Geordi La Forge: Captain, we are being hailed.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: On screen.
[He realizes that the screen has been destroyed, along with the entire front wall of the bridge]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: ...Open a channel.
[crying to her husband, who has just returned to the Enterprise's bridge]
Commander Deanna Troi: It's Data.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in first contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know, on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union, but have the two of you considered what you were doing to me? Of course you're happy, but what about *my* needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. While you're happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new first officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, *ever*, allow me to go on away missions.
Data: That is the regulation, sir. Starfleet code section 12, paragraph 4...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Shut up.
Data: Yes, sir.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [turning to the wedding guests] 15 years I've been waiting to say that.
Praetor Shinzon: [explaining to Picard] The only thing the Romulan guards hated more than the Remans... was me.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What is all this about?
Praetor Shinzon: It's about destiny, Picard. It's about a Reman outcast.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You're not Reman!
Praetor Shinzon: And I'm not quite Human! So what am I? My life is meaningless as long as you're still alive. What am I while you exist? A shadow? An echo?
Praetor Shinzon: You don't trust me.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I have no reason to.
Praetor Shinzon: You have every reason. If you had lived my life, and experienced the suffering of my people, you'd be standing where I am.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And if you had lived my life, you would understand my responsibility to the Federation.
Commander Suran: We supported you, Shinzon, when you assassinated the Senate. You told us the timing was perfect for an attack on the Federation. I don't understand why now you delay.
Praetor Shinzon: You don't have to understand.
Commander Suran: And bringing the Enterprise here? What possible purpose could that serve?
Praetor Shinzon: I have a purpose.
Commander Suran: Then perhaps you'll enlighten us?
Praetor Shinzon: [snarls] Silence, Romulan!
Praetor Shinzon: [calmly] You really must learn patience, Commander. Spend eighteen hours every day under the lash of a Romulan guard and you'll soon understand patience.
Praetor Shinzon: [speaking to Picard via a holographic transmission] I'll show you my true nature - *our* nature. And as Earth dies, remember, I will always, forever, be Shinzon of Remus. And my voice shall echo through time long after yours has faded to a dim memory!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If your issues are with me, then deal with me. This has nothing to do with my ship, nothing to do with the Federation!
Praetor Shinzon: Oh, but it does. We will no longer bow before anyone as slaves. Not the Romulans and not your mighty Federation. We are a race bred for war... and conquest.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It amazes me how little you know yourself.
Praetor Shinzon: I'm incapable of such an act!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You *are* me! The same noble Picard blood runs through our veins. Had you lived my life, you'd be doing *exactly* as I am. So look in the mirror. See yourself. Consider that, Captain. I can think of no greater torment for you.
Praetor Shinzon: Shinzon? I'm a mirror for you as well.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Not for long, Captain. I'm afraid you won't survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice.
[In the attempt to find an alternative exit, Picard intends to blast with a shuttle through the inner shuttle bay doors and fly through the Scimitar]
Data: Do you think this is a wise course of action, sir?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We're about to find out, Data.
Data: I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe velocities.
[Picard, Data and Worf are attacked and pursued by Kolaran natives]
Picard: I think it's time to try some unsafe velocities.
Geordi La Forge: You ever think about getting married again?
Guinan: No. Twenty-three was my limit.
[Worf groans with his head down on the table]
Guinan: Worf, are you alright?
Worf: [feeling groggy] Romulan ale should be illegal.
Geordi La Forge: It is.
[Data is singing "Blue Skies" at the wedding]
Worf: [nauseous] Irving Berlin...
[his head slumps back on the table]
[Picard is raising a toast to Riker and Troi]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Will Riker, you have been my trusted right arm for fifteen years. You have kept my course true and steady. Deanna Troi, you've been my guide... and my conscience. You have helped me recognize the better parts of myself.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [to both] You are my family. And in best maritime tradition, I wish you both clear horizons. My good friends - make it so. The bride and groom!
Wedding guests: The bride and groom!
Commander William T. Riker: Captain, I don't have to remind you...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I appreciate you concern, Number One. But I've been itching to try the Argo.
Commander William T. Riker: [smiles] I'll bet.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's prerogative. There's no foreseeable danger and your wife would never forgive me if anything were to happen to you. You have the bridge... Mr. Troi!
[the bridge crew snickers]
[Shinzon tells Picard about suffering from Shalaft's syndrome]
Praetor Shinzon: Eventually I was treated, and now I can hear as well as you can, Captain. I can see as well as you can. I can feel everything you feel. In fact... I feel *exactly* what you feel. Don't I, Jean-Luc?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [after being transported to the Scimitar] Why am I here? Why have you done this?
