In order to stop Ru'afo from unleshing the radiation collector, Picard has a replica of the radiation collector ship set up in the holoship, and Gallatin (Gregg Henry) disables the ejector assembly. When Ru'afo goes to eject it, everything goes exactly as they planned, until they notice no change in the metaphasic flux level. Realizing he has been tricked, Ru'afo transports to the collector ship and overrides the new sequence. Unfortunately Gallatin cannot override Ru'afo's new sequence without his access codes, so Picard beams over to the collector ship himself. While dodging Ru'afo's phaser, Picard manages to reset the manual control. Seconds before the collector is set to eject, Picard ignites the exhaust and blows up the ship, just as Riker beams him back aboard the Enterprise. With only three minutes of air left on the Son'a ship, Picard beams over Worf, the Son'a crew, and the captive Ba'ku.. Later, after everyone has returned to the Ba'ku planet, Picard, Anij, and Sojef watch Gallatin reuniting with his mother. Picard and Anij say goodbye, but Picard promises to take his 318 days of shore leave and return for a visit. In the final scene, Data is shown playing in the haystacks with Artim (Michael Welch). The two 'children' say goodbye to each other, and the Enterprise crew beam back to their own ship.