Gideon: I thought you said you never hold a grudge.

Galen: Well, I don't. I have no surviving enemies... at all.

Galen: Who are you?

Gideon: Captain Matthew Gideon.

Galen: What do you want?

Gideon: To find a cure for the Drakh plague before it wipes out all life on Earth.

Galen: Where are you going?

Gideon: Anywhere I have to.

Galen: Who do you serve, and who do you trust?


Galen: Who do you serve, and who do you trust?

Gideon: I don't know.

Galen: Then I will go with you.

Gideon: Just so we're clear: once we go, this is my command. I'll do whatever's necessary. If that means turning the entire galaxy upside down and shaking its pockets to see what falls out, that's what I'll do. I'm not subtle, I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a helluva lot of people along the way, but I'll get the job done.

Elizabeth Lochley: Is there anything you can tell me?

Gideon: Never eat anything bigger than your head. Never shoot pool at a place called Pap's. Never eat food at a place called Mom's. The mission is classified, Captain.

Gideon: Refresh me, Lieutenant. How did we get into the middle of this again?

John Matheson: I believe it was an act of mercy, sir.

Gideon: Remind me never to do that again.

John Matheson: Aye, sir. No good deed goes unpunished.

Gideon: I'll have that embroidered on a sampler when we have time.

Dureena Nafeel: When will you be back?

Galen: In the fullness of time - expect me when you see me.

John Matheson: The more you make a big deal out of denying something, the more people think it must be true.

Galen: Never contradict a technomage when he's saving your life... again.

John Matheson: [seeing Galen in the transporter] You like going nowhere at 120 miles an hour?

Galen: Of course, that is man's natural condition.

Captain Matthew Gideon: What if you're wrong, Galen?

Galen: Well, that hardly seems likely, now does it?

Captain Matthew Gideon: Personal Journal: Captain Matthew Gideon continuing. It's now three days since our visitors arrived on behalf of Earth Gov's Political affairs office. There's apparently some concern with how our work here is being perceived back home. They've been assigned to "help" us. Before their tour is finished, I may have to *kill* them. Assuming Lieutenant Mattheson doesn't beat me to it.

Gideon: [to Matheson] It's easier not to want forgiveness, or to expect it. We just keep trying to fix the mistake so we don't have to ask. But you end up trying so hard to atone for one set of mistakes, overcompensate and make new ones, and then you can never break out of the cycle. You just keep going round and round, no way out, nowhere to go.

[cut to scene of Galen travelling aimlessly in the shuttlecar]

Senator Jacob Redway: Didn't your daddy ever teach you not to contradict your elders?

Gideon: No, sir.

Senator Jacob Redway: Hmm, well, I see part of the problem here.

Gideon: Why me? There are others just as qualified.

Senator McQuate: During your time captaining an Explorer-class vessel you've come across more new alien lifeforms than anyone else in the Fleet. There are half a dozen captains riding Explorer ships; the rest are either too old or too cautious. You're a dangerous man when you want to be, Captain, and right now we need a dangerous man.

Senator McQuate: You know, Captain, folks think there might have been life on Mars once. If they did exist, they left no sign. We'll never know who they were or what they did, what songs they sang, what stories they told. Mars is a dead world. I can't imagine that happening to the Earth in a few years. I can't imagine that happening at all.

Captain Matthew Gideon: [Galen has led Excaliber on a wild goose chase] Now will you tell me what's going on?

Galen: Her name was Isabelle and she was the best of us. Every technomage knows the fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. But she only needed one.

Captain Matthew Gideon: What word?

Galen: "Hello."

Galen: When you have reached the end of the road, then you can decide, whether to go to the left or to the right, to fire or to water. If you make those decisions before you have even set foot upon the road, it will take you no where... except to a bad end.

Elizabeth Lochley: Do you know what you are?

Gideon: Ruggedly handsome?

Elizabeth Lochley: A control freak!

Gideon: Can't I be both?

Technomage's Avatar: Our order says many things; does few, believes in fewer still.

Dureena Nafeel: Look, I don't like having to trust anyone because I'm always disappointed. But just once I'd like to know that I could actually trust someone, that for at least one person everything wasn't about money or power.

Captain Matthew Gideon: That's a benefit?

Dureena Nafeel: For me it could be.

Durkani: It doesn't matter if they believe us. Sooner or later the truth's going to come out. The truth is...

Kendarr: Out of fashion.

Kendarr: The truth has never been in anyone's best interests.

Galen: There is always hope. Only because it's the one thing that no one has figured out how to kill yet.

Trace Miller: Is that a challenge, Max?

Max Eilerson: Are you up to it?

Trace Miller: Up to whatever you can dish out.

Dureena Nafeel: Gods, I am drowning in testosterone.

Max Eilerson: Well, luckily for you, you're equipped with flotation devices.

Captain Matthew Gideon: You cheated!

Elizabeth Lochley: Absolutely.

Captain Matthew Gideon: I like that!

Captain Matthew Gideon: I can see every detail of the Earth's surface as clearly as we're seeing it now. But after my father died, I tried to remember his face, but it always slipped away from me. Why is that I wonder.

John Matheson: Maybe it's because we can't decide which face to remember: the face of our father when we were children, the face of our father the first left home, the face of our father the last time we saw him. They all blur together we lose the details. But Earth is constant. Earth is forever.

Captain Matthew Gideon: You're too young to be having thoughts this old Lieutenant.

Gideon: [Excalibur encounters life forms in Hyper space. The life forms attach themselves to the ship. Gideon looks at Galen.] No, it's not. It's mating with us!

Galen: Well, it's not exactly the first contact situation that I'd envisioned...

Galen: If I want to sit and talk with the dead I will draw a pentagram on the ground and conjure up someone more, interesting.

Galen: Do you think I'm hiding things from you, Dureena?

Dureena Nafeel: Gideon says we all have things to hide.

Galen: Did he? How unfortunate. I was hoping he'd come further than that. Not that isn't true of course. It's just that one simply doesn't have to say it... Matthew was right. We all have something to hide. We all have something to tell, we all have a secret name, we all have a question.


Galen: One question that unlocks our hearts.

Dureena Nafeel: And what is your question, Galen?

Galen: [pause] Why.

Gideon: Galen, I didn't ask you how you screwed me, I asked you "why."

Galen: There's that question again.

Galen: Then when the time comes I will help you keep your promise Matthew, as you have helped me keep mine. Perhaps then we can both forgive ourselves our common crime.

Gideon: What crime is that Galen?

Galen: Being alive.

Dureena Nafeel: Did you find your answer to "why", Galen?

Galen: [pause] That one, may take little longer.

Elizabeth Lochley: Do you believe that there is a supreme being?

Captain Matthew Gideon: Aside from John Sheridan?

Elizabeth Lochley: Yes! Aside from the wisest, bravest, sexiest man in the galaxy. Apart from him.

Captain Matthew Gideon: Married? You're telling me that some guy actually managed to land you? Got you to lower your defenses enough to commit and then he let you get away? Huh? God, he must be the biggest loser on the galaxy.

Elizabeth Lochley: Ah. Major loser. They don't come any bigger.

Captain Matthew Gideon: Loser have a name?

Elizabeth Lochley: John Sheridan.