Praetor Shinzon: I was lonely.
Praetor Shinzon: [to Picard] You're too slow, old man.
B-4: [observing Picard] Why do you have a shiny head?
Data: I must deactivate you.
B-4: For how long?
B-4: How long is tha...
Data: A long time, brother.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If I had lived his life, is it possible that I would have rejected my humanity?
Data: The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: How can you be sure?
Data: I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's personal log, supplemental. We're heading toward Federation space at maximum warp. The crew has responded with the dedication I've come to expect of them. And like a thousand other commanders on a thousand other battlefields, I wait for the dawn.
B-4: [singing brokenly to himself] Never saw the sun... never saw the sun... never saw... the sun...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [helping along] Shining so bright.
B-4: [singing brokenly to himself] Shining so bright... never saw things...
[hums the rest of the line]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [helping along] Going so right...
B-4: [singing to himself] Going so right...
[Picard leaves his office, with a wistful yet hopeful smile on his face]
Admiral Janeway: The Son'a, the Borg, the Romulans - you seem to get all the easy assignments.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Just lucky, Admiral.
Admiral Janeway: Let's hope that luck holds. Janeway out.
Praetor Shinzon: [to Donatra] And Commander - if you ever touch me again... I'll kill you.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [on seeing the Scimitar for the first time] She's a predator...
Admiral Janeway: Jean-Luc. How'd you like a trip to Romulus?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: With or without the rest of the fleet?
Commander: Senators, consider the opportunities for the Empire. At last, the destinies of the planets Romulus and Remus will be united. Shinzon of Remus is offering us a chance to make ourselves stronger than ever before. It would be madness to reject it. I beg you not to let prejudice or politics interfere with this Alliance. By joining Shinzon's forces with ours, not even the Federation will be able to stand in our way.
Praetor Hiren: That's enough! The decision has been made. The military does not dictate policy on Romulus. The Senate has considered Shinzon's proposal and rejected it. He and his followers will be met with all deliberate force, and sent back to that black rock they came from! Do I make myself clear?
Commander Deanna Troi: That was a lovely toast.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It's from the heart.
Commander Deanna Troi: And you needn't worry. I'm going to brief your new counselor on everthing she needs to know.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, like hell you are. You already know too much about me. But I take it that there will be no speeches during the ceremony on Betazed?
Commander William T. Riker: No, no speeches and... no clothes.
Data: [on stage, toasting Riker and Troi] Ladies and gentlemen, and invited transgendered species... In my study of Terran and Betazoid conjugal rites, I have discovered it is traditional to present the happy couple with a gift. Given Commander Riker's affection for archaic musical forms, I have elected to present the following in honor of their conjugation.
Reman Viceroy: [in a telepathic connection with Troi] I'm with you, Imzadi. I'll always be with you now!
B-4: [observing Riker] Why does the tall man have a furry face?
Commander Deanna Troi: [pleading] It's tradition, Worf! You of all people should appreciate that.
Worf: [angry and a little embarrassed] I will not do it!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [entering the bridge] Won't do what, Mr. Worf?
Worf: Captain, I do not think it is appropriate for a Starfleet officer to appear... naked.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, come now. A big, handsome, strapping fellow like you? What can you be afraid of?
Commander William T. Riker: [referring to the two decloaking Romulan warbirds] Just when I thought this couldn't get any worse.
Worf: We are being hailed.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: On screen.
Commander Donatra: Captain Picard. Commander Donatra of the Warbird Valdore. Might we be of assistance?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Assistance?
Commander Donatra: The Empire considers this a matter of internal security. We regret you've become involved.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [relieved] Commander, when this is over, I owe you a drink.
[the Valdore is attacked]
Commander Donatra: Romulan ale, Captain. Let's get to work.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You heard the lady. Let's go to work!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Don't worry, Number One, we'll still have you to Betazed with plenty of time to spare.
Commander William T. Riker: Thank you, sir.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Where we will *all* honor the Betazoid tradition. Now, if you'll excuse me - I'll be in the gym.
Praetor Shinzon: What is it your Borg friends say? "Resistance is futile."
Dr. Beverly Crusher: [examining B-4] You know, all things considered, Data, I think you have nicer eyes.
Data: Our eyes are identical, Doctor.
Data: Do you have a name, sir?
B-4: I am... B-4.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: B-4? Dr. Soong's penchant for whimsical names seems to have no end.
