Rose, Danny, Jefferson, and the rest, hurry through Tube after Tube, science following after. Jefferson comes last, with a gun. "Keep breathing," says Zach. Good advice. "I'm feeding you air. I got you." I've got you. Jump. They reach a junction in the tunnels and sit down, out of breath. Jefferson tells Zach to stop complaining; Rose relays the message to Danny. More science. The junction in Habitation Five's opened; the Ood begin crawling down the tunnels, at outrageous speed. More science, more gates, more doors, more opening and closing, more crawling about. The computer doesn't register Ood as proper life forms, Zach says. "Whose idea was that?" asks Rose. Good girl. More science. Jefferson asks Zach if he can cut off the Ood's air. "Not without cutting off yours," he responds. Get it yet? Finally, they're in a corner; Jefferson and Rose basically both volunteer to defend the group, and the guy with the gun pushes her: "Miss Tyler, that's my job. You've got your task, now see to it." Toby tells her to shift. Toby, whose last name is Zed. Toby, Omega to the Alpha we know so well. Jump. They do, leaving Jefferson behind. The Ood come closer, and Jefferson fires; the rest of them reach the next junction, and Zach can't open a door without closing one. Just like God. Jefferson's caught in the middle; between the Devil and the Deep Blue. Just like us. Jump. "I'm gonna lose oxygen," Zach shouts. "I can't stop for your dramatics!" Sorry, it was for dramatic effect. Jefferson crawls toward them, Devil behind him, air up ahead. Zach can't save them without killing Jefferson. He takes it like a man. You knew he would. "You've done enough, sir," he says, to Zach's quiet apologies. "Made a very good captain under the circumstances." Danny and Rose are both close to tears. She's seen this happen. So many times. "I ask, if you can't add oxygen to this section...can you speed up the process of its removal?" He takes it like a man. "If I might chose the manner of my departure, sir...lack of air seems more natural than, well...Let's say...death by Ood." Jump. In his honor, jump.
"Report. Officer John Maynard Jefferson, PKD. Deceased. With honors. 43K2.1." Danny gives his respect, asking that they be preserved on record. They are. For how should Man die better than facing fearful odds? For the ashes of his father, and the temples of his Gods. The bridge goes out, the line of communication across which the Etruscans must not cross, must not communicate themselves. The bridge must straight go down; For since Janiculum is lost, naught else can save the town. Plainly and more plainly now through the gloom appears, Far to left and far to right, in broken gleams of dark-blue light...In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three: Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me? Who will stand, on either hand, and keep the bridge with me?