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KURT MENDEL
Closer. Closer. Do it, do it baby.
SARAH FORBES
Why does everything that comes out of your mouth have something to do with sex?
KURT MENDEL
Maybe because were riding in a three billion dollar phallic symbol. Don't quote me.
SARAH FORBES
If I started quoting you they'd shut down the space program.
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SARAH FORBES
Speaking of a lack of confidence, I don't need to remind you that I'm putting you on live TV. You make me look bad, I'm flushing you out the air lock.
KURT MENDEL
Not to worry, darling. I promise you a dignified exchange. But, uh, now that we're on the subject of the air lock, did you know that oxygen depletion enhances the effect of sexual stimulation?
SARAH FORBES
[Interrupting] I don't - I don't want to know.
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SARAH FORBES
Shouldn't w - doesn't anybody... want to say anything?
KURT MENDEL
[after a long pause] Uh, I need to use the john.
CHUCK TAGGART
[smiles, chuckles quietly]
KURT MENDEL
[giggles]
NEIL TAGGART
[tries to hold back his laughter]
KURT MENDEL
[laughs louder]
CHUCK TAGGART
[laughs]
NEIL TAGGART
Okay, okay, c'mon. We're wasting oxygen. [cracks up]
CHUCK TAGGART, NEIL TAGGART
[laughing loudly as Odyssey drifts out of the dust cloud]
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SARAH FORBES
I guess I should've expected it?
NEIL TAGGART
What?
SARAH FORBES
God is an old white guy.
KURT MENDEL
It's probably an artificial construct so we won't freak out, derived from TV transmissions.
SARAH FORBES
How do you know that?
KURT MENDEL
Three hundred hours of Star Trek.
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SARAH FORBES
Dr. Kurt Mendel, Nobel Prize-winning behavioral geneticist and author of several best-selling science books, is hitching a ride to the International Space Station, where he will be overseeing a series of experiments. Dr. Mendel, would you care to explain the specifics of the work you will be doing?
KURT MENDEL
Um, well, Sarah, the *thrust* of my work will be to *erect* a series of *hard* protocols, designed to *penetrate* the *ins* and *outs* of zero-G environments on DNA sequencing. Hopefully, it will all *come* together.
SARAH FORBES
[Through clenched teeth] Thank you, *Doctor*.
KURT MENDEL
[On a TV on Earth] My pleasure, Sarah.
SARAH FORBES
This is Sarah Forbes, reporting to you live [static burst] Space Shuttle Od - [white noise]
SARAH FORBES
[Back on Odyssey] You're a dead man. You're a *dead man*.
KURT MENDEL
What'd I say? I answered the question.
CHUCK TAGGART
Cool it.
ANGELA PERRY
Hey, we just lost video.
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SARAH FORBES
Doesn't give you much comfort does it? Not believing in an afterlife.
KURT MENDEL
On the contrary, it gives me lots of comfort.
SARAH FORBES
How can the prospect of nonexistence be comforting?
KURT MENDEL
I look at it like this: before I came on stage, the Universe had been around for twelve billion years. All that time I was in a state of nonexistence, and it wasn't bad. Pretty comfortable as a matter of fact. I figure it'll be just as comfortable for the next twelve billion years.
SARAH FORBES
So all those people were wrong to believe in a higher power?
KURT MENDEL
Look what good it did 'em.
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CHUCK TAGGART
I gotta get the smoke out of here.
SARAH FORBES
How are you gonna do that?
CHUCK TAGGART
We're gonna depressurize the entire ship.
NEIL TAGGART
What?
SARAH FORBES
What are we supposed to do, hold our breath?
CHUCK TAGGART
Neil and I will climb into the EMUs, the rest of you get into the personal rescue enclosures.
KURT MENDEL
Uh, I'd like to raise an issue: what's the point of all this?
CHUCK TAGGART
To stay alive.
KURT MENDEL
For an extra nine hours?
SARAH FORBES
It's better than nothing.
KURT MENDEL
Is it? Nine more hours to sit around and wait for the oxygen to run out?
NEIL TAGGART
We can't just give up, Kurt.
KURT MENDEL
Look out the window. Earth is not on the mission program. If ever there was a time to give up, this is it. I say we *bag* this routine and get it over with.
SARAH FORBES
I want to live, even if it is only for another nine hours.
KURT MENDEL
Why? Do you want another interview?
SARAH FORBES
Goddammit, Kurt.
NEIL TAGGART
Oh, will you cut it out? It takes twenty minutes to get into suits; fifteen to clear the vents; we can not stand around and argue.
CHUCK TAGGART
Neil's right, break out the EMUs. Sarah, take care of the personal rescue enclosures.
CHUCK TAGGART
[to Kurt:] Now, I am gonna depressurize this cabin, and you can get into an enclosure if you want to, or you can sit around and twiddle your thumbs while you decompress, but if that's your choice, then do me a favor and get your ass in a sleeping bag and zip the fucker up because I do not wish to spend my last living hours cleaning up the mess.
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KURT MENDEL
[laughing] Whew.
SARAH FORBES
What is so funny?
KURT MENDEL
It just occurred to me this is one scenario NASA *really* forgot to program into the simulators.
-1
CHUCK TAGGART
What can you do for her?
THE SEEKER
She only has about two minutes.
CHUCK TAGGART
What do you need to send us back?
THE SEEKER
All I need is the word.
CHUCK TAGGART
If there's a chance in heaven to prevent this, then do it, man.
SARAH FORBES
What are we supposed to be looking for?
THE SEEKER
I can tell you this: the destroyers attack from within.
CHUCK TAGGART
She's losing her pulse. She's losing her pulse.
THE SEEKER
I can retrieve her information. She can still go back.
CHUCK TAGGART
Then do it.
KURT MENDEL
What are you talking about?
CHUCK TAGGART
Just do it. Do it now.
KURT MENDEL
You can't let him have that.
CHUCK TAGGART
Do it now.
KURT MENDEL
You don't know who he is or what he's done.
CHUCK TAGGART
I don't give a goddamned who he is; do it now.
THE SEEKER
Seek within your own. Seek within your own.
-1
THE SEEKER
You five are the only survivors from a sundered world that I've ever run into. Because of that, there is still a chance to *save* your world.
NEIL TAGGART
But the Earth is gone.
THE SEEKER
I have it in my power to project you back.
CHUCK TAGGART
Project us back?
KURT MENDEL
Time travel.
THE SEEKER
Sort of. Physical time travel doesn't work. Mathematically impossible. Your bodies can't go back, but what you think of as your consciousness, *can*.
SARAH FORBES
Our souls.
THE SEEKER
Well, we're really talking about information patterns. I can take your current patterns and download them into your physical selves of the past
KURT MENDEL
How far past?
THE SEEKER
The jump limit is about five of your years. That should give you enough time.
NEIL TAGGART
But enou - enough time?
THE SEEKER
Enough time to stop it. To stop the destruction.
KURT MENDEL
If you can do that for us, why don't you send yourself back?
THE SEEKER
[smiles] Only organics can jump.
KURT MENDEL
Then are you what I think you are?