Data: Captain Picard agrees that the B-4 was probably designed with the same self-actualization parameters as myself. If my memory engrams are successfully integrated into his positronic matrix, he should have all my abilities.
Geordi La Forge: Yeah, but he would also have all of your memories as well. You feel comfortable with that?
Data: I feel nothing, Geordi.
Praetor Shinzon: Captain Picard. Jean-Luc Picard. I'd always imagined you a little taller. Isn't that odd?
Praetor Shinzon: [to Picard] Come to dinner, tomorrow on Romulus. Just the two of us. Or should I say... just the one of us?
Praetor Shinzon: Some ideals are worth dying for, aren't they, Jean-Luc?
Praetor Shinzon: Were we Picards always warriors?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I think of myself as an explorer.
Praetor Shinzon: Well... were we always explorers?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I was the first Picard to leave our solar system. It... caused quite a stir in the family. But... I'd spent my youth...
Praetor Shinzon: ...looking up at the stars, dreaming about what was up there; about...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: ...new worlds...
Praetor Shinzon: There's a word I want you to consider: Allegiance. It's something I demand from those who serve me.
Commander Donatra: Do I serve you?
Praetor Shinzon: Yes. And I think, faithfully. Commander Suran on the other hand... gives me pause.
Commander Donatra: Here's another word, Praetor: Trust. Do you trust me? How far does that trust extend? How... deep... does it go? What must a commander do to prove herself faithful to you? What must a woman do?
[she stretches her hand out to touch Shinzon's face, but he snatches it away at the last moment]
Praetor Shinzon: You... are not a woman. You are a Romulan.
Praetor Shinzon: There is so much we need to talk about.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I will be interested to know *what* we are talking about.
Praetor Shinzon: Unity, Captain. Tearing down the walls between us, to recognize that we are one. I'm talking of the thing that makes us the same. Peace. We want peace.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm trying to believe you, Shinzon. If there is one ideal that the Federation holds most dear, it is that all men, all races can be united. What better example? A Starfleet captain, standing in the Romulan Senate. Nothing would make me more proud than to take your hand in friendship - in time... when that trust has been earned.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I really wanted to believe Shinzon. But this thalaron radiation just can't be explained away. Whatever he is after, it isn't peace.
Commander Donatra: [about Shinzon] He's not planning to defeat Earth. He's planning its annihilation. And his sins will mark us and our children for generations.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: For now we see but through a glass darkly.
Praetor Shinzon: Can you learn to see in the dark, Captain?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Look at me, Shinzon. Your heart, your hands, your eyes are the same as mine. The blood pumping within you, the raw material is the same. We have the same potential.
Praetor Shinzon: That's the past, Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It can be the future. Buried deep within you, beneath all the years of pain and anger, there is something that has never been nurtured: the potential to make yourself a better man. And that is what it is to be human. To make yourself more than you are. Oh, yes - I know you. There was a time you looked at the stars and dreamed of what might be.
Praetor Shinzon: Childish dreams, Captain - lost in the dilithium mines of Remus.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The man who is Shinzon of Remus and Jean-Luc Picard could never exterminate the population of an entire planet. He's better than that.
Praetor Shinzon: He is what his life has made him.
Praetor Shinzon: I can't fight what I am!
Commander Donatra: You've earned a friend in the Romulan Empire today, Captain - I hope, the first of many. Valdore out.
Commander Deanna Troi: [in a telepathic connection with the Reman Viceroy] Remember... me?
Praetor Shinzon: [his last words] I'm glad we're together now. Our destiny's complete.
Data: [his last words] Goodbye.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I don't know if all this has made any sense, but I wanted you to know what kind of man he was. In his quest to be more like us, he helped us to see what it means to be human.
B-4: My... my brother was not human?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No, he wasn't. But his wonder, his curiosity about every facet of human nature allowed all of us to see the best parts of ourselves. He evolved; he embraced change, because he always wanted to be better than he was.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If I may, just a word of advice about your first command?
Captain William T. Riker: Anything.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: When your first officer insists that you can't go on away missions...
Captain William T. Riker: Ignore him. I intend to.
Captain William T. Riker: Serving with you... has been an honor.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The honor was mine - Captain.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: To absent friends... To family.
[Deanna starts crying over Data's death]
Commander William T. Riker: First time I saw Data, he was leaning against a tree in the holodeck, trying to whistle. Funniest thing I ever saw. No matter what he did, he couldn't get the tune right. What was that song? I can't remember the song...
Data: [watching as Picard tries to figure out the controls of the Scorpion attack fighter] Would you like me to drive, sir?