Isaac : I believe what we have encountered is a planet locked in a multi-phasic orbit.
[in the conference room with all the senior staff]
Capt. Ed Mercer : Okay, let's pretend I don't know what that is.
Lt. Gordon Malloy : Do you know what that is?
Capt. Ed Mercer : I do not.
Lt. Gordon Malloy : So, we could just say that.
Capt. Ed Mercer : Thanks, buddy.
Capt. Ed Mercer : Oh, God, that is a lot better than Bortus' poo drink.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : [after Ed speaks to Admiral Ozawa] Why didn't you tell her?
Capt. Ed Mercer : You helped out a kid, that's all. And cultural contamination of a society that undeveloped is a serious charge. I just don't want to have to come visit you in prison.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : Really? You wouldn't want to visit a women's prison?
Capt. Ed Mercer : You're right. I'll call her back.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : Oh, my god. I forgot what a terrible cook you are.
Capt. Ed Mercer : It's awful, isn't it?
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : [laughing] Yeah.
Capt. Ed Mercer : It's terrible. See, you know, I was afraid of that, and I didn't want to use snythesized food tonight, so I made a backup.
[retrieving two plates]
Capt. Ed Mercer : Peanut butter and jelly is impossible to screw up.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : What are we, twelve?
Capt. Ed Mercer : Yes, we're twelve. And afterward, I'm gonna pull your hair and call you fat, and that's how you'll know I like you.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : This isn't gonna work.
Capt. Ed Mercer : You mean us.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : None of this should have happened. You defied an admiral's orders to protect me, and it sent our science officer into a 700-year exile. You and I, together... it jeopardizes your command. It jeopardizes the smooth operation of this ship, and it jeopardizes our friendship. It can't happen.
Capt. Ed Mercer : When I'm really honest with myself, I know that you're right. But that doesn't change the way I feel.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : I know. But for now, those are feelings we need to forget.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : Hey. You awake, too?
Capt. Ed Mercer : Yeah. Can't sleep. They were wrong about the Opsadda. It does come out.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : What?
Capt. Ed Mercer : Nothing.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : My god, what happened to your hand?
Capt. Ed Mercer : Oh, this. I was playing a Mochlan game with Bortus. What's insane is apparently I won.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : You should go down to sickbay and get that fixed.
Capt. Ed Mercer : The explanation for how this happened is not something I want on file.
Capt. Ed Mercer : So, um... what do Mochlans do for fun off-duty? Do you guys play, like, board games or anything like that?
Lt. Cmdr. Bortus : There is a popular Mochlan game called Latchkum that we play from time to time.
Capt. Ed Mercer : Oh, well, break it out. Show me.
Lt. Cmdr. Bortus : I do not believe you would enjoy it. It is not for humans.
Capt. Ed Mercer : Come on. You know what? There's so much I don't know about your culture. I-I want to... I want to learn.
Klyden : [a few moments later] I will pass the Latchkum to you, then you pass it to whomever you wish as quckly as possible.
Capt. Ed Mercer : All right.
[they take turns passing it back and forth]
Capt. Ed Mercer : So, what, does this just go on until somebody...
[a sharp spike protrudes from the Latchkum and impales his hand]
Capt. Ed Mercer : AHHH!
Capt. Ed Mercer : Kel, I'm sorry, but you can't blame yourself for any of this.
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : I watched three people murdered in my name. Five others already dead. And a mother telling her child that if he misbehaved, "Kelly will get him." You're damn right I blame myself. And I'm forbidden to even try and fix it. I mean, how many more people are gonna die down there in the name of Kelly? Thousands? Millions?
Capt. Ed Mercer : If there's anything at all I can do...
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson : No. Just... I want to be alone.