Clement. Reed asks, "Do you know the story of the Clement, sir?" Yeah, yeah! I think I saw that one on Broadway last year. Unfortunately, Quantum didn't have box seats as I did, so Reed has to tell the story. Reed says they were on some routine mission when they had an accident. "Now, there's a beautiful irony for you -- they hit a mine, left over from some world war. There they were, trapped underneath an ice shelf, several compartments flooding -- including Engineering. Can you imagine? My great-uncle...the man afraid of drowning. The ship was sinking, losing power. According to his lieutenant [Screw up! Shouldn't a Brit be pronouncing it "left-tenant"? Silas, Buni, russus -- help me out here.] my great-uncle sealed himself in the engine room and kept the reactor online long enough for his crew to make it to the escape pods. He went down with his ship. He did what he had to do to save his crewmates." No, no, that's not it -- it's the one with "A British tar is a soaring soul, as free as the mountain bird. His nose should pant and his lip should curl..." Quantum tells him he appreciates the sentiment, but he was counting on Reed putting his martyr streak aside for the nonce. "I just want you to know, sir, that I am prepared," Reed stiff-upper-lips. Sheesh, pessimist much? Quantum gets it. But Reed of Arc hasn't had his complete say yet. "If we're not able to defuse this mine, the safety of the crew -- " "I said I heard you, Lieutenant!" Quantum cuts him off, abruptly. What are you crabbing about? You're the one who started him down this maudlin path in the first place. Reed makes a face and says they have another problem. "What? What is it?" Quantum demands. "I need to use the bathroom," Reed admits. "I won't tell a soul," Quantum assures him. Yeah, well, you say that now, but every time you look at him you're going to be thinking, "You are the guy who peed himself. You were lying in urine!" "In my EV suit, sir?" Reed squeaks. Don't they have contraptions for that exact purpose? I mean, I know they do today, so wouldn't they have them then? Man, in that amount of time, they could be so advanced, Reed wouldn't even know he had to go until the next day. Reed and Quantum start laughing. So, did he go? Reed makes a weird face. Oooh, ooh, I'm sorry I asked. I take it back -- just make the pee face go away! "Sir!" Reed exclaims. Seriously, I said I was sorry! Quantum turns around and two Romulan Birds-of-Prey shimmer-shudder greenly into sight.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B | 269 USERS: C+
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