Kim is hailing us.
A cloaked vessel.
lt's directly astern.
Acting Captain's Personal Log, Stardate 54282.5.
New cloaking systems are being installed
in other Kraylor ships,
so l guess the mission was a success.
Still, l wish l felt better about it.
lt's good to be back.
So, what'll it be tonight?
l have a light Tula cheese soufflé
or a zesty lasagna.
You know, Neelix, the truth is, l'm not sure.
l thought we talked about this.
A Captain has to be deci...
l'm not a Captain, Neelix.
Not yet, anyway.